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31 July 2014

Slow Cooker Pavlova {RECIPE}

I love it when I see an almost “too good to be true” recipe, try it out and it works! Just like this slow cooker Pavlova recipe. Oh my!





But let me go back to the beginning… I was recently contacted by the PR people for Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit, enquiring whether I’d be interested in trying this range of fruit? As I'm always willing to try out something different, I said yes and received a voucher to pop into my local Woolies to purchase a pack.


Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit


Developed naturally by New Zealand horticulturists, Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit is sweet with a touch of tang, golden on the inside and smooth and bronze on the outside, unlike its hairy green cousin.

I contemplated using the SunGold Kiwifruit in a preserve, but while flicking through Facebook the other night, I came across a recipe for a pavlova base – COOKED IN A SLOW COOKER! How good would that be – if it worked that is (in my mind, I was a little bit sceptical)? What goes better on a pav, than kiwifruit? Right?


Slow Cooker Pavlova 6

So yesterday, I got my slow cooker out followed up the directions and whisked up the meringue, placed it in the cooker for 1.5 hrs and what do you know... it worked. A pavlova base, cooked in the slow cooker.

Once cooled, I topped it with fresh whipped cream, a drizzle of passionfruit pulp and some delicious SunGold Kiwifruit. FlyBoy and the kids thought it was very special indeed, to be eating a pavlova for dessert on a Wednesday night.

Slow Cooker Pavlova 4

Slow Cooker Pavlova Recipe:

6 egg whites

1 1/4 cups caster sugar
2 tsp. corn flour
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. white vinegar

NB: For best results, wipe the inside of the mixing bowl with a little white vinegar before beginning.

Whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form.
Gradually add the caster sugar - 1 tbsp. at a time, ensuring it’s mixed well before adding the next spoonful.
Mix until the meringue is thick and glossy and the sugar is dissolved.
Add the cornflour, vinegar and vanilla extract and whisk until it is just combined.
Line the base and sides of the slow cooker with baking paper. Pour in the mixture, carefully, so that is stays within the baking paper.


Slow Cooker Pavlova 1


Place a tea towel over the top of the slow cooker and then place the lid firmly on top.


Slow Cooker Pavlova 2


Cook on low for 1.5 hours.

Turn off the slow cooker and then leave the meringue in there until it has completely cooled.

Top with whipped cream, drizzle with passion fruit pulp and slices of Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit.


Slow Cooker Pavlova 5

And now for some Q & A:

Q. I was asked if the pavlova is crunchy on the outside, like in traditionally baked oven baked bases?
A. Yes. It is crunchy on the outside and marshmallow-y in the centre. (Image Above)

Q. I was also asked if the tea towel is safe in there and whether it could catch fire?
A. In my opinion, the tea towel is safe as it gets quite damp, catching all of the condensation which accumulates on the inside of the lid.

Q. Different sized slow cookers?
A. This recipe worked with my fairly large (wide) Kambrook slow cooker. If using a smaller slow cooker, test the meringue after an hour, by lightly pressing on the top. If it feels slightly sticky to the touch, but firm underneath, it’s ready.



46 comments:

  1. sounds amazing, certainly going to try this!

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  2. Mmmm I love kiwifruit on pavlova but my fav has to be simply to cut it in half and eat it with a spoon! :)

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  3. I am a real lover of Kiwi fruit,on its own, on cheesecake, dipped in yoghurt

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  4. We usually just cut them in half and eat them with a spoon. Although last summer I did blend some kiwi's up with some watermelon to make iceblocks for the kids which were yummy.

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  5. my fav way to eat kiwi fruit is with my weet-bix in the morning they go so well together and thanks for the recipe am looking forward to giving it a try.
    m

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  6. I've never heard of meringue in a slow cooker so that's wonderful news for me. I like kiwi fruit to be eaten as it is. I've not had it in a pavlova. This one looks yummy

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  7. I love eating Kiwi Fruit as part of a fresh fruit platter!

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  8. That's amazing! I'm going to have to try it. We eat our kiwi fruit very simply; it gets cut in half and then we scoop it out with a spoon.

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  9. I just eat it as is or in a fruit salad.

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  10. I love kiwifruit in a fruit salad. It works well with a garden salad too.

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  11. I am so excited to try this recipe.
    I love eating kiwi fruit mixed in with yoghurt and cereal.

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  12. What a great recipe! Can't wait to give it a try.
    xx

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  13. As part of a fruit platter in summer!

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  14. Great recipe, will definitely give it a try. I love kiwifruit as it is eaten with a spoon.

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  15. I really like the taste of fresh kiwi all by itself - peel, slice and enjoy!

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  16. I love kiwi's in a delicious summery fruit salad, with a generous dollop of natural yoghurt and sprinkling of sesame and oat crumble on top

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  17. I love them fresh. Skin on for the little golden ones, or with a teaspoon for the greenies.

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  18. I have only ate them fresh and sliced up. I've never tried a recipe with them yet, but yours sounds awesome! Thanks!

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  19. They're definitely a classic on a pav. Kiwi, strawbs and passionfruit is my go-to topping. Kiwis are also my son's favourite fruit at the moment - he would eat 5 at a time, just like that, if I let him :)

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  20. I am stunned to learn that a pav can be made like this. But then when I thought about it, it makes sense. A pav needs to cook at a low temp, so this is perfect. Thanks for sharing this info. Will have to look out for the kiwi fruits, too.

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  21. Kiwi pairs with Yoghurt and Berries perfectly best summer breakfast.

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  22. I love eating them just as is. Though your pav recipe sounds like a great way to have them!

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  23. I love kiwis with strawberries, bananas and a big dollop of sweetened cream. Or pavlova!

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  24. Straight out of the skin with a spoon!

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  25. Amazing use and what a beautiful one at that!

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  26. Definitely on top of pavlova! I am really fascinated by the Slow Cooker idea, my usual attempts involve Egg Whites, Caster Sugar and Lemon Juice and without exception, no matter what I do, the pav always cracks and develops sink holes when I take it out, thankfully cream and kiwi fruit cover it all up!

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  27. WOW never thought of that method of cooking a pavlova I'm famous in my family for mine so I might try this....best way to eat a kiwi is scooping it out of the skins with a spoon, tastes devine on its own!

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  28. For breakfast I like to eat chopped up kiwi fruit with muesli and yoghurt. I cook something similar to slow-cooker Pav called Forgotten pudding from Nigella Express by Nigella Lawson.

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  29. Neat!... With my fingers and preferably in New Zealand! ;)

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  30. Kiwifruit, banana, yoghurt & granola for breakfast - yummo! But, being a kiwi, I will eat kiwi fruit with anything, love that fruit!

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  31. kiwi bannana shake kids adults love great way to get a burst of healthy fruit in diet

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  32. EIther sliced on a cheesecake or pavlova

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  33. On it's own scooped out with a spoon, or on a Pavlova. Can't go wrong either way.

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  34. Cut in half, scoop out with spoon, simple and delicious.

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  35. Great recipe :D I love kiwi fruit and I just rip them apart and suck out the pulp!!!

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  36. Fresh from their furry little built-in bowls, using one of the glittery spifes (spoon/knife combination) that are clearly meant for school lunchboxes and little hands but which I always ignore! :)

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  37. Genius!! I would never have thought of baking pavlova in the slow cooker!!

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  38. I just love to scoop out the kiwi fruit with a spoon and eat it, if I really want to freak my kids out then I will eat it whole, skin and all, they already think I'm a bit odd, I figure I'll let them wonder what crazy thing I'll do to them if they play up when they are teenagers!!
    Kim
    galwayst@hotmail.com

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  39. Oh that pavlova looks divine. I never would have guess it was cooked in a slow cooker.

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  40. I made this, it is yummmmmy. will be making this again.

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  41. I made this, it is yummmmy. will be making this again

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