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Freezing and Storing Mini Pavlovas

Asked by emmarob. Answered on 28th September 2014

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Hi I've made miniature versions of the Mini Pavlovas (about 4cm in diameter). How long can they be stored for or, alternatively, can I freeze them? Many thanks Emma

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Mini versions of Nigella's Mini Pavlovas (from Domestic Goddess and on the Nigella website) are likely to have the same keeping quailties as a regular pavlova shell. If the meringues are stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place then they are lilkely to last 1-2 days. However in a humid environment they may only keep for 1 day.

You can freeze meringues but you must be careful that when they defrost they do not absorb any moisture, as this will soften the outside of the meringue. We would suggest putting them in airtight containers, layered with baking parchment (parchment paper), taking care not to crush them. Freeze for up to 1 month. To thaw the meringues, remove them from the containers and put them on wire racks. They should not take more than an hour to thaw and should be used as quickly as possible.

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