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Rose and Pepper Pavlova with Passionfruit and Strawberries

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The flavours sound so bold here and yet taste so delicate. My maternal grandfather used to eat strawberries with a grinding of black pepper; he insisted it made their berried freshness sing. I prefer to add it to the pavlova base, pairing its perfumed warmth with some rosewater, giving the marshmallow-bellied meringue the huskiest hint of Turkish delight.

The flavours sound so bold here and yet taste so delicate. My maternal grandfather used to eat strawberries with a grinding of black pepper; he insisted it made their berried freshness sing. I prefer to add it to the pavlova base, pairing its perfumed warmth with some rosewater, giving the marshmallow-bellied meringue the huskiest hint of Turkish delight.

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  • Hi AOW Canuck- not sure where you are living but in Vancouver we know what passion fruit is. It is at least available in tins at the large supermarkets, and probably fresh at some Asian green grocers. Never heard it called natural viagra but I have heard Puerto Vallarta called Puerto Viagra!

    Posted by vjlb on 27th May 2018
  • Any tips on making this at high altitude? Say 7,000 ft?

    Posted by ctipworth on 27th May 2018
  • I think in Canada they might call passionfruit, sweet granadilla? See if that helps.

    Posted by RebLT on 27th May 2018
  • Amazing and all went perfectly to plan until I wanted passionfruit! As an australian living in Canada I was stunned to find out that Canadians have no idea what passionfruit is! One shopkeeper thought I wanted "natural viagra"! Nigella, Canada needs you desperately!

    Posted by AOWCanuck on 15th April 2018
  • Amazing recipe!!! Pavlova was very tasty and everyone said: this is my new favorite dessert!

    Posted by evaggeliagr on 3rd April 2018
  • Loved this , also tried it with half the vinegar and made up the liquid quantity required with organic apple juice- great for my friend who does not like vinegar.

    Posted by Petainfrance on 9th December 2017
  • Made the pavlova last week. Really fresh and sweet. Ws a bit afraid of the rose taste, but it was just perfect.

    Posted by Patries on 3rd December 2017
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