In the years before I became a Mama, I loved to bake. I would love to watch cookery shows and regularly sat through the Bake Off and Masterchef series collecting recipes ideas and ordering recipe books off Amazon to add to my ever increasing stash for the windowsill. So imagine my delight when Kenwood offered to send this bake-deprived Mama a Kenwood KMix to play with. I immediately started planning all the wonderful showstoppers I could bake and then I remembered I’m supposed to be losing weight. Damn it!
One of the good things about Slimming World is that, luckily, you can still have your cake and eat it. Obviously it’s all in moderation but there was one recipe I couldn’t wait to try out which was the pavlova from one of their recipe books. When I visited head office back in November, this was one of the desserts that we were given and it was beautiful. I really wanted to give it a go and see if I could recreate the beautiful wonder that is meringue at home. I have never mastered meringue before!
After unpacking the Kenwood KMix, I was in love. What a beautiful kitchen appliance to own. I was sent a mixer in Cool White with chrome touches and it’s really stylish and just super elegant. It goes perfectly with my new kitchen tiles. The KMix comes with a 5 litre glass bowl with a large handle, a splash guard and 3 attachments; dough hook, whisk and a K beater.
I couldn’t wait to get using the KMix so after washing the bowl and the attachments, I gathered together the ingredients and began to make the pavlova.
- 4 egg whites
- 175g caster sugar
- 3 tablespoons of sweetener plus 1 teaspoon
- 1 teaspoon cornflour
- ½ teaspoon white wine vinegar
- 200g fat free yogurt
- 250g plain quark
- 150g raspberries
- 150g strawberries
- 100g blueberries
- Pre-heat the oven to Gas Mark ½ (120c)
- Line a large baking tray with baking paper, draw a 26cm circle on the paper and a 20cm circle inside it (I used different sized plates to achieve this)
- Whisk the egg whites in the KMix until they form stiff peaks
- Gradually whisk in the sugar and the sweetener to form glossy peaks
- Whisk in the cornflour and white wine vinegar (you should be able to hold the bowl of mixture above your head without it falling out!)
- With a metal spoon, place 12 scoops of mixture around the circle, they should be touching, slightly swirl and flatten the scoops of mixture slightly with the back of the spoon.
- Bake for 90 minutes then turn off the oven and allow to cool for 3 plus hours or overnight if possible.
- When you are ready to serve, blend together the quark and yogurt mix until smooth.
- Drizzle over the mix on top of the meringue
- Arrange the washed fruit over the top of the mix and meringue
- Dust with icing sugar if desired.
This recipe first appeared in the Slimming World Festive Feasts recipe book. It serves 12 and is 3 syns per portion. I have omitted some steps of the original recipe to suit our family needs.
We really enjoyed this Summer Berries Pavlova over the weekend and it was really nice. My meringue was a bit more golden in colour than I expected but it definitely didn’t take anything away from the taste. It was Bright, colourful and delicious!
After one use of the Kenwood KMix, I am in love. It made beautifully glossy meringue look effortless. Such an easy stand mixer to use and I cannot wait to make more beautiful cakes, desserts and breads in it.
I’ll be attempting to bake a bread over the next few weeks using the KMix to mix my dough I’d love you to come back and see how we get on!
Disclosure: I’ve been sent the KMix product to feature on my blog and it is beautiful. All compliments are my own!