Mini Christmas Pavlovas

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Recipe by Sandie Deane

A simple, yet stunningly festive Christmas dessert that can easily be prepared beforehand. Wonderful as a centrepiece and everyone gets their own mini Pavlova!

Crispy meringue shells with fluffy marshmallow centres, topped with white chocolate cream, fresh raspberries and boozy raspberry sauce, then sprinkled with pistachios.

These deliciously festive desserts look stunning on a white backdrop -serve them on a classic white platter for the ultimate wow factor.

10 Servings

90 Minutes



4 egg whites

1 cup caster sugar

1/4 tsp cream of tartar


125ml heavy cream

80g white chocolate


1/4 cup sugar

2 tbsp water

125g frozen raspberries (defrosted)

1 tbs Chambord Framboise or Grand Marnier



fresh raspberries

unsalted pistachio kernels, roughly chopped


- Raspberry sauce can be made in advance. It will keep in the fridge for 2 weeks
- Oven temperatures are low for baking Pavlovas and ovens can vary - use an oven thermometer to check the temperature of your oven before baking
- Raspberry liqueur is optional in the sauce and can me omitted. Add a little extra water if the sauce is too thick
- The white chocolate cream is partly prepared the night before, so allow time for that.
- White chocolate cream pairs beautifully with raspberries, but can be replaced with Chantilly Cream for a quicker and easier alternative


Make the White Chocolate Cream

  • 01

    Place half of the cream and all of the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and heat on 50% for 1 minute.

  • 02

    Stir the chocolate and cream vigorously, then heat again on 20 second bursts, until mixture is smooth.

  • 03

    Cover mixture with plastic wrap (touching the surface). Cool to room temperature and then place in the fridge overnight.

  • 04

    When ready to decorate the Pavlovas, whisk the chocolate mixture on medium-high until fluffy.

  • 05

    Add the remaining cream and continue to whisk until stiff.


  • 01

    Preheat oven to 120°C/110 Fan/250°F.

  • 02

    Line 2 baking trays with baking paper -use a little of the pavlova mixture to "glue" the corners down.

  • 03

    In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk the egg whites and cream of tartar on medium speed until it forms

    soft peaks.

  • 04

    Gradually add the sugar, one tablespoon at a time, whisking for 30 seconds between additions.

  • 05

    Using a large ice cream scoop, place 2 scoops onto the baking sheet, repeating to make 10 pavlovas (5

    per tray).

  • 05

    Use an offset spatula or butter knife to push down lightly, then smooth to form pavlovas into circles.

    Using the offset spatula, swipe up diagonally to form grooves.

To Decorate

  • 01

    Just before serving, dollop the White Chocolate Cream onto the Pavlovas and decorate with fresh

    berries and pistachio kernels. Drizzle with the Raspberry sauce.

About the Author

Sandie Deane

Sandie Deane is a recipe creator, food stylist and photographer based in Melbourne. However, it is her childhood memories of growing up in country Victoria, surrounded by her Grandmother and 4 Great Aunts that inspires her to share her love of baking.

Sandie is a strong believer in creating not just delicious baked goods, but also the wonderful memories that comes with it. And just like her amazing role models, she’s created delicious nostalgic recipes for her own family, with 4 (now adult) sons.

These recipes can be found on her website Apple Cake Annie, which is dedicated to her Grandmother.

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