vanilla, raspberry and watermelon pavlova

  • 1 x quantity basic pavlova (see link under recipe)
  • 1 cup (250ml) single (pouring) cream 
  • 1 cup (250g) sour cream
  • 400g seedless watermelon, rind removed and cut into wedges
  • freeze-dried raspberries+, crushed, to serve 

raspberry and vanilla syrup

  • ¼ cup (60ml) water
  • 2 tablespoons caster (superfine) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon rosewater
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon freeze-dried raspberries+
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
  1. While the pavlova is cooling, make the raspberry and vanilla syrup. Place the water, sugar, rosewater, lemon juice, raspberries, vanilla seeds and vanilla pod in a small saucepan over high heat. Stir to combine and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring, for 4 minutes or until syrupy. Transfer to a small bowl and refrigerate until cold. 
  2. Place the cream and sour cream in the bowl of an electric mixer and whisk until stiff peaks form. Top the pavlova with the cream mixture and the watermelon. Drizzle with the raspberry and vanilla syrup, adding the vanilla pod for decoration if you like, and sprinkle with crushed raspberry to serve.  Serves 6.

+ Find freeze-dried raspberries in the health food aisle of supermarkets and specialty grocers.

Click here for the Basic Pavlova Recipe
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