A Weekend Video and Mum’s Pavlova Recipe


Sarah and Louise recently started a new link-up called This Little Big Life, celebrating the weekend. I decided to join in with a video capturing some of last weekend’sย little moments. It was a fairly standard weekend for me – I also went to the gym twice as usual, but no-one needs to see that ๐Ÿ˜‰


  1. a quick and breezy walk by the beach
  2. playing hide-and-seek with Lucy
  3. attempting to give Lucy a treat and somehow managing to bounce it under the bathroom door
  4. mmm bacon
  5. Lucy being offended byย a fly
  6. Formula 1
  7. pavlova prep
  8. my favourite dinner (James’s lime and coriander chicken)
  9. snoozy cuddles
  10. failing to cut up a mango
  11. pavlova end result
  12. sparrow feeding frenzy
  13. the largest carrot in the land
  14. and more cuddles (and yes those are Christmas pyjamas, what of it ๐Ÿ˜› )

This month’s theme for the Bumpkin Betty Baking Club was “free from”, so I decided it was finally time to take up my mum’s mantle and have a go at making her famous (and gluten-free) pavlova. This is such a family favourite that I think if Mum turned up to a family party without it, she’d probably not be invited in ๐Ÿ˜‰ The recipe is as follows:

Ingredients: 3 egg whites, 175g caster sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence, 1/2 teaspoon vinegar, 1 level teaspoon corn flour, plus cream and fruit to go on top.


– Preheat your oven to 150C.

– Whisk the egg whites until they are stiff and form small peaks. You should pretty much be able to turn the bowl upside down without them falling out! Iย really recommend getting yourself a hand-held electricย whiskย –ย we have one similar to thisย which doubles as a blender and it saves so much time and effort!

– Gradually whisk in the sugar.

– Whisk in the rest of the ingredients.

–ย Draw a circle on a sheet of greaseproof paper (draw around a dinner plate). Place the paper on a baking tray and scoop your mixture out of the bowl and onto the circle. It should be a little bit thicker round the edge.

– Bake for 1 hour. Keep an eye on it, especially if you have a fan oven – if it starts to brown, you may want to pop some foil over the top.

– Turn the oven off and leave the pavlova inside to cool [I’m not sure if Mum actually does this – I’m sure she’ll tell us in the comments – but as I was about to remove it, I suddenly thought “wait!” and googled].

– Top with whipped cream and fruit of your choice. I went for mango and kiwi this time for a summery tropical topping, but strawberries and/or raspberries are a more traditional choice – whatever takes your fancy!

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9 thoughts on “A Weekend Video and Mum’s Pavlova Recipe

  1. Hi Emma, glad the pavlova worked well! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I usually turn off the oven and leave the door open slightly to let the pavlova cool down, but if in a hurry and not too worried about end appearance I will just take it out and leave it to cool on a rack.
    Of course, this recipe is only dairy free if you use a dairy free cream substitute to fill!
    Mum xx


    • I was staring at the ingredients list thinking “I’m sure there’s dairy in there somewhere”, haha! Oops! I will amend ๐Ÿ˜‰


    • The mango was definitely not “perfectly ripe” as Tesco promised, and took me approximately a further 10 minutes to wrestle my way into – I had to just chop a chunk off the side in the end ๐Ÿ˜€
      Who knew there was so much comedy to be found in fruit and veg, but both the mango and the carrot clip still make me laugh every time I see them so I couldn’t leave them out. I have a feeling this probably puts my sense of humour around Matilda’s age group but never mind ๐Ÿ˜‰
      And Lucy says thank you ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Mmm that pavalova looks lush! I’ve tried meringue twice, once was amazing and once was a huge fail and I honestly don’t know what I did differently each time?? I must admit the carrot clip had me puzzled slightly until I scrolled down and read your list! Haha Thanks for joining in #ThisLittleBigLife


    • That was my first time making it and I really didn’t expect it to go so well, I think it’s probably easy to whisk too much or not enough!
      Haha yeah it is a bit of a weird one, I was watching TV while James was cooking dinner, when he suddenly marched through and presented this enormous carrot without saying a word!
      Thanks for hosting and visiting ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. I love that video!! Such a lovely weekend and your cat is so cute! I love pavlova and my Mum also makes an awesome one – it’s just the best dessert isn’t it? Thanks for joining in the baking club xx


    • Thanks Jaclyn ๐Ÿ˜€ Such a lot of tasty-looking bakes this month, I will definitely be trying out some of the other recipes.


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