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’s 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 😉


  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 by 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 😛 )

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 😉 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! I really recommend getting yourself a hand-held electric whisk – we have one similar to this 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.

– 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! 🙂
    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 😉


    • 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 😀
      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 😉
      And Lucy says thank you 🙂


  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 🙂


  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 😀 Such a lot of tasty-looking bakes this month, I will definitely be trying out some of the other recipes.


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