When I saw that strawberries and blueberries were on special at the grocery store the other day, I got an overwhelming urge to make my own Lola style pavlova from Kate Forster’s Piece of Cake.
There’d also be a classic pavlova with a selection of toppings for the customers to create their own perfect desserts.
“They’ll get little bowls of crumbled peppermint crisp, summer berries, passionfruit pulp, little chocolate chips – milk, white and dark – and then, finally, salted toffee shards.”
I think the beauty with this dessert is that it’s as easy or as complicated as you want to make it. I choose to buy everything pre-made. The supermarket was out of merengue nests so I just bought mini meringues and put a handful in each bowl.
My initial ingredients:
- Mini meringues
- kiwi fruit
- Peppermint crisp bars
- lemon curd (which I didn’t end up using)
- chocolate (which I didn’t end up using either)
- whipped cream (that I also didn’t end up using)
I chopped all the fruit and put in the meringue and peppermint crisp (which I’ve never had before but are very tasty) and thought it was sweet enough. I think that’s one of the benefits of getting to pick and choose what you want. I love pavlova type desserts with bananas in them. And the apple was my own addition cause I had some in the kitchen.
Ta-dah! My Lola inspired dessert.
It wasn’t until I was washing up after dinner that I realized that I forgot to include the salted caramel shards that I made (using this recipe). But I think that just gives me an excuse to make this again 😀
It may not be as pretty as a Lola creation but I like to think she’d be proud of me 😛