Orange & Gingerbread Pavlova

Orange & Gingerbread Pavlova
I really love the modern Christmas of today, and how every year new ideas and traditions are created, especially when it comes to dessert! Although we still love the classics of Christmas, we no longer stick to them so rigidly. So if you don’t fancy Christmas pudding after your dinner this year, you can turn to practically any other type of dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth and impress your family and friends. I think this Orange & Gingerbread Pavlova does just that! It incorporates traditional flavours of Christmas like fresh orange and spicy ginger, but it also creates a stunning centerpiece for any Christmas dinner table.

Step by step…

I started by making the meringue. If you’re left with egg yolks, check out some ways to use it up here. Or you can now buy egg white on it’s own in a carton from Two Chicks. I set it whisking in my mixer along with cream of tartar until stiff peaks formed – you know this has happened when you can tip the bowl upside down without it falling out.

Then I added half of the sugars into the mixer after the stiff peaks had formed and while it was still mixing, and I also added ground ginger.

I then folded the remaining sugar into the meringue using a spatula.

I arranged the meringue into a circular shape on a lined baking tray, making it flat in the centre and more textured around the edges.

It baked for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Then I left it to cool completely.

I whipped up double cream and spread it in the middle of the pavlova and I sprinkled over crushed up ginger nut biscuits.

Then added some orange zest, slices of orange with the rind cut off and these gorgeous dark chocolate pearls from the Chocolate Trading Co.

Orange & Gingerbread Pavlova

How’s that for a showstopper?! I was so pleased with how the Orange & Gingerbread Pavlova turned out and the final look after decorating.

The Orange & Gingerbread Pavlova is best eaten straight away and I had some friends round who were happy to help! The meringue is sweet and spicy, the orange is juicy and fresh, and the chocolate and biscuits add texture amongst the soft cream. It really is a heavenly dessert.

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Orange & Gingerbread Pavlova

Ginger spiced brown sugar meringue with whipped cream and orange slices

Course Dessert
Cuisine European
Keyword Dessert
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Author thebakingexplorer

Ingredients

  • 180 g Egg whites (approx 6 large eggs)
  • 180 g Caster sugar
  • 180 g Light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Cream of tartar
  • 2 tsp Ground ginger
  • 300 ml Double cream
  • 3 Ginger nut biscuits crushed
  • 1 Orange
  • A handful of Dark chocolate pearls optional

Instructions

  1. Pre heat your oven to 120C/250F/Gas Mark 1/2

  2. Whisk the egg whites in a mixer along with the cream of tartar until stiff peaks form - you know this has happened when you can tip the bowl upside down without it falling out

  3. Measure out both types of sugar and add half of the sugar mixture into the egg whites while the mixer is on. Add the ground ginger too

  4. Fold the remaining sugar into the meringue using a spatula
  5. Arrange the meringue into a circular shape on a lined baking tray. Make it flat in the center and more textured around the edges
  6. Bake the meringue for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Then leave it to cool completely

  7. Whip the double cream and spread it in the middle of the meringue. Sprinkle over the crushed up ginger nut biscuits
  8. Then add the orange zest, slices of orange with the rind cut off and the dark chocolate pearls
  9. Serve immediately, store any leftovers in the fridge and eat within 2 days

If you like this, check out more of my Dessert recipes!

9 comments / Add your comment below

  1. oooh yes! Two of my most favourite ingredients, orange and ginger… and how lovely to see them here in something that looks so light and rich… so perfectly christmassy. Thanks for linking to Simply Eggcellent x

  2. These looks like a stunning Christmas centrepiece and a refreshing change from the traditional Christmas pudding. Wishing you and your family a very Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year x

  3. As a guy above said: One of my most favourites ingredients is orange. And this post make me wanna eat something right now. Then I will try to make this one for the Christmas this year. It will be delicious, hope so. ๐Ÿ˜ก

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