Cherry pavlova with pistachio brittle

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This stunning cherry pavlova recipe is packed with billowing cream, a rich cherry syrup, pistachio brittle and heaps of fresh cherries for a stunning summer dessert. The perfect dish for a summer get together.

First published in 2018

This extravagant pavlova is loaded with soft folds of whipped cream, cherry syrup and lots of fresh cherries. The finishing touch is a scattering of pistachio brittle. It’s messy but oh, so much fun.





  • 4 egg whites
  • 200g of caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 pinch of salt

Cherry syrup

Pistachio brittle

To assemble


Preheat the oven to 150°C/gas mark 2
Whisk the egg whites until stiff, then add the sugar 1 tablespoon at a time until it has all been incorporated, whisking for a few seconds between each addition. Whisk in the vinegar, vanilla extract and salt. It should be glossy and stiff
Draw a circle on a sheet of greaseproof paper approx. 27cm in diameter (although it doesn’t matter too much!) and place on a baking tray. Dollop the meringue onto the paper in one heap, then gently spread out, making a crater in the middle (which you will later fill with cream)
Bake for 1 hour, then turn off the oven and leave the meringue inside to cool completely
Make the cherry syrup while the meringue is in the oven. Gently dissolve the sugar in the water in a saucepan over a low heat. Remove the stalks from the cherries, add them to the pan then simmer for around 10 minutes, until syrupy. Pass through a sieve and stir in the pomegranate molasses. Leave to cool
To make the pistachio brittle, gently dissolve the sugar in the water in a saucepan. When it has dissolved, turn up the heat and boil the mixture until it turns golden, which could take up to 10 minutes. Alternatively, use a sugar thermometer to take the mixture to 146–155°C
Pour the mixture onto a greaseproof-lined baking sheet and quickly sprinkle the pistachios on top, pressing down with the back of a spoon. Leave to cool, then break into shards
Once the meringue has cooled, top with the whipped cream and streak with cherry syrup (there will be leftover syrup which you can serve at the table). Top with fresh cherries and the pistachio brittle
First published in 2018

Helen Graves is Head of Content at Great British Chefs. She's also the author of the cookbook LIVE FIRE: Seasonal Barbecue Recipes and Stories of Live Fire Traditions, Old and New, and the editor of Pit, an independent magazine with roots in live fire cooking.

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