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Fig pavlova with cardamom cream

Caramelised Fig Pavlova With Cardamom Cream

Rosanna Stevens
A sweet and fragrant fig and cardamom pavlova that makes the ideal dessert for a dinner party.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Drying out and assembly time 3 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10 people
Calories 305 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 large mixing bowl
  • 1 large, lined baking tray
  • 1 pestle and mortar
  • 1 small knife
  • 1 electric whisk or kitchen aid

Ingredients
 
 

Brown sugar meringue

  • 4 egg whites (large)
  • 300 grams golden caster sugar /granulated brown sugar

Cardamom cream filling

  • 400 ml double cream /heavy whipping cream
  • 100 grams yoghurt
  • 20 grams cardamom pods
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

Caramelised figs

  • 8 figs
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom pods

Instructions
 

  • First, make your meringue. Preheat the oven to 150 degrees Celsius/300 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • Separate the egg whites from the yolks, taking particular care not to get any egg yolk into the white. Even a tiny speck of egg yolk in your egg white will result in a failed meringue. 
  • Whisk the egg whites until they reach a pale colour and have soft peaks. 
  • Begin adding the sugar a small amount at a time whilst continuing to whisk the egg whites. The meringue mixture should turn opaque creamy white, thick and glossy. 
  • Spoon the brown sugar meringue onto a lined baking tray and use a spatula to spread it into a circle with a slight dip in the middle. 
  • Bake the meringue in the oven for 1 hour, turning the heat down to 140 degrees Celsius/285 degrees Fahrenheit as soon as you put it in.
  • When the hour is up, turn the oven off but do not open it. Leave the meringue in the oven to cool and dry out, which will ideally be at least a few hours. 
  • Meanwhile, make the caramelised figs and cardamom cream filling. Slice the figs into quarters and heat the butter in a frying pan. 
  • Add the figs and a teaspoon of cardamom pods to the butter and sprinkle a tablespoon of sugar over them. 
  • Gently cook the figs in the butter, sugar and cardamom pods until they soften and caramelise. 
  • Take the remaining cardamom pods and carefully split them open with a knife to remove the seeds. Grind the seeds into a fine powder in a pestle and mortar, coffee or nut grinder. Some hard outer shells might remain, so pass them through a fine mesh sieve and discard the larger pieces that remain. 
  • Pour the cream into a large mixing bowl and add the ground cardamom seeds and lemon zest. Whisk the cream until it is thick and stiff, before mixing in the yoghurt which will slacken it again. 
  • Spoon the whipped cardamom cream filling onto the brown sugar pavlova and then add the figs on top. Serve and enjoy! 
  • Slice the figs into quarters and heat the butter in a frying pan. Add the figs and a teaspoon of cardamom pods to the butter and sprinkle a tablespoon of sugar over them. 
  • Gently cook the figs in the butter, sugar and cardamom pods until they soften and caramelise. 
  • Take the remaining cardamom pods and carefully split them open with a knife to remove the seeds. Grind the seeds into a fine powder in a pestle and mortar, coffee or nut grinder. Some hard outer shells might remain, so pass them through a fine mesh sieve and discard the larger pieces that remain. 
  • Pour the cream into a large mixing bowl and add the ground cardamom seeds and lemon zest. Whisk the cream until it is thick and stiff, before mixing in the yoghurt which will slacken it again. 
  • Spoon the whipped cardamom cream filling onto the brown sugar pavlova and then add the figs on top. Serve and enjoy! 

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Notes

If adjusting the quantities of this fig pavlova, allow for 75 grams/2.6 ounces of sugar per large egg white. 

Nutrition

Calories: 305kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 3gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 47mgPotassium: 235mgFiber: 2gSugar: 39gVitamin A: 661IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 90mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Brown sugar pavlova, Fig and cardamom, Fig Pavlova
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