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Nigella Lawson’s mini chocolate pavlovas

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We had our family Christmas party on the weekend. My sister is giving birth in a week or so, and we’re not sure how Christmas will be, so we decided to celebrate a little early.

A celebration isn’t a celebration in my family unless there’s chocolate pavlova involved. I usually make one big one, or two depending on how many people we have. But this time I went CRAZY and made individual ones. I made six individuals, but I think they were too big and I should have made 8 instead – so when dolloping onto your baking paper, make it into 8. Find the recipe to make it as one bigger pavlova here.


6 eggs separated, use the egg whites only
300g caster sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
50g chopped chocolate {milk or dark is fine}

500ml cream
300g raspberries
50g chocolate, grated


♥ Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a tray with baking paper.
♥ Beat the eggs until peaks form. Add the sugar one spoonful at a time as you continue beating, until stiff peaks have formed and the mix is shiny.
♥ Sprinkle over the cocoa, the balsamic vinegar and the chopped chocolate. Fold through gently with a metal spoon or spatula until all combined.
♥ Pile mixture onto your baking tray into eight equal portions.
♥ Put into the oven and then immediately turn your oven down to 150°C. Cook for thirty minutes. You’ll know it’s cooked because the meringue will be crunchy and when you tap the top gently it wobbles underneath a bit.
♥ Once cooked turn off the oven, leave the door ajar and let the pavlova cool in the oven.
♥ To serve place on individual plates and top with double cream, fresh raspberries and grated chocolate.

  • Just wanted to say an absolutely huge thank you for the amount of generous content you post on here. I’ve *just* started my third blog and am having a ball reading the amazing tips you’ve posted on here for your readers. Very generous, thank you babe. Peta xx

  • You’re the Pavlova Queen, aren’t you? I remember that Pav Off you had with your neighbour. Making a pav is on my bucket list, I’m onto it!

  • This is the best pav recipe! I’ve made it a couple of times and it’s always perfect. How exciting about your sis. I became an Aunty for the recond time about a month ago and it’s even more amazing! x