kate5kiwis: On the Fourteenth Day of Christmas


“If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth.” — Mitsugi Saotome

Sunday, December 14, 2008

On the Fourteenth Day of Christmas

(ooo lookit - katie's *Christmas giveaway* is here!)

today we transformed these

into this
Christmas Torte

*S-T-O-P!!!* DON'T PANIC!!!
it's totally waist-friendly
cos it's mostly *air*!!!

*whispers to all the kiwi-peeps*
it's just two pav's stacked together masquerading as a

i love making pavlovas - it's so easy peasy - cos ya do it in ten minute increments.
ya need:
c'est tout!!!!! (that's all!!!)

1. preheat oven to 180 celsius. grab two bowls. separate ten eggies (make sure they're at room temperature - way easier to separate and also you can beat more air into them, or something like that) and pop five whites into each bowl (save the yolks for the local yolk-els' lunch or something. ha! yokels YOLKels - i crack myself up!).

2. with your electric mixer, beat each bowl of egg whites to soft peaks and fling in a cup of white sugar to each, madly beating all the time for about five minutes each bowl. (you're supposed to add the sugar a tablespoonful at a time - but i add it in half-cup lots - ha!)

3. ever-so-gently (without banging the beaters down on the side of the bowl to dislodge the glossy egg mixture - use your spare hand instead - otherwise ya bang out all the air you've been painstakingly beating INTO it for the last five minutes lol) spoon each bowlful into circles on a baking-paper-lined oven tray.

4. bake ten mins at 180 celsius (to seal the pavlova crust) and TURN DOWN OVEN to 150 fan bake for AN HOUR. do not open oven door at any stage. cool in oven with the door closed. noddle off and lie in the sunshine in your bikini - uh - with sunscreen on.

5. grab three ridiculously-priced punnets of strawberries - dip some in melted dark chocolate. you can use white
chocolate confectionery (you can't call that stuff "chocolate" because we all know that "chocolate" is BROWN) if you really like - it looks all snowy!

6. the fun part - whip 500 ml cream - spread half on one heavenly-circle and pile with chopped berries, stack the other heavenly-circle and spread the rest of the cream on the top. arrange the most beautiful berries on the cream, and lastly sprinkle the chocolate dipped strawbs on the tippy tippy top.
give it THE BIG CHILL in the fridge.

7. juggle it in the car all the way to the Christmas Party!

*** be slightly aware that even though the
evah-so-sexy Christmas Torte is totally full of *air* and therefore totally waist-friendly, it will probably take a little less than TEN MINS to eat***


Blogger Fabfeathers said...

My specialty for many years had been a pavlovas, but now looking at this one, it makes mine look ridiculously boring. Oh so loving the look and love thats gone into explaining it to us and the delicious pictures. yum yum.

9:51 PM  
OpenID amberpeace said...

Now I know how to make one - and I can introduce my American love to pavlovas! I was just saying last night that I wanted one.

6:13 AM  
Anonymous monica said...

first - don't link to that give away! the more who enter the lower my chances... i know, i'm being selfish. sorry.

and second, those strawberries look fantastic. i've never had a pavlova, i think that's right, so can't comment on how it looks.

3:32 PM  
Blogger a girl for God said...

ooh! i'm going to make one! except that i'll have to whip my own cream... and find an electric beater... but that's okay! i made a PUMPKIN PIE last week, and the crust was fantabulous. according to my american friends, the crust is the hardest part :) i'm so domesticated, lol

will post pictures when i have attempted to reach your level of Christmas-torte-perfection x

5:06 PM  
Blogger Laura/CenterDownHome said...

How about, if we don't win the bracelet, sending us a torte for a consolation prize? What? You say it won't post well?

But I could so console myself with that torte.

*Kate -- how is it that you have the most fascinating and unexpected word verification thingies? "maeldonk". Is that, like, "evil donkey" in Gaelic? Am I supposed to take it personally?

4:22 AM  
Blogger Laura/CenterDownHome said...

Holy maeldonk! This one is "pester"! I kid you not!

4:23 AM  
Blogger kate5kiwis said...

well - i'm bringing a pav or two on saturday - so i'll get ya to do the Taste Test - cos i LOVE it when it's a bit chewy in the middle - i am not a fluffly pavlova person - and mine are always SO UNPREDICTABLE!!!
mwah X

you definitely need strawberries lol - or KIWIFRUIT!!! mwah X

you crack me up re. the link - and this dessert is definitely on the Must Try list! mwah X

you are totally domestiKATEd babe - you do need the electric beater - or biceps of steel - looking forward to your pics! mwah X

what a great idea - but you'll have to pick up the pav in person - come and STAY!!!!!!!!
leave the packing to the kids lol.
love your evil donkey! mwah X

8:27 PM  

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