Christmas Pavlova with Spiced Syrup

This stunning pavlova has become a firm Herbie’s family favourite. Enjoy all the flavours of Christmas with our festive version of this ubiquitous Aussie dessert. Make bite sized or individual pavlovas, or buy ready made shells for a quick and easy dessert at any time. The syrup makes a lovely gift too!

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 mins
Total Time: 1 hour 40 mins
Yield: 6-8 Serves 1x
Category: Baking & Sweet Things




To decorate:

  • 300ml thickened cream, whisked until soft peak
  • 2 plums, cut into wedges
  • 10 whole red cherries
  • 12 tablespoons of pomegranate arils
  • 2 fresh figs, cut into wedges


  1. Preheat oven to 120°C. Line a large baking tray with non-stick baking paper.
  2. In a large clean, dry bowl, use an electric beater to beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gradually add the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating constantly, until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is thick and glossy. Add the cornflour, mixed spice, lemon juice and vanilla essence and beat to combine.
  3. With a large metal spoon, place the meringue mixture in a roughly 20cm disc and then make a shallow well on the top using the back of the spoon.
  4. Bake for an hour or until the meringue is crisp and dry. Turn the oven off, leaving the meringue inside with the door closed, to cool completely. If making ahead, once cool, store in an airtight container.
  5. For syrup, combine all ingredients in a saucepan over low heat and stir gently until sugar is dissolved. Increase heat and cook for 8-10 minutes until syrup has reduced and is sticky.
  6. To serve, top with whipped cream, fruit and syrup. Extra syrup can be served in a jug.


Syrup can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 months. Warm gently before serving.

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Nutritional Information
Serving Size 166g
Calories 437
Sugar 60g
Sodium .16g
Fat 19g
Saturated Fat 12g
Carbohydrates 62g
Fiber .8g
Protein 3.5g