Now this is a pavlova made with love. Just look at it. It screams love – and gluten free love at that.
It’s been lovingly baked and prepared by the queen of culinary love, Sara Green of Passionfood (scroll down for her recipe).
When I was first diagnosed with Coeliac disease, one of my good mates told me I must look up Passionfood, a home delivered food service in Sydney’s east, where the entire menu is gluten free. So I promptly did, and met the lovely Sara who is the creator, brains and chef.
Sara’s husband, daughter, mother-in-law and sister-in-law all have Coeliac disease, so eating gluten free is a way of life for her entire family. She quickly learned to tweak recipes to be gluten free, and found that many didn’t need much changing. Her belief is that every recipe can be made gluten free with minimal changes, and can taste just as good, if not better.
The Passionfood kitchen – full of love, yummy food and very cool bits and pieces
Some of the beautiful cakes and slices (I am personally addicted to the lemon slice).
Here’s a bit about Passionfood from Sara – in her own words:
“Passionfood began in March 2009. It originated from my love of home cooking, and the desire to create a business that is family-friendly. It combines my two passions….my family and cooking.
When my first child started school and I would go to mums lunches, I quickly became the one who brought dessert. They all couldn’t believe that it was gluten free and people started saying, “You should sell your food.” I had worked on and off as a Registered Nurse for 15 years, and felt it was time for a career change. Something inside me told me to take the chance with selling my food.
So my first customer was Cafe Q at Bronte Beach, and to this day, I still take my cakes down there each Saturday. I didn’t want to do just cakes, so I designed a menu that covered main meals, soups, vegetarian, desserts, sweet treats and kids dinners. I then sent an email telling my friends about my new business venture, and before I knew it I had a regular clientele. I have been so fortunate as my customer base has grown by word of mouth alone. The business has evolved organically and that’s one of the things I have loved.
My job is to take the pressure off my customers, so I do all the shopping and cooking, and the meals are home delivered (mostly by my husband Chris, who is an incredible support!).
With a husband and three children I understand how busy life can be, and how it can be a challenge to put healthy and delicious meals on the table. Passionfood aims to deliver on all fronts……ease, nutrition and convenience.”
Here’s Sara’s recipe for that amazing pavlova.
This has been adapted from Bill Granger’s recipe in Bills Sydney Food (updated collector’s edition now available – to celebrate 10 years in print). Serves 8 – 10.
6 egg whites
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 1/3 cups castor sugar
1 tbsp cornflour
2 tbsp arrowroot
2 tsp white vinegar
300ml thickened cream, with a touch of vanilla and castor sugar added, whipped
1 punnet strawberries, hulled and halved
1 Flake chocolate bar crumbled on top of strawberries (optional)
What to do
Preheat oven to 175 degrees celsius (fan forced).
Place egg whites, cream of tartar and vanilla into a clean dry bowl and beat until stiff peaks form. Add sugar in tablespoons, beating continuously until all sugar is added and meringue is glossy and thick. Stir in the cornflour, arrowroot and vinegar with a metal spoon.
Pile onto a baking tray lined with baking paper, in a circle approx 20cm in diameter.
Put in oven and immediately turn oven down to 130 degrees celsius (fan forced).
Bake pavlova for 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until the outside is firm but not browned.
Allow to cool in oven. Cool completely before serving. Top with whipped cream and strawberries and chocolate (optional).