This Chocolate Pavlova is a dessert of joy, love and calm. Crispy, chewy, soft, chocolatey meringue studded with dark chocolate chunks and topped with a thick blanket of cream and raspberries.
It has been a success every time I have made it, such is it's reliability. It can be dressed up or down to suit you sir but effortlessly brings a sense of serious style to any Soiree.
I have come to think of this as a perfect Sunday Lunch Pudding when I am entertaining a small crowd. It is super easy and quick to put together allowing you more time for other prep and panic. I try to pick all my recipes for their ability to be almost completed before people arrive.
I also do the same with my other favourite Pavlova recipe- Strawberry Pavlova.
This recipe is mostly borrowed from Nigella Lawson. As always I find her recipes outstanding in all the ways that matter to me, no fuss with great style and taste and I can't help but love her muchly for it.
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Chocolate Pavlova Recipe
You will need
6 large egg whites
300 grams (11 oz) caster sugar
3 tbsp cocoa powder
50 grams (2 oz) dark chocolate
500 mls double cream (heavy Cream if you're American)
500 grams (18 oz) raspberries
grated dark chocolate to decorate
- Don't be afraid it really is easy. Just be careful to have a clean bowl and make sure that no egg yolk gets in the whites. I crack them in one at a time.
- It is just a matter of whisking the egg whites until they are frothy and fluffy. I use a free standing mixer and it makes making meringue an absolute doddle but a hand held electric whisk will do the job very well.
- Whisk until they go frothy and white.
- Add the sugar a tbsp at a time and keep whisking and you will see the meringue mixture change and become thicker, shiny and satiny as you keep whisking. If you are using a hand held whisk perhaps get someone to help you add the sugar, it will make things a lot quicker.
- When the meringue is very stiff and holds a peak, sieve over the cocoa and gently drop the chocolate chunks in.
- Fold in carefully with a metal spoon making scooping motions up and through the mixture so as not squish the air out of the meringues although it is quite a stable mixture so don't worry too much. Just be light handed.
- Tip out the meringue mixture onto a lined baking tray and form into a round disc about 9 ". You could draw out the circle on your baking paper for easiness.
- Form into a pavlova shape ready to hold the cream and raspberries later. I shape the outside edges to stand a tiny bit higher to hold the cream later.
- Bake at 150 C/300 F/Gas Mark 2 for about an hour. If the pavlova starts to brown then turn down 10 C. Ovens really do vary enormously. I use a little independent thermometer.
- Allow to cool on the tray and then very carefully remove to your serving dish. This bit can be tricky, take your time.
- Dollop on the whipped cream and place the raspberries on top. This is a real wow factor dessert and it tastes just as good as it looks baby.
Chocolate Pavlova Tips
- Crack your egg whites into a mug before tipping into the mixing bowl to avoid getting accidental egg yolk in all of them.
- Make sure the meringue is really, really stiff.
- Make sure your mixing bowl and hands are clean as any grease may stop the egg whites whipping up properly.
- Fold the raspberries and chocolate chunks in lightly, carefully cutting through the mixture with the edge of the spoon, working in a gentle figure of eight.
- Use an independent oven thermometer to make sure your temperature is correct.
- Only whip the cream until it is softly whipped, too thick and it may be hard to spread on the pavlova.
- Get ahead by baking the meringue up to 12 hours before and decorate with cream and raspberries an hour or so before you are ready to serve.
How To Store A Pavlova
- Store in a cool place in an air tight container. At least 1 or 2 days in a cool, dry place. Moisture is the enemy and it will lose crispness in damp air.
- You can freeze meringue. Stored carefully in an air tight container it will freeze well for up to a month. It is important to defrost out of it's container to keep it away from any moisture, so a wire rack is perfect. Just let it come up to room temperature and go ahead as normal.
- You can actually freeze raw egg whites too. Simply put them in a freezer bag, plastic container or even in an ice cube tray. If using an ice cube tray when the whites are frozen transfer to a freezer bag or container for long term storage. They will keep for up to a year but it is wise to label them with the date. Defrost in the fridge and remember that freezing does not kill salmonella so the usual rules still apply.
*The remaining egg yolks are great for adding richness to everything from pasta dishes to ice cream, custard to breads. I am careful to store them in a particular way. I use clingfilm scrunched up and pushed closely onto the surface of them and then another layer of clingfilm over the container they are in, usually a mug. This way it prevents a tough skin forming on the top.*
If you like this meringue recipe then you may like these lovelies:
White Chocolate and Raspberry Roulade
White Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake
Chocolate Pavlova Recipe.
- 6 large egg whites
- 300 grams caster sugar
- 3 tbsp quality cocoa powder
- 50 grams of quality dark chocolate
- 500 ml of double cream
- 500 grams of raspberries
- grated dark choc to decorate
- Preheat the oven to 150° C/300°F/Gas Mark 2 and line tray with baking parchment.
- Beat the egg whites until fluffed up and stiff. Beat in the sugar until stiff and shiny. Do this a tbsp of sugar at a time
- Sprinkle over the cocoa and chocolate and then fold it all in. I sometimes whisk the cocoa in before folding in the chocolate and it does not seem to matter at all.
- Shape into a disc shape about 9 inches in diameter whilst drawing up the sides a little so as to contain all the cream and raspberries later.
- Place into the oven and then bake for 1 to 1 hour fifteen minutes. I sometimes do it in my Aga simmer oven for about 2 hours. (110 C)
- Let the pav cool completely before whisking the cream to soft peaks and tumbling on the raspberries (love a tumble)
- You could also decorate with dark chocolate gratings for a bit of razzle.
- Apply to Unflushed face.
All nutritional information is approximate and intended only as a guide.
I have linked this post with I should Cocoa and Tin and Thyme as well as CookBlogShare Week 26
Great post. Never mind the pac, you had me chuckling and empathising all the way through. I am exactly the same. Having said that your meringue looks divine and I would love a generous slice of it please. Thanks for joining in with We Should Cocoa and I hope you have a good and less anxiety ridden 2017.
Thankyou.I could eat a big slice right now too! Thankyou for hosting xx
Angela / Only Crumbs Remain
Ooh heaven! I love pavlova but strangely have never tried one flavoured with chocolate! I can certainly empathise with you about wanting everything ready when you're expecting guests Jenny......and as for going upstairs and then forgetting why! All the time!
I know! So many hormones and so little time!!!!
It's the dark chocolate and raspberry combo that make this Pav so delicious and its ability to be made ahead makes it a go to for me time and time again!xx
I haven't tried making pavlova. This looks so pretty and delicious!! Thanks for sharing, Jenny. x
This sounds amazing! I usually make a plain pavlova topped with raspberries but a chocolate one sounds extra special!
It so is Corina.The dark chocolate clippings are the best bit I think.One of my real faves xx
Jacqui Bellefontaine | Recipes Made Easy
OMG that looks amazing. raspberries, cream and meringue a match made in heaven and you have gone one step further and added chocolate. Need I say more!
It is divine!Dark chocolate and raspberries a serious heavenly combo.Makes all the sweating worth it on a Summers day!!xx
Oh Yum! I have never been brave enough to try a pavlova, this looks wonderful! #CookBlogShare
You so should.They really are very,very easy once you know what not to do xx
Thankyou and PLEASE do it!All you have to do is make sure your egg whites get stiff enough.So no egg yolk or grease in bowl that you are whipping in.Thats the only bit that makes it go wrong.Whip till you can tip the bowl upside down and WALLOP.......Lovely big Pavlova xx
I’m going to try!
Cat | Curly's Cooking
This looks so tasty, I love a pav! My husband thinks I am crazy for having a panic when he suggests having a dinner party and doesn't understand why it worries me. He says I can cook so what is there to worry about - what a silly man. I feel like in maybe 20 years time I will have gained enough confidence and life experience to be able to host my first dinner party!
Oh Cat!!!You can do it.Its all about choosing recipes that are make ahead.Most of my dinner party recipes are all make ahead.I couldn't cope otherwise!!Definitely two courses completely made with some general reheating in the middle!xx
Eb Gargano | Easy Peasy Foodie
Wow wow wowsers! I love a pav (especially when the raspberries have been adequately tumbled) but adding chocolate into the mix is taking it to the next level. I NEED to try this as a matter of urgency! Eb x
They have to tumble Eb.Please try it asap!The dark choc nubbly bits in the bottom of the meringue with the raspberries and cream.......heaven x
Thanks it so is ?
So funny! Always love a pavlova but haven't had a chocolate one before. Must rectify that immediately.
Do it very quickly Mandy!xx
I am new to the world of pavs. It is an addiction now. Such fun. To find one using chocolate is magnetic as is your intro. I identify with all of it.
I have recently been taught to clean the howl and whisk with a wipe of vinegar b4 making the meringue. It helps.
Thank you for an inspiring recipe.
Im addicted! Thank you so much for your feedback. I love to hear how my recipes work. Great tip too!
I want this more than life itself.
Could this be made the night before,then fill with cream ect in the morning,and once made do you store it in the fridge or in a tin please,
Hi Julie, yes it absolutely can be made the night before. I don't put it in the fridge but lightly cover it with a clean tea towel or clingfilm and then fill etc no more than an hour before you are going to serve it. Meringue can soften a bit if left in the fridge. Hope you love it as much as we do! x