The Anna Pavlova Dessert

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The Anna Pavlova Dessert.

One of many little known facts about Anna Pavlova’s life is that she had a dessert created in her honor: the Anna Pavlova Dessert.

It has an interesting history, which you can read below, but it also is quite yummy and I look forward to preparing it.

For you next special occasion, give it a try, the recipe is really quite easy to prepare. Take a picture of your creation and send it to us. We will publish it and share with our readers!

Anna Pavlova Dessert Origin and History

Pavlova is a meringue-based dessert named after the Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova. It is a meringue dessert with a crisp crust and soft, light inside.

The dessert is believed to have been created in honour of the dancer either during or after one of her tours to Australia and New Zealand in the 1920s. The nationality of its creator has been a source of argument between the two nations for many years, but formal research indicates New Zealand as the source.

The dessert is a popular dish and an important part of the national cuisine of both countries, and with its simple recipe, is frequently served during celebratory and holiday meals.

More interesting facts from original article on

Anna Pavlova Dessert Recipe


4 large egg whites

1 cup of superfine sugar

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 teaspoon white vinegar

1/2 tablespoon cornstarch (corn flour)


1 cup heavy whipping cream

1/2 tablespoon granulated white sugar (or to taste)

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Fresh fruit: kiwi, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, passion fruit, peaches, pineapple or other fruit of your choice.

Watch the video below for instructions on how to prepare this delicious dessert from the

I found the history behind this delicious dessert so interesting. Give it a try at home and “Share” and “Like” it with your friends.

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  1. Yes, we just call it Pavlova & claim it as our desert, and yes, it is in honor of Anna…we mainly have it at special family gatherings & Christmas ( summer here then), There are many versions from those that are fluffy and soft to those that have a crunchy outside & soft googey middle… yummy… Kiwi fruit on top is the norm…

    • So Amanda,
      Anna Pavlova’s dessert did originate from New Zealand! Have you prepared it yourself?

      • Yes I have… many for birthdays & Christmas.

        • Amanda,
          Would you share your recipe? I would really like to try a second one, especially from someone who has prepared it many times.
          Let me know, and I’ll publish it here on my blog!

  2. Pavlova … is it low-calorie Romy? Seems light and fresh and perfectly named….

    • Jim,
      Good question!
      The egg whites and fruit is low calorie, but not the sugar meringue.
      But remember, as in ballet, balance is the key. Eat healthy over-all, and give yourself a treat like Pavlova’s dessert once in a while. Moderation… 🙂

  3. Probably one of the best desserts ever! Not a sweet tooth myself, but hard to resist a Pavlova. Great recipe too! Thanks!

    • I know what you mean, Peter. I crave vegetables more than sweets most of the time.
      But occasionally I’ll want semi-dark chocolate (with strawberries…yum!) or fruit, like kiwis or peaches with something sweet and a dessert recipe like Anna Pavlova’s is fresh and light, as Jim mentioned above.

  4. Hey Romy this is even a gluten-free cake so I will totally get my kids making it and send you some pictures in the near future. I love meringue.

    • Really?
      I had no idea!
      I’m just beginning to learn about gluten-free foods.
      Curiously, I’ve been invited to promote a brand of gluten-free granola bars that are healthy and delicious. (But that’s another story.)
      Yes, share your photos when your kids have prepared this dessert, “the Pavlova”. I’ll make sure to post them.

  5. Great no matter what fruit you use. It is very light and refreshing – and such a wonderful treat.

  6. Wow that is cool,


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