Pavlova cake with melon and basil coulis
Recipe Type: Dessert
Pavlova is a beautiful summertime cake. Try pairing it with fruit like melon. Basil works great with fruit and adds depth to the flavor.
  • 3 egg whites
  • 5.8 oz (165 g) sugar
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • ½ tsp vinegar
  • 0.84 cups (200 ml) whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • melon
  • a handful of fresh basil
  • 0.4 cups (100 ml) agave nectar or honey
  1. In a clean bowl, whisk egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gradually mix in sugar until it dissolves completely and you get smooth meringue. In the end, mix in cornstarch and vinegar.
  2. Place parchment paper onto baking sheet and draw several smaller circles. Use piping bag to pipe out meringue mixture and fill the circles. You can leave a slight indentation in the middle, where the filling goes.
  3. Preheat oven to 212 F (100 C). Bake for 1 hour. Turn off oven, leave it to cool completely.
  4. Mix whipping cream with vanilla.
  5. Cube melon.
  6. Soak basil in boiling water for 1 minutes. Rinse under cold water, drain. Pulse it with agave nectar or honey.
  7. Fill Pavlova with whipped cream. Place melon cubes on top. Pour basil coulis over it and serve immediately.
Recipe by Honest Cooking at