Remember my pavlova disaster?  Well folks, if at first you don’t succeed….

“Try, try again”,  I hear you automatically murmer in response.


Not a chance.  For this impromptu dessert, it was down to the Cheesecake shop. 😛

But I did dress it myself 😀

One thing that has always disturbed me about pavlovas is the way in which, after all the careful attention that goes into making them, one seems to inevitably throw the last of the ingredients in the top in the most haphazard way.

Here’s my attempt at presenting a more deliberate pavlova costume.

Slice, ever so finely, the fillets of mango with a large, sharp knife.

After a modest application of whipped cream, begin to layer the mango around the pav.  Remembering it’s a circle, make the mango into a cone shape, rather than a cylinder, so that it will sit neatly into the centre and not pile up.  I like to have all the folds running the same way, but  – a man going past on a galloping horse wouldn’t notice if you don’t have that issue.

A layer of blueberries would work just as well as kiwi fruit to provide a contrast for the excess of orange and red, but I didn’t have any on hand.

(The strawberries look more appealing with the little ends peeking out, rather than the large end.  It’s one of the mysteries of fruit.)

The addition of half a fresh passionfruit adds detail, and makes it a moister mix for those who don’t like too much cream.

There is, of course, the need to bring the clean up crew in after preparations are complete..

That’s it!

So remember.. if at first you don’t succeed, there is always Mamuskas! 😛