Few desserts look quite as Christmassy as Christmas pavlova. Pretty as a picture and delicious to boot, this festive classic is an irresistible blend of meringue, fruit and cream.
Unlike lots of Christmas recipes, this one can be made in advance, which makes it perfect to serve up on the big day after your epic festive feast.
If you’ve ever made meringue, you’ll know just what a chore it can be. In fact, the whole consistency of the meringue hinges on whisking the egg whites into infinity!
I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve almost lost all feeling in my arm and the will to live while waiting for stiff peaks to form.
For this recipe, I used the K-Mojo DigiMaster instead. The electric whisk function made light work of the meringue mixture. It was ready to be baked in the oven in no time.
The best things about this sleek, powerful little machine is that it’s got an attachment for seemingly any kitchen task.
It’s got ten different functions, meaning you can juice, slice, chop, emulsify, knead, blend, grate, shred, whisk or grind till your heart’s content!
Not only is the K-Mojo Digimaster practical and powerful, it also looks great. It’s got a modern, elegant, compact design that means it’ll slot right into your kitchen.
Power, speed, elegance and control. What else could you wish for in a modern kitchen appliance?
Christmas pavlova recipe
This Christmas pavlova recipe is so straightforward and uses just a few simple ingredients. Yet, when you’re done, you’ll have a beautiful Christmas pavlova wreath that makes a stunning centrepiece dessert to your Christmas dinner table.
The recipe is simple. Start off by lining a baking sheet with parchment paper. Then draw two circles – one 30cm and the other 15cm in the centre of the first.
Then it’s time for the K-Mojo DigiMaster to work its magic. With this thing, you’ll have the egg whites whisked in no time.
Add the sugar a little at a time and, once it’s stiff and glossy, add the cornflour and vinegar. I’ll explain what the vinegar is for later.
Now you want to carefully spoon the meringue mixture into the ring drawn out on the baking parchment. Once baked, this will be your beautiful Christmas pavlova wreath.
Flatten the top of the mixture and, if possible, make a little trench. The mixture will expand in the oven, but you want a little niche to place the double cream and the fruit when your meringue comes out of the oven.
After an hour or so, your meringue will be cooked. Turn off the oven and leave it in there for another hour to cool completely. You could leave it overnight if you want.
Next, whip the vanilla paste and the cream in a mixing bowl until peaks start to form. Spoon the whipped cream on top of the meringue. Next, comes the arty bit – decorating the pavlova.
You can use any fruits you like – colourful berries are best. Add a dusting of icing sugar and a scattering of fresh mint as a final flourish.
Now you have a stunning Christmas pavlova to wow your friends and family!
Christmas pavlova wreath
While most pavlovas come in the form of a big cake, a Chistmas pavlova is a completely different matter. As it’s made to look like a wreath, there’s something very Christmassy about it.
What is pavlova?
Pavlova is a meringue and fruit dessert that has a crispy outer layer and a soft inside. It’s normally elaborately decorated with summer fruits.
It’s often considered a summer dessert, although when made into a wreath – like this recipe – it makes a great Christmas dessert.
In fact, Christmas pavlova is becoming the most popular type of pavlova. It’s no wonder – just one look at this thing is enough to melt even the stingiest heart.
I reckon if Bob Cratchit had put one of these on Scrooge’s desk at the beginning of ‘A Christmas Carol’ there would have been no need for the three ghosts!
Why is it called ‘pavlova?’
It’s named after the famous Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. It is believed that Austalians and New Zealanders started to name meringue cakes after her following a tour of that part of the world during the 1920s.
Who invented pavlova?
The origin story of pavlova is a much debated source of squabbles between Australia and New Zealand over the years. Many Australians claimed to have invented the recipe in honour of the tiny Russian dancer, particularly Bert Sachse in the 1930s.
Others state that Kiwis were already wolfing down pavlova cakes in the 1920s, well before the Aussies.
In fact, the first use of ‘pavlova cake’ was from New Zealand. This referred to a layered jelly cake, not a meringue cake.
The truth is, nobody really knows who invented it. Meringue and fruit cakes were definitely around long before Anna Pavlova pirouetted down under.
As for naming pretty white desserts after her… this most likely circulated bit by bit, instead of having one defining recipe.
Why is my pavlova cracking in the oven?
A few cracks in a pavlova is completely normal and nothing to worry about.
To help keep your pavlova base solid, make sure you use fresh eggs for the meringue. Also, it’s best to cook the meringue at a low temperature. That’s why this recipe calls for baking at a temperature of 160˚C/fan 140˚C.
When storing your pavlova, keep it in a cool dry place. This will prevent it from collapsing.
Why is my pavlova chewy?
Overly chewy meringues are a nightmare and can ruin an otherwise delicious dessert. There’s an easy trick to prevent it happening though.
The reason meringues can become chewy is because sugar draws moisture from the air. If the sugar draws too much moisture, the meringues become sticky and chewy. That’s why it’s so important to store pavlova in a dry place.
The best way to prevent a chewy pavlova is to leave it in the oven after it has cooked. This will allow it to cool slowly. You’ll end up with a crispy – not chewy – meringue.
How do you decorate a Christmas pavlova?
When your pavlova has been baked and has cooled completely, next comes the fun part.
After you’ve spooned the cream on top of the ring, use berries and slices of fruit to top the wreath. Choose red and green colours for the full festive effect.
You could even drizzle syrup onto the top or decorate with Turkish delights, rose petals, chopped nuts or any Christmas looking ingredients.
What’s the best fruit to use for Christmas pavlova?
When it comes to decorating a pavlova, there are so many different options. Berries are the obvious choice – anything from blueberries, raspberries and strawberries would be great.
You could also use slices of banana, mango, passion fruit or kiwi for a more exotic dessert.
Why do you put vinegar in a pavlova?
Vinegar is normally added to help stabilise the egg whites. When vinegar is added, the meringue mixture holds the air whisked into it.
You can use many different types of vinegar. For me, white wine vinegar works best.
When should you serve Christmas pavlova?
Christmas Day is the best time! It’s the most Christmas-sy of all festive desserts, so why not serve it up on the big day a while after the main course?
You could also serve it up on Christmas Eve or Boxing Day of course. Or on the lead up to Christmas, to get everybody into the festive spirit.
Is it okay to make pavlova the day before?
The thing that makes this recipe so great is that you can make it way before. The cream and fruit needs to be added at the last moment, but the actual pavlova can be made long in advance.
So, if you’re worried about being snowed under on Christmas Day, you can easily make this great dessert on Christmas Eve. It’ll taste just as good if not better!
How long ahead can you make pavlova?
If you want a delicious festive recipe that you can make in advance, this is the perfect recipe for you. You can make Christmas pavlova up to a month in advance!
Just wrap the pavlova in cling film and leave it in a cool dry place. Then add the topping of cream and fruits just before you’re ready to serve it.
How do you make a chocolate Christmas pavlova
To put a chocolatey spin on this Christmas classic, you could drizzle chocolate sauce on top. If you’re a full-blown chocoholic, you could also whisk melted chocolate into the cream mixture.
More amazing Christmas dessert recipes
- Chocolate delice – with its intense chocolate flavours and unforgettable luscious texture, chocolate delice makes for a wonderful festive pudding
- Strawberry flan – this recipe is perfect for anyone looking for a lighter option to follow their Christmas dinner. It’s fruity, full of flavour and is extremely refreshing
- Malva pudding – a South African classic that’s pure comfort food, malva pudding is gooey heaven. Pair with a shot of Amarula for an unforgettable taste
- Amaretto cherries – these little boozy cherries are a wonderful way to bring a little joy during the festive season. They go great in most puddings or even cocktails and you can put them in a homemade jar and place them under the Christmas tree for the one you love
- Chocolate fudge sauce – another irresistible recipe that’s perfect for chocoholics everywhere, this classic dessert sauce would go great with many different desserts. Serve it with ice cream, on cakes, or with fruit for a festive delight
- Brandied pears – a delicious light and tasty dessert that makes a great alternative dessert during the festive period
- Toblerone cheesecake – everyone’s favourite chocolatey triangle gets the star treatment. If you like chocolate, love cheesecake and want to get in the festive mood, you can’t go far wrong with this recipe
- Millionaire’s cheesecake – a drool-inducing masterpiece, this recipe is pure indulgence. You won't be forgetting this one in a hurry!
- Don Pedro drink – a chocolatey, creamy, indulgent drink that goes down far too easy. It’s like a dessert in a glass!
- Slow cooker nutella fudge – deck the halls, shake your tinsel and rock around the Christmas tree, because this is the recipe to make this the merriest Christmas of all time. In terms of joyful indulgence, it just doesn’t get any better than this
- Risalamande – the best thing to come out of Denmark since Viggo Mortensen, this Danish delight is like a cherry almond rice pudding. It’s light, fruity and full of flavour
- Amarula berry trifle – a sweet little showstopper made up of fresh berries, boozy custard, sponge fingers and whipped cream, Amarula berry trifle makes for a great dessert to follow on from your festive feast
- Boiled custard is a traditional recipe enjoyed in the southern states of USA. Enjoy it hot or cold and you can even spike it if you like!
Christmas Pavlova Wreath
- Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
- Yield: 16 servings 1x
- Diet: Vegetarian
Christmas Pavlova is a stunning centrepiece to finish a meal. Get creative decorating this Christmas dessert recipe with fruits of your choice.
- 6 large egg whites
- 350g caster sugar
- 1 tsp white wine vinegar
- 1 tsp cornflour
- 600ml (20fl oz) double cream
- 5ml (1 tsp) vanilla bean paste
- 700g (1½lb) fruit of your choice
- Mint leaves, to decorate
- Icing sugar, for dusting
- Preheat the oven to 160˚C/fan 140˚C/320˚F/gas 3.
- Line a baking sheet with baking parchment and draw a 30cm circle on the paper. Draw a 15cm circle in the centre of the 30cm circle.
- Place the egg whites in the K-Mojo DigiMaster’s bowl. Attach the whisk attachment, then whisk until soft peaks form.
- Add the sugar a little at a time while whisking on maximum speed. The mixture should be stiff and glossy.
- In a cup, make a slurry with the cornflour and vinegar, then add to the egg whites.
- Spoon the meringue onto the ring drawn on the baking parchment.
- Carefully flatten the mixture so that cream and fruit can be placed on top later. Keep in mind that the meringue will expand in all directions in the oven.
- Slide the meringue into the oven and change the temperature immediately to 140˚C/fan 120˚C/280˚F/gas 1. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes. You can leave it overnight to dry out but it needs leaving alone for at least one hour, once it's been turned off.
- Whip the cream and vanilla paste until barely stiff peaks form when the whisk is removed.
- Spoon the cream onto the meringue then arrange the fruit on top.
- Finish off with mint leaves and a dusting of icing sugar.
- Berries work especially well with pavlova. You can use a mix like I did, such as strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. Tropical fruit such as kiwi and mango also work well.
- Don't know what to do with leftover blackberries? Have a look at this blackberry compote!
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Cook Time: 1 hour
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: Australian
Keywords: christmas pavlova, christmas wreath recipe, Christmas dessert recipe, egg white recipe, Australian dessert recipe
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mince pies and cookies
Mum always does Christmas, there will be trifle & Chocolate fudge yule log. I LOVE this my favourite recipe all year 🙂 x
omg Tracey! I am salivating 🙂
I think probably mince pies and Christmas pudding x
Frances Sunshine Hopkins
Christmas pudding and Yule log
A choice - Christmas Pudding, and home made Sherry Trifle
Wow, sounds delicious!
My daughter has insisted we make a chocolate bombe!
oh boy! that sounds amazing
Warm mince pies and cream
Nice! Sounds great 🙂
Christmas pud and a dessert that we treat ourselves to from Marks and Spencers
Thanks for sharing Lorraine 🙂
I will not, on holiday in Cyprus
Lucky you! Have a great holiday Stuart 🙂
ill be serving our familis tradition.....trifle 🙂
Xmas puds,mince pies and chocolate log
I suddenly crave chocolate 🙂
I'm making Mississippi mud 🙂
haven't had that forever 🙂
Traditional Christmas Pudding and Trifle as an option.
Definitely 🙂 Sounds amazing
my hubby is making a sticky toffee pudding
Nice Laura 🙂
christmas pudding x
Classic and amazing 🙂
I might make one too, lets see 🙂
My sister is making her delicious Chocolate brownies
chocolate yule log
Our traditional Christmas trifle x
Haven't given it any thought yet
:))) I am sure you'll come up with something amazing 🙂
Me and my dad always make a trifle together.
Some type of gateau
We are having a homemade Christmas Cake
Christmas pudding with cream
Christmas Pudding (or Chocolate Gateau for those like me that don't like the pudding!) ?
Chocolate is amazing on or with anything, or by itself 🙂
Christmas pudding with brandy cream
Christmas Yule Log 🙂
of course 🙂
I will be serving trifle, yule log and christmas pudding
I'm making a white chocolate trifle as not everybody likes xmas pudding and it tends to be a bit too filling after a big xmas dinner!
true that!!!! 🙂
My famous chocolate guinness cake, it always goes down a treat!
wow! Sounds interesting. Would love to try a piece of that 🙂
home christmas pudding and for those who dont like it home made apple crumble
love apple crumble. Also forest fruit crumble....
We're going for a retro baked alaska this year - well, it looks snowy!
also very delicious
Lemon cheese cake
Heson's Orange inside Christmas Pudding
ooooooo, sounds delicious
The only dessert we serve over Christmas is Christmas Pudding - and we tend to eat that as tea on Christmas day xx
Oreo Cookie Pie
oooooh yum! You would love my Oreo ice cream recipe 🙂
We had Trifle! The classics are always the best
yep! Agreed. But I do love trying out new things too 😛
We dished up some posh strudel and did some homemade vamilla custard! Thumbs up all around! 🙂
that sounds amazing. Plus, strudel is super hard to make in my opinion. Especially if you make the dough yourself. Yummm!
we had cheesecake
ooo nice. What kind?
Boozy brandy cherry custard and jelly trifle
I served a Christmas Pudding
I'm not a big dessert fan, but other people in the family had christmas pudding!
It will be mums homemade and delicious Sherry Trifle
yuuuuum. sounds amazing
Xmas pudding with rum sauce
xmas pudding and cream
We're making a mulled wine jelly to serve with cream
oh wow. How interesting. Never tried that before
I did a lemon pavlova and a chocolate cheesecake.
loooooove lemon pavlova 🙂
strawberries and ice cream
We have mince pies, Christmas pud and yule log ..a nice choice, The pavalova looks so elegant yet you made it look simple, I bet pomagranite sprinkled on top would look fab too, I'm going to give it a whirl!
aaaw thanks Laura!
trifle, christmas puds and raspberry pavlova
We had christmas pudding and brandy flavoured cream x
We had home made mince pies and Hotel Chocolat Yule Log. We still haven't opened the Christmas Pudding or Panettone! 😀
haha no way! :)))
Cookies...lots of cookies.
haha, love this answer 😛
This looks absolutely stunning
So beautiful. I will try my best to make mine to look like yours!
It looks so elegant. I want my wife to make this !
I am so gonna propose this recipe to my wife this year.
This looks so good! What a beautiful and festive treat to serve at Christmas! Its nice to have something different to try too!
Thanks for sharing! How far ahead of time can I make it?
You can make it up to two days ahead. However, I recommend making it only 1 day ahead since the wreath will absorb moisture and then the whole thing will become chewy.
i would make meringue nests
Id make the Christmas palova wreath to celebrate in style Always with you LOVE
I love the look of this pavlova, it is stunning. I think the whisk attachment would be great for whisking up the double cream for the top of the Christmas trifle
I just love Amaretto cherries so would make that, but smoothies every day
Jo m welsh
I’d make a strawberry trifle it always goes down very well
I will make a retro Baked Aaska!
I would love to make something like a Yule log this year
I'd use it to make this pavlova wreatch - you have brought back SO many memories. My mum always used to make a pavlova for Christmas dinner when my grandparents were alive, and it would be lovely and nostalgic
I'd make mini meringue nests with caramel sauce
A tasty Christmas trifle!
Chocolate fudge sauce!
Lemon Meringue pie or mince pies.Also also a chocolate yule log would be fun to do.
My wife's favourite, sticky toffee pudding 🙂
The family favourite is a lemon meringue pie, that's what I would make
A raspberry chocolate truffle Yule log
a christmas pudding
homemade xmas pud would be lovely to make
A chocolate Christmas Pavlova
The merange is my sort of desert but the cheesecake sounds yummy too!
I think it would be good for making one of those light whisked fat free sponge cakes - great for a quick pudding with fruit or as the base of a trifle
Chocolate Christmas Yule Log
The 'Pav' is definitely a Kiwi dessert. Ask any Kiwi and they will confirm it!
It is often served at Christmas instead of Christmas Pudding which is too heavy after a big meal on a hot day. It is also served on special occasions and for visitors staying for a meal. When I was young, all Kiwi mums knew how to whip up a fabulous Pav with skill and without a recipe.
I would use this whisk attachment for a Pav or for a Bombe Alaska.
I think I'd make this Christmas Pavlova. It looks rather tasty.
Chocolate sponge to make a Black Forest gateaux
Lemon meringue pie
I'd love to cook the CHRISTMASSY CHRISTMAS PAVLOVA.....yummy!!
I would whip up a brandy cream to top my festive Black Forest Trifle
Cake. Any cake. What a fab prize!
Xmas pudding with rum sauce
I would use it to make my mum's recipe blackcurrant cheesecake
my favourite a yule log
Trifle with out the sponge lol
I’d give chocolate brownies a go!
I'd have to try a Pavlova. Its one of my favourite desserts but I always buy them
really fancy some bits of meringue now!! so would attempt an eton mess!
meringue topping for lemon meringue pie with the whisk attachment
Perfect, exactly what I was looking for! Decided to add a few nuts too following your suggestion, but also liking the idea of Turkish delight/rose petals. Might have to make several bases next time....
Ive never actually made meringue before so I would love to give that a try
A Chocolate Christmas Yule Log
I’d like to try the meringue as I’ve only tried once
Homemade fruit crumble using the fruit collected from our garden
A Yule log for Christmas.
I would make a sherry trifle.
I'd make some of my favourite mince pies.
After all I've just read a pavlova sounds like a great idea
I’d love to attempt the millionaires cheesecake recipe
I would definitely make a pavlova
I like the sound of the Millionaire’s cheesecake.
I'd make an Eton mess with a xmas twist adding a dash of cinnamon, creme de cassis and cranberries
Well, I made a pavlova for Xmas night. I would probably use this to make another one.
some Cranachan for sure
Christmas Pavlova Wreath
id make chocolate muffins
Mrs Theresa Thomas
I would love to make some homemade mince pies with whipped cream
I love Toblerone so I would love to try the Toblerone cheesecake! Sounds utterly yummy!
I would use it to make a coffee and walnut cake. I'm currently eating my way through loads of Christmas cake, left-over Christmas pud and mince pies, so the next cake I make needs to be something other than a fruit cake.
Trifle and Pavlova, pavlova uses egg whites, trifle uses yolks
Chocolate Christmas brownies.
Christmas Pudding for next year.
I'd definitely have a go at something meringue-based, maybe Baked Alaska. I've attempted this sort of thing before but your arm gets very tired whisking eggwhites by hand!
It would have to be a pavlova - my favourite!
I am in love with Pavlova so it would have to be the pavlova as I never have success with it
a fresh cream and strawberry swiss roll
Carob gluten free, dairy free, yule log
Would love to try homemade mayonnaise!
Almond mince pies
Sticky Toffee pudding is our family fave!
I'd use it to make my meringue for a delicious Baked Alaska, my favourite dessert x
I’d love to have a go at making meringue as I’ve never had much luck with it up to now.
Lemon meringue pie
a fruit crumble would probably be at the top of my list
White chocolate and raspberry cheesecake always a winner in our house
meringue and then experiment with different flavours
MINCE PIES xx
Probably a pavlova, I make a Black Forest version.
Pavlova looks beautiful
So many things! But I’d try a Yule log first 😍
Homemade sherry trifle. Always fresh cream custard and plenty of sherry. I do also make mince pies as an alternative and keep some custard back.
I’d definitely give the millionaires cheesecake a try it sounds so delicious
Rosewater Meringues x
Gosh!, lots of yummy recipes, but the first I would try has to be Risalamande
Lemon Meringue Pie
The Pavlova would be the recipe that I would make, it looks amazing !
I'd love to make my mum's lemon pavlova as it is a Christmas staple in our house.
Lemon Merangue mousse . My grandson loves it.
Ice cream and pavlova
I would make a lovely lemon meringue pie.
i'd most definately make a raspberry pavlova, yum
Probably a homemade cheesecake, lemon or raspberry🥰
I'd make some meringue snowmen
Chocolate Christmas Pavlova
With chocolate melted into it and chocolate cream!
Sticky toffee pudding
I wouldn't mind making that pavlova it looks delicious
Sticky Toffee Pudding
Well I've recently been diagnosed as prediabetic so I'm trying to make low carb, very low sugar deserts. I have a - i kid you not - 45 year old electric hand whisk that belonged to my mum! So I'd definitely try some more adventurous deserts with this
Trifle, Lemon Meringue pie and Raspberry Pavlova
I think the Christmas Pavlova Wreath would be wonderful to make.
I'd love to make some pavlova! Love the idea of a wreath.
Gluten Free Easter Biscuits.
I'd love a go at a chocolate yule log, I've seen an excellent recipe (I think all roll type recipes need whisked egg whites don't they though?)
Wow, what a fantastic prize, I'd love to have a go at making an aquafaba meringue
Vegan Christmas pudding
That strawberry flan sounds amazing... Will definitely be trying it out
White Forest meringue roulade would be the first delicious treat I'd try
I'd make meringue with the whisk attachment
Irish tea brack