Activated Charcoal Pavlova

Black ingredients (a welcome antidote to garish technicolour unicorn foods) needn’t be scary and chances are, you’ve already tried most of them before. Black rice? Check. Black beans? Check. Blackberries? Check. Charcoal ice cream? Ok maybe not but don’t be put off – this amazing ingredient is easy to cook with and is guaranteed to wow your dinner party guests.

A fun upgrade on the classic, my activated charcoal pavlova (created exclusively for British lifestyle store Habitat) tastes as impressive as it looks. A great end to a dinner party, serve this heavenly sweet treat with seasonal berries and a dollop of fresh cream for an indulgent finishing dish.

100g egg whites
200g castor sugar
Activated charcoal (available to purchase in most health food shops)
100ml double cream
50g icing sugar
Vanilla pod
Punnet of blackberries and blueberries

1. Start by whisking the egg whites until fluffy in a mixer. Slowly add the sugar on full speed until the meringue forms peaks.
2. Spoon onto a tray and dust with the activated charcoal, cook in the oven on 60 C for 8 -12 hours.
3. Combine the double cream, icing sugar and vanilla, whisk to ribbon stage.
4. To serve spoon the cream onto a plate, garish with berries and finish with the meringue.

Discover this recipe and simple styling tips to make black foods and black tableware work for every occasion on the Habitat website.


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