Friday, 8 February 2013

Our Favourite Valentine's Day Recipes - Mini Mango Pavlovas

We've had a great response to the BBQ Mango Cheeks and Lamb recipe featured earlier this week, so we've got another delicious mango recipe – a dessert this time. I don’t think I've met anyone who doesn't like Pavlova – it’s a summer classic. On a hot day you just can’t beat it with a bit of fresh mango. These Mini Mango Pavlovas are so easy and tasty that they’re certain to be a hit with your Valentine.




Prep time: 20 minutes

Ingredients (makes 4 serves):
  • 2 x fresh Australian mangoes
  • 8 x pavlova nests (store bought)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • Whipped cream
  • Mint (optional)

Method:
 1.    Scoop out the cheeks of one mango (see images below) and slice into thin strips or if you are feeling romantic, use a heart shaped cookie cutter to create hearts.
2. For the puree, slice and pit one mango and cut into pieces. Place mango, sugar and lemon juice in a food processor and puree until smooth. Cover and chill in fridge.
3. To serve, place the Pavlova nests on a platter, top with whipped cream, puree and mango slices or hearts.

You can slice the mango into thin strips, or if you're feeling creative use a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut into heart shapes

This recipe is courtesy of our mates from the Australian Mango Industry. Australian Mangoes are the flavour of summer with a range of varieties for you to enjoy all season long. There are four main varieties including the Kensington Pride, Calypso, R2E2 and Honey Gold, and several other late season varieties, including the Brooks, Keitt, Palmer, Kent and Pearl. Mangoes are quick and easy to prepare and are bursting with nutritional value. But best of all, mangoes are one of the most versatile fruits on the market; delicious by themselves or as an addition to your meat and seafood dishes, salads, cocktails, smoothies and desserts. Check out their website and their Facebook page.

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