At the suggestion of other reviewers, I used 1 cup of sugar so my review is based on that modification. This was my first attempt at Pavlova. Having sampled it years ago, I decided I had to make it at least once. I wanted to take it to a Christmas gathering. My first try at this recipe resulted in a tasty but overly browned creation that cracked badly and collapsed. Not to be discouraged, I scoured the reviews and picked up tips online, before trying again. I ended up with a beautiful, sublime Pavlova with a delicate crust and luscious, marshmallowy meringue inside. I topped it with unsweetened whipped cream, kiwis and strawberries. It was marvelous! First of all, Pavlova is like cheesecake in that you must leave the oven closed while baking. My old oven tends to run hot so I nervously opened it several times on the first try which caused the cracking and collapse. On the second try, I left the door shut and baked it for 45 minutes before turning off the oven and allowing it to cool for about an hour before placing the Pavlova on a rack. This time, the color was perfect and there was only minor cracking. The top did fall in a bit afterwards but it wasn't seen under the cream and fruit. I'm not sure I could have done anything to prevent that. I'm so glad I tried making this because it's such a wonderful, different dessert. Next time, I would sweeten the cream, based on the feedback I received. Rosina, thank you for posting this!
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At the suggestion of other reviewers, I used 1 cup of sugar so my review is based on that...