Learn how to make a lemon pavlova – a dessert made of meringue with cream and almonds on top – and amaze your friends and family. Delicious!

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"I always do this because I love the way the tender part of the pavlova base, like a marshmallow, hits the smoothness of the cream."

Could anybody explain the meaning of "hit" in the above sentence?

I'm not sure what she means- whether she's saying that she likes the cream to be draped on top of the tender part of the pavlova base or that the bottom part of the pavlova base tastes smoother than cream. I'd appreciate your help. Thank you!

Hi Charlie
What I understand is your first idea, i.e. that she likes the combination of the cream on the top of tender part of the base.
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The LearnEnglish Team

well this recipe seems to be easy to follow and the pie looks appetizing. i have never had this dessert before. i am intrigued now and i'd like to taste it. not sure if i can find caster sugar in my country but i guess any type of sugar can be used, although it might change the taste a little bit.
i am not well-known for making desserts within my family and honestly i rather eat then, specially when my mom makes them.

I love pavlova. I have cooked it three times already, the first two times I was desperate because of the cracks. The third time, though, I gave up, and now I am very relieved to know that is normal!!!
I did not put creme on top, since this is not a very light dessert. instead, I used Greek yogurt and fresh fruit on top. It was delicious! The yogurt is fresh and it helps to "wash away" the sweetness of the meringue. Honestly it was not my idea, I read it on the Internet, and loved it.

I am afraid, this recipe looks a little complicated to me. Some of the ingredients are not readily available in my country. I am wondering if 'caster sugar' is the same as what we call 'icing sugar', I don't know where to get almonds nor lemon curd. Anyway, we do not often take sweets but I don't mind trying this recipe if I can find the ingredients. Thank you

Hi Roseline,

Caster sugar is different from icing sugar -- it has smaller grains than normal white sugar, but is not as fine as icing sugar.

I hope you get to try the pavlova one day!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I don't think that I would try out this recipe although I love lemon curd, because it is not light enough for my diet.
I like to make pancakes that in french we call "crêpes" !
I really enjoy making apple pies and apple crumbles too. These recipes can moreover offer a great range of possibilities with different kinds of fruits.

i'm in love with arabian sweets ,most of then are entity of a kind of a thin layers of pastry and heavy thick cream usually made by hand . I adore the outstanding taste of the arabian ghee and the nice refreshing color of the ground or cracked pistachios on top.
I love you my favorite chef

she's really quite pretty

It's really dificult to understand well this explanation.
There is a delicious pie: Sacher Pie