16 Oct 2018

Tropical Vegan Pavlova | Bake Off Bake Along


Tropical Vegan Pavlova | Bake Off Bake Along | Take Some Whisks

It’s Vegan Week! Not gonna lie, I was slightly nervous about how this would go. I’ve never tried a fully vegan bake... every bake I’ve ever done has either included butter or eggs. So because it was such a special (and nerve-wracking week) I put my #bakeoffbakealong bake into the hands of my friend, who is dairy free.

She picked the pavlova and my nerves then kinda skyrocketed.

Tropical Vegan Pavlova | Bake Off Bake Along | Take Some Whisks

After a quick spending trip on ingredients, I prepped on Friday (because bake off rules clearly don’t apply for time) with the pastry cream and then made the meringue and assembled on Saturday.

Tropical Vegan Pavlova | Bake Off Bake Along | Take Some Whisks
Tropical Vegan Pavlova | Bake Off Bake Along | Take Some Whisks

I did not anticipate it taking me this long to complete it. Yes, I did take a tea break half way and I did bake an extra meringue layer (which may have been my downfall later on), but still – I swear it didn’t take the bakers this long to do it all.

I thought the fruit prep would be the quickest part, but again, I was wrong. That takes time... a lot of it. I, personally, didn’t see much value to the white chocolate on the base of the meringues, other than maybe helping to hold it together, but for me – it didn’t set and held no purpose.

Tropical Vegan Pavlova | Bake Off Bake Along | Take Some Whisks


The pastry cream was what surprised me the most and it was pretty much my favourite part. I subbed coconut yoghurt for some alpro vanilla yoghurt as I didn’t want too much of a coconutty taste throughout and it worked beautifully.

I would absolutely make the pastry cream again, without a doubt. Combined with the fruit, it was delicious and sweet and had the exact same consistency and look of pastry cream.

Tropical Vegan Pavlova | Bake Off Bake Along | Take Some Whisks

The “meringue” mixture was also the same consistency that you would expect with meringue, stringy and held its shape. Baked beautiful, but sunk a bit after removing from the oven. I ended up with three layers, just because the mixture allowed it really.

During assembly, in true bake off fashion, I had a slight casualty and a bit of the pavlova started to come away because of the weight. Which is understandable, because that’s a lot of fruit. So while I was typing on a boomerang of the perfectly formed pavlova, it was falling away from itself before I had even taken photos.

Tropical Vegan Pavlova | Bake Off Bake Along | Take Some Whisks

If you do make this pavlova I would highly vote against assembly in advance. Assemble and serve straight away! It seems that any moisture that touches the meringue just immediately dissolves it. It doesn’t keep that well for next day eating either. I would advise to make and devour in the same day in order to eat it in its prime.

Overall, would I make another vegan meringue? Only if I was asked to. But I would definitely make that pastry cream again.

Tropical Vegan Pavlova | Bake Off Bake Along | Take Some Whisks

I was so sad to see Jon go last week. He was such a solid favourite of mine. Kebab week in his honour? I do have one thought though for Bake Off this week, what on earth did they do with all of those left over chickpeas? Because I struggled with just two cans worth!


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