Pavlova is my favourite food- and I often request a pavlova for my birthday cake. Pavlova is a giant meringue dessert named for the Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova -it was created in her honour after one of her tours to Australia and New Zealand in the 1920s. The meringue plays homage to the ballerina’s tutu and her ‘light as air’ dance movements. It is a bone of contention between the two countries as to who actually invented the pavlova, but really the evidence comes down on the side of New Zealand.
These platters are fantastic: not only do you get a fool-proof recipe, you cook the pavlova directly on the plate [SO handy.] AND – they are great for cooking pizzas too. I’m sure you could cook all sorts of stuff on the ceramic surface…. but I only know how to cook pavlova and pizza.
The platters are made by Ideal Ironstone Ware- featured recently in my series of ‘realism’ plates. Ideal describes itself on the back of the platter as: “World’s Finest Ironstone; Oven-Proof and Craze-Proof.” Here we have a completely delightful orange 70s design- and the all important recipe.
The pavlova platter is for sale: $AUD40