This is the easiest, spunkiest, most delicious dessert ever. It’s a big call, we know, but we stand by it! 

I was skeptical to try this recipe. I’m not a fan of store-bought pavlovas and to be honest, I was surprised that Jamie would even suggest we use one – particularly for an event as special as Christmas. I was so, so wrong to be doubtful.

I don’t know how they did it, but the Gold Chocolate Hazelnut Pavlova we used could have been home-made. It’s hand-finished so each one is unique and a bit rustic looking and the marshmallow to crunch ratio is almost perfect.

I would happily serve that up for a speccy dessert, as is but we wanted to try a couple of variations. We followed the tips on Jamie’s Down Under Berry Pav recipe almost to the letter and the result was nothing short of spectacular.

See for yourself.

Jamie Oliver Berry Pavlova

Ingredients

  • 600g ripe strawberries
  • 180g golden caster sugar
  • 200g dark chocolate (70%)
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 500ml thickened cream
  • 1 Woolworths chocolate-rippled Pavlova base [we used the Gold Chocolate Hazelnut Pavlova]
  • 1 orange
  • a handful of baby mint leaves

Directions

1. Pick out a handful of the smaller strawberries, then halve with green stalks intact and put to one side. Halve or quarter the remaining strawberries, toss in 30g of sugar and leave to macerate.

2. To make the chocolate sauce, snap the chocolate into a pan and cover with 150ml boiling water. Place on a medium heat and bring to the boil, stirring until the chocolate has melted into the water. Stir in 100g of sugar and continue cooking until you have a smooth chocolate sauce. Remove from the heat, then leave to thicken and cool.

3. Meanwhile, halve the vanilla pod lengthways, scraping the seeds into a large mixing bowl. Add the cream along with 50g of sugar and whip to soft peaks. [TIP: this cream was very sweet. I would halve the amount of sugar next time]

Jamie Oliver Berry Pavlova

Eton Mess

This is basically a deconstructed Pav. To make a rustic Eton mess break the Pavlova into a large bowl. (We were so impressed with the height and consistency of the marshmallow inside the Pavlova base, see the pic for detail.) Add the whipped cream, the macerated strawberries and a drizzle of chocolate sauce, then fold everything together with a large metal spoon. You can divide between bowls for a more rustic approach but we chose to serve it in a gorgeous crystal bowl as a feature for the dessert table. Top with a grating of orange zest, an extra drizzle of chocolate sauce and a scattering of baby mint leaves.

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Jamie-Olivers-Berry-Pavlova

Sundae Style

To make a sundae-style dessert lay out a tray of glasses or tumblers, then divide the macerated strawberries between them. Dollop half the whipped cream into the glasses, then cover each with some snapped up pieces of the Pavlova base. Spoon the rest of the cream on top and add a drizzle of chocolate sauce. Top with the reserved strawberries, a grating of orange zest, an extra drizzle of chocolate sauce and a scattering of baby mint leaves. [TIP: This is a decadent dessert and we could barely make it through ours so we recommend smaller portions!]

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Jamie-Olivers-Berry-Pavlova

JAMIE'S TIP

They sky’s the limit when it comes to topping combos. Juicy mandarin segments drizzles with melted chocolate and sprinkled with toasted almonds is an absolute joy, or seasonal stone fruit scattered with based-up toasted hazelnuts is always incredible. If you fancy more of a tropical vibe, go for sliced-up bananas and passionfruit, covered ina good grating of coconut and lime zest. Happy days!

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195 Comments

  1. Maxine Mackay Reply

    Fresh fruit salad, all over, drizzled with chocolate, and dollops of cream fresh

  2. Strawberries, raspberries and cream, with some chocolate flakes!

  3. Everything!! so easy (well sometimes) and just so yummy everyone eats it!

  4. Antonietta Farrugia Reply

    Mango, whipped cream and broken up pieces of crunchie! Yummo 🙂

  5. Narelle Rock Reply

    Fresh strawberries, cherries and blueberries are divine on top

  6. Tracey Ralph Reply

    Love to top my pav’s with fresh cream, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries and chocolate curls.

  7. I’m happy with just cream and strawberries on the top of a pav

  8. Summer Hinaki McDade Reply

    I love either custard, sliced banana and passionfruit OR passionfruit and strawberries

  9. Adam Brown Reply

    Banana, pineapple, mango, kiwi fruit, strawberries, blueberries, passionfruit pulp all sitting on some freshly whipped cream.

  10. Shannan Sullivan Reply

    peaches strawberry kiwi fruit whipped cream & choc sauce drizzled over the top

  11. passionfruit is my favourite but id pretty much eat a pav with anything!

  12. Kristy Emilia Michelson Reply

    Mango, kiwi, strawberry, blueberries, cherries & passion fruit !! YummY

  13. carole nethery Reply

    Passionfruit
    Almonds (shredded)
    Very fresh kiwifruit
    Lychees
    Organic bananas
    Various berries
    And eat it up!

  14. I love a pav with tropical fruits mango passionfruit kiwi fruit strawberries and lots and lots of cream of course yum

  15. Bianca Moore Reply

    I love pavlova covered generously with thick vanilla bean custard with broken up chocolate bars. We have tried cherry ripes, mars bars, snickers and so on and they all taste great!. If you’re feeling decadent drizzle the top with a thick chocolate sauce as well! YUM!!

  16. Definatley got to have fresh cream banana passion fruit pulp kid fruit and strawberries and I’m set

  17. jody buhagiar Reply

    Mint, strawberries, latherings of fresh cream and grated dark chocolate.

  18. Michelle Morgan Reply

    Cream,strawberries passionfruit kiwifruit and banana mmm yum.

  19. I find pavlova too sweet. But with tart raspberries and lashings of cream, everything becomes perfect.

  20. christine morris Reply

    Blueberries, Raspberries and passion fruit, drizzled with some Icing sugar.

  21. Pen Johnston Reply

    All kinds of berries and kiwifruit with passionfruit on top and lashings of cream.

  22. Tracy Andreatta Reply

    Whipped cream , fresh fruit , then drizzled with passion fruit & shaved chocolate .

  23. Berrenson Thai Reply

    mango’s and passionfruit and berry’s with fresh whipped cream and grated milk chocolate

  24. Lena Ivanoff Reply

    Whipped maleny dairies pure cream, Home grown mangoes, strawberries, kiwi, and locally sourced blueberries topped with passion fruit pulp.

  25. Ying Ying TAN Reply

    Love strawberries, raspberries and blueberries topped with some passion fruit. Full of antioxidants.

  26. Colin Burt Reply

    classic vanilla bean real icecream with smoothied fresh mango and some passionfruit pulp freshly cut

  27. Anna Erceg Reply

    Nothing like a home made pavlova with fresh cream, fresh mango, strawberries, kiwi fruit & passionfruit pulp yum make one every Christmas 🙂

  28. Wendy Jean Meers Reply

    I love Pavlova but haven’t had one for nearly 2 years since I gave up sugar, the dreaded stuff is in everything, but I have been trying new recipes and making old recipes sugar free, pavlova is the next on my list

  29. Shaved chocolate-whether it’s crunchies, cherry ripes or peppermint chocolate. Yummy!

  30. Leanne Renehan Reply

    It’s hard to choose between crushed peppermint crisp or strawberries and passionfruit….sometimes I do both 🙂

  31. Has to be fresh strawberries, blueberries and raspberries to cut through the sweetness of the pavlova

  32. Fiona Rowlands Reply

    I love raspberries & strawberries, or even Choc mint if I’m feeling a bit more adventurous!!

  33. A deliciously delectable enrichment of Chantilly cream topped with mango, passionfruit and pineapple accompanied by refreshing mint and a seasonal coconut infused lychee drizzle.

  34. Every pavlova needs to have passionfruit and heaps of whipped cream. Yum

  35. Michelle Roberts Reply

    whipped cream with a dash of vanilla, icing sugar to sweeten, then topped with lots of fresh fruit, strawberries, blueberries, kiwi fruit, banana (brush with lemon to stop going brown) any stone fruit that is in season that the family like, then I like to lightly crush a flake over the top to add some chocolate, yummy and the family love it.

  36. We love our pav topped with cream, strawberries, kiwi fruit and drizzled with passion fruit.

  37. domandlauren Reply

    Whipped cream and a crumbled up flake… some fruit too cause that seems to be appropriate but we’re all there for the cream and chocolate

  38. I love cream strawberries raspberries kiwi fruit and chocolate sauce

  39. Yummy whipped cream with strawberry and Burberry is my favourite
    I love simplicity!

  40. debbie couzner Reply

    Tropical….with extra pineapple & passionfruit, with whipped cream!

  41. Fresh fruits and cream, a pavlova dream, dressed with passion fruit sauce and flakes of chocolate of course, then sink into to your crunchy, fluffy mallow pillow….
    It seems we all dream the same dream!… 🙂

  42. dont care as long as there is crumbled cadburys flake all over

  43. With our love of pavlova at Christmas time , we enjoy kiwi fruit & strawberries- some festive red & green!

  44. Kristie Cubbin Reply

    I love mine with fresh strawberries, passion fruit and Kiwi fruit. Fresh and zingy tasting.

  45. Helen Hamilton Reply

    Definitely lots of freshly whipped cream laced with pure vanilla essence and icing sugar, then top with chopped freshly picked strawberries the great big ones straight from the strawberry patch. Of course a big drizzle of melted dark chocolate over the top makes it just perfect.

  46. I love my Pavlova with lots of whipped cream and lots of strawberries and some kiwi fruit for colour and a drizzle of passionfruit for flavour.

  47. Fresh strawberries dipped in chocolate covered in chocolate sauce! Omg! Yum!

  48. Strawberries & kiwi fruit sprinkled generously with crunched up “Flake” chocolate bars.

  49. Flake Chocolate, Strawberries, Mango, Blueberries and Raspberries on a nice bed of cream, and a drizzle of passionfruit pulp.

  50. Felicity Mason Reply

    Chocolate, caramel and banana!
    “Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.” ~Ernestine Ulmer.

  51. Rhiannon g Reply

    Strawberries, kiwi and passonfruit. Cream served with a scoop of ice cream

  52. Tina Clausen Reply

    Blackberries and raspberries on a bed of creamy vanilla ice-cream and drizzled with cinnamon sugar.

  53. I love sliced banana and passionfruit butter with fresh passionfruit and raspberry coulis drizzled on top.

    • Alison Watts Reply

      This is a cool topping, yummy mango with swirls of passionfrit pulp

  54. Claudette Francis Reply

    Fresh mango and pieces of peppermint crisp chocolate with a drizzle of chocolate sauce and a dash of fresh lime and top with fresh mint

  55. TanyaCrerar Reply

    A pavlova generously covered in whipped cream and crushed peppermint crisp always tastes like Christmas to me!

  56. Anna Rowan Reply

    I love berries, so pavlova topped with a lot of different berries is my favourite!

  57. A pav with crushed up Peppermint crisp..positively delicious 🙂

  58. Blueberry, kiwi, cut peaches..any fruit that cuts the sweetness of the pavlova

  59. Kath Weber Reply

    Whipped Cream with strawberries,banana,mango, passion fruit drizzle with chocolate

  60. Julia Morton Reply

    whipped cream with added peppermint crisp,great minty flavour

  61. Aleksandra Secerkovic Reply

    whipped cream with a hint of Baileys, cherries and shavings of milk chocolate! yum 🙂

  62. The combinations are endless – I like filling it with a light chocolate mousse and then grating Peppermint Crisp on the top.

  63. Whipped cream, strawberries, banana & kiwi fruit. So simple but delicious!!

  64. Nic Tesla Crushed Peppermint Reply

    Crushed Peppermint Crisp of course, what else?!

  65. Eleni Fagan Reply

    love whipped cream, kiwi fruit, mango and strawberries.. yummy 🙂

  66. Mango/pineapple whip. It’s basically frozen mango and pineapple whipped with coconut milk like a soft serve.

  67. Angela McCully Reply

    Oh I love cream, strawberries & a little bit of smashed peppermint crisp. Drool…

  68. Rachel Kriss-Newell Reply

    A drizzle of raspberry coulee and passionfruit covering a delicious array of fruits – strawberries, kiwi fruit and mango slices.

  69. Strawberries and Cream with a little passion fruit pulp…..Always

  70. Melanie J Patterson Reply

    A whole lota passionfruit syrup, smothered with mangoes and kiwifruit!! Mmmm Mmmmmmm

  71. berry frenzy – strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries on a bed of double cream (trickle some juice from the blackberries over the sides for effect)

  72. James Pizzey Reply

    fresh cream strawberries then sprinkle over a Cadbury peppermint flake heaven

  73. fresh cream and blueberries and mango puree – makes everyone drool and say this is delicious hooray 🙂

  74. Strawberries and Blueberries and Chocolate Flakes and fresh Cream.

  75. You can’t go past a mix of strawberries and summer peachs. Delicious!

  76. Jess Claes Reply

    I love strawberries and passionfruit!! So refreshing, and the flavours go together really well. Sweet and a little bit bitter.

  77. Brooke-Lee Croton Reply

    I love strawberries, mango, blueberries drizzled with passion fruit pulp.

  78. stacey coppin Reply

    I love my pavlova loaded with fruit but I’ve never tried it any other way. I’m thinking i should! 🙂

  79. Michelle Green Reply

    Fresh strawberries, Kiwi fruit and slices of fresh banana.

  80. Ingrid Robertson Reply

    Caramel, fig, whipped cream and crumbled chocolate – divine!

  81. Isabeau Jane Reply

    Fresh whipped cream, fresh strawberries, tinned peaches and fresh passionfruit pulp. Simple and delicious!

  82. Whipped cream and passion fruit pulp! So freaking yummy!!! 🙂

  83. sars_angelchik Reply

    Definitely passionfruit and strawberries! They just add a lovely tartness that’s not too overpowering.

  84. Maz Jackson Reply

    Banana, pineapple, Kiwi fruit and peaches and whipped cream yummo

  85. Passionfruit of course,strawberries,kiwi fruit and a
    Iil mango because were Queenslanders 🙂

  86. amandagorton Reply

    Whipped cream, farm fresh strawberries and grated milk chocolate

  87. Trish Leonard Reply

    Strawberries, whipped cream and grated peppermint crisp chocolate. It’s so good!!

  88. Trevor Roberts Reply

    Lots of whipped cream with vanilla, berries, passionfruit, mango, any stone fruit that is in season, with a little grated choc sprinkled over the top.

  89. Barbara Fehmel Reply

    I love nothing better than Strawberries covered in Passionfruit, and the children love Grated Chocolate all over the cream.

  90. melissa Sharland Reply

    Cream, strawberries and flake chocolate sprinkled on top.

  91. Tiffany Ahuja Reply

    We love fresh whipped cream, strawberries , Pecans, a caramel sauce with grated chocolate yum yum

  92. Dawn Taylor Reply

    Lashings of vanilla cream, with Tia Ma and shaved chocolate.

  93. Whipped cream, strawberries, bananas, kiwifruit and chocolate sauce – yummy!

  94. Anita Black Reply

    I love fresh whipped thick cream and strawberries, Kiwi fruit, cherries ontop!

  95. Pecans, strawberries and banana with whipped cream ( tiny bit of icing sugar to sweeten) and a berry compote

  96. Lara Hainsworth Reply

    I like it tropical so passionfruit, mango, and pineapple pieces.

  97. You know I don’t really care what’s on top of a Pavlova as long as a) I’m allowed to eat it, and b) I’m allowed to have a second piece!

  98. Mandy Spiero Reply

    Strawberries, kiwi fruit, passionfruit pulp or raspberry coulis, mango, peaches, banana, raspberries, blueberries and Cadbury flake

  99. Pip Booker Reply

    Whipped cream, mangoes, kiwi fruit and passionfruit Mmmm mmmm Delicious!!

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