January 27, 2022 6 min read

Diary 27 Jan 22 - About Pavlova

Yesterday was a holiday here in Australia. Our family came together for a meal and we enjoyed Dello Mano Pavlova for dessert.

We're often asked for the best Pavlova making tips, so here are a few commonly asked questions and answers.

What is the history of Pavlova?

Pavlova is one of Australia's most popular desserts. There is an ongoing debate between Australia and New Zealand as to who invented the Pavlova.

One thing is agreed and that is that the Pavlova was created to celebrate a ballerina. A famous Russian Ballerina called Anna Pavlova . She was a prima ballerina for the Imperial Russian Ballet in the late 19th and early 20th century. Known most widely for her creation of the "dying swan". She was the first female ballerina to tour having created her own company. An amazing feat for back then - she travelled among other places to Australia, New Zealand, India and South America.

Legend has it (if you are on the Australian side of this debate) that the Pavlova was created in her honour by an Australian chef at the Esplanade Hotel in Perth, Australia. Debate still rages on Pavlova recipe provenance.  New Zealand also claims ownership of the Pavlova invention. According to the later theory a Pavlova recipe was first published in a regional New Zealand publication known as Dairy Farmers Annual. 

Follow a few simple rules using your Pavlova recipe and success awaits.


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