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The Pavlova, a dessert about which I've written several times, is a national favorite in both Australia and New Zealand.

Both countries lay claim to the meringue-based beauty and it's easy to see why. It's a gorgeous dessert in both its flavor and its structure. Crack through the crispy, pale pink base to discover soft, delicate meringue. What a cake!

Pavlovas are usually topped with freshly whipped cream, strawberries, kiwi fruit, bananas and passionfruit. Or for something more decadent, top with fresh figs and mascarpone.

This time I omitted the strawberries and kiwi fruit and opted for bananas and tropical passionfruit.

It's an easy dessert to make and infinitely impressive. But before you start, check out these easy step-by-step instructions for a perfect pavlova.

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