Pavlova roulade with raspberry mascarpone

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By: Rachel Allen From: Rachel Allen: Bake!

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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3 / 5 (100 votes)

Prep time:
40 min
Cook time:
30 min

This wonderfully delicate dessert combines crunchy, chewy and creamy textures with the fresh taste of citrus curd, raspberries and a hint of rosewater, in a recipe by Rachel Allen


1. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4. Line a 13 x 33cm Swiss roll tin with foil, folding the sides up to make a frame 4cm high and squeezing the corners together. Brush lightly with vegetable oil.

2. For the meringue: place the egg whites in a spotlessly clean bowl (stainless steel is best) and whisk until soft peaks form. Fold the rosewater, vinegar and corn flour.

3. Add the sugar all in one go (if using a hand-held beater, add the sugar in stages) and whisk at full speed for about 4–5 minutes, or until stiff peaks form. Using a large metal spoon, fold in the coconut firmly and quickly.

4. Smooth the meringue into the prepared tin with a palette knife and bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes, or until faintly browned and firm to the touch.

5. Allow the meringue to cool for five minutes, then turn out onto a sheet of foil (slightly bigger than the roulade) – quickly turning it upside down onto the sheet and gently removing the foil on the base. Allow to cool completely.

6. For the filling: lightly beat the mascarpone cheese in a mixing bowl, then add the caster sugar and the rosewater to taste. Fold in the cream and lemon or lime curd.

7. Spread the cream evenly over the meringue, leaving 4cm of the long edge nearest to you free of cream. Scatter the raspberries over the cream.

8. Holding the foil closest to you, roll up the roulade away from you and leave it in the foil until you are ready to serve (it will hold neatly here for a couple of hours in the fridge).

9. When ready to serve, unwrap the roulade and gently push it onto a serving dish using a palette knife or cake slice. Dust with icing sugar and decorate with a few more raspberries and sprigs of mint, if using.


  • vegetable oil, for greasing

For the meringue

  • 4 eggs, whites only
  • 2 tsp rose water
  • 1 tsp red or white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp cornflour, sifted
  • 225 g caster sugar
  • 50 g desiccated coconut

For the filling

  • 250 g mascarpone
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp rose water, to taste
  • 100–150 ml double cream, lightly whipped
  • 150 ml lime or lemon curd
  • 250–300 g fresh or frozen raspberries

To decorate

  • icing sugar, for dusting
  • fresh raspberries
  • fresh mint leaves, optional

Tips and suggestions

Edible rosewater is available from specialist shops and most chemists.

Adapted from Rachel Allen, Bake (Collins)

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Latest Comment


This was ridiculously easy to make. The end product definitely had the "wow" factor for a dinner party. It makes 10 small portions but as it is so rich and pretty sweet that is fine. Next time I might add in some more raspberries to up the tartness as the meringue with coconut is very sweet. But it's a recipe I'd make again.

HeatherJ6575 HeatherJ6575  Posted 02 Nov 2013 8:45 AM

Really wonderful success is strongly recommended all my friends very much like the roll,Thanks for the wonderful recipe. liz from Israel

lizH89407 lizH89407  Posted 19 Jun 2010 9:37 AM