Julie Goodwin first burst onto Aussie TV screens during the inaugural season of Masterchef when she smashed the competition and charmed the nation with her lemon diva cupcakes and passionfruit ‘puddle pie.’ Now comes her next big venture, the newly released Julie Goodwin’s Essential Cookbook. A treasure trove of kitchen know-how, it’s full of easy to make, mouth-watering meals shared with a warmth and generosity that is typical of Julie. Everything you could want, her trademark no-fuss approach, handy tips and original ideas are conveniently packaged within the pages of Julie Goodwin’s Essential Cookbook.
With a talent for catering to the demands of a busy, family-friendly budget, Julie’s Banoffee Pavlova Roulade is for those who want to impress without spending a fortune. This recipe is a twist on a few classics, fusing the divine toffee flavour of banoffee with the almighty Aussie pavlova. Turning these elements into a roulade means that any home cook can impress their guests and remember, nothing corrects flaws like a drizzle of caramel over the whole thing!
Banoffee pavlova roulade
You can sweeten the cream with 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon icing sugar if you wish. I choose not to as the pavlova itself is very sweet.
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
2 cups caster sugar
1 tablespoon cornflour
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
600 ml thickened cream, whipped
4 ripe bananas, sliced 1⁄2 cm thick
For the caramel sauce
125 g butter
1⁄2 cup brown sugar
1⁄2 cup thickened cream
For the candied macadamias
1⁄2 cup macadamia nut pieces
1⁄4 cup icing sugar
1 Preheat oven to 160°C. Grease and line a 26 x 34 cm baking tray with baking paper.
2 In the bowl of an electric mixer, whip the eggwhites until soft peaks form.
Add the sugar a little bit at a time, whipping continually, until the sugar is dissolved and stiff peaks have formed.
3 Sprinkle over the cornflour, vinegar and vanilla and gently fold through the egg whites until combined. Do this very gently so as not to knock the air out of the mixture. Spread the mixture into the baking dish and bake for 20 minutes or until just firm.
4 When the meringue comes out of the oven, allow to cool for 5 minutes. Sprinkle a fresh sheet of baking paper with cornflour and lay over the top of the meringue. Lay a clean tea towel on the bench, and carefully invert the baking dish so that the meringue comes out on top of the baking paper and on top of the tea towel. Carefully remove the baking paper from the bottom of the meringue.
5 Spread half the cream in a line along the long edge of the meringue closest to you. Press half the sliced bananas into the cream. Now the fun part: carefully, using the tea towel as a helping hand, roll the meringue over the cream until it looks like a log. Carefully lift onto the serving plate, putting the join at the bottom.
6 For the caramel sauce, heat a large frypan over medium heat and melt the butter and brown sugar together. Add the cream to the pan and bring to the boil, stirring, for 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from the heat and allow to cool (at room temperature – don’t refrigerate).
7 For the candied macadamias, place the nuts and icing sugar in a frypan over medium-high heat. Stir until the icing sugar melts and turns golden. Stir to coat evenly and tip the mixture onto a tray lined with baking paper. Allow to cool and bash gently with the base of a glass or a rolling pin to crush just a little.
8 Immediately before serving, spread the remaining cream over the roulade. Spread the remaining banana over the top, drizzle generously with caramel sauce and sprinkle with the macadamias.