After baking the pavlova, let it cool and cut it in half. A moist liquid-like substance appears inside. (It does not leak out) Is this not ripe?

I baked it for 90 minutes at 120 degrees and cooled it in the oven for about 2 hours before cutting it.


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It sounds like your meringue is "weeping". This happens when the egg white proteins contract too much during cooking, squeezing liquid out.

Overcooking meringue leads to weeping. Using a small amount of starch in the meringue can help. So can pre-cooking the meringue by using hot sugar syrup (so-called "Italian meringue", which I think is unusual for a pavlova but I could be wrong).

Ultimately, though, it's really hard to reliably prevent weeping, and it does not indicate that the meringue is undercooked, unsafe, or un-delicious. Unless you can't stand to look at it, don't worry about it.

  • Thank you for answer I'm already using a small amount of starch. As per your advice, I will try making it using hot sugar syrup.
    – Jay
    May 25 at 8:50
  • @Jay I've developed a pavlova recipe using Italian meringue, it makes it much more stable and even relatively resistant to travel and humidity. But you need to use half of the sugar to make a syrup at 115-120°C (240-250°F), and fold in the remaining sugar and starch. Otherwise it won't develop a proper crust. I also preheat the oven to 120°C, then reduce it to 95°C when I put the pavlova in and bake 75 minutes (the meringue is already partially cooked)... lets to crust dehydrate and is less likely to overcook the meringue. May 25 at 13:38

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