HOLIDAY RECIPE: Pavlova Cheesecake

14 December 2023


Published in The Record Magazine, December 2023 Issue

Mother Theresa Catholic College Food Technology students have created a festive unique pavlova cheesecake for you and your family to try at home. The College also celebrated their milestone 10 year anniversary.

  • Cooking oil spray, to grease
  • 200g Lemon Crisp biscuits
  • 50g butter, melted
  • 3 tsp powdered gelatine
  • 30ml hot water
  • 1x 250g blocks cream cheese, chopped, softened
  • ¼ cup icing sugar mixture
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 150ml thickened cream, plus extra
  • 150ml whipped, to dollop
  • 80g (8 pack) meringue nests
  • Fruit to decorate – strawberries, cherries or raspberries, blueberries, mango, passionfruit
  • Mint leaves to garnish


  1. Grease a 20cm round spring-form cake tin with cooking oil. Line base and sides with baking paper.
  2. Put biscuits into the bowl of a food processor and process until fine crumbs form, then transfer to a large bowl and stir in butter.
  3. Pour into prepared tin and use bottom of a glass to smooth surface. Freeze for 15 minutes.
  4. To make filling, put gelatine into a small jug and mix with water. Set aside for 5 minutes. Microwave on high 100 per cent for 30 seconds or until gelatine has dissolved, then set aside to cool for 2 minutes.
  5. Put cream cheese, icing sugar mixture and vanilla into a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer on low until the sugar is incorporated, then increase speed to medium and beat until mixture is smooth. Add gelatine mixture and beat again until well incorporated. Fold in whipped cream. Break 5 meringue nests into bite size pieces and fold into the cream cheese mixture. Spoon mixture on top of chilled biscuit base and smooth surface using the back of a spoon. Chill in fridge for 2 hours to set.
  6. Remove cake from tin and transfer to a serving plate. Dollop with cream and spread to cover the top.
  7. Decorate with remaining meringue nests, broken into pieces. Use as little or as much as you desire. Add strawberries, blueberries, mango and cherries. Garnish with mint leaves and drizzle with passionfruit pulp.

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