1 ~~~ The surprising truth about pavlova's origins ~ BBC ~~~
Australians and New Zealanders have long argued over who invented the pavlova, but the authors of a new book have found the dessert’s origins go back much further.
Baking a “pav” and turning up to a backyard barbecue with the dessert in hand is about as Australian as it gets. On Christmas Day, soon after the last prawn has been peeled, the white meringue cake topped with cream and fruit takes pride of place on tables across the country. It’s a dish synonymous with summer celebrations; a refreshing sweet treat on an often hot and sticky day. With many of us being brought up to believe it to be a local invention, it’s no wonder Australians feel such a strong affinity with pavlova.
The only problem is, New Zealanders feel the same way. . .. ... Then in 1929, a recipe for a large meringue cake named after the ballerina appeared in the regional publication Dairy Farmer’s Annual. “This third type of pavlova was the one that several decades later became the subject of the pavlova ‘wars’, which insist that the pavlova was ‘created’ or ‘invented’ and then stolen/falsely claimed by chefs/cooks across the Tasman,” Dr Leach said.