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Mini pavlovas
Photograph: Supplied/LaPav'

This Northern Beaches pastry chef is hand-delivering intricate pavlovas to your door

This isn't your regular backyard barbecue pav

By
Divya Venkataraman
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After losing his job as a result of lockdown restrictions, pâtissier Johann Vanier decided to turn a challenge into an opportunity – an opportunity to make beautiful, intricately detailed pavlovas, that is. 

La Pav' is a delivery and pick-up service selling miniature versions of the reimagined Australian classic. Vanier, born and trained in pastry-making in France, began the business with his Australian partner, Benita. Mirroring their French and Australian love story, Vanier's desserts also marry both cultures, elevating a traditionally Australian backyard barbecue classic with the influence of refined pastry-making techniques and a good dose of French flair.

Each hand-crafted dessert is like a tiny fairytale house in itself: tufts of meringue are piped with cream, scattered with rose petals, raspberries and cut hazelnuts, and cut open to reveal a layered interior filled with more fruit and cream. Flavours include chocolate hazelnut; raspberry, rose, white chocolate and macadamia; vanilla, almond and raspberry; pina colada; lemon meringue and basil; and two vegan flavours – another, dairy-free chocolate and hazelnut flavour and an orange, yuzu, coconut and almond creation. Each pav is $12.50 for an individual size, $50 for a medium, and $70 for a large. A tasting box will get you an assortment of individual pavs and cost you $50.

Order yours online before 7pm for next day delivery, or collect your pretty little pavs from Brookvale yourself.

Want more? This little Redfern bistro is now offering bike delivery of French apertivo hour hampers

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