Pavlova whisks up top spot as Ireland's favourite sweet treat
IT may be the unofficial national dish of New Zealanders, but pavlova is the dessert of choice for most Irish people.
The dish came out on top in an online poll of 1,000 people - particularly in Leinster counties including Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow and Wexford.
However, people in Kerry voted another traditional favourite, apple tart, as their top choice. Those living in Offaly went for apple and rhubarb crumble.
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Other favourites included cheesecake, tiramisu, profiteroles, brownies, creme brulee and old fashioned trifle.
The nationwide poll, commissioned by Avonmore, asked participants to choose from a list of classic desserts to coincide with the launch of television chef Neven Maguire's bespoke collection of recipes.
The nationality of Pavlova has been a source of argument between New Zealand and Australia for many years, with the meringue-based dessert part of the national cuisine of both countries.
Pavlova was named after the Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova, believed to have been created in honour of her tours of New Zealand and Australia in the 1920s.