Iron Chef Shellie

Pandan Pavlova

Sometimes I only function in my own bubble; so when Nic from Dining with a Stud emailed me to inform me about The Great Australian Pavlova Blog Hop, I knew I was gonna take part due to the 4939259374234 free range eggs I’ve accumulated from a family friend’s chickens. BUT WHAT TO DO!?!?

I sat on it for days and no brilliant stroke of genius hit me, I thought I was going to miss out… but then a craving for ondeh ondeh sparked me…. Pandan Pavlova!

Unfortunately my oven, which is older than me and tres shit, always makes my pavlova sink. I cooled it properly in the oven but it resembled more of an empty swimming pool than a puffed up pav. Alas, whipped cream to the rescue!! I originally just wanted to use whipped coconut cream for the topping, but due to the crater size hole, I mixed the fatty part of the coconut cream with some normal cream to help fill the massive hole. Thanks to twitter peeps for helping answer my question if I can whip coconut cream or not!

Topped with shredded coconut for that ondeh ondeh feel, this pav needed some fruit, so it was trusty mango and some passionfruit pulp to complete the tropical feel. With some toasted coconut flakes on top, this pav was a winner. The best part was cutting it open to find it had retained it’s bright green colour.

Pandan Pavlova

4 egg whites
1 cup (220g) caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon pandan essence
A few drops of green food colouring
3/4 teaspoon white vinegar
1 can coconut cream, refrigerated then fat, creamy part scooped out
Fresh mango slices, passionfruit pulp, desiccated and toasted coconut chips to decorate

  1. Preheat oven to 120°/100° fan-forced. Line oven tray with baking paper, drawn a 18cm circle then flip baking paper over.
  2. Beat egg whites in a small bowl with electric mixer (or by hand if you have the power), until soft peaks form; gradually add sugar, beating until sugar dissolves. Add essence, food colouring and vinegar; beat until combined.
  3. Spread meringue into circle on baking paper, building up at the side to around 8cm height. Smooth sides and top of pavlova gently.
  4. Bake pavlova for about 1.5 hours. Turn off oven, cool pavlova in oven with door ajar.
  5. Whip coconut cream as you would normal cream (if you want a full guide to whipping coconut cream, click here)
  6. Spread whipped coconut cream ontop of completely cooled pavlova and decorate with mango slices, desiccated coconut and toasted coconut chips.

Serves 8.


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26 Responses to “Pandan Pavlova”
  1. I love pandan desserts! And a pandan pavlova is just the funnest fusion ever, that green is awesome. Good to know you CAN whip coconut cream too ;)
    Vee @ Munching (in) Melbourne recently posted..Movida Aqui (for when you can only pick one)

  2. Yummy! High five to making pandan flavoured pavs. :)
    penny aka jeroxie recently posted..Maxwell Market, Singapore

  3. Your pavlova looks amazing Shellie!!! I love the tropical topping. And thanks for sharing that you can whip coconut cream. Who knew!

    Will you be linking it up in the blog hop? The instructions are on my Black Forest Pavlova post.
    Jennifer (Delicieux) recently posted..Black Forest Pavlova

  4. msihua says:

    The colour of your pav looks amazing! So good!
    msihua recently posted..Brasserie Bread Melbourne Launch Night @ South Melbourne

  5. Fiona says:

    What an absolute winner! I can’t wait to make this and surprise my friends with the green inside. This will be the hit of the Christmas Party Season. I too have now learned about whipping coconut cream!
    Fiona recently posted..Syrian Pancakes on a Sunday Morning

  6. It looks absolutley beautiful, I love the way you’ve presented it, especially how you have arranged the mango slices. And I had no idea you could whip coconut milk, fantastic!
    Lau@Corridor Kitchen recently posted..Classic Raspberry Pav

  7. I love, love, love pandan! And had not ever considered using it in a pavlova. What a wonderful idea, thanks so much for sharing.
    Lizzy (Good Things) recently posted..Passionfruit and Raspberry Chinchillas – Great Australian Pavlova Blog Hop

  8. Awesome!!! I love pandan and I love how the bright green inside constrasts so nicely with the mango and coconut on top. A Beautiful pav!

  9. Michelle says:

    I’ve never cooked with pandan before, but looks really successful! The green food colouring makes it look really cool!
    Michelle recently posted..Upside Down Lemon Meringue Pie Pavlova

  10. I knew you would do somethin FAB :) awesome job!! Looks great and I totally want to eat it now haha. Thanks so much for joining :D

  11. Hannah says:

    I think I’m in love. Coming from a family that predominately needs to be dairy-free and gluten-free, meringues are a common dessert in our place. I can’t wait to track down pandan essence and try this!

  12. OMG! I wish i could accumulate that much of free range eggs!

  13. It looks absolutely AMAZINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG! I love anything pandan. I definitely must give this a try sometime :D
    Tina @ bitemeshowme recently posted..Alio Restaurant: Bread and Pasta Masterclass, Surry Hills

  14. Ashley says:

    Wow, pandan pavlova sounds like an awesome idea! I absolutely love the colour, so green!!!
    Ashley recently posted..Blueberry and Mango Pavlova

  15. Shellie, that looks absolutely delicious!! Can I please have a slice? :D
    Miss Adriennely recently posted..A Farewell Lunch at City Wine Shop

  16. wow…! I absolutely LOVE this idea. I love pandan (who doesn’t really…) … must try this recipe! Love the green coloured pav too – hooray for colourful pavs ;)

  17. Jackie B says:

    Shellie, that looks amazing!! I lived in NZ for so many years and never got the hang of baking pavlova, it always sink on me.. I was too devastated to try again. And OMG a pandan one, how ninja of you!
    Clap clap clap! Love it!
    Jackie B recently posted..Another Stakeout?

  18. I have never cooked with pandan before… this looks so wonderful. What a happy, summer pav!

  19. Jackie B says:

    Shellie, that looks amazing!! I lived in NZ for so many years and never got the hang of baking pavlova, it always sink on me.. I was too devastated to try again. And OMG a pandan one, how ninja of you!
    Clap clap clap!
    Jackie B recently posted..Another Stakeout?

  20. Melissa Darr says:

    Oh Yummy! I love your twist on the classic pav recipe! YUM!
    Melissa Darr recently posted..Tasty Tuesday…. Blackforest Pavlova

  21. Your Pavlova looks great! I’ve never used Pandan before. I have a shite oven too – it’s the worst!
    Katherine Martinelli recently posted..Individual Pavlovas with Strawberry Compote and Mango Coulis

  22. Check out the gorgeous green pandan colour when you slice the pav, awesome.
    Sara (Belly Rumbles) recently posted..Chocolate Cherry Roulade Recipe & Giveaway

  23. Winston says:

    PANDAN pavlova?!??! HELLSSSSS YEAH! I’ll have a slice, please! I love the way you think when you’re in the kitchen! Haha…
    Winston recently posted..Marque, Surry Hills

  24. Julie says:

    Shellie I love the green colour, it looks wonderful – look to try a pandan styled one soon!
    Julie recently posted..Rainbow layered pavlova tower

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