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Pandan Pavlova

An Asian take on the traditional pavlova.


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Pandan Pavlova
November 27, 2011

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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
½teaspoon pandan essence
A few drops of green food colouring
¾ 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.


26 comments on “Pandan Pavlova
  1. Vee @ Munching (in) Melbourne

    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 😉

    November 27, 2011 at 10:09 am
  2. penny aka jeroxie

    Yummy! High five to making pandan flavoured pavs. 🙂

    November 27, 2011 at 11:56 am
  3. Jennifer (Delicieux)

    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.

    November 27, 2011 at 12:31 pm
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      Doing now! been out all morning 🙂

      November 27, 2011 at 1:49 pm
  4. msihua

    The colour of your pav looks amazing! So good!

    November 27, 2011 at 2:03 pm
  5. Fiona

    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!

    November 27, 2011 at 2:16 pm
  6. Lau@Corridor Kitchen

    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!

    November 27, 2011 at 2:33 pm
  7. Lizzy (Good Things)

    I love, love, love pandan! And had not ever considered using it in a pavlova. What a wonderful idea, thanks so much for sharing.

    November 27, 2011 at 3:15 pm
  8. Christina @ The Hungry Australian

    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!

    November 27, 2011 at 3:30 pm
  9. Michelle

    I’ve never cooked with pandan before, but looks really successful! The green food colouring makes it look really cool!

    November 27, 2011 at 6:18 pm
  10. Nic@diningwithastud

    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 😀

    November 27, 2011 at 7:18 pm
  11. Hannah

    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!

    November 27, 2011 at 8:54 pm
  12. Michelle chin

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

    November 27, 2011 at 11:21 pm
  13. Tina @ bitemeshowme

    It looks absolutely AMAZINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG! I love anything pandan. I definitely must give this a try sometime 😀

    November 28, 2011 at 7:18 am
  14. Ashley

    Wow, pandan pavlova sounds like an awesome idea! I absolutely love the colour, so green!!!

    November 28, 2011 at 7:58 am
  15. Miss Adriennely

    Shellie, that looks absolutely delicious!! Can I please have a slice? 😀

    November 28, 2011 at 10:38 am
  16. mel @ crunchytiger

    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 😉

    November 28, 2011 at 12:45 pm
  17. Jackie B

    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!

    November 28, 2011 at 7:58 pm
  18. Anna @The Littlest Anchovy

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

    November 28, 2011 at 8:01 pm
  19. Jackie B

    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!

    November 28, 2011 at 8:03 pm
  20. Melissa Darr

    Oh Yummy! I love your twist on the classic pav recipe! YUM!

    November 29, 2011 at 12:49 pm
  21. Katherine Martinelli

    Your Pavlova looks great! I’ve never used Pandan before. I have a shite oven too – it’s the worst!

    November 29, 2011 at 5:01 pm
  22. Sara (Belly Rumbles)

    Check out the gorgeous green pandan colour when you slice the pav, awesome.

    November 30, 2011 at 12:07 am
  23. Winston

    PANDAN pavlova?!??! HELLSSSSS YEAH! I’ll have a slice, please! I love the way you think when you’re in the kitchen! Haha…

    December 1, 2011 at 4:50 pm
  24. Julie

    Shellie I love the green colour, it looks wonderful – look to try a pandan styled one soon!

    December 2, 2011 at 11:11 pm
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