The countdown is on and I’m super excited this year. H and I were chatting about getting a photo with Santa the other day – or more accurately I was trying to convince him it was a good idea…
Me: What are you going to ask Santa for?
H: A drum and a flower
Me: Who are the flowers for?
My heart nearly burst – I have the sweetest boy….
H and I have already been getting into the Christmas spirit. We have made Christmas garland and decorations for our tree, a rosemary wreath for our door, Christmas cookies and these super cute pandan meringue christmas trees.
How gorgeous would they look on your Christmas day table!
The flavour of the pandan goes so well with the meringue. It really is very delicious and its naturally green!
Meringue is very easy to make with out a lot of ingredients. They can be made a couple of days in advance, just keep them in an airtight container until ready to serve.
Pandan paste is available from asian grocers and some supermarkets.
Pandan Meringue Christmas Trees
- 4 egg whites
- 1 cup caster sugar
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon pandan paste
- *optional - icing sugar to resemble snow - sprinkled on top
- Pre-heat oven to 100 degrees C (210 degrees F). Add the egg whites to a clean dry bowl. Whisk until soft peaks have formed. Slowly add the caster sugar and continue whisking for about 10 minutes or until the meringue looks super glossy and is no longer gritty from the sugar. Add vinegar and whisk to combine. Add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of the pandan paste and fold through. You don't want it too green!
- Add a large star tip to your pipping bag. To create a swirl in the meringue, like you can in my pictures. Add a drop or two of the pandan paste to the inside of your pipping bag and then add the meringue.
- Line a baking tray with baking paper. I pipped a circle and then a blob of meringue on top. To create a tree like shape I then pipped around the blob in an upward motion to create a tree like shape.
- Bake for 1 hour 30 minutes for the meringue to be crispy on the outside and slightly chewy/marshmallow on the inside. If you like your meringue to be completely set and crispy you will need to bake them for an extra 30min to an hour. Allow to cool completely
- Sprinkle lightly with icing sugar and serve
Make up to two days ahead and store in an airtight container.
The gold flecks you see on my trees are little edible stars. Used for decorating cupcakes.
Natalie @ Obsessive Cooking Disorder
What a cute conversation and a sweet little boy. I love pandan flavored anything too – this looks awesome and so festive
So cute, I’m sure I’ll have plenty more cute little conversations to share. He is such a sweetie. I’m with you on the pandan flavour. I love it too. My next recipe may be one of the more tradition pandan cakes. xx
These are so cute! Your little one sounds super special & sweet :)
He is so special, I can’t even put it into words. Thank you lovely. xx
Elsa \ the whinery
These are oh so adorable, love the pastel green colour…. so festive. And, OMG… your son is soo sweet! :-)
The colour is so pretty and its nice that it is natural. Thank you, he is the sweetest boy ever…
This is such a unique recipe! I am drooling over your scrumptious pictures. Meringue reminds me of my sweet grandmother, but we never made anything like this. I cannot wait to try your recipe! Thank you.
Thank you so much Aarika, I just love how food can bring back beautiful memories of the ones we love. xx
“flowers for mummy”… that would melt anyone’s heart! How gorgeous. Just as gorgeous as these insanely beautiful pandan meringue Christmas trees!!
He is so gorgeous Amanda. He surprises me every day. Thank you for your kind words. xx
Christine | Vermilion Roots
I am so happy to see pandan in a recipe! It’s a very common ingredient in Southeast Asia where I used to live. I was very lucky to find some fresh pandan leaves in a supermarket near where I stay now in the Bay Area and have used it to make cakes. It’s so brilliant of you to use it as a natural food coloring. :-)
Thanks so much Christine, I will check out your blog for some traditional recipes. I love the taste, very unique but so so delicious. I have never used the leaves but I’m sure it would be even better. Fresh is always best xx
Sarah - Live Eat Learn
One of my goals for the new year is to get over my fear of merengue and whipped egg whites…These look so great! Awesome idea :)
lol, fear of meringue? You definitely have to conquer that one. It is so good… xx
Tara | Deliciously Declassified
I’ve never had pandan before, but I’m intrigued. These meringues are so cute and festive! Love it when little ones surprise you with the cutest things :)
Thanks Tara, it is really delicious. I have used paste form for ease but it is extracted from leaves which you can also buy at asian stores.
These are really cute! I am totally unfamiliar with Pandan. It makes a truly lovely cookie! I’m so happy you focus on healthy food for your adorable son. Happy Holidays!
It is a very unique flavour. I can’t really describe it. It is used in asian cooking but it surprisingly delicious with meringue.
Your son is So Adorable! Mine is a little older .Everything about Christmas gets him excited ! This would be one more fun thing we can work on together. Thanks for sharing Christie!
Christmas is so much more fun with kids around. I’m more excited than him this year! You sound me and my little one, we love cooking together. x
Annie @ Annie's Noms
These are so pretty! Just love them!
Thanks so much Annie x
Your little one sounds so sweet!! I am obsessing over these treats…they are so festive and cute!
He is so so sweet Kari. I just love him to bits. Thanks very much, they are pretty cute, especially with a dusting of icing sugar!
These are so cute & festive!!!!
Thanks very much Chris. x
AiPing | Curious Nut
So rare to have “American pandan recipes”… if you know what I mean. I love the flavors of pandan. I especially love the leaves… cooked in coconut rice. Oh… so so yummy.
I just love the flavour. It is quite unique, I can’t really describe it. I do love the traditional recipes and I cheated a little by using the pandan paste. I have never tried cooking the leaves but I’m sure it would be even more delicious. Thanks for stopping by. x
Marsha | Marsha's Baking Addiction
These meringues look like the perfect little Christmas treats!
What a lovely creation. Absolutely love it. Especially the green color :-) I just did an icing in the same color.
I’m a sucker for meringues. These are absolutely beautiful!
Kathryn @ FoodieGirlChicago
I love these for the holidays – so festive!!
The pictures are soo amazing!! I could eat a dozen of those meringues !
Debi @ Life Currents
These are so cute! I love meringues, and can’t wait to try these!
Thanks very much Debi, they are pretty cute. Let me know if you love them. x
Really cute dessert.
Thanks so much Peter xx