Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Roti Kukus (Indonesian Steamed Cake)

Johannes' Mom used to make this, and now he does. It is so yummy.






Ingredients:
3                 Egg yolks
1                 Egg white
1 3/4 cup   Caster sugar (substitution below)
1 3/4 cup   Plain flour
1/2 cup      Sprite
1 tbsp        Cocoa powder


Directions:
1. Prepare steamer. Line roti kukus molds with parchment paper.
2. Beat egg yolks, egg white, and caster sugar until thick and pale.
3. Fold in 1/3 of the flour, then 1/2 of the sprite. Gently mix. Repeat with remaining flour and Sprite, ending with flour. Mix thoroughly until there is no lumps in the batter.
4. Divide 1/3 of the batter into a small bowl and add cocoa powder. Whisk until thoroughly combined.
5. Spoon white batter into moulds. Swirl a little of the chocolate batter. Steam for 15-20 minutes on high heat.


Notes:
- it is ok to steam the cakes in several batches - it is best to steam them in small quantity at a time. Unlike common cake batters which should be baked immediately, this batter can stand quite long.
- do not open the steamer during the first fifteen minutes. Peeking can cause the rising of the cake to stop.
- Muffin molds may be used for this cake and it turns nice too.
- Johannes recommends spreading Irish butter on the cakes.

Makes 10 cakes.


Substitutions:
Castor sugar may not be easy to track down, but it is easy to make. In fact, it's really nothing more than granulated sugar that has been ground to a super-fine consistency.  Here's how to make your own castor sugar in seconds:


Preparation:
1. Place granulated sugar in a food processor or blender.
2. Pulse until it reaches a super-fine, but not powdery consistency.
3. Allow the sugar to settle for a few minutes.  Then, use in place of the castor sugar for your recipe.

1 comment:

  1. I Love it !.... I made some the other day ! Came out great, but not quite like Mom's....may have been the metric measurement thingy....:o)... Gonna do it again, I guarantee !..... Good Stuff, 'n easy too....

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