Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Roti Kukus (Indonesian Steamed Cake)

Steamed cake. Amazingly good!

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

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.

- 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.

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:

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.

Johannes' comment:
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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