Monday, November 12, 2012

Pandan Huat Kueh (Chinese steamed cake) 班兰发糕


Last time my mother taught me to make Brown sugar Huat Kueh ( Chinese steamed cake) using yeast method. But this time i try this method using self-raising flour and baking powder method, very easy and fast, done within 30mins.


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Pure natural green from my home grown pandan plant (screwpines leaves)

pandan huat kueh

All cakes with smiling face and overly "Huat" (Chinese prefer to have this cake smile broadly as this the emblem of " Bringing good fortune and usually Chinese like to present this cake for praying ) !! ( i guess due to i have filled up too much of batter till full, hehehe)..
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If you asked me which type of Huat Kueh i prefer, frankly, i still prefer Huat kueh using yeast method, like the bounchy texture..unlike this method taste very much like kueh ..soft and a little spongy..

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I altered a bit of this recipe, reduced baking powder from 1tsp to 1/2tsp  and change butter to corn oil for lighter version. Also original recipe call to cook sugar with water till sugar dissolved, but i omit this step, I just stir sugar with pandan water till sugar dissolved.


Pandan Steamed Cake (Huat Kueh)
(recipe source: adapted from Mandy with minor changes)
*makes about 15 small cakes

250g self-raising flour ( I use Blue Key brand)

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150g caster sugar (can be reduced further)
1 egg (large), lightly beaten
200ml pandan water (blend 6pcs pandan leaves with water)
45g corn oil

Method

1. Mix self-raising flour and baking powder, set aside.
2. Whisk sugar and pandan water till sugar dissolved.
3. Add in egg and corn oil, stir to mix well.
4. Add in flour and stir to combine.
5. Pour into prepared cupcake liners.
6. Steam over high heat for 20mins.


I would like to take this opportunity to wish my Hindu readers and bloggers a Happy Diwali and Happy Holidays !!

65 comments:

Phong Hong said...

Sonia, very nice leh! Very "huat" like laughing not smiling :)

Mel said...

Hi Sonia
This kuih must be full of pandan fragrance...as well as aroma and taste too. Easy to make too.

Anne Regalado said...

Sonia , I love your smiley pandan cake ! lol I've made a nearly similar version of your cake before( with coconut milk though ) and always wonder why I can't have this nice round top ? My version looks almost similar as yours ! lol

Mich Piece of Cake said...

What a gorgeous huat kuih, it is smiling so broadly. Love the green color and that its made using natural pandan paste.

Small Kucing said...

Huat ah!!!! I can smell the sweet fragrance of pandan over here!. How you make the kuih "huat" open mouth so big? Mine all very kedekut...never open so wide ones :(

Somewhere in Singapore said...

I loves pandan, keke...

Cass @ 揾到食 said...

All your huat kueh "laugh" happily, hehe...

Padhu said...

Looks gorgeous!! Love the color. If you do not mind can you tell me what lens and camera are you using.

Ann@Anncoo Journal said...

Really 'huat'! Love the green color :)

Chef and Sommelier said...

Sonia, do you have a colour theme for each dish/post/photograph? Looks good and Huat Ah!

Puan Ros @ Sinaranmenu.blogspot said...

Hai Sonia, gebu-gebu tu..Today Kak Ros baked the Hokaido Chiffon cake followed your recipe. Thank you ya.

daphne said...

your pandan leaves looks so fresh and good! perfect for a cake like this. Next time I feel like having huat kueh, i know where to re look at the recipe! thanks for making this easy.

cherry potato said...

好香,好香,可以请我吃一个吗?

eileen, hundred eighty degrees said...

Nice smile: ) love the green.

Siew said...

haven't tried pandan huat kuih before, must try one day.

Casey said...

好漂亮的绿色,发糕笑得很开心叻,呵呵!
:)

cquek said...

I always know I am in for an absolute treat when I stop by here!

Vivian Pang said...

Huat kueh with very big smile! The cupcake that you used really make this huat kueh look very pretty! Not forget the lovely green pandan too. Again you make me feel like making some huat kueh.

鲸鱼蓝蓝蓝 said...

很美丽哟
我喜欢那样的绿色:)

mui mui said...

Sonia,
All your Huat Kueh is so pretty laughing along! Do you buy ToTo or lotto sure you will be very Huat, Huat, Huat...LOL

Between about the kueh teow sheets, I normally bought from the store that sell raw kueh teow. They can custom make the sheets for me. If you can find a place where they make kueh teow you can ask them to custom make for you too because this sheets comes first in making kueh teow cycle before they cut the kueh teow into strips. And for the homemade 黄豆干i will try my very best to post it up soon..^^
mui..^^

ICook4Fun said...

Wah, your huat kuih really huat big. Remember to play 4 ekor ya :) I tried making huat kuih once but never turn out this way. I t had a flat top. I will to try your recipe out. Thanks for sharing Sonia.

Li Shuan said...

Your haut kuih very huat leh...like the pandan flavour n vibrant green colour

sabrina 莎莎 said...

Sonia..
相信心有灵犀吗??
我们应该蛮“通”哦。。。
呵呵呵。。。 =P
好扯的冷笑话。。。。今天我也上了班兰的蛋糕哦~~

Alice said...

such a pretty color, Sonia - I love pandan, yum!

Ice Pandora said...

Ah! This should be super
easy to make c: I love
pandan cake! Really cute
in small cups as well!
Thanks for the recipe!

xx

divya said...

looks awesome....

Sissi said...

It's such a pleasure to see a bit of fresh, spring colours in this cold autumn weather we have now. I really have to find pandan leaves because your cakes look too tempting to miss them!

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

Until this day I haven't tried pandan leaves! I'm attracted to beautiful pandan green color. Lovely styling and these steamed cakes look delicious!

Ah Tze @ Awayofmind said...

lovely green huat kuih you have here!huat! huat!huat! :D

Veronica @ Minty’sKitchen said...

Wow, your huat kuihs are really smiling and they look awesome! Lovely soft and fluffy texture. I love the colour too. Thanks for sharing Sonia.

Little Corner of Mine said...

Oh wow, huet until so beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Looks nice !!

Kimmy said...

Hi Sonia, I wouldn't mind if my 'huat kueh' can 'huat' so much. My mum will love it.

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Padhu, i use Canon 650D with lens 50mm f1.8

Jeannie Tay said...

I love these, so "huat" must kiv this for CNY to make for my mother:D

Rose said...

Sonia, I love this kueh very much. usually people sell white and pink colour kueh. Your green kueh look so nice and different. :p

Jessie-CookingMoments said...

Sonia, your huat gao huat dao hao gao ah! It's amazing to see how they split into 3 sections though you didn't do any slit on top of the steamed cake! Sui sui!

Quay Po Cooks said...

Lovely green color. I love huat kao when I was a little girl but not so much now. If I remember correctly they were all pink.

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Awesome colour and nice "smile"! I will try this for my family this weekend. :))

Amelia said...

Hi Sonia, your huat kueh look very fluffy and smiling. Lovely green color.

Have a nice week ahead.

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Simple Person said...

ur fatt kueh is very nice..
normally i will buy for prayers on every 1st and 15th.. time to make my own fatt kueh..

Kelly Siew said...

That's a creative huat kueh! I'll check out the yeast method then although I think my grandma uses this method. Will check with her....

Jane Chew said...

wah! huat dao very kao lat lei! haha... Got $$$ 滚滚来bo?

lena said...

very nice! love the green colour and congratulations! huat ah! huat ah!

Miss B @ Everybody Eats Well in Flanders said...

Hi Sonia,

Nice pandan huat kueh!

I forgot to tell u, i received the puteri ayu moulds more than 1 week later. I tried using them for a puteri ayu recipe, but didnt press hard enough, in the end the coconut filling fell apart from the small cakes. :S

My Little Space said...

Ooo....so pretty. I simply green colour.
Kristy

Cheah ~ No-Frills Recipes said...

Ooh...nice grean colour and lovely 'huat'!

BeautyMe said...

Hi,

If I do not have blender to make the pandan water, what other alternative I can use?

Always find your recipes interesting and easy to follow. Thanks for sharing.

BeautyMe said...

Hi,

If I do not have blender to make the pandan water, what other alternative I can use?

Always find your recipes interesting and easy to follow. Thanks for sharing.

delia said...

Hi Sonia,
This is the only recipe which i can make my huat kuih huat after trying so many other recipes. Thanks for sharing such a good recipe even though it don't taste like the yeast type; at least it smiled!

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BeautyMe said...

Hi Sonia,
Have tried this recipe but mine didn't huat at all, what could be the problem? Over beating? And my color green not as bright as yours even I add some coloring.

For your advise pls.

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Beautyme, if you dont have blender to make pandan water, then you can use pandan paste which you can buy from bakery ingredients shop.
Please make sure you use self raising flour and baking powder that not expired !!

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mimi said...

Hi...have tried this receipe but my huat kueh not as soft and fluffy like yours but my pandan huat kueh smile broadly...i really have no idea where goes wrong....

Anonymous said...

can i use pandan paste instead of pandan water?

Hungrybabydino Chen said...

Hi,

This recipe looks really lovely, simple and perfect for an overseas student like me to try my hand at. However, just a few questions:

1) When you say 'blend 6 pcs pandan leaves with water' to form the pandan water, do you mean to simply boil the pandan leaves in the water, or to literally handblend/chop/pulse the pandan leaves with the water? Would I then need to strain out the juice or do you add water/juice/pulp everything into the cake?
2) Can I replace corn oil with butter instead?

Thanks very much, I hope to hear from you soon!

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Chen, for pandan water, handblend/chop/pulse the pandan leaves with the water, then strain and retain the pandan water. i will not encourage you to replace with butter, try to replace other vegetables oil but not olive oil..

Anonymous said...

Love d pandan fragrance n color!

Anonymous said...

May I know How many u pour in a cup? 80% full? I tried, nice. I used the same cup But the cup opened up and cause the laughing at the side instead center, due to the cup opened at one side.

fuguuu said...

Sonia can i check if you blended 6 pandan leave in 200ml water? Thats quite a small quantity if liquid. Loveeee your blog btw thank you for sharing with us!

Xiaobin said...

hi Sonia,if I use pandan paste. How much should I add in? And do I need to add 200ml of water to replace the blended pandan juice?thank u!

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Xiabin, since you need a small spoon of pandan paste thus suggest not to cut down 200ml water used.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sonia, thanks do much for ur reply w advice . Much appreciated. - XiaoBin

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