Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Kuih Bakar

I apologise for taking such a long time to put up a new post. My notebook has been in a 'workshop' and I only got it back yesterday. Now I know how much I rely on a computer. hehe.

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Back to the food, Kuih Bakar is a traditional Malay kuih. There is no direct translation for the word kuih but for this context kuih means cake and bakar means bake. Well, bakar actually means burn but for this delicacy, it is best translated as 'baked cake' simply because it is baked. Back in Malaysia when I was working with a holding company, there is always meeting to be held at the office. Foods and refreshments would be served and we were always asked for suggestions. Among other must-haves would be this sweet, creamy cake, Kuih Bakar.

I have always wanted to make Kuih Bakar but never gotten around to making it myself. One day I just knew that I have to have it so I started searching for the recipe. There is quite a few out there but I when I made it, they come out tasting good but looking rather weird like crooked and all. With the help from MamFami, we tweaked the recipe until it comes out nicely. This is the easiest cake to make. There is no beating needed. You just need to put all the ingredients in the blender for a couple of minutes and pour them in a baking pan and bake. Even a 5 year old can do it. *wink*

Kuih Bakar Recipe

1 1/4 cups flour
2/3 cup sugar
2 tsp pandan paste
1 can coconut milk (400 ml)
3 eggs
2 tbs butter
1/3 tsp salt
Toasted sesame seed

1. Preheat oven at 360F and butter a baking pan, preferably round and about 2.5in deep.

2. Put all ingredients except sesame seed in the blender and and blend for a few minutes.

3. Pour the mixture into a baking pan and sprinkle sesame seed. (make sure you fill up to 2/3 of the baking pan, lesser and you will get a thin one like mine!)

4. Bake for 1 hour.

If you like the taste and smell of pandan paste, you might also like Tepung Pelita.


Justin said...

wow, i've never seen anything like this before. i mean NEVER. i guess i'd have to find the pandan paste to even think about making it.

Dura said...

eeeeeee ...my favourite! Wanna try to make this too. Kalau kuih I menjadi I bagitau ..otherwise am gonna zip my mouth super tight like a ziplock..LOL

Mochachocolata Rita said...

i haven't tried these kuih...they look so good! anything that involves pandan?...yum!

edelweiss said...


I loveeee kuih bakar especially the crispy top & side.

tapi i nih sangatlah malasnya nak buat...but will try ur recipe and see the result.

if not mistaken it is also called bahulu kemboja..

MamaFaMi said...

Hi Farina,
Finally your recipe is up. Actually that day when I wanted to post the recipe in my blog, I browsed thru your website, with the intention to just copy and paste to my blog as I was feeling rather lazy that time. Clicked here and there, but can't find the recipe. Then only I remembered that you had passed the recipe to me via email! Hahaha... Age is cathing up on me! Anyway thank you for allowing me to join you in your 'adventure'! *Big hug*

3yearshousewife said...

Thanks S&T,
I'll try this one and tell you how it turns out.

noobcook said...

Looks delicious! You made me realised how hard it is to translate the word kuih hehe...

pigpigscorner said...

Looks gorgeous! Love the green colour!

Salt N Turmeric said...

Justin, do get yourself a bottle of pandan paste. You will not only love the taste but also the smell!

Dura, jadi or tak jadi, do share. Don't worry. :)

Rita, if you love pandan and coconut milk, you will love this. :)

Edelweiss, actually I like the crust too! Id eat teh crust and tehn only il eat the kuih itself. lol.

MamaFami, yelah kan kita ber email aje the recipe. The pleasure is all mine!

Wiffy, yes lah. How to translate the word kuih right?

PPC, can we say, Go Green!? lol.

Maya said...

I love kuih bakar....

mamasita said...

Ahhh..kueh bakar memang tops in almost every kampong program I went to..sampai I dah boleh jadi Kueh Bakar judge..

Considering you duduk nun jauh di sana, to think you can succeed making a delicious looking kueh bakar is something very admirable.

Lianne said...

this is one of my fav malay kueh. i have a question .. what is this pandan paste? i do have pandan essence .. is it the same? hope it is coz i cannot get it here and this recipe seems so easy to make.

Bits of Taste said...

I love this too and I am going to try out your recipe! Yummy!

Anonymous said...

Wow this is so easy to make? I didn't realize.. I used to makan this all the time in Singapore and I missed it when I moved to Cali.. Thanks! I am going to make it this weekend for a potluck!! -- Amreet

Bren said...

what an interesting dish. never heard of it... love the colors tho!

pearly said...

helo dear
look at the recipe is really easy to make. it look so yummy to will give it a try thank for sharing dear
how are you sorry for such a long time no news and visit from me Aden keep me very busy :(
promise when I have 5 min I will kay poo here
take care love from us to you xxxxxx

Salt N Turmeric said...

Maya, i pun! hehe.

Mamasita, ye kena bagi i leeway sbb duduk jauh and takde orang assist. lol.

Lianne, pandan paste is thicker than pandan essence. Maybe you can use it since you don't have the paste.

BoT, please do and let me know the result ok?

Amreet, yes it is that easy to make. Surprising kan? So how was the potluck?

Bren, you'd love the smell even better. ;)

Pearly, its ok. I know you're busy. :)

Lianne said...

super duper news! I will find time this weekend to whip this up and post it too :-) thanks!

Dentist and Me said...

I likez kueh ini. Betul wa kata kat lu. tapi kenapa, kurus keting? I minat yang gebu, awwwww ! ! !

Phyllis said...

Oooh, I was waiting for this recipe, but I noticed the quantities are slightly different that what's posted on MamFami's site(?) Maybe I'll try both recipes since this cake is so easy to make :)

I just checked my fridge and found that I still have the tiny bottle of pandan paste (phew!) that I 'smuggled' into the country last year (courtesy of my uncle in Kuching - and yes I am from Kuching, born there, can't speak more than 2 words of Malay, had to have my dad translate the simple msg you left on my blog - haha)
I also have McCormick pandan essence and a can of pandan juice in my pantry, but I wish I could find fresh pandan leaves in the US. The last time I used the pandan paste was to make nasi lemak and I remember my American born hubby asking me why the coconut rice was bright green!

Salt N Turmeric said...

Dentist, mana tak kurusnya, bekas besar sgt. lol.

Phyllis, yes we both use diff quantities. I use the one that gives me the right texture and taste and while, hers. ;) Oh my. You use pandan paste for your nasi lemak? lol. You're too funny. You can get pandan leaves in the frozen aisle or just don't use it. I don't put any in mine if i cant find the leaves.

tobias cooks! said...

Love the colours.

jung said...

This looks amazing! Pandan and coconut milk are just meant to be together! I was wondering what the dimensions of the pan are that you made this is?

Salt N Turmeric said...

Jung, i used 8" x 1.5".

Andy said...

That looks really interesting - I've never seen anything quite like that before. Will definitely try it!!!