Pandan Sponge Cake

The husband is a fan of pandan cake and would occasionally ask me to bake one for him when he has the craving. But my version of pandan cakes has never pass his expectations, it was always too dry for him.

When I join this baking group in Facebook, someone mentioned about baking a Pandan cake using the cooked dough method from Jeannie Tay gives it a really soft texture. And so I tried! The fussy and demanding husband nodded his head and finally approved when I stuffed a piece into his mouth. PASS! I also received compliments that I can fight with Bengawan Solo’s Pandan Cake. Happiness!

That round and glossy dome, with the green soft texture.
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The recipe calls for pandan juice by extracting it from pandan leaves. Lazy me didn’t buy any pandan leaves, because the blitzing sound of the blender kind of frighten Lil M a little. And I know I won’t finish using all the leaves and end up leaving them rotten in the fridge. So I tweaked the recipe a little by using pandan paste and water.

A slice of the green Pandan Cake!

Pandan Sponge Cake (Source: Jeannie Tay’s recipe)

Ingredients

6 eggs yolks
70g corn oil
100g plain flour
Pinch of salt
50g pandan juice (or 1/4 tsp of pandan paste with 50g of water)
50g coconut milk

6 eggs whites
100g sugar

1. Line the base of an 8″ round pan. Grease sides for easier unmoulding.

2. Preheat oven to 190C.

3. Put oil in a saucepan and heat on low fire until just simmering. If you have a thermometer it should read 70C. Remove and immediately add the flour and stir with a whisk until smooth.

4. Add in the coconut milk and pandan juice and stir to combine. At this stage the batter will become thick and lumpy.

5. Add in egg yolks and whisk with hand whisk until batter is smooth and runny again. Set aside.

6. Beat the egg whites until foamy then gradually add sugar to beat until firm peaks form.

7. Add 1/3 of the meringue into the yolk batter and using the hand whisk to mix until combined. Add the next 1/3 portion and whisk again. Finally, add the last portion, whisk briefly before switching to spatula to scoop the batter from bottom and fold up on to the batter to make sure all are combined and no more yolk batter can be seen

8. Pour into prepared pan and bake in water bath at 190C for 15 minutes before lowering to 145C for another hour or until the cake bounces back when you lightly press the top.

9. Remove from oven and leave it for a couple of minutes before unmoulding.

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