马来糕 – Ma Lai Go ( Mommy knows best)

Freshly and Lovingly Steamed on : 1st May 2014

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Oh yes, I am on a steaming frenzy and been craving for chinese goodies ( I wonder why). Conversation with mommy as I walk past Tim Ho Wan (it is a highly rated Dim Sum restaurant in Singapore) that day.

Me: Mom, I wanna eat Ma Lai Go.
MOM: I made the best Ma Lai Go in the world.
Me: Really? (with a hint of disbelief)
MOM: You wait and see (with a hint of dignity)

No doubt, her ma lai go was among the best I have tasted.

Ingredients :
100g Plain Flour
50g Cake Flour
160g Granulated Brown Sugar
40g Custard Powder
4 Eggs
3 Tbsp Organic Molasses
2 Tbsp Condensed Milk
1 Tbsp Honey
1 n 1/3 Tsp Baking Powder
1/3 Tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
90g Canola Oil

Directions :
Sift Plain, Cake flour with custard powder and set aside.
Whisk Eggs and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the sifted flours earlier in parts with each addition well folded. Then leave this batter to rest for 1 hr.

After that hour, proceed to mix Molasses, Condensed Milk, Honey, Baking powder and bicarbonate of soda together. Stir this mixture into the rested batter before adding the canola oil. This will be the step if you are just making a simply no design one.

For this one which I did, I leave out the Molasses until the last part. Effectively, I stirred in the condensed milk, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder together. After which, I add in the oil and combined well.

When this is done, I took out 4 Tbsp of batter and place them into a piping bag. To the remaining batter, I add in the molasses and stir it till well combined. Instead of using the round pan, I used muffin ware to make individual cake. Then I pipe in the design on top. Any design to your little heart desired. I filled each muffin ware to 3/4 full. For this method, I can make about 12 small cakes.

I steamed this at medium heat for 25 minutes. For the big one pan cake, you should steam it for 40 minutes or until the tester came out clean.

The smell of this is intoxicating. I can smell the molasses and honey. Its a yummy treat!!! I do not need to queue at Tim Ho Wan anymore!

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The texture!

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