Monday, January 9, 2012

烤年糕 Baked Nian Gao

大家好! 一月二十三日是中国的新年。 昨天,我做烤年糕。很好吃。这个糕,我自己做。我家喜欢吃。 :)  Chinese New Year is around the corner and I've decided to make a baked Chinese New Year Cake, Nian Gao. It's quite easy and simple to make. My aunt always makes these whenever we have a family get together. It's about time for me to make it myself. However, this recipe is a bit different from the one my aunt gave me. I've changed some things, however, but it's still traditional. 
I love how it's crunchy on the outside but soft and chewy on the inside. It's a great texture. Yes, the texture of the outside is different from the steamed version, but the inside is still the same chewy, sticky texture. The difference besides how both is cooked, is how you can eat it afterwords. For the steamed version, you just beat up an egg, dip a slice of the cake in, and fry it. This baked version, you can eat anytime. You can microwave it if you like it warm, or re-bake it. I would re-bake it, to get it's crunchy outside again. My dad brought this to his coworker to try, and she loved it. :) Anyways, here's the recipe. I hope you guys enjoy. :)

Here's a cute video before I continue on with the recipe: 

  • 1 lb glutinous rice flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 can coconut milk (400 mL or 13.5 oz)
  • red bean paste (optional)
  • sesame seed (optional)
  1.  Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the flour, sugars, and baking powder. 
  3. Add in the eggs, oil and milk. 
  4. Pour the batter into the baking dish. 
  5. If you want, you can sprinkle some sesame seeds on. 
  6. Bake for 55 minutes to one hour. Use a toothpick to make sure it's cooked all the way. 
  7.  When you take it out, the cake will deflate. Cutting it into pieces will be a bit difficult, since the inside is sticky.
  8. If you want to add red bean, you can add that to the batter, add it in blotches into the batter before baking and swirling it, or adding it in and swirling it after 10 to 20 minutes of baking. It's up to you guys. Enjoy. 

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