April 20, 2013

moist steamed pandan muffins

Let’s make it short. I’d give anything for super-moist green dessert like these. They are perfect perfect muffins I've ever had; I can’t really count how many times I made these for the little sister before, and she had been persuading me for weeks to make these tiny greenly little guys again :)

You know, I’m good like that . . . Fortunately, easy-peasy – mix the dry ingredients together and add to the wet ingredients. Whisk, whisk and whisk. Steam in the steamer for 10 minutes and Voila!

It has such a very delicate crumb, moist, moist and moist (again) texture. And, they smell so good! Oh well, these have nothing to do with politic though. It’s likely to be a twist on the traditional kuih which is the only CAKE that my Ma used to bake for us. Yes, it is. But although I've never been a fan of green, I really like those flags waving on the air now (Opps!).

Moist Steamed Pandan Muffins
yield about 30 mini muffins


2 cups milk (I used evaporated milk)
1 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 ½ cups caster sugar

250 g flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. Pandan flavoring*
Few drops green coloring


1. Heat a steamer on a medium heat and wrap the lid with a clean towel.

2. Sift B together in a medium size bowl and set aside.

3. Mix A in a big bowl and add B to the wet mixture. Whisk using a hand wire-whisker until well-combined.

4. Strain through a strainer for a smoother batter. Divide into 2 bowls.

5. Add flavoring and coloring to one of the bowl. And let the other one with plain color.

6. Pipe or scoop into your muffin cups, starting from the plain batter ¼ full and top with the green batter in each cup until ¾ full. Repeat until all the batter is used up.

7. Steam for about 7-10 minutes on a medium heat. Transfer to a wire rack and let to completely cool.

  • *Add 2 tsp. of flavoring for the stronger smell and taste.
  • If you don’t have muffin cups, you can use ungreased ‘acuan lompang’ or other small cake molds.
  • You can also place a piece of aluminum foil under the steamer lid instead of wrapping it to avoid water drops.
  • DON’T open the steamer lid while steaming but watch the muffins closely in the last few minutes so that they do not over brown like mine did!
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