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Wholemeal Pandan Sponge Cake



As you would be able to see, I am baking more often these days using wholegrain flour, coconut sugar, and coconut oil.

I have to be honest that I really am not a fan of anything-coconut (lol!), but I am glad that my gestational diabetic condition "forced" me to try coconut products. Because they are lovely!

My husband has been asking me to bake pandan cake, which I have not baked once before! Hahaha - I guess that's because I am lazy to blend and squeeze out the pandan juice :p







So a couple of days back, I saw a bunch of really green and nice pandan leaves, and decided to make a pandan cake. My cake is brownish (again) due to the use of the coconut sugar - well, my entire meringue was light brown in color! Haha!

I feel that this cake seems slightly denser; however it is soft and moist. Perhaps the next time I would try to add 1 more egg white into the meringue and see if it lightens up the cake :)






Pandan Sponge Cake - Recipe Adapted from Jeannie Tay
(Makes 8" round cake or 7" square cake)
Ingredients:
-  6 egg yolks
-  70g coconut oil or veg oil
-  70g plain flour + 30g Prima superfine wholegrain flour (or 100g plain flour)
-  Pinch of salt
-  60g coconut milk
-  40g homemade pandan extract*

-  6 egg whites
-  100g coconut sugar or caster sugar






Method:
1.   Line the base of your pan. Or if you are using removable base, you can skip lining the pan. Place flour into a large bowl.


2.   Place oil in a small pan and heat on low heat until just simmering (about 70C). Remove and pour the oil into flour. Whisk until smooth.


3.   Add coconut milk and pandan extract into flour mixture. Stir to combine well. The batter will be thick and lumpy.


4.    Add in the egg yolks, whisk until batter is smooth and runny. Set aside.


5.   If you are feeling lazy (like me, lol), it is ok to not heat up the oil. Simply skip steps (2) to (4), just whisk together the egg yolk + coconut milk + pandan extract + oil in a large bowl, and continue below.


6.   Using your mixer, beat egg whites until foamy, add sugar gradually and beat until firm peaks form. Firm peaks will be a shiny meringue, and when you lift the whisk up, it will form a firm hook.


7.   Preheat your oven to 180C. Place a small bowl of water at the most bottom part of your oven. 


7.   Add 1/3 of the meringue into the yolk batter. Using your whisk, while rotating your bowl as you do it, mix the meringue using a cutting motion (up and down). Add in the next 1/3 portion, and switch to gentle folding using spatula.


8.   Add in the last 1/3 portion of the meringue, and continue to fold gently. When you see that most of the meringue has been folded into the batter, be sure to reach the bottom of the bowl, still using the folding method, to "scoop" up any unmixed yolk batter. Fold gently until you see uniform color in the batter.


9.   Pour into cake pan. Bake in preheated oven at 180C for 15 mins before lowering to 140C for 60 mins.


10.   Remove from the oven when it is done, and cool it slightly for a 1-2mins before unmolding. Remove baking paper at the bottom of cake, and cool completely on wire rack.







Note:
-  Please adjust the temperature according to your oven. My oven tends to be hotter and would split the cake, so I baked at 160C for 15 mins, then 140C for 60 mins.

-  If you are like me, watching sugar intake, you can reduce the sugar to about 60g (caster sugar) or 65g (coconut sugar).

-  For natural pandan extract, simply blend 30g pandan leaves (cut into small pcs) with 300g water. Drain the mixture over sieve or muslin cloth. Keep the pandan water in a glass container in the fridge for about 3-5 days. You will be able to see that the pandan extract will settle to the bottom of the container. Pour away the clearer water on top - tadah! That's your extract!

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