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Indonesian Spice Layer Cake (Spekkoek)

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This is no ordinary cake. The baking process requires time and patience since the many layers (usually 18-20) are baked and grilled one at a time!

Makes 1 x 20 cm (8 in) round or square cake.

Ingredients

Haupia

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Ingredients

400 ml/14 fl oz can coconut milk
5 tablespoons white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons cornflour (cornstarch) or arrowroot

Directions

If the brand of canned coconut milk is very thick and rich, dilute before it is measured with an equal amount of water, or only 1 cup water if it is not very thick.

Combine coconut milk, water, sugar and salt in a saucepan and stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves and simmering point is reached.

Guinataan with Jackfruit

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A popular sweet throughout Asia, this is known as guinataan in the Philippines and bubor cha-cha in Malaysia. The ingredients change according to seasonal availability and the starch component varies from glutinous rice to tapioca to sago. Fresh coconut milk is best, but a good quality, smooth, canned coconut milk may be used.

Serves 8.

Ingredients

Durian Ice Cream

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Serves 6.

Ingredients

4 or 5 segments fresh or frozen durian
250 ml/8 fl oz/1 cup milk
250 ml/8 fl oz/1 cup cream
2 egg yolks
125 g/4 oz/1/2 cup sugar

Directions

Badam Kheer (Creamed Almonds)

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Serves 4.

Ingredients

1 litre/2 pints/4 cups milk
300 ml/10 fl oz cream
1 tablespoon ghee or unsalted butter
100 g/31/2 oz/1 cup flaked almonds
125 g/4 oz/1/2 cup sugar
pinch saffron strands
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
flaked almonds for garnish


Directions

In a heavy saucepan combine milk, cream and ghee and bring to the boil, stirring constantly. Turn heat very low, add almonds and sugar and stir till sugar dissolves.

Curry Puff Pastry

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Makes about 25.

Ingredients

250 g/8 oz/2 cups plain (all purpose) flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
60 g/2 oz butter
3 tablespoons canned coconut milk

Directions

Condensed Milk Fudge (Perhas)

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Makes 10-12. 


Ingredients

1.25 litres/2 1/2 pints/5 cups milk
1 teaspoon ghee
4 tablespoons white sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom or grated nutmeg
few slivered almonds or pistachios (optional)
gold or silver leaf

Directions

Coconut Jelly

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A favorite in Burma, where it is called kyauk kyaw (pronounced chow chaw), Burmese for agar-agar, or any jelly made from it.

Serves 8.

Ingredients

7 g/1/4 oz agar-agar strands or 4 teaspoons agar-agar powder
400 ml/14 fl oz can coconut milk
375 ml/12 fl oz/1 1/2 cups water
125 ml/4 fl oz/1/2 cup canned coconut cream
125 g/4 oz/1/2 cup sugar rose water to flavour

Directions

Chinese Toffee Bananas

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Ingredients

1 egg
185 ml/6 fl oz/3/4 cup cold water
125 g/4 oz/1 cup plain (all-purpose) flour
peanut oil for deep frying
4 firm ripe bananas

Sugar glaze
375 g/12 oz/1 1/2 cups sugar
125 ml/4 oz/1/2 cup cold water
2 teaspoons black sesame seeds

Directions

Chinese-Style Honey Soy Walnuts

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Ingredients

125 g/4 oz/1 cup walnut halves
3 tablespoons liquid honey
2 teaspoons light soy sauce
4 tablespoons caster sugar oil for frying

Directions