I woke up at 5 this morning without the alarm clock's help. I think I had too much sleep.... The early morning pour could be a factor too. As I peered through the window & saw the heavy rain, I couldn't help but wondered which part of Singapore was flooding. I was also hoping the rain would not drag too long as the Aidil Adha prayers & qurban ceremony would be carried out..... Alhamdullillah, the rain stopped just after 6 when the clouds started to clear up, giving way to the rising sun. What a beautiful & cool morning.......
Good thing I woke up early. I managed to make Nona Manis Steamed Cake this morning although I planned to make this & another cake yesterday. I was too tired to bake anything yesterday, after waking up at 4 in the morning & was up & about the whole day. This recipe was shared by a Warna listerner a few years ago but I didn't note down her name or which programme she was on. I just scribbled the recipe while I was waiting for somebody in the car. I've also made some changes to the method.
Nona Manis Steamed CakeSource: Warna 94.5, Mediacorp Radio.
For burnt sugar syrup:
400g coarse granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
300g granulated sugar
3 whole eggs
3 tsp bicarbonate of soda
500g plain flour - sifted together with the bicarbonate of soda
200ml evaporated milk
burnt sugar syrup
- Grease a 10 x 10 inch baking pan & line base & side of pan with baking paper. Set aside.
- To prepare burnt sugar syrup, heat sugar slowly in clean & dry saucepan or skillet, stirring constantly, until sugar is completely melted. When melted sugar turns dark brown & frothy, add water slowly & carefully, stirring constantly. Continue cooking until sugar is dissolved. Set aside to cool.
- Whip butter, granulated sugar & vanilla until creamy.
- Add eggs, beating well after each addition.
- Fold in flour alternately with evaporated milk.
- Finally pour in burnt sugar syrup & mix until well blend.
- Pour batter into prepared pan.
- Lay a sheet of foil on the work surface & cover with a sheet of baking paper. Make a large pleat in the middle.
- Place, paper-side-down, across top of baking pan & tie string securely aroung rim of pan. Then adjust the pleat gently such that it forms a dome shape.
- Place on a steamer & steam for 2 hours.
- After 2 hours, remove pan from steamer. Then remove foil & baking paper. Leave pan aside for about 15 minutes.
- Remove cake from pan by inventing it on a wire rack & slowly remove paper lining. Leave cake to cool completely before cutting & serving.