Happy New Year!
A new year, a new beginning! 2018 marks the start of my first ever YouTube channel. In 2016 some friends had already suggested YouTube since I’m trained in video and animation. But I was so occupied with work at a design studio that I didn’t have much free time. It was only when I started freelancing in 2017 (even though the workload is the same), I had the flexibility to take on new personal projects.
Hope to bring more engaging content to anyone interested in healthier foods, as I know people generally like viewing than reading. Many recipes also require techniques that are best shown visually. Please like, subscribe and enable notifications to my channel to be notified when new videos are out. Currently planning to release one video per month, that’s the best I can do as I need to prioritise my clients’ works, but the wait will be worth it! I’ll still have regular 2-3 times monthly blog posts here, so don’t worry, I won’t be leaving here 🙂
In some Southeast Asian countries, kueh (or kuih) is a generic Malay (or Bahasa) word for snack, usually referring to traditional snacks made with wheat or rice flour, coconut, tapioca, sticky rice and pandan.
Kueh bahulu is a bite-sized sponge cake quite similar to French madeleines but with much simpler ingredients, in fact it’s been called the Asian madeleine by some. It was chosen to be the first video recipe as this snack is close to every Singaporean’s heart. I’ve never seen an eggless recipe for it yet. It’s something that every neighbourhood bakery has, packed in small plastic bags, usually sold for a dollar or two. Also a regular sight at Malay or Chinese familys’ snack tables during Hari Raya or Chinese New Year. If you don’t take eggs for whatever reason, you won’t miss out on the nostalgia with this recipe. Here I used aquafaba (chickpea water) to replace the eggs and tweaked the traditional recipe to maximise rising. Since there’s a limit to the degree of fluffiness achievable with aquafaba, it’s not as airy as the egg ones. Still it’s a soft, slightly chewy and delightful snack reminiscent of childhood.
Kueh Bahulu (makes 18-22 depends on mould)
- 90g plain flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 90g raw sugar
- Aquafaba from 1 can of chickpeas
- 1/2 tsp vanilla essence/paste
- 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp neutral flavoured oil
- Preheat oven to 180C/355F.
- Grease and flour your mould(s). If you’re using the traditional aluminium one, preheat it in oven for about 20mins after greasing, then flour it after removing from oven.
- Put flour and sugar into metal pans and place in oven. This is to remove moisture so it keeps longer.
- Using an electric mixer, whip aquafaba and vinegar in a large bowl till soft to stiff peaks. Took me about 15mins on high speed.
- Remove flour and sugar from oven.
- Add 1/3 of the sugar into the whipped aquafaba, and whip at medium speed till just combined.
- Repeat till all sugar is used up. Beat till mixture ribbons, about 10-15mins on high speed.
- Add oil, vanilla and mix on low for few seconds till you see no more patches of both.
- Sieve the heated flour into the mixture 1/3 at a time. Using a whisk, mix till just combined.
- Repeat till all flour is used up. Do not over mix.
- Pour batter into your mould(s). Tap the moulds lightly few times to remove air bubbles. Bake for 15mins or till golden brown, rotating the pan at around 8mins.
- Repeat till all batter is used up. If you’re using the same mould, you will need to grease and flour again before pouring the batter.
- Let kueh cool in mould for about 5mins or until it is easy to remove, then use toothpick to release it. Let cool on a rack completely before storing.
- Use a non-stick metal mould instead, the traditional aluminium one sticks too easily and is very hard to clean
- Don’t keep sugar in the oven too long as it’ll melt. About 10-15mins of heating on fan mode is good enough.
- Bake longer for more crisp and brown exterior.
- Keeps well in fridge for 1week, not recommended to keep at room temperature (in the tropics) for more than 2 days.
- The kueh will harden in the fridge, best to toast it lightly for few mins before eating.
If you enjoyed the video, please like, share and subscribe for more! Thank you SO MUCH for your support over the past years! I’m really excited to bring more varied recipes to different platforms, hope to show more people the beauty of vegan food! May your 2018 be full of blessings, health and happiness.