Ever since I started to learn baking,
I have been trying to bake these little crunchy white biscuits
which melt in the mouth but not in your fingers!
I tried many recipes,
both written and from words of mouth of elders...
After years of searching and trying,
finally I GOT it!
I have to give special thanks to my sister-in-law's family in Penang.
Ah Gaik Chi gave me this recipe and some invaluable tips.
My sister-in-law's mom took the trouble to buy me these wooden moulds!
And these are my little white biscuits which melt in the mouth!
500g tapioca flour
500g sago flour
3 pandan leaves (cut)
100g icing sugar
2 egg yolk (use only egg yolk)
100ml santan (use top layer cream only)
1) fry together tapioca flour, sago flour & pandan leaves until light
& set aside for 2-3 days!
It is ready when the flour becomes so light that it flies as you
lift the spatula, and the pandan leaves become crispy.
Keep the flour covered for 2-3 days to cool down.
Please take note:
that goes into the kuali for frying is lumpy,
the pandan leaves are green
After frying 1/2 an hour or so
the flour becomes loose and limp, very light
flying all over as you lift it with the laddle
the pandan leaves are dry & crispy
2) sift 320g flour from the batch
3) beat egg yolks & add sugar, whisk until WHITE
4) stir in santan cream & strain the mixture
5) slowly by the spoonfuls, add liquid to flour to bind
When the flour starts to come together, STOP adding more liquid,
use fingers to knead to form a FIRM dough. No need to knead so long,
as over kneading will cause the cookies to become hard!
6) cover & let the dough rest while you prepare the baking sheet
7) line baking sheet with parchment paper
8) roll dough out & cut into shapes or press into moulds & knock out
9) 'wind' or air the cookies awhile before baking
10) bake in preheated oven of 170'C for 20-25min.
1) make sure the flour is perfectly dry & cooled
2) leave the santan to stand awhile before taking the top layer cream
because some santan is sold with added water.
3) the dough must be Firm, not soft!
made with 50 year old molds
Lovely butterflies & bees with red dotted eyes
Well done Joeen Chew!