I love Panda Chiffon since i was a kid, i could remember how soft and fluffy these cakes are together with the fragrance of pandan and coconut cream and how i love eating these. Cakes were not as fanciful as what we have in this century now, bakeries were all very traditional and cakes were quite plain looking during those times, it needs the skills of a baker to bring out the fragrance of a bake to attract customers to their shops.
Pandan chiffon can be seen and bought easily almost in all kinds of bakery shops now, price ranging from as cheap as $5 to as much as $18 per cake. Not sure how many of you felt this way, but personally i never liked the taste of fake essence and lots of baking powder to make a cake rise to become fluffy, especially the after taste of the chemical will always stays in my tongue, “spoiling” my tastebud for a moment. That’s commercially baked, huge quantity, lots of chemicals and cheap, comparing to home bakes which i would love to use as much natural ingredients as possible, lots of work and time, in result to a more expensive cake, but no matter how much does a home baker charge for a bake, they will never recover their labour cost with the number of hours they spent – it’s all about passion. Support home bake, appreciate their hard work, support their passion =)
I forgot where i have found this chart online but it’s a good piece of information to share. Most recipes online uses pandan essence/paste and food colouring, it’s much easier especially for beginners but you could slowly change and adapt to this all natural recipe, trust me, you will taste the difference!
So, here’s my recipe on my pandan chiffon cake after a few quick research..
Pandan Chiffon Recipe – For 23 cm Tin
The yolks meringue
6 egg yolks (I couldn’t get 60g eggs so i used 55g eggs instead)
75g canola oil
15g pandan water (Pictures shown at the end of the recipe)
60g coconut cream/milk (Prefer freshly squeezed from market)
135 cake flour / top flour
The whites meringue
8 egg whites
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
1. Preheat oven at 160C
2. Using a hand whisk or hand machine, whisk yolks till double in volume. Slowly add in 30g of sugar and whisk till pale and fluffy.
3. Stir in oil and combine. Add in pandan water and coconut cream, stir till well mixed.
4. Sift in the cake/top flour, using hand whisk to whisk till well combined.
5. The egg white meringue (important!!) – Pour all your whites in clean mixing bowl, using a machine and whisk till it’s frothy, add in your cream of tartar.Gradually add in your sugar in batches when the whites becomes soft peaks while whisking till it reaches almost stiff peak form.
6. Take 1/3 of the white meringue, fold it into the yolk meringue. This will make your yolk meringue lighter before adding it back into the white meringue to combine,
7. Now that your yolk meringue is lighter, pour it all into the white meringue and fold. We do not want to over fold or over combine this as it will deflate the batter.
8. Once you are done, pour your cake batter into chiffon tin. Level the surface, and give it a few taps on the table to remove large air bubbles.
9. Bake in the oven at 160C for about 70mins. If the top gets too browned, prepare a aluminium foil to cover the top after 40mins of baking.
10. Remove from oven. Quickly turn your chiffon tin upside down and let it cool off totally.
11. Removing the cake – Personally i feel the chiffon cakes that i make, it’s easier to remove them with hands and it will look much prettier as compared to using a knife.
Cut and serve!
How to get pandan water?
Cut pandan leaves and filled it in a blender. Add water, just enough to blend and get the juice out of the leaves.
Using a sieve, drain the liquid out and best to let the liquid sit in the fridge overnight. The liquid will separate into 2 parts, we will gently pour out the top part of clearer pandan water (which we can use for cooking desserts), leaving the dark green colour for our pandan cake.
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