Sunday 15 July 2012

Bingka Ambon Durian

Since my successful attempt at making Bingka Ambon, I've bookmarked a couple of other versions which I planned to try out. One of them is the durian version. Since there was some durian left in the fridge, I decided to try it yesterday so I could share them with my family at my mum's place.

This time, the confident me decided to make some amendments to the recipe, even though it was my first time using the recipe. With hindsight, I shouldn't have.... now I'm not sure if the colour, texture & the problems I encountered while making them were because of the amendments.  Yes..... there were some challenges. Firstly, the bottom of my bingka came out quite dark. I think this could be the result of the additional  amount of sugar (I added 60% more!) since sugar affects the colour of the end product. Secondly, the bingka took a long time to fully cook.... the bottom was turning dark & yet the surface was still sticky. The good thing was, I only had the sticky-surface problem for the first few batches. Maybe I should have heated up the mould longer before I started baking the first batch.

As you can see below, the texture of this bingka is quite different from the regular ones that I made before. Personally, I like the texture of the regular ones better as they were spongy. My mum liked this better.... she said it's softer. Now I'm wondering if using richer coconut milk from one coconut instead of 1/2 had resulted in the soft texture.... I think it had a role. Tastewise,  I think it's delicious. The durian flavour was just enough. That's because  the durian was already sweet..... and rich, and delicious.... However, the bingka was quite sweet. That's expected since I added 60% more sugar! What was I thinking.....!
Overall, this is a good recipe. I would try again, without making any changes, of course. If you'd like to try this recipe, I would advise that you stick to the original recipe too, at least for a start!

Bingka Ambon Durian
Source: Sajiansedap.

75g plain flour
1 tsp instant yeast
10g granulated sugar
85 ml cold water

75g durian flesh
225 ml coconut milk from 1/2 coconut (I used freshly-squeezed milk from 1 coconut. I also warmed it until just before it started to boil, stirring continuously, to avoid overflowing & curdling. Then I left it aside to cool.)
1/2 tsp salt
12 drops yellow colouring
1/2 tsp durian essence (I didn't use.)
3 whole eggs
2 egg yolk
125g granulated sugar (I used 200g.)
100g tapioca starch

  1. Combine plain flour, instant yeast & sugar in a bowl. Pour cold water into the bowl, stirring thoroughly. Leave aside for 45 minutes.
  2. Combine durian flesh, coconut milk, salt, yellow colouring & durian essence & blend to form smooth paste.
  3. Beat eggs & sugar until fluffy. Add in durian mixture continue for about 20 minutes. (I used medium speed.)
  4. Add in yeast mixture & continue beating for 20 minutes more. Leave aside for 2 hours.
  5. Fill an apam balik mould with sand & place it on the stove. Place greased muffin moulds on the sand. Heat up the moulds for one hour. (I used a baulu mould & just heated it up directly on the stove for  a few minutes. I did not use the sand.)
  6. Stir mixture thoroughly & pour into the mould until almost full. Once little holes start to form on the surface of the bingka, cover the mould. Leave to cook for few minutes. Then remove bingka from moulds (I used a sate stick to lift up the bingka.) & repeat process.
    Makes about 60 pieces.

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