I just love this cool weather....... especially since it's Saturday.. Makes me feel like parking myself in front of the tele, lie down on the carpet & watch a good comedy, although I think, I'll most likely doze off.... Unfortunately, these days, rain or shine, weekday or weekend, I'm hardly at home in the afternoon, much less lying down & watching the tele. Anyway, the weatherman says tomorrow's weather will be quite similar to today's, so looks like it's another cool day for us here in Singapore. Cool......
This morning, I fried some jeneket, a traditional snack commonly found in stalls selling kuih. It brings back memories during my primary school days when I used to buy it from the canteen for only 5 cents a piece! Those were the days..... Today, my kids don't even value five cents anymore. Just the other day, my youngest son asked me if the 5-cent coin is still accepted when paying for any purchases...
I've made jeneket a few times before but I've yet to find a good recipe. Now I think I've found it! It's soft & tasted right except that I would add about a spoonful more sugar the next time I make this. The recipe in the book calls for a kilogram of flour but I decided to make only a quarter recipe.
Recipe by Aini Salim from Kuih Dari Singapura.
250 plain flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda (I used potash, aka 'potas'. Refer here for more details.)
60 ml hot water
60 ml fresh milk
1 egg (lightly beaten)
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla paste (I added.)
oil for deep frying
- Combine flour, baking soda & baking powder & sift. Set aside.
- Combine sugar, hot water & milk & mix well until sugar dissolves. Set aside to cool.
- Combine milk mixture & flour & mix well. Then add in eggs, butter & salt & mix, preferably using a cake beater, until well blended,
- Set aside overnight.
- Grease a flat pot cover (I used the base of a kuih lapis presser). Dip fingers into some oil.
- Take some dough with greased fingers & place it onto greased pot cover, flattening dough using fingers. Gently, slight the dough into the hot oil.
- Fry until golden brown. Serve warm.