Another attempt at this classical problematic cake. Oh yes it is. Even my mom got suspicious at all the attempts and recipe researches I make. She probably thinks I'm trying to win someone's heart with this. No, mum, unfortunately not. I'm just curious. Then she ended the conversation with a deep sigh, "Well, this cake is not easy, even since I was little... That's why anyone who could make this right is able to make good sales." Now tell me, how could that sentence not encourage me to try until I get the perfect one?
I used a new pan this time, neither Happy Call nor the ordinary nonstick pan. The one I was using is a special pan used for carabikang, lumpur, or bika ambon. The bika ambon came out wonderful, although it is somehow too tender to my taste. I would like them to have more visible "fibres" (like this, for example) and firmer bite. I think I'll try a different recipe next time. But so far this is the best bika ambon I have ever made. But hang on, there was some black thing on a corner of the first photo...*
adapted from Joy of Cooking, with few changes.
for the sponge:
1 tbsp instant dry yeast
20 gr sugar
15 gr plain flour
75 ml water
for the batter:
200 gr tapioca flour
175 gr caster sugar
8 egg yolks
350 ml coconut cream
3 kaffir lime leaves, bruised
1/2 tsp salt
1. For the sponge: mix all ingredients, then set aside until doubled in size.
2. Boil coconut cream with kaffir lime leaves and salt. Cool then remove the leaves.
3. Beat the egg yolks and sugar until thick. Add the sponge, cooled coconut cream, and tapioca flour. Make sure the coconut cream has cooled to room temperature or it will kill the yeast. Cover with plastic wrap and let proof for approximately 2 hours.
4. Grease a bika ambon pan and heat it over medium heat. The pan is ready if the batter sizzles when poured. Fill each cavity with enough batter, leaving 1/4-inch border on top.
5. Turn down heat to low when bubbles appear on top. Cook uncovered until a toothpick test comes out clean, approximately 15 minutes in total.
*that's the one I tried to bake using the oven. A huge failure, I have to admit.