Pineapple is nature's best gift to us. It's a versatile fruit. It could be cheap and expensive as well, depending on the variety. You can eat it fresh, cooked it in gravy or turned it into mouth-watering desserts. It could be sweet, sour or even a cross between these two tastes. This entry is a long-postponed piece of writing. I kept delaying the post and did something else, or maybe I was so - into brownies lately. I love this pineapple cake- I've got this recipe from a Malay magazine aptly named SAJI (vaguely translated as SERVE). This cake is just what you need to kill off the blues, it's sweet, soft, milky and buttery. Just the right type of cake for everybody. Using melted butter and condensed milk, you will get a flat, fragrant and delicious cake. This cake will not rise high due to the melted butter added at the end of the mixing process. I brought this cake to work, and colleagues couldn't get enough of it. My friends say this is like bingka ( a type of kueh in Malaysia). Whatever it is, I definitely loved this cake very much and would bake it again, some other time. Here goes the recipe after several modifications.
1) 3/4 cup of condensed milk
2) 1/2 cup of brown sugar
3) 3 tbs of caster sugar
4) 1 tsp of baking powder
5) 1 can of pineapple- drain well
6) 2 tbs pineapple juice (from the can)
7) 3/4 cup salted butter ( I have used Australian Golden Churn butter- good aroma)
8) 1 1/2 cup of plain flour
9) 2 tsp of vanilla
10) 4 egg yellow (large eggs)
** Preheat oven- 150c for about 10 mins
1) Using blender -blend condensed milk and drained pineapple.
2) Sift flour together with baking powder.
3) Melt butter- low heat. Remove from heat.
4) Using electric mixer- in a bowl, beat egg yellow with sugar. Mix well, fully- incorporated for about 5 mins. Do not overbeat. Add in vanilla. Add in pineapple mixture. Add in pineapple juice.
5) Using spatula, fold in sifted flour in the egg mixture.
6) Add in melted butter. Mix well.
7) Transfer batter into well-greased baking pan - advisable to use a square 8 to 9 inch baking pan.
8) Put the baking pan in a pre-heated oven. Make sure after 5-6 minutes, you have lowered the oven temperature to 120C.
9) Bake the cake for about 30-35 mins. Check if the cake is ready by inserting a skewer. If it comes out clean, your cake is ready.
10) Cut into squares, serve them with a cup of black coffee, lay back and dream of nice things ahead. ;)
Happy baking, everyone.... have a nice weekend!