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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Pandan Aebleskiver

Some friends of mine from Malaysia use pandan in many recipes. Pandan is native to Malaysia and is very popular there, they can even grow it in their back yard. It is also known as srewpine. (I'll have to look into growing it here). The leaves of the screwpine, or pandan is used in savory as well as sweet desserts. I was so curious about it I had to try and find some.

I went to the Asian market (it's just around the corner) they know Me by name now. The lady that works the counter and out with the product didn't know what I was talking about, (she is Korean, maybe they don't use it) and she wanted to know what the American name was (I forgot screwpine). We were there in Saturday in the back waiting for our lunch to be prepared, so I asked the girls cooking if they had any pandan extract, and she walked right over and handed me some. So I had to experiment on my own, and since I was using my aebleskiver pan I thought I'd make Pandan Aebleskivers.

Using a basic recipe that I found from Sunset magazine that was posted on My Recipes, I made a few changes.

-1 3/4 cups flour
-3 T sugar
-2 1/2 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp salt
-1 egg
-1 cup coconut milk

-1 tsp pandan extract
Whisk the egg, coconut milk, and pandan extract. In another bowl mix the dry ingredients, then slowly add to the egg, milk mixture.
Pour or scoop into wells that have been heated and buttered. Turning partway, then again all the way. You can place something in the center if you want a filling part way. It will turn out hollow so you can fill it later if you want.

Dust with powdered sugar, or drizzle it with icing.

Or fill it with your favorite jam. I wish I had some coconut jam to fill these with. I used some peach passion conserve, but it doesn't look too pretty.

I would like to try to make some Thai pandan-coconut roll pancakes, but that's not with this pan. I made these with Kristy in mind wishing her a Happy Birthday while we were eating them! Cheers!

Edited to add:
I forgot to mention how I liked it! We did like it, it has a real nice flavor, nothing too overpowering really mellow. I would love to try the juice from the leaves themselves. I'm not a big fan of matcha so this is a nice "green" I will use again! I am adding a photo at the request of Cool Lassie.
Hope this helps!