Saturday, September 5, 2009

Apam Balik

Apam Balik or turnover pancake is one of the national dessert of Malaysia.Apam means thin cake while balik means back/turn over or turned over in this case.It is supposed to have originated from Chinese influence and is popular throughout the peninsula.It is also known as Marthabak manis in Indonesia.It is a yeasted pancake which is panfried and filled with peanuts,sugar,optionally creamed corn,butter,sesame seeds or whatever you like.These days several yeastless version with baking powder and soda are available.I had got the recipe from here and I have adapted it by making it vegan.There are several versions available though and the yeasted version can be found here.

The recipe I followed was perfectly simple with milk and eggs which I respectively replaced with soymilk and Ener G egg and made it vegan.Instead of Ener G egg replacer,you can even use cornstarch mixed in water or even soy yoghurt or whizzed tofu can be used to replace the egg replacer.

Ingredients:
All Purpose Flour :1 cup
Baking Powder: 1 tsp
Baking Soda: 1 tsp
Sugar: 4 tbsp +/- as per taste

Egg:1 lightly beaten
(I used Ener G egg where 1 egg = 1.5 tsp of Ener G + 3 tbsp of water/soymilk)
Milk/Soymilk: 1 cup

Yellow colouring:2 or drops or 1 big pinch yellow colour powder
Vanilla extract: 1/2 tsp

Filling:
Crushed toasted peanuts: several handfuls. I used honey roasted peanuts
Sugar
Creamed corn, sesame seeds ,bananas etc : optional I did not use

Preparation:
In a bowl mix together the flour,sugar,soda and baking powder.Add to this ,soymilk and EnerG egg and colouring and vanilla and mix well such that there are no lumps in the batter which looks like




Heat a non stick pan (optionally spray/drizzle little oil on it) and pour 2-3 big ladles of batter to it.Gently rotate the pan such that the batter runs to the sides as well.Allow it to cook.After 1 minute or so bubbles may appear on the surface like..

Add crushed peanuts and sugar and it looks like...


When the sides start browning and finish cooking,turn the pancake half over the other and remove from fire .It looks like...

I was under the impression that since only one side is cooked,it may taste a bit raw but no it turned out perfectly cooked and was soft and spongy. Cut into pieces and serve as a delicious dessert.It looks like...

The lovely yet simple Apam balik is onway to IAVW:Malaysian by Vaishali of Holycow.

The pancake were nutty as expected.This is the first time I had used EnerG in a pancake .Those who like sweet panckaes will definitely love this but those who prefer the savoury and vegan version can can be found at Vaishali's HolyCow.

22 Comments:

Lakshmi said...

Apam looks very spongy and yummy.

Vaishali said...

Sweatha, What a unique and delicious recipe! I am dying for a slice of this decadent sweet right now! Also love all those step-by-step pictures. Thanks for sending this in!

Cham said...

What a crunchy and unique sweet! Delicious!

n33ma said...

wow thats soft and fluffy and nice and crunchy.Nice helpful pics.

Siri said...

the pancake looks so fluff and yummy Sweatha! delicious. :)

Siri

rekhas kitchen said...

wow that s an amazing recipe Sweatha looks so tempting.

Happy cook said...

This is a really new dish to me , it looks so so good and with that crushed nuts indide and folded like that, super yumm.

Priti said...

So perfect looking pancakes..here it's called pancake...looks better than shops one..wonderful entry dear

Priya said...

Fluffy pancakes looks unique and fantastic CL..

Priya Narasimhan said...

i like any kind of sweet..
i would love to try this..

Bergamot said...

this is something I have never heard of... it looks nice and fluffy. the nuts create a nice filling and some crunch... lovely creation

Shaista Tabrez said...

looks fab and yummy

Pavani said...

Looks super delicious and spongy.

indhu said...

awesome recipe... looks delicious :)

- Indhu (www.thayirsaadham.com)

Yasmeen said...

Love these stuffed pancakes with soft texture and nutty filling:)

Priya said...

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Sharmila said...

Wow! A new kind of pancake for me to try. I like the idea of some crunchy nuts with soft pancake in a biteful. :-)

Parita said...

This is something very unique and different!

Soma said...

girl i think you have the most unique collection of recipes! That looks so good & i can almost feel the bite..

the pomegranate soup you made is just awesome!
Soma(www.ecurry.com)

Divya Kudua said...

A new recipe..looks delicious.Almost like a Surnali,isn't it??Is it similar in taste??

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow....that's an yum and spongy looking sweet.....love your choice of recipes...

Anonymous said...

Thanks, we just tried out your recipe for a presentation on Malaysia.

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