Sunday, February 28, 2010

Making Homemade Kaya and Caramel Sugar

Hi Everyone,
I'm cooking again, you'll be worried about my weight going up again right? hehe.. What to do, I like to try out new things. The ingredients are simple for making kaya but is the time spent standing by the stove that is tedious. Nevermind this will be well worth it, if the kaya turns out good haha.

Homemade Kaya

The Ingredients,

5 eggs

325g of sugar ( or about half of the caramel recipe below with 100g of sugar)

about 150ml to 200ml of thick coconut milk

a few pieces of pandan leave cut to 3cm long

If you want the kaya to be brownish in colour then you have to make the caramel sugar first

To make for about 500ml of caramel
Put 150ml of water in a heavy pan and add 500g of sugar. Stir gently over a medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. When the syrup comes to a boil, do not stir anymore and wait till it turns reddish-amber. Dip the pan in cold water and let the caramel cool a little before pouring in about 350ml cold water. Return the pan to the heat and stir the water and caramel together until the caramel is smoothly dissolved and has the correct consistency. Once diluted, the caramel will not harden even when quite cold. You can prepare this in advance to let it cool completely.

Let's start.. Using a mixing bowl, beat eggs with the sugar or caramel sugar until is smooth. Half fill a pot with water and heat until it simmers, then reduce to just a bare simmer. Place the mixing bowl onto this pot. Stir the egg mixture with the pandan leave till sugar dissolves. Adding the coconut milk slowly, a bit at a time. Continue stirring until it is completely well mixed, then add little bit of the milk again and repeat this process until the coconut all mixed into the egg mixture. This will take quite a while. Haha. I spent about 1 1/2 hours stirring and adding the coconut milk. After a while you will see the kaya thicken and it has the correct consistency. Your Kaya should look shiny and smooth. Hope to hear from you, if you have tried this out!!!

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