Steamed Nian Gao Cake
Photo Instructions to make Baked Nian Gao
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
- 16 oz. Mochiko sweet rice flour (glutinous rice flour), plus a bit extra for sprinkling on the baking dish
- 1 stick of butter or 3/4 cup of vegetable oil
- 3 eggs
- 2 1/2 cups milk
- 1 to 1 3/4 cup sugar--depending on if you like it sweeter
- 1 Tb baking soda
- One can of red azuki beans
Sprinkle Mochiko flour over a 9"x13" baking dish that has been oiled or sprayed with Pam.
Spread half of the batter on the bottom of the baking pan Spread the red azuki beans (you can mix some batter into the beans if they are too thick to spread).
Spread the other half of the batter over the red azuki beans. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes.
Test for doneness by inserting a chopstick (this is Chinese New Year’s Cake after all)—if it comes out clean, it is done.
Recipe by Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, Asian American Village contributing editor. Reprinted with permission.
Originally published by Asian American Village Online at www.IMDiversity.com, "the leading online source for diversity recruitment, career development information, and cultural/community content for underrepresented U.S. minorities."
copyright Frances Kai-Hwa Wang 2003
My Response to Slbwpi
Working with glutinous rice flour for the first time can be a bit challenging, since it doesn't behave exactly the same as other flours. The batter is meant to be quite liquid - your description of a milkshake consistency is perfect! The glutinous rice flour will absorb the water during baking. When adding the adzuki beans, they will sink a bit into the batter – that’s fine. Nian Gao is normally steamed, but a baked cake will gave you the taste of traditional Nian Gao, if not the same texture. I hope this helps.
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