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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Bánh Kẹp Lá Dứa (Coconut Pandan Waffle)

I  apologize for the lack of posting lately.  After the Vietnamese new year, my camera which I used to take food pictures played hide and seek with me; we were in the process of moving and house hunting.  No camera, no internet access, no cookware, and lack of sleep make up a poor recipe for a palatable blog.

It's been over three months hunting for a new home; we found one with stairs, a swimming pool, and a good yard - all the essentials of a dream home for our girls. If all goes well, we should be able to settle down in about 3 months.

While away on my excursion, I received quiet a few emails of concern for my absence. I thank you all for thinking of me! I really appreciated it. I truly miss posting new recipes as much as you miss my posts.

So to pick up where I left off, let's start with Bánh Kẹp Lá Dứa which I took pictures with my iphone while my camera hid in the back seat of my minivan all along. I will update with better pictures once I settled in and getting comfortable in my new kitchen.

Bánh Kẹp Lá Dứa has a wonderful aroma of pandan extract and the richness of coconut milk.  It is crispy on the outside with a chewy texture inside.  It makes a nice snack at anytime of the day.  You can make it ahead of time and freeze it for a few weeks.  Just pop it in the toaster and toast it for a minute.  You will have a crunchy, enjoyable  Bánh Kẹp Lá Dứa to munch on.
RECIPE:  Bánh Kẹp Lá Dứa


1 Egg
1/2 cup Sugar
3/4 cup All Purpose Flour 
1 cup Tapioca Flour
1 tablespoon Rice Flour
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Flavoring Essence Pandan 
1/2 tsp Pandan Paste 
1 can 14 oz Savoy Coconut Cream
2 tablespoons Butter, melted

Mixing Batter

In a mixing bowl, mix eggs with sugar until creamy. Set aside.
In another mixing bowl, combine dried ingredients and mix well. Stir in wet ingredients and egg mixture until smooth.
Transfer the mixture into the waffle/pancake pen.

Pancake/Waffle Pen can be purchased at Bed Bath and Beyond or  Cost Plus World Market

Making Waffle

Preheat waffle iron.  Pour the batter onto hot waffle iron.

Cook for a minute or until golden brown. 

Let it cool down a little bit then serve.   Any left over, you can freeze it for a few weeks.  To make it crispy again, just reheat it  to a crisp in the toaster oven.