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Pandan Cheesecake with Pandan Kaya Topping

I’ve made cakes with pandan (screwpine leaves) flavour several times now.

I think I have finally found a way of making a Pandan Cheesecake with a topping that the whole family likes!

There are three parts to this cheesecake: the base, the cake, the topping. It is a relatively easy recipe, but it does take time, and there are some ‘exotic’ ingredients which some readers might find challenging to obtain. An Asian grocery store (or well-stocked cosmopolitan supermarket) should have these ingredients. (Then again, I may be spoiled and don’t know how good I have it!)

Base

  • a packet of sweet biscuits (like Marie), crushed to yield 2 cups
  • 2/3 cup of melted butter
  • 1 tsp (or so) of cocoa powder (optional)

Note: Most recipes I’ve looked at call for 1 cup of crushed biscuits and 1/3 cup of melted butter. To me, the base ends up too thin and sometimes rather crumbly and does not hold well. I decided to double the amount here — 2 cups crushed biscuits, 2/3 cup melted butter — and I am extremely satisfied with the result. Your mileage may vary.

Method:

Combine crushed biscuits and melted butter until well combined. Press firmly into base of a 22cm (9-in) spring form pan. Chill until firm.

Filling

  • 2 Tbsp. gelatine, dissolved in 1/3 cup water (sprinkle gelatine over cold water, stir to combine, and then microwave on high for 45 seconds)
  • 2 x 250g packet cream cheese, softened at room temperature
  • 1 x 400ml can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 4-5 drops of pandan paste
  • 4-5 drops of pandan essence

 

Method:

Beat cream cheese with electric mixer until smooth.

Add sweetened condensed milk, coconut milk, pandan paste, and pandan essence and beat again until smooth.

Add gelatine mixture and beat again until smooth.

Pour into crumb base. Return to refrigerator and chill until firm. This will take several hours.

Topping:

I got the recipe for the kaya topping from this blog. That recipe is for a pandan kaya layer cake. I just looked at the kaya part for the topping. I tweaked the pandan juice part and the coconut milk part because I lazy (yes, I meant to write it that way). I used pandan paste and *gasp* canned coconut milk! Hey, it worked, okay?

  • 300 g water
  • 1/2 tsp white agar-agar powder
  • 40 g sugar
  • 25 g unsalted butter
  • 40 ml pandan juice (4-5 drops of pandan paste into 40 ml of water)
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Place all the above into a big enough saucepan and let sit for at least 30 minutes. That’s right. Just let it sit. Don’t stir, don’t beat, don’t heat. Just let it be.

  • 120 g coconut milk
  • 35 g white hun kwee powder

In a big enough bowl, combine the coconut milk and white hun kwee powder until well combined. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Hun Kwee Powder

Hun Kwee Powder

Hun Kwee powder, sometimes spelled Hoen Kwe  or Hun Kwe, is mung bean flour (starch). This might be the most challenging to obtain. I had to visit three different Asian grocery stores before I found this. (I have purchased this before, so I knew which particular store had it, but I thought I’d try my luck at a couple of others before making the trip there.)

According to a forum, you can use corn flour/starch in place of hun kwee powder. I have not tried this, so I can’t tell you how successful it will be.

  • 5 drops pandan paste
  • 1 big drop yellow food colour

 

Method:

Place saucepan over low heat and stir agar-agar mixture till agar-agar powder dissolves. (Mixture is now very hot but not boiling.)

Turn off heat. Add coconut milk mixture. Stir thoroughly. Add 5 drops pandan paste and 1 big drop egg yellow food colour. Stir thoroughly.

Turn on heat to medium-low. Cook and stir agar-agar mixture till thick enough to coat sides of pot thinly. Turn off heat. Stir till residual heat dissipates. (Mixture should now be thick enough to coat sides of pot thickly but thin enough to flow smoothly.)

Pour over cheesecake and chill until firm.

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Without all the la-di-da:

Base

  • a packet of sweet biscuits (like Marie), crushed to yield 2 cups
  • 2/3 cup of melted butter
  • 1 tsp (or so) of cocoa powder (optional)

Filling

  • 2 Tbsp. gelatine, dissolved in 1/3 cup water (sprinkle gelatine over cold water, stir to combine, and then microwave on high for 45 seconds)
  • 2 x 250g packet cream cheese, softened at room temperature
  • 1 x 400ml can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 4-5 drops of pandan paste
  • 4-5 drops of pandan essence

Topping:

Part 1:

  • 300 g water
  • 1/2 tsp white agar-agar powder
  • 40 g sugar
  • 25 g unsalted butter
  • 40 ml pandan juice (4-5 drops of pandan paste into 40 ml of water)
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Part 2:

  • 120 g coconut milk
  • 35 g white hun kwee powder

Part 3:

  • 5 drops pandan paste
  • 1 big drop yellow food colour

Method:

Base

  1. Combine crushed biscuits and melted butter until well combined. Press firmly into base of a 22cm (9-in) spring form pan. Chill until firm.

Filling

  1. Beat cream cheese with electric mixer until smooth.
  2. Add sweetened condensed milk, coconut milk, pandan paste, and pandan essence and beat again until smooth.
  3. Add gelatine mixture and beat again until smooth.
  4. Pour into crumb base. Return to refrigerator and chill until firm. This will take several hours.

Topping

  1. Place Part 1 into a saucepan and leave for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Combine ingredients in Part 2 and refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. Place saucepan over low heat and stir agar-agar mixture till agar-agar powder dissolves. (Mixture is now very hot but not boiling.)
  4. Turn off heat. Add coconut milk mixture. Stir thoroughly. Add Part 3. Stir thoroughly.
  5. Turn on heat to medium-low. Cook and stir agar-agar mixture till thick enough to coat sides of pot thinly. Turn off heat. Stir till residual heat dissipates. (Mixture should now be thick enough to coat sides of pot thickly but thin enough to flow smoothly.)
  6. Pour over cheesecake and chill until firm.

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Enjoy!

 

 

 

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So, this happened today:

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The youngest turned ten. She is now in double digits!

I asked her what sort of cake she wanted. “Well,” she said. “I like cheesecake, but I also like Pandan Cake. Why not both? A Pandan Cheesecake?”

So, that’s what I did!

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This wall hanging perfectly captures her philosophy!

Dodging Darwin: How Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter is Slowly Embracing Evolution

A very interesting article on The Natural Historian.

No matter how much YECists deny it, the fact that they accept adaptation and speciation means that they do accept evolution.

Naturalis Historia

Please welcome David MacMillan* as a guest author today on Naturalis Historia.** 


As the strict young-earth creationists at Answers in Genesis work to complete their Ark Encounter “theme park,” they have expended an impressive amount of energy organizing the millions of species of land animals alive today into a handful of small groups they call “baramins.” They claim these groups represent the original created kinds of which Noah would have brought pairs onto the ark. This consolidation of numerous species into single “baramin” groups is driven primarily by the space on Noah’s purported vessel. The smaller the menagerie the Ark was purported to have contained, the more feasible it seems, and so the “baraminologists” at Answers in Genesis have gone to great lengths to explain how the vast array of species today could have been represented by a relatively low number of ancestral pairs.

One well-known hallmark of modern young-earth…

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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,200 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

The Truthiness of Things

Going through my old blogposts and this one caught my eye.

A Yewnique Life

Have you ever had anyone say to you, ‘I know what the “evidence” says, but I just can’t accept it because my gut tells me otherwise.’?  I have.  A friend told me that that he knows that humans did not evolve because his gut tells him so and for him, that is enough.  No matter what the evidence says, he has to go with his gut.

This is an example of truthiness.

Truthiness defined:

Truthiness is a “truth” that a person claims to know intuitively “from the gut” in that it “feels right” without regard to evidence, logic, intellectual examination, or facts.

Young-Earth Creationism falls into this category.  Despite all the claims that Creationists make, the bottom line is, YECism is more based on truthiness than on truth.

I could go on, but I won’t.

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State Election 2014

Today Victorians went to the polls. Voting is compulsory here and there is preferential voting. This means that voting is not merely a matter of putting an ‘X’ or checkmark next to one’s preferred candidate, but putting down numbers next to the candidates’ names in order of one’s preference.

As a full-fledged adult, Jeremy voted for the first time today. As an aside, he has yet to fulfill his 120 hours of driving practice as a learner driver. As of today, he has one hour to go. (As you can see, every sentence in this paragraph so far starts with the word ‘As’.) We were wondering which would come first: Voting or Getting his Probationary Licence. Looks like ‘Voting’ won.

Mark and Jeremy walked to the local primary school which was where the polling station was. Miss Eight wanted to see what it was all about so we followed along. (I am ‘only’ a PR and therefore not eligible to vote.) We got there at about 11am and saw lots of people and TV cameras.

At this point I should point out that the MP for our seat is the current opposition leader, Daniel Andrews. It was Mr Andrews who had turned up, with his wife, to vote. In my haste to leave the house, I left everything at home, and did not have anything on me with which to take some photos! Argh!

While we were there, Mr Andrews’ opponent, Mr Robert Davies, also turned up to vote.  Not for the first time, I said, “Should have brought my camera!”

Daniel Andrews at Albany Rise PS State Election 2014

Photo Daniel Andrews at Albany Rise PS State Election 2014

Photo taken from state political correspondent Richard Willingham’s article in The Age here.

The man in the light blue polo and the young man standing next to him are my husband and oldest son respectively. I am standing by the bush/tree on the left. My face is covered by someone’s cap.

It was a beautiful, warm day and there were lots of people at that time. Remember, voting is compulsory so everyone eligible to vote would have turned up at one point or another.

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UPDATE: We have a change in state government. Daniel Andrews is now our State Premier.

Time Timer Customer Care Endorsement

I heard about Time Timers™ through a fellow home-schooling mum.

If you haven’t heard of these timers, go to the website and have a look. I find these timers far superior to digital ones as one can literally see how much time is left.  Indeed, these timers were designed with exactly that goal in mind. Link.  For visual learners, this is especially helpful. They are not cheap, but I feel they are worth it.

We bought the large 8-inch one and two smaller ones and have found them very helpful. The youngest, especially, uses it when she practices her piano and dance.

One day, in a moment of childish carelessness, our timer was knocked off the table and broke one of its legs. Superglue fixed it. Then, because childish carelessness is a recurring theme around here, the leg broke off again and, well, Superglue has its limits.

I went on to the website and sent in an email to their Customer Service asking if it were possible to buy replacement legs.

Meanwhile, I came up with a temporary solution.

Homemade Replacement Leg made from a wire hangers (They have their uses, Mommy Dearest!)

Homemade Replacement Leg made from a wire hanger (They have their uses, Mommy Dearest!)

Metal Legs can be squeezed into place

Metal Legs can be squeezed into place

Not Perfect but a Workable Solution

Not Perfect but a Workable Solution

One week later, I got a reply from their Customer Care Consultant (CCC) asking for my mailing address and that they would be happy to send out replacement legs.

I sent the CCC an email with my mailing address details and a suggestion for future products – metal legs instead of plastic ones.

One week later, they sent out the replacement legs and two weeks after they sent them out, I received them here in Australia.

I am SO very impressed because:
(1) I bought my timer here (online). The company is based in the US.
(2) I only inquired whether it was possible to get replacement legs.
(3) I was not asked for proof of purchase.
(4) I was not charged for the legs.

Yes, it took a while to get the legs, but I am willing to overlook that.

Thus ends my silly blog -that-doesn’t-say-much for the day.

Around the World with the Metric System

Countries that do NOT use the metric system.
Liberia and Myanmar are in VERY good company, it would seem!

 

 

Although the eastern-most tip of Australia and New Zealand and several other islands in the Pacific Ocean are missing from the map, I am quite confident they all (with the exception of Hawaii) use the metric system.

Come on!  Get with the program!  It’s really not that hard to grasp! As Mr Yewnique says, ‘Even the country which came up with it no longer uses it officially.’

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TED Talk: Adam Spencer: Why I fell in love with monster prime numbers

Something I enjoyed watching this week:

Cool Change

Temperatures have dropped more than 10C and look to stay that way for at least the next week.

Here’s hoping that autumn has finally arrived!

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