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Nian gao, photo not of this recipe.

Nian gao, photo not of this recipe.

The Chinese New Year’s Cake. There different types of cakes, some have dates, some peanuts, ours is coated in sesame seeds.

2-1/2 cups packed dark brown sugar (black sugar)
1/2 cup vegetable oil, flavorless
4-1/2 cups sweet rice flour (glutinous flour), found in Asian markets
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
sesame seeds

Heat the brown sugar and the vegetable oil together; stir constantly, until sugar melts.
Cool slightly.
Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.
Stir cooled brown sugar mixture into the flour.
Drop batter by the spoonful into a bowl of sesame seeds.
Coat completely then place balls into a steamer.
Cover and steam 50-60 minutes.

photo courtesy of Juliana Phang,

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 March 13, 2012  Posted by at 9:43 pm Chinese New Year, Desserts Tagged with: , ,