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
Heat the brown sugar and the vegetable oil together; stir constantly, until sugar melts.
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.
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