Apem, a traditional cake which almost every Idul Fitri we make at home. Apem is made of rice flour, palm sugar, water and rest the dough over night until it looks up.
Rest the dough overnight.
The next day, add grated coconut, eggs, panili, sliced Kaffir lime leaves. Stir well.
After added coconut grated, eggs, sliced kaffir leaves and panili. jackfruit or pandan leaves also can be added, but we don't have ones that time and we just add panili.
The dough is ready to cook with special mold placed on coir fire furnace. The heat should be medium. This can be the most difficult part to do.
Apem mold is heated on a coir furnace.
Smear each hole with cooking oil and pour the dough. Cook until the side turns brown.
Turn the other side and cook until it turns brown.
This is it... Hm.... Yummy....
Once cooked, this cake taste sweet, tender and fragrant. Unfortunately we can't taste when it is still warm, we're still fasting when frying the cake.
I used to don't like this cake. I wonder why my mother always make a cake which I think is quite a bother to make when Idul Fitri comes. The process of frying over the coir fire was the one which most made me dislike. It is hot, long, and the smoke could poignant the eyes if embers do not remain stable. I lately understand, apem which is made by my mother is different in taste with the ones commonly found on the market. That is why our relatives always ask for apem when they visit our house in Idul Fitri, then it's why my mother almost always serves these cakes. We make it with a very traditional recipe, using no additional ingredients. No yeast or baking powder added, we just rest the dough overnight. Panili and sliced Kaffir lime leaves make delicious flavorful apem ... I think I can't wait to taste it again, :)
What is the traditional food do you like?