PANDAN & PALM SUGAR BABKA

By Enrica Tirtaputra
July 9, 2018
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Author Notes: Taking you on a whimsical flavor ride in this recipe!
I am 100% sure we will never stop obsessing over Pandan, so here’s another comforting recipe featuring a harmony of Pandan and Palm Sugar in the infamous Babka!
Enrica Tirtaputra

Makes: 2 loaves or 12 muffin-sized babka rolls
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 2 hrs

COCONUT JAM

  • 30 ounces coconut milk
  • 8 ounces palm sugar
  • 2 pieces pandan leaf
  • 1 pinch salt

PANDAN & PALM SUGAR BABKA DOUGH

  • 2 1/4 tablespoons yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water (2 parts plain water, 1 part pandan extract infused water)
  • 1/2 teaspoon + 2 tablespoons cane sugar
  • 3 1/4 cups bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 pieces large eggs
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  1. MAKE COCONUT JAM: Combine all the ingredients in a pot & bring it to a boil. Once the mixture vigorously boils, turn the heat down to medium-low & let simmer – stirring frequently. The mixture will slowly thicken & darken. The jam is ready when a spoonful firms up when cooled. Pour the jam into a glass jam & seal tight, it will keep in the fridge for up to a month.
  2. Activate Yeast: add yeast into warm water, stir in 1/4 teaspoon of the sugar & allow it to proof & get foamy. Into the bowl of a standing mixer, add the remaining sugar, flour, & salt. Give it a quick stir.
  3. When the yeast is ready, whisk in the eggs, oil, & honey to the mixture. Pour the liquid into the dry ingredients.
  4. Using the dough hook attachment, mix on medium-low speed for 7-10 minutes until dough is smooth yet slightly sticky to touch. Transfer dough to an oiled bowl & allow to rise in a warm spot for 1 hour.
  5. Once the dough has doubled in size, roll out the dough into a 10 by 12 inches rectangle. Spread the Gula Melaka jam evenly over dough. Then roll the rectangle into a log starting with the long side.
  6. Feel free to shape your dough however you like (Our versions are the Babka Loaf & Mini Babka Rolls). After shaping the doughs, place them on the baking tray & allow the to rise for another 30 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 375 F. Just before baking, brush the tops with an egg wash (mixture of a yolk & 1 tbsp water) & bake for 22-25 minutes. Let them cool and they're ready to enjoy!

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