Wingko Babat – Sticky Rice Snack
This is wingko babat; a gluten-free rice snack from the north coast of Java, I learn online (here is nice post about it). Originally, wingko babat comes from Lamongan, East Java.
When I was a child I had tasted this cake once, but never thought of it again. Until a friend came to surprise me with his homemade wingko babat when I gave a cooking demonstration at the Amsterdam ‘Huishoudbeurs’. This recipe I had to have! And this dear friend mailed me his way of making a wingko babat right away. Trims!
I have followed the steps and ingredients of the recipe as much as possible and converted the measurements into grams. In the original recipe ‘a dash of oil’ is added, but I leave it out because I already use full fat butter. If you like to add a tablespoon of oil, go a head. It will make the cake
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Earlier I’ve made a light version of wingko babat cake with pandan; without butter or coconut milk.
But today I’m making a real Christmas version. This
A wingko babat is 100% gluten-free, because it is made from ketan flour: sticky rice flour.
Want to watch how to make wingko babat in a vidoe? Check this out.
This cake is enough for 8 people and ready in 1 hour and 15 minutes.
- 400 ml of coconut milk
- 400 grams of white caster sugar
- 250 grams of ketan flour (sticky rice flour)
- 100 grams of grated coconut
- 50 grams of full fat butter
- 2 sachets of vanilla sugar
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 egg
- Melt the butter on low heat
- Mix the egg well (5 minutes)
- Add the vanilla and caster sugar
- Add the coconut milk and salt
- Use a spatula to mix in the rice flour gently, in three batches
- Do the same with the grated coconut
- Pour into
bakingdish covered with baking paper
- Sprinkle black sesame seeds on the top
- Bake for 1 hour and 5 minutes at 160 degrees Celsius
Do not get me wrong: this is a very heavy cake. You cut (at least I do) the wingko babat in handsized cubes or strips. I keep the bites small and mouth-sized.
A less sweet wingko babat can be made easily. Just halve the amount of sugar to 200 grams and the cake is still very tasty, I know by experience.
Ketan flour, also known as sticky rice flour or sweet rice, is made from a type of rice that contains a lot of starch, which makes the granules stick to each other.
Want to see how I make mochi, check out this link.
The Indonesian version of mochi is
Back to my wingko babat. I mix the egg very well with a hand mixer. I beat it for at least 5 minutes. Then I add sugar and vanilla sugar (or vanilla extract) and continue to mix.
I melt the butter and let it cool for a minute or 5 before I pour it into the batter. I like to use melted butter because it is easier to mix into the batter (no clumps).
A teaspoon of salt goes through this wingko babat. This is important because otherwise the cake will be dull in flavor (and only sweet).
Then the coconut milk can be added and the batter converts in to a thin substance. I mix at full speed for about 1 minute.
I now stop mixing with the machine and use a spatula to mix the flour and the grated coconut through the batter. I mix in the flour in three steps. Rice flour does not form lumps quickly, but if you add everything at once it will.
The batter is now thick and grainy (because of the grated coconut). It still runs off the spoon; it looks like thick custard.
I pour this rich batter in my baking tin that I have lined with baking paper.
I sprinkle some black sesame seeds on the top; to make it look fancy and for extra crunch on top.
Now it’s simple: place the cake for an hour and 5 minutes in the oven at 160 degrees celsius.
A nice brown surface means that it is done. You can insert a skewer in there to see if it is done. But because of the
I let the