Thai Dessert: Steamed Banana Cupcakes

Steamed banana cupcakes (in Thai: เค้กกล้วยหอมนึ่ง) are an easy and delicious Thai dessert that can be prepared quickly. Instead of steaming, you may also bake the cupcakes in the oven. However, for all those who love to bake and do not have an oven at home, it is a great alternative to steam the cake 🙂

Steamed banana cupcakes

Steamed banana cupcake (photo credit: topicstock.pantip.com)

Steamed banana cupcakes (photo: topicstock.pantip.com)

Here are the ingredients needed for 10 cupcakes:

  • 250g flour
  • 1 TSP baking powder
  • 1 TSP baking soda
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 50g palm sugar
  • 150g sugar (or less, as to taste)
  • 1/2 TSP salt
  • 1 egg
  • 100ml milk
  • 150g butter, melted
  • 10 cake cups and paper liners

Preparation:

In a first step, sieve the flour into a large bowl. Add the baking powder and soda and set the mixture aside. Take another bowl and put in the bananas which should then be mashed either by hand, with a fork or with a blender. Add the palm sugar and mix everything together well. Take an electric mixer and add the sugar and salt. Continue mixing until everything is well dissolved. Put in the egg and mix. Then add the milk and about half of the flour and butter. Mix well together and finally add in the remaining flour and butter.

Now prepare the cake cups and arrange them on the steamer. Alternatively you may also take a cake mould. Pour the batter into the cake cups until they are nearly full. Then steam the cakes for about 15 minutes until they are done. Let them cool down and you’re ready to serve! 🙂

Yummy banana cake (photo credit: topicstock.pantip.com)

Yummy banana cake (photo: topicstock.pantip.com)

This recipe for steamed banana cupcakes comes from the amazing cooking channel WhatRecipe.tv. In the following video, you can easily learn how to make this dessert.

Hope you’ll give this amazing traditional Thai dessert a try!

Yours, Sirinya

(P.S. for more general information, check out my Thai Food Dictionary)




Thai Style Banana, Pineapple & Coconut Smoothie

Today I’d like to share with you a nice and easy recipe how to make a Thai style banana, pineapple & coconut Smoothie. Summertime is coming soon and this is a perfectly refreshing and tropical drink for the season. What is more, banana, pineapple and coconut are a good combination for a Thai style smoothie. To make it extra special, I suggest you put in a small drop of Pandanus (Pandan, in Thai: Bai Toey) flavour or some additional coconut extract 🙂 The Pandanus flavour will make your smoothie a little greenish but gives your drink a nice aroma.

Thai Style Smoothie

banana, pineapple & coconut smoothie (photo credit: makeandtakes.com)

banana, pineapple & coconut smoothie (photo credit: makeandtakes.com)

Ingredients for two smoothies:

  • 1 large ripe banana, cut into chunks
  • 2 cups of fresh pineapple, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup of light or regular coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup of ice
  • 1 drop of Pandanus flavour and/or coconut extract (optional)
  • additional sugar or sweetener, as to taste (optional)

pandanus flavour (photo credit: templeofthai.com)

Pandanus flavour (photo credit: templeofthai.com)

Preparation:

Put the banana and pineapple chunks with the coconut milk and the ice into a blender and mix until everything is smooth. Optionally, you may add a drop of pandanus flavour or coconut extract and additional sugar or sweetener, as to taste.

Smoothie garnished with cream on top (photo credit: bakingbites.com)

Tropical drink garnished with cream on top (photo credit: bakingbites.com)

You may garnish your tropical drink with some cream and dried coconut flakes on top 🙂 It’s perfect for breakfast but also as a snack or a dessert.

In addition, you can also make delicious ice-pops with this smoothie. You just need an ice pop container. When the mixture is nearly frozen, put in the popsicle sticks in centre. Freeze for at least five hours or preferably overnight. By the way, if you’ve acquired a taste for bananas and coconut now, you may also want to try ‘Kluai Buad Chi’ which is a Thai bananas in coconut milk dessert.

An easy-peasy recipe, isn’t it? Hope you’ll give it a try! 🙂

Yours, Sirinya

 




Thai Dessert: Bananas in Coconut Milk (Kluai Buad Chi) กล้วยบวชชี

 

Kluai Buad Chi (กล้วยบวชชี), bananas in coconut milk, is the first Thai dessert that I’ve ever prepared for myself because it’s very easy to make and you only need a few ingredients.

My first try on banana dessert in coconut milk (Kluai Buad Chi) did not turn out perfect since my coconut milk was to thick and creamy. Hence, the dessert was too thick and the bananas could not move in there 😉
This was because I only had the creamy part of the coconut milk but not the watery part of it.

Well, let me tell you something more about Kluai Buad Chi, (‘Kluai’ is the Thai word for banana): First of all, it can be considered a very common Thai dessert that is completely vegan.

Bananas in coconut milk

thai dessert: bananas in coconut milk

Thai dessert: bananas in coconut milk (photo credit: Pinterest)

This Thai bananas in coconut milk dessert is usually made with a special type of banana, most commonly small (baby) bananas are used. The banana type used for this dessert is called ‘kluay nam wa’ (musa sapientum). However, you can also use other types of sweet banana for this recipe. Further, you will of course need coconut milk, brown or white sugar as you prefer, a pint of salt and a pandan leaf but this last ingredient is optional.

First, you need to shortly cook the bananas in water (approx. 10 min) and then peel and cut them. Then you prepare the coconut milk and add about a cup of sugar (a bit more or less as you like) and your pint of salt. You can also add a pandan leaf for good taste and aroma but this is optional. Then add your bananas into the pot and let cook with the coconut milk for about 10 minutes. Finally, add the creamy part of the coconut milk. And you’re ready to serve!

Homemade bananas in coconutmilk (photo taken by myself)

Homemade bananas in coconutmilk (photo taken by myself)

I’d like to round this post off by inserting a very nice video on how to make our Thai dessert Kluai Buad Chi, bananas in coconut milk.

It’s by Alif Silpachai who has an interesting and inspiring Thai linguistics and language YouTube channel. Thus, if you are a learner of Thai, you can also learn some Thai words here while preparing your easy Thai dessert!

Check this out and have fun making Kluai Buad Chi! By the way, if you’ve acquired a taste for bananas and coconut now, you may also want to try a Thai style smoothie with bananas, coconut & pineapple 😉

Yours,
Sirinya

(For more information about Thai desserts, check out my Thai Food Dictionary)