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Nian Gow or Chinese New Year's Cake

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Does anyone have any favorite recipes to share? I usually make a non-traditional one with eggs that is baked, but I'm interested in trying some more traditional steamed recipes this year.

Thanks!

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  1. Pandora, here is the recipe I use...I omit the dates just b/c I'm lazy. It doesn't taste too different to me than the ones you can buy in Chinese grocery stores but there's something more satisfying about homemade (plus it's super easy)!

    Serena

    Chinese New Year’s Cake

    3 Chinese dried red dates
    5 slabs brown candy, 11 oz
    3 t vegetable oil
    7 c glutinous rice flour
    1 T white sesame seeds
    1 lg egg

    1. Soak red dates 30 min, remove pits
    2. Cut each slab brown candy into 8 pcs, place in bowl, pour 2 c boiling water over, set aside until dissolved and cooled.
    3. Grease an 8” round straight-sided dish/pan with oil.
    4. Mix cold sugar water with flour. Knead dough in bowl, adding an additional 1/3 c cold water until smooth, slightly moist and shiny, 5-10 min.
    5. Pat dough into dish, garnish with dates and sesame seeds, coat lightly with oil.
    6. Steam 35-40 min on high heat. Cake is done when it pulls away from sides of pan. Pour off excess liquid. Cool at room temp overnight.
    7. Cut into strips, ¼” thick. Dip in egg, fry 2-3 min/side.

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    1. re: smsliu

      Thanks! I will try this. I ended up using another recipe that is similar to yours, but uses brown sugar (2 c) rather than than brown candy. I put it in the microwave for 15 minutes and it came out pretty good - very sticky, even when cool.