I fell in love with this country since the first time I stepped my foot on The UAE soil. Here I can meet people from many backgrounds and cultures. This country also allows me to see and experience Islam from a different point of view. Women are highly valued and much more respected here.
No wonder when the preparations for the 46th UAE National Day celebrations are in full swing in Abu Dhabi, I easily got carried away with the people’s excitement.
What’s a celebration without cake? Since UAE is my second home country, so I want to make special dessert cake for this occasion.
This is my husband’s favorite cake, a traditional Javanese cake called Klepon. Maybe some of you are already familiar with this canape-sized snack. Basically klepon is a balls of glutinous rice cake filled with Javanese brown sugar and coated in grated coconut. It usually comes in green but, since this is a special occasion, I want to make it looks like UAE Flag with red, green, white and black colors.
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Actually I never wanted to make homemade food coloring, as it takes too much work! But remembering your little ones are going to eat it too, I give you an option to make natural and homemade food coloring! It was so easy, no cooking, no mess. It’s worth it!
I simply use juicer to make the colors. Raw beet juice extracted from a juicer makes a bold red. Then I boil the juice to reduce the soil-flavor of beets. For the green color I use the juice of pandan leaves. It is also known as ‘fragrant plant’ because of its sweet aroma. As for black color, we can use charcoal but, unfortunately, I didn’t know where to find it in Abu Dhabi so I use chocolate paste for substitute. Here is the basic recipe.
KLEPON CAKE RECIPE
350 gram of glutinous rice powder
150 cc of warm water
Food colorings as needed
8 tsp. of Javanese brown sugar
1 cup of fresh-grated coconut, steamed and mixed with a pinch of salt
How to make it:
- Mix the glutinous rice powder with the warm water, knead the dough until firm but supple.
- Divide the dough into 4 part and give green, red and black/chocolate food coloring into the dough.
- Pull off a teaspoon of the dough and shape it into a ball. Push a finger into the center of the ball to make a hole, and then put in the grated sugar. Seal the hole, and roll it back into the ball shape with the palms of your hands.
- Prepare all the balls and set them aside.
- Prepare a pot half filled with water and bring it to boil.
- Drop the balls into the boiling water. Remove the balls with a spoon once they afloat on the water surface and then roll the balls in the grated coconut.
- Serve at room temperature.
There you are, a traditional Indonesian taste with international twist, just for one of very special days of my UAE friends. This post is part of the UAE Mom Bloggers Blog Hop for UAE’s National Day on December 2.
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Hope this creation inspires you all for your own special occasions ❤️.