thai steamed banana cake

Thai Steamed Banana Cake (Kanom Kluay)


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This is a sweet Thai dessert that is kind of a cross between a cake, a custard, and a jelly. It is sweet, slightly creamy, and topped with fresh grated coconut meat. It is one of the easier Thai desserts to make, and doesn’t need very many ingredients.

Usually these desserts will be steamed wrapped in banana leaves, however if you are outside Asia, banana leaves will probably be hard to find, so you could just use any mould that is suitable for steaming. It is also important to use ripe bananas as this will make the dessert sweeter and smoother.

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kanom kluay ingredients list

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  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1/8 cup potato flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream (get from top of can of coconut milk)
  • 1 cup grated coconut meat

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Step 1: Peel 2 ripe bananas and place them in a mixing bowl, then mash them until they as smooth as you can get them.

mashing the banana

Step 2: Then add 1/2 cup of coconut cream, 3/4 cup of sugar, 1/8 cup of potato flour, 1/2 cup of rice flour, and 3/4 cup of grated coconut meat to the bowl, and stir until everything is completely mixed together.

making the kanom kluay

Step 3: Now spoon the mixture into some moulds that are suitable for steaming, and then steam them for 30 minutes on a high heat.

Step 4: After 30 minutes, remove them from the steamer, and sprinkle the remaining grated coconut meat over the top of the cakes, and then serve and enjoy! This dessert is best eaten fresh from the steamer.

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