Here’s a recipe that is always a staple at pretty much all of my big family get-togethers. I was trying to track down a recipe so that I could list it on the blog, but there was just a problem of getting everyone on the same page. So luckily I was able to finally find one that was relatively simple (some recipes involved lots of different tropical fruits and cheese, which was a little weird to me — in my experience, SE Asia isn’t big on the whole cheese thing). You will need a food processor though, but I guess you could grate the cassava by hand.
This recipe I found on the Saveur Magazine website. From the picture in the article, this looks pretty close to what is done in my family, but I think the family recipe has some macapuno in it (here’s a link to a blog that nicely describes what macapuno is). The topping is different, too. The one my aunt makes is a lot more caramelized on top, almost like the topping on creme brulee, but softer. Now, I did make one change to the recipe, mainly for time constraints. I was making this for a party and I wanted to do most of the prep ahead of time so I mixed the batter together the night before and put it in the oven just before dinner was served. Worked out great for me!
Here’s what you need:
- 1 1/2 c. sugar
- 2 T. unsalted butter, melted
- 2 t. salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 14-oz. can coconut milk
- 1 1/2 lbs. peeled cassava, cut into chunks
- 1/3 c. heavy cream
1. Preheat the oven to 350.
2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the sugar, salt, butter, eggs, and coconut milk. Whisk until smooth. Set aside.
3. In a food processor, chop the cassava pieces until it is finely shredded. Stir into the egg mixture, and pour the combined mixture into a 9″ x 13″ baking dish.
4. Bake for 40 minutes until set. Baste with the heavy cream, and then bake for another 40 minutes until browned. Let cool for 15 minutes before slicing and serving.
Notes — I think I might put in a little citrus zest in the next batch. I’m still trying to get closer to what my family version of the delicacy is, so maybe I’ll add some macapuno. You should be able to find some macapuno preserves in any good Asian grocery.