Move over green tea- I’ve found a new green colored love. Pandan! I’ve never had pandan flavored foods until recently. I’ve always thought of it as the green tea equivalent. While the two taste very different, they both a pretty green. At Chinese and Japanese bakeries, all the green colored desserts are usually green tea flavored. At Filipino and Vietnamese bakeries, the green desserts are pandan flavored.
When I first tried a pandan flavored dessert, I really loved it. I don’t know quite how to describe the taste. It’s a bit coconutty, nutty, perfumy.
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After finding some pandan extract gel, (check your local Asian supermarket. I had to ask the clerk to find it) I decided to try making some pandan cupcakes. They came out great! I did feel that they were a little too bright green. My family was also turned off by the color, but they loved the taste. In fact, it’s the first dessert I’ve made that was so universally loved. Everyone in my family has such different tastes when it comes to desserts, I’m surprised everyone loved pandan so much.
Now that I know I like baking with pandan, I can’t wait to create more pandan flavored desserts. Pandan agar jelly, sweet rice balls, pudding, cookies…the possibilities are endless!
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 1 3/4 cup unrefined sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3 tsp pandan
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups ap flour
- 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/4 cup milk
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Heat oven to 375°F. Line muffin tin with cupcake papers.
Stir together flour and baking powder in a bowl, set aside. Cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs, pandan and vanilla, beat until fluffy. Add flour and milk and mix until blended and smooth.
Fill muffin tins with batter, about 3/4 of the way. Bake for about 15 – 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a rack.