This Apam balik pancake is made of flour,eggs, the traditional filling is peanuts , sugar and creamed corn, along with some butter, but now we have chocolae and cheddar too. The texture of the pancake depends upon the batter used, while looking for recipes i came across recipes that use rice flour to make crisp pancakes, i chose to keep it simple thick fluffy pancakes with yumm peanut filling and some good old butter. Interestingly, this dish is also declared the Heritage food by the Malaysian Department of National Heritage.
For the Batter (Makes 6-8 pancakes, depending on size)
140 grams wheat flour, approximately 1 cup wheat flour
2 tbsp sugar
1/2tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp instant yeast
1 tbsp flaxseed meal
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup -1 cup water
Notes: Whole wheat flour can be substitued with All purpose flour, if using APF, use less water, as you might not require 3/4 cup.
1 cup roasted peanuts, crushed roughly
1/4 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of butter
- In a large bowl add all the batter ingredients together except water. Whisk them Well to combine.
- Now slowly add 3/4 cup water first and combine to form a thick pancake batter. If the batter is too thick. Add 2 tbsp of water at a time to bring it to the correct consistency. Since i have used whole wheat flour, i have used this amount of water, if using All purpose flour start with 1/2 cup and then proceed as needed.
- Once the batter is ready, Cling-wrap and refrigerate overnight or a minimum Of 3-5 hours.
- Once the batter rests for the required time, take it out of the fridge, let it rest on the counter for 10 minutes.
- Heat a pan, i used my iron skillet. Keep the flame medium, you dont want to burn your pancakes, as they take a bit of time to cook.
- Pour a ladle of batter in the center of the pan, spread it into a thick circle.
- Dot the edges with butter and put some in the center too. Sprinkle 1 or 2 tbsp of crushed peanuts over the pancake, Cover and cook for a minute or until it is done.
- The bottom will turn into a beautiful golden brown, fold and remove the pancake on to a serving plate. Cut it into two using a pizza knife. Serve warm with some butter and crushed peanuts on top.
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