Never mind…

Yes, never mind! Pay no attention to what people may say. Everybody knows that I don’t bake and I’m hopeless at following recipes…but at least I tried. I baked my own bingka labu (pumpkin cake) the other day.

I had some pumpkin left in the fridge after the soup that I cooked sometime ago and my missus was showing no intention of cooking it so I decided to make use of it. I came across a recipe for bingka labu that looked simple enough so I decided to give it a try.

First, I removed the skin from the pumpkin (500 gm. according to the recipe but I just used what I had!) and cleared the seeds and the fibrous part inside. After that, I cut it into small pieces and boiled it in some water in a pot for around 10 minutes. Next, I drained the pumpkin and adding two tablespoons of margarine to it, I went on to mash it and mix everything together…

Pumpkin boiled and mashed

Butter may be used instead of margarine but I did not have any in the house and I did not want to go out and buy. It probably would have been a lot more fragrant and nicer if I had used butter.

Having done that, I added two cups of flour…

2 cups flour

…two cups of santan (coconut milk)…

2 cups santan

…one cup of sugar…

1 cup sugar

…and three eggs, beaten…

3 eggs

…and mixed everything together and whisked it till smooth…

Whisking

I was supposed to use a 8″ X 8″ baking tin but I could only find a 12-inch square in the house so I decided to use this round one instead. I poured everything into it and put it in the oven to bake.

Ready to bake

Oh no! I was supposed to have turned it on at 180 degrees Celsius for 15 minutes before putting it in but I did not do that. I just put the thing inside and turned on the oven. After about 20 – 30 minutes, I realised that I had turned the temperature of the oven to full and I quickly went to check. Good grief! That was 250 degrees Celsius, glory be! I turned it down to 180 right away and let it continue baking. This was supposed to go on for 1 hour altogether but at around 45 minutes, I turned off the oven and let the bingka continue to bake for another 15 minutes. Once the time was up, I took it out! Omigawd!!! It looked as if there had been an earthquake right down the centre…

Earthquake

Oh me oh my! Where did I go wrong? Was it because I did not heat up the oven first? Hmmmm…I’m sure it was because the oven was too hot for the first 20 – 30 minutes.

Well, the consoling part was that it turned out pretty well…

STP's bingka labu

It tasted all right and I loved the crusty top but personally, I thought it was a little too sweet – perhaps the next time I make it, half a cup of sugar would do.