Saturday, 11 September 2010

Hello :) Back with a kaya jam!

Posted by Sweeter side of life at 11:51:00

Hey guys, sorry for MIA for soooo long. i know, much things happened the last two weeks and i just couldn't bake or do any blogging at all. Well i just fnished my last exam paper on thursday, i had to struggle with a horrible gastric flu and trying to study after the closing of YOG 2010. I had high fever (about 38.5 Degrees celsius for 4 consecutive nights), costant dizziness, nausea and diarrhea for 8 days x/ All this while i had to remember to study for my exam papers, it was really bad to study with a headache! I am so so glad i made it through in one piece :)

haha so now i am actually working on a overseas community project, and i am assigned to experiment with jam making using local tropical fruits with my teammate. In the next few posts will be trials and error of the jam making process. Mr teacher in charge gave us several options like pineapple jam, papaya, mixed fruits, kaya and tamarind jam?? Any of you heard of tamarind jam?? It is a favourite food in Cambodia, yeap i'll be going to Cambodia for this project in October : D

This is my second attempt at kaya making, but the first time i'm trying out this method. My first attempt was using double boil method but this one was direct cooking over the stove. i can say this is much more dangerous! The mixture was splattering all over the place as it boils! Ouch, i got scalded many times during the cooking process, so i guess i'll stick with the double boil method :)

I made this kaya without any pandan leaves, just wanted to test the consistency.

Evaluation : Jam set and gelate after it has cooled but consistency was soft and runny. It looked grainy to me but was very spreadable on bread. It smelled just like the coconut candy sold in the market, literally! Dark brown in colour due to caramelization of sugar.

(sugar browning)

Sweetness wise, it is alright. but i've cut the sugar by half, so the original recipe will be...(haha you know what i mean)
The jam sort of separated near the bottom of the jar, there was a transparent brown layer that looked like caramel to me :x i didn't refrigerate as my teacher told me there isn't any refrigerator in homes of cambodians?? hmm, something for us to think about.

Next trial: Pineapple Jam :D

10 comments on "Hello :) Back with a kaya jam!"

Passionate About Baking on 11 September 2010 at 16:10 said...

Hi Yan Ee,
Glad that your fever has left you. Hope you did well in your exams. Good to see you back to the kitchen again. Nice kaya jam you have. The colour and consistency looks good too!

busygran on 11 September 2010 at 20:54 said...

Interesting project! No fridge in Cambodia, then cannot use coconut milk in kaya. So what's the substitute?

Joshua said...

Looks good. BTW, dun mind telling me what the double boil method is? Am unsure of these terms. Also, if you need help with some of the recipes, I don't mind.

Bakertan on 12 September 2010 at 00:23 said...

Hi Yan Ee,

Congrats now that your exams are over. Now you should have more time to bake and blog =]. Hope you have fully recovered from your gastric flu.

Thats a very meaningful and interesting project that you have been assigned to. Look forward to your pineapple jam


Jess @ Bakericious on 12 September 2010 at 10:19 said...

Hi Yan Ee, congrats that your exam was over so at least you are more relax now that can bring us more bakes posting :). Hope you are getting well now from your fever and gastric flu.

That is so meaningful project that you have, you will have a different experience in Cambodia.

Take care.

Jean on 12 September 2010 at 10:54 said...

hey there, thanks for visiting my blog. ur kaya looks absolutely tempting! now u got me craving for some kaya toast =P

edith on 12 September 2010 at 12:29 said...

I am glad that you are in good health now. Definitely not easy to study when ill.

All the best for your project and am looking forward to your findings. Tamarind jam sounds interesting.

Sweeter side of life on 12 September 2010 at 21:41 said...

Thank you all for your concern! i'm am a healthy bubbly girl again :D

Joshua : double boil is to put your respective ingrdients in a heat proof bowl and put it over a pot of simmering water to melt the things in the bowl, it helps to prevent over heating/burning

Busygran: i will be using carton coconut milk, so i guess it can do without refrigeration. i am not 100% sure if cambodians have got refrigerators in their homes but i'm sure i could check it out with my teacher in charge. i'll get back to you soon on this one!

Yeap i think its a meaningful and interesting project! i am so glad to be chosen for it :) i'll have to do a demonstration in Cambodia to te locals, hope everything goes well! Hopefully i could get my hands on pictures when i'm over there so you guys can see what's happening exactly : )

Edith: Yes tamarind!the sour fruit, usually used in cooking savoury dishes is eaten as a snack (jam) in Cambodia. how interesting! Can't wait to try out the tamarind recipe i have on hand, wonder how it'll taste like?

Pei-Lin@Dodol and Mochi on 19 September 2010 at 23:42 said...

Kaya or pineapple jam sounds good to me as a gift from our region. My mom's Cambodian helper told me the people there aren't picky eaters due to their environment. They're folks are happy with a simple life and are easily satisfied. They treasure the simplest of life! Oh one more, they love chocolates! HAHA!

Congrats on completing your papers! Have fun in Cambodia! Hope you're fully recovered by now!

Lemon Drops on 22 June 2011 at 05:05 said...

Success! I am delighted to report that the Kaya Jam dish I made using your wonderful recipe was successful. Big time. I can’t believe how easy it was, especially considering it was my first try.

Thanks zillions.

PS. I hope you're feeling better.


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