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February 10, 2013 / Chris Blum

Chinese New Year Rice Cake

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Happy Year of the Snake!! I love exposing our kids to various cultures through food and try to every time that I can. Today we are celebrating Chinese New Year with lots of dumplings, some bok choy and this special rice cake I found on Chow.com. Eating a piece of this cake is suppose to improve your luck and who can’t use more luck?

Ingredients:
2 TBSP shredded, sweetened coconut
4 large eggs
1 lb sweet rice flour (about 3 cups)
3 c whole milk
2 c granulated sugar
3 TBSP unsalted butter, melted, plus extra for coating the baking dish
2 tsp coconut extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp fine salt

Heat the oven to 350°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Coat a 13-by-9-inch baking dish with butter; set aside.

Place the coconut in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake until toasted and golden brown in color, about 5 minutes; set aside.

Place the eggs in a large bowl and lightly beat to break up the yolks. Add the remaining ingredients and whisk until smooth, about 2 minutes.

Pour the mixture into the prepared dish and bake for 25 minutes.

Sprinkle with the toasted coconut, rotate the dish, and bake until the edges are just starting to brown and the top is just set (a bubble may form, but it will flatten as the cake cools), about 20 to 25 minutes more.

Remove from the oven and let cool for 30 minutes before serving. Wrap leftovers tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

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