If I could pinpoint my favourite thing when it comes to Hari Raya celebrations, it would be, without a doubt, the food. Especially Raya cookies. I know it’s much easier to order your kuih Raya online or borong them from the store, but having the opportunity to bake them from scratch with your loved ones is far more precious.
Since Raya is all about families, how about we spend some time in the kitchen cooking and baking our traditional kuih Raya? After all, the more the merrier!
1. Honey Cornflakes
5 cups cornflakes
1/4 cup honey
1 1/2 tablespoon castor sugar
Cherries or rainbow sprinkles (to garnish)
Mini paper cups
- Melt butter over low heat. Then, add honey, sugar and stir well.
- In a bowl, softly crush cornflakes into smaller pieces. Then, pour butter, honey and sugar mixture into a bowl.
- Mix well until cornflakes are evenly coated.
- Place into mini paper cups and garnish with cherries or rainbow sprinkles as desired.
- Bake for 10 to 15 minutes at 150° Celsius. Then, allow it to cool and store in an airtight container.
2. Kuih Makmur
500g of flour
2/3 cup of icing sugar
1 small can of gee oil
Mini paper cups
200g of groundnut (fried without oil)
3/4 cup of icing sugar
1 tablespoon of peanut butter
Some icing sugar
- Sift flour together with icing sugar, then mix the dough with the gee oil. Add in the oil gradually until it is soft and ready to knead.
- Using a blender, blend the groundnuts and mix it with icing sugar and peanut butter.
- Measure the dough by using a large spoon to make sure the cookies are sized evenly. Flatten the dough and place the nut filling in the centre. Enclose the filling with dough and squeeze it into shape.
- Arrange on a baking sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes at 150° Celsius.
- Cool the cookies on a wire rack, coat them with icing sugar and place in mini paper cups.
3. Kuih Semperit
60g of flour
350g of butter
200g of icing sugar
200g of custard flour
100g of corn flour
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
Red cherries and green cherries for decoration
- In a bowl, beat butter and icing sugar until white, then add in eggs bit by bit before adding vanilla essence. Beat until it flowers.
- Add wheat flour, castor flour and cornflour into the mix. Continue to stir and knead until the dough is soft.
- Pour the batter into a small mould, shape it evenly before placing it on a greased baking tray. Garnish your cookies with cherries.
- Finally, bake in the oven at 180 ° Celsius for about 10 to 15 minutes or until cooked.
4. Tart Nenas
Ingredients for jam:
2 pineapples, blend to a fine paste
600g of sugar
1 cinnamon stick
A few drops of yellow dye
Ingredients for decoration:
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon of water
A drop of yellow dye
Ingredients for tart:
125g of butter
1 tablespoon of castor sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon of ghee oil
1 3/4 cup of wheat flour
1/4 cup corn flour
1 tablespoon of custard flour
1/2 teaspoon of salt (if using unsalted butter)
- Whisk in butter with sugar until white and creamy.
- Add egg yolk, gee oil and salt and stir until well combined.
- Sift the three types of flour, add in the flour bit by bit into the mix, mixing just until the dough becomes soft. Set aside to let it rest.
- Insert the dough into the tart mould, press and roll with a small pinch of pineapple jam.
- Place them on a baking tray with baking paper and glaze tart with egg yolk, water and yellow dye mix.
- Preheat the oven to 175° Celsius, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the bottom edges are golden brown.
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