This is a fantastic chiffon cake recipe from Keiko Ishida’s baking book. The cake is very light and cottony soft, just how a perfect chiffon cake should be. I used Keiko’s Vanilla Chiffon cake recipe here; but, I substituted the water and vanilla with freshly squeezed Pandan juice (Screw pine leaves). The result? A wonderful fragrant Pandan Chiffon Cake which everyone loved very much. I am really pleased with this recipe. It's definitely a keeper, one to share with everyone!
Pandan Chiffon Cake
6 Large Egg Yolks
25 g Sugar
70 g/ml Pandan Juice
70 g/ml Canola or Corn Oil
½ to 1 tsp Pandan Paste (optional)
100 g Pastry Flour, sifted
120 g Sugar
12 g Corn Flour/Starch
6 Large Egg Whites
Equipment: Angel Cake Tube Pan (22 or 24cm)
Position the rack on lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 325˚F/160˚C.
Place the egg yolks and sugar in a large bowl, and beat well. Add Pandan juice, oil, and Pandan paste, if using and stir to incorporate with a whisk. Add flour and mix well, until the batter becomes sticky.
Make the meringue: Combine sugar and corn flour. Beat the egg whites until foamy. Add half the sugar and continue beating for a few minutes, then add remaining sugar and beat until egg whites are glossy and stiff peaks form.
Add one-third of meringue into the egg yolk mixture and fold in lightly, then add remaining meringue and fold to incorporate completely.
Pour batter into an ungreased angel cake tube pan. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes.
When cake is done, remove from the oven and turn it over, leaving it to cool for about an hour.
Once the cake is cool completely, carefully run a knife or spatula around the sides of the cake to loosen it before inverting onto a wire rack.
Note: Pandan Juice: Blend 12 to 15 Pandan leaves with 4 Tbsp of Water. Strain and discard the pulp.