Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Lapis Legit

Lapis is translated as layers while legit means very yummy, tasty delicious.
LAPIS LEGIT also known as KUE SPEKKOEK because it uses spekkoek spice mixed such as cinnamon, nutmeg etc.
This is one of the cake that takes forever to make, not only it's very time consuming but also requires some talent and extra patient, that's why not somany Indonesian knows how or willing to try to make this cake. But once you have confidence and understand all the steps I think anybody can make it.
This Dutch influenced cake is very popular among Indonesian. Good lapis legit should have at least 12 layers or more and because of the richness of the cake it tends to serve in a very small size usually thin slice.

LAPIS LEGIT (Thousand layer spice cake)

A :
500 gr butter
1 can of condense milk
2 tbs golden syrup or honey (I skipped it)

B :
25 egg yolk
150 gr powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla essence

C :
5 white eggs
pinch of cream of tartar

D :
170 gr all purpose flour
2,5 tsp spekkoek spice mix*

*Spekkoek spice mix recipe :
Mix all these ingredients together :
4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp cardamom
1 tsp mace
1 tsp star anise
1 tsp coriander


Mixed all the A ingredients and cream it until light and fluffy with high speed, set aside
Whisk the D ingredients, set aside
Mixed all the B ingredients until pale and fluffy with high speed mixer.
Meanwhile in a separated bowl whip white eggs into stiff peaks.
Preheat the oven to 350F, prepare a 8.5 X 8.5 X 5 pan layer it with parchment paper with butter
Now mix all the A, B, C batters with D ingredients with the lowest speed mixer for real quick mix then continue using spatula, don't overdo this step.
Layer about 1/2 cup of the batter into the bottom of the pan, then bake it for 3 minutes, then turn on the oven into broil/grill (so only using the top heat from now on). Bake it again for about 1 to 2 minutes until the surface is golden brown.
Gently press the surface with the bottom of a flat glass to make sure the cake is evenly flat for the next layers.
Ladle about the same or less amount of a batter to the top the first layer, bake it for 3 to 4 minutes until the surface is golden brown, then gently press it and flattened again ready for the next layer.
Repeat this steps till the batter is done.
Turn the oven to 300F or lower then bake the whole cake for another 10 minutes, to make sure all layers are done.
Let it cool and covered, once it cool you can slice it to 1 cm thick, serve it with tea or coffee.

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