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Malaysian Peanut Pancake Turnovers (Apam Balik)

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Every year, I travel back to my beautiful home country of Malaysia to be with my family. I wish to share my experience with readers!

Malaysian Peanut Pancake Turnovers (Apam Balik)

Malaysian Peanut Pancake Turnovers (Apam Balik)

What Is Apam Balik?

Apam balik is a sweet Malaysian pancake turnover stuffed with peanuts, creamy corn, and butter. The name reflects the way the pancake is folded or turned over.

I have fond memories of eating slices of warm apam balik with my siblings. It was our favorite snack that my father would regularly bring home after his return from work. I miss these memories.

In Malaysia, apam balik is a popular treat that is sold at the night market, or pasar malam. Nowadays, you can find apam balik with a variety of fillings; sometimes, it's hard to decide which one I want to buy! Popular fillings include chocolate, peanut butter, Nutella, jams, banana, red beans, cheese, and much more.

Generally, there are two types of apam balik: thick and thin. The thin type has just a small amount of filling, and it's crispier. In contrast, the thick type has more filling and is moist and fluffy. I prefer the thick type.

Original Apam Balik

Over the weekend, I was craving apam balik. My husband had never tried it before, so I was excited to make it for him to try! I decided to go with the original, authentic filling of peanuts, creamy corn, and butter.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup crushed peanut
  • 5 tablespoons creamy corn (or more, if desired)
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons margarine or butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon yellow food coloring (optional)

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, egg, baking soda, baking powder, and water. Mix with a whisk or hand-mixer until well-combined.
  2. Heat a non-stick medium or small-sized pan. Brush on some oil or butter. Use a paper towel to wipe off the excess.
  3. Spoon the batter and spread into a round circle onto the pan.
  4. Cook until the surface of the pancakes have some bubbles.
  5. Sprinkle the crushed peanut, creamy corn, sugar, and butter evenly on the pancake.
  6. Fold the pancake in half like a moon shape with a spatula (see photo below).
  7. Continue cooking the remaining batter until it's all done.
  8. Transfer to a cutting board. Let it cool for a few minutes before cutting.
  9. Serve immediately with coffee or tea. Enjoy!

Photo Guide

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, water, and egg. Mix ingredients with a whisk or hand mixer.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, water, and egg. Mix ingredients with a whisk or hand mixer.

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Pour the mixture into a prepared pan. Cook like a normal pancake.

Pour the mixture into a prepared pan. Cook like a normal pancake.

Once there are bubbles on top of the pancakes, you can add the filling.

Once there are bubbles on top of the pancakes, you can add the filling.

First, sprinkle the peanuts.

First, sprinkle the peanuts.

Use a spoon to scatter the creamy corn on the pancake.

Use a spoon to scatter the creamy corn on the pancake.

Add the margarine or butter, and sugar.

Add the margarine or butter, and sugar.

Turn or fold the pancake with a wide spatula.

Turn or fold the pancake with a wide spatula.

Let it sit for a few minutes before taking the pancake out from the pan.

Let it sit for a few minutes before taking the pancake out from the pan.

Transfer the pancake to the cutting board, let it sit for a few minutes before cutting.

Transfer the pancake to the cutting board, let it sit for a few minutes before cutting.

Voila, enjoy this delicious apam balik with your favorite drinks!

Voila, enjoy this delicious apam balik with your favorite drinks!

© 2020 Liza

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