There is this bottle of 7-Up on my kitchen table. I very seldom take soft drinks, and I only bought this because I was planning on baking something with it. I have seen many recipes using fizzy drinks while trawling the Net - cola ribs and sponge cakes being the most common ones. I wanted to try the latter.
Today, I was really physically exhausted. But my mind was oh, so alert! I was itching to bake something, and decided to make Ji Dan Gao which called for that bottle of 7-Up to be used.
The recipe was straightforward, as was the making. I'm happy to say that it was very well-received by the young and old in my house :) The kids had this as a bedtime snack.
Ji Dan Gao
(I adapted this recipe from a random forum thread, dated Nov 2006!)
- 4 large eggs
- 210g caster sugar
- 230g low gluten flour, sifted (eg, Cake Flour or Top Flour)
- 1 tsp ovalette (optional, though cake may not be as soft)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (which I omitted cos I wanted to taste the natural egg flavour)
- 6 tbsp ice-cream soda or 7-Up
1. Whisk the eggs and sugar till creamy and stiff. The mixture should look a very pale yellow and the volume should double. In baking terms, beat till "ribbon stage".
2. Add in ovalette and vanilla extract (I omitted this stage).
3. Fold in the flour in thirds, alternating with the soda, and ending with flour. I had sifted my cake flour 3 times prior, to give make it light and airy.
4. Pour mixture into a bamboo steamer lined with greaseproof paper (I used my 6-inch baking tin, lined, and it turned out well too).
5. Steam the cake on high, for about 20-30 mins (I steamed for 30 mins).
6. Ensure that the cake is cooled before cutting, else it will crumble.
Just moments ago, I had 2 slices of this eggy sponge cake with some milk tea and it was yummilicious!