Recipe by: Amy Beh
Took the plunge, rolled up my sleeves, brought down mum’s dusty IONA Love Letter machine from the top shelf, found an easy recipe online by a certain Amy Beh, 2 hours of staring at my iphone timer (pouncing up every 90 seconds – repeat 10000 x) and….tadah…. proud to present to you Valeebelly’s first attempt at making (not writing, mind you) Love Letters a.k.a Kuih Kapit.
To Singaporeans, we usually refer to these crispy goodness as Love Letters, but it looks like the Malaysians call them Kuih Kapit. What is Kapit? Thanks to Google Translator, Kapit = Clamp. What has Love Letters got to do with clamps then? (Gosh guys..whats with these questions?)
My answer (thank you Chef Wo):
Cool eh? Thats how love letters were painstakingly made in the days yonder. The batter was clamped within the molds, and baked over an open charcoal fire. Those are the best…
But of course, I did not attempt making it the caveman way…
1) You have to study the ‘behaviour’ of your Love Letter mold-machine, have a couple of test pieces first and play around with the timing. My feelings were cheated by the instruction manual that claimed that the batter would be fully cooked within a minute. Neh.
2) Do not overload those molds, adjust the volume of batter to be poured in. You want as thin a layer as possible so that it will be uber crispy.
3) Prepare for an afternoon of sore + burnt fingers.
4) Store them as soon as they cool down (couple of minutes after you roll/fold them) or you would be having pancakes this Chinese New Year. That is not going to fly.
5) Fold/roll them straight out of the moulds. Fast. Chopsticks would be a great help here.
6) Have some books/mags on standby. Its gonna be a longgg wait.
Without further ado, here’s the really really easy recipe! Go on and take the plunge!
- 125g rice flour
- 35g plain flour
- 150g granulated sugar
- 1.5 cups of coconut milk
- 2 eggs
- 2 egg yolks
- Sift rice flour and plain flour into a mixing bowl.
- Add the sugar and mix well.
- Add the coconut milk . Stir till smooth
- Add the eggs + egg yolks
- Whisk the mixture well
- Pour the batter through a strainer
- Lightly grease love letter moulds.
- (You should have read the instructions for that machine you are using) Follow the instructions, play around with the timing and volume of batter – bake them.
- EAT them.