Steamed Brownies

17 02 2009
Fresh out of the steamer.

Fresh out of the steamer.

Okay, the picture looks a bit gross but hey it tasted pretty good if I may say so myself!

I woke up today to the smell of pandan cakes being steamed – luminous green, fluffy things. My mother then developed a random craving for brownies kukus, a kind of steamed brownie that my father sometimes orders through his Indonesian client. So, I was persuaded into turning my normal baked brownies into steamed brownies!

Here’s how I did it:


2 eggs

1/2 cup sugar

2 drops vanila essence

1/4 cup self-raising flour

3/4 cups plain flour

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

200g semisweet chocolate

100g butter


  1. Beat eggs and sugar together with the vanilla essence
  2. Blend the other dry ingredients together and make sure the cocoa powder is fully incorporated.
  3. Chop up the chocolate and butter, and melt them together. Take care not to burn the chocolate/cause the mixture to become immiscible.
  4. When the chocolate-butter mixture is lukewarm to the touch, stir in the egg and sugar, then the dry ingredients.
  5. Stir for a couple of minutes till mixture is smooth and homogeneous.
  6. Steam at high heat for 15min, then low heat for 30min to an hour till a  skewer inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.
Tip: Substitute all or part of the butter with canola oil for a low-cholestrol version. Bear in mind that this will cause some loss of flavour from the final product though…




2 responses

17 02 2009

How are these steamed?

17 02 2009

I used a normal steamer…but any steaming configuration should work I guess :)

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