When we think of desserts and sugary indulgence, we often look at French pastries, American cheesecakes or Italian gelatos. Asian cuisine and dessert is not much of a norm and not often where we turn to when we want to satisfy that sweet tooth. However, the Indonesian thick pancake or known as martabak hits those cravings, requires minimum skills and is all-round a great bang for your buck.

What you will need:

Pancake:

  • 250g flour
  • 280ml milk or water
  • 1 large egg
  • 4tbsp sugar
  • 1/2tsp baking powder
  • 1/2tsp baking soda
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • 10g melted butter

Topping

  • 4 tbsp butter
  • Chocolate sprinkles, cheddar cheese, or both!
  • Sugar (To taste)
  • Condensed milk (To taste)

How to:

  1. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together in a large mixing bowl using a balloon whisk
  2. Add the egg, butter and your chosen liquid substance (milk or water), then whisk thoroughly
  3. Let sit (Preferably wrapped in cling wrap) for approximately one hour until the batter forms air bubbles
  4. Mix in the baking soda
  5. Heat your pan on medium heat and use butter to ensure your pancake will not stick
  6. Pour your batter into the pan
  7. When you see air bubbles forming and it’s halfway cooked, spread some sugar on the surface of the martabak
  8. Put a lid on top of the pan and wait until it fully cooks
  9. Once fully cooked, place the martabak onto a plate, spread butter on top of the sugary surface
  10. Add your chocolate sprinkles or cheddar cheese on top, but if you really want to go ham – do one each side!
  11. Pour condensed milk on top to your liking
  12. For the most authentic experience, cut the martabak in half and place one on top to serve

This is definitely an incredible dessert to try out for yourselves. It requires the most basic of pantry ingredients and allows you to try a cuisine you have not tried before!

Image credit: Nenik Becker
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