This Chinese rice cake recipe is one of the best among rice cake recipes and Chinese sticky rice recipes you can find. It comes from my friend Meryl. Her rice cake is a must-have whenever there is a gathering that she'll attend. People go crazy for it!
As you might know, eating sticky rice cake is a Chinese New Year tradition. It's tied to a legend about the Kitchen god who reports to the Jade Emperor in heaven to say whether the families he visits have been bad or good through the course of the year. However, the kitchen god's character is not reliable because he reports according to his whim. A smart family thinks out a way to deal with him by serving sticky yet delicious foods so that his mouth get stuck together when it was time to report. It must've worked, because this became a wide adopted custom.
But don't worry; this rice cake won't make your mouth stick together no matter what you want to say and about whom. This is just one of the sticky rice cake variations that you can have either on the Chinese New Year celebration or just to enjoy at a usual time. It's very good.
I went to some occasions when Meryl wasn't there but there were rice cakes present. I asked this question while my hand was busy taking a piece of the cake: "This is from Meryl's recipe, right?" And the answer was always a big "Yes!" Some moms even secretly hid some pieces of her rice cake to take home for their kids. The love of their kids and the love of the rice cake had a strange power that propels them to do something extraordinary. And I don't blame them. The temptation was just too big. I was one of them sometimes if the supply was enough.
Now you can have what we enjoy. The simple and irresistible rice cake. It might find a favored place among your Chinese bakery recipes.
Preheat oven to 375 degree F.
Mix water, sugar, oil, baking powder, eggs and glutinous rice flour in a large bowl. Use a mixer to blend well, low speed first, then medium speed for about 2 minutes.
Add raisins and walnuts. You can broke walnuts if you prefer smaller pieces of this nut. Blend evenly with the glutinous rice mixture.
Spray a glass baking pan and pour in the mixture.
Bake for 45 minutes.
Let it cool. Cut into 1x1 inch size or the size you desire.
Eat some pieces first before they are gone, fast! (This is not on the original recipe.)
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