So just stop and buy what you really fancy. Also, don't forget to bargain because that's the Malaysian way of buying stuffs. For example, when we stopped to buy dragon fruits from a 12-year old lass, Mama unashamedly bargained. Well, we did buy a lot so the young lady still made some profit. Then Dad has to ask, "Why did you buy so much?" Mama's answer: "Coz I like the fruit. Anyway, I'll think of something. Experiment in the kitchen."
|We brought back heaps of these beauties from the East Coast. Gave some to Mak Long, some to Dad's relatives, still have heaps at home....|
Here's the recipe. It's basically a tweaked blended orange cake recipe.
Dragon fruit cake
1 dragon fruit (red skin + red flesh)
1 cup cooking oil
1 cup soft brown sugar
1/2 cup full cream milk
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Cut dragon fruit, discard skin and chop coarsely. Blend with oil, sugar, eggs and milk until fine. Pour into bowl. Mix in sieved flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt bit by bit. Pour into muffin cases. Bake at 190oC for 20 minutes. Makes 12 muffin-sized cakes.
|Prior to putting in the oven. We were excited over the pink-coloured concoction...natural colouring of the fruit.|
|Piping hot....fresh from the oven. Unsure of cake colour though....|
|Cooled and then put in a container. Cracks on top but can be covered with cream cheese icing, Mama said.|
|A closer look...can you see those black dots? Those are the dragon fruit seeds...looks like poppy seeds too.|
|Ready for eating.....|
|....tara! Where has the nice pink colour gone? Somehow, the colour disappeared. However, the cake tastes good, with nice texture...and moist. Maybe we'll put in some food colouring next time.|
For more information about the dragon fruits, click here. It's very cheap at the East Coast, at just RM5 - RM8 per kg for the red skin + red flesh variety, as opposed to about RM8 - RM14 per kg in Kuala Lumpur. purrrr *giggles*