I have been pondering for many awhile that the Ban Jian Kuih sellers in Malaysia definitely did not use buttermilk and that their recipe should only contain ingredients that are readily available there. So, i have to tweak again using what i think should be the ingredients used. I added baking powder and increased the amount to the potassium carbonate & sodium bi-carbonate solution and did not add the bicarbonate of soda until the last minute as i have read that bicarbonate of soda will loose it potency over time
100 g all purpose flour
25 g rice flour
1 tsp double action baking powder
1/2 tsp potassium carbonate & sodium bi-carbonate solution
1/4 tsp salt
50 g sugar
160 ml water
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
100 g chopped roasted peanuts)
80 g castor sugar ) Mix together
2 tbsp Margarine cut into small pieces
Mix all the ingredients except the bicarbonate of soda , into a batter and leave aside covered, to rest for at least 30 minutes.
Lightly grease an apam pan(if available) or a 8 inch nonstick frying pan and heat it over a medium low flame.
Add bicarbonate of soda to the batter and mix well.
Pour in all the batter and using the base of the scoop/ladle , spread the batter evenly around and to the sides of the pan.
When bubbles are seen on the surface of the half cooked batter, sprinkle a handful of filling over.
Spread the pieces of margarine all over the filling.
Cover the apam and cook further for half a minute.
Remove the cover and use a flat-bladed knife/spatula to release the sides and bottom of the apam and fold into half.
Cool before cutting into wedges.