The Gift of Nature with Pandan Extract - Sebrinah Yeo


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Friday 8 February 2019

The Gift of Nature with Pandan Extract

Sometimes I come across posts that has people asking what's the best gift to give to someone who is visiting Malaysia. There were many answers and most of it suggests souvenirs, handcrafted or embedded with our countries proud landmarks. Some even suggest to take the extra mile and get food and snacks and even give tips how to sneak them onboard without getting tracked down (especially Durian - but it's impossible unless it's Durian Dodol sweet).

However, I would say, the best is to take them to enjoy the food in Malaysia. But they can't takeaway our food back home to their country though; So how?

I recently stumbled upon this brand by Bio Nutricia Extract on it's local and naturally made products here in Malaysia and would love to share about it today.

I got myself some Pandan Leaf Extract just to see if they claim what they say it is. True enough, I was sold at the moment I received my package; I was excited to use it that I googled up recipes to make pandan delicacies with this.

Being a true Asian, we love Pandan flavoured food, snacks, beverages and desserts! I can name a few of my favourite such as the Pandan Jelly Layer Cake, Pandan Chiffon Cake, Nasi Kukus Pandan, Pandan Sticky Rice, Pandan Pancakes, Pandan Muffins, Pandan Kaya, Pandan & Lemongrass drink (this is a Thai detox tea!) and so much more!

I love how it smells so aromatically fragrant. It's unlike the other Pandan extract you regularly find over-the-shelf. This one you can really smell and taste its pure natural flavour of the fresh Pandan extract. I like how it is sodium-free and non-GMO as it is locally grown and harvested from Malaysia itself. It's beautiful green color is not artificial colouring but of its own natural Chlorophyll color. It's also high in anti-oxidants, it's cooling and relieves body heat as it is a soothing and a known alkaline beverage to consume that is healthy for everyone, even vegetarians can consume this! It even consists of natural Phytonutrient as it is grown and harvested in a preserved nature without any chemicals involved at all!

A very detailed process that has been used in extracting this precious rare find gem. Most importantly, it tastes and smells like fresh pandan extract with no chemical substances or placebo effects in the process. All you get out of using this Pandan Leaf Extract is 100% pure pandan benefit!

I made some muffins with this Pandan Extract and also Sticky Rice to be indulged with my Hainan Gula Melaka syrup and a cooling Pandan with Lemongrass beverage to cool down the body on a hot sunny day in Malaysia everyday! Enjoy the recipe and process below :

Pandan Muffin Recipe
This recipe makes 12 muffins. I love it's outcome, my kids love it too! I found this recipe also off the internet at MyMuffinLab.

2 cups self raising flour
3/4 cups castor sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup milk
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 tsp salt
3 tsp Bio Nutricia Extract - Pandan Leaf Extract Liquid (for baking)

Preparation Method
1. Preheat oven to 180 C (350 F) and place muffin papers in muffin tins or grease muffin tins well with butter.
2. Mix flour and castor sugar.
3. Combine milk, coconut milk, oil, egg and Pandan Leaf Extract in a separate bowl and whisk lightly.
4. Pour into flour mixture and stir with a fork until just combined. Do not overmix.
5. Spoon batter into muffin tins about 3/4 full.
6. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until slightly browned on top.
7. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes before turning out.

Pandan Sticky Rice Recipe from Runaway

From the recipe below, I swapped my toppings with Hainan Gula Melaka syrup instead. It tastes lovely after chilled! Like a sweet dessert on a hot day. I had to do a new batch because my kids finished it before I could snap pictures! Will upload them on my Instagram so stay tuned~!

Lemongrass Pandan Tea Recipe

2 Lemongrass stalks
3 tsp Bio Nutricia Extract - Pandan Leaf Extract Liquid

Preparation Method
1. Boil water in a pot
2. Add lemongrass stalk into the water
3. Shake the Pandan Leaf Extract and then add 3 teaspoons of Pandan liquid into the boiling water
4. Stir and taste
5. If not enough you can add more pandan leaf extract, if not you can serve your beverage as is or wait for it to chill. I let it cool down and then served some to my kids then kept the balance in the fridge to consume the next day. A refreshing fragrant cooling drink during summer!
Optional : Adding honey, ginger, barley or chia seed can enrich the flavour and make it a nice and healthy drink.

Direction of use for Bakery:
Use for baking or whatever a recipe calls for a flavor. Begin with 1 tablespoon for each 8oz / 226g cup of ingredients & add more depending on desired strength required. Alternatively, can add to ice-cream, kuih-muih, jelly, cake, biscuit, jam, pudding, chocolate, bao/bun, bread, dessert, pop-corn, grazing & filing.

Dosage: 4%-8%
• 1 Tablespoon (10g) • 1 Teaspoon (4g)

Storage:Once open store in a refrigerator.
Precaution: Shake well before use. Avoid sour bitter mixture. Only blend well & enhance with sweetness.

Direction of Use for Beverage:

Measure 2 teaspoons in 250mL of hot water (to release encapsulated aroma), stir & brew for 1 minute before serving. Alternatively, can add to honey, syrup, soy, milk, coffee, latte, smoothies, coco, oat/cereal, dessert & soup.

Dosage: 2%-4%

• 1 Tablespoon (10g) • 1 Teaspoon (4g)

Storage: Once open store in a refrigerator.

Precaution: Shake well before use. Avoid sour bitter mixture. Only blend well & enhance with sweetness.

Additional tips to use the Pandan Leaf Extract by Bio Nutricia Extract :

Pandan Latte
Any type of milk will work. You can warm and foam it and a bit of honey will sweeten it if you like. Drink it hot or pour it over ice for a summer treat. Add it to your smoothie or desserts. Just 1 to 2 teaspoons should do the trick. You can just sprinkle on the top or can mix it up. The liquid will not affect the taste because it is tasteless.

I'd also have to mention that through looking up info into this, I found out why it actually smells so good after heating it up. Apparently, this Pandan Leaf Extract is made with encapsulated technology to preserve the pandan natural flavour and colour, hence a natural aroma will be released once it's heated up.

Where to get this?
Bio Nutricia Extract Website | Facebook | Instagram

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