Kaya – Something we so often take for granted back home, but also the kind of food that drives you wild with anxiety when you don’t have it. As the old saying goes… You don’t know how to appreciate something until it’s gone (or in this case, until you’re a few thousand miles away from it)! For the non-Singaporean/Malaysian readers, Kaya is the pride and joy of Singapore and Malaysia, a unique dessert jam primarily made from coconut milk, pandan leaves and eggs. Great on its own, better on hot toast with butter, best in a Kaya Puff! :)
So I was craving for Kaya Puffs so bad… And I made these like a determined desperado. Not from scratch, because I cheated (once again) and used store-bought pastry and ready-made kaya. As a result, it doesn’t quite taste the same as the Kaya Puffs from my childhood, but I was pretty satisfied nonetheless… Special apology to our readers from Malaysia (Ipoh in particular), please don’t slam us for the less than satisfactory Kaya Puffs here!