Bagea Cake, Processed Sago Rich in Spices in Every Bite

Sago bagea cake tastes sweet and has a rich aroma of spices

Friends, do you still remember why the Europeans used to dominate Indonesia? Yes, the answer is because of the spices.

At that time, spices were the main commodity of the people of Eastern Indonesia such as nutmeg, cloves, pepper, and cinnamon. The influence of these spices is also found in this one sago cake, namely bagea.

So, in one bite of this bagea cake made from sago, you will immediately smell the strong aroma of cinnamon and cloves. Sago bagea cake may come from the North Maluku region.

However, in North Sulawesi, South Sulawesi, Maluku, and Papua, there are bagea cakes as well. The main ingredient is still the same, namely sago.

The aroma of spices is also still felt in bagea cakes from some of these regions. The color is light brown or dark brown is also still a specialty of this cake.

The difference, usually lies in the shape and mixture of nuts in the bagea cake. There are round, elongated, and oval shapes.
While the mixture uses peanuts, walnuts, or cashews. The texture of bagea is rather dense and hard because of the cooking process it is baked.
While the mixture uses peanuts, walnuts, or cashews. The texture of bagea is rather dense and hard because of the cooking process it is baked.

However, once it is in the mouth, it will break down quickly. The sweet taste and aroma of spices make this bagea cake special.

Making sago bagea cakes

Curious about the taste of this bagea cake, let's try to make it together! This time the bagea recipe is from Ternate, North Maluku.

However, Kawan remained with the adults who accompanied him when he made it.

The ingredients we need include 300 grams of sago flour, 100 ml of vegetable oil (if you don't have coconut oil), 50 grams of wheat flour, 100 grams of finely chopped walnuts (if you don't have walnuts, you can replace them with peanuts). ), 2 eggs, teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder, and teaspoon ground cloves.

Cinnamon powder and clove powder we can buy in supermarkets. However, sometimes these spices are also available in traditional markets.

Well, now we will make it. First mix the sugar and eggs, beat until thickened, but not too fluffy.

Add the baking soda, walnuts, vegetable oil, and flour. All ingredients are mixed sequentially and stirred until well blended.

Add ground cinnamon and cloves. Knead the dough again until it is smooth and can be formed.

Shape the dough into an oval or round shape. Then, flatten the dough according to taste. Place the dough on a greased baking sheet.

Leave some space because the dough will expand as it bakes. Bake in the oven at about 1600 Celsius for about 30 minutes.

Remove and cool, then ready to serve. This bagea cake can last up to three months, you know! So, it can be stored in a tightly closed jar or container.

If you want to try making bagea cakes, you should invite your mother or sister to join in the cooking. Because in the manufacturing process using an oven. Of course you have to be careful, right?