Thursday, October 23, 2014

Basic Choux Pastry



Choux pastry is not just easy but versatile for sweet and savoury fillings. I'm going to experiment more with ways to fill and decorate these delicate and tasty parcels.


Choux Pastry
via GBBO masterclass
Makes: 12 eclaires

Ingredients

50gm butter
150ml water
65gm plain flour
2 eggs, beaten

Method
  1. Pre-heat oven at 200°c / Gas 6
  2. In a sauce pan, bring the water and butter to a full boil. In goes the flour. Beat the mixture until smooth. When it come together into a ball shape, remove from heat. Loosen the dough and add a little of the beaten egg at a time. Combine well.
  3. Prepare piping bag with a 1cm nozzlel. Put the dough into piping bag and pipe out 6” strip on to baking dish lined with grease proof paper. You should get 12 strips. Spray some water on to the dough by using a spray bottle. This will create steam.
  4. Place baking dish in the oven and bake for 10 mins. Then lower to 170°c and bake for another 20 mins. Or until it is light golden colour.

Once fully cooled, fill with desired fillings.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

One-bowl Chocolate fudge cake with chocolate sour cream frosting


In the last minute, I've decided to try out this chocolate cake for a birthday cake since my first bake (another chocolate cake recipe) failed! This cake turned out moist and stable, great with my go-to chocolate sour cream frosting. The left over also freezes well. PERFECT!
I've declared this is going to be go-to chocolate cake recipe from now on. No more fussing about with other recipes :p

Chocolate Cake

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1½ teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
½ cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
2 teaspoon granulated coffee

Chocolate sour-cream frosting
adapted from kwanster

100g chocolate, break into pieces
64g unsalted butter, at room temperature
50-64gm confectioners’ sugar, sifted
3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
Pinch of salt, sifted
1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp. sour cream , room temperature **12 or 20% fat
added rum for extra flavour

For the cake:-
1) Pre-heat oven at 180°c.
2) Add flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt to a large bowl. Whisk through to combine using a hand whisk to stir through flour mixture until combined well. 
3) Add milk, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla to flour mixture and mix together until well combined. Mix the granulated coffee with  boiling water then pour into the cake batter and mix well combine. 
4) Distribute cake batter evenly between the two prepared cake pans or one cake pan where you can cut horizontally after the cake is baked and cooled down. 
5) Bake for 30-35 minutes if using two pans or 1 hour until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. 
6)Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes, remove from the pan and cool completely.


For chocolate frosting :-
1) Melt the chocolate in a heat-proof bowl set over a pot of simmering water. Set aside to cool until just barely warm.
2) In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter on medium-high speed until pale.
3) Gradually mix in the sifted confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder and salt, beat until light and fluffy.
4) Beat in the melted and cooled chocolate and then the sour cream.
5) Continue beating until the mixture is smooth and well blended.

Frost cake and decorate as you desire.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Easy shortbread cookies and Easy sugar icing


If  you haven't noticed Groot-shaped cookies are everywhere on the web. This batch of cookies turned out good, taste wise. As for the decoration, well, I think brown coloured icing would've been more successful. That said, I am very satisfied with the shortbread recipe and the easy sugar icing.

Easy shortbread
via citromhab (I halved the recipe)

Ingredients
150gm plain flour, sifted
100gm cold butter
75gm powdered sugar, sifted (including 1 packet of vanilla sugar)
a pinch of salt
1/2 tsp of cinnamon powder

Preparation
1) In a bowl, place the sifted plane flour and salt, work-in the butter by using a fork until crumbly in texture.
2) Next add in the sifted sugar and cinnamon powder. Knead lightly until it just come together, do not over work. Flatten the dough and wrap it with cling film and let it rest in refrigerator for 1 hour.
3) 20 mins. before 1 hour resting time, start pre-heating the oven at 180°c
4) After 1 hour resting time, roll out the dough and cut and shape dough in to desired shapes. Work quickly as the dough melt easily.
5) Place in pre-heated oven and bake for 8-10 mins. until base is brown.


Easy Sugar icing
via Cleverlysimple
Ingredients
1 Cup Powdered Sugar, sifted
4 tsp Milk
Preparation
  1. Mix with fork!
  2. You can customize this recipe by adding powdered sugar to make it thicker. Add more milk to make it a glaze.



Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Home-made Pot stickers / Jiaozi / Gyōza




I've halved the following recipe which yield 20 wrappers

Gyoza Wrapper Recipe
Author: Namiko Chen

Serves: 42-44 wrappers (thin wrappers)

Ingredients
240gm plain flour
½ tsp. salt
120 ml just-boiled water plus more if necessary (should be around 120 - 150 ml)

You will also need:
Potato starch (corn starch) for dusting
3" (8 cm) cookie cutter

While for the filling, I've just followed a rough guide from this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8MBX-SXnmg

Saturday, September 27, 2014

No-bake biscuit cake


No-bake Biscuit cake

Ingredients

For the "cake" layer
adapted from Padhuskitchen

1x220gm packet of wheat biscuits, like the Marie biscuits. Used only 24 pcs. I used local brand "Albert"
1 cup of strong expresso / instant coffee

For the Chocolate frosting
adapted from Kwanster

100g chocolate, break into pieces
64g unsalted butter, at room temperature
50-64gm confectioners’ sugar, sifted
3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
Pinch of salt, sifted
1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp. sour cream , room temperature **12 or 20% fat
added rum for extra flavour


Preparation :-

1) Brew/ make 1 cup strong coffee, set it aside to cool.
2) Line loaf baking tin with cling film for easy removal when it is ready.
3) Once coffee is cooled, get started with the chocolate frosting :-
  1. Melt the chocolate in a heat-proof bowl set over a pot of simmering water. Set aside to cool until just barely warm.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter on medium-high speed until pale.
  3. Gradually mix in the sifted confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder and salt, beat until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in the melted and cooled chocolate and then the sour cream.
  5. Continue beating until the mixture is smooth and well blended.
4) Start assembling the "cake" by dipping biscuit into coffee to soften biscuit a little. Dip piece by piece to create a base layer for the cake. Once first layer is form, spread 1/3 of the frosting over it.
5) Create second biscuit layer by dipping into coffee followed by spreading the second portion of the frosting.
6) Finally create the third layer and spread on the last portion of the frosting.
7) Leave it in the fridge for at least few hours to let it set. You can make this one day ahead before serving.
8) Serve this cold or slightly below room temperature.


Saturday, September 06, 2014

Mixed Nuts Mookcake (need to let it sit for 2 days)


Pardon the indelicate looking mooncakes :D If you couldn't tell, they were supposed to be rose shape! For a while, it looked great until I egg-washed it and return it to the oven for the second bake.
Never mind the shape, because I am very happy with the results seeing that this is my first ever batch of baked mooncakes :) As highlighted in the title, after baking these need to sit for two days in a container before the date of serving.

As per usual, I've combined 2 recipes for this bake. Here are the links and I suggest you go direct to the links for detailed tutorials as the texts below are mainly for my future reference.

Mixed Nuts Mooncake

Ingredients

For the pastry
via Kirbie's Cravings

100 grams all purpose flour
60 grams golden syrup (I used Honey)
1/2 tsp alkaline water (forgotten to get this at the store, so I've mix a little water with baking soda)
28 grams vegetable oil
1 egg (for eggwash)

1. In a large bowl, mix the golden syrup, alkaline water and oil. Sift in the flour and stir until all ingredients mixed. Gently knead the dough with hands until it comes together. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let dough rest for 40 minutes. *Note : 20 mins. into resting time, start pre-heating the oven at 180°c/350°F/Gas4.
2. Take 35 grams of dough, roll into a ball, then flatten with a rolling pin. Roll until dough is very thin and big enough to wrap around the 65 gram of filling. Take 65 gram of filling, make into a ball and put in the center of the dough. Wrap dough around the filling until it is a thin layer covering the entire filling, and seal dough around filling. You may need to roll and maneuver the dough a little to completely cover the filling. One side of your dough ball will be somewhat lumpy from connecting the ends together. The other side should be smooth.
3. Place mooncakes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silpat mat, spacing about 2 inches apart. Bake for about 20-25 minutes. About five minutes before mooncakes are ready, remove and quickly brush the mooncake tops with egg wash. Place back in oven and bake until golden brown, about 5-10 minutes.
4. Let mooncakes cool. Place in container and let sit for about 2 days. This will allow the mooncake skin to soften and become darker and developer a shiny exterior from the oils being released.


For the filling
via youtube  Helena's Recipes

Ingredients (makes 4x200g cakes; or 10x100g, or 8x150g cakes)

*For the filling*
150g mixed nuts, roughly chopped
100g candied lime peel, roughly chopped
100g candied orange peel, roughly chopped
50g ginger jam
150g Chinese sausages, fat rendered and diced
4 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tsp sesame oil
3 tbsp cooked glutinous rice flour
3 tbsp simple/corn syrup

Since I couldn't exactly find all items listed in the filling above, mine consist of these :-

Friday, July 11, 2014

Easy shortcrust pastry biscuits


This is a great nibble for parties and for family and friends who are visiting. You should also check out the link below to see how the recipe creator uses the dough to make sweet treats.


Easy shortcrust pastry biscuits
translated from Web Cukrászda


Ingredients

150gm unsalted butter, cold
250gm flour
pinch of salr
5-7 Tbsp cold soda water
egg yolks, for egg wash
sesame seeds, grated cheese etc as garnish

Preparation :-

1) Pre-heat oven at 190°c.
2) Freeze butter for about 15 mins.
3) Pour flour in a glass bowl, sprinkle in a pinch of salt, grate over (medium size) frozen butter on to flour. Use a fork or your fingers, combine the mixture until it resembles large of bread crumbs. Make a well in the middle, add in little by little cold soda water, knead until mixture just combine, do not over work it!
4) You can rest the dough for 15-20 mins. in the fridge or immediately roll it out. *I rested it.
5) Roll out dough into the thickness of 0.5cm. cut in to desired shapes. brush egg wash. Sprinkle your chosen garnish.
6) Bake in the pre-heated oven for around 12-16 mins. or until golden brown and crispy.
7) Keep in air-tight container to maintain crispness. What I did was freeze them in freezer safe bags until I need it. Just defrose on serving plate about 1 hours before guests arrive. and reheat in low oven for 5 mins.



Thursday, October 23, 2014

Basic Choux Pastry



Choux pastry is not just easy but versatile for sweet and savoury fillings. I'm going to experiment more with ways to fill and decorate these delicate and tasty parcels.


Choux Pastry
via GBBO masterclass
Makes: 12 eclaires

Ingredients

50gm butter
150ml water
65gm plain flour
2 eggs, beaten

Method
  1. Pre-heat oven at 200°c / Gas 6
  2. In a sauce pan, bring the water and butter to a full boil. In goes the flour. Beat the mixture until smooth. When it come together into a ball shape, remove from heat. Loosen the dough and add a little of the beaten egg at a time. Combine well.
  3. Prepare piping bag with a 1cm nozzlel. Put the dough into piping bag and pipe out 6” strip on to baking dish lined with grease proof paper. You should get 12 strips. Spray some water on to the dough by using a spray bottle. This will create steam.
  4. Place baking dish in the oven and bake for 10 mins. Then lower to 170°c and bake for another 20 mins. Or until it is light golden colour.

Once fully cooled, fill with desired fillings.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

One-bowl Chocolate fudge cake with chocolate sour cream frosting


In the last minute, I've decided to try out this chocolate cake for a birthday cake since my first bake (another chocolate cake recipe) failed! This cake turned out moist and stable, great with my go-to chocolate sour cream frosting. The left over also freezes well. PERFECT!
I've declared this is going to be go-to chocolate cake recipe from now on. No more fussing about with other recipes :p

Chocolate Cake

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1½ teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
½ cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
2 teaspoon granulated coffee

Chocolate sour-cream frosting
adapted from kwanster

100g chocolate, break into pieces
64g unsalted butter, at room temperature
50-64gm confectioners’ sugar, sifted
3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
Pinch of salt, sifted
1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp. sour cream , room temperature **12 or 20% fat
added rum for extra flavour

For the cake:-
1) Pre-heat oven at 180°c.
2) Add flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt to a large bowl. Whisk through to combine using a hand whisk to stir through flour mixture until combined well. 
3) Add milk, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla to flour mixture and mix together until well combined. Mix the granulated coffee with  boiling water then pour into the cake batter and mix well combine. 
4) Distribute cake batter evenly between the two prepared cake pans or one cake pan where you can cut horizontally after the cake is baked and cooled down. 
5) Bake for 30-35 minutes if using two pans or 1 hour until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. 
6)Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes, remove from the pan and cool completely.


For chocolate frosting :-
1) Melt the chocolate in a heat-proof bowl set over a pot of simmering water. Set aside to cool until just barely warm.
2) In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter on medium-high speed until pale.
3) Gradually mix in the sifted confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder and salt, beat until light and fluffy.
4) Beat in the melted and cooled chocolate and then the sour cream.
5) Continue beating until the mixture is smooth and well blended.

Frost cake and decorate as you desire.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Easy shortbread cookies and Easy sugar icing


If  you haven't noticed Groot-shaped cookies are everywhere on the web. This batch of cookies turned out good, taste wise. As for the decoration, well, I think brown coloured icing would've been more successful. That said, I am very satisfied with the shortbread recipe and the easy sugar icing.

Easy shortbread
via citromhab (I halved the recipe)

Ingredients
150gm plain flour, sifted
100gm cold butter
75gm powdered sugar, sifted (including 1 packet of vanilla sugar)
a pinch of salt
1/2 tsp of cinnamon powder

Preparation
1) In a bowl, place the sifted plane flour and salt, work-in the butter by using a fork until crumbly in texture.
2) Next add in the sifted sugar and cinnamon powder. Knead lightly until it just come together, do not over work. Flatten the dough and wrap it with cling film and let it rest in refrigerator for 1 hour.
3) 20 mins. before 1 hour resting time, start pre-heating the oven at 180°c
4) After 1 hour resting time, roll out the dough and cut and shape dough in to desired shapes. Work quickly as the dough melt easily.
5) Place in pre-heated oven and bake for 8-10 mins. until base is brown.


Easy Sugar icing
via Cleverlysimple
Ingredients
1 Cup Powdered Sugar, sifted
4 tsp Milk
Preparation
  1. Mix with fork!
  2. You can customize this recipe by adding powdered sugar to make it thicker. Add more milk to make it a glaze.



Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Home-made Pot stickers / Jiaozi / Gyōza




I've halved the following recipe which yield 20 wrappers

Gyoza Wrapper Recipe
Author: Namiko Chen

Serves: 42-44 wrappers (thin wrappers)

Ingredients
240gm plain flour
½ tsp. salt
120 ml just-boiled water plus more if necessary (should be around 120 - 150 ml)

You will also need:
Potato starch (corn starch) for dusting
3" (8 cm) cookie cutter

While for the filling, I've just followed a rough guide from this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8MBX-SXnmg

Saturday, September 27, 2014

No-bake biscuit cake


No-bake Biscuit cake

Ingredients

For the "cake" layer
adapted from Padhuskitchen

1x220gm packet of wheat biscuits, like the Marie biscuits. Used only 24 pcs. I used local brand "Albert"
1 cup of strong expresso / instant coffee

For the Chocolate frosting
adapted from Kwanster

100g chocolate, break into pieces
64g unsalted butter, at room temperature
50-64gm confectioners’ sugar, sifted
3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
Pinch of salt, sifted
1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp. sour cream , room temperature **12 or 20% fat
added rum for extra flavour


Preparation :-

1) Brew/ make 1 cup strong coffee, set it aside to cool.
2) Line loaf baking tin with cling film for easy removal when it is ready.
3) Once coffee is cooled, get started with the chocolate frosting :-
  1. Melt the chocolate in a heat-proof bowl set over a pot of simmering water. Set aside to cool until just barely warm.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter on medium-high speed until pale.
  3. Gradually mix in the sifted confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder and salt, beat until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in the melted and cooled chocolate and then the sour cream.
  5. Continue beating until the mixture is smooth and well blended.
4) Start assembling the "cake" by dipping biscuit into coffee to soften biscuit a little. Dip piece by piece to create a base layer for the cake. Once first layer is form, spread 1/3 of the frosting over it.
5) Create second biscuit layer by dipping into coffee followed by spreading the second portion of the frosting.
6) Finally create the third layer and spread on the last portion of the frosting.
7) Leave it in the fridge for at least few hours to let it set. You can make this one day ahead before serving.
8) Serve this cold or slightly below room temperature.


Saturday, September 06, 2014

Mixed Nuts Mookcake (need to let it sit for 2 days)


Pardon the indelicate looking mooncakes :D If you couldn't tell, they were supposed to be rose shape! For a while, it looked great until I egg-washed it and return it to the oven for the second bake.
Never mind the shape, because I am very happy with the results seeing that this is my first ever batch of baked mooncakes :) As highlighted in the title, after baking these need to sit for two days in a container before the date of serving.

As per usual, I've combined 2 recipes for this bake. Here are the links and I suggest you go direct to the links for detailed tutorials as the texts below are mainly for my future reference.

Mixed Nuts Mooncake

Ingredients

For the pastry
via Kirbie's Cravings

100 grams all purpose flour
60 grams golden syrup (I used Honey)
1/2 tsp alkaline water (forgotten to get this at the store, so I've mix a little water with baking soda)
28 grams vegetable oil
1 egg (for eggwash)

1. In a large bowl, mix the golden syrup, alkaline water and oil. Sift in the flour and stir until all ingredients mixed. Gently knead the dough with hands until it comes together. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let dough rest for 40 minutes. *Note : 20 mins. into resting time, start pre-heating the oven at 180°c/350°F/Gas4.
2. Take 35 grams of dough, roll into a ball, then flatten with a rolling pin. Roll until dough is very thin and big enough to wrap around the 65 gram of filling. Take 65 gram of filling, make into a ball and put in the center of the dough. Wrap dough around the filling until it is a thin layer covering the entire filling, and seal dough around filling. You may need to roll and maneuver the dough a little to completely cover the filling. One side of your dough ball will be somewhat lumpy from connecting the ends together. The other side should be smooth.
3. Place mooncakes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silpat mat, spacing about 2 inches apart. Bake for about 20-25 minutes. About five minutes before mooncakes are ready, remove and quickly brush the mooncake tops with egg wash. Place back in oven and bake until golden brown, about 5-10 minutes.
4. Let mooncakes cool. Place in container and let sit for about 2 days. This will allow the mooncake skin to soften and become darker and developer a shiny exterior from the oils being released.


For the filling
via youtube  Helena's Recipes

Ingredients (makes 4x200g cakes; or 10x100g, or 8x150g cakes)

*For the filling*
150g mixed nuts, roughly chopped
100g candied lime peel, roughly chopped
100g candied orange peel, roughly chopped
50g ginger jam
150g Chinese sausages, fat rendered and diced
4 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tsp sesame oil
3 tbsp cooked glutinous rice flour
3 tbsp simple/corn syrup

Since I couldn't exactly find all items listed in the filling above, mine consist of these :-

Friday, July 11, 2014

Easy shortcrust pastry biscuits


This is a great nibble for parties and for family and friends who are visiting. You should also check out the link below to see how the recipe creator uses the dough to make sweet treats.


Easy shortcrust pastry biscuits
translated from Web Cukrászda


Ingredients

150gm unsalted butter, cold
250gm flour
pinch of salr
5-7 Tbsp cold soda water
egg yolks, for egg wash
sesame seeds, grated cheese etc as garnish

Preparation :-

1) Pre-heat oven at 190°c.
2) Freeze butter for about 15 mins.
3) Pour flour in a glass bowl, sprinkle in a pinch of salt, grate over (medium size) frozen butter on to flour. Use a fork or your fingers, combine the mixture until it resembles large of bread crumbs. Make a well in the middle, add in little by little cold soda water, knead until mixture just combine, do not over work it!
4) You can rest the dough for 15-20 mins. in the fridge or immediately roll it out. *I rested it.
5) Roll out dough into the thickness of 0.5cm. cut in to desired shapes. brush egg wash. Sprinkle your chosen garnish.
6) Bake in the pre-heated oven for around 12-16 mins. or until golden brown and crispy.
7) Keep in air-tight container to maintain crispness. What I did was freeze them in freezer safe bags until I need it. Just defrose on serving plate about 1 hours before guests arrive. and reheat in low oven for 5 mins.