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.



Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Potato curry puff recipe { Curried potato empanada }


Back home we have a snack called curry puff, a type of pastry deep fried filled with anything curry flavoured - potatoes, potatoes with chicken meat or potatoes with sardines.  You could usually get them at the hawker or road side stalls. This fried pastry could be classifed as empanada because I believe it existed from the Portuguese colonial times.

Easy curry puff
via Hungary go where

makes about 14 pieces

Ingredients

For the filling:
2 medium potatoes (about 250 g) (used new pototoes)
3 Tbsp oil
1 sprig curry leaves (didn't have, just replaced w fresh parsley after potatoes are cooked)
2 cm (20 g) ginger, finely chopped (didn't use)
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped (didn't use)
1 medium onion (100 g), finely chopped (replaced with spring onions)
2 Tbsp (meat) curry powder + 2 Tbsp water (instead 1/2 tsp turmeric, 1/2 tsp curry powder, 1/2 tsp paprika powder + equal tsps of water)
150 g minced beef (mine was meatless)
 3/4 tsp salt
½ tsp sugar (didn't add)

For the pastry:
250 g plain flour
½ tsp salt
60 g butter or margarine
125 ml water
Oil, for deep-frying

Method:
1. Peel the potatoes and cut into small cubes, about 0.5 cm each Heat the oil in a shallow pan or wok over medium heat. Add the curry leaves, ginger, garlic and onion, frying till the garlic and ginger start to brown.
2. Mix the curry powder and water to form a paste. Stir in the curry paste and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until fragrant and well cooked. Add the beef and stir-fry till crumbly before adding potatoes. Add ½ cup water and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Add salt and sugar to taste. Take the pan off the heat and transfer filling onto a plate and cool completely.
3. Meanwhile, make the pastry. Stir the flour and salt together in a mixing bowl and add butter or margarine. Mix with your fingertips until well distributed. Sprinkle in water and stir until the mixture comes together to form a firm dough. Knead lightly for 1 to 2 minutes, then set aside for 10 minutes to “rest” the dough.
4. Pinch off balls of dough (about 2 cm in diameter) and roll into balls. Working on a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out into thin circles, each about 7 to 8 cm in diameter. Place a tablespoon of (cooled) filling in the centre of each dough circle and fold over to enclose (in a semi-circle). Pinch dough around the edges and seal by fluting or pressing with the tines of a fork. Fry in hot oil until golden brown and drain well in wire basket. Serve hot.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Korean-Style Steamed savoury Eggs custard


Steamed eggs custard regularly appear on my mom's diner table; however, I have never have the urge to make one since moving out. Then I stumbled upon this recipe ; which looks so simple and manageable plus promises a smooth silky finish, so I say why not make it?

Verdict : wow, so smooooth plus an extremely easy recipe! The most attention you need is making sure the water do not get too hot. That only takes up 15 mins. of your time.

Go here for the recipe at The Kitchn

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Easy Apple strudel using Phyllo (Filo) pastry



Easy apple strudel

Ingredients
6 sheets phyllo (filo) pastry, kept moist by covering with wet kitchen towel
50gm butter, melted
3 medium-size apples, sliced
A handful of raisins, soaked in milk or liquer to soften
1 sachet vanilla sugar
3 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
zest of 1 lemon



Monday, May 26, 2014

Congee / Rice Porridge / Jook / 粥


Congee is really not for everyone. You either like it or don't. I, myself, is not a fan! Perhaps that's the reason why I've never have the urge to cook this dish since I started cooking. My mom is the cook back home, so I eat what's serve to us. No question asked!

I have to say, this bowl of congee was very comforting. I'll sure to make this again in the future. Although maybe not when it's 30°c outside , like today!

Basic congee
serves 4-5 pax

Ingredients
1 cup long grain rice, rinse and drain well
4 cups of liquid, I used 1/2 bone broth 1/2 water
salt, to taste
white pepper, to taste

Basic condiments to serve (any combo)
Fried shallots
Fried garlic
spring onions
parsley
coriander leaves
chicken slices
ginger, julienned
peanuts
hard /soft boiled eggs
soy sauce
chinese sausages
fried anchovies (ikan bilis)
bacon/ham
seafood
anything to contrast the texture of congee

Method :-

1) In a pot, pour in rinsed rice and liquid and salt to taste.
2) Cook on medium heat, stir occasionally.
3) Cooking time depend on the texture you liked. I cooked mine for about 30 mins.
4) serve sprinkle with condiments of your choice and white pepper.
** you may add additional liquid if it becomes to thick.

Tips that I just learned :D
1) To reach smoother texture, soak rice over night or even blend the rice before cooking it.
2) If choose not to soak, cook rice as per stated, keep adding water during the course of cooking until reach creamier texture. I guess like risotto.





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.



Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Potato curry puff recipe { Curried potato empanada }


Back home we have a snack called curry puff, a type of pastry deep fried filled with anything curry flavoured - potatoes, potatoes with chicken meat or potatoes with sardines.  You could usually get them at the hawker or road side stalls. This fried pastry could be classifed as empanada because I believe it existed from the Portuguese colonial times.

Easy curry puff
via Hungary go where

makes about 14 pieces

Ingredients

For the filling:
2 medium potatoes (about 250 g) (used new pototoes)
3 Tbsp oil
1 sprig curry leaves (didn't have, just replaced w fresh parsley after potatoes are cooked)
2 cm (20 g) ginger, finely chopped (didn't use)
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped (didn't use)
1 medium onion (100 g), finely chopped (replaced with spring onions)
2 Tbsp (meat) curry powder + 2 Tbsp water (instead 1/2 tsp turmeric, 1/2 tsp curry powder, 1/2 tsp paprika powder + equal tsps of water)
150 g minced beef (mine was meatless)
 3/4 tsp salt
½ tsp sugar (didn't add)

For the pastry:
250 g plain flour
½ tsp salt
60 g butter or margarine
125 ml water
Oil, for deep-frying

Method:
1. Peel the potatoes and cut into small cubes, about 0.5 cm each Heat the oil in a shallow pan or wok over medium heat. Add the curry leaves, ginger, garlic and onion, frying till the garlic and ginger start to brown.
2. Mix the curry powder and water to form a paste. Stir in the curry paste and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until fragrant and well cooked. Add the beef and stir-fry till crumbly before adding potatoes. Add ½ cup water and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Add salt and sugar to taste. Take the pan off the heat and transfer filling onto a plate and cool completely.
3. Meanwhile, make the pastry. Stir the flour and salt together in a mixing bowl and add butter or margarine. Mix with your fingertips until well distributed. Sprinkle in water and stir until the mixture comes together to form a firm dough. Knead lightly for 1 to 2 minutes, then set aside for 10 minutes to “rest” the dough.
4. Pinch off balls of dough (about 2 cm in diameter) and roll into balls. Working on a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out into thin circles, each about 7 to 8 cm in diameter. Place a tablespoon of (cooled) filling in the centre of each dough circle and fold over to enclose (in a semi-circle). Pinch dough around the edges and seal by fluting or pressing with the tines of a fork. Fry in hot oil until golden brown and drain well in wire basket. Serve hot.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Korean-Style Steamed savoury Eggs custard


Steamed eggs custard regularly appear on my mom's diner table; however, I have never have the urge to make one since moving out. Then I stumbled upon this recipe ; which looks so simple and manageable plus promises a smooth silky finish, so I say why not make it?

Verdict : wow, so smooooth plus an extremely easy recipe! The most attention you need is making sure the water do not get too hot. That only takes up 15 mins. of your time.

Go here for the recipe at The Kitchn

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Easy Apple strudel using Phyllo (Filo) pastry



Easy apple strudel

Ingredients
6 sheets phyllo (filo) pastry, kept moist by covering with wet kitchen towel
50gm butter, melted
3 medium-size apples, sliced
A handful of raisins, soaked in milk or liquer to soften
1 sachet vanilla sugar
3 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
zest of 1 lemon



Monday, May 26, 2014

Congee / Rice Porridge / Jook / 粥


Congee is really not for everyone. You either like it or don't. I, myself, is not a fan! Perhaps that's the reason why I've never have the urge to cook this dish since I started cooking. My mom is the cook back home, so I eat what's serve to us. No question asked!

I have to say, this bowl of congee was very comforting. I'll sure to make this again in the future. Although maybe not when it's 30°c outside , like today!

Basic congee
serves 4-5 pax

Ingredients
1 cup long grain rice, rinse and drain well
4 cups of liquid, I used 1/2 bone broth 1/2 water
salt, to taste
white pepper, to taste

Basic condiments to serve (any combo)
Fried shallots
Fried garlic
spring onions
parsley
coriander leaves
chicken slices
ginger, julienned
peanuts
hard /soft boiled eggs
soy sauce
chinese sausages
fried anchovies (ikan bilis)
bacon/ham
seafood
anything to contrast the texture of congee

Method :-

1) In a pot, pour in rinsed rice and liquid and salt to taste.
2) Cook on medium heat, stir occasionally.
3) Cooking time depend on the texture you liked. I cooked mine for about 30 mins.
4) serve sprinkle with condiments of your choice and white pepper.
** you may add additional liquid if it becomes to thick.

Tips that I just learned :D
1) To reach smoother texture, soak rice over night or even blend the rice before cooking it.
2) If choose not to soak, cook rice as per stated, keep adding water during the course of cooking until reach creamier texture. I guess like risotto.