Saturday, 27 August 2016

Chocolate Bun


Hi

I rarely bake or cook in the middle of work week because work weeks can be tiring and tough, and sometimes challenging.  You never know when a bombshell will drop on you or you may be put in a situation that was so difficult to put your feet down and make a stance.  I face such situation every now and then at work.  But God has been good to me.  I made my way through each challenge.
But last week was unusual.  I actually baked this chocolate bun.  I didn’t want to think about work so I decided I should bake something to keep my mind occupied on that evening.
This is a wonderful bread which I used The Killer Toast recipe adopted by VictoriaBakes and made some modification to it.  I’m happy with this bake.  The texture never changed.  It’s still so pillowy soft.   You must try!

HAPPY BAKING!

INGREDIENTS

260g                  Bread flour (reduced to 240g)
20g                    Cocoa powder
3g                       Instant dry yeast
160g-180g        Egg + Full cream milk
(replaced with Chocolate milk)
30g                    Sugar
2g                       Salt
30g                    Butter


METHODS

(1)Mix all ingredients (except butter) together and knead till you get a silky and elastic dough

(2)Incorporate butter and knead till window pane stage (crucial)

(3)Punch down the dough to expel air then divide it into 6 portions, roll them into a round shape that fit into a 8” x 8” square pan.

(4)Let the bread rest for about 45mins or until it rises double the size.

(5)When it doubles the size, brush chocolate milk on the dough.

(6)Bake in preheated oven of 170°C at the second lowest rack for 45-50 mins, tenting bread with foil if it turns black too quickly.

(7)Remove the bread from baking tin, set aside till completely cool down before storing them in an air-tight container to avoid bread from turning dry quickly.


Sunday, 17 July 2016

Dried Longan Walnuts Loaf Cake 桂圆果仁蛋糕


Hi
I fall in love with this cake when I first ate it in Taiwan.  I like it very much because the dried longan has this intense sweetness and it pairs very well with walnut.   The dark brown sugar has a rich molasses flavor and make the cake moist and dense.
As I was looking at the cookbooks on my book shelf, I chance upon this recipe from a cookbook which my brother bought it for me in Taiwan.  Without hesitation I decided to go ahead and make.  But the guys at home didn’t like it because they find it bit weird to have Asian ingredients in western cake.   Well it’s fine.  I have no problem to finish the whole cake by myself. 
 HAPPY BAKING!


INGREDIENTS [Original recipe is in Chinese]

(A)
180g         Dried longan
150g          Water
50g           Vegetable oil
10g            Fresh milk

(B)
2                Eggs
30g           Packed Brown Sugar
30g           Pure honey
110g          Cake flour
1 tsp          Baking powder
1 tsp          Sodium carbonated
80g           Walnuts


METHODS
(1)Combine egg, brown sugar and honey.  Mix well and set aside.

(2)Combine cake flour, baking powder and sodium carbonated.  Mix well and set aside.

(3)Put Ingredients (A) in hot water [about 40°C].  Add it to the egg mixture and mix well.

(4)Then add in the flour mixture and mix well then followed by walnuts.

(5)Pour the mixture into the baking tin.  The required baking tin dimension for this cake is 17cm x 8cm x 8cm.  It is pretty small tin.  As I don’t know any baking tin that is any closed to this dimension, I used my normal loaf pan instead.  So the cake turned up to be quite short.

(6)Bake in the oven for 40 minutes at 180°C.


I would like this to share this recipe at CookbookCountdown, an event organised by Joyce from Kitchen Flavours and Emily from Emily’s Cooking (Makan2) Foray, to help cookbook collectors take some of their cookbooks down from their shelves, dust them off and start cooking from them.
I have chosen 65款手作经点蛋糕 for July and this cookbook can only get it in Taiwan.  It has been 2 years and I haven’t seen it on sale at any of the bookshop in Singapore.



Friday, 15 July 2016

White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Crispy Chewy Cookies


Hi

These golden brown white chocolate cranberry oatmeal cookies with caramelised crispy edges with milky chewy fruity centers are fabulous!
Not only I agree they are delicious.  My family and friends from my church life group agreed too.  Even my children, who don’t like oats and cranberry had eaten half of the quantity I baked.  I saw them ate it with cold milk.
Thanks to Zoe [Bake for Happy Kids] for this fabulous recipe.  I tell you this is a great one, you must try it.  It’s easy to make and tastes delicious. I knew this is going to be very well received by 2 big cookie monsters [that’s my 2 big boys] so I decided I should double the recipe. 

 HAPPY BAKING!


INGREDIENTS
150g          Plain / all purpose flour
1 tsp          Baking powder
½ tsp        Salt
150g          Unsalted butter, room temperature
100g         Caster sugar [I reduced it to 80g]
100g         Packed light brown sugar [I reduced it to 80g]
2 large      Egg, roughly beaten
1 tsp          Vanilla extract or paste
100g         Old-fashioned oats, not instant
½ cup       Dried cranberry
2 cup         White chocolate chips 


METHOD

1)Position two rack in the center of oven and preheat oven to 180°C / 350°F. Line 2 large baking trays with baking paper. Set aside.

2)In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside,

3)Place butter and both sugars in a bowl of an electric mixer (if you are using an electric mixer to mix) or in a large mixing bowl (if you are using a wooden spoon to mix). Using an electric mixer or a wooden spoon, beat butter and sugars until smooth. While beating, add vanilla and the egg bit by bit and beat well after every addition.

4)Sift flour mixture into the butter mixture and use a wooden spoon or spatula to mix until the ingredients are well incorporated. Stir in oats, dried cranberries and chocolate chips.


 5)Scoop and drop about one tablespoonful of cookie batter onto the prepared tray with about 2 inches / 5 cm apart as you can see in my video that these cookies will spread. Bake for 15 mins or until the edges are golden brown with deep caramelised taste. Allow cookies to cool slightly on the baking tray for about 10 mins. Then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


 Store cookies in airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. Depending on the humidity of the place that you live, the cookies might lose their crispness after 1-2 days. To restore crispness in these cookies, bake in preheat oven at 180°C / 350°F for 3-5 mins without burning the edges of your cookies. Allow cookies to cool completely to room temperature and these cookies will be crispy again.


Thursday, 7 July 2016

Milo Banana Chia Seeds Muffins


Hi

My son going on his first date!  And he wanted banana cake for his first date.  
So I decided to make this Milo Banana Chia Seed Muffin to surprise his date.
I fell in love with Milo when Zoe [Bake for Happy Kids] hosted Little Thumb Up on the theme Milo, 
and I did Milo Chocolate Chips Cookies.  It was my first time using Milo to bake and I didn’t know it was so good.
My last bake was Milo Muffins and it was so well liked by my family. 
The idea of adding banana to Milo Muffins was then proposed by my sons.   
Do you know that Sharon [Delishar] is a self-proclaimed Milo Addicts?  
So I tell you, her Milo recipe will never go wrong.  I have tested.  It is totally delish! 
 HAPPY BAKING!

INGREDIENTS
2                Bananas
1 tsp          Vanilla extract
2 tsp         Baking powder
100g         Sugar [I used raw sugar]
2                Eggs
150ml       Milk
2 tbsp       Chia seeds
60g           Milo
200g         Cake flour
100g         Unsalted butter, softened
                  Pinch of salt


METHODS
Preheat oven to 180°C.

Mash banana.

Add chia seeds to milk.
Cream butter, and sugar.  Add vanilla extract and eggs.

In a large mixing bowl, sieve together the milo, cake flour, baking powder, and salt.  
Add ½ of the flour mixture into the butter mixture and mix well.

Add ½ of the milk mixture and mix well.  
The continue with the other ½ of the flour mixture and milk mixture.

Lastly add in the mashed bananas.

Scoop batter into the muffin liners.
Bake for about 25 mins at 180°C or until skewer comes out clean.

Let cool on wire rack before serving.


Sunday, 3 July 2016

Milo Muffins

Hi

Milo, my all time favourite beverage and anything with Milo is always good.  
Now I have enjoyed Milo not only as beverage but muffins and cookies. 
I chanced upon these Milo Muffin by Victoria Bakes.  
As I wanted something quick and easy for breakfast so I decided to bake this. 

 Like what Victoria had named this muffin, this is indeed irresistible!  
I know my children would definitely love it.
HAPPY BAKING!

INGREDIENTS [make 6-7]
120g          Full cream milk
80g           Milo powder (divided into 70g + 10g portions)
75g            Butter, melted and cooled
1                Large egg
10g            Cocoa powder
180g          Cake flour
2 tsp          Baking powder
60g           Sugar

 METHODS
1)Dissolve 70g milo into milk set aside.

2)Sift flour, cocoa powder and baking powder into mixing bowl
add in sugar and whisk to mix

3)Add all wet ingredients (egg, melted butter and milk) into dry ingredients

4)Mix well batter should be very sticky

5)Fill muffin liner with batter then sprinkle with the 10g milo on top


 6)Top with batter right to the brim of liner

7)Bake in centre rack of 220 degrees C preheated oven for 10 mins.  Turn temperature down to 200 degrees and continue baking for another 8-10 mins.  [I baked in 190°C for 25 mins]


Monday, 20 June 2016

Almond Tuiles


Hi

These little cookies have been in my To-Do list for a long time and I have finally tried making this!  It’s pretty simple and fun making it.  I’m just wondering why I hadn’t tried making it sooner.  Haha!
Tuiles, traditionally are thin, crisp almond cookies that are gently drape over a rolling pin to form an arched while they are still warm.  But I skipped as I don’t have a round stencil to spread the batter evenly and I think it’s a great challenge to make the cookie into an arched too.
I am happy with the outcome of these Tuiles though I didn’t shape it in the traditional signature shape.  They are not so thin but yet very crisp.
HAPPY BAKING!

INGREDIENTS
(A)
125g          Icing Sugar
25g            Cake Flour
15g            Bread Flour

(B)
110g          Egg whites

(C )
75g            Butter
200g         Almond flakes


INSTRUCTION
Combine cake flour and bread flour of ingredients A, and sift
together.  Cut butter into dices and double-boil till melted.

Line a baking tray with non-stick baking mat.  Place portioning frame on top [this is the stencil which has 12 circles]. Preheat oven to required temperature.

Place Ingredients A into mixing bowl.  Add all Ingredients B all at once.  Using a whisk, beat the mixture till well-combined.


Stir the batter constantly while adding in melted butter. 


Add in almond flakes and lightly stir well with spatula.


Cover the bowl with cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes.


Remove the batter from the refrigerator.  Spoon a tablespoon of batter into portioning frame.  Using a scrapper spread batter into a very thin layer.  Remove the frame.  [I skipped.  I’m using my finger to evenly spread the batter into round shape.]


Bake in oven at 150°C fan for 20 minutes.  Remove from oven. 

Drape the cookie over a rolling pin to create a curved shape.  [I skipped].  Set aside to cool.


Baking Tips
*Lightly stir till almond flakes are well-coated with batter will do.
*Use 2 forks to separate the almond flakes from one another.  This will ensure even colouring and crispiness throughout baking.


I’m submitting this to Cookbook Countdown, an event organised by Joyce from Kitchen Flavours and Emily from Emily’s Cooking (Makan2) Foray, to help cookbook collectors take some of their cookbooks down from their shelves, dust them off and start cooking from them.


This month I choose The Secret of Cookies.  It was a gift from my 2 boys.  It has 200 recipes.  I don’t think I will make them all.  I will make as much as I can in June for my 2 boys.




Chicken Bulgogi


Hi


I’m not really a fan of Korean dish.  But my hubby and children love Charcoal Korean BBQ and we’ll have Korean BBQ at home quite frequent. 
I got this idea from Diana, The Domestic Goddess Wannabe.  It’s so easy to make as long as you have all the Korean sauce ready.  This is a dish that I will cook if I’m running out of idea what to cook. 
 I haven’t been to Korea.  But I’m so blessed to have friends who will not forget to bring stuff for me whenever they go Korea.   This Korean Hot Pepper Powder and Sesame Seeds are from Serene.  My best friend whom I know since we were 14 years old.  Serene is homemaker and she cooks well.  Whenever she has something interesting or new, she will always share it with me. 
 
Good friends share good times and also good stuff.

HAPPY COOKING!

INGREDIENTS

300g         Chicken breast, skin removed, and sliced
2 tbsp       Spicy bulgogi marinade [I skipped]
2 tbsp       Korean BBQ sauce
2 tbsp       Korean chilli paste
1 tbsp        Korean red pepper powder
1 small      Onion, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp      Korean sesame oil
1 tsp          Korean sesame seeds


INSTRUCTIONS

(1)Marinate chicken with spicy bulgogi sauce, Korean BBQ sauce, chilli paste and red chilli powder. Set aside in the fridge for 2 hours.


(2)Saute onions in olive oil until soft, about 2-3 minutes. Add chicken and stir occasionally to "grill" the chicken.

(3)When chicken is cooked through, add sesame oil and sesame seeds.

(4)Serve immediately, garnished with more sesame seeds, if desired.