Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Rainbow Swiss Roll

Life is full of colours! Don't you agree? There are lots of ups and downs, happy and sad saperations, reunites....etc etc..;) There are lots of "happenings" around me this year. Good friends around, surprises and lots and lots of fun! Though there are few sad moments but we just have to face it. Take it happily since those 'sad' moments already exist...:)
Went for my medical check up yesterday, but the result was not what i expected...:(
Anyway, i'll except whatever comes to me happily...always tell myself, "I'm blessed"..:)

Okay, back to my kitchen, i'm not going to let anything to ruin my baking interest, hee hee! Here's something that i think will cheer me up!

Colours! Tend to play with those colours in the swiss roll i planned to bake. And the result was satisfactory. That actually cheers my girl more..haha!

Here's the recipe for you..:)

5 Egg yolks
40g Sugar
1/4 tsp Salt
50ml Cornoil
50ml Milk
110g Flour
1/2 tsp Baking powder

5 Egg Whites
90g Sugar
1/4 tsp Cream of Tartar

Some jam or kaya or buttercream you prefered.

~ Preheat the oven at 175'C.
~ Rub a baking tray (15x10") with some cornoil then lined with baking paper, then rub another layer of cornoil on the paper. Leave aside before using.
~ Beat the egg yolks and sugar for about 5 minutes then add in the milk, beat until well combined and add in the rest of the (A) ingredients and mix till well blended.
~ Whisk the egg whites fr (B) till form soft peaks. Add sugar and cream of tartar and continue to whip till stiff.
~ Mix (A) and (B) together in 3 portions till well combined
~ Divide the mixture into 3 portions. Mix pink or red into one portion, green in another and leave the 3rd one uncoloured.
~ Pipe each coloured portion into a lined baking tray.
~ Bake at 175'C for 15 minutes, and remove from tray immediately onto a wire rack to cool completely.
~ Spread the cooled cake surface with some prefered jam then roll gently up.

Here's a picture before baking....

Here's the one after baked.....

Try it out and let me know. Bet the kids will love it before they taste it..;)


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Year End Party

Its almost year end and tomorrow will be the last day of school. As usual, the school will be having a party celebrating the last term break. Time really flies....the older i get, i found the time passes faster. X'mas is near and we are talking about Chinese New Year too..haha! Already started planning for cookies and!

Alright enough for those planning stuffs...;p Back to today's post, it was about the party my girl going to celebrate in school tomorrrow. Therefore, parents have to provide some finger food for the kids. Me?? What else.....CAKES! Thought that will be the easiest of all...:)

Almost the same recipe as before but with some changes of decorations. Using some jelly icing and melted chocolate for topping this time. Thought its was easy, but i took a few hours to finish the piping....*sigh* Luckily those cupcakes still look "okay"...:)

For the chocolate topping, its alittle different from my previous posts. Here's the recipe for you...

Ingredients (Chocolate topping)
100g Dark Chocolate
1 tbsp Butter
1/3 cup Cream , thickened
1/2 cup icing sugar
1.5 cups Butter

~ Combined the chocolate and 1 tbsp of butter in a saucepan over a medium heat.
~ As the mixture begins to melt, add cream clowly and reduce heat to low. Stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Remove from heat and cool.
~ Combine 1.5 cups butter with icing sugar, beat until light and fluffy.
~ Add melted chocolate mixture and mix well.
~ Spoon onto the cupcakes and let the topping dry slowly.

Its really difficult for me to pipe those bears here, with my shaking hands. Will get more practice...:) As you can see the cakes were covered with a layer of white buttercream before piping the jelly icing on them.

Flowers, smilling faces, ...etc etc.....can't think of anything else due to my aching back...haha!
Hope the kids will like it..;) And hopefully they can give me some ideas for my next project too...:)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Raisin Mexico Buns

Have been looking for some new bread recipes lately. I like all kinds of bread actually, but don't really know how to make most of it. As you can see my bread recipes are not that interesting...hee hee..;p

Finally got this recipe from my collection of books. Its similar to the coffee buns i made before, and it tastes as good as the coffee buns.

Here's the recipe...

Ingredients for Dough:
230g Bread flour
5g Instant yeast
170g Water

20g Egg
60g Sugar
1/4tsp Salt
25g Cold water
2.5g Instant yeast
100g Bread flour

30g Unsalted butter

Mexico Topping:
60g Salted butter
60g Icing sugar
60g Egg
60g Plain flour
** Almond Flakes for deco
~ Mix all ingredients well together.

Adequate raisins, salted butter.

~ Mix (A) till even and rest for 90 minutes
~ Add in (B) to (A) and mix well till form a smooth dough.
~ Add in (C) and continue kneading until elastic. Rest for 15 minutes.
~ Divide dough into 60g each and round up into balls, let rest for 5-10 minutes.
~ Wrap in raisins and butter, seal tightly and let prove double in size (about 20-30 minutes)
~ Pipe the mexico topping on the buns (as shown in the pix below) and sprinkle with almond flakes.
~ Bake at 190'C for 10-15 minutes.

It taste better when serve hot and the topping is much more crispy..:)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Roasted pork / Assorted Cheese Tarts

It has been 3 weeks since we last visit my in-laws in Seremban. They are always very happy when we said we'll be back..:) My mother-in-law will always prepare soup for us and not to forget 'gifts' for my little girl. That is why whenever we told my girl that we'll be visiting grandma....she'll be very excited!! Excited on the gifts actually...haha!
So this time i made something which is their favourite..."Roasted Pork".....YUMMY!
Got this recipe from my mum again, that she highly recommended. Never thought it was a success and its so simple and yummy...:) Thanks Mummy!!

The skin was so crispy even after few hours. The juicy meat was so tender and soft....mmm..its great! Of course i'm going to share this recipe with make sure you'll try it soon..;p

1kg Pork Belly with Skin ( width 3" at least)

~ Washed and tapped dry the pork. Cut slightly about 2 cm at the bottom (meat part).

Ingredients for marinate:
1-2 tsps Salt
1 tbsp Chinese wine
2 tps Five spice powder

~ Mix all the ingredients together and stir well.
~ Rub the marinate sauce all over the pork except the top skin.
~ Chill the marinated pork at least 2 days without wrapping, so that the pork's skin will dry completely.

Method for roasting:
~ Preheat oven at 250'C.
~ Place pork on tray and cover the skin fully with Coarse Sea Salt.
~ Roast for 25 mins at 250'C. Take out the pork and removed the salt completely.
~ Roast 2nd time at 250'C for another 25 mins until the top turns brown and crispy.
~ Slice and serve.

Assorted Cheese Tarts

These was made for my girl and her friends last 2 days. Since i have those jams left in my fridge, so i decided to use up for those tarts instead.
These were from my old post, only different was those jam used. Actually the cheese tarts taste good even without any jam...:) Hope the kids will like it!!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Simple Sardine Rolls

Don't know what to do with left over bread? I mean if there are too much bread that you can't finish...not those expired ones..haha! Roll it up with any fillings you like and deep fry them......
Mmm....sounds yummy right! Of course its nice especially fried food...;)
Okay this is what i did....a very simple snacks that i actually did once during my teenage time..:)
Wow! Sounds like decades ago...hee hee..;p ...This is how its done...

Few sliced bread

1 medium size canned Sardine ( need about 2-3 tbsps of the sauce only)
1 onion (chopped)
1/2 tsp Salt
a dash of black pepper
1-2 tsps Light soy sauce
1 tbsps Fish Curry powder (optional)

~ Removed the bones from the sardines and smashed. Add 2-3 tbsps of the sauce and mix well.
~ Add in chopped onions and the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
~ Rolled the bread until really flat with a rolling pin. (this is to avoid too much oil into the bread during frying)
~ Spread the fillings on the rolled bread and roll up like a swiss roll.(as shown in the picture below)
~ Use a tooth picks to seal the bread.
~ Cut the rolls into half before frying ( can just avoid this step if prefer a longer roll)
~ Deep fry in hot oil until gloden brown. Serve warm.

Its just simple as that. Add this into your parties and gatherings's list....i'm sure its a grab!
Actually it can be done with any other fillings you desire, but just remember to roll the bread FLAT! .....^-^Happy reading..:)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Coconut Cendol Cake

Like "Cendol Ais Kacang"?...If you are a Malaysian, you definetely know what's that! Its a kind of cool dessert with blended ice, coconut milk, palm sugar and cendol (a kind of green jelly). Its very porpular here, where you can get it everywhere.
Well, if you like that yummy ice dessert, then you'll definetely like this cake too. Top with cendol agar-agar with a soft butter cake base..:)

A very simple cake which takes only 1-2 hours to prepare. By the time you mould out the cake, it'll be half gone!! Really yummy when you take it with a cup of green tea,.....that's what i'm doing now..haha!

Alright here's the recipe for you......

Ingredients (Cake):
120g Sugar
2 tsps Cake emulsifier

4 large Eggs

110g plain flour
1 tsp Baking powder

1 tbsp Water
1 tsp Vanilla essence (optional)

130g Melted butter

~ Mix (A) till well blended. Then add in (B) and whip till thick.
~ Add in (C) and continue to whip till light and fluffy
~ Add (D), miz till well blended.
~ Fold in (E) and mix well.
~ Pour mixture into a greased and lined 9" square tin.
~ Bake at 180'C for 20 minutes. Set aside to cool completely.

Ingredients (Topping):
650ml Water
Pinch of salt
180g Palm sugar (cut into small pieces so that its easier to melt)
2 tsps Agar-agar powder
1 tbsp Instant jelly powder

2 Egg yolks
350ml Fresh coconut milk
45g Cornflour

120g Cooked Red beans
200g Cendol (rinsed and drained)

~ Bring (A) to boil and until palm sugar melted completely.
~ Mix (B) together and add into (A). Continue to cook till thick. Stir constantly to avoid burning the bottom.
~ Off fire and add in (C). Mix well.
~ Pour mixture onto the cooked and cooled cake. Let it cool for about 15 minutes the refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
~ Unmould, serve cold.

Its a nice cool cake serve during this hot weather. Give it a try and let me know whether you like it or not...Cheers!


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