Thursday, June 28, 2012

Cakes for him.....Pandan Layered Cake & Tiramisu

It was my husband's birthday 2 days ago, and we had a great celebrations on his big day. I've made 2 different birthday cakes for him...one "Pandan Layered Cake" for the family celebration in the morning and another "Tiramisu" to celebrate with his friends at night. Both cake were well received and they were gone on the day itself..:)

First, the Pandan Layered Cake. It was my first attempt and I had a good praise by my hubby. He loves the cake and took 2 big pieces right away. It was not that difficult as I thought though...^^

 The recipe:
(A)
2 egg yolks
60g cake flour
35g sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 pandan essence
1/2 tsp baking powder
40ml thick coconut milk
1/4 cup corn oil

(B)
2 egg whites
35g sugar
1/4 tsp cream of tartar

(C)
500g thick coconut milk
35g brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 egg
50g Hun Kwee flour
1 tsp agar agar powder

~ Cook till thicken!

Method:
~ Mix ingredients (A) together with a whisk and keep aside.
~ Beat ingredients (B) till fluffy and firm.
~ Gently fold in (B) into (A). Mix well.
~ Bake in and ungreased 7" round tin at 180'C for 25-30 minutes.
~ Sliced cake into 3 to 4 layers and topping each layer with hot frosting (C)
~ Cover the whole cake with the hot frosting (C) and sprinkle with some desiccated coconut.
~ Chilled the cake before serving.

I didn't do a good job slicing the cake properly. So you can see the thickness of each cake was uneven here.
Anyway, he didn't notice that...LOL!!

Then I was told that he'll be celebrating with his friends at night too. Without any hesitation, a Tiramisu was the most simple one to bake...hehe! So the cake was completed in 2 hours time and I'm off to the hair saloon to beautify myself for the night...hahaha!!!
If you like this Tiramisu, please refer to my older post here.

Cheers!!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Glutinous Rice Rolls


Hi my dear readers and friends..I'm back!...LOL!! I've been missing for such a long time, and yeah..I've left my kitchen to dust!!!....;p
I'm very lazy...really lazy for doing anything. I'm still in the mood of holidaying...GOSH!! Got to wake up huh!
School has starts, back to my daily routine and yet not much cooking and baking except a simple kuih I've done last week. Well, I'm just craving for some coconut last week, and I don't want to do anything complicated so this simple kuih just pop out from my mind. It was simple but delicious...^^


 It took less than and hour to complete this kuih, and it goes really well with a cup of hot green tea or black coffee. This kuih almost looks like the Pulut Inti, a kind of nyonya kuih. 


Ingredients for rice:
500g glutinous rice (soak for 1-2 hours)
1cup thick coconut juice
2 tsp salt
2 large banana leaves (washed and dried)


~ Lined up the 9" round pan with banana leaves.
~ Mix all ingredients together and pour onto the lined pan. Even the rice with a spoon.
~ Steamed at high heat for 30-35 minutes or until well cooked.



Ingredients for coconut:
150g grated coconut
20g castor sugar
60g gula melaka 
2 pcs pandan leaves
50-60ml water

~ In a wok add in water, sugar, gula melaka, pandan leaves and bring it to boil by stirringit all the time till sugar has dissolved.
~ Add in grated coconut and stir till the mixture has thickened. Leave to cool before use.

 Method of wrapping:
~ Place a pc of cleaned banana leaf on the table.
~ Spread cooked rice (about 5mm think) on the banana leaf.
~ Next spread the coconut onto the rice then roll up like a swissroll.
(make sure it's tight enough or else the rice and coconut may fell apart while cutting)
~ After rolling, leave the rolls to rest for about 5 minutes before cutting. (this to make the rolls stands to its shape)

Hope you like this! I'll be back for more post soon. 
Cheers!!

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