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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

'Beras Pulut Hitam' Chiffon Cake




Came across the Black Glutinous Rice Chiffon Cake quite often and was wondering where to get this type of rice. Finally, I decided to give it a try by  grinding the black glutinous rice to bake the cake. The cake turn out very well [soft, fluffy and tasty].

How to grind the black glutinous rice?  I measured 45 gm of black glutinous rice [in Malaysia, black glutinous rice is called Beras Pulut Hitam].  Grind it using the small grinder till fine.  Then sift it and grind again the coarser grain a few more times until you get the quantity needed.  Discard the coarser grains.  I suggest that you grind more and store it for later use.
 
 
 

This recipe is adapted from Happy Flour blog.

Ingredients for Egg Mixture
4 egg yolks
20 gm caster sugar [I used 1.5 tbsp]
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp oil
50 ml coconut milk [substitute with fresh milk]
  • Whisk egg yolks with sugar and salt till creamy.  Drizzle in oil and whisk continously, then drizzle in coconut milk.  Continue whisking while adding till creamy, then fold in sifted flour till well combined.  Set aside while you prepare the egg white.
Ingredients for Flour - sifted together
35 gm cake flour
45 gm black glutinous rice flour
1/4 tsp baking powder

Ingredients for Egg White Mixture
4 egg white
60 gm castor sugar [I used 4 tbsp]
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • Whisk egg white till frothy, then add in cream of tartar.  Continue beating till foamy, then add in sugar in 2-3 batches.  Whisk till soft peaks formed.  Fold in 1/3 portion to egg yolk mixture till well combined.  Then fold in to the balance meringue.  Fold till well combined then pour into 7" chiffon cake pan.  Tap pan on table top several times to release trapped air.
  • Bake in preheated oven at 170 degrees C for 35 - 40 minutes. Invert pan immediately to cool cake before removing from pan.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Chicken Floss Buns [Starter Dough Method]

Various shaped buns
It's Sunday morning, woke up at 6.00 am and was preparing to go for my morning exercise. Suddenly, it started to rain and it's still dark outside.  Too early to go marketing, so I decided to make these buns with Chicken Meat Floss [I think it is Chicken Serunding - a Malay dish].  My sister's Malay colleague gave her a packet of this meat floss for Hari Raya celebrations and not knowing what to do with it, my Ma gave it to me.
The easiest and fastest way to finish it is by wrapping them up in the buns.  The buns turned out well and the meat floss was a real good match.  It tasted like anchovies in sambal tumis, a little spicy and sweet. GOOD.
Here is the recipe for the buns.  Makes about 24 buns, if you prefer a small quantity then just half the
ingredients, it is still okay.  I mix the starter dough and measured the rest of the ingredients and went back to sleep till 8.00 am.  By then the starter dough is ready for use.
Ingredients - Starter Dough
250 gm bread flour [I used 200 gm bread flour and 50 gm plain flour]
3.25 tsp instant yeast dissolve in 200 ml warm water
  • Add flour into the yeast mixture and mix into a sticky dough. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and leave for 1-2 hours or till it becomes about 2-3 times in size.  [Usually, I will mix ingredients in an airtight container, leave it to proof for 30 minutes in room temperature, then cover the container and kept in the fridge overnight].
Ingredients - Bread Dough
250 gm bread flour [I used 200 gm bread flour and 50 gm plain flour]
1.25 tsp salt
50 gm sugar [I used 3 tbsp]
50 ml warm water
1 [50 gm] egg - lightly beaten [keep 1 tbsp for brushing buns]
50 gm butter
  • Mix bread dough ingredients with starter dough in a mixer with dough hook.  Knead on medium speed for about 5-10 minutes till soft then add in butter.  Continue to knead for another 10 minutes till dough is soft, smooth and elastic. Cover and leave to rest for 15 minutes or until double in size.
  • Punch down dough.  Divide dough into 2 equal portions for easier handling.
  • Form into a ball, then roll on a floured board and fold into third.  Then roll into a log and cut into 12 equal portions [10 if you prefer bigger buns].  Shape each portion into a ball.  Then roll each ball into a flat round piece.
  • Add filling [chicken meat floss], pinch the seam to seal.  Place the seam side down on paper casing or parchment paper.  Do the same for the other portion.
  • Leave to rise for 30 - 40 minutes.  Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with some black sesame seeds.
  • Bake in preheated oven at 200 degrees C for 10-15 minutes.  Remove to cool on rack immediately.
 
 
 
 
Note
  • You can shape the buns into any shape you prefer [round, triangle, oval, oblong, swiss roll or nastar style].  Here, I made them into round buns and also swiss roll and nastar roll style].   But I think it is better not to expose the filling as it gets dried up when baking.
  • the pictures do not look good but the buns are really good, soft and tasty even on the third day.

Sesame Oil Young Ginger Chicken

Came across this dish on TV and wanted to try it out because the preparation is slightly different from the usual. Shredded young ginger is used and not fried in sesame oil before adding to the chicken pieces.
For the recipe here, I am giving the actual ingredients [but I substituted mushrooms with black fungus and spring onions with coriander leaves because I have not these 2 ingredients when cooking this dish].  I will definitely cook this dish again with the actual ingredients as it tasted good even even with black fungus and coriander leaves.  I think with mushrooms and spring onions it will be more aromatic and fragrant served with plain white rice.

Later for my lunch with my hubby, I added more water [400 ml] to make this dish into a soup and serve it with blanched Mee Suah and vegetables as a 'One dish meal'.
Basic ingredients
 - ginger/chicken/black fungus or mushrooms
Ingredients
[serves 2-3]
400 gm deboned chicken whole leg [with skin] - cut bite size pieces - marinate with salt and pepper
3 - 6 dried mushrooms [depend on size] - soaked and cut broad strips
100 gm young ginger - cut thin strips
3 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp cooking wine
1 tbsp light soy sauce + 1/2 tsp dark soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
enough water to cover chicken ingredients
1 stalk sping onions - cut 2 inch length [separate the white and green part]
 
Step by step pictures of cooking this dish
  1. Heat up wok without oil.  When hot, pan fry chicken pieces [skin side down] till golden.  Turn over to fry the other side till firm.  
  2. Add in sesame oil and white part of spring onion.  Stir fry till aromatic, then add in wine from the side of wok followed by water.  When water has boiled, add in seasoning to taste, then add ginger and mushrooms.
  3. Continue to fry and simmer till gravy is slightly reduced and chicken is tender.  Add in spring onions as garnishing.  Dish out on plate to serve with rice.

Friday, December 16, 2011

VANILLA BREAD LOAF [STARTER DOUGH METHOD]

Came across this bread recipe at Cosy Bake blog and I doubled the quantity because I am making 2 loaves at one time.  Also used the starter dough method and the loaf bread turns out well.  Soft and fluffy for 2 - 3 days.
Ingredients - Starter Dough
240 g bread flour
60 g plain flour
2.6 tsp instant yeast
200 ml milk
  • Mix all the ingredients together into a soft but rough dough.  Cover and set aside to proof for 1-2 hours or till double in size.
Ingredients - Bread Dough
240 g bread flour
60 g plain flour
1.5 tsp salt
90 g condensed milk
4 tsp vanilla essence
100 ml milk [add gradually otherwise the dough maybe too wet]
60 g butter
  • Add all bread dough ingredients [except butter and milk] to starter dough in an electric mixer fixed with dough hook.  Knead on low speed to blend ingredients well, then gradually add in milk.  Do not add all the milk if dough is already wet.  Continue kneading till dough is smooth and soft [about 10 minutes] then add in butter.
  • Continue to knead for another 10 minutes until the dough is smooth and soft again.  Remove dough from hook and roll into a ball.  Cover to proof for 15 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.
  • Punch down dough to release the air.  Transfer the dough to a floured board.  Divide dough into two equal portion.  Fold into third for each portion. Set aside.
  • Roll out each portion into a rectangular shape and roll up swiss roll style, seal the edges.  Place in baking tin, cover and leave to proof for 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size.  Do the same for the other portion.
  • Bake in preheated oven at 180 degrees C for 25-30 minutes.
  • Remove from tin immediately to cool on rack after baking.
Note:  I add some chocolate chips when rolling bread just to finish off the leftover chocolate chips.  No sugar is added

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Chocolate Raisin Chiffon Cake


This is the second time I baked this chiffon cake.  Lovely/good cake.  Got the recipe from Baking Mum blog.


Ingredients - Egg Yolk Mixture
3 egg yolks [I used 3 large eggs]
30 gm [2 tbsp] castor sugar
3 tbsp oil
2 tbsp milk [30 ml]
  • Whisk egg yolks with sugar till creamy, then drizzle in oil and milk.  Continue to whisk till well combined, then fold in sifted flour.  Lastly add in raisins and chocolate chips. Set aside.
90 gm plain flour + 1 tsp baking powder [sifted] or 90 gm self raising flour
1 tbsp chocolate powder

Ingredients - Egg White Mixture
3 egg white [from 3 large eggs]
4 tbsp castor sugar
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • Whisk egg white till frothy, then add in cream of tartar.  Continue whisking and  gradually add in sugar.  Beat till soft peaks formed.
  • Fold about 1/3 portion into egg yolk mixture till well combined, then fold into balance meringue.   Pour into a clean and ungreased 7" chiffon pan.
  • Baked in preheated oven at 170 degrees C on lower rack for 30 - 40 minutes.  Invert pan immediately after baking.  Cool before removing from pan.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Banana Chiffon Cupcakes

Came across this recipe in Small, Small Baker blog.  Since I have some bananas at home, I decided to give it a try.  Not too please with the result probably because of the cup cases used and the baking time.  
 

Should baked it for at least 30 minutes at 175 degrees C on middle rack. Makes about 20 pieces.

Ingredients - Egg Yolk Mixture
40 gm egg yolks [from 2 large eggs]
40 ml oil [2 tbsp]
20 ml water [1.5 tbsp]
60 gm bananas [mashed]
  • Whisk egg yolks with oil till creamy, then drizzle in water.  Continue to whisk till well combined and add in mashed banana.  Whisk to combine ingredients well, then fold in sifted flour.  Lastly add in diced bananas. Set aside.
55 gm flour + 1/2 tsp baking powder [sifted]
85 gm banana - diced [keep some to cut slices]

Ingredients - Egg White Mixture
110 gm egg white [from 3 large eggs]
55 gm castor sugar [3 tbsp]
1/4 tsp cream of tartar or 5 gm cornflour
  • Whisk egg white till frothy, then add in cream of tartar.  Continue whisking and  gradually add in sugar.  Beat till soft peaks formed.
  • Fold about 1/3 portion into egg yolk mixture till well combined, then fold into balance meringue. Combined well then scoop into cup cases.  Top with sliced banana as garnish.
  • Baked in preheated oven at 175 degrees C on middle rack for 30 minutes.  Remove to cool on rack.
Note: Can bake in 7" chiffon pan at 170 degrees C for 35-40 minutes on lower rack. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Blueberry Chiffon Cake



Bought a small tub of blueberry fillings but did not have any recipe in hand to make use of it.  Came across this chiffon cake recipe in 'Peng's Kitchen' so just gave it a try.   Really simple but not too happy with the colour of the chiffon cake.  Just wondering why such a dull colour.

Ingredients - Egg Yolk Mixture
3 large egg yolks
30 ml corn oil [approx. 3 tbsp]
30 g castor sugar [approx. 2 tbsp]
75 g blueberry fillings
1.5 tbsp milk
  • Whisk egg yolks and sugar till creamy then add in oil, 1 tablespoon at a time.  Continue whisking after each addition.  Drizzle in the milk and whisk till well combined.  Fold in the blueberry fillings and flour.  Set aside.
60 g self raising flour - sifted [I used 60 g plain flour + 1 tsp baking powder]

Ingredients for Egg White Mixture
3 large egg whites
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
30 g castor sugar [approx. 2 tbsp]
  • Whisk egg whites till frothy and add in cream of tartar.  Continue whisking then add in sugar in 2-3 batches.  Whisk egg white till soft peaks formed.
  • Fold in 1/3 portion to egg yolk mixture till well combined, then fold in the rest of the meringue.  Fold till batter is smooth.
  • Pour into a 7" chiffon pan.  Tap a few times to release trapped air.  
  • Bake in preheated oven at 170 degrees C for 30-40 minutes.  Invert pan immediately after baking.  Cool before removing from pan.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Dual Coffee Chiffon Cake


Quite an easy chiffon cake recipe with ingredients available from a simple kitchen yet worth keeping.  Recipe adapted from Cuisine Paradise but used tablespoon to measure some of the ingredients .  Gave this cake to my Ma, so did not manage to get a picture of the sliced cake.

A.  Ingredients - Egg Yolk Mixture
3 large egg yolks
30 g [2 tbsp] castor sugar
40 ml [3 tbsp] corn oil

1 packet [20g] 3 in 1 instant coffee
2 tsp instant coffee granules
45 ml boiling water to blend both instant coffee granules
1 tbsp rum

B.  Flour Ingredients - sifted together
80 g cake flour + 1/2 tsp baking powder

C.  Ingredients - Egg white/Meringue
3 large egg whites
50 g [4 tbsp] caster sugar
1/4 tsp cream of tartar

  1. Mix 3 in 1 coffee with instant coffee granules with boiling water.  Set aside to cool.
  2. Whisk egg yolks with sugar, then add in corn oil, a tablespoon at a time.  Continue whisking after each addition till well combined.  Then add in coffee gradually, whisking as you add to egg mixture.  Then stir in rum. 
  3. Fold in flour to egg mixture till well combined.  Set aside.
  4. Whisk egg white in a clean bowl till frothy, then add in cream of tartar.  Continue whisking for a second and gradually add in the sugar.  Continue whisking till soft peaks formed.
  5. Fold 1/3 portion of the meringue into egg yolk mixture till well combined.  Then fold in the balance meringue till well combined.  Pour into a clean 7" chiffon pan.  Tap a few times on the table top to release trapped air.
  6. Bake in preheated oven at 180 degrees for 30-35 minutes.  Invert pan immediately after removing from oven.
  7. Cool before removing cake from pan.
 Note: I added some chocolate chips to cake mixture before baking.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Cranberry Yoghurt Chiffon Cake



Cranberry Yoghurt Chiffon
This recipe is adapted from Happy Home Baking but there are some changes to the ingredients to make it easier to bake the cake.

Ingredients - Egg Yolk Mixture
3 large egg yolks
1.5 to 2 tbsp castor sugar
3 tbsp corn oil
80 gm cranberry yoghurt or plain yoghurt

80 gm plain flour + 1/2 tsp baking powder [sifted and add in dried cranberries]
60 gm dried cranberries - chopped coarsely
  • Whisk egg yolks with castor sugar till creamy and add in corn oil [1 tbsp at a time].  Mix well after each addition.  Then add in yoghurt.  Mix well, fold in flour with cranberries till well combined.  Set aside.  Preheat oven at 180 degrees C for 10 minutes.  Meanwhile prepare the meringue.
Ingredients - Egg White Mixture
3 large egg white
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
3.5 tbsp caster sugar
Invert pan immediately after baking
  • Whisk egg white in a clean mixing bowl till frothy, then add in cream of tartar.  Continue beating for a second and add in caster sugar gradually.  Continue beating all the time till soft peaks formed [Note - it is easier to fold in soft peak egg white mixture to egg yolk mixture.  Do not overbeat meringue]
  • Fold in 1/2 the egg white mixture to egg yolk mixture till well combined.  Then fold into the balance egg white mixture.  Fold till mixtures are well combined.  
  • Pour into 7" chiffon pan and bake in preheated oven for 30-40 minutes on lower rack.
  • Remove from oven and immediately invert pan to cool cake before removing from pan.

    Steamed Yam Cake [Orh Kuih]

    Steamed yam cake [orh kuih] is a very common steamed cake usually available at hawker stalls selling Chee Cheong Fun, Chai Kuih or some food stalls selling ready cooked dishes and Nyonya kuihs.
    This is a good and easy recipe for Yam Cake which I like very much.
    Yam cake with garmishing
    Recipe Source from Tiga Gajah Cho Heng Sdn Bhd, Penang
    Ingredients - Batter Mixture
    270 gm rice flour
    100 gm wheat starch
    1 tbsp salt
    1 tsp pepper
    1/2 tsp msg
    1 1/2 tbsp sugar
    1000 ml water
    • Mix all ingredients together, stir well and strain.  Set aside.  Stir again before adding to fried yam.
      Ingredients for Batter
    Ingredients - Garnishing
    100 gm dried prawns - washed and pounded
    1 tbsp oil
    1 red chilli - finely chopped
    1 stalk spring onions - cut into small pieces
    75 gm fried sliced shallots
    • Fry dried prawns in oil till fragrant, remove to cool.
    400 gm yam - either steam half portion and mashed and add to batter mixture or cut whole portion into small cubes.
    3 tsp oil
    2 cloves garlic - chopped
    • Heat oil in wok and saute garlic till fragrant.  Add in cubed yam to fry for 5-10 minutes till aromatic.  Add in a little of fried dried prawns.  Stir to mix well and pour in  2/3 portion of the batter.  Continue stirring on medium heat till batter thickens.  Off fire and add in the balance [1/3 portion] batter.  Stir to mix well.
    • Pour into a greased 10" steaming tray.  Smooth the surface and steam over high heat for 30 minutes.
    • After steaming, sprinkle dried prawns evenly over yam cake.  Cool and before serving, sprinkle spring onions, chilli and fried shallots on yam cake.  
    • Cut and serve with chilli sauce [recipe here for homemade chilli sauce].
    Fry dried prawns and yam cubes
    Before steaming
    After steaming for 30 minutes before adding garnishing

    Saturday, November 5, 2011

    Taiwan Food


    Taiwan Fried Oyster - TWD 50
    Taoyuan Split Bun with braised pork - TWD 35

    Taoyuan Siew Loong Pau - 6 for TWD 50
    Taoyuan Tofu Fah with Yam Balls - TWD 30/bowl
    Taichung Mango Shaved Ice - TWD 70/bowl
    Taichung Braised Pig Trotter - TWD 70/portion
    Taichung - Dinner for 2 - TWD 255
    Kaohsiung -  Taiwan Bento Rice Set - TWD 65

    Taipei - Bento Rice set - TWD 80 [it's good]
    Changhua - Taiwan Meat Ball - TWD 35/piece
     My husband and I spent 2 weeks in Taiwan.   We travelled to various parts of the island [Taipei, Chiu-fen, Hualien, Kaohsiung, Cijin Island, Tainan, Anping, Taichung, Changhua, Lukang, Sanxia, Taoyuan and Daxi] and savoured much of their local delicacies.  I took plenty of photos of the food, scenery, morning and night markets to share with all my dear readers.  I think I can only do it gradually now as I am not in the mood since my Pa has passed away so soon after we were back.  Sorry for that.  


    I am posting my Taiwan Travel and Food in my other blog - Cooking Pleasure - Travel & Food. 

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