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Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Pulut Inti

It has been raining daily here and with the cooling weather it makes me feel craving for some Malaysian desserts lately ๐Ÿ˜†.

Today I have made this simple Pulut Inti (Steamed Glutinuous Rice with Grated Coconut Topping). 


PULUT INTI
(Makes about 7 to 8 pieces)

Ingredients
180gm glutinous rice
125ml thick coconut milk
½ tsp salt
20 pcs blue pea flowers, rinse washed
30ml hot boiling water
1 pandan leaf,  cut into 2" or 3"

Coconut Filling
45gm palm sugar, roughly chop 
½ tbsp brown sugar
30ml water
½ grated coconut flesh
½ cornflour
1 pandan leaf, knotted

Banana leaves, cut into 5"×6", and lightly blanched the leaves to soften it

Method
Add the blue pea flower in a small bowl and pour in the hot boiling water. Let it sit for 15 minutes.  Sieve through a strainer and press the flowers with a spoon to squeeze out more blue colouring. Set aside.

Combine the glutinous rice, coconut milk and salt in your steaming  plate. Mix till well combined.  Scatter the cut pandan leaves on top and steam for 20 minutes. Stir the rice occasionally till the rice is cooked. 

Remove ¼ of the rice and stain with the blue colouring.  Return the blue coloured rice to the steamer and cook another 5 minutes.  (Or you can just sprinkle the blue pea colour on to the rice). Remove from heat. Fluff the rice with a pair of chopsticks and mix the white and blue rice together. Set aside. (If u have extra banana leaves, covered with it).

To cook the filling.
Add the palm sugar, brown sugar, pandan leaf and water in a medium size saucepan. Cook till the sugars melted. (You may want to strain the sugar syrup as there might be some residue from the palm sugar).  Add in the grated coconut and cornflour and stir till all are well combined and thickens up. Dish up and let cool.

To assemble 
Place about 2 tbsp or 50gm of the cooked glutinous rice in the centre of banana leaf and top with one heap tablespoon coconut filling on top .
Fold up the longer sides to the centre to overlap slightly. Tuck in the two ends under the parcel. Place on to your serving plate or tray. 


I'm generous with my coconut filling ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜œ









Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Kuih Talam

I'm not very good in making kuih. I always find making kuih muih is very daunting and challenging eventhough by the look of it, what is so difficult to make? Just mix it up the ingredients and send to steaming only mah .. ๐Ÿ˜…

Sometimes it is the small little things that you need to look into eg. during steaming time either it is needed in low heat or high heat to steam the kuih. Or you need to open the lid every 5 minutes just to adjust down the temperature during steaming... or after the steaming done do not open the cover yet.
So this is those little things you need to be careful and adhere to perfect your kuih ๐Ÿ˜Š

Today I'm sharing with you is Kuih Talam which is one of my favourite kuih. I like it with balance of sweetness and saltiness from the coconut layer.


KUIH TALAM 
Recipe reference from Nyonya Flavours

Ingredients

Pandan Layer
80gm rice flour
40gm tapioca flour
30gm green pea flour /or hoen kwe flour
210gm sugar (sweetness is just right)
700ml pandan juice (Ive used 18 leaves)
1 tsp alkaline water

Coconut Milk Layer
500ml thick coconut milk /or coconut cream
40gm rice flour
30gm grean pea flour/or hoen kwe flour
1 tbsp tapioca flour
½ tsp salt

Method

Prepare an 8" square pan. Lightly grease the pan and line a baking paper (with an inch overhanging on two sides for easy to lift up), grease the baking paper again.

Prepare and heat up your steamer.
(Im using a big wok).

Add in all the ingredients for the bottom pandan layer into a saucepan and cook under a low heat; stirring occasionally till it thickens slightly.

Pour the batter into your prepare square greased pan. Spread the batter in an uneven surface (this is to help both layers to stick together).
Steam for 10 - 15 minutes under low medium heat. Open your steamer lid every 5 minutes.

As the pandan layer is steaming, you can start to cook the coconut layer.

Add in all the coconut layer ingredients into a saucepan and cook under the lowest heat stirring occasionally till the batter slightly thickens.

Remove from heat and immediately pour into pandan layer.  Steam for 15 minutes under low medium heat.  Open the steamer lid every 5 minutes.

Cool completely before cutting.

Enjoy .... yum ! ๐Ÿ˜Š


Once thickens, give it a thorough whisk before pouring into the pan.



Will do better next round on my top layer... alot of air bubble holes ๐Ÿ˜


Cut into 5 long strips (1.5") 


           This recipe definitely a keeper!

Best eaten in 1 to 2 days. Any leftover, please refrigerate in airtight container.



Monday, 29 June 2020

Purple Sweet Potato "Angku" Kuih

So craving to eat Angku kuih for the past few days.  I know I can easily get Angku Kuih at the market or at the nyonya kuih stalls/or shops, but I would love to try out some new recipes.

I have made the traditional Red Angku Kuih and Pumpkin Angku Kuih in year 2013.
So this time, let's try out purple sweet potato!  No artificial colouring added and the end result after steaming, the purple colour look so vibrant and gorgeous!



PURPLE SWEET POTATO ANGKU KUIH

Ingredients

Filling
180g mung bean without skin, washed, soaked for 4 hours, steamed for 20 mins & mashed
120ml oil
120g sugar
¼ tsp salt
3 shallots, sliced

Dough Skin
100gm purple sweet potato, steamed & mashed
150g glutinuous rice flour
1 tbsp sugar
130ml hot boiling water (you may need to add more)
1 tbsp vegetable oil

Some banana leaves
Some oil for brushing

To do for filling:
Heat up oil, stir fry sliced shallots till golden brown.  Discard shallots.  Add in the mashed mung beans, sugar, salt and stir fry until it can leave the side of pan.  Remove and leave to cool.  Form  into small balls (approx. 13g per ball, my mould size is 5cm long).

Note: if you feel the filling is abit dry, you can sprinkle some water in.

To do the dough skin:
Put glutinous flour, sugar in a mixing bowl.  Make a well in the middle, pour oil and hot boiling water in and  mix into a rough dough. Knead in mashed purple sweet potato to form into a pliable dough. Covered and let it rest for 10 minutes.

Divide the dough into 16gm per ball.

Wrap up 1 part of filling with 1 part of skin, press into the Angku mould and knock out.  Line with a piece of greased banana leaf and steam with high heat for 5-6 minutes.

Remove and brush the Angku kuih with oil.


                           Before steaming 



Note:
. Any left over Angku kuih, the next day you can steam it for 1-2 mins.

. There are still some fillings left based on this recipe.  So either you can make using half or ⅔ of the filling recipe ๐Ÿ˜Š



Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Broccoli Quiche


I have not been as active like before in updating my blog post here for the past few years.   But if you see any new post is updated, the dishes or bakes are the one that I love to eat and I have been cooking it numerous times; its a keeper recipe for me! ๐Ÿ˜˜.

You may like to try those recipes I recently updated and see if your taste buds are same like mine ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ.


BROCCOLI QUICHE

Shortcrust pastry
Adapted from Recipetineats with slight changes

Ingredients
185gm all purpose flour or /plain flour
100gm cold butter, cut into 1cm cubes
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp dried thyme (chopped fine)
2½-3 tbsp cold water

Method
Using your food processor equipment, place in the all purpose flour, thyme, butter and salt .

Pulse and blitz until it resembles fine bread crumbs.
With the motor still running on lowest speed, add in 2½ tbsp icy cold water through the tube feeder.

Continue to blitz for 20secs till it turn into a ball dough. (Do not blitz for more than 30secs).  Remove out and if there are still some crumble bits gather it together and form into a disc snd wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 - 3 hours.

Start preheating your oven to 180°C.

Sprinkle some flour on your table top and roll out the pastry to fit to your 9" tart/pie mould or into 4 pcs 4" diameter tart mould (as I'm using here).

Refrigerate the pastry cases for 15 to 30 mins.

Line pastry cases with baking parchment paper and fill in with ceramic baking beans to stop the pastry from rising up during cooking.

Bake the tart shells for 15 minutes .
Remove the paper and baking beans and continue to bake another 5 - 8 minutes.


Filling Ingredients 
25 gm butter
1 large onion, thinly slices
Few slices smoked bacon or ham, chopped small
1 cup (or abt 200gm) chopped broccoli florets
2 large eggs *
1 cup full cream milk /whole milk *
60gm grated cheddar cheese

Method
Fry the chopped bacon till fragrant and dish out.
Melt the butter in a frying pan over medium heat. Add in the onion, stir fry till light brown add in the broccoli florets. Fry till about 2 - 3 mins.  Season with salt and pepper. Dish out.

Whisk eggs and full cream milk till well combined. (Add pinch of salt if necessary).

Arrange the broccoli in the blind baked pie crust, top with bacon bits, sprinkle in the grated cheese all over and pour in the egg milk mixture.

Bake the quiche for about 30 minutes (20 mins for small tart mould) until golden top brown.  Remove from oven and let the quiche cool in the baking pan for 5 - 10 minutes.

Serve warm !

Note:
* The ratio between eggs and milk is dependable on individual.
Some would prefer 3 eggs to ¼ cup milk
Or 1 egg to ¼ cup milk. (I prefer my quiche not too  to be eggy and rubbery in taste).

* Broccoli - you may either stir fry it or lightly steamed it.
The fillings in the quiches are quite versatile; you can add in anything that you like to eat.



With the added of dried thyme in the pastry, it does bring out fragrant flavour after it was well baked !



Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Pineapple Sambal (Sambal Nenas)

Sambal is a popular condiment in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.  It is a hot spicy sauce made from chilli, spices, herbs, plus some other combination of onion, garlic, ginger etc.

In sambal recipes, some used fresh chilli, or dried chilli or store bought chilli paste (chilli boh).

Today my post of Sambal Nenas, I used my own grind chilli paste.


PINEAPPLE SAMBAL 

Ingredients

1 medium size medium ripe pineapple

Blended Spice Paste
20gm dried prawn
10pcs shallots
4 cloves garlic
1" knob belacan
2-3 tbsp chilli boh (dried chilli grind to paste)

½ tsp salt (or accordingly to taste)
1 tsp sugar

Method

Peel pineapple and cut into bite size pieces.

Blend the spice paste ingredients finely.

Heat about 5 to 6 tbsp oil in a wok and add in the blended spices paste. Stir fry till it fragrant (about 5 minutes); till oil separated.

Pour in the pineapples and stir fry for 1 to 2 minutes.  Add in few tablespoon water and add in salt and sugar and mix well.

Delicious!!! ๐Ÿ˜˜



This is a very delicious sambal dish and ... addictive too. If you are inviting your friends over for dinner,  I guarantee they will give you 2 thumbs up!  ๐Ÿ˜… And do cook extra rice too !


Note:
You may substitute with anchovies (ikan bilis) with dried prawns.

You can buy the store bought packet chilli boh instead of grinding the dried chilli yourself.






Sunday, 12 April 2020

Cream Cheese Brownies

Two days ago, our Prime Minister has announced to further lock down to another 2 more weeks till 28th April! I know there are a lot home cooks out there dreaded to hear this news as cooking for 3 meals a day for their family has been a tiring chores.  And I believe these words are getting common for them ..."what to cook?" Or "what to eat". ๐Ÿ˜‚.

Today post is this yummiest Cream Cheese Brownies. This is my 



CREAM CHEESE BROWNIES
Recipe sourced from Bake For Happy Kids
Makes one 20 cm / 8 inches square

For the cream cheese swirl:
250g cream cheese, softened at room temperature
50g caster sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

For the brownies:
250g dark chocolate (70% cocoa), coarsely chopped
100g unsalted butter
200g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 large eggs, at room temperature
35g cornflour
25g cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt

DIRECTIONS 


For the cream cheese swirl:
Spoon mix the cream cheese and sugar in a large bowl until combined. Add in the egg and vanilla and mix until mixture is smooth. Set aside.

For the brownies:
Preheat oven to 180°C.  Line baking pan with 2 overlapping layers of baking paper, leaving an inch overhang on all sides.

Whisk combined cornflour, cocoa powder and salt together in a bowl. Set aside.



Place the coarsely chopped chocolate and butter in a large heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water, stirring occasionaly until the chocolate butter are melted and smooth . (You may do this in your microwave if you have one).

Remove from heat and stir in the sugar and vanilla. Then, mix in the eggs, one at a time. Sift in cornflour, cocoa powder into the mixture and use a spoon to mix until just combined and batter is smooth. (Do not over-mix.)

Pour chocolate batter into your pan. Dollop half the cream cheese mixture over batter, using your butter knife or small spatula to create swirls in the batter. Then, dollop the remaining cream cheese mixture over batter to create more swirls in the batter.

Bake the brownies for 30 minutes until the top is just set (do not over baked it). It is alright if the center still looks jiggly. 

Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cook for 15 to 20 minutes.  Lift the overhang parchment paper, to cool further on the wire rack before cutting the brownies.

NOTE
Do not cut down the 200g sugar, as we are using a dark chocolate with 70% cocoa , the brownies turn out just the right sweetness .




Any left over, store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days. 



I love chocolates, and this brownies absolutely so yumm. My kind of desserts... hahaha



Wish I can share a piece with you  ๐Ÿ˜˜


Saturday, 4 April 2020

Coconut Buns

As we are in the lockdown because of Covid-19,  we have to stay home stay safe from 18th March till April 14th.

So no where to go and stucked at home, other than eat, watched TV, browse online, I spend my time cooking and baking away. Before the lockdown, I have stocked up different types of flour knowing that I will have to bake bread for my breakfast.  Im sharing here one of my favourite buns that is, coconut buns.


COCONUT BUNS

INGREDIENTS

Fillings
180gm-200gm fresh grated coconuts
60gm dark brown sugar (้ป‘็ณ–) or palm sugar
1 tbsp water
(Note: Save some fresh grated coconut for later use to sprinkle on the buns before putting into the oven to bake)

Cook the brown sugar and water till dissolved. Add in the grated coconut and stir constantly to cook till it almost dry up. 
Set aside.

Dough *
260gm bread flour
3g instant yeast
160gm Egg + Fresh Milk (use XL egg )
30gm sugar
2gm salt
30gm butter

Method
Place all the ingredients into your mixer (except Butter) and using your hook, knead till to a silky and elastic dough.
Add in the butter and knead till window pane stage (a must!)

Let the dough proof till double in size (about an hour) .

Punch out the air and divide the dough into 12 equal portions. Roll round and let rest for 10 minutes before shaping.

Grease the baking tin / pan and preheat the oven to 180C.

Flatten the dough and fill it with coconut filling (20-25g). Place all the buns on a greased baking sheet, and let rise for 30mins.

Brush the top with egg wash and sprinkle some grated coconut on it. Then bake in the oven for 30mins or until golden brown.




* This dough recipe is the famous killer toast from Victoria Bakes with slight adjustment to it. 


**  You can send the buns straight to oven to bake after the 30mins (2nd proof) ....  I didnt do egg wash the buns and sprinkle grated coconut on top and it look great after baked! 


Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Baked Tapioca Cake


Baked Tapioca Cake or Bingka Ubi Kayu is a traditional snack dessert which I'm preferred it to be called kuih.

If you love this dessert cake or kuih, and like to make it often , it is good to invest an electrical grater or food chopper, else you be like me having a sore arms the next day. Or if you can find store bought frozen grated tapioca or cassava at the frozen section (that would be life saver to you! )

I have made this Tapioca Cake back in year 2011 using the same recipe / Table for 2...or more




Baked Tapioca Cake / Bingka Ubi Kayu

Ingredients
1.2kg Tapioca  (after peeled and grated, it weigh about 900gm more or less)
200gm sugar
200ml coconut cream
200ml water
2 eggs
40gm butter

Method
Peel and grate the tapioca. Set aside.

Slightly beat the eggs in a bowl and  mix in the coconut cream together. Set aside.


In a small sauce pan, boil the 200ml water and sugar till dissolved and melt in the butter.
Immediately pour this hot solution into the grated tapioca and stir to combine. It should thicken slightly.

Pour the coconut milk/eggs mixture  into grated tapioca mixture and stir well to combine.


Pour batter into a lined grease proof paper into a 7" or 8" inch square baking pan and bake in a preheated oven at 170/180C for 1 hour or  until golden brown.




                          Golden brown 





Wednesday, 26 June 2019

The Best Sambal Belacan Dipping Sauce

Sambal is a popular condiment in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.  

It is usually made from chillies, spices, herbs and belacan (shrimp paste).  Sambal belacan is made either for frying process or dipping sauce.

Today I would like to share with you my new found love, my best sambal belacan dipping sauce.  If you like chilli dipping sauce which is sweet and tangy taste, you really got to try this. 



Best Sambal Belacan Dipping Sauce

Ingredients

5-6 fresh chilli
10 green bird's eye chilli
4 medium size onions (cut to halves)
2 clove garlic
1" belacan (shrimp paste)
10 limes (squeeze out juice)
 (save 3-4 lime skins to blend in later)
3 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp salt
2 tbsp vinegar

Method

Place the onions and belacan in a frying pan. Toast the belacan till fragrant and the onions till lightly char.

In a blender, add in the lightly char onions, garlic, toasted belacan, sugar, brown sugar, salt, lime juice and vinegar. 
Blend about 15 seconds; then add in all the chillies and lime skins. Continue to blend till to the paste texture you like.
(You may grate more lime skins in if you like).

Store the chilli paste sauce in a glass container.

* This sambal chilli sauce will taste much better the longer it is kept.
Store in the fridge up to 2 weeks.



This dipping sauce is good to go with any fried fish, fish cakes or slice some cucumber and dip in it. Yum .... drooling ๐Ÿคค๐Ÿคค





Saturday, 16 February 2019

Basque Burnt Cheesecake

If you have not heard of Basque Burnt Cheesecake before, at a glance at my post you might have thought I have a disaster baking day and burnt my cake!!

The first time when I came across this burnt cheesecake on the social media,  my instinct  looking at it is "that cake is over burnt on top and yet they still want to post it out!" ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚.

But most of those who have baked it or tasted this burnt cheesecake, they only  obsessively raving how delicious this cheesecake is!





Basque Burnt Cheesecake
Recipe reference from PhongHong Bakes

Ingredients 
500g cream cheese (at room temperature)
170g caster sugar
250 ml double cream or whipping cream
3 large eggs
18g flour

Method

Line an 8" round springform pan with baking paper ensuring that the paper extends about 2 inches above the rim of the pan (the cake will rise above the rim in the oven).

With your stand mixer, add the cream cheese and sugar into the bowl and beat until smooth and creamy.

Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well  (about 15 seconds on each egg and scraping down the sides of the bowl on each addition).

Pour in double cream and beat until well incorporated. 

Turn the mixer off and sift in the flour over cream cheese mixture. Beat on low speed until incorporated, about 15 seconds. Scrape down sides of bowl and continue to beat until batter is very smooth, homogenous, and silky


Pour batter into prepared pan, tap a few times to release air bubbles.

Baked the cheesecake at 200°C (please adjust according to your oven) for 60 - 65 minutes) till deep dark brown top but still jiggly in the center.

Let the cheesecake cool slightly (about 10 - 15 minutes.)  The cheesecake will "collapse" slightly and then unmould the springform.
Let it cool completely and thereafter carefully peel the parchment away.  Cut into wedges and serve 

Unfinished cheesecakes can be store in an airtight container and keep in the fridge.