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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!" πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚.

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.






Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Dried Agar Agar Candy


Today post is my first post for 2019 😊😊.
How sweet could it be posting my first post is sweet jelly candies. Hopefully for the rest of the year my life would be sweet sweet.

Dried Agar Agar candies .... I once tasted this dried agar agar is when Im a teenager time going visiting a Malay friend during Hari Raya. My first bite of this candy and Im absolutely love it. When I asked my friend how it was made, she told me that the agar agar had to be sundried for days.  What??? For days?? Oh not me, Im not going to do this ridiculous hardwork to sundried these candies for days before I can eat it!!

And after 30 over years, here I am making this sweet candies to enjoy 😁😁.


Dried Agar Agar Candy
Recipe adapted from Table for 2 .... or more

Ingredients
100gm agar-agar strips (you can use scissor to snip it shorter)
3 litre water (12 cups)
800gm rock sugar
600gm caster sugar
2 tsp of rose flavouring & few drop of red or pink colouring
2 tsp lychee flavour (no colouring required)
2 tsp apple flavouring & few drops of green colouring
2 tsp orange flavouring (no colouring required)

Method 
In a heavy based big pot, put the agar agar strips and pour the 3 litres water in. 
Bring to a boil and turn to low heat, boil until all agar strips have dissolved; stirring occasionally.

Prepare 4 square or rectangle baking pans.  Add in the flavourings and colourings into each of the pan. Set aside.

Add in the rock sugar and caster sugar.  Cook till everything dissolves. The texture should be thick once the sugar and agar agar has dissolved.
Pour the agar agar mixture evenly into the four pans and stir to mix the flavouring and colouring.

Once the agar agar has turned solidified, cut out  with serrated knife. (do cut out into small pieces).
Arrange the cut pieces, serrated side down on a large tray lined with non stick baking paper.
Sun dry until a whitish crunchy crust appears. Turn jelly pieces every other day for proper exposure to the sun. 


After cutting the agar agar and lay out nicely on the trays only I realise it is a little too big in size. I have to take it out again to cut it half each of every piece.  Well, being a first timer πŸ˜„
Smaller sizes can cut short the drying time.




Will I make this again? Bringing in and out these trays of gems for 3 to 4 days to sundry and depending on the weather? Yes, definitely will make this again but I think I will get a food dehydrator to do the drying for me πŸ˜†. 


(I have to keep a watchful eyes on it in case bird's dropping ... or flies landed on my gems).






In the beginning when I was going through reading the recipe, the amount of rock sugar and sugar used in it really scares me off. 

But believe me, it is really not that overly sweet in taste. I find it just perfect !! 
 
Here I would like to wish all my Chinese readers Happy Chinese New Year in advance!

Gong Xi Fa Cai and have a prosperous year ahead !




Sunday, 30 December 2018

Kumquat Almond Teacakes

Kumquat is one of my favourite fruits for baking desserts. I love their tangy fragrant sweet taste after they are cooked in sugar syrup.  You can blend it to become jam or make kumquat juice.  The jam are good on toast.

Today I am posting again my Kumquat Almond teacakes. The first time I baked this teacakes is in 2012 and eversince then I will bake this every year once I could get hold the kumquats at the supermarkets.


KUMQUAT ALMOND TEACAKES 

Ingredients 
35gm all purpose flour
50gm ground almond
1/2 tsp baking powder 

60g butter
50gm caster sugar
2 eggs (Grade B)
60gm kumquat puree (refer recipe below)

18 pcs poached kumquat halves (refer recipe below).

Prepare 18 2 inch tart tins or 12 3 inch tins. Grease the tins with butter. Preheat oven at 150(fan)/170C.

Sift flour and baking powder. Mix with ground almond, set aside.

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in eggs one by one, beating well after each addition.  Add in the almond flour mixture Put in 2 additions, mixing well after each. Mix in kumquat puree.

Scoop the batter equally into prepared moulds and top with a kumquat half.

Bake for 12 mins (2 inch) or longer for larger tins


Kumquat compote

20 kumquats
Sugar
Water

Weigh kumquats and prepare equal amount of water (in weight) and half amount of sugar (ratio: 2:2:1, kumquat:water:sugar, eg : 200gm:200gm:100gm)

Half the kumquats or thickly sliced into 4 slices and remove seeds. Put the kumquats, sugar and water into a saucepan and cook (on med heat)until the kumquat looks glossy and soft. Remove 18 pcs of halves and puree the rest with some of the syrup. Unused puree can be spread on toast. 



You don't need to push the kumquat slightly in to the batter as it will sunk down as they bake in half way πŸ˜‹. Just place it on top of it.





                                                   Yummy yummy YUMMY !!!



Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Steamed Tofu With Mince Meat & Mushroom

Seriously I think being a food blogger is not easy but I do admire and salute those bloggers (including myself πŸ˜‚) for their time painstakingly .... prepare, cooked, taking pictures, editing and post to the blog. 

And now, you would have to rewrite your own recipe as some food bloggers or editors wouldn't allowed you to copy and paste the exact same word by word of their recipe! 

This few days I have been hardworking posting my food recipes ... well these few posting are my favourite food which I have been cooking and baking for umpteenth times.  Instead of scrolling looking thru my handphone gallery for the recipes, I thought I should post and update it to my blog for my convenient search in the future.

Today, this Steamed Tofu with mince meat is an easy and homey comfort dish.  I have cooked this for .... countless times.


STEAMED TOFU WITH MINCE MEAT 

Ingredients

1 pack silky smooth tofu (300gm)
100gm mince meat
2 medium size dried mushroom (soaked and chopped into small sizes)
1 small shallot
1 clove garlic
1 tbsp corn flour & some water (for  thickening)
4 tbsp water

Marinade 
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp premium oyster sauce
1 tbsp kecap manis 

To garnish
Spring onion
Coriander
Chopped chilli


METHOD

Place the tofu on to the steaming plate and drain off the water. (You may let the tofu sit on the plate for another 5 minutes to drain well excess water ).
Slice the tofu into 1cm thick. 

Steamed the tofu for 8 minutes on medium heat.

Place the mince meat in a medium bowl and add in the marinade sauce to marinade for 5 minutes.

Heat up a frying pan with 1 tbsp oil.  Add in the chopped shallot and garlic and fry till fragrant.  Add in the marinated mince meat and chopped mushrooms.  (With your spatula, break up the mince meat as you stir fry). 
Pour in the 4 tbsp water and stir fry for another minute. Add in the corn flour mixture and give it a well mix. 

Take the steamed tofu out from the steamer and drain off the excess water.  

Pour in the mince meat on top of the tofu and garnish with spring onion, coriander and chilli.

Serve hot ! 





Bon appetit ! Yum! πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹











Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Black Sesame Pastry Egg Tart

I have some left over black sesame powder and I just can't figure out what I should use it for.  So I thought why not try to incorporate some into the short crust pastry and make egg tarts.

And here is my version of black sesame pastry egg tarts!



BLACK SESAME PASTRY EGG TARTS
(Makes 6)

Ingredients

Pastry
75g butter
1 tbsp Icing Sugar 
120g plain flour or all purpose flour 
20g black sesame powder
1 egg yolk 
1/2 egg white 

Filling 
 60g castor sugar or fine sugar 
75g hot water 
2 whole eggs 
125ml fresh milk
 pinch of fine salt 


Method (for Pastry)

With your electric hand held mixer, cream the butter, icing sugar, egg yolks and egg white till smooth.

Fold in the black sesame powder and flour and mix till well combined. Once it is well mixed, using hand, press the mixture together and form a dough. (If the dough is too wet texture add in some flour and lightly knead till well combined). 

Wrap the dough in a clingwrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes. 

Take the dough out of the fridge.  Divide the pastry into 6 equal portion (about 38g each).

Roll individual dough into a ball. Press the pastry ball into the tart mould. Repeat for the remaining tart mould. (Note: When you press the dough into the tart cases, you should make the pastry higher, so as to build a wall at the side, so that the tart will be able to carry more egg mixture. 

Refrigerate the tart cases for 30mins. 


Method (for Filling) 

Add castor sugar into hot water, mix until sugar completely dissolved. Set aside and let it cool.

Beat eggs with milk, vanilla essence and salt. Pour in sugar water. Mix well.

Sift TWICE the egg mixture to achieve a smooth egg mixture. 

Take the tarts out from the refrigerator, carefully pour egg mixture into each tart shells. 

Bake tarts for 25mins at 180°C.






Well if you asked me how is the taste of this tart, I have already baked twice .....  and I do love the black sesame pastry.
Do give it a try if you love black sesame fragrant taste and egg tarts!

Any left over, the next day you can lightly toast bake it in your oven toaster. 



Monday, 3 September 2018

Sesame Ginger Chicken


Sesame Ginger Chicken is my all time favourite dish as this is a fast and easy way to prepare and cook.

I remember I learnt to cook Ginger Wine Chicken way back when Im just in my early teen.


Sesame Ginger Chicken

Ingredients

400-500gm chicken pieces (drumsticks & wings) 

60g ginger, sliced into long thin strips 
2 tbsp sesame oil 
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp Shaoxing Wine 
125ml or 1/2 cup water


Method

Heat a wok over high heat and add in the sesame oil.  When the oil heated in smoking hot, add the ginger strips and fry till fragrant and aromatic; about 10-12 minutes.


Add in the chicken pieces and stir fry  for about 1 minute.  Add in the soy sauce and shaoxing wine. 


Lastly,  pour in the half cup of the water and bring the liquid to a boil, cover the wok, and simmer over low heat for about  20 minutes, until the chicken is cooked and the sauce has thicken.  (Do make sure to stir occasionally, and add a little more water if you like extra sauce.)








Friday, 30 March 2018

Wonton Noodles (Wantan Mee)

Wonton noodles or sometimes it was called wanton mee or wantan mee is a Cantonese noodle dish which is popular in Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Malaysia, Singapore and even in Thailand.

In Malaysia, a bowl of wanton noodles cost only RM$5.50 which is considered very cheap (and some food stalls serve it with wantons, fish balls and a big piece of tofu too).  So we don't really need to painstakingly cook this at home when you can just go to the food stalls to have this delicious noodles.

But when you are in another side of the world, ordering a bowl of wonton noodles could cost you more than $10.00; and the noodle might not suit to your palate or full of msg in it.

Today I'm sharing with you this flavourful Wonton Noodles which we have cooked it for ... oh I have lost count how many times we have cooked this .



WONTON NOODLES (WANTAN MEE)
(Serves 4)

Recipes adapted from To Food With Love

Ingredients:
400g fresh wonton noodles /egg noodles
1/2 bunch choy sum or more, washed and cut into 2 inch lengths
Vegetable oil

Toppings, to serve:
300g homemade char siew  or store bought, sliced thinly
16-20 wontons (use pre-made frozen wontons, or see below for Wonton recipe)*
Pickled green chillies, to serve

Sriracha chilli sauce, to serve 

A. Seasoning Sauce (per serving of noodles), mixed well:
1 tbsp thick dark caramel soy sauce
1/2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1/8 tsp salt (or to taste)
1/2 tsp sugar

B. Mushroom Sauce:
5-6 Chinese dried shitaki mushrooms, stems removed
1 cup warm water
2 cloves garlic, lightly crushed with the back of a knife
1 1/2 cups water
1 tsp chicken stock powder
1 1/2 tbsp oyster sauce
2 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp mushroom flavoured soy (optional)
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 tsp cornstarch dissolved in 2 tbsp water

C.  Garlic oil:
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped (alternatively you can use diced pork fat)
3 tbsp vegetable oil


Method:

To prepare Mushroom Sauce (B):
Soak mushrooms in 1 cup warm water until softened. Squeeze out excess water from mushrooms, set aside, and reserve the soaking liquid for later. Slice the mushrooms. 

Heat up 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil in a small saucepan. Fry the garlic and mushrooms for 1 minute. Then add the rest of the ingredients and reserved soaking liquid, except for the cornstarch solution. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Add cornstarch solution and stir until the sauce boils and thickens slightly. Taste and adjust seasoning if desired. Turn off the heat, cover the saucepan and set aside.

Prepare Garlic or lard oil (C):
Heat the vegetable oil in a pan and fry the garlic or pork fat (whichever you prefer) over low-medium heat until it starts to turn lightly golden in colour and crisp. Transfer immediately to a heat proof bowl and set aside.

When ready to serve, follow the steps below:

1. Cook vegetables:
Bring a large pot of water to the boil. Add 1 tbsp vegetable oil and a pinch of salt and sugar. Blanch the choy sum stems first, followed by the leaves. Remove, drain and set aside.

2. Cook wontons:
Boil water in pot and cook the wontons in batches for about 1-2 minutes until cooked. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking to the bottom of the pot. Drain and set aside. Alternatively, add them to some prepared chicken broth and garnish with spring onions.

3. Prepare noodles:
In a shallow serving bowl, place 1 serve of the seasoning sauce (A) and lard/garlic oil (C).

With the same boiling water used for blanching the vegetables, bring it to a rolling boil, and cook 1 bundle (100g) of noodles for about 30 seconds or until done to your liking. Use a large sieve to drain the noodles and run it under cold running tap water for 5 seconds, then dip the noodles in the boiling water again just to warm it up. Transfer the noodles into the serving bowl and toss them in the seasoning sauce. Add 6 tbsp of the mushroom sauce (B) and toss again. Add a dash of white pepper.



 Wonton Recipe* (you can make this few days ahead and freeze it)
1 packet square wonton wrappers (about 40 sheets)
150g pork mince
150g prawn meat (cut into small pieces)
1 tbsp egg white
1 tsp grated ginger
2 tsp soy sauce
1/2 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp pepper


Method:
Combine all ingredients for meat mince (except the wrappers) and mix well. 
 
Place a teaspoon of the mixture in the middle of each wonton wrapper, and then lightly moisten the edges of the wrapper with water. Seal the edges to form a triangle shape, then press the edges to thin out the dough. Bring the corners together and squeeze to form a "money bag". 
Repeat with the rest of the wrappers. Set aside on a plate until ready to cook.


Garlic oil
 

Mushroom sauce



Preparing the seasoning sauce mixture into per serving plates.




Usually I love my wonton noodles flooding in that fragrant mushroom sauce!
One word.... YUM! πŸ˜‹



Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Potatoes Braised In Soy Sauce (Gamja Jorim)

Potatoes ... I can say it is one of our main item in our pantry staples.
It is easy to cook and it goes well with almost dishes.

Today I have cooked this simple dish which the Korean have it as a side dish.
It is so delicious even though simple in ingredients


Braised Potatoes in soy sauce (Gamja Jorim)

Ingredients

3 medium size potatoes, cut into 2cm cubes and soaked in water for 15 minutes
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1/4 tsp salt
1 small onion, cut into wedges
2 cloves garlic, mince
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp corn syrup or honey (or you may substitue with kecap manis too)
3 tbsp water
2 tsp toasted sesame seeds

Method

In a heated large non-stick frying pan, add the vegetable oil, potatoes and salt. Fry for about 3 to 4 minutes and starting to softened.

Add in the garlic and onion, tossing for 3 minutes till the onion soften.  Add in the soy sauce, sugar and corn syrup (kecap manis) and fry till the potatoes are well coated.

Add in the water and stir frying continuously (at this point you may add another tbsp or two of water if desired).  Stir fry another 2 minutes or till the potatoes has cooked and soften but not broken. 

Scatter with toasted sesame seeds and dish out.












Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Banana Walnut Loaf

I was reading some online news feed the other day and one headline caught my eyes "Recipe: Banana loaf from Mojo Cafe .... the Mojo Cafe in Wellington is the best in town ... and usually sold out in the afternoon"
As it has given a recipe to try out so I got to try it out.

Simple in ingredients and easy to make too and indeed I love it.


Banana Walnut Loaf

Ingredients
300g ripe bananas
160g caster sugar *
3 large eggs
250g self rising flour
10g bicarbonate soda
120ml canola oil
160ml fresh milk
50g - 80g walnuts (roughly chopped)

Method

Preheat oven to 180°celcius.
Line the bottom of loaf pan with grease proof paper and grease the sides of the pan. Set aside.

Add the banana and sugar into the food processor and puree till smooth.  

Add in the eggs, oil and milk and pulse till well combined. 

Sieve the flour and bicarbonate soda.  Fold the flour mixture and walnuts into the banana puree mixture till all well combined.

Pour into the loaf tin.
Bake for 45 minutes or until skewer comes out clean.





* Original recipe calls for 270g sugar which I believe is way too sweet! 
160g is just perfect to my taste when using ripe bananas.