06 February 2018

Pineapple Tarts 2018 黄梨酥


Pineapple Tarts is another "must have" during Chinese New Year, it is one of my family favourite. I have to homemade the pineapple filling again this year as it is not available in Sydney. I'm using my previous recipe for the pineapple tarts pastry and filling with minor modification. 

With two big pineapples produced about 600g pineapple paste, standing in front of the wok for more than two hours is not an easy task especially have to endure the painful splatter from the boiling pineapple jam. However, the melt-in-mouth pastry will make you come back to bake this tart each year. :) The tip for a yummy pastry is using the best butter you can get, this round I'm using Golden Churn Pure Creamery Butter. 

Note: I hand made the pattern on each of the pastry using dough knife. 

Yield: 102 pieces (medium size tarts) 

Wishing you a Happy, Wealthy and Prosperous Chinese New Year! 

新年快乐!万事如意!





Recipe:
Ingredients for Pineapple Filling/Jam:

2 big pineapple puree, about 1.5kg (Blend the cut pineapple, no separation of pineapple juice with fibre)
2 tbsp of ground cinnamon
1 medium size lemon (wash and blend the lemon together with skin)
250g fine sugar (to taste, as some pineapple is very sweet and some may be a bit sour)
3 heap spoons maltose 

Method:
1. It is best if you have a big wok because the juice in the pineapple can dried off easily. Mix the pineapple puree with lemon puree, add ground cinnamon. 

2. Cook the pineapple-lemon puree on high heat until it is boiling, continue to cook for 30 mins before turning the heat to medium low. Add sugar, add maltose when the juice reduce to half. Continue to cook until the juice dried off and the pineapple jam turning very stiff (about 2 hours). Remember to stir the pineapple jam once in a while to prevent burning at the bottom. The pineapple jam has to fry until very dry so to produce a longer storage time for your pineapple tarts.
3. Cool down complete before keep in fridge for a day.
4. Roll into small balls, set aside for later use.

Note:
1. the cooking time may vary (mine is about 2 hours) as it is depends on the size of your wok and the juice contains in the pineapple.
2. The pineapple jam is not mean for spreading so the texture is a bit stiff so it is able to roll into a ball for the enclosed pineapple tarts. 

Ingredients for pastry: 
340g golden churn butter
80g icing sugar
4 egg yolks
4.5 tbsp ghee
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
550g plain flour
50g custard powder
1 tsp baking powder

1 lightly beaten egg yolk for glazing



Method:
1. Cream butter, ghee and sugar until light. Beat in egg yolks, one at a time. Add vanilla extract and salt. Beat until fluffy. 
2. Fold in sifted flour ingredients and mix into a firm dough. Put dough on a work surface and lightly knead until the dough is smooth.
3. Wrap with plastic cling and place in the fridge for 30 mins. Let the dough rest and bind.
4. Roll the pineapple jam into small balls.
5. Remove dough from fridge, divide dough using a teaspoon and roll into balls. 
6. Flatten a piece of dough and place a piece of the pineapple jam ball in the middle. Bring the edges of the dough together and press lightly to seal. Roll the dough between your palms to shape it into a ball. 

7. Place the pineapple dough on baking tray lined with parchment paper. 
8. Making pattern on the dough balls is optional.
9. Brush the egg yolk on the pineapple ball. 
10. Bake in preheated over of 180C and for ~20 mins or until it turned golden brown. 

11. Cool on wire rack before store in airtight container.

Almond Cookies 2018 杏仁曲奇饼


I have to clear a few packs of superfine almond powder in my pantry and decided to bake this almond cookies for Chinese New Year. 


Yield: 100 pieces



Recipe: 

250g superfine ground almond
100g icing sugar
230g self raising flour
180ml corn oil (depends on the flour, it could need more or less oil)

egg yolk for brushing

Method:
1. Sift together flour and icing sugar. Add in ground almond, mix well.
2. Mix in corn oil, mix well. Knead the ingredients to form soft dough.
3. Shape the dough into small balls using hands.
4. Brush the egg yolk on each of the dough balls.
5. Bake at preheat oven 170C for 15 to 20 mins.


Peanut Cookies 2018 花生饼


This peanut cookies is my family favourite, it is a must have for Chinese New Year. My hubby and son love it so much. I decided to post this year CNY baking so to update some of my recipes. We can't get the ground peanuts over here, so I toasted the blanched peanuts and blended it to fine. No egg wash for this cookies. 

Yield 140 pieces 



Recipe:

800g blanched peanuts
400ml peanut oil 
700g plain flour
300g icing sugar
2 tsp salt

Method:
1. Spread out the blanched peanuts in a baking tray, bake at 200C for 15 mins. After the peanuts cool down, place it in a food processor and blend it until fine. 
2. In a mixing bowl, sift in plain flour, add sugar, ground peanuts, salt and oil (add gradually) Mix the mixture with a spatula, then knead with hands until the dough is smooth and able to form a ball, if not add a bit more of oil. 
3. Shape the dough into small balls using hands and place the dough on the baking tray. Use the back of a chopstick to make the indentation on the top of each dough.
4. Bake at 180C for 15 to 20 mins. or until the dough is turning a bit pale. Take out the cookies tray and let it cool down for 5 mins before transfer it to wire rack to cool down completely before store in air tight container. 


No-Bake Blueberry Yogurt Cheesecake 免烤蓝莓优格芝士蛋糕


This baking was done in last year Oct. It was my beloved hubby birthday cake. Recipe using Ann's no bake blueberry yogurt cheesecake recipe with modification as I made the cake into two different layers, I love the pretty purple layer matching with plain white yogurt cheese layer. How about you? Will come back to recap the recipe if I have time. 






Coffee Swiss Roll 咖啡蛋糕卷


Finally come back to my own space again. Hubby just get me a new laptop, many new things to familiarise. This Coffee Swiss Roll was done more than two months ago :) 

Yield: 16 slices (baking tray 30cm x 40cm)





Rectangle baking tray 30 cm x 40 cm

Recipe:
egg batter:
4 egg yolks
20 g sugar
100 g cake flour
100 ml milk (adjust the liquid accordingly, the final batter has to be a bit thick and not too runny)
60 ml avocado oil
1 tbsp coffee powder mixed with 1 tbsp hot water (you can add more coffee powder if you prefer stronger coffee flavour)

meringue:
4 egg whites
60 g sugar
a pinch of salt

filling:
400 ml thickening cream / whipping cream
20 g icing sugar

Method:
Prepare the baking tray: lay baking tray with parchment paper. 


1. In a mixing bowl, add the egg yolks and sugar. Beat it with hand whisk until pale and creamy. Add coffee powder mixture and milk, stir until combine. Add the sieved cake flour in batches and avocado oil, mix well.  

2. In a clean mixing bowl, using electric mixer, add salt and beat the egg whites until foamy, turn the kitchen aid mixer to high speed, add the sugar in three batches, beat until soft peak stage. 


3. Take 1/3 of the meringue, mix with egg yolk batter, mix well. Then fold in the remaining meringue to egg yolk batter.  

4. Pour the cake batter on to the lined baking tray, smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Tap the baking tray on the worktop to release any trap bubbles. Bake at preheat oven at 180C on the middle rack for 15 mins. 
5. When the cake is done. Take it out from the oven and flip the cake on a cooling rack, peel away the parchment paper from the cake. Flip the cake back to the top side up. Set aside to cool.

6. Using an electric mixer, whip the thickening cream or whipping cream with icing sugar until the cream double in volume. 

7. Spread the cream on the cold cake. Roll the cake up Swiss Roll style. Keep it in the freezer for at least 3 hours or until the filling is harden before cutting. 

17 November 2017

Pandan Swiss Roll 香兰蛋糕卷


A backlog post. 


Pandan Swiss Roll always has its place in my heart. The soft fragrance sponge and the sweet thickening cream melts like ice cream in the mouth! Simply delicious! 

Yield: 13~14 slices



Using 30cm x 40cm baking tray yield a super long Swiss roll


Rectangle baking tray 30 cm x 40 cm

Recipe:
egg batter:
4 egg yolks
20 g sugar
80 g cake flour
40 ml coconut milk
20 ml pandan juice
40 ml avocado oil
1 tsp pandan paste

meringue:
4 egg whites
60 g sugar
a pinch of salt

filling:
400 ml thickening cream / whipping cream
20 g icing sugar

Method:
Prepare the baking tray: lay baking tray with parchment paper. 


1. In a mixing bowl, add the egg yolks and sugar. Beat it with hand whisk until pale and creamy. Add coconut milk, pandan paste and pandan juice, stir until combine. Add the sieved cake flour in batches and avocado oil, mix well.  

2. In a clean mixing bowl, using electric mixer, add salt and beat the egg whites until foamy, turn the kitchen aid mixer to high speed, add the sugar in three batches, beat until soft peak stage. 


3. Take 1/3 of the meringue, mix with egg yolk batter, mix well. Then fold in the remaining meringue to egg yolk batter.  

4. Pour the cake batter on to the lined baking tray, smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Tap the baking tray on the worktop to release any trap bubbles. Bake at preheat oven at 180C on the middle rack for 15 mins. 
5. When the cake is done. Take it out from the oven and flip the cake on a cooling rack, peel away the parchment paper from the cake. Flip the cake back to the top side up. Set aside to cool.

6. Using an electric mixer, whip the thickening cream or whipping cream with icing sugar until the cream double in volume. 
7. Spread the cream on the cold cake. Roll the cake up Swiss Roll style. Keep it in the freezer for at least 3 hours or until the filling is harden before cutting. 







16 September 2017

Traditional Baked Mooncakes 传统烘月饼


This is the second time I baked the traditional baked mooncakes, the first time was few years back when I was living in Qatar, a group of ladies from Asian Coffee Morning came to my place and we baked quite a number of mooncakes together. It was a fun memory. Hope the ACM is doing well, I'm still grateful that through ACM I still keep in touch with a few good friends even we no longer stay in the same continent. 

The making of traditional baked mooncakes is not difficult as we think, the most important part to me is get the right browning on its crust. I baked my mooncakes around 180C for a total of 22 mins, middle rack in the oven. 

Two months before this mooncake making, I brine the chicken eggs in two separate bottles, hopping to get 12 pieces of homemade salted eggs, however, one bottle of the salted eggs didn't turn out well. So I only get 6 pieces of homemade salted eggs this round. Of course, at this time it is no time for me to brine another batch of chicken eggs for mooncakes making, so I got some store bought salted duck eggs ready for my next baking. 

The best part for this recipe is no lard added, and I added flax seed into the filling too. 








Ingredients:
big mould (125g): ~90 g filling, 45 g skin dough, make 10 pieces
small mould (60g): ~35 g filling, 30 g skin dough, make 4 pieces

Skin Dough:
350 g low protein flour (cake flour)
210 g golden syrup
100g  Rice Bran Oil (or any cooking oil)
1.5 tsp Alkaline water (lye water) (optional, to get a better shape)

Filling:
540 g Black sesame paste, divide into 6
500 g Red lotus paste, divide into 4 x 90 g, and 4 x 35 g
some white melon seed, roasted
some sunflower seed 
some flax seed
6 homemade salted egg yolks (can have more if you wish)

Egg wash:
1 egg yolk + 1 tbsp milk

Method:
Prepare the salted egg yolk: 
1. Crack the salted egg, separate the egg yolk with egg white, wash the egg yolk under  running water to get rid of the egg white, spray the egg yolk with some Chinese cooking wine. Place on a steamer and steam for 3~4 mins. Set a side to cool.

Prepare the filling:
1. Mix the paste with some white melon seed, sunflower seed and flax seed.
2. Separate the store bought paste into the portions you want, for my case I want to separate the one with egg yolk and without egg yolk. So I divide into 6 big portions for black sesame paste and make 4 big 4 small portions for the red lotus paste.
3. stuff the egg yolk into the middle of black sesame paste and wrap them up, shape into a ball. I didn't place egg yolk for red lotus paste.
4. Set aside.

Prepare the skin dough:
1. In  a mixing bowl, mix golden syrup, rice bran oil and alkaline water together, sift in the flour. Mix well and use hand to gentle knead the dough together.
2. Cover the dough with cling wrap, let it rest for an hour.
3. Divide the dough into the portions you want, for my case 10 big portions (~45 g each) and 4 small portions (~30 g each)
4. Flatten the skin dough with rolling pin between two pieces of cling wrap, place the filling in the middle and wrap up the dough, shape it into a round ball, use the mooncake presser, press and release the dough into lined baking tray. Repeat until all the dough and filling are done.
5. Bake at preheat oven at 180C for a 10 mins, bring out the mooncakes, egg wash and bake for another 12 mins or until the mooncakes surface is lightly brown. Cool on wire rack. 


14 September 2017

Pan Mian 板麺 (Hakka Flat Noodle Soup)


This week lot of happening, I'm glad that the backyard renovation comes to its end. My son orthodontics treatment going into second stage, pray that it will all go well and he will not experience any pain. 

This week, I lug out my pasta maker and making Pan Mian or Ban Mian (Pan Mee) a kind of Hakka flat noodle soup which is popular among Malaysian Chinese. I ate a lot of Pan Mian when I was living in Kuala Lumpur. If the dough is torn into pieces the dish is called Mee Hoon Kueh 麺粉糕 (Hand-torn noodle), however, if the dough is made into noodle strips then the dish is called Pan Mian 板麺. The noodle is with a simple flour based dough and the broth is cooked with anchovy. I cooked my broth with some pork soup bone before adding the anchovy to enhance the soup flavour. Traditionally this noodle soup is accompany with Mani Cai (Sauropus androgynus) but I can't find it in Sydney, so I use Choy Sum. 

My hubby and son thumbs up for this noodle soup. ^^

好久没做手工麺了,搬出道具来弄麺的心情是喜悦的。滑爽弹牙的麺条从筷子刷进口里的感觉是。。。棒!






(yield 3 bowls of noodle) Ingredients:
For broth:
300 g pork soup bone, cook in boiling water for 5 mins, drain well
3 litres of water
3 cloves garlic, crushed lightly
a handful of dried anchovies (~ 20g)
3 tbsp of oyster sauce
2 tbsp of fish sauce (to taste)
a tablespoon of cooking oil

For noodle:

315 g plain flour
1/2 tsp salt
120 ml water (can add more water if the dough is too dry)
1 egg
1 tbsp cooking oil

Accompaniments:
5 shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced (seasoning with 1 tbsp oyster sauce, 1/2 tsp dark soy sauce)
250 g minced pork plus chopped shrimps (seasoning with  1 tbsp sesame oil, 1 tbsp light soy sauce, 1 tbsp Chinese cooking wine, a pinch of pepper, 1 tbsp sugar, 1 tbsp oyster sauce, 1 tbsp dark soy sauce, and 1 tsp tapioca flour) 
Some Choy sum, or any types of green vegetables
eggs 

For garnish:
some fried shallots
1 cup dried anchovies, fried in oil till it is crispy 


Method: 
1. Prepare the noodle: In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, egg and cooking oil, make a well in the centre, gradually add water. Using a pair of chopstick, mix all the ingredients until it comes together. Hand knead the dough until it form a stiff dough. Add a tablespoon of water at a time if the dough is too dry. Knead the dough until it is smooth. Cover with cling wrap and let it rest for an hour. 

After resting, the dough is soft and pliable, divide into three portions and roll out using the pasta maker. Floured the worktop surface, adjust the the dial for pasta machine to thickness "6" which is the thickest, slowly roll the dough over. When the whole piece of dough has been rolled over the machine, adjust the dial to "5" and repeat the step until your desire thickness. I stop the dial at thickness "2".

Roll the dough over the pasta cutter. Cut the noodles using a scissor. (Dust with more flour if the dough is sticky) Hang the noodles to dry on the wooden noodles stand. 

2. Prepare the accompaniments: In a big soup pot(A), add a tablespoon of cooking oil, fry the garlic (ingredient in the broth), place the seasoned sliced shiitake mushroom, stir fried it for at least 5 minis or until the mushroom is cooked. Take out and set aside.

In the same pot (no need to clean the pot), place the seasoned minced pork and chopped shrimps, stir fried for 10 mins or until the minced pork and shrimps are cooked. Dish out, set aside for later. 

3. Prepare the Broth:  In another soup pot(B), place the pork soup bone, add the 3 litres water and cook for at least 30 mins. In the same big soup pot(A) use for frying shiitake mushroom and minced pork and chopped shrimps, add a tablespoon of cooking oil, fry the dried anchovies until it is fragrant. 

Pour the soup from pot B to pot A. Bring to boil and simmer for about half and hour, top up water if the water level is low, add oyster sauce and fish sauce (to taste).

4.  To serve: Ladle about 300 ml of broth into a small pot, bring to boil, add noodle. Use a pair of chopstick to separate the noodle so it will not stick together. Add a few tablespoons of minced pork and shrimps, add the shiitake mushroom, let it cooks for a min. Then add vegetable, crack an egg into the soup, with the egg yolk still soft and runny transfer to a serving bowl, garnish with fried shallots and crispy fried anchovies. Serve with chilli sauce. 

12 September 2017

Sausage Buns 香肠面包 (65C Tangzhong Method)


Making buns for breakfast! I have some thin sausages in the fridge, this round I pan fried the sausages before stuff them into the buns just to make sure they are cooked completely. 

This recipe yield 14 buns. 




Ingredients:
65C Tangzhong/ water roux starter:
30 g bread flour
150 ml water

Bread dough:
all tangzhong
400 g bread flour
100 g cake flour (low protein flour)
30 g sugar
6 g dry instant yeast
1/2 tsp salt
50 g soft unsalted butter
200~250 ml water (add gradually)

Filling:
7 sausages cut into half to make 14 pieces

Garnish:
egg wash (1 egg yolk), mayonnaise, tomato sauce, some dried parsley  

Method:
Prepare water roux starter: in a small pan, place the bread flour and water, mix well and cook the mixture until it starts thicken, remove from heat, cover with cling wrap and set aside to cool.

Prepare the filling: in a pan, add 2 tablespoons of cooking oil, pan fried the sausages until it turns slightly brown, set aside to cool. 

Prepare the bread dough: Add the water roux starter, and all dry ingredients. Gradually add water and mix with KitchenAid speed 2 until it combined, change the KitchenAid speed to 4, mix until it form a rough dough (the dough is not stick to the mixing bowl wall). Add butter in pieces. Continue to mix with speed 4 until the Windowpane stage.

Cover the dough and let it proof to double its size, about 50 mins. (depends on the surrounding temperature) 

Take the dough out, punch down the air. Flatten the dough a bit and divide into the portion you want. In my case 14 portions. Shape the dough into equal small balls. Let them rest for 10 mins. 

Roll the dough into a long thin strip of about 30cm. Place a piece of sausage at one end and wrap the bread dough against the sausage, place the dough on the baking tray. Repeat until all dough is done. Spray with a bit of water on the bread dough, let it proof until double its size. 

Egg wash and garnish the bread dough, bake at preheat oven at 180C for 15 mins. or the bread turns slightly brown. Take out and let it cool on wire rack.