Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Apple Pie

The recipe was adapted from this Recipe Book.

I'm submitting this recipe to Aspiring Bakers #-5 :Fruity March (March 2011) hosted by Bakericious.

150gm Frozen Pie Sheet (I used puff pastry)
1 Red apple
2tbsp caster sugar
15gm unsalted butter

1. Let the pie sheet in room temperature for 5-10mins
2. Roll the pie sheet into rectangular size for 30cm x 20cm.
3. Put the pie sheet on the baking sheet.
4. Cut the apple into 2-3mm slices. Discard seeds
5. Lay the apples parallel to each other on the pie sheet
6. Sprinkle caster sugar on top of the apples. Add 6 small cube of butter after the sugar.
7. Preheat oven for 200C - 30mins. After 10mins, if the pie raise up, use fork to press it down gently. Bake until golden brown colour.

Banana cupcake

I like this cupcake recipe as it was so quick and easy. The recipe i followed from Jane's Corner. In her recipe she added pitted cherry which i don't have. I added banana and some dark chocolate chopped. The combination was delicious.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Red bean Pau

After successful of making "man tou". I tried to make pau. I thought my daugh will like to eat man tou but she never touch of it as it doesn't have filling. The first thing she asked " Mummy, is there any red bean paste inside". I said " it just a plain man tou". I decided to make pau with red bean paste with some funny shape which adapted from Happyhomebaking's blog.

I told my daugh this is a mouse. She said "no, it's hedgehog.

I think i over steamed the paus. The top part a bit hard and it looks wrinkle (dunno know how to describe).  Expert blogger, need your advice please. But the overall texture quite good.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Potato Custard Steamed buns

Yay, this is my 2nd attempt to steamed bun (Man Tou). I finally make it although not look so nice for the shape but still taste like a pau. :oP. I gave up after the 1st attempt long time ago. I can't remember i followed from which book, the bun's texture was so hard that time. 

Until recently, i read through Jane's blog ..her "man tou" was so tempted and nicely shape. I have bookmarked this recipe but i don't have blender for the carrot and pandan leaves. So, i was thinking since im not so good on doing the pau/man tou, i better start with basic one or else wasted my effort. 
But, now i have confident to do more after this trial. 

I was so worried that i won't make it cos i don't have enough flour 410 gm (recipe is 500gm). I don't know how to reduce other ingredients, i just assumed. You can see my buns look a bit wet. The custard bun out of shape cos the dough was too sticky i can't roll the dough nicely.

The recipe adapted from the book "I love Tasty and Healthy Treats".

5g instant dry yeast
2tbsp water
500g plain flour
150g mashed potato
50g caster sugar
5g salt
200ml-240ml water
30g corn oil

3 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp custard powder
200ml milk
1tbsp butter

1. Filling : Put all ingredients into a bowl, stir and double-boil until the mixture has thickened
2. Put instant dry yeast into a bowl, add in 2tbsp water, 1 tsp plain flour, sugar and mix well. Rest for 5mins.
  ( I did not follow this step. I put everything into breadmaker to knead dough)
3. In a mixing bowl, combine yeast mixture with the remaining ingredients (except corn oil) and mix well. Add in corn oil and knead until the dough is smooth.
4. Cover the dough with damp towel and rest for 15mins
5. Roll out dough into a rectangular shape. Spread custard filling on top and roll up. Cut into 20 thick slices and line the buns with grease-proof paper
6. Put the buns into a steamer and rest for 40-50mins or rise until 50% increased in size
7. Steam the buns for 20 mins (from cold water) over high heat. Remove and serve hot.

Recipe book

This is the recipe book that i mentioned in Apple Crumble post. I understand the chinese wording but i don't know how to type the chinese here (not chinese educated, sorry). This book is very good for new baker like me. I like the step by step and the pic in the books. The book originally published in Japan.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Apple Crumble

It was very frustrated today, don't know what happened to my hand-phone.  I have took some pic of Apple Crumble but unable to upload. I used the old fashion camera but the pic look so blur. It is time for me to buy new camera..emmm...gotta hold on first i need to wait for Ipad 2. :oP

Last time i do not fancy of any sweet dessert and never thought of try it until one day my colleague from UK, she bought an Apple Crumble from La Gourmet at Bangsar. I was quite hungry that day and tried one of it...u know what it was so delicious. I told myself i have to learn to make this and i found the recipe from the book (will post the recipe book later as i don't know how to use the chinese word here). I will try my best to translate the recipe from chinese to english.

It is quite easy to make it. The Apple crumble nice to serve with ice cream.

I'm submitting this post to Aspiring bakers #5 - Fruit March hosted by Jes from Bakericious

Apple filling Recipe
4 green apples
80gm icing sugar (a bit sweet for me, should reduce next time)
1 tbsp water

60gm cake flour
60gm icing sugar
60gm almond powder
60gm unsalted butter
35gm walnut (option)

Step 1
- Cut apples into cube size, discard skin.
- In a pot, put water & icing sugar under high heat. Do not stir, wait to boil until caramelized.. Shake a bit of the pot.
- Add apples cook for 15mins or until apples soft

Step 2
- Sieve cake flour and put into the mixing bowl with sugar and almond powder. Mix well
- Add cold butter, cut into cube size. Use hand to press and mix the crumble.
- Add chopped walnut and mix well.

Step 3
- Scoop the apples from the pot into oven proof dish or pie pan. Put the crumble on top of the apples
- Bake for 200C for 20-30mins or until golden brown. Ready to serve.

Tips : The butter will getting melt if you did not bake the crumble on the day itself. Put the crumble into freezer 
for next use. You can use the fruit from can if you lazy to cook.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Ham and red bean buns

My husband looking for food at night again. Yesterday i bought some hams from wet market and bake it with buns. I make a few shapes which i learnt from the workshop but still need some improvement :oP.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Homemade Pan Mee

When i was small my mum used to call me loudly after she knead a Pan Mee dough from the kitchen. I will helped out to roll a dough into tiny pieces and soak into the water. My mum never used the machine to cut the noodles. Her traditional way will be soaked the tiny dough for 5 minutes, then pull it longer like a noodle. The dough that soak into the water to make the noodle soften.

My daugh asked me to cook Pan Mee for her dinner tonight. Actually I planned to cook rice since she requested for pan mee and i feel like eating too so i prepared in a last minute. I gave one bowl to my neighbour. She returned the bowl after 20mins. I guessed she might be hungry :oP. She said the soup was tasty.

170ml water
1tbsp oil
1/2 tsp salt
300gm plain flour

1. I used breadmaker to knead dough. 
2. Roll the dough into tiny pieces as shown in the picture and soak into the water for about 5mins or till soft.
3. Take a tiny dough to pull it gently and thin like a noodle size. Make sure not too hard as there will be a hole on the noodle.
4. Put the noodles into boiling soup on low heat as you need time to tear more noodles.
5. Add spinach follow by seasoning. 
6. Garnish with fried onion, some onion oil and fried anchovies. Ready to serve

Ingredients for soup:
Small bunch of anchovies (for soup)
4-5 slices ginger
500ml water
Pork ball or slice pork (Depends on individual desire)

Salt, sesame oil, pepper. (I didnt do the measurement, it depends on individual taste)
Small onion and extra anchovies.(For garnishing)

1. Rinse anchovies, drain and put aside to prepare soup.
2. Heat oil in a pan. Fry onion and anchovies until golden brown. Reserve onion oil. 
3. Heat oil in a another pot/wok. Fry ginger and anchovies together for awhile then add water for boiling.
2. Discard the anchovies after boiled.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Nice Meal

Sometimes i like to pamper myself to have a nice meal. Because what i thought is beside juggling my part time job and kids, i seldom meet up my friends so why not i take a rest to have a nice meal with the newspaper.

I bought the breakfast from Delifrance after sending my daugh to school. Initially i thought they forgot to give me a tea bag after taken the photo, i realized that it was inside a plastic bag :oP

I had a Stone Korean Rice at 1Mont while waiting the time to pickup my daugh. 

Thai Food at Jalan Kepong

I had dinner at Thai restaurant last 2 weeks ago. Nice..

Kailan with salted fish (no salted fish taste at all)

Tom yam seafood soup

Ikan kembong with vege (chilli sauce yummy)