Thursday, April 26, 2012

My Chiffon Craze

So lately, I have been 'hit' by the Chiffon Cake craze, I made 4 different type of flavours and is so amazed by the tips from my FB baking frens. I was advised to baked longer, maybe about 1hr to let it 'browned' nicely and also for the texture to be not so moist. The end results, it was so soft and nicely browned. I also experiement with a normal baking pan, instead of the tube pan as per norm. I managed to bake it too. The Sweet Potato Chiffon is the biggest hit, my grandma, hubby, children as well as my neighbour loves it. The rest was normal, hubby didnt like the Chammomile, said that it tasted kinda of artificial. Perhaps I should have reduced the tea leaves as per my 1st try. Hahaha..
Another was Carrot Chiffon & Apple Chiffon, both using the same recipe just that I tweak a little for Apple Chiffon, here you go.

Apple Chiffon (original recipe was Carrot Chiffon)
4 Egg Yolks
35g Fine Sugar
40g Olive Oil
20g Water
1/2 tsp Vanilla Essence
80g Cake Flour
60g Mashed Apples

4 Egg Whites
1/4 tsp Tartar
30g Fine Sugar

(1) Mix Egg yolks & sugar. Whisk til sugar melted
(2) Add Oil, water, vanilla essence followed by cake flour and mashed apples. Mix well
(3) Beat egg white til frothy, add in tartar
(4) Beat til more bubbles then add sugar gradually.
(5) Beat til it form stiff peaks
(6) Fold in egg white in 3 addition. Do not over-fold.
(7) Bake at 160 deg for 40-60mins.
Made a Tiramisu dessert cake for hubby's birthday. As he is flying off on the actual day, we had a simple celebration at home on wed. I did the tiramisu on a removable base 6" cake tin and arranged the sponge fingers on wednesday itself. Did a rushed one as worried hubby suddenly come out of work room, and the piping was bad.. hahhaa.. But the thought that count la. I used the Egg-less Tiramisu this time round and hubby likes it better than the egg version. Yummy, and i added more alcohol cos i wanna be 'naughty'. I replaced Rum Compound instead of the Kahlua/Baileys.
I also tried making donuts but I cant refer back where I got the recipe from. Anyway it wasn't my standard of the soft fluffly donuts. Wait til i get a good recipe. =

Friday, April 20, 2012

Some catchups on new tries

Tried some new recipes and so gonna blog it, in case i want to refer back in future. Yummy recipes = Keeper!!
I tried frying Ah Ma's style Fried Prawn & Fishcake Omelette (orh-luak style) that we can never give her a break when we have a chalet. Hahaha.. Really so yummilicious, though it's without the oysters, and frying with Olive Oil, definetely healthier than those selling outside. So what is my final tweak to the original recipe? Here it is:
Fried Prawn & Fishcake Omelette (orh-luak style)
2 Heaps Tablespoon of Tapioca Flour
1 Heap Tablespoon of Glutinous Rice Flour
240ml Water
Dash of Fish Gravy
Ingredients you can choose your own, i go for prawns and fishcake
4 Eggs, Beaten
Spring Onions

(1) You have to stir the batter first, It will be watery
(2) Heat up my Happycall, a little bit of oil
(3) Put just enough batter to cover the base of the Happycall
(4) Wait til the batter is bubbling, then pour in egg mixture, just enought to cover the Happycall
(5) Let the omelette becomes more 'charred' then flip over
(6) Add in ingredients and mix well. Add a little fish gravy to taste
(7) Serve hot

Another new dish - Panko Chicken & Pork Chops. I saw this on 1 of those cooking blogs, so decided to copy that. It was crispy and fragrant. It is great for snacks and you don't feel sinful as it is chicken breast. Simple and my toddler and hubby loves it.
Another new toy i bought last night and immediately try it this morning for breakfast. Tayoki Fish Pan, got it at $20 from Giant Tampines. Cheaper than Gmarket and i have been enduring eversince my Facebook Kakis started posting about it. Finally i gave up and i never regret. Mmm..

I used the Betty Crocker Pancake Mix for it, added a egg and 1 cup of water. Soft and fluffy, i tried with Nutella, Laughing Cow Cheese and also Pandan Paste to the last few fishes. Irisa had a fun time with the 'fishes' this morning.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A busy week with just 4 of us

So grandma went over to my younger sis's plc to accompany her cos she bring her BB gal home and was afraid to be alone with her BB during the day as worried she cant cope. So she got the master shifu to go over. So me on the other hand, had to cope with 2 active toddlers, housechores, meals, and baking at home. Though tiring but it was fun. First, we let Irisa sleep alone in her room after we got her a STAR light from Ikea. And she managed to sleep through the 1st night but with some crying the next morning as she claimed that she wanna go to toilet but no one in the room so she scared. 2nd Night, daddy went over to tell story and was so tired that he fell asleep with her and too tired to come back. Last night, she was whiny so we didnt want to push her to sleep alone. Worried will have repercussion so let her sleep in. Tonight, Daddy got a bit of headache from a lousy sleep last night with Lil boy not sleeping well from his flu so Irisa will sleep with Mummy and Rayshon in the room.
Anyway, I tried a new dish with the help of a lovely mummy friend I had with 2010 Dec Mummies from SMH (Singapore Motherhood forum), Vegetarian Noodles. Went searching high and low for Vegetarian Charsiew and die die couldnt find. So i jus went ahead with my variation.
Vegetarian Noodles
Recipe from Grace Tan (My mummy fren)
Noodles (i used 4 servings of the vegetarian noodles, dry kind)
1/2 Cabbage
1 Carrot
1/2 box of white button mushroom
1 can of MILI Veg Mushroom
1 cup of water

(1) Blanch cabbage and carrot til 80% cook
(2) Blanch noodles til 90% cook with the above water
(3) Heat oil in wok, add in vegetables, white button mushrooms. Mix well
(4) Add noodles and half water. Mix
(5) Add in can of veg mushroom & gravy
(6) Add remaining water. Mix well and serve
It was really yummy and I think it was worth a try. Comfort food and nice to go with some sambal chilli. And it help to whet my lil boy's appetite after a day of 1 cupcake, 1 bread cos he was feeling moody cos of his flu.
And my bake for the day - Cheese & Ham Loaf. I used Hokkaido Milk Loaf recipe and added in Cheese & Ham when I roll up the loaf for 2nd proof. End result, really yummy. Love it.
Cheese n Ham
So what did I had today? I added Multigrain Flour to the same Hokkaido Milk Loaf, i only used 1/2 the recipe and added 80g of Multigrain Flour. It was soft, yummy and the taste of the grain wasnt overwhelming. I made 3 small baugette shapes, 1 small loaf, 5 small corn buns and 2 ham rolls. I used the baugette shapes loaf for Subway Meatball Marinara which was hubby's favourite. And indeed it was the key to his heart, or should i say stomach. And i baked some honey wings as side. Simple yet fulfilling dinner.

 Marinara Meatball
1 packet ready meatball
1/2 can of Prego Tomato Based Pasta sauce
(1) Bake meatball til cooked in oven
(2) Heat up pasta sauce with 1/3 can of water
(3) Add in meatball and mix well til boils
(4) Leave aside for use later

Friday, April 6, 2012

Bentos, Breads and Creme Caramel

Posting up last 2 night's Bento for my gal, nothing fanciful. Just a simple meal with a little fun. Lunch was Macaroni with Fishball & Tomato on stick, Dinner was Rice Roll w/egg, Quail Egg, Spinach & Meat Patty, Dinner was Fried Rice, Pork Chop & Sautee Veg.
And then made the breads, pandan chiffon, huat kueh from premix & creme caramel all today. All for prayers and only dessert and bread for consumption. Roasted a slab of pork too but forgot to take pic. Hope it's yummy.
I replaced the coconut milk to fresh milk, it resulted in a more moist chiffon, definitely tastewise, with coconut milk is more fragrance. So next round, still coconut milk but lightly will play around with the amount of coconut milk with fresh milk perhaps.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Mexican Coffee Bun aka Rotiboy

mexican coffee bun
Made a new variation today and spur of the moment that I decided to make something different despite feeling so lazy and tired thru'out the day. It was so yummy that it brighten my day up immediately, especially when hubby need to travel again. Oh, as I write, I already missing him liao.. sob sob =(
Anyway, this is a good recipe, worth doing it again for hubby to try when he is back. Even my nice neighbour loves it.. hahhaa.. So here's the recipe, Mexican Coffee Bun.
Anyway, i changed the coffee piping ingredients a bit. Here is the changes:
60g butter
60g castor sugar (I reduce to 40g)
1.5 eggs (I use 75g)
60g plain flour
1/2 tbsp instant coffee, mixed with
1/2 tbsp hot water, cooled (**i chg to 1 tbsp)
1/2 tsp coffee paste (**i omit)