Monday, October 22, 2012

Home Made Cookies & Cream Ice Cream Cake

for my neighbour
side view of neighbour's cake
for own consumption
It's my neighbour's gal and boy birthday this month so I intiated to make a Ice Cream Cake for the kids for celebration at home. Decided to try this Cookies & Cream Ice Cream Cake after seeing the picture on the blog, Browneyedbaker.
I made the ice cream advance, took a taste and it taste creamy and cookie-ish. Definetely yummy I feel, better than the previous Oreo Ice Cream I made. Hee =) I seriously hope the kids will love them. And I choose Chocolate Oreo Chiffon to paired with it, and I used the remaining batter into 3 cupcakes. Oh, I am loving them. Yummy.... =)
I am using the Ice Cream recipe from Browneyedbaker but using my previous Chiffon recipe and added oreo bits.

Chocolate Oreo Chiffon Cake Base

Using the leftover batter for little Chiffon Cup
Cookies & Cream Ice Cream (adapted from Browneyedbaker)
5 egg yolks
¾ cup granulated sugar, divided
1¼ cups heavy cream
½ cup whole milk **I use Full Cream Milk**
½ teaspoon kosher salt **I omit and use normal salt**
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1¼ cups chopped Oreo cookies (about 15 cookies)
Set a wire-mesh sieve over a large bowl. Whisk together the egg yolks and ¼ cup of the sugar in a large bowl; set aside.
Warm the remaining ½ cup of sugar, cream, milk and salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat. When the mixture begins to simmer, slowly drizzle it into the egg yolk mixture, whisking constantly, then scrape the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.
Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a heatproof spatula, scraping the bottom as you stir, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula. Pour the custard through the strainer and stir in the vanilla extract. Place the bowl in an ice bath and stir occasionally, until the mixture reaches room temperature. Place the mixture in the refrigerator and chill at least 2 hours, or overnight.
***Churn the ice cream in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Once the ice cream is ready, layer it into your freezer-safe container with alternating layers of the chopped cookies, beginning and ending with the ice cream.***
***I only used fork to run thru the ice cream every hour for the first 2 hours then leave it overnight.

PS: Will come back with the pics of the cut-up cake soon

Birthday Cake for My Mum

Made a Chocolate Hokkaido Chiffon Cake and paired with Vanilla Lemon SMB for my mum's birthday. Yummy to max, my gal had a slice and kept on asking for more. Haha.. Hubby says my cakes are tasting more and more like bakery, minus the high sugar content. So happy.. LOL.
And as you can see, I decided on a SMB cake with the fondant toppers. The 'CHANEL' bag is on the cake and the little pressie on the cake board. NICE..

My 1st Nonya Attempt

So, after the saltier version of Rice Dumplings which I have finally mastered, in my own standards, I need to conquer 1 more. That is the sweet version of Rice Dumplings - Nonya Dumplings. 
Ok, I am a lazy SAHm and everything I need to simplify and wrapping a dumpling seriously need a lot of prep and also the method of preparing the ingredients. And for the saltier version, everything was done in marination and no stir-frying before wrapping. So, how can I simplify this Nonya version the simplest way I could. Ok, let's try and see how it taste first for this attempt.
I stir the meat, which I replaced with minced meat cos I think I had enough of pork belly. And for the rice, I just sort of 'marinate' them with salt, pepper and coriander powder which is supposed to be stir fry them with the rice. I modify from Annie's blog - annieliciousfood and here is mine..
After trying the dumpling, I find that it is really yummy even though I didn't fry the rice fragrant. It is  considered good enough for a simple and fuss-free, as in lesser fuss required, and can definitely satisfy your cravings.
Nonya Rice Dumplings (adapted from Annieliciousfood)
200g Glutinous Rice - Soaked overnight then rinse off and marinate with:
Dash of salt
Dash of pepper
1Tbsp Coriander powder

100g Minced Meat
50g Candid Melon, chopped
3 Big Chinese Mushroom, chopped
1tsp salt
1 Tbsp Pepper
1Tbsp Dark Soy Sauce
2 Tbsp Coriander Powder
50-100ml water

1) Stir fry garlic with olive oil til fragrant
2) Add in mushroom, candid melons and minced meat
3) Add in seasonings and then water. Simmer for 5-10mins and taste.
4) Dish out and cool
5) Soak and prepare leaves 1 day ahead
6) Wrap in leaves with prepared rice and boil for 1 hour

Vanilla Cupcakes Recipe Trial I

Using a recipe from Hearty Bakes this round as I was intrigued by the idea that it doesn't uses milk for this recipe. So here I am, using the 1-bowl method in this recipe. 
For this very first attempt, I wanna see the difference between using hand whisk for this recipe and a mixer so I am trying out the hand whisk first.
The flavour is an outburst of vanilla in butter cake, it's very flavorful. My son can't stop asking for more, but I think my gal doesn't like the overwhelming buttery taste and stopped at 1. Haha, difference preferences huh.
Anyway, I tried using my KA and both yields a same texure. Not really the texture I am looking for, but the taste is definetely very buttery.
Vanilla cupcakes (adapted from Hearty Bakes) **i quarter the recipe and got 27 really mini cuppies**
225g Unsalted Butter (softened)
*225g caster sugar (reduced to 200g)
225g Self-raising flour
1 tsp Baking powder
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
1. Preheat oven to 175deg.
2. Place paper baking liners in muffin tins.
3. Place all ingredients in mixing bowl and whisk until smooth & pale.
4. Spoon mixture into the liners.
5. Bake about 20mins
6. Remove cakes from oven and let it cool on rack.

7. Decorate cupcakes as per preference.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

My 1st Fondant Toppers

Seriously, I have been playing with the idea of fondant cakes, fondant cupcakes. And definitely, to learn to make 1 nice fondant cake for my son's and daughter's birthday. 
Why? Why must be a Fondamt cake? Oh, cos I can do a lot of small details on a Fondant cake. It is like playing with Play-Doh. It's that much of fun but I simply do not have that creativity. So, since my mum's birthday is round the corner, I decided to make some fondant cake toppers and also trial with 2 car designs for my boy's upcoming birthday.  
So, a Buttercream cake with fondant toppers? Or should it be fondant covered cake with lots of small details? I simply can't decide yet. So, presenting to you, my 1st attempt!
after an hour
after an hour and half

another 30mins

final product

Double Chocolate cupcake recipe trial I

This is my first time using this recipe and I seriously loved it.. Yummy! Soft, moist and rich of chocolate flavour. I am so gonna use it for my future bakes. But still, gonna try more recipes to compare the differences.. 
closeup view
Double chocolate cupcakes (adapted from sweetapolita)
100 g/3 1/2 oz dark bittersweet chocolate, chopped
175 g/1 1/2 sticks butter, cubed
225 g/1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (caster) sugar
4 eggs
100 g/3/4 cup self-rising flour
2 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
a pinch of salt

1) Melt butter and chocolate chips. Stir in sugar til dissolved and leave to cool for 10mins
2) Sift flour, coco powder & salt
3) Beat egg into chocolate mixture for 10seconds
4) Add in flour and mix well
5) Bake at 180 deg for 20mins

Monday, October 15, 2012

KPI met - Home Made Mushroom Soup

Alright, hubby requested or sort of hinted in a way, asking me when will he be able to have this type of soup at home. And when he asked, he was sipping away to a bowl of Cream of Mushroom Soup at NYNY.. 
So, as usual, being the dutiful wife (eh hum, clearing my throat), definitely, no disappointment and I immediately went back to my archive on my KIV list. There it goes, Home Made Mushroom Soup from Cuisine Paradise.
I tried Brown Swiss Mushroom as per the recipe for the 1st attempt, feedback was not mushroom-y enough but still considered 'Pass' from the fact that it is made from scratch. Today, I substitute it with Portobello Mushroom as I simply love it. It is definitely yummy and the taste of mushroom is there. I love it. 
And from the children's point of view, this is more yummy as my older gal asked for 2nd helping and kept on commenting that it is NICE! Inside, I am so happy. Hubby also said it is better but would prefer a more creamier version. So I will have to tweak a little..
Cream of Mushroom Soup (adapted from Cuisine Paradise)
200g Portobello Mushroom, cleaned and cut into quarters (original recipe use brown Swiss)
Chopped garlic
20g Butter
2Tbsp Olive Oil
1Cup Chix Stock
1/8Cup Water
Dash of Black Pepper
50ml Thicken Cream

1) Sautéed garlic with olive oil til fragrant
2) Add in butter and mushroom, simmer til mushroom soften
3) Add in Chix stock, and water, simmer for 15min
4) Taste and add in black pepper
5) Cool, grind/purée with food processor
6) Heat up til start to simmer and stir in thicken cream. Serve warm.

Earl Grey Chiffon Cake

Decided to make a chiffon cake for tomorrow's prayers for my grandfather's death anniversary. Wrapped rice dumplings for the 2nd time and also a Earl Grey Chiffon Cake instead of Pandan Chiffon Cake. At least it is a healthier choice than Pandan cos of the coconut milk used. Just hoped the ancestors enjoyed them tml.
Used the Earl Grey Chiffon Cake recipe from DeQueen, cos I tried her Earl Grey Hokkaido Cake and it was so yummy. So I decided to use my Dilmah's for 1 too..
Earl Grey Chiffon Cake (Adapted from DeQueen)
3 Egg yolks
75g Cake Flour
15g Sugar
1/2tsp Baking Powder
40ml Olive Oil
60ml Hot Water (mix with 2 tea bags and 1 cut tea bag with leaves poured in, cooled)
3 Egg whites
60g Sugar
1/4tsp Cream of Tartar
1) Mix all cake batter ingredients with a whisk
2) Mix egg whites til foamy, add in cream of tartar
3) Add in sugar, beat whites til stiff peak
4) Fold in 1/3 of whites gently to cake batter, fold in remaining whites to cake batter
5) Bake cake in oven for 40mins at 170deg

Thursday, October 11, 2012

For a little girl named Von

Happy 6th Birthday, Von!
Anyway, my seondary school friend intro one of his friend to ask me with baking some cupcakes for his little girl's birthday. We settled for mixture of Princess Icing since I have no confidence with fondant yet, and additional 30 Lollipop Cookies with - Von is 6!

Cut-out Lollipop Cookie (adapted from HappyHomeBaking)
100g Butter, softened
80g Caster Sugar (a bit sweet so I will reduce to 60g next round)
1 yolk
180g Cake Flour
20g CornFlour
1) Mix butter and sugar together
2) Add in yolk and mix well
3) Add in flour and fold in to soft dough. Chill for 30mins before shaping
4) Bake for 15-20mins at 180deg
**It is quite easy to handle and not sticky at all**
I am using the same recipe as per I used the other day and sort of reduce a little sugar for the chocolate cupcakes as it is way too sweet for my first round. It goes really well with the buttercream and definetely a keeper for future bakes.
Late night supper - Vanilla Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream & Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream

Chocolate Cupcakes

Feeling kinda moody and was thinking about my order for Friday, so decided to try out the chocolate cupcakes and also to cheer me up. Found this recipe and it uses olive oil, it is much healthier so I decided to see if it is nice. 
Turns out very rich in chocolate Flavour and not too dry. Shall use that for Friday.
Perfectly Chocolate Cupcakes ( adapted from Glorious Treat)
2 Cups Sugar
13/4 Cup Plain Flour
3/4 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa
11/2tsp Baking Powder
11/2 Baking Soda
1tsp Salt
2 Eggs
1 Cup Milk
1/2 Cup Olive Oil
2tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Cup Boiling Water

1) Mix all dry ingredients together
2) Add Eggs, milk, oil and vanilla. Mix well for 1 min
3) Add in boiling water. **will be thin batter**
4) Preheat oven at 160deg, fill cupcakes 2/3 full and bake for 18-20mins

My 1st Attempt on Rice Dumpling - Bak Chang

1st Attempt
2nd Attempt

2nd Attempt

1st Attempt

Photo courtesy from DeQueen
Been a few years since I have been mumbling to learn how to make a Bak Chang from scratch, wrap them nicely too. And I have been wanting to get my hands on some recipes or even my grandmother's. Unfortunately, my grandmother have been producing kinda different results from what it used to taste. Maybe it is due to her, afraid to eat too saltier etc, resulting in worried about adding too much seasoning. And also an encouragement from my dear fren, she managed to coax me into trying the most difficult feat - Doing them!
I browse a bit, look at other people recipes and find tt it is either too much work, weird ingredients or I simply don't like the combi, I decided to come up with my own.
Bak Chang 
Rice - 1kg of glutinous rice (Soaked 2 hours and drained)
51/2 Tbsp Oyster Sauce
5Tbsp Lt Soy Sauce
5Tbsp Dark Soy Sauce
3Tbsp Sesame Oil
2Tbsp Fried Onion Oil 
2Tbsp 5-spice Powder
11/2Cup Dried Shrimps
5Tbsp Water
5Tbsp Pepper

Meat - 1kg of meat, cut into small cubes (can increase to 1.5kg if you prefer more meat than rice)
3Tbsp Sesame Oil
5Tbsp Oyster Sauce
5Tbsp Lt Soy Sauce
5Tbsp Dark Soy Sauce
2Tbsp Shaoxing Wine
1Tbsp Corainder Powder
2Tbsp Pepper
1Tbsp Cornflour

**Boil 4 Salted eggs, remove yolk and cut into 4s

1) Soaked 20 Medium sized Chinese mushroom and cut into halves
2) Marinate both rice and meat for at least 2-3 hours or day before
3) Soaked and boil dumplings leaves day before
4) Wipe dry dumpling leaves dry before wrapping
5) Wrap all dumplings and boil in a pot, with water covering the dumplings for 1hour

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Care Bear Cupcakes

Baked this batch of cuppies for a Fren's fren, using the Magnolia Bakery recipe. The pink buttercream makes the cupcakes looks lovely and sweet. Commented a bit dry, so will need to work on it. Perhaps need to search for another more moist recipe?

Friday, October 5, 2012

My Piping Lessons - SMB with Cupcakes

Decided to make cupcakes with buttercream for my relatives who are coming over tomorrow and also take the chance to practise the piping. I have bookmarked this Magnolia Bakery Vanilla Cupcakes very long but never go and make it happen.
Am rather glad that I baked them today cos I, myself who dont enjoyed the bakes also have 1. LOL!! And with a creative idea from a friend in MFWL, I popped 3 different surprise in the cupcakes. I used Andes Chocolate Mint, Cadbury Cookies n Cream Milk Bar and KitKat.
With KitKat
With Andes Mint
I loved the Andes Chocolate Mint the most cos I also topped with the Peppermint Buttercream. The rest I topped with Vanilla Buttercream and did a little bit of deco to differentiate them. Now I am contemplating to make some more chocolate flavours tomorrow if I have the time.
And yes, I did 1 with Princess Icing cos my gal walked passed Polar Cakes this morning and requested to have 1 of the icing image cake and there, I promised to make for her at home. So here it is.

I also baked a Chocolate Hokkaido Chiffon, using back the previous recipe and topped it with balance Peppermint Buttercream and did a simple deco with Andes Choc Mint. I think I really have not much flare with cake deco. I really s*ucks at them le. I seriously need to go for classes!! Now I am so worried about my boy's upcoming birthday in November.

Magnolia Bakery Vanilla Cupcakes (adapted from Bossacafez) *i halve the recipe
Makes 24 bite-sized Cupcakes
1/2 +  1/4cups self-rising flour
1/2 + 1/8cup plain flour *I used Cake Flour
110g butter, softened at room temp
3/4 cups sugar (i substituted half of it with vanilla sugar)
2 large eggs, room temp
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

1) Cream butter til smooth and creamy
2) Add sugar, then egg 1 by 1.
3) Sift flour and add in 3 addition, alternating with milk and vanilla essence in 2 additions
4) Mix well, dont over-mix
5) Fill cupcake 3/4 full and bake at 170deg for 20-25mins
*I bake at 190deg for 20mins, maybe my oven is 'colder'*

Swiss Meringue Buttercream (adapted from Dequeen) *i halve the recipe
Can pipe 24 bite-sized Cupcakes
2 Whites
70g Sugar
135g Butter

1) Boil a pot of water, double-boil egg whites with sugar without touching the boiling water
2) Continue to whisk, about 3-5mins, until the mixture is no more grainy
3) Remove and whisk to stiff peaks
4) Add in butter bit by bit
5) When buttercream is thick and fluffy, you may add in essence or colourings

**I added 1 tsp vanilla essence + 1 drop of pink colouring to buttercream for vanilla flavour
**I added 1 tsp peppermint essence + 1 drop of green colouring to buttercream for peppermint flavour

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Snacks for little children

Did I mention that my kids loved egg tarts a lot? They will usually eat at least 2 each on top of whatever dim sum that we ordered. So this Children's Day, I decided to make the super mini egg tarts with the moulds that I have gotten a friend from msia to buy for me.
They are about 'pop in the mouth' size for adult so maybe about 2-3 mouthful for little children. And I believe 1 egg tart each is enough to make the teacher busy.. And I have also prepared a few bigger size ones, about those mini egg tarts you see from some Dim Sum place, for the teachers. I hope they will like it.

the 'naked' tarts
after sauna

the side view after i bite
I replaced the plain flour with cake flour cos I have ran out of plain flour at home. Initially didn't want to make them cos I am worried of the end products. But after some persuasion from a dear friend, I decided to take the plunge with my fingers crossed. And Thank God, it is really yummy.
Egg Tart Pastry (adapted from DeQueen) **Makes 20 super mini & 16 mini**
125g Butter
230g Plain Flour (replaced with Cake Flour)
60g Icing Sugar (reduced to 55g)
1 egg yolk
1/2 egg white

1) Rub butter into flour until it resembles breadcrumbs
2) Add icing sugar
3) add in egg yolks and white, mix to a pliable dough
4) Refrigerate for 20mins before using

Egg Tart Custard (reference to prev post) **i halve the recipe**
65g Milk
1 Egg
1/2 Egg White
30g Sugar
33g Hot Water
1tsp Vanilla
Pinch of salt

1) Stir sugar into hot water til dissolve
2) Mix in milk, vanilla, eggs, salt and mix well
3) Strain the mixture and leave aside

Assembly the tarts and custard:
1) Weigh 15g dough for super mini tart mould, 20g for mini tart mould
2) Roll out and press into tart mould
3) Pour egg custard 3/4 full, bake at 200deg for 20-25min or until custard bubble up

Children's Day

Children's Day is approaching and time to rack my head again. Only relief is that I have already tot of what to make for the little children to bring home way before. Collected the egg shells and wanna make them little chicken sponge cakes.
I added strawberry essence and a tint of pink to make light pinkish chickens. Using the sponge mix recipe as I felt th previous round with chiffon was way too soft.. But after trying the sponge mix today, I kinda like the chiffon better. LOL..
in da sauna
Little Chicken Sponge Cake (reference to prev post
250g Sponge mix
4 eggs
1tsp Strawberry essence
3Tbsp Milk
1 1/2 Tbsp Olive Oil

Beat sponge mix and egg til light and fluffy (ribbon stage)
Fold in essence, milk and oil gently
Pour batter into piping bag and pipe into egg shells about 2/3 full
Bake at 180deg for 30-35min
Cool before peeling off egg shells