Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Malt Soya Bean Wholemeal Bread

Still using same recipe, I am replacing it with Malt Soya Bean for the milk portion.. Trying to see how it will taste. Hahhaa, just for the fun of usual experiment..

This is the Malt Soya Bean drink I am using,..

Review: Bread still as soft, and I even forgot to take it out from BM after it's done. Tastewise is ok, a hint of malt taste which taste like honey to me. Else than that, it is quite similar to my usual Wholemeal Bread loaf. Yummy..

Yummy Raisins & Chocolate Chips Cookies

This morning woke up, feeling a strong need to bake. I decided to bake the yummy cookies that Neo posted up recently. The recipe is from Jasmine from a FB group - Baking Wonderland. And before I start on my cookies, I had to settle my mum's cake..

My mum's is using optima flour, simple way of making sponge. I use 250g flour for this 9" cake. After pouring batter in, I leave about 50g batter with 3Tbsp Coco and 1Tbsp milk and mix. Then pour on the top and make swirls. 

So while my cake bakes, I pour ingredients to my BM and proceed to mix the cookies. Very simple 2 steps and you are ready to bake. A pity was that the end results produce not enough cookies to munch. It's so yummy and flavourful that I felt it could not even last a day before it's all gone..

I am planning on baking them as Xmas gifts.... Heee...

 I am submitting this to the "Baby Sumo's Christmas Recipes Collection 2013" event which is hosted by Baby Sumo of Eat Your Heart Out.

Raisins & Chocolate Chips Cookies (recipe from Jasmine in FB - Baking Wonderland)
100g Butter
10g Milk
50g Sugar (reduced to 40g)
90g Plain Flour
30g Wholemeal Bread Flour
1/4tsp Baking Soda
50g chocolate chips
15g raisins

1) Mix butter, sugar and milk together. Mix in flour then chocolate chips and raisins.
2) Drop spoonful of batter onto tray. Bake at 180deg for 12-15mins or til browned..

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Mixed Herb Cheese Sticks

As Christmas is drawing close, I realized that we won't be having any Christmas feast as my family are going on a trip. Though I don't have any family Christmas party, I so have a mini post-Christmas Staycation with 2 of my GFs and their little family as well.

We will be having a mini BBQ session, as well as a simple gift exchange session. We started this since last year, we had it at Kranji Farm resort with Groupon deals. We had a 2D1N and simple dinner at Jurong Point before heading back to resort for gift exchange and feast on log cakes.

What makes me think of Christmas was the mixed herbs cheese sticks that reminds me of how well it will go with the soup that we will have during our Christmas feast yearly. As well as having them as starters before the mains. Therefore I am sharing them with every eon so that even though I missed out on serving them, you can have them with your Christmas feast. 

 I am submitting this to the "Baby Sumo's Christmas Recipes Collection 2013" event which is hosted by Baby Sumo of Eat Your Heart Out.

Mixed Herbs Cheese Sticks (modified slightly from here)
230g Milk
340g Bread Flour
20g Sugar
3g Mixed Herbs
2g Yeast
1tsp Salt
30g Butter

1) Put ingredients in above sequence, leaving butter last. Once dough form, add butter and continue to knead. (Menu 8, Light Crust)
2) Once proof, when BM beeps, take dough out and separate into 60g each. 
3) Flatten and roll into strips and leave it to proof another 30-45mins.
4) Brush milk over and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake at 190deg for 20-25mins when cheese start to brown. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Chicky Meal (in less than $10)

As my mum gave me some home-made chicken rice chilli, I decided to make chicken for meal times so that I can enjoy the chilli. Haha~

Both the meals cost me less than $10 for 3 adults and 2 toddlers meal. On my first nite, I steam white chicken, served with Caixin Wanton Soup to go with rice. I spent a total of $7 for my meal. Delicious, cheap and healthy.. ($5.35 chix+$0.65 veg+$1 wanton) 

On the second nite, my gal says she craved for stew eggs, so I decided to try my virgin attempt on Stew Soya Sauce Chicken, based on the recipe that I usually used for stewing meat. It came out a success, my grandma couldn't stop pinching the chicken after it came out from wok. And most impt my gal had her stew eggs!! My cost $6.35. ($5.35 chix+$1 eggs)

Try people, it is economical and healthy and most impt, simple to prepare.

Steam White Chix
1 Chix
Some salt
2-3 slices of ginger
Sauce to drizzle: 1Tbsp Sesame Oil + 1Tbsp Lt Soy Sauce + 1tsp Hua Tiao

1) Wash and pour boiling water over chicken. Drain and set aside.
2) Chop off the chicken feet nails, clean the inside. Rub salt over chicken and leave it for 45mins.
3) Wash away the salt, pat dry. Put ginger slice inside chicken and steam for 20mins. Open the cover and leave it to cool.
4) Chop chicken, drizzle sauce and serve with rice.

Stew Soya Sauce Chicken
1 Chicken
2Tbsp Sesame Oil
2Tbsp Lt Soy Sauce
2Tbsp Dark Soy Sauce
2Tbsp Oyster Sauce
1Tbsp 5-Spice Powder
1tsp Hua Tiao
1tsp Cornflour
Dash of pepper
2 thick slice of ginger
1/2 clove Garlic

1) Wash and pour boiling water over chicken. Drain and set aside.
2) Chop off the chicken feet nails, clean the inside. Mix all ingredients except ginger and garlic and rub all over chicken. Stuff the garlic and ginger inside and put in zip log to marinate for 45mins or overnight if you want to prepare ahead.
3) Put chicken into wok with sauce, add 1-2 bowl of water and bring to boil.
4) Lower heat once boiling and cover wok, return every 5-8mins to drizzle gravy over chicken and toss chicken to prevent chicken burnt.
5) Arnd 20-25mins, test if chicken is cooked by poking chopstick thru chicken. If chopsticks go thru easily means chicken is cooked.
6) Dish chicken out and add hard boiled eggs if you wan some stew eggs. Boil for 15-20mins, adding bits of water if it gets lesser. Serve with rice.

IHCC: Chocolate Cookies

Been a while since I submitted any entries for anything. Since Xmas is coming closer, I decided to submit something for IHCC, using Donna Hay's recipe. I decided on her Candy Cane cookies since I was planning to let my gal do some deco for them.

It is quite a simple recipe, and I omit the melted and chopped chocolate as I don't want it  overly chocolatey for the kids. I have 2 upcoming trip for year end so don't want them falling sick again since they took a while to recover from episode of cough and flu.

I gave my gal some sweets and it sort of 'lure' my boy over who also wanna kpo a bit. He helped with putting some hearts sprinkles and licking his fingers as he does. Definitely a treat for him.

The cookie harden as it cool and it is quite soft when it is just out of oven. Advisable to let it cool on tray before removing them. I reduce the sugar slightly and it is not too sweet. The kids definitely enjoyed them..

I am submitting this post to I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC).

Chocolate Cookies (adapted, modified from Donna Hay)
110g Butter
150g Brown Sugar
150g Plain Flour (I use 100g plain and replace remaining with bread flour as I ran out of plain flour)
25g Coco powder
1 Egg
1tsp Vanilla Extract

2 mini candy came, crushed
1 mini pkt M&M
3 Caramel Eclairs
Some hearts sprinkles

1) Mix butter and sugar til light. Add in egg and vanilla extract.
2) Fold in flour and mix well.
3) Put spoonful of mixture n flatten slightly. Put on deco as desired.
4) Bake at 180deg for 15-20min. Cool on tray.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

小小面包和米奇 (Little breads & Mickey head)

Using back my favourite recipe, I make the little buns and 2 Mickey heads for the little devils at home. This school holiday is keeping me 'lazy'... Arghh... Haven been baking but I promised I gonna make some cookies pop soon... (When I am feeling great with the little ones)

Today I stuff a big choc chip into each bread dough, weighing 10g each before rolling them into little balls. Then decided to make bigger balls with a handful of choc chips as chocolate fillings for the bread and stick 2 10g balls as ears. Bet the kids will grin and shout 'Mickey Mouse' haha~

Today I bake them for 10mins then turn the tray over for another 10mins. Not too crusty top and interior is soft soft. Better end results than the other round when I baked them too long... =)

Friday, December 6, 2013

Wholemeal Double Chocolate Chips Loaf

The other day I chanced upon those 'ang-moh' brand of Strong Wholemeal Bread flour. I always wanted to try the difference with mixing Wholemeal flour + Bread flour with those Wholemeal Bread flour. When I saw the pkt of Wholemeal Bread flour is on offer, as expiring end Dec, I know it's a chance to buy n try and see if it's worth to spend tt amount of money to get that instead of buying 2 different flours.

I first tried with using all Wholemeal Bread Flour, the results wasn't satisfying. It is soft but slightly dry. Hubby still finished that loaf. After that I have been exploring different ratio of the Wholemeal Bread Flour to mix with the normal Bread Flour to achieve a soft and not dry loaf. Below is what I modified based on my trial. 

I simply love Dbl-Chocolate Chips bread but it is so chocolatey sinful... At least this loaf is Wholemeal, so the sinful level is lessen. And did I mention, it is organic!!! I specially bake the loaf today to give them to my GFs. Last week I baked 1 plain and chocolate loaf for another GF. According to her, her family likes it and finished the nxt morning. Keeping my fingers crossed, I hope my GFs will enjoy theirs too...

Wholemeal Dbl-Chocolate Chips Bread Loaf (adapted and modified from here)
230ml Milk
300g Bread Flour
50g Wholemeal Bread Flour
20g Coco Powder
40g Sugar
2g Yeast
1tsp Salt
35g Butter

1) Put ingredients according to sequence based on recipe, leaving butter last, salt and sugar at opposite corners, yeast on top of flour.
2) Put to Menu 8: Dough function. Add butter when dough is form.
3) After mixing around 10-15mins, so long dough looks smooth and elastic. Stop machine and choose Menu 1: Basic Loaf, Light Crust. (Reason I choose dough function is to knead my dough longer so it yields a softer bread)
4) Once left 20mins, keep checking. I usually take out about 15-10mins earlier. Enjoy!!!