Thursday, July 31, 2014

Durian chiffon cake

I have been MIA from my blog for a very long time. Feeling bad about it. Been travelling and my laptop failed on me. So all the nice buns and cakes I have done recently haven't been blogged nor recorded.

I did this durian chiffon cake last night and I told myself by hook or by crook I have to put it onto my blog. As you notice from the quality of the photo, yep.. photos were taken using my phone.

I have been a big fan of durian but I'm afraid of it.. eating it I meant. It's pretty hefty in terms of its sugar and cholesterol content. I was initially thinking to bake durian butter cake with it. But I didn't. Instead I baked a lighter and 'healthier' one.

This recipe was adapted from Fong's Kitchen (link is here I have always loved baking chiffon using the tang mian method. Love that it remains soft and fluffy.

(chiffon pan size: 18cm)

30g butter (I omitted this and replaced with rice bran oil)
20g corn oil (I used rice bran oil)
70g milk
1/4 tsp salt

(B) Sift together:
90g plain flour
1/4 tsp baking powder

(C) Mix together:
4 yolks
100g durian puree (if durian flesh is too dry, add 1 to 2 tbsp milk)

5 egg whites (I only used 4 whites)
70g sugar (I cut down to 60g sugar)
1/4 tsp cream of tartar (I omitted this)

1) Combine (A) together in a small sauce pot and bring it to gentle simmer.  Once it starts to simmer, remove the pot from heat and stir in (B).  

2) Pour (C) into step 1 and mix till combined.  Set aside the batter.

3) Whisk (D) till peak form.  Fold the meringue into the prepared batter (fold 1/3 portion of the meringue at a time).  Pour the batter into an ungreased chiffon pan.

4) Bake in preheated oven at 170C for about 45 minutes (I baked mine at 140C for 35min in my Fotile oven).

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Overnight oat

Overnight oat with chia seeds 
Overnight oat with chia seeds, mulberries and kiwi. 

Gimme a LIKE, will ya? :p

Overnight oat is the IT 'trend' lately. You'll see posts of your friends having overnight oat on facebook, instagram, blogs, twitters.. everywhere. It's like a self-proclaimation that 'I'm now on a clean-diet'. Come gimme a LIKE. Hahaaa.. I just did it this morning. So no offence seriously. If you do ponder about it, you'll realized that soaked oat has been here for a long time. The lil' fella and I have been eating warmed-up soaked oat with fruits for the longest time ever. The difference now is that we don't heat it up and we serve/ prep it in a tall glass jar. It looks more pleasing to the eye.

Now, let's compare it with the warmed up soaked oat that the lil' fella used to eat. Won't you agree that the 'NEW' overnight oat is definitely looking much prettier?

Here's the recipe for a pretty overnight oat served in a glass jar:
*1/2 cup rolled oat, organic
*1 cup fresh milk
*1/3 cup plain yogurt or greek yogurt

Combine all and soak overnight in glass jar in the fridge. The next morning, prior to serving, top with chopped fruits.

OR this is a yogurt-free recipe which I prefer:
*1cup rolled oat, organic
*1 cup fresh milk

OR  here's the recipe for black sesame and chia seed oat pudding 
*1cup milk 
*1tbsp black sesame powder
*2tbsp chia seeds 
*1 cup rolled oat 

Combine all and soak overnight in glass jar in the fridge. The next morning, prior to serving, top with chopped fruits.

Overnight oat with oat crispies, chopped salted almond and fresh mango.

Banana and jackfruit muffin

A friend made this and shared about this on FB. She was commenting on how fragrant they were while baking in the oven. I was intrigued. I have never cooked nor baked with Jackfruits (or more commonly known as Nangka here) and almost forgot how it smells. Hahaa.. so I decided to give it a try.

The lil' fella didn't like eating nangka. I realized that he's at this phase where he would double consider when comes to anything slimy or chewy, eg nangka, lychee... er.. and what else. Suddenly I got brain-freezed. Pardon me.. I'm writing this post at 3:14am. Yes it's 3:14am! I have been really occupied at my shop lately and with all my electronic gadgets failing on me (my personal laptop died due to the frequent electric surge or electric cut that's been happening in Sandakan, my Android phone has been half dead for over a few months.. its battery won't charge till over 50% and refuse to charge on powerbank) I have been quite lagged in terms of updating my cooks and bakes on my blog. I know that I won't be doing them if I get this delayed any further. So I woke up after about 6 hours sleep to do up this post.

I can still remisnesce the nice aroma of this cupcake looking at these photos. They turned out quite sweet, cos I actually pureed the banana and jackfruit. I wouldn't have done it if the lil' fella eats the jackfruit in pieces. I preferred having some textures in this muffin. So if you're keen on this recipe, try having a mix of pureed jackfruit with chopped jackfruit. I am sure they will turn out great, taste and texture wise.

The recipe is adapted from my favorite banana muffin recipe. I have made so many variations of it, and it has not failed me so far, unlike my phone and my laptops :p

*2 eggs 
*50g brown sugar (original was 100g)
*1 ripe banana and about 8 pieces of Jackfruits (chopped or pureed)
*100g top Flour (or plain flour/superlite flour/cake flour)
*1/2 tsp baking powder (original recipe had baking soda, I omitted it)
*60g grapeseed oil (this time I used rice bran oil)
*1/2 tsp cinnamon powder (I omitted this)
Topping (Optional)
*1tsp of cinnamon and 2tsp of brown sugar. Combine and sprinkle on top of cupcake batter prior to baking, OR 
*Rolled oat, OR

  1. Preheat oven to 170deg C. 
  2. Sieve flour and baking powder together. Set aside.
  3. Whisk eggs till frothy. Whisk in banana and jackfruit puree, and brown sugar.
  4. Fold in flour, baking powder and mix well with spatula.
  5. Add in oil and mix well.
  6. Spoon batter into cupcake liner. Decorate with topping (see above).
  7. Bake for 20min, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Crustless cheese and carrot quiche (Gluten free)

Call this a quiche (French) or frittata (Italian). I basically thought this dish can be called either, with the exception that this would be a crustless / baseless quiche. I always make this for the lil' fella, as a simple dinner or snack, whenever I have leftover pasta or rice (in this case! - making this dish gluten free).

This is a re-visited recipe. The one I previously did was Zucchini quiche with onion and cheese. You can really do it with any sorts of vegetables you have in the fridge. Another good one would be grated pumpkin or chopped broccoli (I would probably blanch the broccoli prior to putting them in this dish).

The ingredients and steps are easy. Basically I just prep up everything. Put them all on a shallow bowl, combine all evenly and pour into cupcake liner or mini ceramic dishes for a quick bake. It takes about 15-20 minutes in the oven. If you're like me, love to peep into the oven while they are baking, you'll notice that the quiche or frittata will gradually puff up over the duration, at this stage, you know it's almost there. Give it a couple of extra minute to get that golden color coat and they can leave the oven.

Here's the recipe

For the recipe of baby quiche, you'll need:
(This recipe makes 4 baby quiche or frittata in 4 ceramic dishes)
  • 1cup grated carrot
  • 1egg (large) or 2 medium eggs
  • 1/2 small onion, finely diced
  • 1clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1/4 cup Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup cooked rice or cooked quinoa
  • pinch of salt and black pepper (optional)
1. Combine the egg, minced onion, garlic, grated cheese and carrot cooked rice, salt, and pepper. Stir until evenly combined.
2. Pour evenly onto 4 ceramic dishes *If the mixture appears to be too dry. You may add in another egg, beaten.
3. Bake at 175degC for 18-20 minutes, until golden. Allow to cool slightly before removing to a wire rack to cool. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat at 170ºC for about 8-10 minutes, until heated through.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Steamed oat milk bun/ mantou 奶香燕麦蒸包/馒头

The lil' fella loves pau. Whenever we're out having breakfast at a place that serves pau, if he sees the pau, he'll be making noises, wanting the pau eagerly. But interestingly, he doesn't like the pau's filling, be it savory or sweet. He'll make sure he doesn't eat any bit of the filling. I ended up walloping the filling while he savor his pau. So for today's breakfast, I made him his favorite pau using a soft and fluffy mantou recipe I've previously tried out. It was originally a recipe for soymilk pumpkin bun with red bean filling. But I didn't use the pumpkin puree nor the soymilk this time. Neither did I have any filling for it. I just made it plain with milk and rolled oat soaked in fresh milk. It turned out surprisingly fragrant. It smells a little like custard bun even though this recipe hasnt got any egg nor butter (I replaced the butter with rice bran oil).

I left him with his breakfast while I prep up other stuffs in the kitchen. When I went back to check on him (in just less than 5 minutes), he had already finished up everything, including the chopped banana. It shows he really loves his steamed bun. Guess I'm making more steamed bun for breakfast this week.

Here's the recipe
Recipe modified and translated from Carol.
*old dough 100g (see following for preparation of old dough) *I did this step too, according to her, it improves the fragrance and texture to great extent. But I had to leave mine in room temperature for about 3hours for it to double its size. It didn't proof when in the fridge.
*300g Cake flour/  superfine flour (I didn't use pau flour, cos I went through the ingredient list, it already contain sugar, shortening etc in it, I didn't want it. I wanted to adjust my own)
*1tsp Instant active yeast
*100g Fresh milk (lukewarm) 
*3tbsp rolled oat in 50g fresh milk (soaked for at least 15min)  
*30g Brown sugar
*1/8tsp Salt
*50g Rice Bran Oil

Preparation of old dough
*120g all purpose flour 
*1/2 tsp instant active yeast 
*80g warm water  
*pinch of salt 

  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and knead till it becomes a smooth dough (about a few minutes, max). 
  2. Cover bowl with cling film and let proof for 6-8hours under room temperature, or let proof in fridge until the next day.  
  • Old dough that is not used up can be kept in the fridge for 3-5 days or in the freezer for at least 1 month. Thaw before use. 
1. Combine all ingredients and knead. I used my Donlim breadmaker to knead. Knead until the dough is stretchy and has smooth surface (about 10min in my bread machine).
2. Leave to proof in an oiled bowl till it double its size. (i did this in the bread machine using the Proofing mode)  
3. On a floured surface, punch the risen dough to knock out all the trapped gas.
4. Using a rolling pin, roll into a thin flat dough. Roll up like rolling up a swiss roll  
5. Cut into 10 equal pieces. (I made some into bun some, since he loves the round bun)
7. Place onto non-stick parchment paper.
8. Let proof for another 30-40min.
9. Steam in vigorously boiling water for about 12min. Wrap the lid with a tea towel to prevent the condensate from dropping back onto the pau, which will uglify the outlook. Do not open the lid right away. Let cool gently so that the skin of the pau wont turn wrinkly.

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