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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Bake Along #82 Healthier Lemon Bars

Craving for some refreshing sweet treats during mid week? Can't wait for weekend cheat day?
You can try this lemon bars. Portion controlled and healthier ingredients used giving you only about 75 calories per serving. How good is that? :)


Taste wise, you don't have to compromise too much. These bars are yummy, and simple to make too :)
 
 
 
Recipe is from Mind Over Munch
 
What you need:
 
For crust:
1 cup flour (I used unbleached all purpose flour, you can use oat or whole wheat flour)
1/3 cup brown sugar (or sweetener of your choice such as stevia or coconut sugar)
1/4 cup coconut oil, solid
1/8 tsp salt
 
For filling:
3 eggs
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup caster sugar (I wanted to use coconut sugar but I didn't want to ruin the bright yellow colour and I don't really fancy baking with stevia so I stick to caster sugar)
1/3 cup flour (I used unbleached all purpose flour, you can use oat or whole wheat flour)
zest from 1 lemon
 
Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 180degC
  2. Combine ingredients for crust using pastry cutter or fork til crumbly
  3. Press crust into a greased baking pan and bake for about 12mins, til slightly browned. Set aside
  4. Make the filling by whisking all ingredients til well mixed and then pour onto the cooled crust
  5. Bake for about 20mins til the filling is gelled and cooked through
  6. Cool completely and cut into 16 squares. Dust with sieved icing sugar before serving
 
As you can see there's some of the lemon filling managed to escape underneath the crust, hence a thin layer of the filling formed there making it looked like layered cake instead, I mean layered bar LOL
 
 
 
 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Happiness can be as simple as some muffins in the morning with a cup of coffee. At least for me haha.. These yummy muffins definitely can :)


 
 
 
What you need:
 
200g self raising flour
150g pumpkin, steamed and mashed
150g castor sugar
100g cream cheese
80g melted butter
50g fresh milk
3 eggs
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
 
Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 180degC. Line muffin pan
  2. Whisk together mashed pumpkin (still hot) and cream cheese til well mixed. Add in eggs, milk and melted butter. Stir til well combined. Set aside
  3. In another bowl, mix in flour, sugar, cinnamon powder and baking soda
  4. Make a well in the centre and pour in the wet mixture. Fold in gently til just incorporated. Lumpy batter with some flour streaks here and there is alright. Do not overmix
  5. Pour batter into the muffin pan til 3/4 full. Bake for about 20-25mins til skewer comes out clean
 
Delicious yummy muffins
 
 
 
Soft, moist, full of pumpkin and cinnamon flavour with a slight hint of the cream cheese. I like! :)

 
 
This post is for Best Recipes July 2015 event where the theme this time is I Have A Date With Pumpkin. This event is organized and hosted by Fion of XuanHom's Mom Kitchen Diary and co-hosted by Rachel from Simply Life 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Swiss Roll Meranti Copycat

Meranti swiss roll cakes is so popular in Medan, Indonesia. People visiting the place will not leave without it. I myself never visit the bakery but I did try eating the cake when my relative came to Singapore tagging this along for me :)
To me, it's just a normal swiss roll, the rich buttery kind, with different varieties of topping and filling, such as chocolate rice, blueberry, cheese, coffee, etc. It's yummy though, with a soft smooth texture

The famous Meranti swiss rolls


I then did some searching, and found one recipe tried by many Indonesian bakers, and they were happy with the result. So I made one, too :)



 
 
Recipe is in Indonesian language from HERE
Here's the English version...
 
What you need:
 
A
6 egg yolks
5 eggs
125g caster sugar
20g full cream milk powder
100g all purpose flour
1g double acting baking powder
1 tbsp water
 
B
125g butter (original recipe used 100g butter & 25g margarine)
1 tbsp vanilla extract
 
Filling:
blueberry or strawberry jam (I used strawberry)
 
Method:
  1. Heat oven to 180degC. Line 28cmx28cm swiss roll pan and grease
  2. Beat eggs and sugar til light and fluffy, doubled in size. Add in water, beat for a while and off mixer
  3. Sieve in milk powder, flour, baking powder and fold in gently with spatula
  4. Add in B and continue folding in the batter gently til well mixed
  5. Pour batter into the pan, lightly bang to release air bubbles (or you can tap the bottom of the pan too)
  6. Bake for 20-30mins (depending on the oven). To create 'skin' switch the heat to top heat for about 5mins after the swiss roll is cooked (watch out carefully)
  7. Remove from oven and on another piece of baking paper, invert the cake. Peel the top paper and leave to cool slightly
  8. Spread the jam and roll the cake away from you. Wrap tightly with the baking paper and put in the fridge for about 1 hour prior to serving. Cut and serve
 
My verdict, this recipe is really close to the original Meranti swiss roll. Rich, buttery, yummy
The texture reminds me of Lapis Surabaya (see how many eggs used, and you can see the resemblance haha)
This is definitely much more sinful than the usual swiss rolls, but indulging in it once a while in moderation is ok, I guess LOL
 


This post is for Best Recipes June 2015 event where the theme this time is Secret of Chiffon & Roll Cakes. This event is organized and hosted by Fion of XuanHom's Mom Kitchen Diary

Friday, June 26, 2015

My Favorite Easy Alfredo Sauce

My kids love pasta. But they have different preference. While Abby likes tomato based sauce, Ian always prefers cream sauce. I always try to keep these two sauces in stock in my freezer
For lazy cook like me, I still use store bought bottled tomato based pasta sauce, the taste is still acceptable with addition of sautéed onion, some Italian herbs, adjust the taste a little with a little sugar and black pepper, throw in some grated cheddar, stir and that's it. I can use this sauce for both pasta and pizza
But for cream sauce, I did try a few different brands of bottled sauce but I just couldn't accept the taste. It's just not right, different, artificial. So for cream sauce, I always make my own
So far, this works best for my family. Delicious, creamy and cheesy, just like we prefer. And it's so easy, no roux whatsoever LOL


What you need:
(this makes about 5 servings)

1 tbsp butter
3 cloves of garlic, minced finely
400ml cream
200ml fresh milk
100g grated parmesan cheese
a little salt, black pepper

Method:
  1. Heat butter in a pan and sautee minced garlic til fragrant
  2. Add in cream and fresh milk, over low heat stir continuously til smoky and milk starts to bubble
  3. Add in parmesan cheese, salt, pepper and stir til cheese melts
  4. Divide into 5 and keep in small individual containers. Let cool and put them in the freezer for future use

For this pasta below, I boiled spaghetti and added frozen green peas about 5mins before draining, pan fried sliced ham together with sliced button mushroom. Mix them together in a pan over low heat, add the thawed alfredo sauce, stir well and transfer to a serving plate. Sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese and serve

 
 
This post is linked to the event Little Thumbs Up (June 2015: Cream) organised by Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids and Doreen of My Little Favourite DIY, and hosted by Diana from The Domestic Goddess Wannabe
 
 
 
Yummy, creamy, cheesy :)
 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Mango Pudding

This is one pudding with mousse like consistency as no binding agent used such as gelatine or agar agar. Yummy as it is, but I still prefer those more solid texture kind. Nevertheless, it's still a great sweet cold treat in the recent hot humid days


 
 
Smooth, creamy and sweet, I like :)

 
 
I really can't remember where I got this recipe from. It's from one of FB group I joined. To the person who created this recipe, my apology for not mentioning you
 
Here is the recipe...
 
What you need:
 
300ml fresh milk
200ml double cream
2 medium size mangoes, cut and pureed
2 tbsp sugar (my mangoes were really sweet)
2 tbsp custard powder
 
Method:
  1. In a bowl, mix in all ingredients and blend til smooth and no lumps
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium fire, stir all the time about 10mins
  3. Pour into individual serving bowl, bring to room temperature and cool in the fridge
 
 
 
This post is linked to the event Little Thumbs Up (June 2015: Cream) organised by Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids and Doreen of My Little Favourite DIY, and hosted by Diana from The Domestic Goddess Wannabe
 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Bake Along #80 Easy Lazy Mini Chocolate Croissants

This is for me. Easy and quick. Especially during this school holiday when I heard word 'mummy' being called out hundred times LOL
So for now, I made this. With the humid how weather recently and the running around bored kids at home, I do not think it's a good idea to try out the from the scratch croissant recipe which involving time consuming never ending refrigerating, freezing, rolling, folding, and not to mention high risk of butter melting. If that thing happens right now, I think I can tear the whole house down haha...


My easy peasy mini chocolate croissants using frozen puff pastry
 
 
 
Somehow the chocolate filling looks like red bean paste here in the pic below. But no, that is chocolate :)
 
 
 
What you need:
 
1 pack of frozen puff pastry
semi sweet chocolate chips
1 egg
1 tbsp water
 
Method:
  1. Thaw the puff pastry til easy to handle, and then on lightly floured surface, roll til flat in rectangular shape. Cut into smaller rectangular and cut each in diagonal to shape triangles
  2. Place semi sweet chocolate chips at the centre of each triangle and roll starting from the wider end. Twist the end and curve a little to crescent shape
  3. Place in lined baking tray and bake in preheated oven of 180degC for 20-25mins (mine was smaller size 20mins sufficed)
  4. Once it's browned, remove from oven and transfer to cooling rack
 
Those particular in choosing the best croissants, you can forget about trying this cheat recipe I did. This is enough to please my family. But of course, they will be more than happy to eat much better version of croissants too LOL
 
 

 

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Pandan Chiffon Cake (Alex Goh)

This is my fourth time baking chiffon cake, and it's all pandan! haha.. It's time for me to switch to other varieties :)
This time is the famous chiffon cake recipe from Alex Goh :)


 
 
Still can't get the browned skin upon unmoulding the cake and look at the holes.. But aside from that, delicious soft and moist chiffon cake, another popular keeper recipe :)
 
 
I saw the recipe from Cook.Bake.Love
Here it is with slight modification I made...
 
What you need:
 
A
4 egg yolks
45g caster sugar
 
B
70ml coconut milk
45ml pandan juice
a drop of pandan essence (I added)
70ml canola oil
a pinch of salt
 
C
150g cake flour
1 tsp baking powder
 
D
4 egg whites
90g caster sugar
a pinch of cream of tartar
 
Method:
  1. Whisk A til dissolved. Add in B and mix well. Sift in C and mix til smooth. Set aside
  2. Starting with low speed for a minute then switch to high speed beat egg whites til frothy, add in cream of tartar and 1/2 part of the sugar from D. Beat til soft peak and add the remaining sugar. Continue beating til stiff peak, switch the last minute to low speed
  3. Fold in 1/3 of the meringue into the egg yolk mixture and mix well. Add in the remaining meringue and fold in gently til just incorporated
  4. Pour batter into 20cm ungreased chiffon cake pan, bang on the table top a few times to release air bubbles
  5. Bake in preheated oven of 175degC for 40mins. If in doubt, you can bake a little longer to be safe. For chiffon cake, slightly over baked is always better than under baked
  6. Invert the cake immediately after removing from oven. Let cool completely before removing from mould



This post is for Best Recipes June 2015 event where the theme this time is Secret of Chiffon & Roll Cakes. This event is organized and hosted by Fion of XuanHom's Mom Kitchen Diary

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