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:
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
125g butter (original recipe used 100g butter & 25g margarine)
1 tbsp vanilla extract
blueberry or strawberry jam (I used strawberry)
  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

  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
  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

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
  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:
4 egg yolks
45g caster sugar
70ml coconut milk
45ml pandan juice
a drop of pandan essence (I added)
70ml canola oil
a pinch of salt
150g cake flour
1 tsp baking powder
4 egg whites
90g caster sugar
a pinch of cream of tartar
  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

Friday, May 29, 2015

Bake Along #79 My Mother-In-Law's Madeira Cake (Nigella Lawson)

Like others, I'm also curious about the story behind the name of this cake
I found out that this cake's recipe is from Nigella Lawson's mother in law
It's typically an English tea cake served with Portuguese wine called Madeira, very popular during the early days

Easy to make, it's a typical fool proof butter cake. Well actually it's lighter than butter cake. It's like a cross between butter and sponge cake. Very nice with a lemony taste in every bite. I like it with a cup of hot tea. I wish I could try it with madeira wine :)


Recipe is from HERE

What you need:
(below is half recipe)

120g butter, room temperature
100g caster sugar
zest of 1 small lemon
2 medium eggs
30ml juice of lemon
105g self raising flour
45g plain flour
more caster sugar for sprinkling (I didn't use)

  1. Preheat oven to 170degC. Grease and line 1 standard size loaf pan
  2. Cream butter and sugar til light. Add in lemon zest and beat for awhile
  3. Add in egg one at a time followed by both flour alternating with lemon juice til well mixed
  4. Pour batter in the pan, sprinkle caster ugar if using, and bake for 45mins 
  5. Remove from oven when skewer test comes out clean, remove from pan and let cool in the cooling rack


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Bake Along #78 No Bake Mango Cheesecake

This gonna be my last cheesecake contribution for Bake Along 4th birthday, happened to be the last day of submission too LOL
No bake cheesecake is a yummy refreshing dessert I love. DH loves this too over the baked version, even though his number 1 preference is still Japanese cheesecake :)

Argh! I always made a mess of the base crust :)

Recipe is from Cynthia from The Baking Biatch

What you need:

180g digestive biscuits (or marie biscuits)
80g melted unsalted butter

250g cream cheese (I used light cream cheese), room temperature
75g castor sugar
250g mango yoghurt
100g water
2.5tbsp gelatin powder
100g fresh mango cubes

Jelly topping:
125g mango puree from fresh mango
125g water
25g castor sugar
1 tsp gelatin

  1. Cut biscuits into small pieces and pulse in food processor til formed crumbs. Add in melted butter and pulse 1-2 times til well combined. Press the crumbs into a round spring form pan (I used 20cm) and refrigerate
  2. Prepare the cheesecake by mixing water and gelatin, stirring well before warming it up in microwave for about 15secs (til just warm)
  3. In a bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar over low speed til mixed and creamy. Add in cooled gelatin mixture and mix well. Add in yoghurt, and mix well
  4. Add in mango cubes and fold into the batter
  5. Pour onto the pan over the crust and keep in the freezer for about 2hours
  6. Prepare jelly topping by mixing all ingredients in a small pot over medium fire and bring to boil, stir continuously. Pour over the cheesecake in the pan, put back in the freezer for about 30mins or so
  7. Remove cheesecake from freezer. Using the back of a paring knife, run through the sides of the pan. Release the spring form pan and decorate the cake as desired with fresh fruits brushed with diluted jam for extra shine (and drool LOL) (I skipped this part as I am a lazy cake decorator haha)


I'm also submitting this post to the Best Recipes for Everyone May 2015 Event (Theme: My Favourite Desserts) organized by Fion of XuanHom's Mom and co-hosted by Aunty Young. Link is HERE
And lastly, this post is also linked to the event Little Thumbs Up (May 2015: YOGURT) organised by Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids and Doreen of My Little Favourite DIY, and hosted by Cheryl of Baking Taitai


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