Thursday, September 29, 2016

Browned Butter Banana Bread

This is actually the 'homework' for ABC May 2015 which I did a few months back
Yeah, my blog consists lots of late posts LOL

This is another great recipe of many banana cake recipe I have tried. The browned butter really gives a wonderful aroma and somehow enhances the taste too. Soft and delicious! Yum!



 
 
Recipe is from Scientifically Sweet
 
What you need:
 
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup mashed banana (I used about 2 large bananas)
1 large egg, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
235g plain flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 cup chocolate chips (I omitted, I was didn't feel like eating something chocolaty)
 
Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 165degC. Grease and line a 20x10cm loaf pan
  2. Brown butter by cooking it over medium low heat. Stir frequently until it's fragrant and golden brown with little brown bits. Pour into a clean bowl and set aside to cool
  3. In a medium bowl, add in mashed banana followed by the cooled browned butter, egg, sugar and lemon juice. Whisk until blended
  4. Sift in plain flour, baking soda, salt and ground cinnamon. Fold gently into the banana mixture until just combined (do not overmix). If you're using chocolate chips, add in the last
  5. Pour batter into the pan and bake until the skewer test comes out clean, about 45minutes
  6. Remove from oven and transfer to a cooling rack. Cool completely and slice
 



Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sweet Potato Loaf (& Donuts)


 
Okay, after all those Korean food posts, let's move on LOL
This time I'm sharing one of the bread I recently made. I had some sweet potatoes, those with orange flesh so I decided to use some for this bread
I made half of the dough into donuts and the rest I shaped into loaf
Nice and sweet taste and aroma, soft and fluffy with slight chewiness, and little bits of sweet potatoes here and there
 
 
 
 
Recipe is from My Mind Patch
(she used purple sweet potato)
 
What you need:
 
115g fresh milk (you may add up to additional of 25g depending on the water content of the sweet potato)
25g beaten egg
30g caster sugar
1/4 tsp salt
20g coconut oil
100g mashed steamed sweet potato
225g bread flour
3/4 tsp instant yeast
some beaten egg
 
Method:
  1. Using bread maker to knead the dough: Pour in the wet ingredients first into the pan: milk, egg, sweet potato and oil. Followed by the dry ingredients: sugar, salt, flour and lastly yeast (make sure salt and yeast are separated). Press 'dough' function and let the machine start the kneading. After 5mins, check whether the dough is too dry. If it is, add more milk up to 25g)
  2. Let the machine does continue its work (about 1hour 30mins with the first proofing)
  3. After its done, remove the dough from the pan and transfer to a lightly floured surface. Flatten it to release some trapped air bubble
  4. Divide the dough into 2 equal portions. Roll up each dough and pull down the sides a few times to stretch it out and seal at the bottom
  5. Place them in a covered container and let it rest for 10mins
  6. Roll out each dough using rolling pin, flip it over so the smoother side will face outside after rolling up
  7. You may place small bits of sweet potatoes if you have (optional, I skipped)
  8. Roll up the dough from one of the shorter end, pinch to seal
  9. Place the dough into pan of your choice (I used loaf pan), spray some water and cover with damp cloth, let it proof til doubled in size (about 1hour in a warm oven/microwave)
  10. Preheat oven to 180degC 15mins before proofing time ends. Brush the top of the dough with beaten egg and bake for about 25 to 30mins (when you knock the top there's a hollow sound and it's nicely browned)
  11. Remove from oven and brush the top with melted butter, transfer to a cooling rack and let cool before you cut it into slices
  12. Keep in an airtight container
 
 

 
 
I used about a third of the dough to make donuts, it turned out well, too
  1. Flatten the dough using a rolling pin. Use donut cutter to shape
  2. Prepare a wok with some cooking oil and preheat. Once oil is hot, reduce the fire to low. Wait for about a minute and start frying the donut, not too many at one time, til browned on both sides
  3. Remove from heat and put them on a strainer
  4. When it's slightly cooled, transfer to a cooling rack and let it cool completely
  5. Decorate as you prefer. I used Nutella to 'glue' the chocolate sprinkles
 

Obviously, the kids prefers the donuts LOL

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Stir Fry Korean Ramyun Noodles

I am back again, first post of the month, still Korean food LOL
I guess after this post I shall take a break from anything Korean before people start to think this is a Korean food blog haha..
Anyway, you will not regret trying this dish. Beware, it's in fact so addictive that as of now, I have made this dish three times!
It's basically instant noodles - the improved version. Oh so yummy! Thanks Sharon of Delishar for the wonderful idea! So simple but so delicious!


 
 
What you need:
 
1 packet instant Korean noodles (I used Nongshim spicy shin ramyun) with the seasoning and dehydrate toppings
1 tbsp ketchup
1/3 cup kimchi with the juices, chopped (I used my homemade emergency kimchi)
1 chicken fillet, cut into small pieces (I skipped)
1 clove of garlic
a little cooking oil
some water to boil the noodle
salt and pepper to taste
 
Garnish:
1 egg, make sunny side up or poached
roasted sesame seeds
chopped spring onion (I skipped)
 
Method:
  1. If using chicken, season it with salt and pepper
  2. Bring a pot of water to boil and cook noodle and the dehydrate topping slightly undercooked, drain and set aside (you wouldn't want to eat this dish with soggy overcooked noodles LOL)
  3. In a pan, heat oil and add in chicken, stir til cooked and add in garlic followed by kimchi, stir for awhile
  4. Add in noodles and also ketchup and the seasoning pack, stir well
  5. If it's too dry, add in a little water (I added very little water)
  6. Mix well, remove from heat and transfer to a serving plate
  7. Top with sunny side up and sprinkle with sesame seeds
 
I love the texture of the noodles, springy with a slight chewiness
 


Taste heavenly!
 

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