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Marble Butter Cake

 

Marble Butter Cake
Recipe adapted from Barry Apek’s Batik Butter Cake

Ingredients:

230 gm salted butter
100 gm caster sugar
200 gm self raising flour (sifted)
4 egg yolks

4 whites
70g caster sugar
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp cream of tartar

liquid:
45 gm milk for vanilla batter
45 gm cocoa liquid (dissolve 10gm of cocoa powder in 35gm of warm water)

Instructions:

1. Beat butter and the 100gm of sugar until light & fluffy. Add in egg yolks, one at a time, beating well until incorporated before adding the next one. Add vanilla extract. Add sifted flour in 3 additions, mix until fully incorporated.
2. Divide the batter in (1) into 2 equal portions.
3. Add the 2 liquids into each of the 2 batters; mix well until combined. Set aside.
4. Whisk the egg white until frothy before adding the cream of tartar. Continue to whisk and gradually adding the sugar, to firm peaks. Divide equally into the two prepared butter batter and gently fold in using a spatula.
5. Spoon the batters randomly into the prepared baking pan.
6. Bake in preheated oven at 165C for 55-60 minutes or until golden brown. I wrap the cake pan with several strips of baking paper wrapped with foil to achieve an even and crackless top.

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Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

240g cake flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon powder
160g fine sugar
120g corn oil
2 eggs
160g blended canned pineapples
200g shredded carrots (can replace with bananas to make it a hummingbird cake)

50-60g of roasted chopped walnuts for decoration

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 170°C middle rack. Grease and line 2 x 8 inch round pans.
2. Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and use a hand whisk to stir until combined. Set aside.
3. In another bowl add corn oil, eggs, blended pineapple and mix till well combine. Finally using a spatula, fold in the shredded carrots until combined.
4. Divide the batter into the 2 pans and bake for 30 minutes. Turn the pans half way through the baking to achieve even browning.
5. Remove and cool on wire rack for a few minutes before unmoulding to cool completely. Frost your cake if desired.

For frosting:

250g Cream Cheese, softened
100g non-dairy topping cream
40g Icing Sugar
1 tsp lemon juice

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Method:

1. Whip the cream cheese with the icing sugar until soft, add the lemon juice then set aside.
2. In another bowl, whip the topping cream to soft peak then add the prepared cream cheese and continue to whisk until smooth and creamy before use. I did the open layer frosting and have some left over cream.

 

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Sourdough starter Soft Sandwich loaf

 

 

Sourdough starter Soft Sandwich Loaf

Ingredients:

330g Japanese Bread flour
2 Tablespoons of whole wheat flour
66g Stiff Sourdough Starter (fed 15g:45g:45g)
264g liquid – 2 Eggs and top up with full cream milk to the required weight
30g Sugar
50g lightly salted Butter, softened at room temperature
4g Salt

Method:-

  1.  In a stand mixer bowl, place all ingredients except butter and mix until dough is smooth and pliable.
  2. Add butter and continue to knead to window pane.
  3. Remove from bowl, and place on lightly floured tabletop. Divide into 3 portions.
  4. Take one portion, roll flat to about 8 inch long then roll into swiss roll. Set aside to allow it to relax. Continue with the other 2 portions.
  5. Take the first portion and roll out flat again then roll back into a swiss roll shape. Place into greased and flour baking pan. Repeat with the balance.
  6. Allow the dough to proof until it reaches the rim of the pan before baking in preheated oven at 190C for 35 minutes. Tent if it gets too brown.
  7. Remove from pan once cooked and cool completely on wire rack before slicing.

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Sourdough soft sandwich loaf

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Soft bread using sourdough

Recipe:
225g bread flour
90g water
50g fullcream milk
5g salt
50g active sourdough starter
12g milk powder
30g butter
10g sugar
15g toasted black sesame seeds

 

Add all ingredients except butter and sesame seeds into a stand mixer and knead until smooth and pliable. Add softened butter and continue to knead to window pane stage. Add sesame seeds and knead until just incorporated.
Remove from mixer and divide into 3 portions. Roll out into strips and plaid together. Fold the plaited dough into half and place into greased loaf pan.
Allow to proof until about tripled its size. Brush the top with egg wash and bake in preheated oven at 190C for 30-35 minutes or until golden.
Note: pan size is 20x10x10cm

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Old fashion Sponge Cake

Baked on 3/10/2017 – added 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder to a portion of batter for marble effect


Old fashion Orange Sponge Cake recipe adapted by Barry Apek
Ingredients:
75 gm corn oil
105 gm flour (original used 110g)
75 gm Orange Juice
6 yolks
15 gm golden syrup
1/4 tsp salt

6 egg whites
80 gm sugar
1/8 tsp cream of tartar (optional)

Line the base of an 8″ round pan and grease the sides.

Method:

1. Put oil in a saucepan and heat on low fire until just simmering. If you have a thermometer it should read around 70C. Remove and immediately add the flour and stir with a whisk until smooth.
2. Add in orange juice and golden syrup and stir to combine.
3. Add in egg yolks and whisk with hand whisk until batter is smooth and runny. Set aside.
4. Beat the egg whites until foamy, add cream of tartar then gradually add sugar to beat until firm peaks form.
5. Add 1/3 of the meringue into the yolk batter and using the hand whisk to mix until combined. Add the next 1/3 portion and whisk again. Finally, add the last portion, whisk briefly before switching to spatula to scoop the batter from bottom and fold up on to the batter to make sure all are combined and no more yolk batter can be seen.
6. Pour into prepared pan and bake in water bath (place baking pan into another pan for insulation or wrap with baking belt or wet towel) at 160C for 70-80 minutes or until the cake bounces back when you lightly press the top. (temperature and timing is different for every oven, so do adjust accordingly).
7. Remove from oven and leave it for a couple of minutes before unmoulding. You can invert it like you would a chiffon cake to cool completely before unmoulding if you wish.
8. Cool completely before slicing.

 

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Herman Soft Bread (single proof)

Using Pandan Juice for this loaf

Plain white loaf

Added 20g of Whole meal flour to the above loaf

Using Bluepea Juice to get this color

Herman Soft Bread (Single proofing method)
Recipe by Xiu Li
Ingredients:-
Herman 130g
260g bread flour
1 large egg
60ml milk (slowly add, adjust accordingly)
2g salt (6g for salty toast)
30g butter

Method:

1. Mix all ingredients (except butter) together (I used a stand mixer) and knead till you get a silky and elastic dough. Incorporate butter and knead till window pane stage.
2. Divide dough into 3 portions, then roll out flat and slightly shorter than the width of the pan. Roll up like a swiss roll, and place into well greased loaf pan. (my pan measurement is 20x10x10cm).
3. Cover with the pan cover if using pullman loaf pan or a damp cloth if using open top loaf, at room temperature for 8-10 hrs or until the dough tripled in size/90% of height of pan.
4. Bake at 170C, for 25-30mins for buns/35-40mins for big loaf, cover bread with foil if it browns too quickly. (If baking in a covered loaf pan, increase temperature to 190C for 35 minutes).

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Tartine Country Bread @Tropical condition by Nancy Wei

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Tartine Country Bread @30C
by Nancy Wei
Ingredients:
270g bread flour (90%)
30g wholewheat flour (10%)
60g sourdough starter at peak (20%)
210-224g cold water (73-77% hydration)
6g salt (2%)
Method (hand-mix)
1. Use starter at peak.
2. Mix flour and water.
3. Autolyse dough in fridge for 1 hour.
4. Add starter. Rest dough at RT 30C for 30 mins.
5. Add salt. Transfer dough to an oiled container. (30 mins autolyse)
6. Bulk fermentation: At RT 30C for 3 hrs with 3-4 stretch & folds (S&F) at 20-min intervals.
7. Shaping: At the end of bulk fermentation, tip dough onto floured countertop. Preshape, rest 20mins. Final shape and place dough (seam side up) in floured banneton.
8. Final proof in fridge for 10 hrs.
9. Baking: 1/2 an hour before dough is ready, preheat oven and dutch oven (DO) at 250C. When oven is ready, tip cold dough onto parchment paper. Score and load dough into hot DO. Bake covered at 250C for 20 minutes. Remove cover, lower temperature to 230C and bake for another 15-20 mins.

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