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Gula Melaka Sponge Cake

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6 eggs yolks – (65g eggs)
50g corn oil + 20g coconut oil
100g cake flour
1/4 tsp salt
70g milk
50g gula melaka syrup (I chopped up 50g gula melaka and boil with some water to make a thick syrup)

6 eggs whites
60g sugar

Line the base of an 8″ round pan.

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Method:

1. Put oil, yolk, gula melaka syrup, milk and salt in a large bowl and stir until all blended. Add the flour and stir again with a whisk until smooth. Set aside.
2. Beat the egg whites until foamy then gradually add sugar to beat until firm peaks form.
3. 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.
4. Pour into prepared pan and bake in water bath at 160C for 70-80 minutes or until the cake bounces back when you lightly press the top and not squishing.
5. Remove from oven and leave it for a couple of minutes before unmoulding.
Allow to cool completely before slicing.

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Pandan Zebra Sponge Cake

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Pandan Zebra Sponge Cake

Ingredients:

6 large egg yolks
70g oil
45g pandan juice (use lesser because pandan juice is thinner)
50g milk
90g Cake flour/super fine flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

6 egg whites
100g sugar
1/4 tsp cream of tartar

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Method:

1. Line the bottom an 8″ round pan. Grease the sides for easier unmoulding. Preheat oven to 160C.
2. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together. Divide into 2 portions.
3. Beat egg yolks, oil together until combined before dividing into 2 portions equally and add pandan juice and milk into each portion respectively.
4. Stir in the flour for each flavor. Set aside.
5. Beat egg whites until frothy before adding cream of tartar. Continue beating while gradually adding the sugar. Beat till firm peaks but not stiff. Divide into 2 equal portions. Fold the divided meringue into the yolk batters respectively until evenly mixed. Prepare two similar size ladle or two ice cream scoops.
6. Scoop one large scoop of each batter into prepared pan alternatively on top of each other. Tap after every scoop to flatten and remove bubbles. Bake with a water bath at 160C for 75-80 minutes or until cooked.
7. Remove from oven, wait until cake has pulled away from the sides before inverting on to a smooth non stick pan. Remove paper lining and re-invert on to a rack.
8. Place cake in the oven (do not turn it on) to dry using the remaining heat if the cake is still wet.

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Mango Chiffon

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Mango Chiffon

Ingredients:

120g self raising flour
1/4 tsp salt
5 egg yolks (large eggs 65g above)
70g corn oil
80g  mango flesh + 50g milk, blend together

6 egg whites
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
100g caster sugar

Method:-

1. Sift flour and salt together. Set aside.
2. Mix egg yolks together with mango puree, oil and stir until well blended. Sift in flour mixture and mix until combined.
3. Beat egg whites until frothy, add in cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add in sugar and beat to firm peaks.
4. Lighten the batter with 1/3 portion of the meringue using a hand whisk. Then add another 1/3 portion of the meringue and gently fold. Repeat with the remaining portion until fully incorporated.
5. Gently pour the batter in a circular motion into an 8″ tube pan until complete.
6. Bang the cake pan on the kitchen bench to remove large air bubbles.
Steam bake the cake at 160C for 80-90 minutes or until cake is done. After removing cake from the oven, immediately invert to cool complete before unmoulding.

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Keto Bread

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Keto Bread – for those on Low Carbo High Fat diet

Ingredients:
1 1/2 Cup  (150g) Almond Flour
6 Large eggs
100g salted Butter, melted
2 tsp Baking powder

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Instructions:

Preheat oven to 175C. Grease a muffin pan

  1. In a large mixing bowl, put in cooled melted butter and add 6 eggs. Whisk them together and pour in the almond flour.  Use a spatula to mix until lump free.
  2. Place 1/2 cup of the batter into each muffin pans.
  3. Bake in preheated oven of the middle rack for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. Cool on rack. Slice into half and add your protein filling, like fried eggs or grill meat to serve.
  5. Left overs can be store in the fridge and re-bake to warm before serving.

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Basic Milk Loaf (sour dough)

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Basic Milk Loaf (Sour Dough) (adapted from here)

250g Japanese Kobe Bread flour
200g Refreshed leaven
20g castor sugar
1/2 tsp salt
10g milk powder

100g UHT milk (liquid)
30g corn oil

Loaf pan 8 x 4 x 4″ – grease and flour

Instructions:

1. Remove your sour dough leaven from the fridge and feed with 1:1 ratio of water and bread flour. Leave at room temperature until doubled. Remove a teaspoon and drop into a glass of water. If it floats, then it’s ready for use.

2. In your stand mixer, add all ingredients except the oil and mix with dough hook until a soft sticky dough is formed. Please add more water if the dough is too dry or more flour if too wet. Knead for about 5 minutes before adding the oil and continue to knead to window pane.

3. Shape it into a ball and cover with a piece of plastic then leave it to proof until doubled in size. Because no commercial yeast is used, it required a long proofing time about 2 hours. (I leave the dough in the fridge at this stage as it’s already late and removed it the next evening to thaw and proof in room temperature).

4. Once it has doubled, divide into 3 equal parts and roll each piece like you would a swiss roll with the length about the same width of the pan and place into the pan.

5. Cover with a piece of plastic and allow to proof again until 95% full before baking in preheated oven at 170C for 40-45 minutes. Tent the top once it has turned golden brown to avoid burning.

6. Unmould immediately and allow to cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.

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Bluepea Chiffon

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Ingredients:

120g self raising flour
1/4 tsp salt
5 egg yolks (large eggs 65g above)
50g corn oil
20g coconut oil
100g concentrated bluepea flower juice + 1 tsp of lemon juice

6 egg whites
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
100g caster sugar

Method:-

1. Sift flour and salt together. Set aside.
2. Mix egg yolks together with bluepea juice, oil and stir until well blended. Sift in flour mixture and mix until combined.
3. Beat egg whites until frothy, add in cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add in sugar and beat to firm peaks.
4. Lighten the batter with 1/3 portion of the meringue using a hand whisk. Then add another 1/3 portion of the meringue and gently fold. Repeat with the remaining portion until fully incorporated.
5. Gently pour the batter in a circular motion into an 8″ tube pan until complete.
6. Bang the cake pan on the kitchen bench to remove large air bubbles.
Steam bake the cake at 160C for 80-90 minutes or until cake is done. After removing cake from the oven, immediately invert to cool complete before unmoulding.

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Marble Butter Sponge Cake

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Ingredients:-

60g unsalted butter
85g self raising flour
4 egg yolks (from 65g eggs)
60g milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
1 tablespoon cocoa powder (sifted)

4 egg whites
75g caster sugar
1/4 tsp cream of tartar

Utensil: 7″ round, grease sides and line bottom.
Oven preheated to 160C, water bath method, lowest level.

Method:

1. In a pot, heat butter until just bubbly, switch off fire, then add 2/3 of the flour, stirring until smooth.

2. Add milk, salt and vanilla extract and stir to combine. Nexby egg yolks. Lastly, add the last portion of flour and mix until smooth. Set aside while you prepare the meringue.

3. Place eggwhites into a stand mixer bowl and beat until frothy before adding the cream of tartar and continue to beat until foamy. Gradually add sugar until firm peaks.

4. Add 1/3 of the meringue into the yolk batter and mix with hand whisk until lightened. Then add another portion and keep mixing until incorporated. Use a spatula to scoop from bottom of pan and fold up to ensure batter are properly mixed. Divide batter into 2 equal portions and add cocoa powder into one. Mix gently until incorporated.

5. Pour both batters together, side by side, into prepared pan and baked in water bath at 160C for 70-80 minutes. Insert a piece of foil on the highest level for the first 40 minutes of baking. Remove it after 40 minutes and continue baking for 30 minutes then test by pressing lightly on the surface. If still squishing, bake longer.

6. Remove and unmould immediately to cool on wire rack.

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