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Basic Vanilla Swissroll

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Basic Vanilla Swissroll
Ingredients:-
4 egg yolks
40g Oil
60g Milk + 1 tsp vanilla extract
20g Caster sugar
70g Cake Flour

4 egg whites
50g caster sugar
1/4 tsp cream of tartar

Method:

Mix egg yolks, oil, sugar and milk together and whisk until blended then sift in flour and mix well. Set aside.

Beat the egg whites till foamy then add cream of tartar, continue to beat while adding sugar gradually to firm peaks.

Fold the meringue into the yolk batter in 3 batches then pour into prepared pan (I used 9 x 11″ pan); smooth out the top by gently shaking the pan from side to side. Bake in preheated oven at 170C for 25 mins or until golden brown. Turn the pan half way through baking to get even browning.

Transfer the cake to cooling rack and invert on a plastic board lined with a clean piece of parchment paper. Peel off paper lining and gently roll the cake up together with the clean parchment paper. Leave it to cool before unrolling and apply filling, then re-roll back again.

Basic Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Ingredients:-

Swiss Meringue Buttercream :
3  Egg whites (Large eggs)
130g Castor Sugar
180g Unsalted Butter,  cut into 1 inch cubes, slightly thaw but still cold and firm

Method:
1.In the stand mixer bowl whisk together egg whites and sugar over a double boiler until the sugar has completely dissolved. Keep whisking to avoid cooking the eggwhites!
2. Remove from heat once the sugar has completely melted and using a stand mixer, beat the eggwhites for 4-5 mins or until stiff peaks forms and meringue is about room temperature.
3. Add the butter, 2 pieces at a time and continue to whisk till it holds stiff peaks. This may take about 10 mins.
4. Use a spatula to scrap the bowl until evenly mixed.
5. Use an offset spatula to apply filling on to your swiss roll.

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Kopitiam bread – sourdough method

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Kopitiam Bread – sourdough method
(adapted from Barry Apek’s Kopitiam bread)

Ingredients:

270gm bread flour
60g active starter discard (or levain)
25 gm sugar
1 tsp salt
170 gm water (reserve 10g to be added if needed)
20 gm shortening

Method:

1. In the stand mixer bowl, place all ingredients except shortening and 10g reserved water. Start the mix with the dough hook until a smooth dough is formed. Slowly add the 10g reserved water as you knead, if needed.
2. Add the shortening and continue to knead to window pane.
3. Once window pane is achieved, remove the dough on to a lightly floured surface and round it into a ball. Rest 10-15 minutes.
4. Shape into a rectangle, fold in the long sides to meet in the center and then roll flat, then roll into a swiss roll.
5. Place this into a 20 x 10 x 10 cm loaf pan. Cover with cling film and leave it at room temperature to ferment until it touches the cling film. Remove the cling film and preheat your oven to 190C.
6. Once oven is ready, bake on lowest rack for 30-35 minutes or until cooked.
7. Remove from pan immediately and allow to cool on a rack. Best served with butter and kaya.

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Pandan Butter Chiffon

Pandan Butter Chiffon (cooked dough method)

Ingredients:

100g plain flour
10g corn flour
20g caster sugar
1/4 tsp salt
5 egg yolks
70g unsalted butter
50g full cream milk
40g pandan paste (blend some pandan leaves with water and let it sit until there’s a clear layer on the top. Pour away the clear water and use the thick pandan liquid at the bottom)

6 egg whites
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
60g caster sugar

Method:-

1. Sift flour and salt together. Set aside.
2. Microwave the butter and milk together until butter has melted. Pour into the sifted flour/salt and use a spatula to mix into a paste. Add the pandan juice and mix till combined before adding the egg yolks. Continue to mix until silky smooth. Cover with a clean towel and set aside.
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. Lightly incorporate the meringue into the yolk batter in 3 portions.
5. Pour in the final batter into an 8″ tube pan and use a skewer to run lightly around the top to smoothen the surface. Reserved a tablespoon of batter and mix with a drop of green and draw the design if you wish.
6. Place the cake pan into a shallow non leaking pan and place these into a bigger pan. Pour hot water into the largest pan to about 1 cm in height.
7. Bake the cake on the lowest rack at 160C for 90 minutes or until cake is done. Tent the cake if it gets too brown. After removing cake from the oven, immediately invert to cool completely before unfolding.

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Garlic butter/cheese Buns

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Garlic butter/cheese buns

For the roasted garlic butter:
1 head garlic, unpeeled
1 tbsp olive oil
60g unsalted butter, softened
1 tbsp minced scallions
1 tsp dried thyme
a dash of pepper
1/2 tsp salt – omit this if you are using salted butter

Preheat oven to 200°C. Cut top off garlic head. Place garlic on a piece of aluminum foil; drizzle with olive oil. Fold edges together to seal. Bake for 30 mins. Press on the garlic, it should be soft. Allow garlic to be cool enough to handle then squeeze it out into a bowl. Mashed it up and add butter, scallion thyme and pepper and salt if using. Stir well to combine. Set aside and wait for the bread dough to be ready.

For the dough:-
Hokkaido Bread Loaf

270g bread flour
30g plain flour
10g milk powder
40g caster sugar
1/2tsp salt
1 tsp instant yeast
50g egg
90g Hokkaido Fresh Milk (if can’t find just use fresh milk)
80g whipping cream

10g unsalted butter

some shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese (optional)

Method:-

1. In your mixing bowl with dough hook, put in both flours and milk powder then place sugar, salt and finally yeast on the top.
2. Add in the egg, milk & whipping cream and knead into a soft dough.
3. Add in the butter and continue to knead for about 10 minutes then test by pinching a small ball and stretch it as thin as possible. If the dough doesn’t break, it’s ready. Otherwise, continue to knead a few more minutes then test again.
4. Shape into a smooth ball and rest the dough for 15 mins. Divide into 8 pieces (68g each) and roll into a ball. Rest again for 10 mins covered.
5. Take a piece and roll into a flat oval shape. Spread some garlic butter on top, leaving some space at the sides. Top up with some mozzarella and cheddar cheese. Then fold up from a short point and roll into a oblong shape. Make sure you seal it well to avoid leakage.
6. Place on baking sheet and repeat with the rest until complete. Proof until doubled before baking at 170C for 25-30 minutes, turning once half way through baking.
7. Remove from baking sheet immediately and allow to cool on the rack. Best served warm.

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Basic white loaf (Autolyze method)

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Basic white loaf (Autolyze method)

325g bread flour
100g milk
100g water

25g water
3g yeast
1 tsp salt
1 tablespoon sugar
15g butter

Method:

1. Mix flour and 200g milk/water until well combined. Cover and keep in fridge to autolyze for 4 hours or over night. (from some feedback, some of you find the dough to be too wet. So I would suggest, you reserve about 20g of this liquid to be added if dough is too dry while kneading)
2. After 4 hours, remove from fridge and mix the yeast and with the remaining water.
3. Tear the dough into pieces and transfer into the mixer bowl. Add sugar and salt and lastly,  the yeast mixture and start kneading until smooth dough forms.
4. Add butter and knead to window pane.
5. Remove from mixer bowl and knead with hand for a couple of minutes until smooth. Shape into a ball and allow to proof covered until dough has risen a bit. This should take about 30 mins.
6. Roll out flat. Fold in the two sides to meet then roll like swissroll into a log. Place into pan and allow to proof into an inch above the rim.
7. Bake in preheated oven at 190C for 30 mins. Tent at 20 mins to avoid burnt crust.
8. Remove from pan immediately and cool on rack.

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Gula Melaka Chiffon

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Gula Melaka Chiffon

Ingredients:-

6 eggs yolks – I used grade A eggs (65g)
60g corn oil
100g plain flour
1/4 tsp salt
50g coconut milk
50g pure gula melaka

6 eggs whites
1/4 tsp cream of tartar (may replace with 1 tsp lemon juice or vinegar)
60g sugar

 

Method:

1. Melt gula melaka with coconut milk and a piece of pandas leave. Strain into a large mixing bowl. Add the oil and yolks and mix well.
2. Add sifted flour and mix with a hand whisk until combined. Set aside.
3. Beat the egg whites until foamy then gradually add sugar to beat until firm peaks form.
4. 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.
5. Pour into an 8″ (20cm) tube pan and place it into another seamless pan before placing these into a shallow water bath. Bake at 160C for 90 mins. Water bath should dry up towards the end of the baking time. If not, then remove the water pan and continue to bake until cooked.
6. Invert immediately to cool completely before unmolding.

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Limoncello Chiffon

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Limoncello Chiffon

Ingredients:

100g plain flour
10g corn flour
20g caster sugar
1/4 tsp salt
5 egg yolks
60g Corn oil
25g Limoncello Liqueur
75g Water or milk
Optional: zest from 1 lemon

6 egg whites
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
60g caster sugar

Method:-

1. Sift flour and salt together. Set aside.
2. Mix together oil, yolks, Limoncello and water until well blended. Mix well before sifting in flour mixture and mix until combined. Set aside.
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. Lightly incorporate the meringue into the batters using a hand whisk and for the final part,switch to a spatula to scoop from bottom and fold on to the batter to ensure even mixing.
5. Pour in the batter into an 8″ (20cm) tube pan. Use a skewer to run lightly around the top to smoothen the surface.
6. Place the cake pan into a shallow non leaking pan and place these into a bigger pan. Pour hot water into the largest pan to about 1 cm or less in height.
7. Bake the cake on the lowest rack at 160C for 88-90 minutes or until cake is done. Tent the cake if it gets too brown. After removing cake from the oven, immediately invert to cool completely before unfolding.

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