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Bluepea/Pandan Chiffon


Bluepea/Pandan Chiffon
(adapted from Barry Apek’s recipe)

Ingredients:

110g Cake flour (divide into half)
40g caster sugar (divide into half)
80g corn oil (divide into half)
5 large egg yolks (65g egg) (weigh, lightly beaten and divide into half)
1/2 tsp salt (divide into half)
44g concentrated bluepea + coconut milk (santan)
44g pandan + santan (blend pandan leaves with santan and a bit of water then squeeze out the juice)

6 egg whites
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
70g sugar

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This is how I achieve smooth top…very little water, it dries up towards the end of baking.

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 160C.
2. Prepare Pandan juice and add in one portion of all the divided ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mix with a hand whisk until well combined and smooth. Set aside. 3. Combine Bluepea/santan juice in another mixing bowl and add the other portion of divided ingredients and mix. Set aside.
4. To make the meringue, place the egg whites in a clean dry bowl of the mixer and beat until foamy. Add Cream of tartar and continue to beat while adding the sugar and continue beating until the egg whites are glossy but at firm peaks. Divide into half.
5. Add one portion of the meringue to the pandan batter and fold lightly to mix until no streaks of meringue can be seen. Do the same for the bluepea batter with the other remaining portion of meringue.
6. Gently pour half of the bluepea batter into prepared pan, use a spatula to even out the top. Gently scoop in half of the pandan batter on top of the bluepea batter. Smooth the top and repeat with the balance bluepea batter followed by the pandan batter.
7. Bake for 90 minutes using steam/water or until golden brown. Follow your own oven temperature and time please.
8. Remove from oven and immediately invert to cool completely before unmoulding.

Note:  this cake is baked using Smeg oven with above stated temperature.

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Corn Custard Chiffon

Corn Custard Chiffon

Ingredients:

100g Cake flour
2 tsps custard powder
80g corn oil
30g castor sugar
110g corn puree (80g cream corn blend with 40g coconut milk)
5 large egg yolks (65g egg)
1/2 tsp salt

6 egg whites
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
80g castor sugar

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Method:

1. Preheat oven to 160C.
2. Sieve flour/custard powder together.
3. In a mixing bowl add oil, corn puree, 30g sugar, salt and yolks and whisk until combined then add the sifted flour.  Continue to mix until batter is smooth. Set aside.
4. To make the meringue, place the egg whites in a clean dry bowl of the mixer and beat until foamy. Add Cream of tartar and continue to beat while adding the sugar and continue beating until the egg whites are glossy but at soft peaks.
5. Add 1/3 of the meringue to the batter and fold lightly to mix before adding the next 1/3 portion, fold in until just incorporated and then adding the final 1/3 portion and fold until no streaks of meringue can be seen. Gently pour into prepared pan, and bake in a water bath (check the picture to see how I did it) for 90 minutes or until golden brown. Remove the water at the last 10 minutes of baking. This is to dry the sides of the cake. Follow your own oven temperature and time please.
6. Remove baked cake from oven and immediately invert to cool. If cake still feels damp after unmoulding, return to oven to dry in a low temperature for 5 minutes.

Note: this cake is baked using Smeg oven with above stated temperature.

 

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Pumpkin Sourdough Batard

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Pumpkin Sourdough Batard

Ingredients:

250g Bread Flour
150g Refreshed Levain
80g pumpkin puree
85g water
5g salt

Method:

1. Measure out the levain into a large mixing bowl and add the water and pumpkin puree. Mix until levain is dissolved before adding the flour and salt.

Follow the pictures for instructions.
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After the 6th fold, cover and leave it in cool place to ferment for 2 hours. Dust some flour on the table top and pour the dough on it. Pre-shape and leave it covered for 10 minutes before doing a final shaping and place into a floured banetton for final proofing of 3-4 hours.  Finger test at 2.5 hours. If ready, heat up the oven to 260C together with the dutch oven if using. Baked covered for 20 minutes, then remove the cover and reduce temperature to 215 and continue baking another 20 minutes. Tent with foil if browning too much. Cool completely before you slice the bread.

NOTE: DO BE EXTREMELY CAUTIOUS WHEN HANDLING THE DUTCH OVEN AS IT IS VERY HOT. WEAR VERY THICK MITTENS!

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Kuih Lapis (9-layers kuih)

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Kuih Lapis

Ingredients:-

150g of rice flour
150g of tapioca flour

100g pandan juice
100g water
100g bluepea juice

450g coconut milk (I used the packet ones, buy fresh if you can)
200g sugar (can add more if prefer sweeter)
1/2 tsp salt
pandan leaves (knotted)

2 drops of blue for the final top layer

Method:

1.Divide flours into 3 (100g each)

2.Gently heat 450g coconut milk with sugar, salt and pandan leaves until sugar dissolved. Discard the leaves, and cool the syrup then divide into three portions (about 200g each)

3.Mix each bowl of flour with pandan juice, water and bluepea juice respectively.

4.Add one portion of coconut milk/sugar into each bowl. Stir well. Divide each flavors into 3 bowls each (combined total of 9 bowls – each bowl about 130g). Remember to stir well before adding each bowl into the pan to steam as tapioca and rice flour tend to sink to the bottom when resting.

5.Grease a 7″ square pan and steam in the steamer for a few minutes then pour in the first white layer and steam for 3 minutes with medium heat. Add a portion of green on top of the white layer and steam another 3 minutes. Add a portion of blue on top of the green layer and steam another 3 minutes.

6.Repeat with all the remaining 6 bowls and steam for 7-8 minutes each (as the kuih gets thicker with each layer, you’ll need to steam it longer in order to cook it). Add the blue colouring for the final blue layer for a more aesthetic look; otherwise, omit it.

7. Remove from steamer and cool completely before slicing with a plastic knife.

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Sweet Custard Buns

 

The above is Pandan dough with corn custard…just add in the canned corn into the custard after cooked. Added about 4 tablespoons. Reserve some plain custard first to pipe on the top of the buns.

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Sweet Custard Buns
(makes 6 buns)
Ingredients:

200g bread flour
20g castor sugar
20g unsalted butter, softened
1 large egg and top up with milk to obtain 130g
1/4 tsp salt
3g instant yeast

Custard Filling:

40g Sugar
50g Egg
15g AP Flour
10g Corn Starch
5g Custard flour (Use 15g custard flour and omit the corn starch if you want more yellow custard)
200g Milk
40g Butter
Pinch of salt
1 tsp of vanilla extract (optional)

Instructions:

1. In a stand mixer with dough hook, place all dough ingredients except butter and mix until smooth, about 5 minutes.
2. Add butter and continue to knead to window pane stage.
3. Gather into a ball and allow to proof until doubled.
4. Divide into 6 equal pieces (about 62g), roll into balls and allow to rest for 10 mins.
5. Roll out into a flat disc about 5 inches in diameter and place a portion of custard into the middle and seal up properly.
6. Place into a paper liner. Repeat with the balance dough. Allow to proof, covered until doubled.
7. Preheat oven to 170C. Brush the top of the buns with egg wash then pipe swirls with reserved custard.
8. Bake for 15 minutes then lower to 160C and continue to bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden.
9. Remove from oven and allow to cool on rack.

To make the filling:

1. Sift all the flours together and mix well with lightly beaten egg. Heat milk, sugar and salt, stirring until sugar dissolved. On low heat, slowly add egg mixture while stirring to avoid lumps. Use a hand whisk to whisk vigorously until thickens and smooth. Remove from heat, stir in butter. Transfer to a bowl and cover with cling film touching the top of the custard. Chill until needed. Reserve about 30g for piping swirls on the top. Divide the balance into 6 portions for filling.

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Taiwan Old Fashion Sponge Cake wannabe

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Replace the milk with Orange juice, zest and 1 tablespoon of Sunquick..yum!

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Was expecting the cheese to sink a bit, but it didn’t!

Taiwan Old Fashion Sponge Cake wannabe

Line bottom and the sides of 7″ square pan

Ingredient A:

50g Corn oil
5 Egg yolks n whole egg 1- (65g)
70g Cake flour
70ml Fresh milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Ingredient B:

Egg white 5
80g Castor sugar
1/4 tsp Cream of Tartar OR 1/2 lemon juice

Optional: 4 pieces cheese slices and some shredded cheddar cheese

METHOD:

Preheat oven to 170C, second lowest rack.

1. In a large mixing bowl, hand whisk egg yolks, oil, milk, whole egg until pale and well combined then sift in the flour and mix until smooth. Cover n Set aside.
2. In another clean dry bowl(make sure it’s oil free too!) use an electric whisk (or stand mixer if you have one) whisk the egg white until foamy before adding cream of tartar. Continue whisking until thick foams before slowly adding sugar and continue whisking until stiff peaks form or if you can be gentle, just until soft peaks is fine. I find mixing soft peaks meringue into the yolk batter is easier than stiff peaks.
3. Fold meringue into egg yolks batter gently, 1/3 portion at a time until you get a nice creamy batter that can be poured into your cake pan easily. You can use a hand whisk to fold in the meringue and at the end, switch to a spatula to scrap the bottom of the batter and fold up gently to ensure even mixing of the meringue into yolk batter.
4. Pour half the cake batter into the pan, then place the cheese slices gently on top; add some shredded cheddar if you wish. Top up with remaining half batter and lastly add shredded cheddar cheese on the top. Bake in a water bath for 20 minutes at 170C before reducing the temperature to 150C and continue to bake for another hour. Please take note that temperature and timing is only indicative here.
5. Remove from oven and drop the pan from a height a couple of times to minimize shrinkage. Remove from mould by holding the paper lining and lifting up on to a cooling rack. Peel the paper from the sides and allow to cool before slicing.

Note to self: Smeg oven with the above temperature and timing

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Bread Loaf

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Bread Loaf

Ingredients:
240g  full cream milk (liquid)
40g condensed milk, at room temperature
330g bread flour
1/2 tsp salt
25g unsalted butter, soften at room temperature
1 tsp instant yeast

20 x 10cm pullman pan – grease and flour well. If you do not have a pullman pan, use a bread loaf pan

Method is using a bread machine.

Add milk, condensed milk and salt into the bread machine, followed by the dry ingredients.  Select the dough mode and press start. Once a smooth dough has form, add the softened butter.  The cycle will end with the first proof. Whole cycle is 1.5 hours.

Once the dough has completed the first proof,  remove the dough, punch down to de-gas and divide into 3 equal portions. Roll into balls and rest for 10 minutes. After that take a ball, flatten it with a rolling pin, then roll up like a swiss roll. Repeat with the balance two balls.

Return to the first piece, flatten again and roll up into a swiss roll and place into prepare pan. Repeat with the balance. Cover with the pullman pan cover and allow to proof until 70% full. Start to preheat your oven to 180C. Once ready, bake for 35-40 minutes or until bread is golden brown.

Remove from oven and unmould immediately and allow to cool on rack.

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