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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Old school butter cream cakes

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Basic Swissroll for the cake:

5 egg yolks
1tsp vanilla extract
30g Oil
50g milk
80g Self raising flour
20g castor sugar

5 Egg whites
60g Castor Sugar

.Method:

Preheat oven to 160C.   Fully line a 11 x 11 inches pan. Grease lightly.

Mix egg yolks, oil, sugar and milk together and whisk until blended. Set aside. Sift flour and and salt together. Set aside.

Beat the egg whites till foamy, add in sugar gradually and beat till firm peak.

Add flour into the yolk mixture, stir with a handwhisk, when it gets too thick, add 1/3 of meringue and continue until the batter is smooth.

Fold in another 1/3 portion of meringue into the yolk batter and then add the final portion then switch to spatula to fold gently until batter is smooth and no streaks can be seen. Pour into prepared pan and smooth out the top by shaking the pan from side to side. Bake in preheated oven on the rack above the centre rack, at 160 for 25-30 mins or until golden brown.

Remove the cake and immediately invert on a rack lined with a clean piece of parchment paper. Peel off paper lining and leave to cool completely before decorating.

SMBC

3 egg whites (from 65g eggs with shell)
170g castor sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
250g salted butter, soften slightly (still cold but leaves an indentation when pressed) – cut into cubes of about 1 inch.

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 (temperature should reach 70C) and whisk the egg whites for 4-5 mins on high speed or until stiff peaks forms and meringue is about room temperature.
3. Start adding the butter, 2 pieces at a time and continue to whisk till it holds stiff peaks. This may take about 10 mins.
4. Add vanilla extract and continue to beat until just combined. Use a spatula to scrap the bowl until evenly mixed.
5. Transfer the SMBC into a bowl, divide and mix in your flavoring then put into a piping bag with a nozzle attached and frost your cakes as desired.

Note 1: for green color, I added matcha powder; chocolate color, add cocoa powder and for pink I added strawberry paste.

Note 2: I just use store bought piping jelly and add coloring for the cherries and dots.

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Meringue Kisses

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Mocha Meringue Kisses (recipe by Linda Ang – FB group member)
Ingredients:
100 g eggwhites, room temperature
200 g caster sugar
1tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp espresso powder (I used coffee powder)
1tsp valrhona cocoa powder

Totally optional: Mix 1 tsp coffee powder and 1tsp cocoa powder with a little water to form a paste and use this to draw lines on the inside of the piping bag to create lines on the meringue kisses when piped.

Method:
Preheat oven to 200C. Middle rack.
Spread caster sugar in the baking tray thinly.
Put egg whites in the bowl of your stand mixer.
The moment your oven temperature reaches 200C, place your sugar in the oven and set timer for 7 minutes. Start beating the egg whites, using the lowest speed and gradually increasing. Once you reach soft peaks, beat at full speed. By the 7 minutes mark, you’ll get stiff peaks. Remove the sugar from the oven and lower the oven temperature to 93C (I set mine at 90C) and start spooning one tablespoon at a time into the meringue  until complete. Add vanilla extract and continue to beat for 1 more minute, using full speed. Meringue should be smooth by now. If still feels gritty from undissolved sugar, continue to beat for 1 more minutes.

Sift in coffee and cocoa powder and mix gently with a spatula until fully incorporated. Transfer meringue into prepared piping bag and pipe meringue kisses on to lined trays.

Bake your meringue 93C (90C for me) for 1.5 to 2 hours. I baked mine for 2 hours and managed to get crunchy meringue kisses. If you prefer soft centred kisses, bake for only 1 hr. However, I would not advice on this as in our humid weather, the kisses are likely to turn sticky pretty quick if not entirely dry.

Remove the meringue kisses from oven and immediately peel it off the trays and into air tight containers. Do not allow the kisses to sit too long in humid weather or they will turn sticky.

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