Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Crispy Coconut Cookies香酥椰丝饼

Apologise for MIA for so long, I have been super duper extremely busy with my work, not changing new job but new boss on board instead. Guess he is not satisfied with our previous management, thus restructuring everything, even including office look, we are not allowed to display any personal stuff on the desk e..g. photos or doll. Well, what to do, 新官上任三把火:P.

I have not been baking and cooking recently, since early Dec. I even gave it a pass of baking cupcakes give-away to my colleagues during Christmas which I do it every year. One of my colleague told me she even skip her breakfast just to keep her stomach empty for my cakes but end up I didn't bake anything, so paisei lol.

I did not intend to bake CNY cookies too, but I decided to bake some last min, as too many people asking, and also to support Fion's event. I mean last min, is really last min. I baked it on last Monday night as our office closure started from Wednesday, I have to pass the CNY cookies to some of my closed colleagues by Tuesday. The baking started from 10pm+ after I tucked dear son to sleep, until 4am next day. I slept for 2 hours and had to wake up to prepare my children to school and myself to work. Normally I will take a 15-20 mins powder nap during lunch time if I didn't have a good or sufficient sleep during previous night. However I can't nap that day as my ex colleague is back to Singapore so we have to meet him for lunch, so can imagine, most of the times in that day, I was like a zombie hahaha...

I have baked some CNY cookies using old recipes that I had shared in my blog before. However I would like to try new recipe, thus I did a quick ran through at my baking buddies' blogs. Immediately this cookies caught my eyes, I can  never resist coconut heeheehee...

Recipe adapted from 最爱的..and 新之味第27期(1/2月号)、Pg81

Ingredients A :
125g butter (soften at room temperature)
1 tbsp coconut oil
100g gula melaka (chopped in small pieces)
1 egg yolk

Ingredients B :
30g dessicated coconut
25g coconut powder

Ingredients C :
200g plain flour
50g potato starch
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda

Method :
1. Beat the A to white and fluffy, add in B to mix well, then pour in C, mix well into soft dough.
2 Roll dough into balls of about 5g each. 
3. Place balls onto lined baking sheet about 5cm apart, then flatten each ball lightly with a fork.
4. Bake at pre-heated oven at 150C for about 20 minutes.
5. Cool the cookies on the wire rack and store in air-tight container.

These cookies are so fragrance while still baking in the oven, guess my neighbour still will be able to smell it even in dreamland lol. The cookies are full of gula melaka flavour, when munching the cookies, the dessicated coconut give a different dimension. Some tasted doesn't know is gula melaka but all given good comments especially the bites of the dessicated coconuts. I like these cookies a lot, same as my friends that love coconut, a keeper too :D

羊年到,祝大家 :
三羊开泰,喜气羊羊, 羊年财源滚滚,生意兴隆,工作顺利!

I am submitting this post to Best Recipes for Every one Jan & Feb Event:

My Homemade Cookies

Organized by Xuan Hom’s Mum Kitchen Diary and Co-Hosted by Victoria from Baking Into Ether

This post is linked to Cook and Celebrate: CNY 2015

Monday, December 15, 2014

Chocolate and Cream Cheese Cupcakes

Actually I thought I might not be able to join in this post-it-together event, I was so busy that I was thinking no choice I have to give it a pass. However I managed to squeeze in some of my times to do this baking, I dun have time to check out for other recipes so I just used one of my all-time favourite to modify it.

My cupcakes' look weird due to the overflow of the batter, no time to bake another batch so just bear with the look :p.

Ingredients : Yield about 18 cupcakes, diameter 5 cm

Cream Cheese Batter
300g cream cheese, softened
50g castor sugar
1 egg

1. Beat cream cheese with sugar until light and fluffy
2. Beat in egg until well incorporated and set it aside

Chocolate Batter
250g butter, softened
160g sugar
4 eggs
4 tbsp cocoa powder
160g self-raising flour
1.25 tsp baking powder
1.25 tbsp chocolate milk

some chocolate chips

1. Sieve flour, baking powder and cocoa together and put aside
2. Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy
3. Add egg, one at a time and beat until well incorporated into mixture
4. Fold flour mixture and chocolate milk alternatively into egg mixture.
5a. Fill up the cupcake cases 50% full with chocolate batter, use chopstick to "dig" a hole in the middle and then scoop 1 tbsp of cream cheese batter into it, sprinkle some chocolate chips on it.

5b. Or you can scoop 1 tbsp of chocolate batter into the cupcake cases, then scoop 1 tbsp of cream cheese batter then follow by another 1 tbsp of chocolate batter to fill up only 60-70% of the cupcake case. Then sprinkle chocolate chips on top of the batter.
6. Bake in pre-heated oven at 180C for about 15 mins or until the skewer comes out clean. ( I think my oven's top heat element is too hot, thus some of the cupcakes actually a bit charred.

Notes :
1. 300g of cream cheese actually quite a lot, for my cupcake, 60% is chocolate cake and 40% cream cheese. If you prefer the cream cheese to be lesser, you can cut down to 200-250g.
2. I had scooped too much batter into the cupcake cases, when I scooped in the 1 tbsp of cream cheese batter, the cupcake cases were about 80% filled.
3. The original recipe actually used method 5b but I want the cream cheese batter to be seen, I want to have the contrast of 2 colors of the batter to be shown at the cake top, and I added some chocolate chips in to make it look more attractive, so I came out with method 5a instead. 
4. When baking, the chocolate batter raised, the cream cheese sank, and I had filled too much batter, so the chocolate batter overflow out and yield weird shape of the cake top.
5. If the cupcake cases are 60-70% fill, should be able to yield 20 or more cupcakes with diameter 5cm.
6. I used the same mixing bowl to beat the butter and sugar after beating the cream cheese batter, without washing the mixing bowl.

Although this baking is not very successful in the look, but the taste does not compromise, the cupcake is still very delicious. The chocolate cake is soft and moist, the cream cheese is creamy, it tasted heavenly with this combination.

This post in joining Best Recipes for Everyone December Event : My Little Cupcakes

Friday, December 5, 2014

Chocolate Marble Rice Flour Chiffon Cupcakes with Chocolate Custard Cream

Ever since the 1st baked of chiffon cupcakes and received a lot of compliments, it become my favourite bake for give-away and this is one of the variation.

For Cake  

Ingredients : for 18-20 chiffon cupcakes cases base about 5-6cm
5 egg yolks

10g caster sugar
40g corn or sunflower oil  
1/8 tsp salt
70g milk
60g cake flour
10g  cocoa powder, dissolve with some hot water
30g rice flour
1 tbsp vanilla extract

5 egg whites
50g caster sugar

Method :
1. Sift cake flour and rice flour twice.
2. Mix egg yolks and sugar in a bowl, whisk till sugar has dissolved.
3. Add in oil, salt, milk, vanilla extract and mix well.
4. Sift in flour mixture and whisk well.
5.In another bowl, beat the egg whites and lemon juice/vinegar till frothy. Add in sugar gradually and beat until approaching stiff peaks (meringue stand straight with a little curve at the tip) or till stiff peaks (this stage is a bit difficult to fold with egg yolk mixture). 
6. Use whisk to loosen the egg yolk batter a bit, then take 1/3 of meringue and use a hand whisk to mix well with egg yolk batter.
7. Fold in 1/2 of meringue and use a silicone spatula, gently fold with egg yolk batter till slightly combined. Fold in the balance meringue and gently fold till well combined.
8. Pour 1/3 of the batter to another bowl, mix in the cocoa mixture and gently fold till well combined.
9. Scoop ratio 2:1 vanilla batter vs cocoa batter into cupcake cases and use a satay stick to whirl the batter.
10. Bake at pre-heated oven at 160C at center rack for 20-25 mins.
11. Knock the cupcake on table top once and set aside to cool completely.

For Chocolate Custard Cream Filling

Ingredients  :
150g dairy whipping cream
3 tsp custard powder 
1 tsp homemade vanilla extract
2 tbsp icing sugar
50g chocolate
20g chocolate milk

* this amount of cream is just nice with little left over as my cupcakes are full of cream. 

Method :
1. Boil the chocolate milk and remove from heat, add in chopped chocolate until chocolate melt and mixture is smooth.
2. Whisk whipping cream, vanilla extract, custard powder and icing sugar till peak form (not too stiff) under a bowl of ice water. Pls ensure not to over beat the cream.
3. Mix in the cocoa mixture, fold until mix well.
4. Chill the vanilla custard cream in the fridge for at least 15 mins to let it set a bit. I put in the freezer to fasten the process.

Assemble :  
1. Insert the long narrow pipping tip into the center of the cupcakes and squeeze the whipped cream in (I like the generous of cream so I just press as much as I can, until the cake fluff up lol).
2. Sprinkle with snow sugar and garnish with fruits if desire.
3. Serve cold!

This post in joining Best Recipes for Everyone December Event : My Little Cupcakes


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