Thursday, December 25, 2014

Gingerbread Cake

I havent really been cooking and baking much this holidays season but i thought i wanted to make a spiced cake for this christmas week.... It always seem to me a spiced cake sounds kinda like a classic christmas flavour ..and so gingerbread cake comes to mind ...afterall i have not tried it myself.  I thought i have ground cloves in my house but none and i have substituted it with ground nutmeg, In fact many of the recipes i see online have both .

For a first attempt in making a gingerbread cake,  i would say i am happy with how the flavour turned out. I am not sure if most people would love a heavily or deeply spiced cake. In this recipe, the spices are not overpowering, we can still find the flavour with much presence here. Nicely moist cake too! Joy of Baking has included a lemon icing to go with the cake but i have opted to use a simple cream cheese icing cos that block of cream cheese has been sitting in my fridge for.. i dont know how long! Anyway, Merry Christmas to all !

Recipe ( from Joy of Baking )
makes one 8" cake
250gm all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
1.5 tsp ground ginger
1/4tsp ground cloves ( i used ground nutmeg )
zest of 1 lemon ( omitted )
1tbsp finely chopped ginger or 1/4 finely chopped crystallised ginger ( optional)
115gm butter, slightly softened
120gm brown sugar
50gm white sugar ( omitted )
2 large eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup molasses
1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 180C and place rack in center of oven. Line and butter a 8"by 8" baking pan.

In a bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, cloves or nutmeg, lemon zest and grated ginger ( if using )

In the bowl of an electric mixer ( or with a hand mixer ), beat the butter and sugar till light and fluffy ( takes abt 2-3 mins). Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the molasses and beat to combine. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the dry ingredients ( in 3 additions ) and milk ( in 2 additions ) alternately, begining and ending with the dry ingredients and beat just until incorporated.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 35 mins or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool on a wiring rack. Let cool completely before frosting the cake.( i baked mine for about 50mins in total, covering the top of the cake with foil after 30 mins )

Cream cheese icing
1 block /225 g cream cheese, at room teperature
1.5 to 2 cup of icing sugar
a little milk

Beat the cream cheese and icing sugar together till smooth. Add milk by tablespoon until desired consistency for frosting.

I am submitting this post to Cook and Celebrate Christmas 2014 hosted by Zoe of Bake for Happy KidsDiana of The Domestic Goddess Wannabe and Baby Sumo of Eat Your Heart Out

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Cranberry Orange Biscotti

Although biscottis are enjoyed all year round, i tend to associate them with Christmas. It gives me kind of festive feel, they are like christmas cookies to me! and so i was quite excited when Zoe has made her choice of baking biscottis for our bake along christmas theme. Our biscotti christmas theme will run up till Dec22, 2014, so if you have a biscotti recipe to share, come join me, Joyce and Zoe!

Originated from Italy, biscottis are 'twice baked cookies' meaning the dough is cooked twice till dry in order to have a longer shelf life. Initial baking is almost like in a flat log or cakeform and then after that, it is sliced into pieces for second baking which determines how dry and hard the biscottis are going to be. I have chosen to make mine with some dried cranberries which i also believe it is a popular ingredient in making biscottis, added some dried apricots( well, just for some colour ) and flaked almonds. This recipe also contains some orange zest and orange juice which i find it fabulous. It adds flavour to them ,refreshing flavour and you can already catch the aroma when you take them out from the oven! The only one thing i would do next time making these will be bake them a little longer more so that they stay more crunchier :D

after the 1st baking, slice and bake them again

Recipe ( adapted from laura in the kitchen )
makes just a dozen, recipe can easily be tripled
110gm all purpose/ plain flour
80gm sugar ( reduced )
1/4tsp salt
1/2tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp vanilla extract ( omitted )
zest of 1 orange
1/3 cup flaked almonds
1/3 cup dried cranberries
2 pieces of dried apricots, cut into small pieces ( i added this )
1.5 tbsp orange juice
1 egg, lightly beaten
1.5 tbsp vegetable oil

Mix together the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a bowl. In another separate small bowl, put in 1 tbsp of plain flour and mix in the orange zest so that the zest dont clump together. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment,  pour in the orange juice, egg and oil and mix to combine well. Add in the flour mixture and also the zest flour mixture. Mix well. Throw in the dried cranberries, almonds and also the dried apricots if using. Mix well . Do not over mix.

Remove from the bowl onto a floured surface . The dough will be quite sticky. Shape the dough into a log, about 12 inches in length and transfer it onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Using your fingers or scrapper, pat the dough flat about 2 inches in width . Bake in a preheated oven at 177C for 25 minutes.

Let it cool down for a few minutes and using a serrated knife, slice them diagonally about 1/2inch thick. Arrange the slices on the baking sheet and bake for 7minutes. Flip them over and bake for another 10 minutes until golden and lightly browned. Let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Wu Pao-Chun Champion Toast 吴宝春金牌土司

After seeing all the excitement and the wonderful reviews among my blogger friends who have baked this popular bread recipe that originally comes from Master Wu Pao-Chun, his Champion Toast Bread, now i'm finally trying it. I cant agree more that this is indeed a very good white bread recipe, the soft type of bread that many of us will like. I do not know how long will it keep soft , on the second day it is still as good and on the third day i have to keep in the fridge as i have to be away from home. The best thing about baking this bread is of course you dont need any bread starters that needs extra time to make it and yet it yields a very tender loaf of bread, that's brilliant.

The crust turned out to be lighter than usual which i realised i hv baked in the lowest rack of the oven.
Guess that's the reason why.

I cant remember where exactly did i first come across this bread recipe but here i am referring to ccm's blog for the original recipe , you can proportion it out if you want to bake a bigger or smaller loaf or rolls. If you like this kind of white bread, this would be ideal for a everyday bread. Thanks to everyone who have shared this recipe.

Here is the original full recipe taken from 

hi protein flour 1000gm
sugar 80gm
salt 18gm
butter 50gm
instant yeast 10gm
milk 230gm

my scaled down recipe baked in a pullman tin 20cmx 10cm x10 cm
hi protein flour 330gm
sugar 2 tbsps
salt 2 tsps
butter 15gm
water 148gm
yeast 3gm
milk 75gm

Using a fork, mix flour, sugar, salt and instant yeast in the bowl of an electric mixer. Attach dough hook and gradually add in milk and water. Beat till it becomes a rough dough. Add in the butter and continue to beat for about 15mins till the dough is smooth. ( mine on speed 2 KA mixer )

Remove the dough and shape into ball . Let it proof in a large bowl, covered with kitchen towel or cling wrap and let proof till its double its size. Once it has doubled its size, remove the dough from the bowl onto a lightly floured surface and lightly knead the dough. Shape into a ball and let it rest for 10 mins.

Using a roller pin, flatten the dough and roll out to a rectangle with its shorter length almost matching the length of the pullman tin but shorter ( as it needs space to expand further ). Roll it up and let it proof in the pullman tin till it fills up almost 90% of the tin, about 50 mins. Bake in a preheated oven at 170C for about 25-30mins. ( I baked mine at 190c for 30mins )

I am linking this post to Best Recipe for Everyone November 2014 Event Theme : Fresh form Oven - My Bread Story hosted by Fion of XuanHom's Mom Kitchen Diary

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Jam Doughnut Muffins

Taste like doughnuts, shape like muffins?

okay, be it a half doughnut or half muffin , i find this recipe from Nigella Lawson is incredibly good. Each doughnut muffin here is filled with some jam and once the baking it's done while it's still warm, roll them over some melted butter and some sugar. Delicious! There is no need to take your piping bag and tip out to pipe in the jam on the cooked muffin, here we fill  the muffin case with some batter, follow by the jam and again top with more batter and bake .

I have baked kind of similar muffins couple of months back, Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Muffins , a different recipe. I would think this Nigella's doughnut muffins are fluffier and tender in texture compared to the those cinnamon sugar muffins. Yes, they are quite like doughnuts but so much easier to make !

As i was typing this,post,  i just received a message from Joyce reminding of today's post. Gosh! I thought it's tomorrow! Sorry if some of you have followed the date written on the side bar of the blog. My mistake, sorry! So here it is, my bake along post with Joyce and Zoe!

Recipe ( from How to be a Domestic Goddess )
made about 20 mini muffin
1/2 cup milk
scant 7 tbsp corn/ vegetable oil, plus more for greasing ( i used 5 )
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract ( omitted )
11/3 cups/ 160gm  self raising flour
12tsps strawberry jam
1/3 cup superfine sugar
scant 1/2 cup unsalted butter ( i reduced to 50gm)
1/2 cup sugar


Preheat oven to 375F/190C.

With a fork, beat together milk, oil, egg and vanilla extract. Stir this into the flour and 1/3 cup sugar
until just combined ( can use hand whisk) .  The lumps dont matter and if you overbeat the muffins will be tough. Spoon th emixture into eacah muffin cup so that it's just under a third full. Then with a teaspoon add a dollop of strawberry jam, then top with more muffin mix so that the cases are just about full.

Put them in the preheated oven and bake for about 20 mins or until the tops feel springy and have puffed up into little toadstools. ( I baked mine for 16 mins )Meanwhile, melt the butter slowly in a thick bottomed pan and lay tge remaining sugar out in a wide shallow bowl or plate. As soon as the muffins are ready, remove the from the pan, dip them in the butter and roll them in the sugar. Eat warm.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Chocolate Macarons

My decent macarons. Of course i would love to make something of lovely pink or time, i just stick with doing something simple first. I do not have much experience baking macarons, this is my second time doing it and even the first time i did was not entirely on full hands, here.

I followed the recipe very closely from Joy of Baking, only scaled down the recipe and watched the video as well. I must say that watching the video helps a lot especially the folding part and the beating of the meringue. But of course if you are an expert in making macarons, you dont hv to watch the video, you can even do it with one eye closed...hehe..

There were however 2 things that i did not follow thru the recipe . First is the duration of resting and drying the macarons. I have rested my macarons for about 1.5hrs  before baking them. I was still unsure whether should i waited a little more, they were still a little tacky. Secondly was the baking time. I have baked mine for almost 25mins as i find that they were still not properly baked yet at 15mins. I am glad, phew! that it turned out more than fine for me and surely there are still lots of room for improvement.  There are plenty videos to watch and troubleshooting tips on making macarons all over the internet, so do watch if you are still a newbie like me making macarons.

Recipefrom Joy Of Baking )
Macaron Shell
50gms ground almonds
85gm icing sugar
8gms cocoa powder
50gm aged egg whites, at room temperature
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
17gm castor sugar

Place the ground almonds, icing sugar and cocoa powder in the food processor and process till they are mixed together, about 30 secs. ( since the quantity i was using was rather little, i had used a mill to process it in 2 batches ). Then sift the mixture to remove any lumps.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment (or hand mixer)beat egg whites and cream of tartaron medium speed until foamy. Gradually add the sugar and continue to beat on medium high speed until the meringue just hold stiff peaks( when you raise the whisk the meringue stands straight up, no drooping). Then in 3 additions, sift the ground almond mixture into the meringue.When folding, cut through the meringue and then fold up and over, making sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl. Once the almond mixture is completely folded into the meringue , it is time to pipe the macarons.

Line baking sheets with parchment paper and fill a pastry bag, fitted with a 1cm plain tip and pipe about 4cm rounds onto the parchment paper. Gently tap the baking sheet on the counter to break any air bubbles and let macarons sit at room temperature for about 30-60mins ( depending on the temperature and humidity of kitchen ) or until the tops of macarons are no longer tacky when lightly touched.

Preheat oven to 160C and bake the cookies about 14-16 minutes, rotating front to back halfway thru baking. They are done when they just barely separate from the parchment paper. ( i hv baked mine for about 25 mins in total and had reduced the temp slightly after 15mins ) Remove from oven and let macarons cool completely on the baking sheet placed on a wire rack. To assemble the macarons, take 2 cookies and sandwich them with chocolate ganache. It is better to let the macarons sit for a day or 2 in the refrigerator.

Chocolate Ganache
60gms bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, cut into pieces
60ml whipping cream
3gm butter

Place the chocolate pieces in a heatproof bowl. Heat the cream and butter in a small saucepan until just boiling and pour over the chocolate pieces.Allow to stand for a few minutes.Stir gently until smooth. Let sit at room temperature until thickened and of piping consistency. Can make ahead.

So here i am posting French macarons together with Joyce and Zoe, our bake along theme and the linky will be opened up till Nov16, 2014.  Macarons, any flavour. Happy baking!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Chinese Fried Pumpkin Pancake ( 南瓜烧饼 )

This is very much like our Chinese Nian Gao (年糕 ). It is soft, chewy and sweet and a little crispy too when it's still hot. A very nice snack anytime and apt for Chinese new Year too . They are quite simple to prepare , you will however need to judge if more mashed pumpkin is required, as in my case i have used a little bit more as i find that the dough is a little dry. I have mixed my dough quite similar to the dough consistency of  raw glutinous balls mixture ( tong yuen, 汤圆) and not sticky to touch. Even though it's not chinese new year yet, i feel like it is that i'm eating a piece of fried nian gao :) Remember to use low heat when pan frying them as they may get burnt easily.

Recipe ( from the book Granny's Nostalgic Recipes )
Makes 8
180gm peeled pumpkin flesh ( i hv used  210gm mashed pumpkin in total )*
60gm castor sugar
100gm glutinous flour

1. Cut the pumpkin into slices and steam over medium heat for about 10 minutes until soften. Add sugar and mix well while still hot and mash into puree, set aside.
2. Sift glutinous flour into a tray, add in the pumpkin sugar mixture and rub into a smooth but not sticky dough. Divide into 8 portions and shape into balls. Gently press the ball into about 8mm thick pancake. ( not necessary to measure but press them thin to cook faster )
3. Heat up some oil in pan and pan fry the pancakes on low heat until both sides golden brown, crispy outside and tender inside.

* i would suggest you steam a little bit more of pumpkin . In my case, i have used more than needed as i find that the dough is a little dry.

I am linking this post to Little Thumbs Up event ( theme : Pumpkin ) organised by Bake for Happy Kids and My Little Favourite DIY, hosted by Eileen of Eileen's Diary

Linking this too to Cook Your Book #17 hosted by kitchen flavours

also My Treasured Recipes #3 - Taste of Autumn (Oct/Nov 2014) hosted by Miss B of Everybody Eats Well in Flanders and co hosted by Charmaine of Mimi Bakery House

Monday, October 20, 2014

Prawn Masala Curry

The first time i tried this was probably more than a year ago and since then, i have been cooking this several times. This is simply delicious and good. Although there is a whole bunch of  ingredients needed, nevertheless it is easy to put together and cook. I have been wanting to try this masala curry with squids or sotong but i havent got to try it yet but i believe it is just as good. I hope those who loves curry will give this a try too.

Recipe ( from Nasi Lemak Lover, adapted from Love2Cook Malaysia )
600g medium prawns
1 medium onion, sliced
1 tomato, cubed
1tbsp tamarind juice
1 cup water, more or less
3/4 cup coconut milk
1tsp salt or to taste
2tsp sugar or to taste

Ingredients A
1/4tsp fenugreek seeds
1/2tsp cumin powder
1tbsp chilli powder
1.5tbsp curry powder
1tsp coriander powder
1tsp garam masala
a handful of curry leaves

Ingredients B
8 shallots, sliced
4 cloves garlic, sliced
1 inch ginger, sliced
3 green small chillies ( optional)
2 red chilli ( optional )

1. In a wok, dry toast ingredient A until fragrant. Remove and set aside.
2.Add some oil into the wok and fry ingredients B for 2 minutes . Remove from fire.
3. Grind A and B together using a food processor.
4. Deep fry prawns in a wok and set aside.
5. Pour some oil into the wok and saute onions till aromatic and add the grounded ingredients (no3 ). Keep stirring for a few minutes.
6.Add tomatoes, tamarind juice, coconut milk, water, sugar and salt and bring to a boil. Let it boil for several minutes. Put in the fried prawns, mix well and allow to cook for another 2-3 minutes till gravy slightly thicken. Taste and adjust seasoning or water if necessary.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Maple Nut Pie

This pie is for someone who has a really big sweet tooth and if your sweet tooth is aching right now, please make this pie immediately! LOL! If you think that this pie is loaded with sugar, it's not. The sweetness comes from the pure maple syrup, a 'natural sweetener' which claims to be healthier than ordinary sugar. Does this make you feeling better reading this? haha..

Anyway this pie is still a little more sweet for me even though i have reduced the amount of sugar there. I used just 2  tablespoons of it, i think no problem not putting it in at all. Despite it being a little too sweet, i wouldnt say it is not delicious especially with that gooey maple-y filling and pecans! I however did not add the chopped pecans into the filling but instead lay them on top of the pie. It is still nutty anyway. In the recipe instructions, it stated to boil the maple syrup to a reduced amount with a slightly thicker consistency. By boiling the syrup, it will intensify the flavour of the syrup.I was actually thinking not to boil the syrup but just used the reduced amount of syrup and mix in all the ingredients but i dared not take the risk thinking it again. I am afraid that my filling wont set as i see some other recipes that do not require boiling but with added eggs. You know, maple syrup is very expensive :) Now talking about maple syrup, this lady who sold me that bottle of maple syrup told me that a doctor told her by taking juice from half a lemon, add some water and a tablespoon of maple syrup every morning will help to whiten your skin. Wanna try? :D

Sorry for not dropping by your blogs lately ..have been tired and lazy too. This is bake along #69 and JoyceZoe  and myself are baking this Maple Nut Pie, the linky will be up from today till 10days. Next bake along will be making French Macarons. All are welcomed to join us. Happy Baking!

Recipe ( from Willams Sonoma Baking Book )
half of the original recipe, makes one 7 inch pie
Pastry Dough
200gm plain flour
1/2 tbsp sugar
1/8 tsp salt
63gm cold butter, cut into cubes
3tbsp ice water

In the bowl of a food processor, combine flour, sugar, salt and pulse to blend. Add the butter and pulse 5-6  times until the mixture of texture of coarse meal with butter pieces n larger than small peas. Add 3 tbsps of water, pulsing once after each addition and adding just enough to make a crumbly dough, it will not hold together on its own but when gathered into ball with your hands. Add more water if necessary, 1 tbsp at a time.

Transfer the dough onto a floured work surface , roll into a ball and flatten into a disk with a few gentle taps of the rolling pin. Lift the dough and give it a quarter turn and roll out. Continue to turn and roll out to a wider circumference than your pan. Transfer the dough to the pie dish or tin, trim the edge of the dough round, leaving about 2cm overhang .Fold the overhang under itself and picnh it together to create a high edge on the pan's rim. Flute the edge decoratively and freeze the pie shell until firm, about 30 minutes. ( i did not freeze the pie shell ) Lay a foil paper and put in some pie weights or raw rice and partially bake the pie shell on a preheated oven at 190C for about 20minutes, Remove the beans and further bake for another 10 minutes until the shell is pale gold. Remove from oven. While the shell is baking, can proceed to make the filling.

1 cup maple syrup
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2tbsp brown sugar
pinch of salt
1 tsp unsalted butter, melted
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
90gms pecans, coarsely chopped ( i did not put this in, instead top the pie with the nut )

In a saucepan, over medium heat, bring the maple syrup to a boil and boil for about 4-5 minutes to reduce by about one fourth. Remove from heat and pour into a heatproof bowl or measuring pitcher. The syrup should reduced to about 3/4 cup or a little less. If necessary, return to boil until the syrup is sufficiently reduced. Let cool down for a while before proceeding.

In a bowl, stir together the eggs, sugar, reduced maple syrup, salt, melted butter and vanilla until well mixed. Add the pecans and stir well. Pour into the the partially baked pie shell , making sure the pecans are evenly distributed. ( i top the shell with pecans instead ) Bake the pie until the center is slightly puffed and firm to touch, about 30 to 40 minutes. Remove and let cool on the wiring rack.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Soon Kueh ( 笋粿 )

I was told that this soon kueh is a quite a popular snack in Singapore. I am not sure about this, i probably never eaten the real soon kueh but looking at it, it looks very much like the vegetable dumpling ( chai kueh ) that is more commonly found here . Their fillings are similar that is consists of turnip ( jicama ) , carrot, dried shrimps, mushrooms and from what i read, the traditional soon kueh consists of bamboo shoots, in chinese which they call " soon" ( 笋), hence the name. Unlike the normal vegetable dumplings which the dumplings are kinda pleated, these soon kueh appear like a half moon shape,with no pleats. woohoo! I'm hopeless with pleating so making this saves me the struggle to pleat. Also, its skin is not really translucent or transparent as compared to the chai kueh but more white in colour.

The process of making the dough is still a bit intimidating but luckily it wasnt too difficult to handle. Just spare some extra flour for dusting, it should be fine. For those of you who are very experienced in making dumplings, you can opt to use whatever method you find it easier to cut out the thin circles for each dumpling. For me , i have divided the dough into portions and roll each portion out flat and thin and use a bowl to cut out the circles. Usually i dont have much luck with making the skin, at times they will turn hard after they cool down  but I am happy with this as it still remains soft for several hours. The unfinished ones i have kept in the fridge.

Recipe ( makes 20 pieces )
400gms turnip, cut into shreds
1/2 a carrot, cut into shreds
50gm dried shrimps, coarsely chopped
2 shallots, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 tsp salt
5 tbsp water
bit of dark soya sauce

* you can add in mushrooms to the filling to enhance the taste.
Heat up enough oil to saute the dried shrimps until fragrant and sizzled. Add in the chopped garlic and shallots and saute till aromatic. Add in the turnip and carrot. Fry and keep tossing it. Add in the salt and dark soya sauce and continue frying till the turnip turns soft. Fry on low medium heat . Add in the water and let cook for a while till the turnip becomes crunchy soft. Remove from heat and leave aside to cool.

For the Dough ( adapted from )
250gm rice flour, plus extra for dusting
80gm tapioca flour
550ml boiling water
3tbsp oil

In a large bowl, put the rice flour and the tapioca flour and mix them using a fork. Pour in the boiling water slowly and stir well with a wooden spoon until a dough is formed. Use your hands to knead the dough till smooth. Be cautious as the dough is hot. You can use a plastic glove if you want. Cover the dough in a pot and let rest for 10 mins.

Divide the dough into 3 or 4 portions . Work on one portion at a time and leave the rest portions covered in the pot. If the dough is sticky, dust a little flour on it. On a plastic sheet or floured surface, roll out the dough flat . Using a round cutter or a bowl ( i used a bowl, 4 " diameter ) ,  press and cut each out individual dough. Dust your hands with a little flour  for easier handling. Put some filling on the dough, fold over and seal by pressing the edges. Repeat the same steps for all the remaining dough. Put on a steamer that is lined with a baking paper or oiled and steam on high heat for about 12 minutes. Brush some oil once removed from steamer to prevent sticking. You can work on batches, while one batch is steaming you can work on the remaining dough portions.

I am submitting this post to Asian Food Fest ( Singapore ) hosted by Grace of Life Can Be Simple

Friday, September 26, 2014

Easy Apple Strudel

I was so delighted to see puff pastry sheets selling here in my place. Can you believe it? If i am not wrong, they are only just available not long ago here in my decent little town :) With this store bought puff pastry sheet, making the not so traditional apple strudel couldnt be much easier. This is an easy apple strudel recipe with no cooking involved, just mix everything together and lay the apples over it or whichever way comes first and bake. Just a little note , i would suggest when rolling out the pastry sheet ( so that they are thinner ) , roll it on a plastic sheet or a towel. I rolled my first roll ona floured surface and yet it find it difficult to pick them up from rolling. They tend to stick still to the floured surface. I used a towel on my 2nd roll and it makes rolling a breeze.

Recipe ( with some reference from here )
2 puff pastry sheets
2 small green apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2 pcs digestive biscuits, crushed
1/2tsp cinnamon plus 2 tbsp sugar
1/4 cup raisins

Thaw the frozen puff pastry sheet for about 15 minutes. Mix the chopped walnuts, biscuits crumbs, cinnamon sugar and raisins in a bowl.

On a plastic sheet or a towel, roll out the puff pastry about an inch or more if you can from the edges. The original measurement of the the pastry sheet i am using is 10" by 9.5". Along the longer end of the sheet, sprinkle the nuts raisin cinnamon sugar mixture , then lay the sliced apples over the nuts mixture ( or lay the apples first then nuts ). Roll up from the long edge and place them in the baking pan, seam side down. Make diagonal slits on the surface of the rolls. Bake in a preheated oven at 190C for about 35 mins or till golden brown.

See the rough surface on the top roll? that's the one that i had difficulty lifting up from the floured counter. 

I am linking this post to Little Thumbs Up event organised by Bake for Happy Kids and My Little Favourite DIY and hosted by Kit of I-Lost in Austen with the theme "Apples"

Monday, September 15, 2014


I am glad that popovers can be made using a muffin pan. I once saw a popover pan selling here for about RM80 ( USD25), well that's rather expensive for a pan, unless i am baking popovers quite regularly then i might consider getting one. I've never made popovers before, i have looked at the pictures of some popovers in the internet and i was like kind of excited to see how tall they were going to rise in the oven when i make them and according to wikipedia, popover is a light,  hollow roll made from an egg batter, similar to Yorkshire Pudding, typically baked in a dedicated popover pan or muffin tins. I am also not sure myself what is a Yorkshire Pudding but after making these, i think they are quite like plain profiteroles to me.

2nd batch

 I am also glad that popovers need just very basic ingredients to make them; eggs, flour and milk. However to me, i find them a little tricky too making them. My first batch came out a little pale and not as crispy as i would have expected them. Good to know that the process of making popovers are simple enough , i made another batch the next day. It came out very much better with some adjustment made on the baking temperature and warming the milk.

3rd batch...i noticed that the browning is different fom the 2nd batch ..perhaps due to the warm milk that i used in the 2nd batch

Yesterday morning when i woke up, i just suddenly have the urge to make popovers again. I wanted to try another recipe so i just made a small batch. You will also realise that all if not,  most recipes will have an equal proportion of milk and flour. The batter was thinner this time , they were quite like the second batch but these i find them more airy, remember the 'hollow' thing describing the popovers...

Some i spreaded with jam and some on poached egg. I suggest not making a big recipe if you cant finish eating all at once, have our mouths ready because if we are going to leave the popovers sit around, they will lose its crispiness and also deflate fairly quickly.

Recipe ( from
recipe has been scaled down
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 plus 1/4 cup milk
1/4tsp salt
95gm flour
1tbsp melted butter

1. Preheat oven to 450F/230C. Position rack on lower shel
f. Use a standard 12 cup or 6 cup metal muffin pan, one swhose cups are close to 2.5" wide and 1.5" deep. Grease the pan throughly. Make sure the oven is up to temperature before begin making the popover batter.
2. Use a wire whisk to beat the milk, egg and salt. Whisk till the egg and milk is well combined, with no streaks of the yolks showing.
3. Add the flour all at once, beat with a wire whisk till frothy, there shouldnt be any large lumps in the batter, small lumps are okay OR if using a stand mixer, whisk on high speed for 20 seconds . Stop, scrape the sides of the bowl, and whisk for further 20 or 30 seconds at high speed, till frothy. Stir in the melted butter, combining quickly.
4.Pour the batter into the muffin cup , filling them about 3/4 or 2/3 full. Make sure oven is at 450F/230C. Place the pan on the lower shelf of the oven and bake for 20 minutes without opening the door of the oven. Reduce the 350F/177C  and bake for additional 10-15mins until they are deep, golden brown. If the popovers seems to be browning too quickly, position an oven rack at the very top of the oven, and pt a cookie sheet on it, to shield the popovers from the direct heat.
5. If plan to serve the popovers immediately, remove them from oven and stick the tip of the popovers with a knife to release steam to prevent sogginess.
6.If we want the popovers to hold their shape longer without deflating , we can bake for additional 5 more minutes ( total 40 mins ) if we can do so without them becoming too dark.

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