Sunday, December 30, 2007

Almond Cookies

Almond Cookies (30 pcs)

100g unsalted soften butter
50g icing sugar
1/4teaspoon salt
1 vanilla pod
30g eggs
120g cookie flour(sifted)
25g milk powder
40g almond powder
1/4teaspoon baking powder(sifted)
15g egg white
35pcs whole almond

1. Preheat the oven 180C. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. Mix unsalted soften butter, icing sugar and salt. Beat until smoothly blended.
3. Add vanilla pod, eggs and continue to beat.
4. Add in cookie flour, milk powder, almond powder and baking powder.Mixing just until it is incorporated.
5. Put the dough in a bag and chill for 30 minutes.
6. Scoop the dough about 10g and make it into a ball. Place it onto the baking tray.
7. Once all balls are done, wash them with egg white and place an almond on them.
8. Top oven heat 180C and bottom 150C. Bake them for about 25 minutes. Switch off the oven and leave them inside the oven for another 10 minutes.



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Friday, December 14, 2007

Rasberry & Strawberry Mousse layered with Brownie


Chocolat Brownies
(8 inch square baking pan)

150gm dark chocolat, chopped
180gm unalted butter
120gm sugar
15ml monin hazelnut syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
80gm cake flour
150gm walnut (crushed)

Preheat the oven to 180C.
Melt chocolat together with butter. Stir frequently until chocolat is melted.
Stir in sugar, hazelnut syrup and salt.
Add egg one at a time, stirring until the first one is incorporated before adding next. Stir in the flour and beat with a spatula until smooth and glossy.
Stir in walnut, scrape the batter into the pan and smooth to even it.
Bake for 20 mins or until the brownies just begin to pull away from the sides of the pan.
Slice the brownie into 2 layer (layer thickness up to your liking)

Rasberry & Strawberry Mousse
Refer to my previous chocolat mousse recipe, take chocolat and hazelnut syrup out and replace them with 80gm of rasberry puree and 10ml of rasberry Monin syrup and 10ml strawberry monin syrup.

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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Palm Sugar (Gula Melaka) Malay Sponge Cake "Ma Lai Ko"


70ml palm sugar
2 large eggs
100gm castor sugar
160gm cake flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
200ml thick coconut milk


1. Beat egg until bubble then add sugar for 10 minutes (till thick and white)
2. Pour egg mixture into a bowl fold in shifted cake flour and baking soda
3. Blend in palm sugar then the thick coconut milk
4. Cover and rest batter for 20minutes (to get the honeycomb effect)
5. Stir and pour into desire cups or moulds
6. Steam at high flame for 25minutes

I alway find that "Ma Lai Ko" to be eaten and serve while they are soft and warm. This gorgeous "Ma Lai Ko" can be served with ice cream too. Hope you will try this recipe in your own kitchen at your own time and pleasure.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Fraise & Framboise Chocolat Ganache Tartlets


This is a recipe from "The Dessert Book by Chef Hidemi Sugino"..... oh got to tell you, he is one of my celebrity chef that I idol so much, his work is so incredible.

Sweet Tart Dough(Pate Sucree)
Makes 350g

90g unsalted butter, thinly sliced
60g confectioners' sugar
30g whole egg
20g almond flour
150g all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface

1. Combine butter and sugar in food processor, and process for 4 to 5 seconds
2. Gradually add egg, almond flour and all-purpose flour, processing 4 to 5 seconds after each addition.
3. Scarping down mizture between additions. Total processing time may be 12 to 15 seconds, or until dough just holds together. Do not over-mix.
4. Place into airtight plastic bag and flatten with a rolling pin. Refridgerate for 2 to 3 hours.
5. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough into 2.5 to 3mm thick. Prick all over with a fork. Place dough onto a tart pan loosely, the floured surface up, and press dough into pan.
6. Trim dough, by rolling a pin on dough. Press sides and bottom tightly onto pan. Cut away any exess dough with a knife.
To make tartlets, cut dough one size larger than the pans after rolling out. Then trim the overhanging dough with a knife after pressing into pans. If you don't use all the dough, freeze the rest.


Fraise & Framboise Chocolat Ganache
(I had altered some of the ingredient to suit the taste and liking.)

80g frozen framboise(rasberry) puree
10ml framboise Monin syrup
10ml fraise Monin syrup
70ml heavy cream(whipping cream)
150gm dark chocolat (bittersweet)
30gm soft unsalted butter

1. Bake tart case: Roll out dough and place into baking pans; prick bottom of dough all over with a fork, bake in a 170C over the oven for 10 to 12 minutes; let cool.
2. Make ganache: Heat the puree until just starting to melt, remove from heat. Add syrups; set aside until completely melted by remaining heat. Return to heat, add heavy cream and bring to boil.
3. In a large bowl, place chocolat, add hot puree-cream mixture, whisking little by little, drawing small circles until emulsify completely. Add butter in small pieces, mix well until shiny.
4. Pour ganache into tart cases and spread evenly. Garnish with fresh fraise or framboise.(can serve with vanilla ice cream)

Something simple and yet will trigger the wildest taste of your guests. For sure you will be a great host of the day......

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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Lemon Grass & Kaffir Lemon Mousse Cake


Prepare a 9inch cake mould and wrap it with aluminuim foil.
Prepare a digestive biscuit cake base.

Cake Base
100g Blended digestive biscuits
50g Melted unsalted butter


Top Layer: Lemon Grass Mousse

Creme Anglaise
180ml Milk
50g Egg Yolk
30g Granulated sugar
2-3stalk Thinly slice lemon grass

1.5envelops Gelatin leaf
10ml fresh lemon juice
150ml Whipping Cream


Bottom Layer: Kaffir Lime Mousse

Creme Anglaise
180ml Milk
50g Egg Yolk
30g Granulated sugar
3-4 Thinly slice kaffir lime leaves

1.5envelops Gelatin leaf
10ml fresh lime juice
100ml Whipping Cream

Middle Layer: Lemon Jelly

30ml Fresh lemon juice
15g Granulated sugar
135ml Boiling water
5envelopes Gelatin leaf

1.Prepare creme anglaise (Kaffir Lime)
Beat egg yolk witha hand whisk. Add in granulated sugar gradually.
Beat until pale yellow and stiff.
Heat milk with fresh kaffir lime leaves.(Heat infused the kaffir lime leaves flavour into the milk.)
Once flavour infused, strain the kaffir lime leaves and pour the boiling milk into the egg yolk misture and stir well.
Reheat the mixture again to 82C-85C, stir constantly to prevent it from sticking to the saucepan.
2. Add in soften gelatin and stir well. Let cool and leaves for later use.
3. Whisk whipping cream with electric mixer at medium speed until soft peak form.
4. Squeeze fresh lime juice in the whipped cream and fold well.
5. Pour in the creama anglaise and fold well to the mousse.
6. Pour the kaffir lime mousse to the cake mould and refrigerate for 1/2 hour.
7. Make middle layer lemon jelly. Melt granulated sugar and soften gelatin inot boiling water. Add in fresh lemon juice and stir well.
8. When it's cooled down to around 40C, pour it on top of the cake and refrigerate for 1/2 hour.
9. Repeat step 1-5 to make lemon grass mousee. pour lemon grass mousse into the cake mould and refrigerate for 1.5hours. Decorate with chocolat leaves and lime or lemon peel prior to serving.

Yet another winning recipe. which you should try.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Jasmine Tea Ganache

Jasmine Chocolat Ganache

200gm Dark Chocolat
100ml Milk
100ml Cream
15gm Softened Butter
20gm Jasmine Silver Needle Tea Leaves(for intense flavour add more)

Infused the tea leaves in the milk and cream for 12 hours in the fridge.
Melt the chocolat and add the infused jasmine tea milk.
Whisk the mixture.
Add soft butter and whisk.
Once ganache is ready, pipe into the tea cups.
Garnished with jasmine tea leaves.


Such an elegant dessert, simplicity is the word. Looks so classy and yet so fragant. This is something that you can make for a special dinner occasion and even for your love one. Can even be prepared much ahead of time, something that you must try yourself.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Double Chocolat Cupcake

Chocolat cake mix
200g dark chocolat
200g butter softened
6 eggs
200g sugar
150 cake flour, shifted
100g dark chocolat chips

To prepare cake mix

Melt the chocolat and butter in a double boiler. In a mixing bowl with the ballon whisk attachment, beat the eggs and sugar together on medium speed until the ribbon stage. Add the melted chocolat and butter and mix well. Using spatula, fold in the sifted flour. Place paper cupcake cups into baking moulds. Line the cupcake cup with chocolat mix and add dark chocolat chips. Bake in a preheated oven at 160C for 13minutes....... Remove from oven, set aside to cool completely before decorating with chocolate gancahe and cream cheese.


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Chocolat ganache

400g dark chocolat, chopped
400ml cream
50g butter

To prepare ganache

Place the chocolat in a mixing bowl. Warm the cream and pour unto the chocolat. Stir with a wire whisk until smooth. Add softened butter and whisk until smooth. Cool in the refridgerator until it can be piped.

This cupcakes looks lovely and taste rather not too sweet. Yet another batch of cupcakes well executed. It is worth trying to make some over the weekend, you will definitely like it.

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Chocolat Mousse


Chocolat Mousse
Whipping cream 280gm
Melted dark chocolat 100gm
Hazelnut syrup(Monin) 15ml
Egg white 50gm
Granulated sugar 35gm
Gelatin leaf 3envelopes
Inner layer
Sponge cake


Make the chocolat mousse, whisk egg white until foamy. Then, add in granulated sugar gradually and whisk until soft peak form.
Whisk whipping cream and gradually add in hazelnut syrup until soft peak form.
Melt the dark chocolat and pour it in the whipping cream and fold well witha rubber spatula.
Fold meringue into chocolat mixture and gently fold well.
Pour in metled gelatin into the chocolat mixture and gently fold.
Pour a half layer of the chocolat mousse into the round plastic ring and refrigerate for 1 1/2 hours.
Inner layer, place a piece of spoge cake.
Pipe in another layer of chocolat mousse.
Then placee in freezer for an hour.
Finish the surface with melted chocolate.



Do try my recipe and let me know how your creation turns out to be, a sure winner.

Big Boys Oven

Friday, October 26, 2007

Strawberry Moussecake with Flaming Meringue

"> Strawberry Moussecake
(prepare 3 of 3 inch cake ring)

Strawberry mousse
Whipping cream 280gm
Melted strawberry puree 100gm
Strawberry syrup(Monin) 15ml
Egg white 50gm
Granulated sugar 35gm
Gelatin leaf 3envelopes
Inner layer
Melted strawberry puree 70gm
Gelatin leaf 2envelopes
Outer layer (Meringue)
Egg white 100gm
Granulated sugar 30gm


Make the strawberry mousse, whisk egg white until foamy. Then, add in granulated sugar gradually and whisk until soft peak form.
Whisk whipping cream and gradually add in strawberry syrup until soft peak form.
Melt the strawberyy and pour it in the whipping cream and fold well witha rubber spatula.
Fold meringue into strawberry mixture and gently fold well.
Pour in metled gelatin into the strawbery mixture and gently fold.
Pour a half layer of the strawberry mousse into the cake ring and refrigerate for 1 1/2 hours.
Inner layer, melt the soften gelatin into the hot strawberry puree, let cool until 30C. Then place a spoonful of the strawberry puree on the centre top area.
Pipe in another layer of strawberry mousse.
Then placee in freezer for an hour.
Outer layer, whisk egg with until foamy, add in granulated sugar gradually and whisk until stiff peak form.
Pipe the meringue along the cake edge. Burn the meringue with a culinary torch and freeze it for 15 minutes.

Yet another interesting and beautiful piece of dessert which I really encourage you to try, ................. lovely, simple and delicious.

Love Sunny Yaw

Monday, October 8, 2007

Fuleila Balls Cookies

softened butter 130g
powdered sugar 60g
grated almondpowder 50g
cake flour 150g
vanilla syrup (monin) 10ml
chopped walnut 40g
icing sugar for dusting

1. In a bowl, combine butter and powdered sugar until incorporated.
2. Add grated almond powder, cake flour, vanilla syrup and chopped walnut, stir until dough. Wrap by plastic bag about 30 minutes.
3. Divide dough into 6g for each small ball, bake about 23 minutes, upper and lower both 150C.
4. Dust icing sugar on cookie surface.

I love and really enjoyed having this fuleila balls with a cup of fresh illy black espresso. My mum and aunt did enjoy this fuleila balls and not forgotten the chocolat brownies that I baked recently.


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Saturday, October 6, 2007

Christmas Chocolat Brownie


250g butter
200g sugar
40g glucose syrup
2g salt
4 eggs
180g bittersweet chocolate
60g cake flour
200g walnut(crushed)

Method
1. Beat eggs, salt and sugar until fluffy
2. Add glucose syrup and melted chocolat. mix evenly.
3. Add sifted cake flour and melted butter. Mix evenly.
4. Add crushed walnuts and pour batter into baking dish. Bake at 170C -180C for 25-30 minutes.
5. Allow to coll. Top with chocolat mousse. Refrigerate until hardened. Cut into 6 different sized squares, then assemble.

Sid suggested to me that I should put some coloured butter cream to decorate this brownie in order to give some intensity of the festive..... maybe.....lol!...... I got to say this recipe is simple and can be done easily and fast especially when there is so many things to do. Brownie can be deep freeze, therefore you can prepare it earlier. I hope you will enjoy this one and I will be posting more christmas goodies on this coming months.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Maple Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal cookies that are crisp on the outside and soft on the inside are a classic that never goes out of style. This cookies enhances the perennial favourite with maple syrup and plenty of dried cranberries.



1 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 cup unslated butter, at room temperature
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups oatmeal(not quick cooking)
1 1/2 cups dried cranberries


Position a rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Sift the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon into a medium bowl and set aside. in a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until smoothly blended, about 1 minute. Stop the mixer and scrape the sides of the bowl as needed during mixing. On low speed, add the eggs, maple syrup and vanilla and mix until blended, about 1 minute. mix in the flour mixture to incorporateit. mix in the oatmeal, then the cranberries.

Using an ice cream scoop or measuring cup with a 1/4 cup capacity, scoop mounds of dough onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing the cookies at least 2 1/2 inches apart. (Optional: place a fresh cranberry to top of each cookie)

Bake the cookies one sheet at a time until the tops feel firm and the tops and bottoms are lightly browned, about 18 minutes. Cool the cookies on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then use a wide metal spatula to transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

The cookies can be stored in a tightly covered container at room temperature for up to 4 days.

I had tried this recipe and love it! ..... I guess it is about time for you try it too.


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Monday, September 10, 2007

Toasted Almond and Strawberry Jam Cookies Sandwiches


The shape of these jam-filled almond cookie sandwiches is limited only by your choice of cookie cutters, circles, rectangles, heart and stars are all good choice. If no cookies cutters, just cut the dough into neat rectangules or squares. The top cookie has a hole cut of its centre and is sprinkled with powdered sugar, so the bright jam shines though a white sugar-dusted top. Seedless rasberry, blueberry or blackberry jam make other good filling choices.



2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup powdered sugar, plus extra for dusting
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (monin syrup)
3/4 teasppon almond extract (monin syrup)
1 cup (about 4 ounces) whole blanched almonds toasted and finely ground
6 tablespoons strawberry jam

Sift the flour and salt into a medium bowl and set aside. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and 3/4 cup powdered sugar until smooth and slightly lightened in color, about 1 minue. Stop the mixer and scrape the sides of the bowl as needed during mixing. On slow speed, mix in the vanilla, almond extract, and ground almonds. Mix in the flour mixture just until the flour is incorporated and the dough holds together.

Divide the dough in half and form into two 6-inch disks. Warp each one in plastic wrap and refrigerate the dough until it is cold and firm enough to roll, about 40 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Remove one piece of dough from the refrigerator. Put the dough between 2 large sheets of wax paper and roll it into a rectangle about 12 by 8 inches and 1/4 inch thick. Remove the top piece of wax paper and discard it. Use a cookie cutter to cut out 3 1/2 inch circles (or any shape you like) from the dough, leaving the cookies on the wax paper. Turn the wax paper over, peel off the paper and use a metal spatula to help palce the circles 1 inch apart on one of the preparedbaking sheets. (The cookies do not spread much.) Set aside the dough scraps. Using 2 clean pieces of wax paper, roll and cut the second piece of dough. Gather together all of the dough scraps, forming a smooth disk, and repeat the rolling and cutting process. You should have 20 cookies.

Cut a 1 inch circle (or other shape) from the centre of half of the cookies and remove these circles from the cookies (the wide end of a pastry tube works well for cutting the circles). The dough "holes" can be baked along with the cookies for snacks.

Bake the cookies one sheet at a time until the edges are light brown and the tops firm, about 18 minutes. Cool the cookies for 15 minutes on the baking sheets, then use a wide metal spatula to transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Turn the cookies without the holes botttom side up. Leaving a 1/4 inch edge, spread a rounded teaspoon of jam over each one. Sift powdered sugar over the cookies with the hole and place them on top of the jam-covered cookies.

The cookie sandwiches can be stored in a tightly covered container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

I love and adore this cookies as the scent of almond will bring the freshness in you and sweetness of jam makes you feel so divine. I hope you will give it a go soon as festive season is just so near.

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