Sunday, December 21, 2014

MINI RAISIN BUN

mini raisin bun


I have not baked any bread for weeks  but  decided to bake  my son favorite Mini Raisin Bun this time.

If you're a bread baker, you will know that most of sweet bread using almost the same recipe with slight variations on ingredients or method.

Enjoy this tasty Mini Raisin Bun for breakfast or in between snack..  Love to serve them  in  bite size portion instead of regular one. Am using dark raisin but golden raisin can be added too.

You can also  turn the dough into a loaf by baking it in a loaf pan.




MINI RAISIN BUN
Yield :   14 mini buns

3 cups all purpose flour
3 tablespoon sugar
3 tablespoon melted butter
2 1/2   tsp instant yeast
1 cup warm milk
1 cup raisin
1 tsp salt

mini raisin bun


METHOD

*  Place water, sugar, yeast,  butter  and salt in a mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly using a wooden spoon.

*  Add the flour by cupful , mix well until a stiff dough is formed..

*  Transfer dough onto floured board, knead for 10 minutes until smooth. Place dough into oiled and covered bowl, let rise for  1  hour or until double in size.

*  Punch the dough down, add in the raisin, mix well then shape into small balls and place onto greased loaf pan. Keep covered  for 45 minutes.Preheat oven @ 180 C towards the end of rising time.

*  Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the top is browned and the bottom sounds  hollow when tapped with your finger, in a preheated oven.

*  Brush with melted butter and transfer onto rack to cool.

mini raisin bun
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Sunday, December 14, 2014

DRY FRUIT BUNDT CAKE

Dry Fruit Bundt Cake


There are many variations of fruit cake,  including a version that require soaking of the fruit for days while another one  need you to boil the dry fruits and butter.

Am sharing with  you a  really quick and easy Dry Fruit Bundt Cake and  one of the ingredients was condensed milk.  Using condensed milk in a fruit cake is a new one for me but it always fun to try. Dry Fruit Bundt Cake  is also made without sugar.

If you need to avoid egg, you can substitute with plain yogurt or pureed fruit.

I find it easier to slice without it breaking so easily because the fruits remain soft and stick together. You can  easily increase the mixed fruit up to 1 cup if desired.

Dry Fruit Bundt Cake


DRY FRUIT BUNDT CAKE
Yield  :  10 slices

1 1/4 cup plain flour
1/2 cup condensed milk
1/4 cup orange juice
1 egg or 1/4 cup plain yogurt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
70 g melted butter
1 tsp vanilla essence
2/3 cup dry mixed fruit
1/2 tablespoon flour

METHOD

Preheat oven @ 180 C and grease  your bundt pan.

Combine mixed fruit with half tablespoon of flour, this prevents the fruits from sinking in the cake as it cooks.

Sift together flour, baking powder and baking soda in a mixing bowl.

In another bowl whisk together butter, condensed milk, vanilla and yogurt or egg.

Combine dry ingredients with butter mixture, stir until well mixed.

Stir in mixed fruit, stir to combine.

Pour mixture into prepared pan, tap gently and bake for 20 minutes @ 180 C, reduce temperature to 170 C and continue baking for another 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clea,

Cool in pan 15 minutes,. loosen the edges with plastic spatula, invert onto rack to cool.

Dry Fruit Bundt Cake


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Sunday, December 7, 2014

CHOCOLATE CRINKLE COOKIES

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies from scratch



These Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are on my "to do" list for a long time. They are crisp on the outside
but  chewy in the center and ridiculously easy to make.

If you're a chocolate lover, you're going to love these cookies. They have deep chocolate flavor.

I suppose to  roll the cookies in confectioners sugar for that pretty crack on top but last minute, I could not find my powdered sugar so have coated them with fine sugar.

Make sure to place the rolled cookies 1 in apart, as they bake, they spread and the surface cracks.

You can turn the same recipe into Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies by adding a tablespoon of red food coloring to the flour mixture.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies from scratch




CHOCOLATE CRINKLE COOKIES
Yield  :  45 coolies

1 and 2/3 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 tablespoon buttermilk
1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg or 1/4 cup yogurt
1 tsp vanilla essence
confectioners sugar for rolling


METHOD

Sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a mixing bowl.

Beat butter and sugar until well blended, mix in buttermilk, egg/ yogurt and vanilla essence.

Add in butter mixture into dry ingredients, mix to form into soft dough.

Cover and refrigerate for an hour.

Place confectioners sugar in a plate.   Start rolling the mixture into 1 in balls.

Roll these balls in confectioners sugar and place them in 1 in apart on baking sheet.  Preheat oven @ 180 C.

Bake for 10-12 minutes until slightly firm.  Let sit in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring them onto rack to cool.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies from scratch


This post was featured on Dec 15th, 2014 for Best of the Best is at  Epic  Mommy Adventures

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

HOW TO MAKE ROTI CANAI

How to make Roti Canai


Roti  Canai  is one of most loved hawker food. This crispy and flaky prata  is available through out the day for breakfast, lunch or dinner. While some like it with just a sprinkle of granulated sugar but I like it served with a spicy curry.

There are several variations, either served plain or with eggs,  Our hawkers here have came up with their own variations which now include anything from cheese, banana, honey to chocolate and ice cream.

After forming into soft dough, it is coated with oil and kept covered for several hours. Another important  part is  flipping the dough in the air in a circular motion  to get that see through dough. Flipping the prata takes skill which come from years of practice. In my case, I got  that  paper thin dough  by pulling the edges slowly. The more you flip, the thinner  it gets so that when you fold it you get more layers. The perfect  Roti Canai  should be thin and crispy.


My Roti  Canai  is slightly bigger than what you get from those shop but if you want it smaller, divide the dough into 8  instead of 6 balls.

HOW TO MAKE ROTI  CANAI
Makes 6-8  roti

3 cup  wheat flour
5 tablespoon oil
1 tsp salt
2  tablespoon condensed milk
1 cup + 2 tablespoon water
extra oil for coating/frying
1 egg (optional)

* If adding  an egg, reduce the quantity of water

METHOD

1. In a bowl, combine salt, condensed milk and water.

2. Add flour and oil to the water mixture, forms into soft dough.

3. Knead the dough until smooth for 5 minutes, divide dough into  6-8 balls.


How to make Roti Canai


4. Coat each ball with oil and let stand for at least 5 hours or overnight.




5.  Oil your work top, flatten each ball with your oiled palms, Pulling the edges until you get a see through dough (professionals do it by flipping the dough in the air in a circular motion). Coil it up like a sea shell. 






6. Flatten the dough using your hand into round shape. Rest 10 minutes.

7. Fry on flat pan until both side turn golden brown, drizzle with oil as you fry.

8. Serve hot with curry or sugar.




How to make Roti Canai

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

CHOCOLATE CAKE W/ CHOCOLATE FROSTING

Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Frosting



Am so excited to share my  first experience making this Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Frosting. This is a wonderful recipe made from scratch and  truly easy to put together.

Chocolate cake w/Chocolate Frosting can be made with or without egg.  Besides sour cream as an egg substitution, you can use banana or pureed fruit.

Please check the cake after 40 minutes of baking since  the oven varies from one another. I have used an easy chocolate frosting that you can prepare  really quickly but chocolate ganache  or  butter cream work too.

Chocolate Cake w/Chocolate Frosting



CHOCOLATE CAKE W/CHOCOLATE FROSTING
Serves  :  8

1 3/4 cup plain flour
1/2 cup melted butter
3 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 cup milk
1 egg or 1/4 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla essence

CHOCOLATE FROSTING

3/4   cup condensed milk
2 tablespoon melted butter
1/2 cup cocoa powder

Melt the butter in small saucepan, using medium heat, add in condensed milk and cocoa powder.  Stir until thick  remove from heat

Chocolate Cake w/Chocolate Frosting


METHOD

Preheat oven  @ 180 C and great 8 in cake tin.

Sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder and baking soda.

Mix in sugar, make a well in the center, stir in melted butter, milk, lightly beaten sour cream or egg and vanilla, stir until well incorporated.

Spoon  batter onto prepared pan an bake for 40-50 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Sit in pan for  10  minutes before transferring onto rack to cool.

Place cake on a plate, pour the  chocolate frosting over the cake. Enjoy...



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