Sunday, October 26, 2014

ROCK CAKES

Rock Cakes Eggless


It has been more than 2 decades  I have eaten these Rock Cakes, made them in my Home Economics class.   Using basic ingredients of butter, sugar, flour and raisin you can transform these into your favorite by adding chocolate chips,  other dried fruit, nuts, spices or zest  but  I prefer to stick to the basic recipe

In the past we used the rubbing in method but now I change the way you prepare these  Rock Cakes by  mixing  the  melted butter in the dough.

My house was filled with fantastic aroma while baking these  little treats.  They are crunchy outside but soft inside

Rock Cakes Eggless


ROCK CAKES
Yield  30

1 cup self rising flour
1/2 cup castor sugar removed 2 tablespoon
60 g melted butter
1/4 cup milk
3/4 cup raisin
1 tablespoon or more  water if needed


METHOD

Preheat oven  @  175 C.

Combine flour, sugar and  raisin in a mixing bowl.

Make a well in the center, add milk and  melted butter, stir gently to combine, if still crumbly add a tablespoon of cold water.

Drop heaped tablespoonfuls onto baking tray, allowing room for spreading.

Bake 10-15 minutes until firm  to touch.

Let sit in the tray for 5 minutes before transferring to wire  rack.

Store in an airtight container.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

FRUIT COCKTAIL PUDDING

Fruit Cocktail Pudding


My son has  been bugging  me to  prepare   this super easy Fruit Cocktail Pudding made with agar agar powder and canned fruit cocktail.

Some might like to make use of the sugar  syrup after draining the fruit cocktail  but prefer to throw it away. Make sure the water and sugar syrup combined do not exceed 5 cups. .

To jazz it up, added a few drops of  yellow food coloring.  This step is required if you choose colorless agar agar powder.  You can use any flavor,/color/fruit you prefer. I just happened to have fruit cocktail on hand.

After the agar agar powder has been boiled, pour this mixture into small mold or into one large bowl/container.

If you want something that tastes great and not fattening, this Fruit Cocktail is for you!

Fruit Cocktail Pudding


FRUIT COCKTAIL PUDDING
Serves  12

10 g  white/colored agar agar powder
5 cups water
250 g sugar
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 can 836 g fruit cocktail drained

METHOD

Dissolve agar agar powder in  deep pot containing 5 cups water.

Add sugar, bring to boil using low heat, stirring continuously.

Add food coloring of your choice if using white and evaporated milk, bring to boil again. Remove from heat.  Mix in drained fruit cocktail, stir well.

Rinse the agar agar  mold, pour the mixture into one large container or use the small one.

Let cool to room temperature, refrigerate until ready to serve.

Fruit Cocktail Pudding



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Sunday, October 12, 2014

M&M COOKIES SLICES

M&M Cookies Slices


Was thinking about what to make for tea time treat then my kid suggested to try this colorful and pleasing M&M Cookies Slices.

He makes a right choice.  It turned out fantastic!   These  bound to be big hit with kids and adult alike.   My visitors are very pleased too, they even  ask me for the recipe.

Since I love my slices to be not so sweet, I had used only 3/4 cup of brown sugar but you can add more if want it sweeter.

These  M&M Cookies Slices  are  super  quick to prepare, no mixer required and using  only one bowl so you save your time washing up so many dishes.

M&M Cookies Slices



M&M COOKIES SLICES
Makes   12-16 slices depending on size

1/2 cup butter melted
1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla essence
18 chocolate cookies roughly crushed
1/2 cup M&M for topping

M&M Cookies Slices


METHOD

1.  Preheat oven @ 180 C and lightly grease 8 in cake pan.

2.  In a mixing bowl, beat egg, melted butter,  sugar and vanilla essence until well combined.

3.  Fold in  flour and roughly crushed chocolate cookies.  Stir well.

4.  Scoop the mixture into prepared pan,  spread evenly.

5.  Sprinkle the top with M&M, lightly press them with your finger.

6.  Bake for 20-22 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

7.  Cool in pan for 30 minutes before slicing.

M&M Cookies Slices


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Monday, October 6, 2014

BROKEN GLASS JELLY

Broken Glass Jelly with agar agar powder



A very blessed Eid  to  you and family,  to those celebrating.  May you be showered with joy and happiness!

This year am not making any heavy preparation since I had just recovered from my illness.  I picked up  agar agar powder to prepare this Broken Glass Jelly.

This is the simplest dessert you can make without much effort but still looks terrific.  What I did was mixing the agar agar powder with sugar in a deep pot  until the  agar agar is dissolved.  Bring to boil  over low heat, stirring  all the time.

And now this is a fun part.  Divide into 4 parts.  Mix 3 parts with your favorite color and leave the balance as it is.  Let them set , now you can cut the colored parts into cubes and place them in a  9 in tray.  Mix them altogether.

Heat the non colored part over low heat, add  milk.  Remove from heat, pour this mixture over the tray filled with colored cubes.  Cool slightly, place the tray in a refrigerator to set fully.

Broken Glass Jelly


BROKEN GLASS JELLY

10 g  white agar agar powder
250 g white sugar
1 liter water
3 tablespoon condensed  milk
3 different color of food coloring

METHOD

1.  Dissolve agar agar powder in one liter of water, stir well.

2.  Add sugar, stir and bring to boil over low heat.

3.  Remove from heat, rinse 3 containers, place 1 1/4 cup of agar agar on each container, add coloring to each, stir until well mixed.  Chill in a refrigerator..

4.  Rinse  9  in tray, cut into cubes for the colored parts.  Place them in a tray, mix altogether.

5.  Heat the plain part, add the condensed   milk.  Remove and pour this over the colored cubes.

6.  Cool slightly and let it set in a refrigerator.  Cut into desired sizes to serve.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

CHOCOLATE MARBLE BREAD

Chocolate Marble Bread using cocoa powder



This  week  I ventured into baking a yeast bread called Chocolate Marble Bread.  It has two contrasting flavor and the marbling effect looks so pretty when sliced.

This Chocolate Marble Bread is super simple but the only disadvantage was time  consumed  to  proof the dough before and after shaping.

But, I have no regret  it turned great in taste and appearance!   Make one today to  surprise your family and friends..


CHOCOLATE MARBLE  BREAD
Serves :    10

2 1/2 cup all purpose or bread flour
2  tsp instant yeast
1/2 tsp salt
3 tablespoon  sugar
1  cup milk removed 2 tablespoon
3 tablespoon  butter
2  tablespoon cocoa powder
1-2 tablespoon hot water



METHOD

Whisk together flour, yeast. salt and sugar in a mixing bowl.

Place milk and butter in a small pot, cook until butter is melted. Remove and cool until warm.

Add milk mixture to the flour. By hand or using electric mixer, beat with low speed until the flour mixture is moistened. Increase the speed to medium, scraping down the sides of the bowl until the dough is smooth.

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface, knead until elastic for 2 minutes.

Divide dough into 2, add cocoa powder and hot water little by little. Add this to one part while the other half, leave it plain.

Place the dough in  2  lightly oiled  bowl,  cover and let rise until it doubles for 1 hour or more.

Transfer dough to the work surface, punch it down,  divide  each dough into 2.

.Roll out each dough into 5 in  diameter circle  about 1/4 in thick.

Stack each dough layer by layer starting with plain dough and the last one is chocolate dough.

Flatten the dough lightly, roll into a log.

Place onto loaf pan, leave to rise until doubled for 1 hour or more.

Preheat the oven @ 190 C.  Bake until golden brown fir 25 minutes.

Transfer onto rack to cool.

Chocolate Marble Bread using cocoa powder


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