Friday, August 22, 2014

Gingerbread Magic Custard Bar

Its the most busy busy busy time of the year. I'm getting excited cause my girl is admitting to the University soon. Her admission day is getting near. Its going to be a long ride to the north. A lot of preparation needed to be done here. However, we still need a break. I made us a  gingerbread flavoured magic custard bar. Guess, this going to calm us down a little bit. hehe..... The step by step preparation isn't as tedious as I thought. It was nice & easy. I'm sure you can make one too !

Ingredients : (recipe adapted from here)
(A)
120gm   butter, melted
2 cups  milk
*1 TB  water

(B)
3/4 cup   brown sugar
4 egg yolks
pinch of salt
1 tspn  vanilla essence

(C)
4 egg white
1/4 tspn  cream of tartar

(D)
1 cup  all purpose flour
3 tspn  ginger powder
1-1/2 tspn  cinnamon powder
(combine & mixed well)

Method :
(1) heat milk without boiling it then off the heat & set aside.
(2) whisk ingredient (C) till stiff peak form, set aside.
(3) beat ingredient (B) till fluffy pale in colour then add in mixture melted butter & water, mix well.
(4) next, stir in mixture (D) and mix to combined.
(5) now, beat in warm milk till well mix.
(6) once its ready, fold whisked egg white into batter in three batches till everything well mixed. Do not over whisk the mixture.
(7) finally, pour batter into a 9x13" greased tray and let to bake at preheated oven 170'C for about 45 minutes.
(8) once its done, leave cool then keep refrigerated for an hour to set. Then slice into 16 equal square piece to serve.

I would say this is still not so perfect but the size is just nice. Overall, I really love the sense & aroma.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Cranberry Cream Cheese Bread Loaf

Well, another week goes by. Isn't it time flies ! Sometimes we just need something to energize our resting mind & soul after the weekend. I knowwww.... Monday is always the boring day of the week. And last weekend I've chosen to bake my family a homemade cranberry bread which is quite similar to Gardenia cranbery loaf.  Hope this will bring a little joy to boost up everyone's energy on Monday morning. I bought those fresh cranberries months ago and stock up in my freezer for quite some time already. Well, its about time now !

Ingredients :
Starter dough
50gm  bread flour
2 tspn  yeast
80ml  water
(combine and mix well then rest for 20 minutes)

Main dough
350gm  bread flour
20gm milk powder
3 TB  sugar
1 tspn  salt
130ml  water
50gm  cream cheese
1 egg
2/3 cup  fresh cranberry, chopped
1/3 cup  raisins

Method :
(1) once the starter dough is ready, stir in the main ingredients (except cranberries & raisins) and mix to form a soft dough. Dough should be quite sticky at the stage. Do not add extra flour.
(2) leave the dough cover with a damp tower and let to rest for an hour or till double in size.
(3) punch dough to release air then knead to smooth dough. To prevent sticky hand ~ rub hands with cooking oil.
(4) once its done, place dough to slightly floured working table then roll out flat about 10x15" lenght.
(5) place in cranberries & raisins, fold both longer side of dough inward face to face in the middle. Then roll the other two sides like swiss roll facing to the middle as well. As shown in the above picture.
(6) must handle with care cause the dough is quite soft, place rolled dough to a 4x4x9" baking pan then bake at preheated oven 175-180'C for about 40-45 minutes or till brown.
(7) leave cooled completely before slicing.

I was very very excited when I first removed the bread off the pan. Can't wait to slice it out to have a good look at it. Finally, this is how the bread looks like. Very very fluffy with such tempting aroma as well. Honestly, fresh cranberry tasted much better than dried ones especially in baking cakes & bread.

Just look at the softness of the sliced bread. My family couldn't resist and each of us ate at least a few slices right away....without any spread. The combination of fresh cranberry is a super plus.....the tingling sourish mixing the sweetness ....equal to YUMMY ! >o< Enjoy guys !
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Friday, August 8, 2014

Simple Moist Mangoes Cake

First of all, I have to thank my friend also neighbour, Chan & his wife Diane Mary for their wonderful home grown mangoes. Thank you for sending in the mangoes, they are very sweet & delicious but I only saving two for my baking. :o) Yes, I baked a mangoes cake. A simple one as you can see here, even the kids can make their own. Its actually my first attempt baking with fresh mangoes. Wonderful experience though ! So, here's what I did.

Ingredients :
2 cups  all purpose flour
1 tspn  ginger powder
1 tspn  baking powder
1/2 tspn  baking soda
1/2 tspn  salt
70gm  butter, melted
4 eggs
3/4 cup  sugar
1 cup  mangoes puree

Method :
(1) combine flour, ginger powder, baking powder, baking soda & salt into a big bowl and mix well.
(2) beat eggs and sugar till fluffy & pale then add in mangoes puree & butter and mix well.
(3) now, fold in dry ingredients and mix to combine.
(4) pour batter to a 4x4x9" baking tray lined with parchment paper then bake at preheated oven 175'C for about 50-60 minutes.

The cake turns out looking great. Love the colour ! >o<

And the texture is super moist & fluffy but the aroma of mangoes became quite mild after baking though. Probably, an extra mangoes essence will help the improvement. Overall it was lovely. Hope you guys will love it too. Enjoy & have a lovely weekend everyone !
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