Thanksgiving and Christmas 2015 Special Compilation (2015 圣诞节特别汇编)

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INTRODUCTION

I promised readers that I will do a simple compilation for Christmas 2015. Here it is with about 45 recipes on  selected appetizers, main course, breads, desserts and gift ideas. Hope this will provide readers some home cooked choices and I wish to take this opportunity to wish my readers an advance Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


STARTERS, APPETIZERS AND SNACKS

 


 Baked Hassel back Potatoes With Bacon And Mozzarella Cheeses..

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Kiwi Tuna Salad 

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Devilled Eggs

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Bacon/Tuna Tortilla Cups and Pizza Snack

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BREADS AND SOUPS


Individual Panettone (意大利圣诞面包)

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Quick And Easy Yeast Free Stollen (德国圣诞面包 – 史多伦)

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Christmas Wreath Bread (圣诞花环面包)

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Santa Bread (圣诞老人面包)

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Cranberry Wholemeal Spoon Rolls

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Yorkshire Puddings (约克郡布丁)

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Wholemeal Fruit Loaf

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MAIN COURSE


Tony Romas BBQ Baked Ribs Copycat (烤排骨)

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Crispy Roast Chicken

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DESSERTS

Steamed Fruit Cake or Kek Kukus Buah (杂果蒸糕)

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Golden Fruit Cake (黄金杂果蛋糕)

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Light Fruit Cake (轻杂果蛋糕)

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Quick and Easy Christmas Fruit Cake With Royal Icing

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Light Rummy Fruit Cake

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Boiled Christmas Fruit Cake 

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Chocolate Yule Log Cake With Coffee Cream (Bûche de Noël, 巧克力树桐蛋糕)

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Christmas croquembouche

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Christmas Trifles  – Used up your balanced fruit cake making this..

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Quick And Easy Christmas Puddings With Brandy Sauce (圣诞布丁)

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Pecan Pie (胡桃派)

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Pumpkin Pie (南瓜派)

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Baileys Chocolate Cheese Tarts (巧克力芝士挞)

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Meringue Nests With Rich Chocolate Mousse Fillings (蛋白酥皮巢)

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Double Chocolate Bavarian Cream or Bavarois (双巧克力慕斯杯)

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Molten Chocolate Lava Cake (心太软)

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Fruit Tart

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Horlicks Lapis (好力克千层蛋糕)

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Authentic Lapis Legit (Spekkoek 印尼千层蛋糕)

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Baked New York Cheesecake

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White Chocolate Cheesecake (白巧克力免烤芝士蛋糕)

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Chilled Honey Cheesecake (免烤蜜糖芝士蛋糕)

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GIFTS AND BISCUITS


Chocolate Crinkles Cookies (巧克力皱纹曲奇)

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Gingerbread Man Biscuits

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Cranberry Orange Christmas Star Cookies

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Christmas Candy Cane Peppermint Shortbread (圣诞薄荷牛油饼干)

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Macadamia Russian Tea Cakes

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Yin Yang Chocolate Macadamia Cookies

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Chocolate Truffles

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Homemade Macadamia Chocolates

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Peanut Butter Balls

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Christmas Marshmallows (棉花糖)

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Uppåkra (Swedish Butter Potato Starch Cookies) (瑞典马铃薯粉牛油饼干)

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INTRODUCTION

I do not have a recipe of the popular trendy so called “German” cookies because I can’t find reasonable linkage of such cookie with real authentic German cookies be in terms of look or in terms of ingredients.. I did my part to trace the source to any German recipes but in vain .. I asked around friends who have German friends and apparently German never seen this cookie before..I find it is rather odd to blog something that I am not able to be convinced.

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I have done many searches over a period of half year until I found a recipe named: Uppåkra (Swedish Butter Cookies with Potato Starch ). I am very happy to have at least some Western recipe that justify the use of potatoes starch.(Uppakra is a village situated at the Southernmost Sweden) . In fact, continue searches Uppakra yields a number of Western bloggers that have this recipe. For example:

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Reviewing the ingredients in these recipes shows rather similar ingredients to the “German?” cookies using potatoes starch, butter, sugar and flour. One recipe do use eggs at a binding agent.

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Further review shows that the ingredients that they used may not suit the current Asian taste buds. The sugar level are rather high and they have use castor sugar and plain flour. For Asian they have always asked for cookies that “melt in the mouth”, as such, I have modified rather materially to come to this recipes:

  • Reduction of sugar level
  • Use of top flour (cake flour) instead of plain flour
  • Use of icing sugar instead of castor sugar

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As for the ratio, I have decided to use back the traditional British short bread recipe ratio of 1 sugar: 2 butter : 3 flour as it is not overly sweet. The result is melt in the mouth cookies and I am happy that I have document down the justification of this recipe ..

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WHAT IS REQUIRED

Recipe adapted from: Potato Flour Cookies from my Swedish Grandmother

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  • 80 grams of butter – softened
  • 40 grams of icing sugar
  • 80 grams of potatoes starches
  • 40 grams of top flour or cake flour
  • Drops of vanilla essence (optional)

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STEPS OF PREPARATION

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  • In a standing mixer, beat the butter and icing sugar until light and pale. Add vanilla essence if desired. Sift in the potatoes starch and top flour, use the machine lowest speed to beat for 30 seconds. Transfer the dough out to a clingy wrap. 

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  • Wrap the dough and chill the dough for 10-20 minutes until you are able to handle it.  Divide the dough equally (about 10 grams per cookie), shape it into a ball, lightly pressed using your thumb. Use a fork to make your preferred patterns. If the dough is very sticky, dust your hand with some more potatoes starch or top flour and continue shaping. There is a possibility that you need to dust your hand with every ball you shaped.

  • Bake in the pre-heated oven of 150 degree Celsius for 12-15 minutes. Once the cookies is out from the oven, let it rest in the baking tin for 5 minutes before transferring to the cooling rack for further cooling. Once completely cooled, store in an air tight container .

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CONCLUSION

This is a delicious cookie. If you want beautiful shape, at 10% more flour, it will yields an easier to mould cookie. Members are asking me the difference between German cookies and this Swedish cookies. I do not wish to answer and let reader’s decide yourself. At least the name of this recipe is substantiated by some Western recipes.. If you ever try this recipe, just my sincere hope that as a respect to this traditional cookie , you named it Uppåkra Swedish Butter Cookies  Or Swedish Butter cookies for short.

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Individual Panettone (意大利圣诞面包)

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INTRODUCTION

Panettone will be my last recipe for Christmas 2014.. This is an Italian famous bread which had become a  common imported Christmas item in high end Singapore and Malaysia supermarkets

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Per Wikipedia:

“Panettone (pronounced /ˌpænəˈtni/, Italian: [panetˈtoːne]) is a type of sweet bread loaf originally from Milan (in Milanese dialect it is called paneton /paneˈtuŋ/),[1] usually prepared and enjoyed for Christmas and New Year in Italy,south eastern France, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Peru, Malta, Germany and Switzerland, and is one of the symbols of the city of Milan. In recent years it has become a popular addition to the Christmas table in the United Kingdom. In South America, especially in Peru, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela, Colombia, Bolivia, and Chile, it is a Christmas dinner staple and in some places replaces roscón de reyes/bolo rei (King cake).

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It has a cupola shape, which extends from a cylindrical base and is usually about 12–15 cm high for a panettone weighing 1 kg. Other bases may be used, such as an octagon, or a frustum with star section shape more common topandoro. It is made during a long process that involves the curing of the dough, which is acidic, similar to sourdough. The proofing process alone takes several days, giving the cake its distinctive fluffy characteristics. It contains candied orange, citron, and lemon zest, as well as raisins, which are added dry and not soaked. Many other variations are available such as plain or with chocolate. It is served in slices, vertically cut, accompanied with sweet hot beverages or a sweet wine, such as Asti or Moscato d’Asti.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panettone)”

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Looking at the definitions of Panettone above, one will know that traditional Panettone will requires long hours or even days of proofing. It is a huge but tasty and rich bread.. In fact, it is rather difficult to prepare the traditional or commercial version of Panettone if we do not have a special big mould designed for the preparation of big Panettone.

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Don’t worry, this recipe is the individual Panettone recipe that is easy and fast and requires no special baking equipment. It is about 12 cm tall and the taste and texture are equally awesome. For such a size, it is just nice for a small family of 3-4 and not to mention it can be prepared at a fraction of cost as compared to store purchased…The only think that you might need is to search for some tall muffin cups and I get mine rather easily in Singapore bakery. If you are not concerned about the height, feel free to use the normal muffin cups in the preparation.

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Remember that if you can’t finished the Panettone, keep it until Christmas is over, use these stale Panettone to make some delicious bread puddings. It is an excellent choice for bread puddings because the bread in itself is already tasty and aromatic..

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WHAT IS REQUIRED

Recipe adapted from: Individual Panettone,The Essential Baking Cookbook Page 266., Murdoch Books 2000

Servings: About 4 twelve cm tall Panettones

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  • 250 grams of bread flour
  • 125 grams of mixed fruit (can be substituted with equal quantities of dried apricots, currants and sultanas)
  • 90 grams or ml of lukewarm milk
  • 90 grams of butter – softened
  • 60 grams or ml of Marsala wine or other fruity wine such as rum, red cherry etc.
  • 60 grams of castor sugar
  • 7g of instant dried yeast
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • 1/2 teaspoon of aniseed or mixed spice

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STEPS OF PREPARATION

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  • In a bowl, put the mixed fruits and Marsala (or other fruit based wine) together. Let it soak for at least 1 hour.

  • In another bowl, put the yeast, one teaspoon of sugar and milk. Stir until well mixed, leave it in a warm place until the mixture is frothy and slightly increase in volume.

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  • Cream the butter and the remaining sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg one by one and beat until well mixed. In another mixer bowl, put the bread flour and mixed spice, make a well in the centre.

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  • Add in the yeast solution, the butter batter, the soaked mixed fruits and mix with a flat bladed knife until it forms a soft sticky dough. Cover with some clingy wrap and let it proved until the dough have double in size. As this is a very rich dough loaded with eggs and butter, the proofing time can be rather long (about 1.5 hours) and it also depends on the day’s temperature. In colder countries, you may want to proof the dough in the oven at 35 degree Celsius with a bowl of plain water)

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  • After the dough have doubled in size, transfer to a lightly floured surface, knead a few minutes until it is not sticky. If it is still very sticky, add spoon gradually (one tablespoon by tablespoon) until it did not stick to your hand. Divide into 4 portions and transfer to the 10 cm tall muffin cups for second proofing.

  • Pre-heat the oven to 200 degree Celsius. Once the dough have double in size or reach about 90% of muffin cup’s height, bake in the pre-heated oven for 30-35 minutes or when a skewer inserts into the centre of the bread comes out clean. Can be served warm or cold if preferred.

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CONCLUSION

Christmas is a joyous seasons where there are lots of delicious food available for choices. You may not be able to finish this bread during the dinner. You can always keep it and prepare bread puddings few days later… This is one of the simplest and fastest recipe.. Why pay more where you can easily prepared at home?

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Hope you like the post today. Cheers and have a nice day.

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Nested Your Bread?Laced Your Pancake? Roti Jala (网面薄煎饼)

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INTRODUCTION

As per Wikipedia’s definition on Malay Cuisine, it was stated that

“Roti jala – The name is derived from the Malay word roti (“bread”) and jala (“net”). A special ladle with a five-hole perforation used to make the bread looks like a fish net. It is usually eaten as an accompaniment to a curried dish, or served as a sweet with serawa. Serawa is made from a mixture of boiled coconut milk, brown sugar and pandan leaves.”

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Yes, jala is net in Malay language and roti is bread in Malay language. However, in fact, it is a pancake created in a nested pattern and I was always amazed as to the way these pancakes are prepared. Some has also called it a lacy pancake.. It is a beautiful pancake to look at and a delicious pancake to eat..

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To be very frank, i have never eaten this special Malay cuisine before as it was not very commonly sold in the stores in Singapore.. However,  I have seen this special pancake in television shows, books and newspaper..

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I did not thought that I will be preparing this until I saw the special ladle sold in a Singaporean bakery. As the price is relatively cheap (less than SGD2), I have decided to buy one ladle and try out a recipe to satisfy my curiosity.

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Hold on to buy this special gadget for roti Jala, it is quite easy to prepare one at home. In fact, I would think that home prepared version is less messy for the preparation of the pancake since the plastic bottle is capped. Just heat up a safety pin, use the hot pin the make some holes on the cap of the plastic bottle and the apparatus to prepare lacy pancake is done.

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In fact, I am very happy with the pancake.. It tasted way better than what I have expected. My kids love the texture of the pancake and I love the rich coconut aroma in the pancake that goes well some home cooked curry.. I served this with curry chicken and the pancake were disappearing very fast…. In fact, it is very addictive as the almost plain pancake just blends so well with the curry gravy.

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If you are interested to know how to cook the curry chicken which was not included in this post, you can refer to : Simple Homemade Curry Chicken and Golden Pillow (咖喱鸡, 咖喱面包鸡)


WHAT IS REQUIRED

Recipe adapted from: Seasaltwithfood: How To Make Roti Jala

Servings: About 12-15 pieces of Roti Jala with about 15 cm diameter

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  • 200 grams of plain flour
  • 200 grams or ml of water
  • 200 grams or ml of coconut milk (about 1 packet)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoon of cooking oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
  • Pinches of salt

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STEPS OF PREPARATION

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  • Put all the ingredients (except water and coconut milk) in the mixing bowl of stand mixer. Gradually add in water and coconut milk until the batter is well mixed with no lumps noted. You can easily use a hand whisk to do the job. Sift the batter if you saw lumps that refused to be well incorporated.

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  • Lightly greased a flat cooking pan (preferred non stick pan). Transfer the batter to the special cup or the plastic bottle that you have prepared. Heat up the pan using medium to high heat and drizzle the batter in a circular pattern onto the pan. When the batter is set (dries up), transfer out and fold into your desired pattern. Best served warm with curry chicken or your preferred sauce. Note that roti jala can also be a dessert to be served with thick coconut milk and palm sugar.

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CONCLUSION

I am definitely going to prepare this again. My roti jala may not be the most beautiful for the time being but the taste is awesome and i presumed in my next attempt, it will look much better than this batch.. Is it not practices make perfect?

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Hope you like the post today. Cheers and have a nice day.

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Christmas Candy Cane Peppermint Shortbread (圣诞薄荷牛油饼干)

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INTRODUCTION

My Christmas recipe this year is coming to an end. I still have a Panettone recipe yet to issue and thereafter I will do a compilation to facilitate readers to locate the recipes.

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Cookies is common during Christmas for Western bloggers… In fact, cookies recipe are not popular throughout the year until the period of about 1 month from Thanksgiving Day to Christmas Day itself. There are cookies exchange programs and household prepared their homemade delicious cookies, nicely packed and presented it as gifts for relatives and guests. As an Asian blogger, I also want to join in the fun, prepare some uniquely Christmas cookies..

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This is not a new recipe. It is a very simple recipe modified from one of the top posts of this blog : One, Two, Three…….Let’s Start Making Traditional Short Bread Biscuits (英式传统牛油饼干).

However, the design is from Aunty Yochana blog’s recipe: Yochana’s Cake Delight! : Christmas Cane Cookies.. She always command my due respect as a pioneer blogger.. I like to search her blog for ideas.

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If I tell you shaping this is quick and easy, I think I am telling a lie … It is rather laborious.. If you have a domestic helper at home, I am sure it could be rather fast.. If your kids are on holiday, they can also chip in to help..

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Considering that readers may give up in the preparation, I have decided to change it to the common round shape cookies..That will really be easy and fast…

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There are a slight Typo error in my images. It was supposed to be Candy Cane cookies and instead of joystick cookies. I was given the wrong information that this is called a Christmas joystick, ha-ha. It is rather laborious to change all the images and therefore I have decided to leave it as it is. Pardon me for that.

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WHAT IS REQUIRED

Servings: Prepare about 20-30 Candy Cane Shortbread

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  • 150 grams of plain flour
  • 100 grams of  butter, at room temperature
  • 50 grams of icing sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of peppermint essence
  • Some permitted red food colouring
  • Some permitted green food colouring

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STEPS OF PREPARATION

  • Pre-heat the oven to 160 degree Celsius.

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  • Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Sift in the flour and lightly fold until well mixed. Divide into 2 equal portions. For one portion, add some permitted red colouring and for the other portion, add the peppermint essence and some permitted green colouring.

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  • Lightly knead until the colour is consistent. Pinch some dough of each colour and shape it into a long thin stripes. Braid the two stripes to become one . Use your hand to roll in one single direction until the design are well incorporated. Cut the stripes into about 6 cm long. Fold 2 cm of one end towards the other end resembling the letter “J”. Perform the same for all the others.

  • For the round cookies. Pinch some green dough and red batter (about 10 grams). Shape it round and use a fork to lightly press on the centre.

  • Bake in the pre-heated oven of 160 degree Celsius for about 12-15 minutes. When taken out from the oven, let it rest in the tray for about 5 minutes before transferring to a rack for cooling.

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CONCLUSION

Definitely a presentable gift for those who look for gift ideas. Of course packaging is of prime importance. You will be surprised that peppermint blends extremely well with the shortbread. ..

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Hope you like the post today. Cheers and have a nice day.

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Preparing Your Own Log Cake? Chocolate Yule Log Cake With Coffee Cream (Bûche de Noël, 巧克力树桐蛋糕)

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INTRODUCTION

I never believed that I am able to prepare a log cake…It looks difficult and I took out my courage to prepare one today. Readers, rest be assured, if I can, you can..and let me share with you some points in an attempt to convince you to put your hands on to have your first log cake.

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However, this recipe is not designed for more experienced bakers… There are much better recipes out there requiring more ingredients and many additional steps of preparation…. I have censored off many recipes and decide to share with all one which is easy and fast and that bakers like me who are not good at frosting and cake decoration also have the courage to do so…

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The sponge cake is a very simple and basic recipe… The filling and the frosting are basically the same… And overall, it need less than 10 ingredients to have this log cake. The most it will cost me will be SGD 5….Saves me lots of money ..For taste, it is definitely acceptable though not the best or the finest log cakes compare to those purchased from 5 stars hotel.. However, who really cares after a big feast that were spoilt of many choices of meat dishes, snacks and desserts..

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If you think preparing a log cake is very difficult, you have to reconsider again.. You need not to have the softest and finest sponge cake prepared using egg separation method..In my humble opinion, the centre point of the cake will be on the overall mix between the delicious creams and the sponge cake. Therefore what you required is just a basic simple sponge cake that are reasonable soft.

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You don’t need to possess very good cake decoration technique or complicated baking equipment.. You need to select a frosting of your choice, spread on the cake, there is not even a need to level it because you are going to create a visual effect of tree barks… Any imperfections will be deemed to be natural defect on that piece of wood….In addition, as it “snows” heavily, you can easily covered any imperfections….Therefore, instead of paying 30-40 SGD for a log cake.. why not prepare your own?

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As per Wikipedia,

“A Yule log or bûche de Noël (French pronunciation: ​[byʃ də nɔɛl]) is a traditional dessert served near Christmas, especially in France, Quebec and several other francophone countries and former French colonies. It can be considered a type of sweet roulade. The traditional bûche is made from a genoise or other sponge cake, generally baked in a large, shallow Swiss roll pan, frosted, rolled to form a cylinder, and frosted again on the outside. The most common combination is a basic yellow sponge cake, frosted and filled with chocolate buttercream; however, many variations on the traditional recipe exist, possibly including chocolate cakes, ganache and espresso or otherwise-flavoured frostings and fillings.” (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yule_log_%28cake%29)

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WHAT IS REQUIRED

Sponge cake recipe adapted from: Yummy chocolate log | BBC Good Food

Servings: a 9” log cake

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Sponge cakes:

  • 90 grams of self raising flour
  • 90 grams of brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon of instant coffee granules

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Fillings and frostings

  • 1 cup of fresh whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup of icing sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoons of instant coffee granules.
  • 50 grams of melted dark chocolate (not in picture)

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STEPS OF PREPARATION

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180 degree Celsius and line the a 6” x 9” Swiss roll baking tin with baking paper.

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  • Beat the eggs and brown sugar at high speed until volume expands to at least twice and become light and pale.  Sift in the coffee granules, cocoa powder and self raising flour. Fold lightly and quickly until it is well mixed. Transfer the batter to the lined baking tin. Lightly knock the tin on the table top three times to force out any air trapped inside. Bake in the pre-heat oven of 180 degree Celsius for 10-15 minutes or until the top is dry.

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  • After taking out from the oven, take out from the baking tin. Use something to level the cake if necessary.  Quickly turn the cake with the bottom of the cake facing you and placed the cake on top of the piece of baking paper dusted with icing sugar (optional to dust with icing sugar).. Tear off the first piece of baking paper. Take the width of the cake and roll the cake (like the way of rolling the Sushi) and make sure that the ending portion is facing downwards. Let it cool completely in this position. (Note that it is important that you do this as soon as the cake is out of oven and as soon as your hand can handle the heat from the cake. You can use a towel to roll together if you want. When the cake dries up, it will be difficult to roll.)

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  • While the cake is resting, prepare the fillings and frosting. Mix one to two tablespoons of fresh whipping cream with the instant coffee granules. Stir until dissolved. Beat the cold whipping cream until it starts to thicken and volumes starts to expand. Add icing sugar tablespoon by tablespoon, followed by the dissolved coffee cream . Beat until the cream reached a stiff peak. (Please keep an eye on the beating process and in the event that you have overbeaten the cream (whereby the fats separated and floated on some water), try adding some more cold cream and continue to whip so as to salvage the situation. Unroll the cool sponge cake and spread generously a thick layer (about 1/2 of the beaten cream) of beaten coffee cream on it.

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  • Carefully roll back the sponge such that it is in a log shape. For the remaining cream, add the melted chocolate (melted chocolate should be cool but yet to harden and you can melt the chocolate by microwave for 30 seconds or over the stove over a pot of hot boiling water), quickly use a spatula to fold it until well mixed. Spread generously the chocolate cream on both sides of the log ends and log trunks. Use a fork to lightly make some horizontal lines on the trunks and circular lines on the log ends.

  • Decorated your cake with your desired Christmas ornaments such as Santa Clause, pine tree, mushrooms, reindeer etc.. and dust sparingly with icing sugar resembling snowfall.  Chilled the cake if the frosting is too soft and cut into 2 cm thick pieces for servings.

Note:

  • It does not matter if your basic sponge cake is ugly as it will be fully covered with coffee cream. It also does not matter if you cream and frosting is smooth as after drawing lines with forks, it will have a natural tree bark look… I have used less chocolate in this illustration so the colour is a bit light. You final log cake should have a darker and more appealing colour.

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CONCLUSION

Trust me, I can do it, you can do it… If you think that it is a miracle that you can prepare a log cake, the miracle is going to happen. Remember that the beauty of a log cake is that it need not be perfect, be it your decoration or sponge cake… New bakers, do take a step to make this simple Yule chocolate log cake and impress your guests.

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Hope you like the post today. Cheers and have a nice day.

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Mee Soto Ayam (马来鸡汤面)

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INTRODUCTION

This is a long awaited post.. I have prepared the dish on 30-9-2014 but only have a chance to issue the recipe today. Reader and Facebook group members are chasing me for this recipe and I promised them I will issue as soon as possible.

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At times when I am busy, it is very difficult for me to concentrate to issue a savoury post with lots of ingredients and procedures… Today is the day when I am a bit of free time, can sit down and concentrate to write the recipe for all.

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This is one of the Malay noodles that I occasionally ordered  when I frequented Malay stalls… Of course, I have to order Mee Soto Ayam or Chicken mee soto.. It is a turmeric and other spice based soup, slightly clear yellowish soup and served with shredded chicken (or chicken chunks) on top of a bowl of rice vermicelli or yellow noodles… Some may also have side items such as begedil to go with it. If you are interested, you can refer to this post: Deep Frying Your Potato Patties ?–Begedil (炸马铃薯饼). However, for this illustration, I did not prepare begedil to go with the mee soto.

“Soto mie, Soto mi, or Mee soto is a spicy noodle soup dish commonly found in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. Mie means noodle made of flour, salt and egg, while soto refer to Indonesian soup. In Indonesia it is called soto mie and considered as one variant of soto, while in Malaysia and Singapore it is called mee soto.

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There are some variations of soto mie, it can be made of beef, chicken, or offals such as kaki sapi (cartilage and tendons of cow’s leg) or tripes. People may exchange noodles for rice or rice vermicelli according to their preference. A combination of either noodle or rice vermicelli along with slices of tomato, boiled potato, hard boiled egg, cabbages, peanut, bean sprout and beef, offal or chicken meat are added. Broth is then poured over this combination. This soup is made from beef or chicken stock and some other spices. Soto mie usually add condiments such as jeruk nipis (lime juice), sambal, bawang goreng (fried shallot), vinegar, kecap manis (sweet soy sauce), and emping.

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In Singapore and Malaysia the most popular variant is mee soto ayam (chicken noodle soto). It is yellow wheat noodle served in chicken broth spiced with turmeric. Basically it is pretty similar with soto ayam (chicken soto) commonly served in Indonesia, with exception it is served with noodle instead of rice vermicelli.” (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soto_mie)

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WHAT IS REQUIRED

Recipe adapted from: Mee soto ayam | The Straits Times SoShiok

Servings: 4-5 adult servings

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Spice Paste (Rempah)

  • 120 grams of shallots
  • 20 grams of garlic cloves
  • 10 grams of ginger
  • 1-2 lemon grass stalks
  • 7 cm long of galangal
  • 1.5 tablespoons of turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon of coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon of white pepper

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Soup

  • 1 small to medium sizes  chicken– cut into 8-10 pieces.
  • 2 litres of water
  • 4 cardamoms
  • 5 cloves
  • 2 star anises
  • 2 lemon grass bruised
  • 5 kaffir lime leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of cooking oil
  • 1 tablespoon of light soya sauce

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Assembly

  • 100 grams of dried rice vermicelli – blanched
  • 400 grams of yellow noodles – blanched
  • 50 grams of bean sprout – blanched
  • 5 hard boiled eggs
  • Some deep fried shallots
  • Some chopped spring onion
  • Some chopped red chilli
  • Some chopped coriander leaves or Chinese celery
  • Shredded chicken meat (as prepared above)

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STEPS OF PREARATION

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  • In a big pot, put some water and blanched the chicken to get rid of the blood. As long as the exterior is slightly cook, off the heat and throw away the water. Slightly rinse the chicken to get rid of any blood clot. Add about 2 litres of water, lemon grass stalks, lime leaves and other spices such as cloves, cardamoms, star anises . I have put all these small items in a soup bag. Bring the water to boil. Once boiled, reduce the heat to medium, let is simmer until chicken meat is tender.

  • Dish out the chicken and set aside for later use. When the chicken is cooled, debone the chicken, throw back all the bones into the soup and you can simmer again until your rempah  or spice paste is ready.

  • If the water is getting less and less, you can add in more water. If you preferred, you can also add in chicken carcasses to get a more concentrated chicken soup base. It took me about 30 minutes to get ready the meat as I am simmering it under low to medium heat.

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  • In a blender, put all the rempah or spice mix ingredients in a blender (except the powdery spice). Add adequate water just to cover the herbs. Blend until fine. Set aside for later sautéing.

  • In a big pot, add 2 tablespoons of cooking oil, sauté the spice mix until fragrant and aromatic. It may take about 10 minutes or so under medium heat.

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  • Add the powdery spice and stir fry for another 2-3 minutes. Sift the chicken stock from another pot to this pot. Bring the soup to boil. Add seasoning (salt, light soya sauce and sugar to taste), off the heat and set aside for later assembly.

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  • Before assembly, you should have the following ingredients ready: blanched rice vermicelli, blanched yellow noodles, blanched bean sprouts, shredded chicken, hard boiled eggs, chopped chilli, chopped coriander or Chinese celery and deep fried shallots.

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  • Have a bowl, put some bean sprouts, yellow noodles and rice vermicelli. Pour soup adequate to cover the noodles. On top of the noodles, put eggs, shredded chicken meat (or chicken chunks) , begedil (if you have) and garnished with chopped chillies, chopped spring onions, Chinese celery leaves and deep fried shallots. Best served warm with sweet soya sauce or kicap manis.

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CONCLUSION

For this dish, list of ingredients is rather long. However, just remember a few critical spices and herbs that bring out its unique flavour. These are lime leaves, turmeric powder or fresh turmeric and galangal. Of course all the others are important but without these three, it will be not much different with other spice based noodles dishes. Do give it a try and let me know if it suits yours taste buds.

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Hope you like the post today. Cheers and have a nice day.

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