Guaishushu’s Report Card–Top 16 posts For 2013

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INTRODUCTION

Happy New Year 2014, my dearest readers.

Since I set up my blog  30 April, 2013, for these 7 months, I have issued a total of 334 posts, not including those recipes that I posted in the album my FACEBOOK PAGE.  I have to thank you again for your kind support and without all your support, the blog will not be able to continue into 2014.

Some of you may have joined me recently, and it will be fun to read what were the top 16 posts out of 334 posts. I was also eagerly to know the listing and rather shocked with some of the items in the listing. One of the entries that surprised me is the No. 2 – The plights of Kuey Neng Ko, No. 6- Things I discovered in Singapore and No. 12- Small Appetite Foodies’ Apple Pie.

Of course there are other better posts that should appeared in the listing such as Pineapple Rice, Sarawak Butter Milk Buns, Healthy Tiramisu,  Chinese Meat Rolls, Japanese Curry Pies and etc. However, these were excluded as the date were much later towards the last few months of the year. In fact, the difference between the entries are very close about 20-30 views per position. If I have time, I will summarize the posts from Number 17-35.


No. 1 – One, Two, Three…….Let’s Start Making Traditional Short Bread Biscuits.

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No. 2- The Plights of Kuey Neng Ko…The Traditional Chinese Steamed Sponge Cake…

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No. 3- My Steamed Sponge Cake (Kuey Neng Ko) Is Full Of Gas。。。。 (汽水鸡蛋糕)

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No. 4 – Condensed Milk That Are Not Sweet? Home Made Condensed Milk

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5- Hey, I have invented my own Sarawak Laksa Paste Recipe !!!……… An In Depth Analysis and Pictorial Procedural Description Of The Famous Sarawak Laksa (PART II)

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6- Things I Just Discovered In Singapore – Sarawak Laksa and Kolo Mee

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7- Creams and Milk Make These Buns Worth To Try –Hokkaido Soft Milk Buns

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8- How About Rolling Your Pancake?– The German Layered Cake–Baumkuchen

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9- Not A Lapis Legit But A Rich Dense Lapis–Lapis Horlicks (Horlicks Layered Cake)

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10- Out Of Gift Ideas This Christmas? Try Some Homemade Marshmallows

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11 – Another Uniquely Chinese Cuisine–Chinese Style Barbecue Pork–Char Siu (蜜汁叉烧)

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12- Small Appetite Foodie’s Apple Pie

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13- Having Oven Baked Ribs for Christmas Dinner? Tony Roma’s BBQ Baby Ribs Copycat

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14- Huat Kueh- Chinese Steamed Rice Flour Cake–A Cake That Brings You Luck And Prosperity

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15 – My First Attempt On Frosting My Cupcake–Red Velvet Cupcake With White Chocolate Frosting

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16- What A Golf Ball Have To Do With A Pineapple? Well, It Is The Famous South East Asian Pineapple Tarts

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If you have never read these posts before, you may want to take a quick look. I promised more recipes will be posted soon and for this month, my emphasis on Chinese New Year related cuisines.

Once again. Thanks for your kind support. Hope you like the post today. Cheers and have a nice day.


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Condensed Milk That Are Not Sweet? Home Made Condensed Milk

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INTRODUCTION

I have always taking things for granted and never ever thought of making my own version of condensed milk. Recently, I joined Pinterest and noted a pin on home made condensed milk. I read the article at the bed with great interest and the first thing I woke up in the next morning, I am all set to try making my own condensed milk.

Condensed milk is always one of the my favourite creamer. I personally find that it had its distinctive flavour. Until today, it is one of the items that is always in my kitchen shelf. I used it every morning for making my morning coffees and I liked it to use it to make desserts from ice cream (Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Ice Cream) desserts, (Tiramisu), sweets (Indian Coconut Candy, Burfy) to cheesecakes (Ferraro Rocher Ice Cream Cheese Cake)

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To my knowledge, there are two ways of making home made condensed milk. One is by boiling fresh milk with sugar until all the water evaporates and become a sticky creamy like condensed milk. That will need a lot of time and you need to stand by the stoves to ensure that the milk is not burnt. The second method is what I am going to illustrate today using machine whisk and ready made milk powder. Only 4 ingredients (including one optional) are needed and the making is so simple and fast. It takes less than 1/2 hours from the preparation to getting the condensed milk ready.

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Condensed milk drizzled on top of a saltine crackers and a cup of coffee with condensed milk


WHAT IS REQUIRED

Recipe adapted from: Homemade-Sweetened-Condensed-Milk

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  • 2 cups of full cream milk powder
  • 1.5 cups of sugar
  • 1 cup of hot boiling water (preferred)
  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter or ghee (optional) – to provide glossy effect and aromatic purposes.

The original recipes called for 1.5 cups of milk powder, but I found that it is a bit watery, therefore, I have increased to 2 cups of full cream milk powder.

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B is the homemade condensed milk and A is the store bought condense milk.


STEPS OF PREPARATION

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  • Heat up the water using microwave until boiling (optional – you can just use boiling water without the use of microwave. The hotter the water, the easier for the milk powder and sugar to dissolve. In a machine whisking bowl, put in the hot boiling water, add in sugar and milk powder gradually and whisk at a high speed until it is creamy and fine. Scrap the sides of the whisking bowl and add in the melted ghee or butter and continue whisking until well mix.

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  • Note that I have tried from 1.5 cups to 3 cups of milk powder. For this illustration, it is 2.5 cups of milk powder but I think it is too sticky, therefore, the recipe have been amended to 2 cups.  While beating, observed the consistency. If you find that it is watery, add in more milk powder. Put the condensed milk in a sterilized glass bottle. You can sterilize the glass bottle with some hot water. Let it cool completely before store in the fridge. Can keep to 1-2 weeks if clean utensils were used.

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Making a cup of coffee with condensed milk


CONCLUSION

This is really a very easy recipe that I should have known it earlier. There are some advantages to home making your own condensed milk . One of the advantages is the ability to adjust the sweetness. I always found that the condensed milk sold over the counter is very sweet and surprisingly this recipe is not overly sweet. Secondly, if you do not like the dairy creamer, you can try to use soya bean milk powder and come out with the non-dairy version of condensed milk.. If you are concerned about the fat content of the milk, use the low fat version of the milk powder instead. 

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Cost may not be the main reason as milk powder can be equally expensive. But you know what you are preparing can have an added advantage as compared to store bought condensed milk. Lastly, to be fair, if you do not like the trouble of making this, adding 2 tablespoon of milk powder plus 1.5 tablespoon of sugar to your preferred beverage will also provide the same effect!!!!

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


UPDATED POST – 2 – 12- 2014

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Members of the Facebook Group are complaining that they have cans of condensed milk in the shelf unused and at times, they are so happy to see recipes that uses condensed milk. Personally I loved condensed milk and I like to use condensed milk for my bakes.. As such, I never have any problems with condensed milk that are unused. In fact condensed milk perform a major role of binding a cake. However, if you have problems of finishing your condensed milk, I have decided to select and share with a maximum of 15 recipes that uses condensed milk from Guaishushu blog. Many other recipes are not included because it utilizes only 1-2 tablespoons of condensed milk and inclusion of these will lead to too many recipes that need to be listed..If you still want the recipes, you can refer to the search queries: https://kwgls.wordpress.com/?s=condensed+milk 


Grapefruit Yoghurt Ice Cream

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Malaysian Beehive Cake or Honeycomb Cake (蜂窝蛋糕)

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Sarawak Midnight Cake (Cake Seri kaya Sarawak, Kek Belachan, Kek Hati Parit) revisited.. (砂朥越深夜蛋糕)

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Chinese White Cakey Biscuit , Guang Su Pin or Kong Soh Peng (光酥饼,大福饼, 西樵大饼)

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Chilled Honey Cheesecake (免烤蜜糖芝士蛋糕)

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Blueberry Yoghurt Muffins (炼乳酸奶蓝梅小松饼)

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Lapis Horlicks (Horlicks Layered Cake)

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Indian Coconut Candy–Coconut Barfi

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Traditional Batik Cake or Hedgehog Cake

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Chilled Ferrero Rocher Oreo Ice Cream Cheese Cake

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Mandarin Orange Steamed Sponge Cake (芦柑鸡蛋糕)

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Sugar Rolls (瑞士糖卷)

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Homemade Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream With Cookies Swirl (草莓奶酪冰淇淋)

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Salted Egg Yolk Custard Buns or Liu Sha Bao or Nai Huang Bao (流沙包 / 奶皇包 /奶黄包)

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Cream Cheese Herbs Loaf (奶酪香料面包)

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Yoghurt + Condensed Milk + Cream + Grapefruit = Grapefruit Yoghurt Ice Cream

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INTRODUCTION

I seldom followed recipe closely. But this time, I followed exactly this simple recipe with the slightest modifications.

Too bad, I can’t trace the recipe source link address but I knew it is definitely from http://www.coombemill.com. I have joined one of the events in #recipeoftheweek in August 2013 and I remembered I get the recipe from one of the linking blogs there. Immediately, when I spotted the recipe, I use One Note to cut and send it to my notes and this is the original recipe that is in my notes. I have to apologize to Coombermill for not able to directly linked the recipe to their website. (Subsequent to issuing of this post, I have managed to find the link:http://www.coombemill.com/blog/post/2013/08/19/Fig-and-Banana-Cake.aspx)

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As you can see from the above screen clippings, the ingredients are not many and steps are simple and that were the reasons that attract my attention. As said in my previous posts, I bought many grapefruits last week and I have used it to make Grapefruit Chiffon Cake and Grapefruit Cognac Pound Cake. Since I have some left over grapefruits, I thought Grapefruit ice creams will definitely not a bad idea. However, you can just substitute with other fruits like figs, pears (as above) or oranges or other soft fruits of your choice.

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Besides simple ingredients and simple steps, what amazed me is the relatively small amount of creams used and  instead it was mostly substituted by yoghurt and condensed milk. Based on these ingredients, I would think that this ice-cream is relatively healthier than the others whereby it was packed with double creams. It utilized only 200 ml of heavy cream and the final ice cream is about 800 g therefore representing about 25% of the total volume.



WHAT IS REQUIRED

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  • 200 ml of double cream and fresh cream for whipping

  • 200 ml of natural yoghurt

  • 1 tin (about 385 g) of condensed milk or sweeten beverage creamer.

  • 300 g of grapefruit flesh. (The grapefruit flesh can be substituted with orange flesh if you desired)

Note that you have to ensure only the flesh are free of any white dividing tissues between the grapefruit globes and white sponge liked tissues near the skin. Only flesh shall be used. Otherwise, your ice cream will be very bitter.

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STEPS OF PREPARATION

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  • In a big mixing bowl, put yoghurt, condensed milk and heavy cream. Beat until well combine and smooth.

  • Add in grapefruit flesh and continue to “beat” using slowest speed until well combined. “Beat” here is just a simple mixing action. It is good to use the mixer to do this mixing because it will help you “separate” the grapefruit fleshes. In addition, if your grapefruit have the white dividing tissues, it may stuck to the egg beater and you can easily pick it up.

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  • Transfer to a plastic container and freeze overnight in the freezer. (Note: Possibly because of the hot weather in Singapore, I can’t follow the original recipe of freezing 3 –4 hours. I have to freeze overnight before it can be hardened).

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CONCLUSION

This recipe is definitely my choice of making future ice creams. I will try with other fruits and colour combination. What comes into my mind now will be kiwi fruit, durian, strawberries, custard apples or even papayas..If I do not want the plain yoghurt, I can used some ready made yoghurt such as mango yoghurt with mango flesh!  For me, I believed it is definitely a healthier choice.

Hope you like it and take a move to make a simple healthier ice cream for your family this weekend! Have a nice day and cheers.

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I am also submitting this to #recipeoftheweek and CoombieMill and Welcome to all My Bloggy Friends