Thursday, July 30, 2009

Pandan Chiffon Cake

My very 1st Pandan Chiffon Cake!! Very soft, fluffy & yummy! Thanks to Baking mum's recipe. =) It's not too difficuilt and time consuming to make. I was helping a friend babysit her son today and still had time to make this. I'm really happy with the results, I could have done better removing the cake from the mould though. Was too excited and didn't cut it out well, you can actually see chunks missing here & there. I also replaced coconut milk with low fat milk. It still tasted great.

Fat Cheeks loved the cake, I gave her half of my share, she finished it and grabbed the remainding half & stuffed it into her mouth before I could stop her. =)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Focaccia with Ham and Cheese

Ooo I love this. Warm crusty bread with gooey cheese and tasty ham. While I was baking this last night, Fat Cheeks was monitoring my oven closely coz she couldn't wait eat it. "Mummy...smell nice...I want to eat leh!!" True enough, the moment the bread was ready, she was all over me bugging me to give her a slice. After taking a bite, she declared "It's mine, you cannot eat!". She's such a darling. =)

This lovely recipe is from dailydelicous. I added sundried tomatoes and chopped black olives to the focaccia dough. Definitely a recipe to keep.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Bacon and Luncheon Meat Buns

My bacon and cheese bun

Buns!! Yes, I'm baking buns again. This time round, I tried a different dough recipe and hand kneaded the dough for about 15-20mins. The results were wonderfully soft fluffy light bread (and toned arms too coz they gave me a good workout! Haha). While watching one of the programe on Asian Food Channel, I discovered that the secret to kneading bread dough is actually streching it. Using the heel of our hands, we're suppose to push the dough as far as we can, then fold it back. Repeat the steps for 15-20 mins & ta dah...soft fluffy bread.

This is where I got the bread dough recipe from, fantastic blog with detailed illustrations:

I made bacon cheese buns and lucheon meat cheese buns. Decadent? Hahaha...well, that's the beauty of making your own buns. You can create whatever your heart desires.

My luncheon meat & cheese bun

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Bacon Carbonara Pasta

Fat cheeks had this last weekend at Waraku Pasta with my FC buddies. She was slurping it all the way and finished most of the generous portion served to her. It looked so delicious, I decided to try to make it at home. I used Angel Hair Pasta for this dish but I think spaghetti works better. Hubby says it's good...but he's got to humor me, if not no more home cooked food for him. Hahaha =)

- Pasta of your choice
- 150g bacon bits
- 1 med onion, cubed
- 100g cream
- 1 cup chicken stock
- shredded Mozzarella & red cheddar cheese
(I bought these value pack cheese from Cold Storage which cost $2.99)
- Grated Parmesan cheese

- cook pasta as per package instructions
- while waiting for pasta to be ready, prepare sauce:
- stir fry onions till fragrant, add bacon bits
- when bacon are browned, add chicken stock
- add cream and mix well
- season with good dash of pepper (I didn't add any salt coz the cheese and bacon gave enough saltiness)
- pasta should be ready by now, drain and add to bacon sauce
- at this point, also add paremesan, cheddar & mozzeralla cheese
- using chopsticks or tong, mix pasta & sauce well
- serve hot

The cheese will thicken the sauce, so it doesn't matter if it looks to watery in the begining.

Creamy Cheese Croquettes

Hubby loves the Potato Croquettes served at Sakae Sushi. They aren't difficuilt to make but making them can be messy. He's just been back from a business trip and was all tired and stressed. So to cheer him up a little, I decided to make them for dinner tonight. To make it a little more special, I added cream cheese filling in the middle. It tasted really yummy, golden crispy crust, soft creamy cheese and fluffy potato were just perfect! I baked these instead of frying them, so it was not oily at all. Less mess for me to clean too. Hubby had 3 words to say while gobbling them down "Wah....GOOD leh!" Hahaha...

Here's what I did:

- 2 big potato
(I prefer steaming them, boiling them seems to dilute its taste)
- 1 tsb of cream / milk
- 1 tsb of mayonnaise
- small cubes of cream cheese
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- breadcrumbs

- skin, cube then steam the potato till soft
- when potatos are done, add cream, mayonnaise and season with a good dash of salt & pepper
(I was quite generous with the salt if not the potato will taste bland)
- mash the potato and mix well
- shape mashed potato into balls, make an indentation in the middle & put in cream cheese cube
- seal/cover well & reshape patty
- roll the patty in egg wash then cover in breadcrumbs
- lighty pat breadcrumbs into patty to make sure they stick
- preheat oven at 200 deg, and bake patties for 10-15mins or till crust are golden.

Sorry, the last pic was a little messy coz we couldn't wait to get started on it. =)