Saturday, January 22, 2011

Cornflakes Cookies

This is my second bake of the day! I did mention that I was stressed ya? Hahaha. I still have one more bake on my list for today. Wonder if I can manage it. This cornflake cookie is one of my favorites simply coz it's easy, fast, yummy & additively crunchy.  I made some last year with a little colorful fruity cornflakes. This year, I kept it simple; Just plain cornflakes, almond slivers and a festive cranberry "hat". For the recipe, please see my post last year here. Fat cheeks loves cranberries and kept picking the hats off the cornflakes even though I gave her some on a separate plate. Cheeky little girl. =)

Custard Flower Cookies

Today we were up bright and early and feeling good having finally recovered from another bout of viral infection.  I'm still on antibiotics but gone are the headaches and body aches. It's also been a little stressful at work with audit coming up and all. To destress, what better therapy than to bake! First up, we made Custard Flower Cookies. I found the recipe from Hong's Kitchen. Great post with step by step photos. Fat cheeks likes it much coz it looks so pretty. Hubby on the other hand feels that the cookie is a little "powdery", this could be due to the high corn flour content. Anyways, was a fun cookie to try. 

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Pineapple Tarts

My 1st batch of pineapple tarts this year. They look pretty decent don't they? My little kitchen helper was fantastic. She helped me roll the filling into little balls and even tried her hand at cutting out the tarts. =)  The pineapple filling were store bought, I just make the pastry. The pastry is really nice; It is fragrant, soft and melts in your mouth. I adapted the recipe from The Little Teochew's blog here.

- 400gm plain flour
- 50g corn flour
- 6 tbsp of icing sugar
- 300g unsalted butter
- 3 egg yolks
- 3 tbsp of milk
- 1tsp of vanilla essence
- 1/4 tsp salt

- sieve plain flour, corn flour, salt & icing sugar into big bowl
- rub in butter till it resembles breadcrumbs
- add yolk, milk and vanilla
- combine to form dough, wrap with cling-wrap
- chill dough in fridge for half an hour
- using cutter, cut out tarts & place pineapple filling in middle
- preheat oven to 160 deg c
- glaze with egg yolk and bake at 160 deg c for 20 mins (I didn't glaze my tarts, I like them this way)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Sugee Almond Cookies

Chinese New Year is coming! Time to start baking goodies! To start off, I've decided to make one of hubby's favorite; Sugee Cookies. Sugee cookies are unbelievably easy to make with simple ingredients. While I was looking through the recipes on the net, I realise that there are many variations now. I remember the 1st time I made Sugee biscuit many eons ago back when I was a teenager, the main ingredients in my recipe where ghee and semolina flour. Now in many recipes, ghee is replace by canola oil or butter  and semolina flour is completely replaced by plain flour. It probably gives a more "melt in the mouth" texture but being the traditional gal that I am, I've decided to stick to my old school recipe. The cookies are really fragrant and light. Fat cheeks loves it much. As for Hubby? Well he's happy napping away now. Will see how he rate my cookies later. =)

(I managed to get about 60 small biscuits)
- 120g ghee
- 100gm plain flour
- 100gm semolina flour
- 50gm ground almond
- 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
- 1 tsp bicarbonate soda
- 85gm icing sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt

- melt ghee over low fire, set aside to cool
- add vanilla to cooled ghee
- sift all flours, bicarbonate of soda, icing sugar and salt into a big bowl
- pour ghee mixture into flour
- mix and knead to form a dough
- preheat oven to 180deg c
- roll dough into small balls
- bake 25-30minutes
 - cool and store

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Bacon Cheese Corn Muffin

Hubby is once again away travelling for work. So what do we girls do when we're home alone? Mess up the kitchen of course! =) Today we decided to try something a little different. Instead of making sweet stuff, we made savory muffins. I measured out the ingredients and let chef Fat cheeks do everything else. I have to say she's really getting quite good. The muffins turned out perfect! It has a lovely cheesy crusty top while inside is soft and moist. The bacon bits adds much flavor while the corn gave the muffin texture. The secret ingredient which give these muffins the oomph is the onion powder and garlic salt. This recipe is a keeper! Within minutes out of the oven, while still piping hot, Fat cheeks & myself polished off 1 muffin each. She even asked me to save one for Daddy. So sweet right? =)

(makes 9 muffins)
- 3 to 4 rashers of bacon (I bought pre-packed bacon bits from Cold Storage. It weighed 190g & I used it all)
- 1 small white onion
- 60ml milk
- 1 large egg
- 30g melted butter
- 100g cream corn
- 150g Self Rising flour, sifted
- Grated Cheddar Cheese (I used one good handful)
- 1 tsp of onion powder & a dash of garlic salt

- preheat oven at 200 deg C
- grease muffin pan
- fry bacon and onion till lightly browned, set aside to cool
- whisk milk, eggs, melted butter, cream corn till well combined
- add bacon and most of the cheese (reserve balance for topping), mix well
- add in flour and mix till just combined (do not over mix, batter should be lumpy)
- spoon into muffin pan, top with balance cheese
- baked for 20mins
- stand for 5mins before serving
The ingredients
Chef Fat cheeks all ready to start
Chef Fat Cheeks in deep concentration
Yes, that's her cracking the eggs all by herself. =)
Now to add the flour
Mix mix mix
Chef Fat Cheeks having so much fun. 
Back in deep concentration.
It's really good!
My ancient muffin pan ready to go into oven.
The final product! =)

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Marshmallow Coco Pops Bar

Happy 2011!! It's the new year, new beginning with new challenges. Fat cheeks will be attending K1 this year. It's so exciting. Hope she'll make more friends and enjoy school like she always did. =)

I was down with a pretty bad viral infection since boxing day hence been missing in action. Today finally feeling human again I've decided to make this treat with my darling Fat Cheeks. It's a super simple with few ingredients. I never liked working with marshmallows before, just the thought of scrubbing them off the pots really puts me off. Then I found the solution; All I had to do was to soak the pot in hot water, give it a couple of minutes and it melts  right off!

The treat was done in a matter of minutes. Fat cheeks helped by cutting the marshmallow into little pieces (for easy melting), mixing the cereals and pressing the mixed ingredients into the pan. Once again, she did a wonderful job. The treats are sweet, crispy, creamy and gooey. Very nice, may make this for Chinese New Year.  =)

- 55g butter
- 200g marshmallow
- 2.5 tsp milk
- 140g rice cereal (I used Coco Pops)
- a handful of dried fruits/nuts (this is optional. I used cranberries and Hershey's Peanut Butter Candy)

- Melt butter in saucepan over low fire
- add marshmallow, stir till marshmallow melts and is well blended
- add milk and mix well
- remove from heat, add cereals and mix well
- add dried fruit/nuts of your choice
- mix well and pour into grease pan (I used 13 x 9 inch pan)
- using a greased spatula, press cereal evenly into pan
- cool and cut into bars