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Sambal Shrimp Cookie ~ CNY 2018 ~ 參巴蝦醬曲奇

A little bit of spiciness to usher in the Year of the Dog .... Sambal Shrimp Cookies!  The name may sound a bit weird but then there's always room for innovation and creativity.  I was just experimenting with this reicpe to make something different and surprisingly it yielded good result. Well at least the family members who were my guinea pigs gave a nod of approval!




Sambal Shrimp Cookie ~  參巴蝦醬曲奇

Ingredients
180 gm plain flour, sifted120 gm butter40 gm icing sugar1.1/2 to 2 Tbsp sambal udang (depending on spiciness)Curry leaves finely choppedMethod Cream butter with icing sugar till light and creamy.Add in curry leaves and sambal udang,  mix well.Add in the sifted flour and lightly mix to form a soft dough.Cover with cling wrap and let chill in the fridge for about half an hour.Roll out the dough in between plastic sheets and stamp out the cookies with a cookie cutter.Arrange the cookies on a parchment lined baking tray.Bake in a preheated oven @ 180 deg.C for 12 to 15 mins.  till …
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Sugary Almond Cookies ~ CNY 2018 ~ 含糖杏仁曲奇

These cookies can be served during the coming festive season or can be made into smaller pieces as a gift to relatives and friends.  The sugary top of these almond cookies adds a nice crunch and that's what makes them special.




Sugary Almond Cookies ~  含糖杏仁曲奇
Ingredients

220 gm plain flour30 gm almond powder150 gm butter100 gm icing sugar2 egg yolks1/4 tsp salt1/2 tsp vanilla1 beaten egg whiteraw sugar or granulated sugar to sprinkleMethod Sieve flour with salt and set aside.Cream butter with icing sugar, add in egg yolks and fold in sifted flour and almond powder.Mix to combine.  Cover with cling wrap and keep in the fridge for about an hour.Roll into balls about the size of a golf ball, flatten with a fork, brush with some beaten egg white and sprinkle some raw sugar on top.Bake in a preheated oven @ 170 deg.C for about 20 mins. until golden brown.Yield :  18 cookies



Pumpkin almond crisps ~ CNY 2018 ~ 南瓜杏仁片脆饼

Chinese New Year is not too far away from now, in 2018, it falls on 16th February and we usher in the year of the Dog.  This is a very addictive crispy snack and it's different from my previous post of
Orange Sesame Almond Crisps for I used almond walnut powder instead of almond meal.  It tastes just as good.




Pumpkin almond crisps  ~  南瓜杏仁片脆饼 
Ingredients
45 gm caster sugar23 gm plain flour, sifted16 gm almond walnut powder100 gm almond flakes30 gm pumpkin kernels20 gm sesame seeds1.1/2 eggs2 tsp chia seeds1 tsp vanillaMethod Beat eggs and sugar till sugar has dissolved.  Add in vanilla, mix well.Stir in the sifted flour and the rest of the ingredients.Mix till well combined and let the mixture rest for about half an hour.Drop 1/2 teaspoonfull mixture onto a parchment lined baking tray and using the back of the spoon, spread out the mixture, thinly.Bake in a preheated oven @ 150 deg.C for 8 to 10 mins. till light golden brown.Let cool and store in an air-tight cookie jar.



Luk Tau Sar (Mung Bean sweet soup) ~ 綠豆沙

Both the Red bean sweet soup or 糖水 and Green bean sweet soup 糖水 dessert are very common in Chinese households and we serve them for breakfast, tea, snack or even supper.  There's even a 'Sweet Soup Street'  糖水街 here in Ipoh which has become a tourist spot as well. Normally this  綠豆沙糖水 is cooked with mung beans but I've chosen to cook it with split mung beans devoid of the skin and blended them as well.  Consistency and sweetness are up to your personal preference and I have kept some in ramekins, chilled and they were superb as pudding.         




Luk Tau Sar  (Mung Bean sweet soup)  ~  綠豆沙
Ingredients 300 gm split mung beans180 gm piece sugar or granulated sugar1/8 tsp saltPandan leaves1.1/2 tsp cornflour +  2 Tbsp water (optional)Method Wash the split mung beans a few times, soak them with 600 ml water, leave it overnight.Next day, rinse the mung beans and boil it with enough water (about 1 inch) to cover the beans.  Add in pandan leaves, and on low medium heat boil till …

Steamed egg with minced pork ~ 猪肉蒸水蛋

This is a super comforting home-cooked dish which requires only a few ingredients.   An easy to go recipe, I added minced pork to give the dish more volume.   Kids as well as adults will love the silken smooth egg interspersed with bits of juicy meat.   Great to serve over hot rice!




Steamed egg with minced pork  ~   猪肉蒸水蛋
Ingredients

150 gm minced pork2 chicken eggs -  100 ml without shell150 ml boiled, cooled water  (Ratio is 1:1.5)1/4 tsp saltsesame oil, pepperlight soya sauce to tasteMethod Season the minced pork with some salt.Whisk the eggs with water, strain it onto a plate.Mix in the seasoned minced pork.  Remove any air bubbles.When the water in the steamer is boiling, place the plate of eggs onto the steamer plate, close lid and turn the heat to the lowest.Steam for about 14 to 15 mins., check after 5 mins.  Jiggle the plate, if centre is wobbly, it's done.Remove from steamer, garnish with some spring onions, light soya sauce, sesame oil and a dash of pepper.


Biscoff Butter Cake ~ 牛油蛋糕

The recipe for this Biscoff Butter Cake is similar to my earlier post of Marble Butter Cake, just that I added an extra ingredient which is, crushed Biscoff cookies.    Instead of mixing the crushed cookies into the batter, I just sprinkled them on top of the first layer of batter and then cover with the remaining batter.   This cake is soft and moist with good texture ..... definitely a recipe for keeps!






Biscoff Butter Cake ~ 牛油蛋糕 

Ingredients   (A)
230 gm unsalted butter4 egg yolks120 gm caster sugar200 gm self-raising flour60 ml milk120 gm Biscoff cookies, crushed1 tsp vanillaa pinch of salt(B)  4 egg whites         50 gm caster sugar
Method Sift the self-raising flour and salt, set aside.Line an 8 inch square pan with parchment paper, set aside.Crush the Biscoff cookies with a rolling pin, set aside.Beat the butter slightly, then add in the sugar and continue beating until creamy.Beat in eggs one at a time.  Add in the vanilla.Sift in the flour alternatively with the milk.In another b…

Mixed fruit cupcake ~ 杂果纸杯蛋糕

For a change I made these Mixed Fruit Cupcakes as a substitute for X'mas fruit cake.   These cuppies will be appropriate especially for a family get together or pot-luck and I believe they will be a hit with the kids.







Mixed fruit cupcake  ~   杂果纸杯蛋糕

Ingredients

125 gm butter80 gm caster sugar2 eggs250 gm self-raising flour1 tsp vanilla2/3 cup milk150 gm dried fruits (sultanas, figs, cranberries)1.1/2 to 2 Tbsp Ruma pinch of saltIcing sugar for dusting (optional)Method Soak the dried fruits with Rum for a few hours or overnight.Sift the self-raising flour with salt, set aside.Sprinkle some flour from the above onto the mixed dried fruits.  Mix well.Beat the butter with sugar till light, creamy and pale.  Add in eggs one at a time, mix thoroughly.  Add in vanilla.Fold in sifted flour alternating with the milk.  Add in the mixed fruits, mix well.Spoon the batter onto the cupcake lined muffin pan, three-quarters full.Bake in a preheated oven @ 180 deg.C for 25 to 30 mins. till golden bro…

Pumpkin sponge cake ~ 南瓜海绵蛋糕

A light and refreshing sponge cake which I decorated with icing sugar and sugar shards to depict a Christmas atmosphere!




Pumpkin sponge cake ~ 南瓜海绵蛋糕 Ingredients  (adapted from  'here'  )
Ingredients (A)
4 egg yolks30 gm caster sugar20 ml coconut milk1/4 tsp salt50 ml oil1/2 tsp vanilla70 gm mashed pumpkin (Steam the pumpkin and mash it up)105 gm plain flour10 gm rice flour1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda (B)  4 egg whites        1/4 tsp cream of tartar        50 gm caster sugar

Method

Line the base of an ungreased 8 inch round springform cake pan with parchment paper.Sift plain flour, rice flour and bicarbonate of soda, twice.  Set aside.Mix coconut milk with salt, set aside.Using a handheld mixer, beat egg yolks and sugar till pale.  Beat in oil, coconut milk and vanilla.  Add in mashed pumpkin and stir to combine.Add in sifted flour, set aside.In a clean bowl, beat egg whites till frothy, add in cream of tartar and beat till foamy.  Gradually add in sugar in  batches.   Beat till st…