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Cherry Loaf Cake ~ 樱桃蛋糕

I baked this old-fashioned Cherry Loaf using the Marble Butter cake recipe but adjusted the recipe as I only used three eggs instead of four to fit into the loaf pan.   I remember that when I was little, I was attracted by the red cherries as any other kid and would gingerly take them out and eat them first.    The cake was secondary.  This cake is soft and moist infused with the sweet glace cherries giving it a lovely combination of flavours.




Cherry Loaf Cake ~  樱桃蛋糕
Ingredients (A)

173 gm unsalted butter100 gm caster sugar3 egg yolks150 gm self-raising flour, sifted45 ml milk100 gm glace cherriespinch of salt(B)     3 egg whites           30 gm caster sugar
Method Rinse the cherries lightly with water to rid of the syrup, pat dry, cut into quarters.  Dust with some sifted flour.Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy.Add in the egg yolks one at a time, mix well.Fold in sifted flour alternating with milk and mix in the cherries.In a clean mixing bowl, beat the egg whites till foamy, …
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Passion fruit muffin ~ 百香果马芬

A super quick recipe where all the ingredients are put together to generate light, moist muffins with a nice golden hue.  Perfect as a breakfast, mid-morning snack alongside a hot cup of coffee or tea any time of the day!



Passion Fruit Muffin  ~  百香果马芬
Ingredients

95 gm plain flour60 gm caster sugar1 large egg1.1/2 tsp baking powder1/4 tsp salt100 ml milk30 gm butter, melted65 gm passion fruit pulp with seedsIcing sugar to dustMethod Sift or whisk flour with salt and baking powder.  Stir in sugar.Whisk milk, eggs and melted butter with passion fruit pulp.Pour the wet ingredients to the dry ingredietns, mix till just combined, lumpy.Distribute the batter into lined muffin pan.Bake in a preheated oven @ 180 deg.C for 20 to 25 mins, till brown.  Test with a skewer till it comes out clean.Remove from oven and let cool in pan.   Before serving, dust with some icing sugar.Yield :  6






Salted fish with glass noodles ~ 咸鱼粉絲

My blog has taken a back seat for a while and it has now shifted to a new ‘home’.  Yes, a very good friend of mine had tirelessly helped to give my blog a fresh new look.  Here's a short guideline on how to ‘hover’ around my blog.   On the Home page, ‘Subscribe’ is to get email notification, ‘Search’ is to look for any recipe with key words and a click on the ‘menu’ will bring you to ‘Connect’ which is email, facebook, g+ and Pinterest.  And on the individual post, you can click on ‘Share’ and follow my post.
So for today, I’m going to introduce a savoury noodle dish …….. Salted Fish with Glass Noodles.

Fried salted fish with bihoon or rice vermicelli is a common item on the menu of any ''Tai Chau" for home-cooked Chinese dishes.  But here I substituted rice vermicelli with glass noodles.  The glass noodles were given a quick  stir-fry with cabbage, chicken, eggs and not forgetting the Salted Fish.   Verdict?   Yum!






Salted fish with glass noodles ~   咸鱼粉絲

Ingredients

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Chinese almond jelly ~ 杏仁豆腐

This almond jelly is commonly found in Dim-sum restaurants and it is a refreshing dessert to enjoy. You can either treat your family with this home-made jelly or serve this to your guests after a meal.  There are many ways to serve this dessert.  Can be eaten on its own or served with fresh fruits and some syrup or canned fruits or fruit cocktail.  No one will refuse this dessert except for some people who may not like the almond fragrance.





Chinese almond jelly ~  杏仁豆腐Ingredients

20 gm agar agar strip100 gm rock sugar1 cup water5 cups soy milk4 Tbsp almond powder mixed with 1/4 cup watera can of rambutan and pineapple and some Osmanthus flowersMethod Soak agar agar strips for 30 mina or more, till softened, squeeze out excess water.Place the softened agar agar stips into a pot with 1 cup of water and cook on low heat.  Keep stirring till strips have dissolved.Mix 1/4 cup of water with the almond powder, add this into the pot.Add in the 5 cups of soy milk and rock sugar, stir till dissolve…

Orange Passion fruit Chiffon cake ~ 橙子百香果戚风蛋糕

The shrivelled passion fruit may not be appealing to you at first sight but you will be blown off by its distinctive sweet smell.  Although the fruit tastes tart and gritty because of the seeds but the smell which is like perfume and its bright yellow colour compensate for its ugly appearance. This chiffon is soft, moist and refreshing not forgetting the strong sweeet aroma!



Orange Passion fruit Chiffon cake  ~  橙子百香果戚风蛋糕  

Ingredients
(A)  6 egg yolks
       75 gm sugar
       85 ml blended passion fruit juice + 1.1/2 Tbsp seeds
       20 ml orange juice
       4 Tbsp canola oil
       150 gm self-raising flour
       1 tsp each of lemon and orange zest

(B)
       6 egg yolks
       60 gm sugar
       1/4 tsp cream of tartar

Method

Add some water to the passion fruit pulp and blend, then strain to get 85 ml juice.  Keep some seeds.  Set aside.Combine egg yolks, sugar with a ball whisk.  Add in the oil, juices, seeds and zest, stir to mix thoroughly.Sift in the self-raising flour, mix wel…

Assam Prawns ~ 亚参虾

Assam Prawns is a popular Malaysian dish which is not difficult to whip up.  The two main ingredients in this dish are the prawns and tamarind paste or what we call, 'assam'.  Tamarind does pair well with seafood, they complement each other and prawns cooked in this way is incredibly delicious and appetising.  Yum is the word for it!





Assam Prawns  ~  亚参虾 Ingredients

400 gm, 12 big prawns 1 onion, slicedSeasoning 1 Tbsp sugar2 Tbsp Assam/Tamarind plus 2Tbsp water 1.1/2 tsp dark soya sauce1/2 tsp saltMethod Mix the assam with water and strain it.Trim the prawns, devein, pat dry with paper towel and marinate with the sugar, dark soya sauce and salt, for about an hour or more.Heat up the wok with some oil and once oil is heated, drop the prawns and pan-fry till seventy percent cooked and slightly caramelised, dish out.Add in two tablespoons of water into the wok, swirl and add in the tamarind juice.  Add in the sliced onions. Stir-fry, fine tune to taste.Toss in the prawns, coating t…

Banana Nut Muffins ~ 香蕉坚果马芬

A scattering of walnuts gave an added crunch to these moist and delicious muffins.  Swap the nuts out with chocolate chips if your prefer, as bananas do pair well with cocoa and chocolate too.





Banana Nut Muffins  ~   香蕉坚果马芬Ingredients
1 cup over-ripe mashed bananas  (3 or 4 depending on size)76 gm butter, melted190 gm plain flour110 gm caster sugar1 large egg, lightly beaten1 tsp bicarbonate of soda1 tsp vanilla2 Tbsp strong coffee a pinch of salt80 gm lightly toasted walnuts, chopped20 gm lightly toasted walnuts, chopped, to sprinkle (optional)warm honey to brush the top of the muffins Method

Mash the bananas, stir in the melted butter.  Mix in the sugar, eggs, coffee and vanilla.Combine dry ingredients by whisking the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt.Add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture.  Add in the chopped walnuts.  Mix till just combine, and do not overmix.Using an ice cream scoop, scoop the batter into paper lined muffin pan.Bake  in a preheated oven @  180 deg.C for 20 to…

Steamed Black-Eyed Bean Cake ~ 五香眉豆糕

This is a delicious recipe that is easy to make and great to serve as a snack or a gathering.  It tastes somewhat like the yam cake except that there are plenty of beans to bite in this steamed cake.  The combination of dried shrimps, Shitake mushrooms and bits of pork made this steamed cake all the more flavourful.   Leftovers can be kept in the fridge and either reheat or pan-fried.



Steamed Black-Eyed Bean Cake  ~   五香眉豆糕  (adapated from 'here')Ingredients  

(A)  300 gm rice flour
        75 gm tapioca flour
        1050 to 1070 ml water
        1 Tbsp Knorr chicken powder
        1 tsp salt or to taste
        2 tsp fish sauce
        1/4 tsp pepper
        1/2 tsp lye water

(B)   4 Tbsp oil
        1 Tbsp chopped garlic
        50 gm dried shrimps, soaked for 10 mins
        6 Shitake mushrooms, soaked till soft and cut to small pieces
        100 gm pork fillet, diced, seasoned with oyster sauce, salt and sugar
        1/2  five spice powder
        250 gm black-eyed bea…