Good old fashioned Cornflake Cookies ..... I'm sure that these cookies are a common sight in many households during CNY as they are very easy to make. Old fashioned they may be, but as long as they're crunchy and aromatic, they'll be well received and they have always been a hit amongst my nieces and nephews, each year.
These are real crunchy, not overly sweet and nutritious.
12 oz butter/margarine
15 oz self-raising flour
8 oz caster sugar
3 oz crushed cornflakes
1 tsp vanilla
A pinch of salt
Crushed cornflakes for coating
Sift the flour with salt, set aside.
Cream the butter and sugar till light and fluffy, but not overdoing it.
Add in the eggs, vanilla, mix well.
Fold in sifted flour and crushed cornflakes.
Let the mixture rest for a while in the fridge for about 20 mins.
Lightly roll them into balls and toss them into the crushed cornflakes to coat.
Place them onto paper lined baking trays, about 1 inch apart.
Bake in a preheated oven @ 180 deg C for about 20 to 25 mins., or till light golden brown.
Let them cool on the baking tray for about 5 mins. before removing them to cool completely on a wire rack.
Store cooled cornflakes in air-tight cookie jars.
Makes 100 cookies.
Note : 1 packet of 275 gm Nestle or Kelloggs cornflakes will be sufficient.
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I was thrilled when I removed this fruit ring from the oven ...... mmmm sweet smell of cinnamon. This tasty fruit ring does not require any butter or spread to go with it and I prefer to eat it on its own..... but accompanied by a hot cup of my favourite 'Kopi 'O'!
This is one goodie that I never fail to make for Chinese New Year ...... Almond Biscuits ~ 'Hung Yan Paeng'. Although the ingredients are few and simple, yet the end product is just marvellous, crunchy and aromatic.
These crunchy goodies are a hit among my siblings and family members, each year.
250 gm nibbed almonds, slightly roasted
400 gm plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp salt
3 tsp bicarbonate of soda
200 gm cornflour
250 gm icing sugar, sieved
300 to 400 ml cooking oil
1 egg yolk, slightly beaten
Egg glaze + a tinge of salt for glazing
Sift the flour together with the baking powder , salt and bicarbonate of soda. Also mix in the cornflour. Add in the lightly toasted nibbed almonds . Sift in the icing sugar. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly.
Add in oil sparingly, mix thoroughly till dough doesn't stick to the hands.
Cover and let dough rest for 30 mins.
Roll into small balls, do not flatten.
Place balls of dough, 1 inch apart on a lightly greased or paper lined baking tray.
Apply egg glaze.
Bake in preheated oven @ 180 deg C for about 20 to 25 mins, or till golden brown.
Remove from oven and let cool on tray for about 5 mins. before removing them to cool completely on a wire rack.
Pig trotters with ginger and black vinegar is a 'heaty' dish and is a very popular dish for confinement mothers.
The black vinegar helps in blood circulation and purifies the blood, the ginger helps to get rid of wind in the body and the collagen in the trotters helps to strengthen our joints and ligaments.
It's the Cantonese tradition that this is cooked on the 12th day after childbirth when the baby is 12 days old and together with another speciality, 'Chicken in rice wine', they are distributed to relatives and close friends to announce the arrival of a newborn.
I normally like to cook this dish during the rainy season when the weather is slighly cooler!
I remember that my mum used to make this omelette for us and my siblings would run for the tomato ketchup and chilli sauce. This was a very well received dish for us and I re-incarnated this recently ..... 'Dan Kok'.
These rolls/tarts are shaped like a pineapple but instead of pineapple paste, I put in unseeded dates, for a change. 'Wong Lai', that's Cantonese for pineapple which literally means 'luck coming' is auspicious for the coming Chinese New Year which will fall on 3rd February, Thursday, and this year is the year of the Rabbit.
As we've been eating out for quite a while I suggested that we have some home-cooked food for a change. We trotted to Victoria market to get some fresh supplies and my girl whipped up a sumptuous meal for us ..........have to admit that her cooking skills are good but alas, no measurements, all done at her whims and fancies. This is pan grilled Teriyaki Salmon ..... the sauce was DIY!
I bought a Friand mould baking pan @ the Boxing Day sale and couldn't wait to try out making these .... Blueberry Friands. A friand is a small moist cake made with almond meal and flour which originated from France. I made these from a recipe adapted from Exclusivelyfood.com.au and the verdict .... not too sweet but moist and soft friands, tasted somewhat like muffins and all finished within 30 mins.!