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Braised Beancurd Sheets ~ 香菇焖豆卜

I'm a big fan of beancurd, be it beancurd puffs or beancurd sheets cooked in any manner.  Here, I'm sharing with you a very simple vegetarian dish which you can serve on the first day of  the 'Lunar New Year' which will fall on Monday, the 8th of February 2016.






Recipe for Braised Beancurd Sheets ~  香菇焖豆卜
Ingredients

1 packet wet beancurd sheets
1 red capsicum - sliced
4 Shitake mushrooms, soaked and cut
6 waterchesnuts, peeled and cut
small piece of ginger, sliced
1 Tbsp black bean sauce
2 tsp vegetarian oyster sauce
Light soya sauce, salt and sugar to taste
Sesame oil to drizzle
Cornflour + water to thicken

Method

Lightly pan-fry the beancurd sheets and cut a strip into 3 pieces
In the same pan, add some oil and saute the ginger slices with
the black beans and mushrooms
Add in water to simmer till the mushrooms are cooked
Add in the beancurd sheets, capsicum and waterchestnuts
Simmer and  test for taste
Add cornflour mixture to thicken the sauce
Turn off heat and drizzl…

Lemon Crinkle Cookies ~ 柠檬裂纹曲奇 ~ CNY 2016

These cookies are very lemony both in fragrance and flavour with crispy edges and a soft, chewy cakey centre.   Together with the delicate aroma of icing sugar, they were just irresistible after the first bite.  A word of caution though -  it was just impossible to roll the dough into balls even after I'd just taken it out of the refridgerator as due to our hot weather, the dough turned soft very quickly and it became very sticky.  So what I did was to pinch some dough and toss it into the icing or powdered sugar to coat.  Hence my cookies were not so uniform both in shape and in size!











These cookies are really yummy, something different from the normal CNY cookies, so why not add this to your CNY baking list too.........

Recipe for Lemon Crinkle Cookies ~柠檬裂纹曲奇(adapted from 'here' )

Ingredients

250 gm plain flour1.1/2 tsp baking powder1/4 tsp salt200 gm caster sugarZest from 2 lemons113 gm unsalted butter2 eggs1/4 cup lemon juiceIcing sugar, siftedMethod

Sift together the flo…

Melting Moments - CNY 2016

Melting Moments make a perfect gift not only for X'mas but for other festive occasions as well. They can come in many variations.  Some are piped out into rosettes and a cherry is placed on top, some are sandwiched with cream of various flavours while some are just plain or with lemon zest and served with a dusting of icing sugar. I took the easy way out and opted for the latter :)








True to its name, these cookies really crumble and melt in your mouth, so why not give it another name ... 'Crumbling Moments'!


Recipe for Melting Moments -(adapted from 'here')

Ingredients

195 gm plain flour60 gm cornflour1/4 tsp salt30 gm icing sugar227 gm unsalted butter (if salted butter is used, omit the salt)1 tsp vanillaIcing or powdered sugar for dusting Method Sift or whisk the flour and cornflour, set aside.Beat the butter till creamy.Add in the icing sugar and vanilla, beat till incorporated.Add in the dry ingredients, beat till all mixed together.Cover the dough with cling wrap …

Coca Cola Chocolate Slice ~ 可乐巧克力片

To kick-start 2016, I'm sharing with you a sweet and delectable chocolate slice.  Adding some fizzy cola to this chocolatey slice not only makes it soft and moist and with the nutty topping, it's just impossible not to go for a second helping.











Recipe for Coca Cola Chocolate Slice ~   可乐巧克力片

Ingredients

115 gm plain flour    70 gm caster sugar1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda1 large egg, whisked1/4 cup buttermilk  (milk + 1/4 Tbsp of lemon juice/vinegar to make up 1/4 cup)3/4 tsp vanilla57 gm butter15 gm cocoa powder1/4 cup canola/sunflower oil1/2 cup coca colapinch of salt                         Frosting

70 gm icing sugar, sifted57 gm butter, melted10 gm cocoa powder2 Tbsp coca cola3/4 tsp vanilla50 gm toasted nibbed almondsMethod Pour melted butter into sifted icing sugar, whisk well.
Method

Whisk flour, sugar, bicarbonate of soda and salt in a mixing bowl.  Whisk egg, buttermilk and vanilla in another bowl.In a saucepan, melt the butter and whisk in the cocoa powder, oil and coca cola.…