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Lotus Meat Floss Mooncake ~ 莲蓉肉松月饼 (2016)

The annual Mooncake or Lantern festival is fast approaching and this year it falls on 15th September.  These Lotus meat floss mooncakes were made from a wooden mould  which I bought recently.   Personally I find that stamping the mooncakes out from the plastic mould is faster and easier.  These mooncakes are semi savoury because of the meat floss embedded in the lotus paste and having a nice neat cut can be a bit challenging because of the meat floss.




Lotus Meat Floss Mooncake  ~    莲蓉肉松月饼

Ingredients for Skin Dough150 gm superfine flour (may need to add more if too soft to handle)90 ml golden syrup38 ml vegetable oil2 ml alkaline waterEgg wash - 1 whole egg + 1 tsp water, mix and strainFilling - Lotus Paste (store bought)           -  Chicken meat floss
Method
Mix syrup, oil and alkaline water thoroughly till no oil surface.  Use a ball whisk.Sift in flour, mix well with spatula and let rest for 2 hours or more.Knead lightly on floured surface.Dough skin is 45 gmLotus paste is 100 gmMea…

Purple Sweet Potato Kuih

K
uih are typical Malaysian cakes served any time of the day  and are more often steamed than baked.   The Malays refer to them as 'kuih' while the Chinese refer to them as 'gao'.  They are mostly made with rice, rice, tapioca and wheat starch flour, coconut milk and sugar but we do have some that are savoury.   I've heard that the best purple sweet potatoes are those from Indonesia and must admit that I was really taken in by their overwhelming colour.  To me, the Japanese  purple sweet potatoes come in second compared to their Indonesian counterparts.  Purple sweet potatoes have high contents of anthocyanin which is associated with a reduced cancer risk.  There are two categories of sweet potatoes, some are firm and dry like the purple sweet potatoes while some are soft and moist.  Read more about sweet potatoes, it's nutrients, benefits, etc......'here'.

Pandan Chiffon Cake ~ 香兰戚风蛋糕

This is my second attempt at baking Pandan Chiffon Cake for I slightly underbaked the first one and it just dropped off from the pan about 10 mins. after I inverted it onto a cooling tray.  So this time I did some homework and found a lot of tips to fine tune the recipe.  As I've never tried whisking the egg yolks and sugar with the ball whisk of a stand mixer, I thought I'd give it a try.  I'm not sure why this time my chiffon cake has more craters than all my previous Chiffon cakes, just wondering whether it could be due to the mixing with the ball whisk which had incorporated more air into the batter.  Nevertheless, I'd prefer to adhere to either beat the egg yolks and sugar with the paddle attachment of a stand mixer or just combine the egg yolks and sugar with a wire whisk which I normally do.






Pandan Chiffon Cake ~ 香兰戚风蛋糕 

Ingredients (A)  


6 large egg yolks (68 gm  each with shell) 24 gm caster sugar120 ml coconut milk3.1/2 Tbsp canola/corn oil2.1/4 Tbsp pandan juic…

Steamed rice cakes with red bean

I adapted a recipe from Christine's Recipes to make these cute little steamed 'woon chai ko' with red bean.  However, I tweaked the recipe a bit by using palm sugar instead of brown sugar.

Plain buns - (Gelatinized method) ~ 普通面包子

I took the opportunity to make some buns during this hot spell for I know that the dough will be able to proof very quickly.  I wasn't wrong for the dough doubled up in size within half of the normal time required for the proofing process.   These soft and fluffy buns were made using the 'Gelatinized Method' and you can view the step-by-step instructions 'here'.




These plain buns go very well with soup or can be served with just a spread of butter
Plain Buns - (Gelatinized method)  ~  普通面包子

Ingredients for Gelatinized dough   

100 gm plain flour70 ml boiling water
Method Place flour in a bowl, add boiling water and mix with a wooden spoon or lightly knead to form a dough.Cover with cling wrap, leave to cool and keep refrigerated overnight.Ingredients for Dough 400 gm high protein flour75 gm caster sugar20 gm skimmed milk powder2.1/4 tsp dried yeast1 tsp salt170 ml ice cold water75 gm cold butter, cubed1 cold egg, lightly beaten1 whole egg lightly beaten for egg washSunfl…

Steamed sponge cake ~ 'Malaysian Monday no. 4'

Ipoh, the capital of Perak state in Malaysia is famous for its 'white coffee'.  This 'white coffee' originated from an old coffee shop, 'Sin Yoon Loong' tucked in a corner of Leech Street now known as 'Jalan Bandar Timah' in the old town of Ipoh.  Other than white coffee, 'Kai Dan Kou', steamed sponge cake sandwhiched with a layer of their housebrand 'kaya' ~ coconut jam is also a popular item on their menu.  If you want to take a peep @ this coffee shop, do hop over to this  site  for a short review.