Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Heart & Stars Coconut Agar Agar Jelly



Created 4 bottles of agar agar jellies with pastel colour coconut jellies in them. Just to have fun making some fancy jellies for my family. I don't usually use food dye in my food, so the colour was not ideal 😅 Just eat, don't look 😆

Yield: 4 x 200ml pudding bottles of low sugar, low fat, soft agar agar jelly

Heart & Star Coconut Jelly


Ingredients

4g agar agar strips (25g after soaking)
300g water
1 blade pandan leaf
35g fine sugar
1/8 tps salt

100g trim coconut milk

some red and green food dyes


Directions

1. Rinse and soak agar agar strips for about 20 minutes. I got about 25g of soaked agar agar after 20 minute.

2. Bring soaked agar agar strips, pandan leaf and water into a boil at medium-low heat. Add sugar and salt to the agar agar water. Ready when all the agar agar strips and sugar has dissolved.


3. Add 100g of trim coconut milk to the agar agar water and bring to a light boil.


4. Split the coconut-agar agar water into 3 portions. Mix two portions with red and green food dyes in two separate bowls.

Divide the remaining coconut-agar agar water among 4 pudding bottles. Set aside to cool down and solidify.

5. Use a heart shape cutter to cut out 4 hearts from the pink coconut jelly bowl. And use a star cutter to cut out 8 stars from the green coconut jelly bowl. Place one pink heart and 2 green stars coconut jellies into each pudding bottles. Set aside.

Colourless Agar Agar Jelly

Ingredients

2g agar agar strips (soaked weight 14g)
300g water
1 blade pandan leaf
40g fine sugar


Directions

1. Rinse and soak agar agar strips for about 20 minutes. I got 14g of soaked agar agar strips after 20 minutes.

2. Bring soaked agar agar stips, pandan leaf and water into a boil at medium-low heat.

3. Add sugar to the agar agar water. Ready when all the agar agar strips and sugar has dissolved. Discard the pandan leaf.

4. Pour the colourless agar agar water into the 4 pudding bottles filled with coconut jellies.

Let the agar agar cool down before refrigeration.

Enjoy 😋




Yuzu Kyuri Sweet Chilli Sauce


I bought 4 boxes of cold steamed char siew rice, aka "fan choy", for my family next day breakfast. However, the seller was unable to provide us packed sweet chilli sauce. How to eat the steamed char siew rice without the chilli?? 😓 No worry, I would find my way 😉 Instead of plain sweet chilli sauce, I added honey yuzu, lime juice, Japanese cucumber, green coriander and roasted sesame seeds to it. I not only have a more flavorful chilli sauce, but also included some green dietary fiber into the originally fiber-lack dish 😄


Ingredients

2 tbsp kyuri/Japanese cucumber cubes
1 tsp coriander leaves, chopped
1 small lime

2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
1 tsp honey citron tea/yuzu honey

some roasted sesame seeds

You can adjust the quantity of each ingredient according to your preference

Directions

1. Remove the seeds and cut the kyuri or Japanese cucumber into small cubes.
Chop green coriander into fine bits. Extract the juice from one small lime. Set aside.

2. Mix sweet chilli sauce, honey citron tea/yuzu honey, and juice from 1 small green lime in a bowl.

3. Mix the kyuri/Japanese cucumber cubes, chopped green coriander into the yuzu-chilli paste. Finally, sprinkle some roasted sesame seeds and mix well.


4. Ready to be served with your hot steamed char siew rice/Fun Choy 😋




Thursday, 14 June 2018

Crunchy Caramel Walnut 焦糖核桃


Walnuts have many well known health benefits like promoting brain health, providing antioxidant, lowering LDL (the bad cholesterol), and many many more 💓Therefore, it is a good idea to eat a small quantity of walnuts daily. To make walnut into an easy accessible and available snack, I found a simple and quick recipe that convert raw walnuts into crunchy caramel coated walnuts without the use of butter - just light brown sugar, water and the natural oil released by the walnuts 😋

Ingredients

Prepare in small batches so you'll enjoy the snack at its freshest

25g walnuts
5~6g light brown sugar
pinch of salt
20g water

Directions

1. Rinse and drain walnuts.

2. Add all the ingredients into a small non-stick pan or pot.

3. Cover and heat over medium-low temperature till the liquid starts to boil. Remove the cover and stir the ingredients to ensure all the walnuts are well coated with the syrup.


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4. When the syrup starts to dry up, lower the temperature and stir till all the walnuts are well coated by the thickened syrup.

5. Preheat the oven toaster to 130~150℃ and line a baking tray or plate with a parchment paper atop of 2 sheets of tissue paper or paper kitchen towel. The thicker lining will prevent the syrup coated walnuts from burning at the base.

Transfer the hot walnuts to the lined baking tray or plate. Arrange the walnuts in a single layer and leaving some gaps in between.

Heat the walnuts for about 15 to 20 minutes, or till you can smell the nice nut aroma.  The purpose of the heating is to dry up and caramelize the coating of the walnuts, so it is best to bake in low heat and over a longer duration. High heat will char the syrup coating easily.

6. When the syrup coating turns into a light brown colour, remove the walnuts from the oven toaster immediately. Let the walnut cool down.

After the caramel walnuts have cooled down, the stickiness will reduce. But if you leave them in the open with high humidity for too long, the coating will become sticky again.

Keep the caramel walnut in an air-tight container and store in a cool dry place :)

Enjoy the goodness of walnut in good taste 😋



Recipe adapted from 香酥烤核桃 谢谢分享食谱

Monday, 11 June 2018

Japanese Velvety Cheesecake 日式轻乳酪蛋糕



This is a recipe modified from my previous Japanese cotton cheesecake recipe posted more than a year ago. I added lemon juice, and used cream of tartar in place of salt for the modified version. The main difference was the heating method. I needed to find one method that suit my oven. I had used many different baking methods that didn't give a satisfying result. So far, this is the safest baking method that would give my cake a smooth face, and minimal shrinkage. The only drawback was the lack of colour on the crust, but it can be compensated with a brief heating after the bake for a nice tanned face 😀

Ingredients

Using 55g omega eggs in room temperature

120g cream cheese 奶酪
90g fresh milk 鲜奶
20g salted butter 奶油
9g golden syrup 黄金糖浆

21g corn flour 玉米粉
30g top/cake flour 低筋面粉

3 egg yolks 蛋黄
1 tsp lemon juice

3 egg whites 蛋白
75g fine sugar 细砂糖
Pinch of cream of tartar 挞挞粉

Directions 

1. Grease a 6x3" round cake pan with a good amount of butter. This helps the raising cake to rise smoothly. Line the bottom 0f the cake pan with a piece of parchment paper.
Place a gridiron in a 20cm square pan.
Set aside.


2. Mix corn flour and top/cake flour in a bowl. Set aside.


3. Melt cream cheese and unsalted butter in fresh milk and golden syrup over a water bath. Stir till the batter becomes smooth without lumps.





4. Transfers the cream cheese batter out of the water bath, and sieve in the flour mixture from (2). 
Mix into a smooth batter.


5. Stir in the egg yolks, one at a time.

Followed by the lemon juice.

Cover and set aside.


6. Beat egg whites in a clean and grease-free mixing bowl till frothy. Add a pinch of cream of tartar.

Gradually add in the fine sugar. Beat at medium speed till you start to see a trail starts to follow the moving whisks. Reduce the mixer speed to low, stop regularly to check whether the meringue has reached its soft peak stage.


The meringue has reached the soft peak stage.
By using the soft meringue, the cake is less likely to crack during baking.


7. Take about 1/3 of the meringue to mix with the cream cheese batter from (5), using a spatula.


8. Return the cream cheese batter to mix with the remaining meringue into a smooth batter.


9. Pour the final cake batter into the prepared cake pan. Bang lightly against the kitchen top to get rid of trapped air bubbles.


10. Place the cake pan into another slightly bigger cake pan filled with about 2cm deep of hot water.


11. Bake in a preheated oven set at 180°C turning on only the upper heating element for 30 minutes, at the lower rack of the oven. 

After 30 minutes, reduce the temperature to 140°C and turning on both the upper and lower heating elements, for 25 minutes.

End of baking

12. Remove the water bath, shift up the rack to middle, and return the cake to the warm oven to cool down gradually for about 45 minutes.

Insert a folded kitchen towel to create a small ventilation gap for the oven.


12. Remove the cake from the cake pan, and allow it to cool down to room temperature.


If you prefer a darker crust, you can tan the top by heating in the warm oven at 150°C for about 3 minutes, at highest rack. Be careful not to over-tanned it!



After the cake has cool down, cover with a tall container and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight.


13. Cut the cake by pressing the knife down the cake without the sawing movement. The cake is best enjoyed cold :)



Post dated 12 June 2018


I added 1/4 tsp of matcha powder to about 1/2 small bowl of batter, and drizzle over the top of the batter before baking 😄