Teacup Shortcakes

Hiyaaaa…Rabbit is burying herself in the kitchen and doing weekend baking.

Got this nice tea cup silicon mold as early birthday gift from a friend (thank you Ms. IG for supporting my new passion of baking). Upon browsing for recipe I stumble upon a video from Ochikeron  which happen to share  cupcake/shortcake recipe using the same silicon teacup mold.

Sillicon cupcakes set  Ochikeron

Details of recipe and how to, please click the  above link  to Ochikeron’s video.

I am still struggling with my whipped cream and can’t replicate those nice flower shape from Ochikeron 😦

Strawberry cupcake

Anyone joining me for afternoon tea for four?

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Chocolate Mille Crepes

Another Mille Crepes and this time I use chocolate sauce and whipped cream for each other layers to see if I can get a better texture.

Learning from the previous experience, this time I really let all crepes cool down to the same temperature before stacking them and also ensure my whipped cream had reach the soft peak form before I stop whipping them. And the result was better.

Also I divided the 36 crepes into 2 so I get 2 piece of 18 layers crepes instead of 1 with high stack unlike my previous Vanilla mille crepes.

Chocolate Mille Crepe   Choco Mille Crepe

And yes, since some of you had been asking for the recipe , below is the simple crepe recipe :

Serves : 36 crepes (12 cm size)

  • 100 gr cake flour + 1/2 tea spoon  baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 table spoon  sugar (I prefer the crepe to be not too sweet because the cream and chocolate filling already sweet enough)
  • 2 table spoon melted butter
  • 250 ml milk
  • few drops of vanilla essence (optional)

Shift flour and baking powder , add sugar and eggs and whisked until sugar is melted. Add half of the milk and melted butter, mix well. Shift to remove lumps and add the remaining milk and mix well. Let the batter stand in room temperature for 30 minutes.Then start to make crepe using non sticky pan.

I noticed some cake shop prefer to have  browning texture on the crepe so this time I also copy the method by making some browner and crispier layer and somehow the combination of the texture did enhance the taste.

Mille Crepes ala RCC

I try to make Mille Crepes (learning from Youtube), and below is the result.

Mille crepes ala RCC   Mille ala RCC

Mille crepes 35 layers   Mille layers inside

It looks good and taste yummy and I spent an hour to just make the 35 crepes 🙂

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The only learning point I need to improve in whipping the cream. Somehow after left them in the fridge for few hours to set, the cream kind of soaked into the crepes and left it dry (if you noted on the lower part layers compare to the upper part).

Anyone ever try making this and can share some feedback? Cheers.

Tau Suan (aka Split Green Bean Sweet Soup)

Living in tropical country we only have two seasons, the hot and the rainy. And starting this week we are officially into rainy season .

One of my favourite thing to do during this cool and cloudy day is eating warm and sweet dessert .  For my comfort food today I made “Tau Suan” aka “Split green bean  sweet soup.”

It is a popular Chinese sweet dessert and can be easily found across Asia and it taste very good to goes with “You Tiao/ You Char Kway/ Fried dough fritters), one can eat it as breakfast, dessert, noon snacks or even supper.  In Indonesia some vendor sell it with a little of coconut milk  as additional topping.

This is the first time I made this Tau Suan (get the recipe from mum) and was quite surprised that it is quite easy to cook .

  

Ingredients :

  • 150 – 200 gr of split green bean/mug bean
  • 2-3 pieces of pandan leaves, washed and tied to a knot
  • 50 gr sugar (mum suggest to use rock sugar for better taste, but since I don’t have rock sugar then I use normal white sugar instead)
  • 500 ml water
  • Thickener : 50 gr sweet potato flour mixed with ½ cup of water
  • 1 fried You Tiao (split the set into 2 and cut with scissor into 0.5 cm width)
  • Coconut milk (optional)  : cook 20 ml coconut milk + 30 ml water +  pinch of salt

Steps :

  1. Soak the  bean in water until expand, about 1 hour, drain, rinse with cooked water and drain again.
  2. Steam the beans until they are  cooked/soft but not mushy.
  3. In a pot, cook the water and pandan leaves , add rock sugar when water start to boil and stir until  sugar dissolved.
  4. Reduce the heat and add the steamed beans, stir for about 2 minutes.
  5. Stir  in thickener slowly until the mixture reach the thickeness according to your liking , let it simmer for a while and turn off the heat.
  6. Serve with fried you tiao or drizzle coconut milk into the soup (I forgot to buy you tiao, therefore  my version only have Tau Suan with coconut milk).

Bento # 42 : My Birthday Bento

It was a busy day and I did not plan to make any Bento  so when a good friend ask me this morning whether I plan to make   Birthday bento as a tribute to my own Birthday I answer her No.

But then when I receive my favorite cheese cake from Mr.Bigger, I can’t help myself not to decorate it, especially when it came with a pack of cute little candle.

So here I present the simple Birthday Bento for myself.

Bento #42 – My Birthday Bento

What’s in the box

  • 1 slice of rare cheese cake from The Marquis
  • Confetti for the Bday hat & Nori for the eyes & mouth
  • 1/2 pack of M&M
  • Few apple gummy
  • Few teddy bear marshmallow

It was kind of challenge to decorate the cheese cake because the surface can be easily ruin, and this was my 3rd piece as  the confetti keep scattering to the other area and stain the surface with their coloring. I can’t let them smudge the face so have to start all over again.

Nevertheless I am quite happy with the result, it looks cute and for sure taste yummy….

Cheers…

Yam/Taro dessert (Kolak Talas / Bubur Cha cha)

Yam and sweet potato dessert

Late posting of this yam sweet dessert which cooked by mum on the weekend.

This Yam/Taro dessert said to be the origin dish of Teochew tribe  and it is known in South East Asia by different name. In Indonesia we call it Bubur Talas (Bubur = porridge , Talas = Yam), and I know some friends in Spore and Msia will call it as Bubur Cha Cha.

This sweet porridge dessert can be served both warm or cold and there are many variation to the recipe but the main ingredients are Yam/Taro.

Mum’s recipe :

  • 1 big size purple Yam/ Taro ->  cut into cubes
  • 2-3  medium size orange color sweet potatoes  -> cut into cubes
  • 2-3   pisang kepok -> steamed and cut into slices
  • 1 can of sweet corn -> drain the water
  • 8 cup of coconut milk  (mix the shredded coconut with 3 cup of water and squeeze to get  5 cups of coconut milk)
    6 Tablespoons granulated sugar (to taste)
  • few pandan leaves

Steps :

  1. Steam the Yam and sweet potatoes  until tender, set aside for cooling.
  2. In a  medium / big pot, combine coconut milk with pandan leaves and sugar and cook under low heat until it boil,  occasionally keep stirring the coconut milk to ensure the sugar did burn at the bottom and to ensure the consistency of the coconut mixture.
  3. Once the mixture start to boil, reduce the heat and remove the pandan leaves.
  4. Add in the steamed ingredients  into the coconut milk and stir for about 5 minutes until the coconut milk boil again.
  5. Remove from heat

 

 

Banana Fritter (aka : Pisang goreng)

Banana Fritter

2 reasons why I made  banana fritter for today afternoon snack

  1. Mum received  plenty of fresh banana from her friend and when I visited her on the weekend I help myself  and brought few pieces  back.
  2. A friend of mine brought me the similar banana fritter snack last weekend  (thank’s to Ms. Ladyrein for the snack) and it reminded me to the long forgotten snack.

This fritter is very simple to make, basically just cut the banana into 2 pieces, brush with a little corn flour, dip into beaten egg and then roll on panko breadcrumbs.

Deep fried until golden brown and serve with caramel sauce or kaya jam or any sauce of your liking or you can just consume them as what they are.

Notes :

  • The only thing I would like to note here is : It is highly recommended to use this type of banana : Pisang Kepok  (Pisang = Banana, Kepok = is the name of the banana). I don’t know the name in English, this type of banana (pisang Kepok)  is very popular in Indonesia, either for banana fritter  (pisang goreng) or banana dessert (kolak pisang).
  • I forgot to take the  fresh pisang Kepok photo  , below picture was the one I google from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kepok_banana_Indonesia.JPG the banana might look a bit ugly and not as nice as those other  yellow banana, but believe me , they taste good.

Mum said this type of banana is  good diabetic diet   as it is not too sweet and contain less sugar.  She love to consume this banana for breakfast and her cooking preference is steam. She will steam it for about 15 minutes until the skin turn brown and the meat soften.

Well…this bring back another memory of  childhood’s food/snack.