Monday, November 28, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Adapted from Chocolate & Baking
250g butter
160g brown sugar
2 eggs
1teaspoon vanilla essence
175g plain flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
300g milk chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven to 180 celcius. Lightly butter baking pans.
  2. Cream butter,sugar & vanilla essence.
  3. Add one egg at a time,stirring in between. Fold flour & bicarbonate of soda into the mixture.
  4. Finally add chocolate chips,give a good stir making sure the dough is well mixed with the chocolate chips.
  5. Scoop dough using a tablespoon onto the well lined baking pan.
  6. Bake for 15-20minutes until golden brown.

Scones with clotted cream & mixed fruit jam

It's so good to be back after 4months of final year papers. Being in Malaysia for barely 48hours I have already made durian layer cake,chocolate chip cookies & scones with clotted cream &mixed fruit jam. The durian layer cake was a little strange,not too sure why but I wouldn't do again. I wasted half a carton of whipping cream for the so called durian mousse. Anyway, I made the scones perfectly this time after getting flat ones before.
Adapted from Australian Women's Weekly-Sweet Old Fashioned Favourites

450g self raising flour
A pinch of salt
1 teaspoon icing sugar
60g butter,chilled
approximately 400ml buttermilk

Milk to brush on scones

  1. Grease pan.Preheat oven at a very hot temperature.
  2. Sift dry ingredients into large bowl, rub in butter with fingers.
  3. Slowly stir in buttermilk just enough to form sticky and soft dough.
  4. Turn dough onto well floured surface, and knead gently until dough is smooth.
  5. Gently roll out dough to 2cm thickness and using a scone cutter gently cut the dough.Don't twist after gently pressing the cutter into the dough as it will not rise.
  6. Brush milk on scones and bake for 15minutes. Make sure the oven is very hot to make the scones rise quickly.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Old Fashion chocolate cake

"I tried so hard to hide parts where I pinch the cake but I couldn't, hence the distorted rectangular chocolate cake of mine."

250g butter,softened
180g caster sugar
4 large eggs, separated
120g plain flour
150g chocolate
1tsp baking powder
50g cocoa powder
3tbsp milk,room temperature

100g chocolate, to pour cake

  1. Preheat oven at 180 C. Butter baking pan and cover with flour.
  2. Cream butter until pale, add caster sugar and continue to cream butter until fluffy.
  3. Add egg yolks.
  4. Melt chocolate using double boiler method.Let it cool.
  5. Fold in plain flour, baking powder and cocoa into mixture.
  6. Add melted chocolate & milk into batter.
  7. Whisk egg whites until stiff peaks.
  8. Fold in egg whites.
  9. Pour cake batter into baking pan and bake for 40-55 minutes until cake tester inserted comes out clean.
  10. While letting cake to cool, prepare chocolate topping by melting chocolate, again using the double boiler method.Leave it to cool slightly before pouring over cake.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Home-made curry mee

This was one helluva tedious meal to make but I had fun making it. A silly dish to make in Malaysia when you can find curry mee where corner especially in Ipoh but you don't find such good curry mee anymore in Malaysia. This is definitely quite traditional or I would say an Authentic curry mee.

Adapted from Agnes Chang's Hawkers' Delight

Curry Gravy
5tbsp oil

Pounded spices (mixed)
20 shallots,10pips garlic
10 dried chillies
10 red chillies. 5 chilli api (bird's eye chillies)
5tsp toasted belacan (shrimp paste), 3tbsp dried prawns,soaked
6 candlenuts (buah keras) **
3tbsp curry powder

** you can use macadamia nuts if you can't find candlenuts.

3 stalks lemon grass, bruised, 3 sprig curry leaves

1litre chicken stock ***
1litre thick coconut milk from 2 coconuts
1 cube chicken stock
salt to taste

200g taufoo pok, cut into halves
100g shelled cockles
300g bean sprouts,blanched
2 pieces fried fish cake,sliced
10-16 fish balls
chicken meat from the bones for making stock
10 large prawns, shelled, shells and head kept for stock

***Making stock from scratch
Bones from 1 1/2 chickens
2litres water
Shells and head of large prawns


Make chicken stock:
  1. Place bones,water & heads and shells of prawns in a pot and let it simmer over low-medium heat for 3-4hours.
  2. Remove shells and head of prawns from the pot and continue to boil for another half hour.
  3. Remove chicken bones and debone chicken bones for later. ( it may sound weird but there are still some meat left on the carcass of the chicken after the butcher debones the chicken)
  4. Place chicken bones and shells and heads of prawns back into the stock and continue to boil for another hour.
Curry gravy:
  1. Heat up oil,saute pounded spices and A until fragrant.Add chicken stock and bring to boil. Lower fire and leave to simmer for about 10-15minutes. Add thick coconut milk,chicken stock cube,salt and bring to boil again, stirring all the time to prevent it from curdling.
  2. Add tau foo pok and bring to boil.Taste.
To serve:
  1. Divide fresh yellow mee and bean sprouts into individual bowls,arrange other accompaniments on top, pour curry gravy and taufoo pok over and serve immediately.