Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Kek Gulung Batik

Kek Gulung or Swiss Rolls are very common to all of us. It's easy to find at most of the bakery stores. There are a few versions in swiss roll making but I found that this one is the simplest and easiest. So I gave it a try. I've always believed that if we want to try new recipes for the first time we should go for the simplest one first before we try the more complicated ones. The recipe that I attached use strawberry jam as the filling but I use whipping cream instead. You may use any kind of fillings of your choice - jams, chocolate spread, whipping cream or buttercream.


mine is not so comey....hehehe, but boleh laa...



Kek Gulung Batik (credits to ahpek of this forum )

Bahan-bahan

6 biji telur gred A @ B (egg)
4oz or 100g gula castor (castor sugar)
1 sudu teh baking powder
1 sudu teh esen vanilla
1 sudu bsr ovelet (cake stabilizer)
3oz or 75g tepung gandum (all purpose flour, sifted)
1 sudu bsr susu tepung (powdered milk)
4oz or 100g mentega cair (melted butter)
sedikit coklat emulco atau apa2 pewarna (chocolate emulco or any food coloring)
jem strawberri secukupnya atau krim atau pun chocolate spread

note: if you wonder what is ovalette and how it looks like, here's a picture of it.

"Hi, my name is Ovalette..."


Cara2

- Telur, gula, ovelet, baking powder,esen vanilla,tepung gandum dan susu tpg dipukul dgn kelajuan maksima sehingga gebu (5-7minit)



- Masukkan mentega cair, kemudian kacau rata.

-Asingkan sebahagian drpd adunan tadi (lebih kurang 1 1/4 cwn) ke dalam bekas lain,kemudian masukkan coklat emulco.Kacau rata kemudian masukkan adunan coklat ini ke dalam piping bag


- Tuangkan adunan tadi ke dalam loyang kemudian ratakan permukaannya.




- Paipkan adunan coklat td di atas adunan yg diratakan dlm loyang




- Lorekkan/corakkan dgn menggunakan lidi dari atas ke bawah.



- Bakar dlm oven selama 20minit dgn suhu 170darjah celcius.

- Apabila kek sudah masak terbalikkan ke atas sekiping kertas kemudian sapukan jem sehingga rata.



- Setelah jem disapu rata,gulung kek tadi perlahan2 sehingga kemas.
Siap

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Buttercream

Actually I have posted a buttercream recipes in my previous post but may be some of you didn't manage to find it....but it's ok....especially for Kadie....this is a buttercream recipe that I like the most ! It's a perfect combination with Steamed Chocolate Cake. You can try this recipe to top your cakes and cupcakes.....


Buttercream

Ingredients:

1 cup shortening
1 cup krimwell
2 - 2 1/2 cups icing sugar (sifted)
1 tspn vanilla essence


Method:

- In a bowl , beat together shortening and krimwell with an electric mixer until soft and fluffy.
- add in the vanilla essence and a few table spoon of sugar,beat again.
- while the mixer is still running, keep adding the sugar bit by bit until you get a stiff consistency (sampai nampak kental)
- if you want a stiffer texture just simply add more sugar.
- once the cream is ready just add with any food coloring as you wish.
-besides for topping,this buttercream is also suitable for writing word on cakes and making lines for piping jelly.



note:

shortening = lemak sayuran
krimwell = tak pasti aper namanyer, but kalau pegi kedai jual bahan2 kek, just tanya orang kedai tu yer.

*If you are not able to find krimwell, you can substitute with butter. Cuma butter akan memberi rasa yang lebih lemak dan mungkin membuatkan kita mudah meras muak bila memakannya.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Simple Homemade Bread

Homemade bread

Last week I wanted to have tuna sandwich for breakfast but unfortunately I was running out of bread so I thought that I'd ask my husband to go and buy it. But then, on second thought..why do I have to trouble myself (my hubby actually) of going out only to buy a loaf of bread when I can bake my own bread ? After all, I've always loved playing with flour, kneading the dough right? So I had decided to bake my own bread. The outcome? I couldn't believe that I actually baked the bread. Really! I use the basic recipe of making a homemade bread. Waaa....next time tak payahla beli roti kat kedai.....hihihi...roti wat sendiri pon sedap dan setanding roti berjenama...apa lagi..insyaAllah di tanggung Halal plak tu.......selamat mencuba!



Simple Bread

Ingredients:

450g of all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon of instant dry yeast
a pinch of salt
1 1/2 cup of fresh milk
an egg
1 table spoon of shortening/butter


Method :

- in a bowl combine all the dry ingredients (flour, salt,yeast) and mix everything together
- make a well in the middle, and crack the egg and add in the milk. mix well.
- add in the shortening/butter and keep kneading until it forms a non-sticky and elastic dough.
- let the dough to rest and rise in the bowl , covered with a damp cloth approximately 30minutes- 1 hour.
- when the dough has risen double of its original size, punch it to let the air out and knead.

(Kalau tak larat nak uli, boleh je tarik2 adunan tu jadik panjang pastu bantai la kat atas permukaan yg keras mcm on a big,heavy cutting board. Pastu lipat2 adunan dan tarik panjang2 lagi dan bantai lagik...mcm orang2 dulu2 tibai kain kat batu bila basuh baju tu ......ulang2 la teknik tu berkali2 sampai dpt rasa mcm dough tu dah lembut)

- in a greased baking tin , preferably a rectangle, put it in the dough and let it rise again for about 30 minutes.
- pre-heat the oven at 180'c
- and bake the bread for about 30-40 minutes.
-the bread is ready when you tap the top or bottom of the loaf and it sounds hollow (kosong or gelonggong oghe klate kato...hehehe)
- let the bread to cool itself on a wire rack.



tuna sandwich


Saturday, March 15, 2008

My latest project

This is my latest project and I made it yesterday. I'm trying to improve myself in cake decorating so I guess I have to practice and practice and practice , right? Besides I also want to try my new stand mixer....hehehe.





cake : Steamed Chocolate Cake
Topping : Whipped cream, with chocolate curls and piping jelly.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Sambal Tumbuk

I'm not sure to put this entry in which category but this 'sambal' thing is very typical Malay cuisine (pergh! cuisine tu...) . We usually have it with ulams (Malay style of salad). I just found out about this sambal tumbuk from a forummer and I gave it a try and we love it so much! Sedap2....to those who enjoys sambal belacan, budu and all the hot stuffs you should try this.





Sambal Tumbuk



Ingredients :

half onion, sliced. (bawang bombay tu, nak guna bawang besar pon bulih)
2 tbsp dried anchovies (segenggam ikan bilis)
2 inches shrimp paste (belacan)
7 birds' eye chillies (kalau sker pedas, lebih kan)
a tsp sugar (optional)
juice of lime (optional)
oil for frying

Method:
- heat the oil in a wok
-when the oil is hot enough fry all the ingredients (excluding the sugar and lime juice, of course !) seperately. (fry the onions until transparent around 3 or 4 minutes , fry the anchovies until crispy and golden, the chillies and the shrimp paste for 2,3 minutes only)
- put all the fried ingredients in a pestle mortar, add in the sugar and lime and bash everything up until well combined. Or if you have a food processor just toss them in it and blend everything togother.
- The sambal tumbuk is ready.



note: sambal tumbuk is best served with gulai masak lemak, curries, hot steamed rice, fried or grilled fish and ulams.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Tips and Guide in The Kitchen

Some people just don’t enjoy cooking because they think cooking and preparing foods demands us a lot of time. Well, it is true if we don’t plan but if only we had a simple plan and preparation earlier, it’s not as hard as we think. . I’d like to share some tips and some way to ‘cheat’ that can cut your cooking time thus making cooking is not a complicated task anymore.

1) Blend your onions few days ahead. :I find out that we tend to only get the onions ready when we want to cook, So we would spend our time just doing the onions, peeling, chopping. What I do is I peel like half kilo of onions and garlic, blend them and keep them in a covered container and keep it in the fridge. So whenever I want to cook I don’t have spend time peeling and chopping the onions. Tinggal amik ngan sudu jer.

2) Keep your poultry (chiken, meat ), seafood in batches. :It is much easier if you keep your chicken, meat or seafood in small batches . Each small batches is for one meal. So whenever you’re ready to cook just take one batch and thaw them. Jadi tak payah la nak thaw kan ayam/daging/ikan pastu simpan balik dalam peti ais.

3) Slice or cut your chicken/meat/fish ahead : If you’re planning of preparing meal that need you to cut or slice your chicken/meat it is better if you cut or slice them right after you buy it from the market. Cth macam nak goreng mee and nak campur ayam or udang, potong isi ayam siap2,masukkan dalam plastic kecil dan simpan,begitu juga dgn udang, buang kulit siap2 dan simpan di dalam plastic atau bekas kecil. Untuk ikan plak minta la penjual itu tolong siangkan ikan siap2, manakala ikan yg besar boleh jer suruh dia potong slice2, ayam pon boleh suruh dia potong kecik2. Balik rumah tinggal cuci bersih2 jer.

4) Season your fried chicken/fish ahead : Fried fish or chicken is a must in our menu, so what you can do to make things easier is that you can prepare your fried chicken/fish earlier. Ikan tu siap2 dah lumur dengan garam kunyit pahtu simpan dalam plastic or small container dan simpan la di dalam freezer, begitu juga dengan ayam, lumurla siap2 dgn garam,kunyit dan serbuk kari dan barula simpan di dalam freezer. Sangat la sesuai bila waktu nak cepat, keluarkan dari peti ais dan ikan/ayam dah sedia utk di goreng.

5) Recycle your leftover creatively: What do I mean by that? Well, sometimes we do have leftovers like curries, sambals, fried chicken/fish, roast chicken right? Some people would keep it in the fridge and have it again for their next meal the next day or even worse some just tossed it into the bin. What a waste. This is what I do with my leftovers. :

- Fish/chicken curries : put it in a container and keep it in the freezer and heat it again whenever I’m in hurry kira mcm lauk segera la or; if your serve the curry with rice for lunch you can substitute the rice with chapattis, naan, bread or roti jala for dinner or the day after.

- Chicken/meat roast: slice them thinly and eat it with slice bread as sandwich with mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato.

- Fried fish/chicken : you can use them to make Ikan/Ayam Masak Sambal, or you can put it in nasi goreng, amik isi ikan,tumbuk bersama bawang utk di jadikan perencah nasi goreng.

- Sambal nasi lemak : keep it in the fridge and you can use it as perencah mee goreng . Sedap.

6) Cheaters are a great help : What is cheaters? Cheaters are things like instant sauce, soup, instant stock (cubes,granules or liquid). One of my favourite cheater is Jarred/Tinned Spaghetti Sauce. I use it as pizza sauce and preparing lasagna or baked pastas . It saves time and energy and it is tasty!

Steamed Chocolate Cupcakes.

Before you say anything I admit....yes...I'm crazy about cupcakes! I made these two days ago as a gift for a dear friend, Nor. The cake is Steamed Chocolate Cake and topped with buttercream. Masa aku wat kek ni aku secara tak sengaja kukus sekejap jer ....and bila kek tu masak and aku makan sebiji aku pasan kat tgh2 dalam kek tu tak masak lagi...so seolah2 kat dalam tu mcam ada inti sos coklat plak......and it tasted soooooooooo delicious ! Walaupun kek tu mcm tak masak,tp sebenarnyer dah masak pon...sebab dah kukus and lagi pon adunan kek tu pon dah di campur dgn air panas yg menggelegak.....so telur2 tu mmg confirm dah masak. Next time kalau nak kukus chocolate cupcakes aku nak wat gini lagik.....kukuk dalam 20 minit jer...so dalam nyer nanti ada cam Chocolate filling.....yummy! Gerenti licin !







After trying a couple of cupcakes recipes (vanilla cakes, custard vanilla, baked chocolate cakes and steamed chocolate cakes) this one is the best and most recommended - Steamed Chocolate Cupcakes , and the buttercream is a perfect match. Here's another glimpse of the cupcakes recipes.



Steamed Chocolate Cupcakes


Ingredients :

1 3/4 cawan tepung gandum
3/4 cawan serbuk koko
1 sudu kecil soda bikarbonat
1 sudu kecil baking powder
(ayak bersama semua bahan2 di atas)
1 cawan gula

(campurkan bahan2 kering di atas bersama di dalam mangkuk)

1 cawan minyak masak
1/2 tin susu cair
3 biji telur (di pukul dalam blender)
sedikit esen vanilla
1 cawan air panas menggelegak


Cara2 :

- campurkan bahan2 kering hingga sebati
- kemudian masukkan minyak masak ,kacau.
- masukkan pula susu cair dan kacau lagi.
- masukkan telur yg sudah di pukul di dalam blender dan sedikit esen vanilla.
- setelah adunan sebati, masukkan pula air panas menggelegak.
- sendukkan adunan kek ke dalam paper cups kira2 3/4 penuh.
- kukus selama 20-30 minit.
(jika nak dptkan cupcakes yg seolah2 ada inti coklat di dalamnyer, kukus kek kira2 20 minit sahaja.)

- biarkan kek sejuk sebelum di hias dgn butterkrim atau apa2 topping.




Spiderman.....created by using piping jelly, boleh la kan..?