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Jiak-Pa-Buay? Random scribbles of everyday life and sharing of recipes

Another Day, Another Bread August 12, 2007

Filed under: Food — xxtlhxx @ 4:19 pm

I’ve been spending quite a lot of money for bread from Japanese bakery,img_9074.jpg Provence at Holland Village. I thought I could save some if I can ever made bread close (repeat, close) to what they make. So, when I saw this recipe, I was excited to try it. I turned out more cake-y than bread-y, maybe because cake flour is used and it’s not as soft as it claim. The first time I tried it, I thought maybe because I missed some steps or didn’t proof the bread enough. So, I tried again. The result was as disappointing. Nevertheless, here’s a picture of it.

Guess, I’ll still be spending money at Provence. Provence, here I come. Save those black sesame puffy pastry bread for me and of course, the blueberry cheese buns too.

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Vanila Pods

Filed under: Food — xxtlhxx @ 4:00 pm

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I finally bought vanilla pods after hearing and seeing so much of it on TV and in blogs. I saw it at Phoon Huat and bought it without having any idea what to do with it, and it has been sitting in the freezer for a month or so. And when I saw the vanilla cream recipe for a fruit tart ..Bingo! I knew that was the recipe I’ve got to try. I’ve been wanting to try fruit tart and it cream looks wonderfully yummy.

The result was fantastic. The vanilla cream is so yummy and the smell of fresh vanilla is just so amazing. And knowing that it’s a light cream, ie just a little butter, makes it even better. And one thing lead to another. With vanilla cream, I knew only fresh fruits would do, so I bought a punnet of fresh raspberry. The result ….. a beautiful creation. I’ll surely make this again especially to a gathering. Invite me, and I’ll bring this fresh vanilla cream fruit tart with me.

Recipe for vanilla cream
500ml whole milk
1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped out
a generous pinch of salt
4 tablespoons of cornstarch
110g sugar
2 large eggs
40g butter, cut in small cubes

 

Cheese Buns April 14, 2007

Filed under: Food — xxtlhxx @ 11:23 pm

Made these tonight. The choice is limitless on what you can put into these sweet bread dough. However, I’ve got a mental block tonight and so, it ended with shaved cheddardsc_2057a.jpg cheese. Anyway, it’s the first time I try to recipe. The bread is wonderfully soft.

This photo is taken using Sonny’s new lens. Cool eh?

Ingredients

A)
480 gm bread flour
120 gm plain flour
110 gm castor sugar
20 gm milk powder
4 tsp instant yeast

(B)
1 egg
300 ml cold water
(C)
60 gm unsalted butter
10 gm salt

 

Cinnamon Buns March 23, 2007

Filed under: Food — xxtlhxx @ 10:17 pm

I almost gave up. The dough didn’t seem to rise as much as I expected it to be. I kept the dough for almost 24 hours in the fridge and it didn’t seems to improve and it was toodsc_2047a.jpg getting too late to bake anyway. Need to nurse Rico too. But before I chuck them into the bin, I took a small piece and baked it in the bread toaster, just to see what happens. The dough, believe it or not, rised and was quite fluffy. So, what the heck, I’ll just sprinkle cinnamon and butter and bake them anyway. Whoa la ……. I got a batch of beautiful cinnamon buns! Taste fantastic. Who need the overly sweet ones from Cinnabon anymore?

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Ingredients

2 cups of milk

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup sugar

1 sachet of dry active yeast

4 1/2 cups of flour

Cinnamon powder + sugar for dusting
Melted butter

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 tablespoon salt

Verdict : Heavenly when fresh from the oven. Bun is soft even after a day. What can be better than a warm bun with a cup of coffee. Hmmm ………….

 

Watermelon & grass jelly March 21, 2007

Filed under: Food — xxtlhxx @ 2:26 pm

This is so refresingly new.  Great for a hot day, but it rained today. Oh well, it’s still nice on a cool day.img_8708.jpg

 

Going Bananas

Filed under: Food — xxtlhxx @ 10:49 am

My quest for steamed cakes continues with steamed banana cake. Again, I searched the internet and found a recipe for steamed banana cake at Food Network. Someone has tried it before and said that it tasted good, so, I tried it, feeling confident after the successful steamed chocolate cake.

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I would say, the cake turns out alright, not fantastic and more like a bread than a cake. So, if I have had set my expectation that it would be a bread, I suppose I would be more thrilled.

And then, what do I do with the leftover banana? This time, I want a real banana cake. Again, I found a well reviewed banana cake at Yochana’s Cake Delight. This time, the cake isimg_8714.jpg really yummy and complete with decoration on top. It’s moist, the way I like it. The only set back is, it takes so long to bake, more than an hour for me!

Verdict : Very yummy, difficult to stop at just 1 piece. Banana on the topping is very sweet and soft after baked. So, don’t skip toppings, they’re not just for show.

 

Phad Thai March 16, 2007

Filed under: Food — xxtlhxx @ 11:45 am

 

 

The first time I ever made phad thai was a disaster. The noodles were all sticky and it turned out almost like a pancake instead. When I cooked this last weekend, it was kinda impromtu because I happened to have kuay teow, bean sprouts and bean curds in the fridge.

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And since I have not tried it since learning this dish at a Thai cooking class I attended with Sonny, I thought I’d give it a go. Turned out quite good, but I over-cooked the beansprout a little. Would be better a bit crunchy. Will attempt this again soon.

 

Verdict :  Smells like the real thing in Bangkok and quite tasty.  Beansprouts should be left crunchy or even raw.