Sunday, August 27, 2006

Empress Roll

I had to rename these rolls as i made them for all the empresses who attended the asian ladies high tea. It was out of the theme as The Host Empress, Sumi had prepared a complete menu for an English high tea with jams and clotted cream to go with the scones, several platters of sandwiches and 5 pots of different types of tea to choose from. The table was set with Royal Dolton fitted for the Queen of England. Thank you Your Highness, Sumi for being such a gracious host.

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150 gm cake flour - steam for 30 minutes, cool then sieve
150 gm koh fun
300 gm powdered sugar
8 - 10 tbsp water
4 tbsp wheat starch(tung mein fun), mix with 4 tbsp very hot boiling water
2 tbsp oil/shortening
1/4 tsp banana essence or essence of your choice
400 gm of red bean paste


Mix all the above except the red bean paste and knead to a smooth dough. Leave to rest.

Divide dough and red bean paste into 4 portions.

Using plastic wrap, roll one portion of the red bean paste out to 1/8 inch thick rectangle and roll dough to the same size and thickness as the red bean paste.

Top the red bean paste rectangle with the dough rectangle and roll up both ends to meet.

Chill before slicing.

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Sunday, August 20, 2006

Mini Cream Cheese Cupcakes

This recipe is from JoDeliBakery and the cupcakes were so good that Renee, who normally does not eat well, ate 6 at one go. Thanks Jo for sharing. The cupcakes freeze well and i could make them way ahead. I will thaw them the night before the party and decorate them with icing on the party day.

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130g cake flour
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
125g cream cheese, at room temperature
135g butter, at room temperature
145g castor sugar
1 tsp grated lemon rind
2 nos. medium (Grade B) eggs, at room temperature
1 tbsp lemon juice

40 mini paper cups


Line muffin pan with paper cups.

Sift cake flour, baking soda and baking powder into a mixing bowl. Set aside.

Cream butter and cream cheese until light and creamy for 8-10 minutes. Add castor sugar and continue to mix until light and fluffy.

Beat in eggs, one at a time. Stir in lemon rind and lemon juice.

Finally, fold in sifted flour.

Fill a big piping bag with plain nozzle, pipe batter into paper cups.

Bake in preheated oven at 350f convection for 15 minutes

Remove the pan from the oven.

Rest for 10 minutes before removing the cupcakes from the pan .

Cool on wire rack.

Decorate as you wish and serve chilled.

These minis can be frozened and thawed before decorating.

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Kuih Bengka Beras

This kuih is called 'Fei Chee Yau Koh' in cantonese and translated is 'lard' as the appearance resembles it. This kuih should be bouncy and flexible when a piece is held, therefore to achieve this, this kuih should be baked in 8 inch cake tin with a height of 2 1/2 inch. Slice thinly for serving.

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100g green bean flour blend with 200 ml water and soak for 30 minutes

2 x 400ml cans of coconut milk mixed with enough water to obtain 1050ml

1/4 tsp salt

150g rice flour

1 tbsp cornflour/tapioca flour

For the syrup

325g castor sugar

300ml water

3–4 pandan leaves,

For Glazing

2 tbsp of thick coconut cream


To prepare the syrup

In a pot, combine sugar, water and pandan leaves . Bring to a boil to dissolve the sugar and cool the syrup then discard the pandan leaves.

Put sifted flour into a large mixing bowl. Stir in coconut milk into soaked green bean flour mixture and sifted rice flour. Add the cooled syrup and salt and mix into a batter.

Strain batter into a large microwable bowl and cook on high 1 minute at a time until it thickens and bubbles. Stir with a whisk after every minute.

Pour cooked custard into a 8 inch square tin lined with softened banana leaf.

Spread and smooth the surface with a spatula.

Bake in preheated oven at 400 f for 30 minutes until the topping is lightly brown.

Glaze with coconut cream and broil/grill until top is brown.

Cool thoroughly before cutting

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Friday, August 18, 2006

Spiral Curry Puffs

These curry puffs are party favorite for the guests as well as for me because i can make them ahead of time and freeze them. The pastry in this recipe is crispy even when puffs are cold.

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Outer layer:

400 g flour
50 g margarine
1/3 tsp salt
1/2 egg
170 ml water

Inner Layer:

120 g flour
60 g lard/shortening


150 g chicken meat
150 g onions
500 g potatoes
50 g shallots
2 tbsp oil
2 1/2 tbsp curry powder
1 1/2 tbsp freshly ground chilly (paste)
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
3/4 cup coconut milk


For Wrapping:

Outer layer:

1. Boil margarine, water and salt. Pour into the flour. Add in egg. Knead well. Let dough rest for a while. Divide into 8 portions.

Inner layer:

2. Mix flour and lard/shortening together. Knead well and divide into 8 portions.

3. Wrap inner layer with outer layer. Flatten it and then roll it up like a swiss roll. Repeat twice and then divide into 2 portions.

4. With cut side on the table, roll dough into a circle and fill with a spoonful of curry filling. Wet the outer rim of circle and fold into half, seal the edges.

5. Puffs can be left to freeze and packed in ziploc bag when frozen until needed.

6. To fry frozen curry puffs, start them in cold oil. Remove several ladles of hot oil as the puffs are slightly brown, turn heat on to the highest and fry puffs until brown. This way will ensure that the puffs will not be soggy.

7. To fry the second batch, add in the slightly cool oil and put in the frozen puffs, frying the same way as no.6.

8. Put fried puffs in 250f oven to keep warm.

For the filling:

Cube the chicken. potatoes and onions

slice shallors.

Boil the potaoes till soft.

Heat oil ,sweat the shallots and add in ground chilly(paste). Fry until fragrant then add curry powder.

Add in the cubed chicken, then onions. When chicken is no more pink add in coconut milk.

Simmer until filling thickens, season with salt and sugar.

Leave to cool.

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Friday, August 04, 2006

Banana Bundt Cake

Overriped bananas and fruits piled up fast in the fridge. Like the chinese saying goes 'ngan foud tho chak' - the eye is bigger than the stomach, I will buy in abundance and can't catch up with the eating. So....., being as frugal as i am, will have to turn them into something delicious.

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12 1/2 ounces cake flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
Heavy pinch salt
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 egg and 1 egg yolk
1 cup yogurt/sour cream
a tiny drop of banana essence
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas and sieved plup of 2 ripe peaches
1/2 cup dessicated coconut
1/2 cup chopped roasted walnuts


Grease the bundt pan with shortening and dust with flour.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F convection.

In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and set aside.

In another large bowl, whisk together the sugar, oil, egg, egg yolk, mashed banana and peaches and yogurt/sour cream .

Add the dry ingredients that is the sieved flour. .

Stir mixture for a count of 10. Add coconut and walnuts to mixture and stir 3 more times.

Pour batter into prepared bundt pan and place into the oven .

Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, test for doneness.

Remove from oven and cool for 15 minutes. Turn cake onto rack and then wrap a very hot towel over the cake pan. Leave it on for 5 minutes and cake will dislodged.

Cool completely before serving.

Serve immediately or store in airtight container for 2 to 3 days or wrapped tightly with cling wrap and aluminium foil and leave in freezer. Thaw in fridge or countertop before serving.


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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Sweet and Sour Layer Cake

Renee likes to eat haw flakes and calls them 'apple' but one day she says she don't like them anymore and i am landed with a pantry full of them. Found this recipe at and since i have all the ingredients, i gave this recipe a try and viola, it is so delicious. Thank you jo for sharing.

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330g cream crackers
350g butter/margarine
400g condensed milk
10 large eggs, separated
100g fine granulated sugar
120-180g large Haw Flakes ( Weight of Haw Flakes depends on size of Haw Flakes used and how close they are placed in the cake.)


Prepare a 8-inch cake tin. Lightly grease with butter/margarine.

Crush cream crackers until they resemble breadcrumbs. in the food processor or alternatively, use a large ziploc bag, close and crush with rolling pin.

Beat butter and condensed milk until creamy. Add egg yolks one at a time and beat until well incorporated.

Beat egg whites and sugar until fluffy ( Egg whites need not be beaten till stiff peaks form.)

Add crushed crackers into mixture of Step 3. Mix well. Fold egg whites into batter.

Bring water in a steamer to boil. Place prepared cake tin into steamer and using a 4 oz ladle, scope batter into tin. Level batter with a small offset spatula. Top batter with Haw Flakes and steam for 5 minutes.

Repeat layering of batter and haw flakes, and steaming until all batter is used up. Increase steaming time as the cake becomes thicker.

When all batter is finished, steam cake for further 30 minutes.

Let cake cool completely before turning it out from the cake tin.


If you are using normal plain crackers (not cream crackers), weight of butter/margarine can be brought up to 400g.

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