Friday, November 17, 2017

Viennese Chocolate Sable Cookies 维也纳巧克力黄油曲奇

I am finally making one of the famous recipe from The Patisserie of Pierre Herme, Viennese chocolate sable the classic Austrian soft butter cookies. Pierre Herme is one of the best classic pastry kitchen in Europe. No doubt that this recipe is highly recommended by all bakers. ( Click here to read more of Pierre Herme Paris ) Once you enter the door of Pierre Herme, I'm sure you won't comes out with empty handed. I think I will most probably went broke just in one shopping and won't leave the shop untill I tried every single piece of desserts there. Holly molly ! haha..... 

Some recipe adding in three (3) egg white instead of two but I tried the two egg white and its fine to me. The shaping turns out really sharp at all edges.

(Recipe adapted from here)
Ingredients for cookie dough :
250gm   butter, softened at room temperature
100gm   icing sugar
1 tspn   vanilla essence
250gm   all purpose flour
30gm    cocoa powder
1/2 tspn  salt
2 large egg white

Method :
(1)  mix together flour, cocoa powder & salt till well cooperated.
(2)  cream butter, vanilla and sugar till fluffy & pale or almost double in volume.
(3)  now, fold in flour mixture beating in low speed till everything well combined.
(4)  whisk egg white till stiff or in soft peak then fold them into the batter.
(5)  spoon batter into pastry bag fitted with a large star nozzle and pipe the cookies onto baking tray lined with silicon sheet.
(6)  finally, bake at preheated oven 180'C for about 18-20 minutes or till the bottom dry & crispy.
(7)  once its done, cooled and then keep in airtight container.

No fail recipe ! I am a HAPPY HAPPY baker indeed. Since X'mas is just at the corner, you can start you little baking project with this recipe now. Hope you guys will love it too. Enjoy !

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Yorkshire Pudding 約克郡布丁

I heard so much about yorkshire pudding and finally managed to put my mind set to go for it. Yorkshire is originated from England and it is something quite similar to popover, which is called the American yorkshire. However, I went through checking out the making of yorkshire on Gordon Ramsey page and also on The Spruce, and both are very informative which helps a lot in the making. Please read on for more.
Ingredients :
4 eggs
1 cup  full cream milk
1 cup  all purpose flour
1 tspn  vanilla essence/extract
a pinch of salt
* some cold butter diced

Method :
(1)  beat the egg together in a mixing bowl then shift in the flour & salt to make it a smooth batter.
(2)  next, whisk in the milk till combined, then transfer to a large measuring cup & set aside to rest for an hour.
(3)  when ready, preheat oven at 250'C and place diced butter to each muffin cups and put tray into oven for 15 minutes or till butter turns really hot which will help the rising.
(4) now carefully pour batter to hot muffin cups then put tray straight back to the oven and let to bake for 15 minutes or till risen & turns golden brown. Do not withdraw tray from oven, just slide out the tray and fill in the batter then push it back straight.

Look ! The batter will slowly rise and rise..... and rise and then finally turns brown.

Finally, here's how the first batch looks !  For me, this is still not perfect enough.

I am so glad at least I had my final two which turns out perfect in shape. The main factor is the tin & butter is hot enough at the same time, which the melted butter started sizzling.

Now, you can serve them with sweet & savory filling as desired. I love it sweet and I made some apple pie filling for this. Yummmm ..... just so addictive ! This is a simple recipe, yet need a good skill to keep the pudding to bloom in a perfect shape. I can do it, I am sure you can too !  Happy baking everyone & have fun.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Khachapuri With Otak-Otak 哈恰普哩

Khachapuri was in my list to do since yeeeeears ago, which means cheese filled bread.  I found it when flipping my collection paper file yesterday..... yeap, paper file not pen drive ! Since hubby & I going to attend dinner party tonight, I decided to prepare this for my boy..... for his dinner. >o<  He will be over joy whenever I prepare western food for him cause his papa is not a western food person. haha..... I just grab whatever I have in the fridge. Wow.... didn't expect it turns out looking so amazingly delicious !  I gave one away to a friend and one for my boy.  And they both coming back asking for more. LOL

Ingredients for creamy filling :
50gm   butter
2 TB  all purpose flour
250ml   full cream milk
salt & pepper to taste

Method :
Melt butter over low heat then stir in flour to mix well. Just about done, add in half of the milk immediately and continue stirring the mixture to form thick paste. Add in the remaining milk and keep stirring till smooth & runny paste is formed or to the consistency as desired. Set aside.

Ingredients for topping :
3-4 cups  shredded mozzarella cheese
some homemade otak-otak 
1 pce  turmeric leave, thinly sliced
2 TB crashed black peppercorn
1 TB  chili flakes

Ingredients for bread dough :
350gm  bread flour
150gm  all purpose flour
1 TB  sugar
1/2 tspn  salt
2 tspn   yeast
280ml   warm full cream milk
2 TB   corn oil

Method :
(1) mix together warm milk & yeast and let to rest for 10 minutes, add in oil once its ready.
(2) combine flour, sugar & salt into a big bowl then mix well.
(3) now, stir the wet ingredients into flour till smooth dough is formed. Then let to rest for an hour or till double in size.
(4) next, punch dough to release excess air and knead till smooth.
(5) place dough to working table and divide into two portions, let to rest for another 15 minutes.
(6) now, flatten dough into oblong size, as shown in picture below.

(7)  slightly fold both longer side of dough inward and seal the meeting point of the edges, as picture shown below.

(8) now, place shaped dough to a slightly flour parchment paper. Then spread on creamy filling and then top with otak-otak pieces, sliced turmeric leave.

(9)  finally, top with extra mozzarella cheese and sprinkle on some black peppercorn & chili flakes.
(10)  and then go straight to the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes at 230-250'C to till the bread is nicely brown.

Now, sprinkle on extra turmeric leaf and serve.  No one can ever expect the surprises underneath !

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