Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Steamed Chocolate Cake

Who doesn't love moist chocolate cake. This recipe is unique coz it is steamed instead of the regular baking. By steaming the cake tend to be moisturer and with a softer texture.
The credit goes to a forummer from, Bebop. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe !

Recipe :-

375 g butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
1 tin evaporated milk

4 eggs

2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup cocoa
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda

a) Boil water in the steamer.
b) Melt butter, on a slow fire, once it is melted, add in sugar, and milk, keep stiring until just boil.
Let it cool for a while, then add in the eggs.
c) Sift all the dry ingredients and mix into the butter mixture, stir well.
d) Pour in a 9' square tin, cover with a cling wrap and steam for 11/2 hours.

Chocolate Ganache
100 g double cream
200g chocolate.

a) Heat double cream, add chocolate and stir untul well mix. Cool.
b) Pour on the cool cake, and serve.

Steamed Prune Cake

This recipe for those who loves prunes and steam cakes. The cake is very soft and moist, and the smell is just wonderful. I got this recipe from forum by a forummer called Leen.
Thanks Leen.

Here's the recipe.

250g butter

2 cups self raising flour
1 cup brown sugar
120g condensed milk

25 pcs prune - blend with a little bit of water
5 pcs prune - cut into a few strips

5 eggs

1 tbsp browning (optional, if you want the cake to have darker color)

Method :

Boil water in the steamer.

1- Beat butter, sugar and milk
2- Add in the eggs, one at a time.
3- Add in the blended prunes, mix thoroughly. You can add the browning at this point of time.
4- Add flour, mix well.
5- Spread in a 9' square tin, cover with cling wrap and steam for 11/2-2 hrs.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Not the eggs, it the oatmeal

Last several posts i was blaming the egg making my Supposedly Mrs. Fields cookies turn out hard, but the latest breakthrough,well it's not the egg at all. It's the way i process the oatmeal. i should blend it coarse, not superfine. Well at last i got the answer and save on the cost of eggs.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

More Eggs

Ok 3 is not enough, so this morning i pun another 1 = 4 small eggs, turns out just perfecto, so yesterday with 3 the cookies are not yet perfect.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Eggs The Problem

It’s been quite some time since my last entry. Why? Nothing, it just I haven’t got the mood to write. Well this is partly caused by my hectic weekends. Raya is coming and my cookies order list is getting longer. This is the first attempt me selling cookies for Hari Raya, and so far I can say the respond is quite good. I got around 4300 order for Cornflakes Rocher and 1600 for Walnut Choc. Chip, this, I suppose is not so bad for a start.

Last Sunday I slaved myself to Walnut Choc Chip just to find it’s a bit hard, though it’s still crispy but not close to perfect. So all 850 will be rejected for delivery, well Mak and Aunty will have a lot of cookies from me this Raya..hehehe. Ok, yesterday I was wondering why it’s rock hard? The amount of butter is ok, flour? perfect, oats? Right amount too, so what went wrong, finally it’s the egg. Somehow I got the smallest egg, with the missing water content results in hard cookies. So this morning instead of 2 eggs, I put in 3 that is equivalent to 2 large eggs. This simple equation results in perfect cookies.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Pineapple Tart

This morning, i made Pineapple Tart. The urge to make the tarts simply came to my mind. I haven't got the right tool, to mould the tart. Despite the shape is a little off but the taste is simply out of this world. This recipe is actually from my mother. She used to make tarts during festive season, I being the helpful daughter will always help to fill the pastry with pineapple jem, tho i don't like the messy and sticky feeling. It's a torment i have to deal with, and not until this morning (it has been like more than 10 years) that we stopped making Pineapple Tart.

Here's the simple recipe, i hope you guys can try this.


3 oz butter (u can add more if needed)
150 gm flour
1 egg yolk.

Method : Rub the butter and flour , mix in the egg yolk.

Pineapple Jam :

1 pineapple - blend in the food processor , put under strainer, (u can make pineapple juice with the unwanted juice)
1' cinnamon stick (do not use powdered)
200 gm sugar (add to your taste)

Put all in heavy saucepan, cook till thicken. Keep cool. Can be refrigerate till up to more than 2 months.

Assemble : Take small amount of pastry, put in the jem, bake at 180C for 20 minutes

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Steamed Fruit Cake

This is the steamed version. It is very moist and fruity. This is one of my favorite.

I will post the recipe later. Posted by Picasa

Cat in Bag

This is Tiger. She is now pregnant. Posted by Picasa

Oreo Swirl Cheese Cake

This is a simple creation of cheese cake. The cheese melt in the mouth and is light and creamy. A novice baker can bake this and I guaratee it will turn out just like in the picture :). Cheese cake is the simplest cake of all, and you can make it effortlessly, but the result is simply great and will never let u down.

Ingredients :
2 pack (2x150g) Oreo biscuits - finely crushed in the food processor (put aside 1 tbsp for later use)
30g butter (a little more can be add)

In a 9' springfoam pan, pressed the finely crushed oreo and butter at the base of the pan.
Set aside.

750g cream cheese (i used Philly)
200 g castor sugar
2 tablespoon flour (plain flour or corn flour; corn flour will produce better texture)
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla essence.

Beat cream cheese till soft, add sugar, vanilla, and eggs one at a time. Add in the flour.
Pour the filling to the prepared base. Sprinkle the 1tsbp of oreo on the cake, and with a knife or toothpick swirl to make a pattern. Baked at 140C for 30-45 minutes.
Let cool in the oven, with the door slightly open. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. Serve cool. Posted by Picasa

Mrs. Fields Cookies Result

So the Supposedly Mrs. Fields cookies turn out really great. My tester loves it. It is crunchy. I brought the cookies to Mak’s house; Firah and Hussein just love it. They are emptying the cookie jar very fast. I think I should hide it somewhere just to make sure, Iqah, Sarah and Haziq can have a taste of it too. One note, if you like your cookies kind of chewy, bake for less than 15 minutes, for crispy cookies bake for 25 minutes at 180 C.

I still haven’t got the picture. Tend to this morning, but with the rushing to work, I forgot all about it.  Anyhow I will post it later.

It’s the second day of Ramadan. And very unfortunate for me, I got my period at 4.30 pm yesterday. That’s the reason of me having bad moods all week.

I got a proposal to submit by tomorrow, and I haven’t got the slightest idea. Hmm…hopefully some idea will come later.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Peppermint Patties

Peppermint Patties

What a fine way to end dinner with peppermint patties. Cool and refreshing.
Here's a simple and easy recipe that is worth trying.

14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 tbsp. peppermint extract
6 cups confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 pounds chocolate flavor candy coating*, melted
In large mixer bowl, combine milk, extract and food coloring if desired. Add 6 cups sugar; beat on low speed until smooth and well blended. Refrigerate overnite until mixture is harden and easy to shape. Shape into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on wax paper-lined baking sheets. Flatten each ball into a 1 ½-inch patty. Let dry 1 hour or longer; turn over and let dry at least 1 hour. With fork, dip each patty into warm candy coating (draw fork lightly across rim of pan to remove excess coating). Invert onto wax paper-lined baking sheets; let stand until firm. Store covered at room temperature or in refrigerator.

It’s kind of hard to shape into balls, so what I did was I spoon the peppermint filling into chocolate-filled mould. It turns out great too.

Instead of using the choc flavour candy coating, I used dark chocolate, or milk chocolate would be fine.

Supposedly Mrs. Fields Cookies

This morning i tried this interesting recipe i found at

1 cup butter (236g)
1 cup sugar (170g)
1 cup brown sugar (170g)
2 eggs
1 tsp. real vanilla
2 1/2 cups oatmeal(225g)
2 cups All purpose flour (123x2=246 g)
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 lb. Semi-sweet chocolate chopped into chunks (300g)
1 1/2 cups toasted pecans or any nut of your choice (200g) - i used walnuts

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, sugar and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time,then the vanilla and beat until well combined.
Put the oatmeal into the blender in small batches and blend until almost the consistency of flour. Combine it in a separate bowl with the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. When well mixed, add it to the butter, sugar and egg mixture.
Add the chocolate chunks and the pecans to the above combination of dry and wet ingredients. Mix only until well combined.

It turns out good. The color is perfect golden brown, looks crunchy, and the smell...simply irresistible. Tomorrow i will post the picture and will put up comments from my regular tester.
Me at my office. Dull. Posted by Picasa

My First Blog

Hello ! Finally my first blog, well i used to surf to other people's blog, sharing thots , now i have my own place. This is pretty neat. Credit to those who invented this and giving it for free. Well for people like me who like to write this place is just what i needed most.

Orite, few things bout me

a) Work , yes in the IT world, develop system (not that nerd kind,and i wore no spectacles), meeting clients; this is work to get money, but my real passion is COOK, i really love to cook, trying out new recipe i found while surfing, and the pleasure to look to those who tried my inventions, mixed reactions; surprise, what's this yucky stuff , i like, wow, nice, dont do this ever again and the list goes on ..

b) married, yes, 4 years to a loving, kind, funny man. oh one more thing , creative in all sense. and again i miss one thing; an avid TV fan, quite sporty in his own way i should say...

c) kids ? nope not yet, in the process.

orite enough bout me.