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Sour 100% Rye Bread

Friday, April 30, 2010

Adapted from Dan Lepard: The Handmade Loaf (Mitchell Beazley Food)
Gelatinized Rye MixDough
  1. Cool the boiling water until it reaches 90C/194F. Quickly whisk in the rye flour trying to avoid too many lumps forming. Cover the bowl and leave for 1 hour (or up to 24 hours). This gelatinized mixture will give the crumb of the loaf some elasticity.
  2. Whisk the rye leaven into the cold water, then whisk in the gelatinized rye mix (saving 1 tablespoon to brush over the loaf). Stir this with the dry ingredients until you have a soft sticky paste. Tip this dough out on to a lightly oiled work surface and knead gently into a ball. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.
  3. Shape the dough into a baton or a ball. Place the loaf seam-side-up on a floured cloth or baking paper, pulling the cloth up around the dough to hold its shape or proof it on a basket. Leave to rise at room temperature for 5 hours or until the loaf has almost doubled in size.
  4. Preheat the oven to 210C/410F. Carefully upturn the loaf on to a tray and brush with the gelatinized rye mix. Spray the loaf lightly with water, and bake for 50 minutes. Leave to cool on a wire rack. When cold, wrap tightly in baking parchment, and leave for a day before slicing. Spread the bread slices with desired toppings.

Sour 100% Rye Bread
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Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

  • 160 g Instant oatmeal
  • 3 Ripe bananas
  • 30 g Raisins
  • 60 g Walnuts
  • 100 g Dried cranberries
  • 50 g Dried coconut shreds
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  1. Mash the bananas with a tablespoon, adding vanilla extract and salt. Mix well. Chop the walnuts and dried cranberries.
  2. Mix all the other ingredients with the banana mixture. Scoop out on a baking tray lined with a baking paper. Bake in a preheated 165C/330F oven for about 30 minutes until the cookies lightly golden in colour.

Banana Oatmeal Cookies 香蕉燕麦饼
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Angel Food Cake With Lemon Icing

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Angel food cakeis a type of foam cake whereas the devil's food cake is a type of butter cake.Angel food cake requires that the egg whites be whipped until they are stiff, and gently folded into the other ingredients. After baking, the cake pan is inverted while cooling to prevent the cake from falling in on itself. Angel food cake is sometimes frosted but more often has some sort of sauce, such as a sweet fruit sauce, drizzled over it.

Angel Food CakeLemon Icing
  • 9 large Egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Lemon extract
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 330 g Sugar (I use only 200 grams)
  • 115 g Cake flour, sifted
    1 cup Confectioners sugar, sifted 2-3 tbsp Fresh lemon juice 1 tbsp Finely grated lemon zest
  1. Preheat oven to 160C/325F. Beat egg whites until frothy, add salt, lemon juice and extracts. Add sugar a little at a time; continue beating until whites are glossy and stiff.
  2. Using the rubber spatula, gradually fold in the flour, 1/3 at a time, until flour is incorporated. Be sure that you use a true folding motion, gently turning the spatula from the bottom of the bowl to the top, folding in air with each stroke as opposed to beating or stirring.
  3. Pour batter into an ungreased, 26cm tube pan. Bake one hour or until top is golden brown. As soon as the cake is done, turn the tin upside down and suspendd its funnel over the neck of a bottle. Let cook, about 1 hour.
  4. While cake is cooling prepare the icing. In a small bowl, whisk together confectioners sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest. Let stand ten minutes before glazing the cake as it thickens a little.

Angel Food Cake With Lemon Icing
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Pan-Fried Stuffed Tofu With Oyster Sauce

Thursday, April 22, 2010

  • 125 g Ground meat
  • 2 Dried mushrooms (soaked in water and chopped finely)
  • 1 stalk Sring onion, chopped
  • 2 slice Ginger, minced
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp White pepper powder
  • 1 tsp Light soya sauce
  • 1 tsp Sesame oil
  • 300 g Tofu
  • 50 g Cornstarch
  • 1 stalk Chopped spring onion
  • 1. 5 tbsp Oyster sauce
  • 1. 5 tbsp Light soya sauce
  • 90 ml Water
  • 1/2 tsp Chicken bouillon
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1/2 tbsp Sugar
  1. Combine all the ingredients for the filling in a bowl and stir until the mixture is well-blended. Stir together all the ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Cut the tofu into 10 rectangles, each about 4x7cm in size. Using a spoon to hollow out the center of each tofu rectangle to make a little box. Pat the tofu 'boxes' dry and dust them lightly with cornstarch. Fill each with about 1 tablespoon of the stuffing, mounding it slightly. Pat each piece of stuffed tofu with additional cornstarch.
  3. Pour enough oil into a skillet to fill 3 inches. Heat oil over medium-high heat to 150C/300F. Deep-fry the stuffed tofu, a few pieces at a time, until the tofu is golden brown and the filling is cooked through, about 5-6 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
  4. Heat a skillet over high heat until hot. Add 1 tablespoon of the reserved oil and swirl to coat the sides. Add green onions and stir-fry until fragrant. Add the sauce and bring to a simmer.
  5. Slip the fried tofu into the sauce and stir gently to coat. Transfer the tofu onto a serving platter, and serve hot.

Pan-Fried Stuffed Tofu With Oyster Sauce
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Seaweed Swiss Roll

Monday, April 19, 2010

  • 70 ml Water
  • 80 g Corn oil
  • 100 g Sugar
  • 80 g Cake flour
  • 25 g Cornstarch
  • 2 g Baking powder
  • 2-3 g Chicken or vegetable bouillon
  • 1 g White pepper powder
  • 125 g Egg yolks
  • 200 g Egg whites
  • A few drops of white vinegar
  • 2 g Salt
  • 8 g Seaweed crumbs
  1. Mix water, 20 grams of sugar and corn oil in a bowl. Whisk until the mixture is emulsified. Sift cake flour, corn flour, baking powder, chicken powder, and white pepper powder into the liquid mixture. Add in egg yolks and mix until well-combined.
  2. Whip the egg whites with a few drops of vinegar and salt until foamy, add 1/3 of 80 grams of sugar and beat until soft peaks form when the beater is raised. Beat in another 1/3 of sugar and continue beating vigorously for another 1 minute. Beat in the remaining sugar and beat until they hold firm peaks.
  3. Add about 1/3 of the whites to the egg yolk mixture and mix. Add in seaweed crumbs and combine. Fold the remaining whites and fold in with a spatula until combined.
  4. Spread the mixture into one 30x40 cm or two 25x20 cm cake roll pans lined with baking paper. Bake in a preheated 190C/375F oven for about 15-18 minutes.
  5. Remove, cool briefly, and invert the cake onto a new parchment paper. Carefully peel off the the paper liner and then invert again the baked side-up to cool on a wire rack. Trim the edges of cake. Spread the surface with whipped butter or mayonnaise and roll it up. Chill for about 1 hour and slice.

Seaweed Swiss Roll
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Cucumber Relish

Saturday, April 17, 2010

This cool, crisp delish is really easy to make and it tastes so delightful and delicious! A perfect accompaniment to the coming summer grilling season.

  • 300-350 g Cucumber, sliced
  • 50 g Carrot
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Brown sugar (preferable rock sugar)
  • 3 tbsp White vinegar (preferable white rice vinegar)
  • 2-3 Pickled pepperoncini
  • 2-3 clove Garlic, sliced
  1. Thinly peel the carrot and cut the pickled chilli into small pieces. Rinse and slice cucumber. Place cucumber slices in a bowl together with peeled carrot and sprinkle salt over. Let stand for 2 hours.
  2. Drain, rinse well with cold water and drain again. Transfer cucumber and peeled carrots to a glass jar. Combine together honey, brown sugar, white vinegar, sliced garlic and pickled pepperoni in a bowl. Pour over the cucumber. Seal the jar and shake to mix. Marinate it in a fridge for 1 day. Sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired and serve.
Cucumber Relish 酸甜黄瓜片
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Strawberry Tea Loaf Topped With Carrot Chiffon

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

This simple, light & delicious strawberry tea loaf topped with an airy and light chiffon cake flavoured with carrot juice is fun and sure to please. It is perfect for breakfast or tea & coffee time.

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Sourdough Longan Pullman

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Longan fruit contains several vitamins and minerals and large amounts of vitamins A and C. The Chinese name for this fruit is long yan rou/龙眼肉, which literally means “dragon eye flesh”. The dried flesh is taken as a tonic and treatment for insomnia and neurasthenic neurosis.

  • 110 ml Warm water
  • 8 g Salt
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 3-4 tbsp Dried longan fruit
  1. Combine sourdough, spelt wholewheat flour, and water in a bowl of the mixer. Cover and let stand at the room temperature until active, about 3 hours. Add in spelt flour and sugar. Beat for 2-3 minutes, then mix in olive oil and salt until dough ball forms. Finally add in dried longan fruit and knead until the dough has become smooth and elastic.
  2. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and let rise until doubled, about 2 hours. De-gas, roll and shape the dough to fit a well-greased loaf pan. When the dough is within 1/2 inch of the top of the pan, then put the lid on or cover a bread pan with parchment paper and put a weighted baking tray on the pan.
  3. Bake in a preheated 200C/400F oven for about 40 minutes. After baking, immediately remove the lid and cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack. Turn out the bread and cool to the room temperature.

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Sourdough Longan Pullman
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