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Taiwanese Pineapple Pastry

Sunday, April 26, 2020

This is a very popular traditional Taiwanese dessert (凤梨酥, pronounced Feng Li Su) with a really yummy flaky pastry encased with a thick, not-too-sweet pineapple filling. Pineapple in Taiwanese or Hokkien means 'prosperous and thriving', they are therefore often given as a part of an engagement gifts, or simply as well-wishing presents around lunar Chinese New Year.

  • 80 g Shortening
  • 70 g Butter, unsalted
  • 60 g Powdered sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Egg yolk
  • 320 g Pastry flour
  • 1/4 tsp Baking soda
  • 25 g Water
  • 2 can / 1000 g Pineapple, diced
  • 200 g Caster sugar
  1. Drain pineapple well.Crush with a blender and place them in a skillet. Using medium heat, cook the drained crushed pineapple and sugar until most liquid has evaporated, and the filling turned golden. Stirring constantly using a wooden spoon to avoid burning. Set aside to cool.
  2. Beat shortening, butter and powdered sugar in a mixer until it turns light in color and fluffy. Gradually beat in whole egg and yolk until well combined. Sift in the flour and fold until just combined. Dissolve baking soda in the water and blend with the the mixture.
  3. Line baking trays with parchment paper. Divide the pastry dough and pineapple filling each into 28 equal rounds. Line work surface with large sheet of plastic wrap. Place and flatten the pastry dough on the plastic wrap with the palms and put the pineapple filling in the middle. and use the dough to cover the filling. Arrange it into moulds of your choice. Lightly draw the plastic wrap out of the mould, and turn the pastry onto the prepared tray. You can also grease the moulds and press the dough directly into the moulds. Bake in the preheated 170C/340F oven for about 22-25 minutes until light brown.
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Cinnamon Walnut Rolls

Monday, April 20, 2020

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Soft and fluffy cinnamon rolls filled with a buttery mixture of cinnamon, coconut sugar and walnuts and finished with a simple glaze. You can switch the walnuts for your favourite nuts or seeds or simply leave them out. So the choice is yours! They're best enjoyed warm with a cup of tea or coffee.

  • 330 g All-purpose flour
  • 40 g Raw sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 4 g Dried yeast
  • 180 ml Buttermilk
  • 3 tbsp Ghee, melted (or butter)
  • 1 Egg, medium
  • 110 g Ghee or butter, softened
  • 2 tbsp Cinnamon powder
  • 80-100 g Coconut sugar
  • 100 g Walnuts, dried toasted and chopped
  • 120 g Powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp Milk or cream
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, whisk the flour, the sugar, salt, and dried yeast together. Set aside. In a small saucepan, heat the buttermilk and ghee / butter over low heat until the ghee is melted.
  2. Stir the liquid mixture into the flour mixture. Add the egg and mix with a dough hook at slow speed until the dough comes together. Increase the speed and knead until the dough is soft and elastic.
  3. Turn out the dough and shape into a ball. Lightly grease the mixing bowl with a bit of oil and return the dough to the bowl. Cover with a plastic film and let the dough rise until almost doubled in size, 1-2 hours.
  4. Turn out the dough and knead briefly. Roll the dough out into a rectangle, about 30cmx40cm. Spread the softened ghee / butter on top. Mix together the cinnamon, coconut sugar and chopped walnuts and sprinkle it all over the dough as evenly as possible.
  5. Divide the dough from the shorter side into 9 even strips and roll up each strip tightly. Place in a 25cmx30cm baking pan lined with baking paper and cover with a large piece of plastic wrap. Place it in the fridge for 8-12 hours.
  6. Two hours before baking, remove the dough from the fridge and let rise in a warm place until puffy. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F. Bake for about 25-28 minutes, until they are golden brown.
  7. Mix the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla together until smooth and lump free. Drizzle over the warm rolls and serve immediately. Store the leftover at room temperature for up to 3 days. | © 2020 | | © 2020 | | © 2020 | | © 2020 |

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Sourdough Chinese Crullers and Jian Bing Guo Zi – Pancake Rolled With Yau Char Kwai

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Jiānbĭngguŏzi (煎饼果子)is a typical Tianjin breakfast. Jiānbĭng, or "pancake" is prepared with egg and cooked on a skillet, then topped with a guŏzi (果子)(commonly called in Northern China) or Yau Char Kwai(used in Southern China) or fried dough stick, drizzled with scallions, sesame seeds and sauces and rolled up, like a wrap.

Sourdough Chinese Crullers - Yau Char Kwai

  • All the starter above
  • 320 g All-purpose flour
  • 180 ml Water
  • 1+1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/3 tsp Baking ammonia (Ammonium Bicarbonate)
  • 1/4 tsp Potassium carbonate (Potash)
  • 2/3 tsp Baking soda (Sodium Bicarbonate)
  • 1 tsp Baking powder (a mixture of Tartaric Aid and Sodium Bicarbonate)
  1. Combine first the starter, water in a bowl, and then stir in flour until a dough forms. Cover with a plastic wrap and set aside at room temperature for 12-18 hours. Whisk together ammonia, potassium carbonate, baking soda and baking powder in a bowl. Pour in water and blend all together.

  2. In a larger container, add in the sponge and flour. Pour in the mixture and stir them into a ball. Cover and allow to rest for 15 minutes. Set the dough on a greased work surface. Lightly press the dough into a flat rectangle and fold into three. Give it a quarter-turn to the right, cover and allow it to rest for another 15 minutes. Repeat folding and relaxing two more times. Now place the dough on a lightly oiled baking peel, press out the dough into a rectangle, about 5mm thick. Cover closely and chill overnight.
  3. Next morning, remove the dough from the fridge and divide the dough into 3x1-inch long strips. At the same time heat up a heavy skillet half-filled with frying oil until 180C/350F. Lightly press together two strips, which are overlappingly to each other, holding two ends closely and low them into the hot oil. Fry and turn the dough sticks until golden brown. Drain and cool slightly. These fried dough sticks are very often consumed with congee or soya drink
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    . Besides eating fried dough sticks with congee and soya drink, you can prepare a Jian Bing Guo Zi (Fried Dough Stick Wrap), a traditional breakfast in Tianjin and Beijing.

Jian Bing Guo Zi – Pancake Rolled With Yau Char Kwai

  • 50 g All-purpose flour
  • 10 g Semolina
  • 100-120 g Water
  • Large pinch of salt
  • 2 Eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp Chilli sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp Seafood sauce
  • 2 tbsp Chopped scallions
  • 1 tsp Sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp Vegetable oil
  • 3 section Yau Char Kwai
  1. Mix together flours, water and salt until you have a well-combined and lump free mixture. Heat up a skillet, and brush with a bit of oil. Scoop 3-4 tablespoons of batter into the skillet. Tilt the pan with a circular motion so that the batter coats the surface evenly.
  2. Pour 1/3 of egg over, sprinkle chopped scallions and sesame seeds. Cook the batter for 1-2 minutes. Turn and cook the pancake until golden brown. Place it on a serving plate and brush with the sauces. Center the Yau Char Kwai and wrap up. Repeat with the rest of the batter and egg.

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Tiger Stripe Swiss Roll

Monday, April 06, 2020

A chiffon roulade with the tiger-stripe pattern on the can, of course, leave the skin out, as this light chiffon roll tastes good of its own.

Swiss RollTiger Stripe
  • 70 g German #405 flour
  • 30 g Cornstarch
  • 2 g Baking powder
  • 60 ml 100% Orange juice
  • 60 ml Corn oil
  • 20 g Sweetened condensed milk
  • 5 Eggs
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/3 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Lime juice
  • 90 g Caster sugar
  • 7 Egg yolks
  • 40 g Caster sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla powder
  • 30 g Cornstarch
  1. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F. Line a 34cmx25cm rectangular baking tray with paper. Sift the flour, cornstarch, and baking powder into a bowl. Separate the eggs. Stir orange juice and sweetened condensed milk in another bowl, gradually beat in the corn oil until fully combined and emulsified.
  2. Sift in the flour mixture, mix roughly and then add in egg yolks and vanilla extract. Mix until incorporated. Beat the egg whites on medium speed, sprinkle in the salt once once combined. Continue to beat the egg whites until foamy. Add in lime juice and whip the mixture until soft peaks form. Beat in sugar in 2 additions until the stiff peaks appear.
  3. Fold the meringue in 3 additions with the yolk batter until incorporated and smooth. Pour the batter into the prepared baking tray and smooth the surface. Bake the cake on the upper rack in the oven for about 20 minutes. Remove the cake and sift some powdered sugar on the surface. Place a parchment paper on the top and then a baking sheet. Turn the tray upside down to unmold the cake. Remove the baking tray and peel away the lining paper. If you prefer to have golden side rolled in, then flip the cake or you can leave this step away. Trim the edges off and set aside, covered with a towel, to cool for about 10 minutes. Fill the cake with butter cream or jam and roll up. Store the cake in the fridge while preparing the tiger stripe.
  4. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F. Place all the ingredients in the mixing bowl and beat at medium-high speed until the volume of mixture has doubled and the colour turned lighter. Pour the batter into a baking tray lined with the paper. Bake in the upper rack of the hot oven for 6-8 minutes until the surface has turned into the golden browned tiger stripes. Remove and turn it on another baking paper. Tear the lining paper off and trim the sides. Spread a layer of the whipped cream or jam over, and then put on the chiffon Swiss roll. Gently roll it up and cool it covered in the fridge for 1 hour before serving.

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