Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Fudge Brownies


Buat brownies nih untuk bawak potluck ke ofis sempena christmas /new year luncheon baru2 nih dan jugak merasmikan dulang cutter yang dah beberape bulan dibeli tuh. Mungkin rumit sikit nak guna dulang cutter the first time masih kekok maybe dah a few times nanti expert sikit kot. Brownies nih rasa dapat dari footpages Mak Lang Ulam Pegaga tuh. Silap tgk resei so terlebih letak tepung samapi 11/2 cawan ler plak, tapi resepi nih sedap penuh ngan rasa coklat, kalau nak lagi best letaklah topping skali, masyukkkkk.. just the thing for the chocolate lover in all of us!

1 cawan butter/ marjerin , dicairkan
1 cawan serbuk koko
1 1/2 cwn gula kaster
1/2 cawan gula perang
11/2 sudu besar esen vanilla
4 biji telur
11/3 cawan tepung
1 susu kecil serbuk penaik
1/2 susu kecil garam halus
1 cwn kekacang atau coklat chip ( saya guna coklat chip perisa strawberry, kaler pink)

Satukan serbuk koko dan butter yang dicairkan. Campurkan gula kaster dan gula perang dan telur, kacau sebati. Ayak tepung bersama serbuk penaik. Masukkan tepung, garam dan sebatikan. Akhir skali masukkan kekacang atau coklat chips or both (lagi sodap). Tuang dalam tin pembakar dan bakar sehingga 40 minit dgn suhu 180 celcius. Jika mneggunakan loyang cutter, keluarkan bilah cutter ketika brownies dah masak dah masih panas. Hiaskan ikut kreativiti sendiri. Saya guna topping seperti dibawah

3 sudu besar butter, suhu bilik
3 sudu besar serbuk koko
1 susu besar madu
1 sudu kecil vanilla
1 cawan gula icing

Campurkan semua bahan dan pukul hingga sebati dan boleh dituangkan ke atas brownies tadi. Atau boleh gunakan coklat masakan yang dicairkan.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Apam Mentega


salah satu kegilaan forumers kat MYR la nih duk buat apam mentega resipe kak fieza nih. Sungguh lazat dan berkrim plak..laku sungguh sampai dah 2 kali buat. First time buat mungkin gula hangus nyer kurang dan susu terlebih so warna dan rasa kurang menyengat. Tapi 2nd time buat excellent, mak siap kata leh buat jual lagi wahhh...Senang dan sedap.Orang lain pakai acuan kih lompang kita plak pakai acuan apam yang besar2 nih. so 2 ketul makan dah kenyang.

Nih resepi dari kak Fiza kita adapt untuk selera kita yer jgn marah...
  • (A) Bahan2 utk gula hangus:-
  • 11/2 cawan gula pasir
  • 1 cawan air
  • 250 gm mentega
  • (B)
  • 1 cawan gula pasir
  • 4 biji telur
  • 3 cawan tepung gandum ayak besama
  • 2 sudu teh soda bikarbonate
  • 1/2 tin susu cair
  • 1/3 cwn fresh milk
  • 1 sudu teh esen vanila

Cara-cara

  1. cara buat gula hangus: masukkan gula dlm periuk,masak dgn api perlahan hingga gula larut dan berwarna perang.
  2. padamkan api dan masukkan air.nyalakan semula api dan kacau hingga semua larut dan masukkan mentega,kacau rata dan ketepikan.
  3. Putar gula, telur dan esen vanila hingga kembang dan masukkan gula hangus yg masih panas tadi.
  4. kemudian masukkan susu selang selikan dgn tepung.gaul semua hingga sebati.
  5. perap selama 1/2 jam.
  6. panaskan pengukus dan acuan lompang.tuangkan adunan ke dlm acuan.Alas tutup kukus dengan kain supaya wap air tak jatuh k atas kuih ketika mengukus

Monday, December 29, 2008

Chocolate, Date and Walnut Slice



Another attempt o finish off the jar of dates in the pantry, and some will wonder what is my fixation with dates, dates and dates....

Chocolate, Date and Walnut Slice
3/4 cups dried dates /140g, chopped and cubed
1/2 cup apple juice /125ml
11/2 cups walnut /210g roasted and chopped (can use hazelnuts too)
1/2 cup oats/40g blended a bit ( i substituted with Nestum)
125g dark chocolate
125g butter
3/4 cup caster sugar
3 eggs, lightly beaten
sifted cocoa powder, for dusting ( I omit this)

1. Line and greased 9 inch square tin, with non stick baking paper overhanging on two sides. Preheat oven to 160 Celsius.
2. Combine dates and apple juice and simmer in small pan for 10 minutes or until all liquid has been absorbed. Transfer to bowl to cool.
3.Finely blended the walnut and oat in food processor until combine, then add to date mixture.
4.Melt chocolate in microwave and let cool slightly.
beat butter and sugar until creamy, gradually add eggs, beating well after each addition. Ad dates mixture and melted chocolate and mixed well. Spread into the baking tin.
5.Bake for 30-35 minutes or until set- the slice will still look soft and crumbs wil cling to a metal skewer when tested, but do not overcook. Cool in tin for 30 minutes, cover and refrigerate until firm. Sprinkle with cocoa powder and cut into small square to serve.
hot from the oven to be refrigerate.
Mine is not an even square as you can see in the pics haha..but the taste is excellent not too sweet either great with a cuppa
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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Dinner at Seaview Restoren , Bagan Lalang


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Recently we went to Bagan Lalang one fine night for a seafood dinner, we went to our usual place at Seaview Restaurant, if you follow the road to Bagan Lalang beach, its the first place on the right side, with a wooden pintu gerbang and lots of parking ( a bit risky since there's a lot of coconut trees here, park at your own risk !). The choice of dishes for dinner include otak2, ika sweet sour (siakap), ikan bakar, sotong goreng tepung,ketam sweet sour, udang pedas, sayur campur and different types of drinks. Definitely a fulfilling meal! If you are from Nilai or Labu it would take about half and hour to 45 minutes to get here. Be sure to go there with an empty stomach... and takeyour pick from the array of seafood on display and ordered the to be cooked to your specification. The ikan bakar with air asam is excellent choice as the sotong goreng tepung,just to give you a hint .

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Tart Telur

dah lama nak wat projek tart telur ler sehinggalah sampai satu hari yang tahap rajin maksima, satu petang ahad yang dingin (huhuhu). Tak puas hati bab nak wat kulit tart nih senget benget jer plak. Nak kena usaha lagi. Tapi dier nyer filing tuh banyak lebih lagi plak, so nak kena wat lagi satu round, this time guna puff pastry jer senang keja letak kan dalam muffin tin. Resepi filing ambik dari MYR, yang kulit tarat ikut satu resipe yang jumpa kat allrecipes.com. Yang ader hitam2 tuh sebab filing letak terlebih so overflow kat kulit tart , so berkerak lah. tak lawa dah tart den ha... akan diusahakan menjadi lebih canggih dan menarik. Pesan dari K.cik MYR filing tuh kalau nak smooth tapiskan dulu telur..ermss

Tart Base
2 cwn tepung gandum
1/2 cwn butter , didadu kecil( straight from the fridge)
1/4 cwn gula icing
1 biji kuning telur
1-1/2 sdt ais sejuk

Masukkan tepung, gula, dan garam ke dlm doh mixer atau gaul guna tgn Sebatikan.
Masukkan butter dan gaul sehingga menjadi breadcrumbs. Masukkan telur dan iced water sedikit demi sedikit hingaa membentuk doh. Perap dlm peti sejuk untuk 30 minit.
Keluarkan dan potong megikut acuan tart. Blind bake for 5-8 minutes dan sejukkan.

Egg Filing
1 cawan susu cair
4 biji telur
1 cawan gula halus
1 cawan air
1 tbs tepung kastard
½ tsp vanilla essence ( nih dapat byk filing, i think if you want less, can halved this recipe)
Pukul telur dan gula hingga sebati. Campurkan bahan2 lain dan pukul lagi. Tapis filing sebelum guna. Tuang ke dalam acuan tart dan bakar hingga filing kekuningan, should be around 15 minutes.

Buttercream Experiment






hasil eksperimen with buttercream..kira dah ok tapi lembut sikit kena tambah icing sugar lagi next round. Masih kerastangan nih..
I used this recipe
125g butter
125g shortening
125g krimwell
200g icing sugar
Will update once I have mastered the art of buttercream icing. ..... dreaming of a masterpiece haha

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Date and Walnut Teacake

Found some leftovers dates in the pantry, look up a recipe that can utilise the dates rather than chucked it out in the bin, came across this great simple and delicoius teacake. The recipe originally called for dates and walnuts since I was lazy to roast the walnuts , i just omitted the whole nut thingy. The batter is a bit on the thick side and I was worried that the cake won't rise, the texture is like quick bread type of loaf. make sure you chopped the dates into pieces or you'll end up which hugh chuncks of dates in your cakes ( that is what you get when you bake in the middle of the night !). This cake can be bake in a 21cm loaf/oblong pan, I just used a 7 inch round cake pan and put some of the extra into muffin case and bake them (this I iced with buttercream frosting and took to office). Somewhat my impression that the cake needs a bit more liquid, perhaps later on I would add extra milk. This cake is not too sweet since it only uses brown sugar and honey but quite moist. There's a hint of spiceness from the nutmeg use or you can substitute with cinnamon perhaps. Taken from CAKES (periplus-step by step)

Date and Walnut Teacake
Ingredients
125g butter / margarine
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup soft brown sugar
3 tbs milk
11/2 finely chopped dates
1 tsp soda bicarbonate
2 cups plain flour
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg (or cinnanmon?)
1 cup chopped walnuts
2 egs lightly beaten.

1. Preheat oven to 180 celcius. Brush with oil and line a loaf tin.
2.Combine butter , honey , brown sugar and milk in a thick bottom pan and stir over low heat until butter has melted and sugas disoolved. Add dates and soda combiend and set aside to cool.
3.Sift flour and nutmeg . Add walnut. Create a well in the center.
4. Add butter mixture and eggs and stir well but not overbeat. Pour mixture evenly into prepared pan. Bake for 50 to an hour or until skewer comes out clean when inserted into center of the cake.
5. Leave in the pan for 10 minutes before turning onto wire.







Friday, December 12, 2008

Cherry Cake


A very moist and flavourfull cake ( which means I like this cake very much). Simple, just dust some sifted icing sugar for a great presentation.

Cherry Cake
125g butter
3/4 caster sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1 cup chopped glace cherry
2 cups self-raising flour
3/4 cup buttermilk (original recipe used milk, but I prefer buttermilk for the extra moisture)

1. Preheat oven to 180 Celcius
2.Brush with oil and line a 20cm ring tin ( or any pans of your choice)
3. Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Ad the eggs gradually, beating throoughly after each addition. Add the vanilla essence. Combine . Add the cherries.
4.Fold in the sifted flour alternattely with buttermilk. Stir until just combine and misture is almost smooth
5. Spoon mixture into pan, and smooth surface. bake for 30-40 minutes until done. Leave cake in tin for 10 minutes before turning out.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Poppy Seed Cake With Lemon Syrup




This cake was made in a rush to belatedly celebrate a friend's of mine birthday recently. Its a simple cake make sweeter and moister with the addition of lemon syrup poured onto the cake after baking.Happy belated Birthday Aki. Adapted from CAKES ( Periplus).

Ingredients
13/4 cups self raising flour
1 tsb soda bicabornate
2 tablespoons poppy seed
185g butter
2/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoon apricot jam ( or any other jam)
1 tsp finely grated finely grated lemon rind
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup milk
2 eggs
Lemon Syrup
1/2 cup caster sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup water

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Grease 20cm ring tin with butter/oil.
2. Sift flour into large mixing bowl with the soda bicabornate. Add the poppyseed.
3. Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs gradually , beating thoroughtly after each addition. Add the jam lemon juice and lemon rind , beat until combined.
4.Fold in the flour alternately with milk. Stir until just combined.
5. Pour mixture into prepared tin. Bake 35-40 minutes or until skewer comes out clean when inserted in center of cake.
6. To Make lemon Syrup - Combine sugar, juice and water in medium pan. Stir over low heat until mixture boils and sugar has dissolved. reduce heat simmer without stirring until mixture has thickened and reduced by 1/3. Remove from heat and let bubbles subsides for 2 minutes. Pour hot syrup over warm cake in pan,leave until syrup is absorbed before turning cake.




Birthday Gal and friends!

Lunch at Aunty Aini's


the quint fish pond, can you spot the fish




part of the garden, go green...

our hut, our lunch recluse





Last Friday, a few us ladies from the office decide to go out for lunch at Aunty Aini's again. This time we opted to sit malay style on one of the two huts provided - completed with a Japanes e table. The hut is big enought to accomodate 6 person, and since there are only 4 of us, is is quite spacius. It has its own ceiling fan and even a call button for service. The ambience is soothing with gardens and plants abundant with fish pond to boot, a very good choice for a lingering lunch hence we called up and ordered ahead and had a wonderful conversation too. Three of us had western food (lamb chop, fish and chip & chicken chop) and one opted for the yummylicious laksa johor. Just look at the size of the serving! Gila makan wooooo.... Unfortunately did not mange to get the fish n chips pic since we are busy eating !





Chicken chop with mushroom sauce and fries

Lambchop with mixed veggie and kentang putar


Laksa Johor with sambal belacan