Friday, February 25, 2011

Adzuki Beans Mochi Cake

I recall I baked this mochi cake last year at around the same time.  One year later today, I think my baking skills have finally somewhat improved.  Hence I am more comfortable taking pictures (some) of the end products.  

I intended to bake this mochi cake for the Chinese New Year.  I know it is a bit late for that now.  I really like this cake because, well, I love mochi and anything with a chewy, gooey texture.  I reduced the sugar to less than 1 cup and the sweetness is perfect to my liking.  This mochi cake even tastes great when served at room temperature. 

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Crusty French Baguette

These baguettes were baked about more than 2 weeks ago but for some reason I could not locate the pictures I took.  I finally found the pictures today and am able to post on my blog.  Wouldn't want to miss this one out because the baguettes were so crusty on the outside and moist in the centre.  I did not use the egg white method as suggested by the recipe.  I simply sprayed some water on the baguette before baking.  It really does the trick.  The dough freezes really well so that's another reason for me to bake more bread and eat more bread... haha! 

Olive Oil Pound Cake

I absolutely love this recipe.  This is a pound cake baked with no butter.  I can now enjoy pound cake without worrying about having too much animal fats.  The pound cake is not greasy at all.  It has a hint of the extra virgin olive oil and I love the orange zest in it.  I did not put any sherry because I never like alcohol in baked goods.  I will definitely bake this cake again.  Next time I may put fresh orange juice to enhance the flavour and also to moisten the cake a little bit.  A must try.  I love it.  

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Avocado Cream Cheese Cookies

Perfect recipe to use up the avocado which has been sitting in my fridge for a few days.  How brilliant to use avocado as a substitute for butter.  Although it does not entirely eliminate it, the butter being used in this recipe is very minimal compared to other cookie recipes.  I found these cookies not very sweet so if you have a sweet tooth, just use more icing sugar.  

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Hot Dog Buns


Bread Flour - 200g
Sugar - 30g
Milk Powder - 6g
Yeast - 3g
Warm Water - 100g
Unsalted Butter - 25g
Egg - 1
Salt - 1g
Weiner - 4

1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2.  Mix bread flour, yeast, sugar, salt, milk powder and egg in the bowl of a stand mixer, and slowly pour in water.  In a stand mixer, knead the dough, add butter and knead till dough is smooth and elastic.  Leave aside to prove till the dough doubles in size.
3.  Divide the dough in four equal portions.  Leave aside to rest for 15 minutes.
4.  Roll the dough into individual long rod shapes and wrap around the weiners.
5.  Leave for final proof for about 30 minutes.  Brush lightly with egg wash.
6.  Bake on parchment paper or a silicone mat for 15 to 20 minutes.

Oops... for the egg wash, I forgot to mix the egg with water... 
These buns are so soft and yummy.  You can be creative and substitute weiners to ham, cheese, tuna, etc.  Once you have baked your own bread, you will never go back to buy store-bought ones!   

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Chocolate Soufflé

Don't let the appearance fool you.  Soufflé is surprisingly easy to make.  
This recipe yields 6 soufflés and I made only 2 so I reduced the baking time to 15 minutes. The centre of the soufflés should jiggle when they are taken out from the oven.  Mine came out perfectly.