Happy Lunar New Year!

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Wishing everyone a prosperous new year!

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Kuih Bahulu

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Finally gotten the heavy metal Kuih Bahulu mould.

Ingredients
2 large egg
60gm sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

60gm plain flour
1/4 tsp baking powder

Method
1. Place a greased kuih balu mould into a preheated 190C oven.
2. Whisk egg at full speed for 1-2 minute until light, pale and frothy.
3. Add sugar and vanilla extract and beat at full speed for another 1-2 minute until thick and creamy.
4. In another bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder. Fold lightly into the above mixture.
5. Scoop batter into the heated greased mould. Fill to the top of the mould.
6. Bake at 190C for 10 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
7. Remove kuih bahlu from mould with the aid of a skewer and leave to cool on a wire rack. Continue with the the rest of the batter (step 5-7).
8. Store in an airtight container

Makes 48 pcs

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Flower Blossom Pineapple Tarts

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It’s the time of the year for her appearance again! Pineapple Tarts.

There are just too many recipes for Pineapple Tarts, some using Plain Flour, Top Flour, Cake Flour.
– Depending on your preference, some goes for melt in the mouth but personally I prefer the crust to be slightly crispy so my preference is a mixture of plain flour and top flour. For a more melt in the mouth texture, use cake flour + plain flour.
– Use good butter and my favourite none other is Lurpak.
– For better color, add a few drops of egg yellow coloring to the egg yolk.
– Add milk powder if you like the milk taste. I keep my tarts simple because it should taste simple – good butter and the pineapple paste.

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As all known, making these tarts arent easy. There are some work you could do beforehand!
– Prepare the dough the night before and let it rest in the fridge, I will bring out 30-45 mins before starting to bake.
– Roll your pineapple paste into small balls and keep them in the fridge, you could do these a few days ahead however I sandwich them row by row between plastic sheets, this will avoid them sticking together making it difficult to remove or end up rolling them again.
– Use your table top mixer to prepare the dough, sift all dry ingredients, use the machine flat beater to give it a good mix, add in cubed butter and leave it to mix, do not overmix – stop once the butter are blend in. Add in egg yolks and stop as long as it forms a dough.

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I’ve covered some other tips here

Learn how to do a Rose Pineapple Tarts here

Happy Baking!

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Chinese New Year Savoury Cookies

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Just came back from a long trip hence taking a little break from orders (I do miss all the planning and baking thou!)

Spent 2 days visiting ingredients supplies shop to shop for the ingredients and yet still missing some of them! Perhaps I should plan to buy earlier next year and avoid the rush.

Was looking for some new cookies to bake and came upon Potato Chip Cookies from Food@HomeSweetHome. Added half a bottle size of Sour Cream and Onion Potato Chips with cheese powder into the ingredients! I omitted the walnuts thou. After rolling the dough into a ball, I use a wet fork and press down.

And next week will be the “must-have” pineapple tarts!

Ingredients
250g butter
80g caster sugar (I used less than 60 gms)
150g Sour cream & onion potato chips, crushed
50g walnuts, chopped (or any other nuts of your choice)
20g Parmesan cheese powder
250gm plain flour, shifted with
1tsp baking powder

Method

  1. Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy.
  2. Stir in crushed potato chips, chopped walnuts and Parmesan cheese.
  3. Fold in shifted flour and mix into a dough.
  4. Scoop 1 tsp mixture and drop onto a lined baking tray.
  5. Bake in a preheated over at 180 degree C for 15 minutes or until golden brown. remove and leave to cool before storing.

Recipe adapted from Chef Margaret Cheng at Spastic Centre, PJ during one of the Charity cooking demo.

Makes about 90 cookies from this recipe

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I still have some limited stock of the above stickers (red background), do drop me an email shopbake@yahoo.com if you would like to order.

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Merry Christmas!

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Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

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Wishing everyone a Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

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Everyone’s favourite – Shanghai Mooncake

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This is certainly my favourite! Thou I make a lot of snowskin but I do not fancy them, usually eat 1/4 just to taste. Have not fail to baked these every year and I finally added 1/2 an egg yolk inside – simply good!

Made another 2 variation – Pandan lotus paste with walnut, durian lotus paste with melon seed.

Recipe available here Walnut Mooncake

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