Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Walnut Meringue Pie




go to Zserbo.com for the recipe and detail instructions for this delicious pie.

I am obsessed with this pie, particularly the pastry. It is light and fluffy.  When walnuts were in season, I was making it every weekend.

As you can compared with the recipe link provided above, I have tweaked the recipe to what I have in the pantry and since then I have been making it based on my tweaked version.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Fanta slice { Fanta szelet }


Yup, Fanta as in the orange soda.  As strange as this sound, it does work. This should be sit in the fridge at least overnight for best taste.


Fanta Slice { Fanta Szelet }

Chocolate sponge cake layer :-
3 eggs , medium-sized, separated
3 heap Tbsp sugar
3 heap Tbsp plain flour
1 level Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 level Tsp baking powder
1 pinch salt 

Cream layer :-
200ml whipping cream
250g cottage cheese, room temperature
1 zest of lemon
100g powdered sugar, or to taste
1 Tbsp gelatine powder  
  
Orange layer :-
1 can x 333 ml Fanta brand orange soda
40g pudding powder
1 tsp lemon juice
3 Tbsp powdered sugar , or to taste.

Processes :-

Chocolate sponge cake (can be made in advance, freeze and thaw a day before serving)

1) Pre-heat oven at 180˙c.

2) Beat egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff. set it aside.

3) In separate bowl, beat egg yolks and sugar until creamy. Add in the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and and mix gently until will combined.

4) Take 1/3 of the stiff egg white and add into chocolate batter to loosen it a little. Then fold in carefully the remaining stiffen egg white until well combine.

5) Great baking pan (  18x20cm ) and lined with baking paper . Pour in the cake batter . Bake for 12 mins or until the skewer comes out clean.

6) Let it cooled fully.

7) Once cake is cooled, start preparing the room temperature cottage cheese. Use a hand blender to blender the cottage cheese to get rid of lumps. Add a little of the whipping cream to help loosen the cottage cheese a bit.

8) Once cottage cheese is smooth, set it aside. In another bowl, start whipping the cream until half stiff. Then add in powdered sugar, cottage cheese and lemon zest until well combined.

9) Add in the preped gelatine* . Mix well . pour it over the cooled cake. Level the cream.


10) For the orange layer, take about 100ml of the soda and mix with the pudding powder.  Let it sit.
Meanwhile, heat up the remaining orange soda with lemon juice and sugar. When this is hot enough. pour in the earlier pudding-orange mixture, stir constantly until it thickens , just like making instant pudding. Once orange pudding is thick enough, set it aside to cool a little before pouring it over the cream layer. Level it out.

11) Let the assemble cake sit in the fridge over night before serving.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

CNY Snack : Peanut filled pockets { Kok Chai }

We're 11th day into Chinese New Year but these deep-fried snacks had finished long ago! :D

These turned out as I remembered, crispy with sweet peanut filling. I couldn't stop munching on them.

Kok Chai

Recipe via Malaysian Chinese Kitchen
serves :  32 mini puffs
Ingredients

For dough
300g all-purpose flour 
0.5 tsp salt  
120ml vegetable oil 
160ml water
For Peanut Filling
½ cup (75g) raw peanuts 
2 tbsp (18g) sesame seeds  
¼ cup (53g) sugar
  • Instructions
    Filling
    1. Toast peanuts in a small fry pan over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes until lightly brown. Remove and allow peanuts to cool. Coarsely chop or grind peanuts.
    2. Toast sesame seeds in the same pan for 1 to 2 minutes until lightly brown.
    3. Combine peanuts, sesame seeds, and sugar in a medium bowl. Mix well and set aside.
    Dough
    1. Combine all-purpose flour (rice flour, if usinand salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center. Pour vegetable oil into the well. Mix with a spatula. Slowly add water a little at a time to form a soft, non-sticky dough. You may or may not require the full ⅓ cup (80ml) water.
    2. Remove the dough from the bowl and knead on a clean work surface for 3 to 4 minutes. Form dough into a ball and place it back into the bowl. Cover with a towel and allow dough to rest for 10 minutes.
    3. Remove dough from the bowl and shape into a cylinder about 12 inches long. Cut dough into 16 equal size pieces.
    Forming the Mini Puffs
    1. Take a piece of dough and shape it into a circle of about 2½ inches in diameter by rotating and flattening the edges. Place a teaspoon of filling in the center.
    2. Fold the dough into a semi circle. Seal by pressing and pleating the edges together. Repeat with the remaining pieces of dough.
    Frying the Mini Puffs
    1. Heat about an inch of vegetable oil in a wok to fry everything at one go or a small saucepan to fry in batches.
    2. Deep fry mini puffs over medium low heat for 4 to 5 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and allow mini puffs to drain in a metal strainer.
    3. Allow kok chai (mini peanut puffto cool completely before storing in air tight containers for up to 2 weeks.
     

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Hungary's Annual National Cake 2016

photo : https://www.facebook.com/gregory.iron.photography/


Every August 20th, Hungary introduces two new winning National cakes (one non-sugar option) on the occasion of her founding day by Saint Stephen. You can read more about the winners on Daily News Hungary.

photo : cukrasz.net

Each year we make a point to try the winning cake on the actual day of the introduction. The pumpkin seed cake white chocolate ganache (named “Green Gold of Őrség”) was unique. I liked the pumpkin seed flavour in the cake as well as in the crispy praline. The white chocolate ganache compliments the cake and raspberry jelly beautifully. I will buy this again definitely!


Sunday, July 24, 2016

Native American Fried Bread


This fried-bread looks very much like the Hungarian Lángos. However, the Hungarian version is leaven using yeast. While this Native American version uses baking powder ; which makes the process faster. Of course, there are difference in taste too.

For testing purposes, I have reduced the ingredients to a third of the original.

Native American Fried-Bread
via The Pioneer Woman

1 cup All-Purpose Flour
a pinch of salt
1 tsp Baking powder (slightly rounded tsp)
1/4 cup milk
water as needed
Lard or shortening , for frying (I used vegetable oil, will try lard the next round)
    Stir together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Stir with a fork as you pour in the milk; keep stirring for a bit to get it to come together as much as possible. Add just enough water to get it to come together. Cover the bowl with a dish towel and let it sit for 35 to 45 minutes to rest.

    When you're ready to fry the bread, heat about 1 to 2 inches shortening/lard in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Grab a plum-sized piece of dough (or larger if you want larger fry bread) and press it into a circle with your fingers: place it on a clean surface and begin pressing in the center and work your way out, stretching it as you go.

    When the circle is about 4 to 7 inches (however big you want it) carefully drape it into the skillet. Allow it to fry on one side until golden brown, about 1 minute, then carefully flip it to the other side using tongs. Fry it for another 30 to 45 seconds.

    Remove the fry bread to a paper towel-lined plate and allow it to drain while you fry the other pieces.

    Serve warm!

    Monday, July 18, 2016

    Zucchini and Cheese Bites


    I have to say I'm one of those people that don't eat enough of zucchini .  The funny thing is I actually love zucchini but some how I only eat them when someone else had cooked them; which is not frequent.

    With this recipe I'll be buying and cooking them in my kitchen this summer and the coming ones. They are great for meatless days!

    Zucchini and Cheese Bites
    serves : 4
    source : No Salty
    note : video available on above link 

    Ingredients
    +/- 600gm Zucchini (I used more)
    1 tsp salt
    1 pinch of black pepper
    1 tsp garlic paste (used granulated garlic)
    1 large egg
    100gm grated cheese (used cheddar, will use a more intense cheese next round)
    4 Tbsp bread crumbs
    ++ sauté onion


    For breading
    3 Tbsp flour
    1 large egg
    5 Tbsp bread crumbs

    Method :
    1) Grate zucchini into a fairly large bowl. Sprinkle the salt all over. Let it sit for 15 mins.
    2) Strain away the liquid from zucchini as much as possible. Return grated zucchini to bowl.
    3) Put in black pepper, garlic paste, sauté onion, crack-in the egg, grated cheese and bread crumbs. Mix well. shape into a bite-size balls. and place on a plate.
    4) Coat each balls in this sequence first into flour, then egg and finish with a good coating of bread crumbs. shake of excess crumbs. Place on a plate. Repeat coating process until zucchini mixture is finished.
    5) Heat up the oil in frying pan. Fry until golden brown. Serve immediately.



    Wednesday, February 22, 2017

    Walnut Meringue Pie




    go to Zserbo.com for the recipe and detail instructions for this delicious pie.

    I am obsessed with this pie, particularly the pastry. It is light and fluffy.  When walnuts were in season, I was making it every weekend.

    As you can compared with the recipe link provided above, I have tweaked the recipe to what I have in the pantry and since then I have been making it based on my tweaked version.

    Wednesday, February 08, 2017

    Fanta slice { Fanta szelet }


    Yup, Fanta as in the orange soda.  As strange as this sound, it does work. This should be sit in the fridge at least overnight for best taste.


    Fanta Slice { Fanta Szelet }

    Chocolate sponge cake layer :-
    3 eggs , medium-sized, separated
    3 heap Tbsp sugar
    3 heap Tbsp plain flour
    1 level Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
    1 level Tsp baking powder
    1 pinch salt 

    Cream layer :-
    200ml whipping cream
    250g cottage cheese, room temperature
    1 zest of lemon
    100g powdered sugar, or to taste
    1 Tbsp gelatine powder  
      
    Orange layer :-
    1 can x 333 ml Fanta brand orange soda
    40g pudding powder
    1 tsp lemon juice
    3 Tbsp powdered sugar , or to taste.

    Processes :-

    Chocolate sponge cake (can be made in advance, freeze and thaw a day before serving)

    1) Pre-heat oven at 180˙c.

    2) Beat egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff. set it aside.

    3) In separate bowl, beat egg yolks and sugar until creamy. Add in the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and and mix gently until will combined.

    4) Take 1/3 of the stiff egg white and add into chocolate batter to loosen it a little. Then fold in carefully the remaining stiffen egg white until well combine.

    5) Great baking pan (  18x20cm ) and lined with baking paper . Pour in the cake batter . Bake for 12 mins or until the skewer comes out clean.

    6) Let it cooled fully.

    7) Once cake is cooled, start preparing the room temperature cottage cheese. Use a hand blender to blender the cottage cheese to get rid of lumps. Add a little of the whipping cream to help loosen the cottage cheese a bit.

    8) Once cottage cheese is smooth, set it aside. In another bowl, start whipping the cream until half stiff. Then add in powdered sugar, cottage cheese and lemon zest until well combined.

    9) Add in the preped gelatine* . Mix well . pour it over the cooled cake. Level the cream.


    10) For the orange layer, take about 100ml of the soda and mix with the pudding powder.  Let it sit.
    Meanwhile, heat up the remaining orange soda with lemon juice and sugar. When this is hot enough. pour in the earlier pudding-orange mixture, stir constantly until it thickens , just like making instant pudding. Once orange pudding is thick enough, set it aside to cool a little before pouring it over the cream layer. Level it out.

    11) Let the assemble cake sit in the fridge over night before serving.

    Tuesday, February 07, 2017

    CNY Snack : Peanut filled pockets { Kok Chai }

    We're 11th day into Chinese New Year but these deep-fried snacks had finished long ago! :D

    These turned out as I remembered, crispy with sweet peanut filling. I couldn't stop munching on them.

    Kok Chai

    Recipe via Malaysian Chinese Kitchen
    serves :  32 mini puffs
    Ingredients

    For dough
    300g all-purpose flour 
    0.5 tsp salt  
    120ml vegetable oil 
    160ml water
    For Peanut Filling
    ½ cup (75g) raw peanuts 
    2 tbsp (18g) sesame seeds  
    ¼ cup (53g) sugar
    • Instructions
      Filling
      1. Toast peanuts in a small fry pan over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes until lightly brown. Remove and allow peanuts to cool. Coarsely chop or grind peanuts.
      2. Toast sesame seeds in the same pan for 1 to 2 minutes until lightly brown.
      3. Combine peanuts, sesame seeds, and sugar in a medium bowl. Mix well and set aside.
      Dough
      1. Combine all-purpose flour (rice flour, if usinand salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center. Pour vegetable oil into the well. Mix with a spatula. Slowly add water a little at a time to form a soft, non-sticky dough. You may or may not require the full ⅓ cup (80ml) water.
      2. Remove the dough from the bowl and knead on a clean work surface for 3 to 4 minutes. Form dough into a ball and place it back into the bowl. Cover with a towel and allow dough to rest for 10 minutes.
      3. Remove dough from the bowl and shape into a cylinder about 12 inches long. Cut dough into 16 equal size pieces.
      Forming the Mini Puffs
      1. Take a piece of dough and shape it into a circle of about 2½ inches in diameter by rotating and flattening the edges. Place a teaspoon of filling in the center.
      2. Fold the dough into a semi circle. Seal by pressing and pleating the edges together. Repeat with the remaining pieces of dough.
      Frying the Mini Puffs
      1. Heat about an inch of vegetable oil in a wok to fry everything at one go or a small saucepan to fry in batches.
      2. Deep fry mini puffs over medium low heat for 4 to 5 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and allow mini puffs to drain in a metal strainer.
      3. Allow kok chai (mini peanut puffto cool completely before storing in air tight containers for up to 2 weeks.
       

    Saturday, August 20, 2016

    Hungary's Annual National Cake 2016

    photo : https://www.facebook.com/gregory.iron.photography/


    Every August 20th, Hungary introduces two new winning National cakes (one non-sugar option) on the occasion of her founding day by Saint Stephen. You can read more about the winners on Daily News Hungary.

    photo : cukrasz.net

    Each year we make a point to try the winning cake on the actual day of the introduction. The pumpkin seed cake white chocolate ganache (named “Green Gold of Őrség”) was unique. I liked the pumpkin seed flavour in the cake as well as in the crispy praline. The white chocolate ganache compliments the cake and raspberry jelly beautifully. I will buy this again definitely!


    Sunday, July 24, 2016

    Native American Fried Bread


    This fried-bread looks very much like the Hungarian Lángos. However, the Hungarian version is leaven using yeast. While this Native American version uses baking powder ; which makes the process faster. Of course, there are difference in taste too.

    For testing purposes, I have reduced the ingredients to a third of the original.

    Native American Fried-Bread
    via The Pioneer Woman

    1 cup All-Purpose Flour
    a pinch of salt
    1 tsp Baking powder (slightly rounded tsp)
    1/4 cup milk
    water as needed
    Lard or shortening , for frying (I used vegetable oil, will try lard the next round)
      Stir together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Stir with a fork as you pour in the milk; keep stirring for a bit to get it to come together as much as possible. Add just enough water to get it to come together. Cover the bowl with a dish towel and let it sit for 35 to 45 minutes to rest.

      When you're ready to fry the bread, heat about 1 to 2 inches shortening/lard in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Grab a plum-sized piece of dough (or larger if you want larger fry bread) and press it into a circle with your fingers: place it on a clean surface and begin pressing in the center and work your way out, stretching it as you go.

      When the circle is about 4 to 7 inches (however big you want it) carefully drape it into the skillet. Allow it to fry on one side until golden brown, about 1 minute, then carefully flip it to the other side using tongs. Fry it for another 30 to 45 seconds.

      Remove the fry bread to a paper towel-lined plate and allow it to drain while you fry the other pieces.

      Serve warm!

      Monday, July 18, 2016

      Zucchini and Cheese Bites


      I have to say I'm one of those people that don't eat enough of zucchini .  The funny thing is I actually love zucchini but some how I only eat them when someone else had cooked them; which is not frequent.

      With this recipe I'll be buying and cooking them in my kitchen this summer and the coming ones. They are great for meatless days!

      Zucchini and Cheese Bites
      serves : 4
      source : No Salty
      note : video available on above link 

      Ingredients
      +/- 600gm Zucchini (I used more)
      1 tsp salt
      1 pinch of black pepper
      1 tsp garlic paste (used granulated garlic)
      1 large egg
      100gm grated cheese (used cheddar, will use a more intense cheese next round)
      4 Tbsp bread crumbs
      ++ sauté onion


      For breading
      3 Tbsp flour
      1 large egg
      5 Tbsp bread crumbs

      Method :
      1) Grate zucchini into a fairly large bowl. Sprinkle the salt all over. Let it sit for 15 mins.
      2) Strain away the liquid from zucchini as much as possible. Return grated zucchini to bowl.
      3) Put in black pepper, garlic paste, sauté onion, crack-in the egg, grated cheese and bread crumbs. Mix well. shape into a bite-size balls. and place on a plate.
      4) Coat each balls in this sequence first into flour, then egg and finish with a good coating of bread crumbs. shake of excess crumbs. Place on a plate. Repeat coating process until zucchini mixture is finished.
      5) Heat up the oil in frying pan. Fry until golden brown. Serve immediately.