Donut

Friday, February 29, 2008

What are some of your favorite types of donut?My two favorite kinds of donut are chocolate glazed,rainbow sprinkle,sugar and cinnamon.Well,any donuts will do!I like them all.As long as the donut is fresh and smell good.There are always hunks of cinnamon donut in superstore but they are overbearingly sweet.Usually cinnamon donut are coated with cinnamon and castor sugar but I prefer mix the cinnamon powder in the bread dough and sprinkle with castor sugar.Texture wise they are soft inside and crisp on the outside.Emm!yum!They smell pleasantly good too.
Sweet Potato DonutCinnamon Donut
What are some of your favorite types of donut?My two favorite kinds of donut are chocolate glazed,rainbow sprinkle,sugar and cinnamon.Well,any donuts will do!I like them all.As long as the donut is fresh and smell good.There are always hunks of cinnamon donut in superstore but they are overbearingly sweet.Usually cinnamon donut are coated with cinnamon and castor sugar but I prefer mix the cinnamon powder in the bread dough. and just sprinkle with castor sugar.Texture wise they are soft inside and crisp on the outside.Emm!yum!They smell pleasantly good.

Sunny Lemon Muffin

Thursday, February 28, 2008

After baking the coconut macarons and I had lots of egg yolks left over.So the next day,I baked some Lemon and Poppyseed Muffins with 4 egg yolks and an egg.The outcome wasn't that bad.The texture are quite moist and fluffy.But according to bakers egg yolk contains all the cholesterol and the fat.I think once awhile having high amount of fats is ok though.Actually I can use some egg whites powdered(also called meringue powder)to mix with it but I don't have this.Besides that I also can use the egg yolks for pie shell but I was abit lazy to make it.Before I make this muffin,I thought the result would be crumbly.Luckily it's not!I just remember that pound cake is made with only yolks.Well,maybe next time.

Coconut Macaroon

Macaron or Macaroon?So confuse!Coconut macaroon is a type of macaroon most commonly found in the US.They tend to be closer to a soft cookie than their meringue cousins the German style Almond macaroon.Coconut macaroons are made with coconut and sweetened condensed milk.These are more of a meringue cookie.

I made a meringue shell almost,and the inside is a chewy coconut macaroon yesterday.I got the recipe from Bigboysoven where he had specific in every detail on the method.Before I got this result,I already wasted six egg whites.These batch was the third batch.I was actually trying to make almond chocolate macaroon on the first two bacth.Something went wrong,and they never really worked as a meringue,so I threw them out and started over with fresh ones.So the last one I was out of almond flour and therefore I used dessicated coconut.The kids don't really like it because they found it's too sweet.

I don't know whether I can cut down the sugar measurement and still can get the nice shape.To me these are so good but as you can see the colour is not chocolate enough.This recipe came together perfectly the third time.Now I know what the stiffness look like.It was beautiful and popped but I wasn't sure the coconut macaroon has a crack look on it or not.And I still don't developed the feet.Some people says let it sit 2 to 4 hours to develop the skin.I don't know whether this is true but some says you don't have to and you will still get the result.The outside texture is a crisp meringue shell almost, and the inside is a chewy coconut macaroon.I love it! Need to add more cocoa powder to get the nice colour and pressing down a bit to get a nice shape.

Chocolate Cupcakes

Friday, February 15, 2008

One of the easiest treats to decorate is the cupcake.All you need is food coloring,butter frosting and nozzle.Of course a little imagination.Cupcakes could mean alot to kids.My kids can eat it all in less than half and hour.The cuppies are chocolate with strawberry frosting,topped in dollops and sprinkle some rainbow round decors.These cuppies were as simply satisfying.Actually I don't know how to decorate it but at least the kids love it and my mission accomplished.I guess I need to practice and be creative as often as I could.Practice makes perfect right?

Peanut Puff

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

A New Year's celebration wouldn't be complete without mini peanut puff. A traditional sweet treat for the New Year, named "Kok Chai"(Mini Puff)is a traditional treat for guests.It is made of flour,butter or margarine and filled with peanut and sugar filling.Deep-fried the mini peanut puffs till golden brown.If you have guests who have a sweet tooth try to cater them with a rich dessert such as Nian Gao(Sticky cake).Apart from that,fresh fruit like Mandarin Oranges are always serve for the guests because it is symbolize wealth in Chinese culture.You can try out this recipe ahead of time for your Chinese New Year's celebration.The reason we make peanut puff is peanut symbolize longevity.Correct me if I am wrong.