Kitchen Corner

April 1, 2014

Fun with fondue pot



I have just realised this little pot is actually  a really fun thing to play with especially for the weekend where everyone is relaxing at home or friends coming over for chit chat. It was such a waste I have been keeping few of them in my storeroom for  years until lately my son remind me he loves to blow candles. With this particular reason I have a reason for him to sit down and finish his meal with me and then he  is allowed to blow the fondue candle. It works! 


The first fondue I made is dessert fondue which serve along with my son's favorites fruits. Then the second is savoury cheese fondue serve with some vegetables. I personally like to dip the green apple with cheese, somehow I find the taste goes very well together. Nowadays,  playing with the fondue pot is something very special for my son, my hubby and me too! We are looking forward to have it every weekend, crazy us! Someone even request for curry fondue, isn't it crazy?


I discovered two quite nice and simple to made recipes for chocolate fondue and cheese fondue. Before I discover a better one, I will stick on this two recipes.


Chocolate Fondue:
I used half of the following ingredients for a small family like us.

3/4 cup heavy cream
8 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
3 to 4 tablespoons liqueur, such as chocolate (Godiva), hazelnut (Frangelico), almond (amaretto), orange (Grand Marnier), or coffee (Kahlúa)
Some favorites choices of fruits such as banana,  strawberry,  raspberry,  grapes, breadsticks etc.

Place the cream in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low, add the chocolate, and whisk until smooth.
Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter until smooth. Whisk in the liqueur until incorporated and smooth.
Transfer to a fondue pot and serve with desired dippers.


Cheddar cheese fondue:
The following ingredients for serving 4 to 6 person. I used half of the ingredients for a small family like us.

2 cups milk
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons ground dry mustard
1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
6 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
some favorite choices of vegetables, garlic bread, tortilla chips etc.

Place a medium saucepan over medium heat, mix together milk, soy sauce, crusted garlic and mustard. In another bowl coat the  cheddar cheese with flour. Then add into the warm mixture. Cook stirring frequently, until melted, about 10 minutes.
Season with salt and black pepper. Continue cooking until all ingredients are well blended, about 10 minutes.
Transfer mixture to a double boiler or fondue pot to keep warm while serving.



March 11, 2014

Orange Chiffon


I have no idea how many decades that I have not bake chiffon. Looking at many baking buddies are busy with their chiffon baking that make my hand very itchy to have mine as well.  I really miss the light and flufiines of the chiffon  so this morning I quickily come out with this orange chiffon provided with the ingredients that are available in my kitchen. 


I am very satisfy with the result. It tasted very fragrant and the texture no doubt is soft and fluffy. I believe the orange zest play an important role in this recipe as well as the big amount of orange juice that had added in. 


It does not looks beaitiful but something very simple and refreshing cake. It was chilled before serve, what could I say, sometimes, simplicity is kind of satisfaction in life.


Recipe for 17cm chiffon pan:

110g egg whites
55g caster sugar
5g corn flour

40g egg yolks
36g orange juice
36g vegetable oil
2 orange zest
55g plain flour
2 tablespoon water

  • Combine the egg yolk, orange juice, vegetable oil, orange zest, water and flour until well mixed.
  • In another clean bowl, beat the egg white until soft peak then gradually add in the sugar and continue beating. Lastly add in the corn flour. Beat until nearly stiff peak and stop.
  • Fold in the egg white into egg yolk batter in three batches untill well combine.
  • Pour the batter into the chiffon pan and bake at 180C preheated oven for 30 minutes.
  • Take out from the oven and place the cake upside down until completely cool down. Place in the fridge for an hour then unmold and serve.

December 25, 2013

Durian Log Cake


I would like to use this Christmas log cake to make a closing for this year food posting. Here is my first white Christmas log cake and I thought of why not use the durian flesh to make the dressing as everyone of my  guests is a durian lover. The feedback is good and very well accepted. This log cake is absolutely  for the love of durian!



Recipe for the cake 孟老师的美味蛋糕卷
2 peices of plain sponge (size 36cm x 26cm)

Unsalted butter 40g
Egg yolk 100g
Caster sugar 20g
Egg white 160g
Caster Sugar 75g
Plain flour 55g

Prepare a baking tray lined with baking paper. Melt the butter than set a side to cool.

Whisk the egg yolks with sugar in a double boiler until thicken and pale in color. In another bowl whisk the egg whites with caster sugar until peak foam.

Fold the egg yolks into the egg whites then gently fold in the shifted flour.

Pour some egg mixture into a clean bowl then mix in the melted butter until well combine.  Pour back into the egg mixture and mix gently until everything well combine.

Pour the batter into prepared baking tray and spread evenly. Bake at 190C for 12 minutes. Remove the cake from the baking tray immediate when it out from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Tear out the side of the baking paper and let it completely cool down and ready to use.

For the durian cream:

450g durian flesh (pureed)
400ml whipping cream (whipped)
300g custard (refer durian cake recipe)

Mix the custard with durian puree then fold in the whipped cream.

Cut the sponge cake into 10cm inch pieces (total 6 pieces)

Spread the durian cream on the cake and roll it up.  Keep in fridge until set. Serve immediately while it is cold from the fridge.

December 6, 2013

Framboise de Chocolat

I was given a privilege to make a birthday cake for a cell leader and requested that the cake has to be filled with plenty of cream and strawberries. Oh no! That's sound very much similar to the cake I did for my hubby last month. Well, I got to do something different as I will feel bored making the same thing again and this raspberry chocolate mousse cake come to my mind as I remember the taste was very well accepted by 200 folks in a pastor retirement ceremony 5 years ago. Woah! It was so long ago and I hope my skills is still there. 


Why framboise?  Fraimboise is the French word of raspberry and is often used to refer to alcohol distilled with the fruit which is one of my favorite ingredient for making cakes and desserts. Raspberry and chocolate are always the best combination. It bits of sour gives a ununique taste that refresh and lighten the chocolate mousse.


Ignore the strawberry and fresh cream on the cake which it is not suppose to be there but as for special request it ended up with this instead of raspberry. I couldn't manage to take a picture of the inner part of the cakes because it went off to everyone tummy in no time. Here is a sample of a piece of cut out cakes 5 years back and I manage to dig it out from somewhere. 

The previous cake was made with almond sponge base but this time I used my favorite cocoa sponge cake that I think will be suitable for asian taste buds. Other than the sponge base and the outlook of cream with strawberries; the mousse and the raspberry puree are still remain the same recipe. Again, this cake was very well accepted from everyone in the cell group.

Updated on 7th Dec:
A cell member manage to took this picture and pass it to me. Here give you an idea the look of a cut out cake.




Recipe for a 9 inches round cake

Two pieces of 8 inches cocoa sponge base
9 inches springform pan
70% dark chocolate 200g
Egg yolks 100g
Caster sugar 100g
Water 30g
Whipping cream 400g
Raspberry puree 170g (Puree with food processor and strain out the seeds)

For the garnish
250g whipping cream
A tablespoon sugar powder
85g raspberry puree (puree with food processor  and strain out the seeds)
25g caster sugar
half piece of gelatin leaves
Some fresh strawberry or raspberry

  • Melt the chocolate at a double boiler.
  • In another sauce pan, melt the sugar with water until it become sugar syrup.
  • Beat the egg yolk in a mixing bowl with a whisk, adding the hot sugar syrup little by little until a think paste.
  • Add in the melted chocolate follow by the raspberry puree until well combine.
  • Whisk the whipping cream until the same consistency as the raspberry and chocolate mixture.
  • Fold both ingredients together until well combine.
  • Place a piece of cocoa sponge cake in the center of a cake pan. Pour half of the chocolate mousse on top then refridgerate until the mixture set. Add another piece of cocoa sponge on top and pour the remaining mousse mixture over the cake. Level them evenly and refrigerate until set.
  • To make the raspberry topping, cook the raspberry puree with caster sugar until it simmering hot. Add in the gelatin leave which already soaked until soft. Stir until well combine. Set aside until it slightly cool down.
  • At this stage, either pour the raspberry puree on the top of the cake evenly and refrigerate until ready to serve just like the last picture shown above or unmold the cake pan and do the fresh cream decoration. 
  • Whip the cream with sugar powder until thicken then spread it evevly at the side of the cake as well as piping some curly cream at the top edges. Pour the raspberry puree at the top of the cake then refrigerate until all set. 
  • Cut with a hot knife and serve.
  • Enjoy!

November 25, 2013

Drunken Strawberry Chocolate Gateau


Here is a birthday cake I made for my darling birthday. It is always difficult to decide what  cake should I preapre for his big day with my limited skills and also limited time. He suggest to have a traditional soft sponge celebration cake and that sound like not too difficult thing for me. I just simply use an old recipe then add some strawberry will do. 
But I personally feel like that really nothing special and feel like lack of sincerity too. So I twist the flavour a bit on the cake by using marscapone cheese with some Cointreau and Baileys. That combination turn the cake to become very special although the outlook is just a normal birthday cake which could easy bought from a bakery shop. I brushed the sponge with plenty of Baileys that make the cocoa sponge so moist and soft then sandwich with the mascarpone cream that had added lots of Cointreau. The strawberry is a compliment that makes the whole cake so refreshing and looks prettier too. 


I could see the surprise expression from his face during his first bite on the cake and his smile told me he is super satisfy with the birthday cake. 
May the Lord Jesus Christ keep him and bless him on the year a head. 



Recipe

Mascarpone Cheese 500g
Caster Sugar 100g
Freshly squeezed Lemon juice 2 tablespoon
Cointreau 4 tablespoons
Whipping cream 260ml
Half cups of baileys or more
Some strawberry
Whipping cream 300ml
1 tablespoon caster sugar
Some shredded chocolate flakes
  • Beat the mascarpone cheese with sugar then add in the lemon juice follow by the Cointreau and mix well.
  • In another bowl, whip up the whipping cream until about the same consistency as the mascarpone mixture. Fold the whipped cream into the mascarpone mixture.  Be aware not to over work with the mixture as they might split and the mixture will become rough. 
  • Divide the cocoa soonge cake to 3 pieces then generously brush the baileys all over the cake. Spread some of the mascarpone cream on the brushed liquer cake then arrange some strawberry and cover with some mascarpone cream. Sandwich with the second piece of cake on top. 
  • Brush some baileys on the second piece of cake then fill in the some mascarpone cream follow by the strawberry and then the mascarpone cream again. 
  • Sandwich with the last piece of cake then brush all over with the remaining baileys on the cake. 
  • Whip up the whipping cream with caster sugar until peak foam. Cover the whole cake with whipped cream then decorate it with some strawberry and shredded chocolate. Chill in the fridge for 5 hours or overnight before serve.