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Thursday, 1 February 2018

How To Make Soft Butter Sponge Cake























Here is my secret recipe how to make cotton sponge cake was published 2016 September. By far the tastiest homemade cotton cake ever!  This is new, an improved version and recipe I had tried previously many times until satisfied, the taste of smell is closely related to traditional baked egg cake but not heavier and you can get the light, airy, spongy, and the texture of this cake is perfect cottony.  Follow my secret recipe and easy steps on the video below and you are sure to wow and impress everyone.

Ingredients

(A)
• 35g, 5 tbsp melted butter or corn oil
• a pinch of sea salt
• 33g, 5 tbsp whole milk
• 20g, 2 tbsp sugar
• 55g, 6 tbsp cake flour
• 3 egg yolks, cold

(B)
• 3 egg whites, cold
• 1/4 tsp cream of tartar, lime or lemon juice
• 45g, 5 tbsp sugar

(C)
• softened butter - for greasing the cake pan
Makes 10 - 12 cupcakes, or 6-inch cake pan, 23cm square baking pan or 2lb loaf tin and using paper rub a little butter and cut a round piece of parchment paper that fit to your pan, Take a small handful of flour and sprinkling it evenly around the inside of the greased pan and remove excess or you can line with the prepared parchment paper in the bottom and the sides and grease with butter.

Method:
Pre-heat oven, always bake with both top and bottom heat with fan assisted. To make sure your cake to succeed even better. It is best to use an oven thermometer and you'll always have the exact temperature of your oven in mind.

1) Melt the butter in a saucepan, over low heat. Add a pinch of sea salt, milk and sugar until it dissolves. Turn off the heat, sift the cake flour, add the egg yolks and mix by hand, less than 25 times until just combined. do not over mix!

2) In a separate bowl, Whisk (B) egg whites until foamy then adding cream of tartar, or squeezing a little lemon juice. add sugar a little bit at a time, beating until stiff peaks, the peak stands straight up when the beaters are lifted from the mixture about 3-5 minutes.

3) Using a whisker, and turn the small amount of egg whites into the batter, mix until just combined and then turn back the batter into the whites. The most important part here is not to stirring and carefully folding is gentle mixing technique until just incorporated. Use a spatula and smooth the surface. Bang the cake pan a few times and get the air bubbles out of your cake batter.

4) To prepare a water bath. Pour enough cold water in a larger pan. Bake in preheated oven 100°C  - 150°C for 50 minutes. Baking time it will depend on the size of your cake pan.

5) Once cooked, leave to cool 10 minutes until the oven temperature reached 50ºC. Dropping the cake pan from high once. Make sure cakes are properly cooled before cutting them.

Helpful Tips:
1) Be careful not to get the saucepan hot because the melted butter will burn. 
2) For guaranteed results it's important to follow exactly this recipe and baking at the right temperature is important. It's recommended to use an oven thermometer.
3) Do not bake the cake quickly at a high temperature and don't remove hot cake out of a baking pan. otherwise the cake could fall apart and crack on top. Baking cake at a lower temperature will help the cake rise much higher and bake more evenly. 
4) Please understand that everyone's oven work differently. You should also check the temperature of your oven. if not, your cake won't rise well. 
5) You can test the cake by poking it with a skewer, if it's cooked the skewer will come out clean. if not pop it back in the oven and bake until it's ready. 
6) Folding egg whites into a cake batter. Do not stir and never use an electric mixer. 
7) Use a clean, dry bowl, free of yolk and any other oil or grease while beating egg whites. Do not over or under-beat the egg whites.

Recipe Source: JosephineRecipes.Co.Uk

Monday, 8 January 2018

Homemade Crispy Potstickers - Pan Fried Dumpling



























This is my secret way recipe and most Chinese traditionally eat dumplings for luck during the new year for symbolic meaning. Also served during any festival season, especially on new year's eve, which is believed to bring good luck and good health for the coming year. By the way, it's my all time favourite for any meal, first bite of this crispy, crunchy coating and piping hot, tender, juicy meat and the best ever!

Makes 55-60 (8cm wrappers)

Ingredients

(A)
For the wrapper dough
• 2 cups plain flour
• 1 cup boiling water

1) In a big bowl, add plain flour, and then pour into boiling water, use a chopsticks to quickly stir well, until the water is incorporated. Rest for 5 minutes, and knead by hand for a few minutes.

2) Lightly sprinkle a work surface with flour and place the dough on top. Hold the rolling pin and firmly hit the dough until it is evenly flattened. Dust additional flour on top of and below the dough, and roll the dough out to a 0.5cm in thickness. Cut out using round-shaped cutters and slightly duct each of them or freeze in air-tight bad, next time stay in room temperature until soften back and then place filling on the centre and wrap whatever shape as you desire. Repeat with remaining dumpling wrappers and stuffing.

(B)
Stuffing
• 50g chives / 5 stalk spring onions
• 1000g pork belly / 800g pork loin steaks
(Trim any fat and sinew, cut meat into thin strips,
using a large sharp knife to cutting into small pieces)
• 1 tbsp grated ginger
• a pinch of sea salt
• 1 tbsp brown sugar
• ½ tbsp chicken granules
• 1 tsp ground white pepper
• 1 tbsp sesame oil
• 2 tbsp light soy sauce
• 3 tbsp water / dry sherry or mirin
• 1 whole egg / 1-2 tbsp corn flour
• 1 tsp dark soy sauce

3) Mix (B) stuffing ingredients above, in a large bowl until thoroughly combined.

4) Ready to wrap with the wrappers and place the dumplings to a floured tray or with grease-proof paper, keep it covered with cling film until stuffed all the dumplings to prevent them from drying out. To freeze, put them in a containers or zip lock bag before putting them in the freezer or cook immediately.

(C)
To make a water mixture
For pan fried the dumpling with crispy skin
• 4 tsp plain flour
• 1 cup water, stir well

5) Heat up the pan, and add vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Place the dumplings flat-side down into the pan. Cook for 3 minutes, then pour over a water mixture (C) and cover with the lid and simmer until the dumplings are tender, about 10-12 minutes for frozen dumplings. Uncover the pan, reduce the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes or until the dumpling's edges and bottom are lightly golden brown and into a crisp crust. Repeat for remaining dumplings. Serve with your favourite dipping sauces.

(D)
For dipping sauces 
• ginger, (thinly slices)
• black rice vinegar, (chinkiang) light soy sauce, sugar and chilli oil or just adding sauce for dumplings, (Lee kum kee)

Helpful Tips:
You can make a big batch of these dumplings and freeze them in the freezer. no need to thaw at room temperature, Just straight to pan-fry and follow the step-by-step video instructional provided. They are perfectly served with ginger sliced with black vinegar.