Thursday, July 23, 2015

Sweet Corn Buns

The versatile sweet corn kernels blended with a few blades of screwpine/pandan leaves gives a great aroma to these otherwise plain buns. Thank you to My Mind Patch for sharing her Sugar Corn Butter Buns recipe. However, I didn't have the patience to shape the buns according to the recipe, so I just made them round with a sprinkle of black and white sesame seeds. Oh, they tasted so good ... and soft too! 

Ingredients: (Makes 9 buns in a 7"x7" pan)
80g cold milk
3 blade of pandan leaves, cut into small pieces
60g steamed corn kernels
1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
15g condensed milk
30g caster sugar
1/4 tsp salt
30g butter
195g bread flour
3/4 tsp dried instant yeast

  • Blend pandan leaves with milk.  Strain, add more milk to make up to 80g.  Then return pandan-milk into blender, add in steamed corn kernels and blend until creamy.  Stir in condensed milk and egg yolk.  Set aside.
  • Mix bread flour, sugar and salt in a large mixing bowl.  Add in yeast, stir well to combine. Pour in corn mixture and knead until well combined.  Then add in butter and continue kneading until dough is smooth and elastic.  Conduct a Window Pane Test to determine if dough is fully developed.
  • Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover and allow to rise until double in size.
  • Punch down the dough to release trapped air.  Divide dough into 9 equal portions.  Rest for 10 minutes.
  • Shape dough into balls and place onto a greased baking tray.  Cover and proof until almost double in size.
  • Preheat oven to 175 deg C.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove  from oven and brush buns with softened butter.  Cool buns on a wire rack.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Pandan Kaya Sponge Cake

Inspired by Victoria's Pandan Kaya Sponge Sandwiches


4 whole eggs, room temperature
1 egg yolk, room temperature
70g caster sugar
1/4 tsp salt
20g honey
110g plain flour
5g corn flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
20g coconut milk
1/4 tsp pandan paste
60g coconut oil, melted

pandan kaya, for the filling

  • Preheat oven to 170 deg C.  Line the base of a 17.5 cm square pan.
  • Sift plain flour, corn flour and baking soda together three times to aerate. 
  • Mix pandan paste into coconut milk, set aside.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat whole eggs, egg yolk, sugar and salt together on medium-high speed for 4 minutes.  Add in honey and continue beating for another 4 minutes, until pale and thick ("ribbon" stage). Reduce speed to low and beat for 4 minutes to break up larger air bubbles.
  • Sift in flour mixture in 3 batches  and add in coconut milk, beginning and ending with flour.  Fold gently.
  • Drizzle in the cooled melted coconut oil around the edges of the mixing bowl. Fold gently to combine.
  • Pour batter into the prepared pan and drop the pan on the benchtop twice to eliminate any large air bubbles.
  • Bake (on the lowest bottom rack of the oven) for 40 minutes. The cake should feel spongy when it's done.
  • Immediately after removing the cake from the oven, drop the pan from a height of about 20cm (this is to prevent the cake from shrinking).
  • Leave the cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes then remove from the pan. 
  • When the cake is completely cooled, slice into two layers before sandwiching them together with pandan kaya.  Dust with icing sugar.

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