Saturday, March 25, 2017

Creamed Corn Bread Loaf

corn bread

This is a wonderfully moist, soft and delicious bread and you can even eat it on its own - without any spread or butter.

250g bread flour
20g plain flour
15g milk powder
40g raw sugar
1/4 tsp (2g) sea salt
6g instant dried yeast

(B) Combine together:
80g cold water
80g creamed corn
15g condensed milk
30g beaten egg

35g butter

  • Grease a loaf pan (8x4x3 in / 20.5x10.5x7.5 cm). 
  • In a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine all the ingredients (A) in a mixing bowl. 
  • Pour in the mixture (B) and knead until the dough is elastic and smooth and leaves the sides of the mixing bowl.  
  • Incorporate the (C) butter into the dough and continue to knead until it passed the window pane test (whereby the dough can be stretched into a paper-thin film without tearing and is translucent).
  • Divide the dough into 3 equal portions.  Flatten each portion of the dough and roll it up like swiss rolls and place them in the greased loaf pan . Cover with cling wrap and let it rise until it reaches 90% of the height of the pan.
  • Bake in a preheated oven of 180°C on the second lowest rack in the oven for about 45 - 50 minutes (tent the top loosely with foil once the bread is sufficiently brown).

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Honey, Citrus, Ginger & Turmeric Tea

You know you can't cure colds or flu. So, the next time when you are down with a flu or cough, instead of reaching for the over the counter medication, why not try this home remedy - which is made from lemons, orange, ginger, turmeric and honey.

This soothing drink contains some of the best cold fighting ingredients nature has to offer. The lemons and orange are packed with vitamin C which works against infections like cold and flu.  The ginger helps to reduce coughing and soothe the throat.  Turmeric has a powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant; it also has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.  Honey is effective as a common cough suppressant ingredient and it also helps sooth a nasty sore throat.

(1)  You will need 2 lemons, 1 orange, a knob of ginger, turmeric and honey.  (Wash lemons and orange thoroughly).  Scrape skin off the ginger.

(2) Slice lemons thinly.  Remove pips.

(3)  Slice orange thinly.  Remove pips.

(4) Crush ginger in a mortar and pestle.

(5)  Toss lemon & orange slices into a large glass bowl.  Add in crushed ginger.

(6)  Add in 1 tbsp of ground turmeric.

(7)  Pour in 1 cup of organic honey.

(8)  Mix everything together.

(9)  Transfer into lidded glass jars.  Store in refrigerator.

(10)  Scoop 1 tbsp of the mixture into a cup and pour hot water over it.  Enjoy!

Source:  Flu-Cold Remedy

Friday, March 10, 2017

Pandan Chiffon Cake

Chiffon Cake is by far my favourite cake of all, and Pandan Chiffon is my all time favourite!  Loved the soft, velvety texture as well as the sweet fragrance of the pandan and coconut milk emanating from the freshly baked cake.  The addition of coconut oil gives this cake a wonderful aroma and extra oomph. 

Ingredients: (for a 20cm chiffon)
5 egg yolks
20 sugar
50g coconut oil
70g coconut milk
1/4 tsp pandan paste
70g plain flour 

5 egg whites
70g caster sugar
1/2 tsp cream of tartar

  • Preheat oven to 160 degrees C.
  • Beat egg yolks and sugar until thick and pale.  Gradually add in oil and coconut milk. Stir until combined. Add in sifted flour and whisk until well combined.
  • In another bowl, beat egg whites until foamy, add in cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks form.  Gradually add in sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.
  • Gently fold the meringue into the flour/egg yolk mixture in 3 batches. 
  • Pour batter into a 20 inch ungreased tube pan. 
  • Bake for about  1 hour or until cook.
  • Remove cake from the oven and invert the pan to cool.
  • Unmould the cake when it is completely cool.

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