Tuesday, April 29, 2014

I'm starting to miss baking so much! I can't do much here in Malaysia, the equipment is very limited and it is not as comfortable as my own kitchen. 

A few days ago my older sister in hometown told me that she wants to learn to bake and cook. And this great idea came to me, why not ask her to make something so I can update my blog more often? So I give her some recipes and tell her to help updating my blog! I am sooo glad that I can update more often while at the same time helping her to learn!

This is a super easy dessert which requires a very short time! My sister commented that the agar-agar is a little bit too hard for her liking, so she'll cut down the agar agar powder a little bit next time, maybe 2 to 2,5 packets. She'll also add more lychee for taste. Anyway, our family love the chewy and sweet lychee and it makes a good ending for their lunch. For information, my sister used flavored agar-agar powder so the color is a bit red, but plain agar agar powder will do as good. ;)

Agar agar Leci - Lychee Agar agar (translated to indonesian)
Sumber : kristygourmet.blogspot.com with modification (in english)

Bahan :
2L air
3 bungkus agar-agar powder 7 gram (bisa kurangi menjadi 2-2,5 bungkus kalau terlalu keras)
180gr gula pasir
1 kaleng buah leci, cincang kasar, campurkan kembali ke dalam airnya

Cara :
Campur agar-agar powder, air, dan leci. Didihkan larutan, masukkan gula. Masak dengan api sedang hingga larutan mulai mengental (sekitar 10 menit). Tuang larutan ke cetakan agar agar. Dinginkan.


With love,
Julia & Sella 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Hi there, sweethearts!

Another sweet thing that I made during last holiday, steamed layer cream cheese cake! The chocolate cake layer is absolutely soft, fluffy, and not too sweet (you might want to add more sugar I think), it's a perfect combination with the sweet cheesecake layer. Mom as usual is a fan of not-too-sweet cake, so she loves it so much. While for N, his first comment was "It's not sweet enough". Well, at least all of them eat the cake quite a lot so I know we all love it!

I was an impatient girl here. Actually I made 3 layers here, 2 chocolate layer and 1 cheese layer. But I can't wait much more to try it out, so I cut it while it's still a little bit warm, resulting the top chocolate layer to fall apart and too soft cheese layer. Don't be like me and try to chill it first to set. ;)

Steamed Layer Cream Cheese Cake - Kek Lapis Kukus Cream Cheese (translated to english)
Source : Siti Delima

Ingredients A :
250 gr cream cheese
60 gr powdered sugar
1 large egg
1 tbsp water
1 tbsp all purpose flour

Preparation :
1. Beat cream cheese with sugar until well combined.
2. Add egg, water, and flour. Mix well.
3. Set aside.

Ingredients B (chocolate cake) :
2 large eggs
125 gr powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
a pinch of salt
120 ml boiling water
120 ml whole milk
120 ml vegetable oil
125 gr all purpose flour *
3 tbsp cocoa powder *
1 tsp baking soda *
1/2 tsp baking powder *
Note: ingredients with * have to be sifted

Preparation :
1. Beat eggs and sugar until white and fluffy. Add vanilla essence and salt, mix well.
2. Add boiling water, milk, and oil, mix well.
3. Add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and baking powder (sifted), mix well.
4. Divide the batter into 2.

Method :
1. Prepare the steamer with low heat.
2. Prepare 8x8x3 inch pan, grease and line with baking paper.
3. Pour 1 part of chocolate batter, close the pan with aluminium foil and steam for 15-20 minutes.
4. Open the aluminium foil, pour in the cream cheese on top. Close with foil again and steam for 15 minutes.
5. Pour the last chocolate batter, close with foil again and steam for about 20 minutes.
6. Wait until the cake is completely cool before cutting.


With love,

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

After a successful Blooming Steamed Brownies, I become super motivated and excited to make another one. The one with fluffy and and light texture!

I didn't put so much faith though and did it somehow half-heartedly *resulting a not-so-pretty zebra effect*, after reading some fail attempts from other bloggers. Anyway, we'll never know if we don't try, right? 

After I tried it out, it is actually not that hard at all! I even have to say that it is pretty easy to do. I absolutely love the smell and taste. The texture is very light and spongy, but I want more! I will definitely try it again next time, of course to do it full-heartedly and make a better zebra effect!

Bolu Kukus Mekar - Blooming Steamed Sponge Cake (translated to english)
Adapted from Heryanti Saleh

2 large eggs
160 gr granulated white sugar
1,5 tsp emulsifier
200 gr cake flour
100 ml coconut milk
100 ml soda water
Enough chocolate paste

1. Beat eggs, sugar, and 1/2 part of emulsifier with high speed until white and fluffy.
2. Add flour, coconut milk, and soda water alternately, mix with low speed until combine.
3. Add the rest of emulsifier and beat with high speed for about 5-7 minutes.
4. Separate the batter into 2 parts, add chocolate paste to 1 part.
5. Prepare small steam cake pans, line with cupcake liner. (I use muffin pan)
6. Pour 1/2 tbsp of white batter to the pan, then 1/2 tbsp of chocolate batter on top, and do it again alternately until the pan is full.
7. Steam with high heat for 15-20 minutes.


With love,

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Few weeks ago I started to fall in love in steamed sponge cake which nicely bloom with crack! I was so curious and tried palm sugar steamed cake, and ended up with flat top. So, this is my second attempt in blooming my steamed cake!

I only made 1/4 recipe *tried not to waste more ingredients just in case hehe* and had 4 gorgeous blooming cakes! The texture is denser compared to the usual sponge cake that I have tried before and even 1 cake can fill you stomach so well. It smells so incredibly good and look pretty, but not so chocolatey to my liking *or maybe it is just me?*. Anyway, I guess you can put more chocolate chips inside to improve the flavor. Overall, I'm satisfied that I can finally make it bloom! 

Blooming Steamed Brownies (translated to English)
Source : Ny. Liem via Sashy Little Kitchen

Ingredients A:
400 gr powdered sugar
200 gr eggs (about 4 eggs)
320 ml water
1/2 tsp vanilla essence

Ingredients B:
400 gr all purpose flour
50 gr cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder

Ingredient C:
20 gr cake emulsifier

Ingredient D:
50 gr chocolate chip 

1. Beat ingredients A about 5 minutes with high speed.
2. Sift in ingredients B, beat for 1 minute to combine with low speed.
3. Add ingredient C, beat again for 5 minutes with high speed.
4. Add ingredient D, mix well.
5. Prepare about 18 steamed cake pans and line with cupcake liner, pour the batter until full. (I use cupcake pan and it works well)
6. Steam for about 16 minutes on high heat. (remember not to open the lid before the time or it won't bloom)


With love,