Easy Stove Top Macaroni and Cheese

My oven hasn’t been working for months now.  Sent it for repaired and cost me a few hundreds of Ringgit Malaysia.  It worked for a while only.  So I thought enough of spending money for the repair and start to save some money to buy a new good one. No baking or roasting for now and most of my cooking are using the stove top.

Today, I plan to cook macaroni and cheese but using the stove top and googled the YouTube if there is any recipe that I can follow.  Yup, I found one and this is the easiest.  Here’s the video and hope you all enjoy cooking it.

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Fruits in a Jar?

This is really fantastic. I was so busy looking for some simple desert to bake and came across this simple recipe.  I haven’t tried it yet but it’s worth to share this with my fellow readers.

Check this out from :

http://www.littlechurchmouse.com/she-put-some-fruit-in-these-old-jars-minutes-later-i-am-never-baking-again/

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The great thing about canning jars  is that they are built to withstand very high temperatures. Most people use them for pickling vegetables or making jam but did you know they can also be baked in the oven.

First take two-and-one-half cups of fresh seasonal fruit.

Put those into four half-pint canning jars.

Combine one half-cup of flour, one half-cup of sugar and one half-teaspoon salt.

Next whisk it together with a fork and pour it on the fruit, and then top with butter.

When the jars are full, put them on a square baking dish.

Fill the dish with dried beans to keep the jars from sliding around.

Place in the oven and bake at 350 for one hour.

After baking, let the jars cool completely.

I like to put a little whipped cream on top and, if you like, you can keep them in the fridge for up to a week.

They make a great gift, and they are awesome for a picnic.

Japanese Cheese Cake

i’ve been dreading myself to try and bake a Japanese Cheese Cake after eating some of it during the Hari Raya festival at my grandma’s house.  it was so soft and melt in the mouth and not like the ordinary Western cheesecake that is so full of cheese.  then, i browsed through the website and found a very interesting tip and trick of how to bake a Japanese Cheese Cake.  here’s the recipe for you to try or click this website to know more:http://www.thelittleteochew.com/2011/03/japanese-cheesecake-tips-tricks.html

Japanese Cheesecake – Tips & Tricks


Recipe (reprinted here from my old post, and originally from Diana’s Desserts)
– 140g fine granulated sugar
– 6 egg whites
– 6 egg yolks
– 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
– 50g butter
– 250g cream cheese
– 100ml fresh milk
– 60g cake flour (can also use plain flour)
– 20g corn flour
– 1/4 tsp salt
1.Preheat the oven at 160°C. Melt cream cheese, butter and milk over a double boiler. Cool the mixture. Fold in the flour, the cornflour, salt, egg yolks and mix well.2. Whisk egg whites with cream of tartar until foamy. Add in the sugar and whisk until soft peaks form.3. Add the egg whites to the cheese mixture to and fold well. Pour into a 8-inch round springform cake pan or removable-bottom cake pan (lightly grease and line the bottom and sides of the pan withgreaseproof baking paper or parchment paper). Wrap the base of your cake tin with aluminium foil, to prevent seepage … although I never do, and it has never seeped! ;)4. Bake cheesecake in a water bath for 1 hour 10 mins or until set and golden brown at 160°C.

5. Leave to cool in oven with door ajar, about 30mins to 1 hour. Sudden changes in temperature may cause the cake to cool too quickly and collapse.

Now, for some extra tips. These work for me, and I hope they work for you too! 🙂

Tip #1 : Beating the egg whites

You can beat your whites on high until they start to stiffen, but for the last 3 to 4 mins of whisking, do switch your mixer speed to low. This helps to stabilise the air bubbles. I notice I get a “foam sponge” texture when I do this (as you see in the first photo). When I beat on high throughout, I tend to get larger air bubbles, resulting in texture that looks like this:
Tip #2 : Sieving the cream cheese batter
This is totally optional, but because I am anal a perfectionist, I want a lump-free, smooth as silk batter. So once I have combined my cream cheese mixture with the flour and yolks, I usually strain it using a wire mesh sieve. After that, I fold the beaten egg whites in. I repeat, sieve BEFORE you fold in the egg whites … otherwise, you can say sayonara to your cake!
(Left) Cream cheese that has been melted with butter and milk. There are still some visible small lumps even after a lot of stirring.
(Right) After adding flour and yolks, I sieved the batter to ensure a lump-free batter.Tip #3 : Baking in a water bath
God, I hate this. It’s so troublesome! Plus, there is always the risk of water seeping in, and even if it doesn’t, your cheesecake tends to get a little damp. I want my cake fluffy, not damp. So this is what I do …
Cake tin goes on the rack, in the middle.I place tart moulds whichhave been filled with water, in the four corners of my oven. Theyprovide the sauna effect but do not add dampness to the cake. Why not a tray of water, you ask? Well, with a tray, you still get condensation at the bottom of the cake tin. With individual tart moulds placed around the cake, your cake’s bottom will alwaysremain dry. <- I sound like a diaper ad!Tip #4 : Lining the cake tin
Line the bottom and sides of your cake tin. Make sure the baking paper extends higher than the cake tin by about 1.5 inches. If you prepare the batter correctly, you will notice that it rises very well during baking. You need that extra height from the baking paper to prevent possible spillage.Tip #5 : Tenting with a foil
I recommend this 100% because the cake top browns very easily. I use a sheet of aluminium foil and loosely place it over the tin. That’s why point #4 is important … because if you do not provide ample room for the cake to rise, it will get stuck onto the foil. And when you peel it off? Urgh, not so pretty. So, tent the cake, and remove it only in the last 1 to 2 mins of baking time, just for it to brown (not burn).Tip #6 Drier is better
Personally, I like to overbake the cake slightly (say, about 10mins more), to be on the safe side. A Japanese Cheesecake should be tear-away soft and fluffy, and to get that sort of texture, you need to have a dry-ish cake. As long as you follow #4 and #5, your cake will not burn. A drier cake is airier and less likely to collapse or shrink (you won’t get those dreaded crease lines on the top). Finally, keep it in the oven, door slightly ajar for at least 30mins to an hour.Well, that’s all the tips & tricks I wanted to share. I hope you found them useful. 🙂 For those of you attempting this for the first time, may you hit the jackpot and get your flawless Japanese Cheesecake! 😉
Sadly, my photos do not do justice to the cake – look at the horribly washed out colours. 😦 The cake is supposed to be a brighter shade of yellow, but then, it was a gloomy day … so everything turned out depressing. Except the eating part. Heh.
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Happy tyring !!

Kuih Cara Manis

i’m so in the mood to put up some nice recipes this month just because we are going to celebrate Hari Raya for the Muslim festival next Monday and i was so into making some cookie and baking some cakes.  today’s recipe is a traditional recipe that my mom used to make for us all for tea time.

i found this recipe from https://my.entertainment.yahoo.com/news/cara-mudah-buat-kuih-cara-manis-091528983.html.  

unfortunately it’s written in Bahasa Melayu.  when i have time i will try to do the translation for us all. 

Kuih Cara

Acuan kuih cara

Bahan-bahan :

2 Cawan Tepung Gandum
1/2 Cawan Air Daun Pandan – ( kisar 2 daun pandan bersama air)
1 Biji Telur
1 Cawan Santan Pekat
Secubit garam
Gula Untuk Bahagian Inti- (anggaran setengah sudu teh untuk setiap biji kuih)

Cara membuatnya :

1. Masukkan tepung, air daun pandan, santan, telur dan garam ke dalam sebuah bekas.

2. Kacau dan gaul rata semua bahan tersebut.

3. Untuk mengelakkan adunan daripada berketul dan lebih sebati, masukkan dalam mesin pengisar dan kisar sehingga sebati.

4. Letakkan acuan kuih cara di atas api yang sederhana besar.  Sapukan dalaman acuan dengan sedikit minyak masak untuk mengelakkan kuih dari melekat didalam acuan.

5. Bila acuan telah agak panas, masukkan adunan tadi ke dalam setiap lubang acuan. Masak dengan api yang sederhana besar.

6. Tunggu sekitar 30-40 saat (sehingga nampak kuih sedikit keras dan terbentuk) kemudian masukkan 1/2 sudu teh gula di bahagian tengah kuih.

7. Bakar sehingga kuih tidak melekat dan boleh dikeluarkan dan diangkat daripada acuan.

8. Siap untuk dihidang.

Selamat mencuba !!!!

Perfect Cheese Cake

i browsed through some website thinking of baking some cheese cake and i found this recipe which i will try it this weekend. i will put my comments once i’ve done baking.  happy truong eveyone !!!

http://grandmotherskitchen.org/recipes/perfect-cheesecake.html

Ingredients

Crust

1 1/4 cup almond flour
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Filling

3 cups (24oz) cream cheese
1 cup granulated sugar
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons Bailey’s Irish Cream
12 ounces white chocolate, melted
2 cups sour cream
3 large eggsTopping
1/2 cup white chocolate, melted
1/2 cup raspberry jam

Directions

Crust

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease the bottom and sides of a 9″ spring form pan.
  • Combine the almond flour, brown sugar and melted butter in a small bowl and mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Press the mixture into the bottom of the spring form pan.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Cool to room temperature before adding filling.

 Filling

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  • Fill a 9 x 13 inch pan with about 1 inch of hot water and place into oven.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and the sugar just until incorporated. Scrape down bowl as necessary.
  • Add the cornstarch. Beat on low speed until the cornstarch disappears.
  • Add the vanilla and Irish Cream, Beat until combined.
  • Add the sour cream. Beating until combined.
  • Add the melted white chocolate then the eggs. Beat on low speed until combined.
  • Pour the batter over the crust in prepared pan.
  • Place the cheesecake into the “water bath” in the oven. The water should come halfway up the side of the cheesecake pan.
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until the center is almost set.
  • Turn off the heat and leave cheesecake in the warm oven with the door ajar for one hour.
  • Remove from the oven and run a small knife around sides of cake and leave it to cool completely.
  • Once, the cheesecake has cooled, cover the pan with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours to overnight.

Topping

  • When ready to serve, melt white chocolate and place spoons of white chocolate and jam alternately, draw a toothpick through to make designs.

My 1st Apple Pie

yay…i finally bake my own apple pie!  don’t know if the taste is as good as it looks but what the heck, i’ve followed the recipe and bought the ingredients and walla…look at the photo below, what do you think?  forget about the pie plate as i do not have one so i got to use my mom’s Pyrex bowl….for those who wants the recipe, check it our below….this recipe was taken from joy of baking but i have amended it slightly….

Ingredients:

Store bought Phyllo pastry

For apple filling:

5 large apples, peeled, cored, and sliced 1/4 inch thick

1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated white sugar

1/4 cup (50 grams) light brown sugar

1 tablespoon lemon juice ( i use fresh orange juice as i do not have a lemon)

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (i omit this as i don’t like the smell)

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons (28 grams) unsalted butter ( i used salted butter since i don’t have one)

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon (15 grams) cornstarch (corn flour)

Making the apple filling:

In a large bowl combine the sliced apples, sugars, lemon juice, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Let the apples macerate at room temperature for 30 minutes to three hours. Then, place the apples and their juices in a strainer placed over a large bowl (to capture the juices).  Let the apples drain for about 15-30 min.  In a heat prove measuring cup pour the collected juices and add in 2 tablespoons (28 grams) unsalted butter.  Place it in a microwave oven for 6-7 mins until it become syrupy and lightly caramelized.

1st bottom Phyllo pastry:

Meanwhile, remove the pastry from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes so it has time to soften and become pliable.  Once it has thawed, remove one sheet of pastry and gently transfer to a 9 inch pie pan/pie bowl.

Transfer of apple filling:

Then, transfer the drained apples slices to a large bowl and mix them with the cornstarch (corn flour). Pour the reduced syrup over the apples and toss to combine.  Pour the apples and their syrup into the chilled pie crust.

2nd top Phyllo pastry:

Moisten the edges of the pie shell with a little water and then place another Phyllo pastry on top. Tuck any excess pastry under the bottom crust and then crimp the edges using your fingers or a fork. Using a sharp knife, make five 2-inch (5 cm) slits from the center of the pie out towards the edge of the pie to allow the steam to escape. Cover the edges of the pie with a foil ring to prevent over browning.  I cover this from the start and remove it 30 mins before the baking is complete.

Set the oven and baking:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). If you are using a microwave oven like me, put the pie pan on the lower rack and bake for about 45 to 55 minutes or until juices start to bubble through the slits and the apple feel tender (not mushy) when a toothpick or a sharp knife is inserted through one of the slits. Should there be any spilling from the apple juices while baking, the glass tray will catch the spilling.

Once cooked:

Remove the pie from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool for about 3-4 hours before cutting. Serve warm or at room temperature with vanilla ice cream.