Sunday, March 29, 2009

Lime Sorbet: Tangy sorbet to brighten up your day!

The weather in Thailand is very hot and I got a request from my sister to make her Ice Cream. Because she didn't want to eat anything creamy so she order me to make lime sorbet, and yes I like the idea too.
I think lime sorbet is very good for a hot day (not only the sorbet, cool lime juice is great too). The tangy taste make the hot day less hash.
I must admit that the lime that I use is very small and very tangy, I use almost 15 limes (and a lot of elbow grease, haha) to get 180ml of lime juice.

Actually I have to say that the taste of the sorbet can be too tangy for someone (but not for me as I love tangy taste ^ ^), so taste it before churning, if you find your sorbet base is too tangy, just add more water or more sugar (you can go over the limit by adding 90ml of Champagne or sparking wine to dilute the tangy taste) .

Lime Sorbet
Makes about 1 quart

Lime, preferably unsprayed
Freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 9 limes)

In a medium, nonreactive saucepan, mix 1 cup (250ml) of the water with the sugar. Grate the zest of the lime directly into the saucepan. Heat, stirring frequently, until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from the heat and add the remaining water 1¼cups (310ml) water, then chill throughly in the refrigerator.
Mix in the lime juice. Freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instruction.

Lime Sorbet: Tangy sorbet to brighten up your day!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Coffee and Parmesan Yule Log: Surprised Flavor!

I come across this idea from one of my cookbook, and I really want to try it. ^ ^. Anyway the result is worth the afford, the Parmesan gives the cake saltiness and a special fragrance, that I never knew before.
The cake is the sponge that has been added with a tiny amount of the cheese. The buttercream is flavored with coffee and coffee liquor with the additional of white chocolate. The white chocolate helps the buttercream to stay firm at room temperature, which is very good for the hot climate (yes, here in Thailand, the weather is very hot >*<). You can decorate it the way you like, but it's very easy to use the fork to create the log pattern so it will be great for Christmas too. But as I always tell you It will be strange for anyone who's not accustom to the smell of the Parmesan cheese, so if you don't like it just omit the cheese from the ingredient.

Coffee and Parmesan Yule Log

Roll Cake


Large Eggs



¼ tsp

Vanilla extract


Cake flour

2 tsp

Grated Parmesan cheese

Coffee Butter Cream


Unsalted butter


Egg white


Icing sugar, sifted


White chocolate

1 tbsp

Instant coffee granule

1 ½ tbsp


For decoration


Dark chocolate, melted

Preheat the oven too 200°C
Line the 27 x 27 cm pan with baking paper.

Beat the eggs in a bowl until blend. Gradually add the sugar and beat until ribbon stage.
Add the vanilla extract, beat to combine.

Sift the flour and cheese together.
Add the flour into the egg mixture, fold to combine.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes.

Spray a tea towel with water (to prevent the cake from stick to the clothes).
When the cake is ready, flip the cake over the clothes and remove the baking paper.
Roll the cake and let the cake cool on the wire rack.

While the cake cool, make the butter cream:

Melted the white chocolate, by placing in the bowl and place the bowl over the simmering water (do not let the water touch the bottom of the bowl). When the chocolate already melted remove from the water.

Mix the instant coffee with Kahlua®.

Beat the butter and icing sugar until light and puffy, beat the egg white until stiff peak form.
Pour the egg white into the butter mixture, beat to combine.
Pour the white chocolate into the butter mixture follow by the coffee mixture.
Beat until puffy and light.

Spread the buttercream over the cake, the reroll the cake.
Use the rest of the buttercream to frost the outside of the cake.
Create the pattern, by using the fork, then decorate with melted dark chocolate.

Coffee and Parmesan Yule Log: Surprised Flavor!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Light Chocolate Brownies: Everyone will love it!

Whenever thinking about brownies, most of the people always have their own version. Actually many people think that the brownies had to be tense, and will be welcome by the chocolate lovers. But as I told you that, I have many family members who don't like bitter chocolate, so I have to find the best solution for everyone (include me, haha).
This recipe came from .............. one of my old cookbooks collection. There are many books in these series (well, I had many books from..................., I bought them when I started collecting cookbook ^ ^). The original recipe came with a chocolate frosting, but I think it's not necessary, and without frosting this brownie is very easy for traveling too.
These brownies are not too chocolately, so I think it will be easy to enjoy by everyone (even they are the chocoholic or not, haha).

Light Chocolate Brownies
Makes 8x8 inch square (about 16 pieces)
*I'm using Dessert Bar Pan, so I got 12 pieces.

200 g (6 ½ oz)
unsalted butter, softened
3 teaspoons
vanilla extract or essence
200 g (6 ½ oz)
caster sugar
50 g (1¾ oz)
good-quality dark chocolate, chopped
100 g (3 ¼ oz)
plain flour

pinch of salt
I teaspoon
baking powder
200 g (6 ½ oz)
any kinds of nut that you like, roughly chopped

Preheat the oven to warm 170°C (325°F/Gas 3).
Put the chocolate in a bowl. Half fill a saucepan with water and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat and place the bowl over the pan, making sure it is not touching the water. Leave the chocolate to melt slowly, then remove the bowl from the pan.
Grease a shallow 20 cm (8 inch) square baking tin, and sprinkle with flour or line the base with baking paper. Cream the butter, vanilla extract or essence and sugar together in a large bowl with a wooden spoon or electric beaters, until the mixture is light and fluffy.
Gradually add the eggs to the creamed butter.

Stir in the melted chocolate.
Sift together the flour, salt and baking powder into a bowl, and add the chopped walnuts. Add to the chocolate and butter mixture, and stir until just combined. Pour into the tin and bake for about 45 minutes, or until firm and springy to the touch of a finger. Cool in the tin.

*I'm using Dessert Bar Pan, and the baking time will be 25-30 minutes.

Light Chocolate Brownies: Everyone will love it!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Chicken Farm Bakers' Project # 8: Bread Baking "Around the World!" - Semlor The Scandinavian Bread

This month the Chicken Farm Bakers' Project # 8 is "Bread Baking with the auntie on the hot summer". Actually my friend is not that old, but all the people in our group like to call her auntie from her behavior (ok, it's in a good way, she always concerns about us ^ ^). The host (haha, the auntie) wants everyone to try something new and different so each one of us has to bake the bread from different countries or continents around the world.

I had to make "The Scandinavian Bread", which I feel so lucky as this continent has a lot of bake goods specialty. But the only problem for me is I don't have a book about Scandinavian baking before >*<. So, I had to buy 2 books on this project (haha, it's an excuse, you know that). This time I use the book name ......................

I choose the Semlor, the bread that usually eat from after Christmas until Easter. (you can read the whole story about the semlor here). And I know that when you see the look of this bread you can understand why I choose to make it, ^ ^.
The bread is so cute with the whipped cream and the icing sugar topping. Originally, the bread will be served in a bowl of milk, but eating it on its own is

Makes 6


Unsalted butter
3g (or 1tsp)
Instant yeast
Bread flour

Egg wash

1 egg yolk + 1tsp of water


Almond powder
Silvered almond
Icing sugar


Whipping cream
Icing sugar

Icing sugar for dusting

To serve

Milk (optional)

Make the bread:

Put the flour, the sugar, cardamom and yeast in a bowl, whisk to combine, add and salt whisk again. Pour the liquids mixture into the bowl.

Use large spoon (or pastry scraper) to mix everything together, and knead briefly to bring all the ingredients together.

Take the dough out of the bowl and knead, you will see the dough will be elastic after about 2 minutes.

Add the butter and knead by using the heel of your hands to compress and push the dough away from you, then fold it back over itself (see the picture here). Give the dough a little turn and repeat. Put the weight of your body into the motion and get into a rhythm. Keep folding over and compressing the dough.

Knead for 10-15 minutes (up to your strength and up to the recipe) or until the dough is soft, pliable, smooth and slightly shiny, almost satiny.

Put the dough into a light buttered bowl. Let the dough rise in a warm place until double in size about 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 180°C, and butter the muffin pan (Texas Muffin pan).
Take the dough out of the bowl. Gently press down the dough and cut the dough into 6 pieces.
Roll each piece into a ball, place on the prepared muffin pan. Cover and rest for 30 minutes or until almost double in size.

Mix egg yolk and water together and pass through sieve.
Brush the bread with egg wash before put into the oven.
Bake for 15 minutes or until golden.
Take the bread out of the oven and place on the wire rack.
Let the bread cool completely before make the filling.

Make the filling:
Mix almond powder, icing sugar and sugar together, pour the amaretto and water into the mixture, mix until combine.
Fold the silvered almond into the mixture. Set aside.

Whip the whipping cream with the icing sugar until stiff. Set aside.

Filling the bread and decorating:

Cut the bread, with a knife point a little downward to make a hole in the bread.
Cut the top of the bread with the cookie cutter.

Put the almond filling in the bread, then top with the whipped cream.
Cover with the top, and sprinkle with icing sugar.

Serve in a bowl and pour the milk in the bowl or eat on its own.

Chicken Farm Bakers' Project # 8: Bread Baking "Around the World!" - Semlor The Scandinavian Bread

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Carrot and Walnut Quick Bread, Healthy Easy Bread

Last week after seeing a doctor, I feel like I wanted something more healthy in my fridge, ^ ^. Well, you know that baking is fun and eating it is great. I love to bake and I enjoy eating it too. But there is a time that we have to accept the truth, we can't live our life that way.

So, I try to find some healthy bread to balance my diet, starting by baking a quick bread. I mean, it's better for your health than cake right? This bread is very easy to make,too, it takes only 10-15 minutes for preparation, it's the real quick bread.

This bread is packed with all good things, carrot, walnut and rye flour. It's not too sweet, the sugar in the recipe is quite low, so it can be a good snack (ok, I have an unheathy plan for you, but it's delicious when serve it with the spreadable cream cheese, ha).

*If you like, you can add 25g of raisin, it will give this bread a sweet flavor and children will love it, too.

Carrot and Walnut Quick Bread
Makes 8X18 cm loaf

Carrot, grated
Walnut, roasted and cut into small pieces
Unsalted butter
Caster sugar
Brown sugar

Pinch of salt
¼ tsp
Baking powder
½ tsp
Baking soda
Cake flour
Rye flour

Preheat the oven to 180 °C
Sift both of the flour with baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Place the baking paper in the 8X18 cm loaf pan.

Beat the butter until light, then add both of the sugar, beat until combine.
Put the egg into the butter mixture, beat until combine.
Pour the flour mixture, carrot and walnut into the butter mixture.

Fold until homogenize.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
Bake for 50 minute.
Carrot and Walnut Quick Bread

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Crunchy Macadamia and White Chocolate Cookies

It's a long time since my last post, well, there are some moment that you have a lot of things to do but so little time. I had a lot of work and less time to bake >*<. Anyway, yesterday I had a request from my auntie, she wanted me to bake some cookies for her doctor.

So, I rushed to the kitchen and start baking, haha. I choose the Macadamia and White Chocolate Cookies, I keep this book in the kitchen rather than my room. I really love it and I use it a lot). Because I want the cookie that is a bit dry, so it will be good for traveling.

This cookie has no egg too, so it can stand for sometime (I think about a week). I add the salt into the ingredient list, but if you using salted butter you can omit it or the cookies will be salty.
The texture is crunchy and crumby, for me it's the perfect gift. But if you don't want to bake it for anyone, just making this cookie for yourself, it will be the best gift for you too.

Ready to go!

Crunchy Macadamia and White Chocolate Cookies
Makes about 20

Unsalted butter, soften
Brown sugar
Plain flour
½ tsp
Bicarbonate of soda
White chocolate, chop into small pieces
Macadamia nuts,chop into the same size as the chocolate
¼ tsp

1. Heat the oven to 180°C Line 2 baking sheets with baking parchment.

2. Cream the butter and sugar together using an electric beater until pale and fluffy.
3. Sift the flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda together and add to the butter mixture along with the chocolate and nuts. Bring together to form a dough.

4. Roll large teaspoonfuls into balls (I use the scoop #40), and place on the prepared baking sheets about 5 cm apart. Flatten them lightly with your hand.
5. Bake for about 15-20 minutes. Allow to cool slightly on the baking sheets before moving them, with a palette knife, to cool down on a wire rack.

Crunchy Macadamia and White Chocolate Cookies


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