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Sunday, October 25, 2009

CASHEW NUT COOKIE


GOING NUTS OVER CASHEWS




Taking care of a toddler at home isn't an easy job at all. Unlike my older daughter, this little one is more active. He wants to participate in everything I do. Anyway, I managed to find some time to bake some cookies with my favourite nuts CASHEW NUTS !!

Followed the receipe taken from "NEW YEAR COOKIES BY ALAN OOI " receipe book. Although the receipe is APPLE SNAPS, but isn't any apple in it. As usual, I did some amendments to the ingredients & method..



CASHEW NUT COOKIES
originally known as APPLE SNAPS
Makes 82 pcs


Ingredients

125g butter (dice,melted)
70g icing sugar (I reduced to 60g)

1 egg yolk (beaten)
1 tsp vanilla essence

170g plain flour
50g cashew nut powder (I grounded the roasted cashew nuts)
1 tbsp milk powder or custard powder
1/8 tsp baking soda

For glazing
1 egg yolk (beaten)

For decoration
Some raw cashew nuts cut into quarters
Cookie cutter



Method:

1. Preheat oven. Prepare ingredients.
Sift flour, milk/custard powder & baking soda in a bowl.




2, In a pan, spread raw cashew nuts, heat over low fire.
Add in a little butter and stir until fragrant or browned.




3. Ground cashew nut coarsely




4. Beat together butter with icing sugar until light and fluffy.




5. Add in egg yolk and vanilla essence.
Mix well.




6. Pour in flour mixture and ground cashew nut into butter mixture.
Mix well again.




7. Combine until a soft,wet dough is form.




8. Place dough onto floured surface.
Put some flour onto rolling pin to avoid dough from sticking to it.
Roll out the dough flat.
Stamp out with any desired cookie cutter.




9. Leave cookies on lined baking tray.
Press a piece of quartered cashew nut on top.
Glaze with egg.




10. Bake in a preheated oven at 180C for 15-20min until golden brown.



Remove and cool cookies. Crispy and chewy...YUMMY!!



Thursday, October 22, 2009

CHRISTMAS COCONUT COOKIE



Christmas is just a month away. It's time to practice making Christmas cookie as a warm up. Amazingly, much to my delight, first time baking Coconut Cookie turns out marvelous! I jotted down this receipe from www.allreceipe.com website, I am sure you will enjoy the soft and chewy coconut flavour cookie like I do!


Christmas Coconut Cookie
(makes about 60 pcs)

Ingredients

150g butter (dice,melted)
100g icing sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1 small egg (beaten)
10g desiccated coconut
250g SR flour
40g custard powder

For decoration
10g desiccated coconut

For glazing
1 egg (beaten)



Method:

1. Preheat the oven at 180C. Here's the ingredients.





2. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.




3. Beat egg with vanilla essence.




4. In another bowl, sift SR flour and custard powder.
Combine with desiccated coconut.




5. Add flour ingredients to cream mixture.
Pour in the egg mixture. Mix well.




6. Knead a few times with both hands until a soft dough is form.




7. Divide dough into 2 portion.




8. Roll out onto floured surface (approx.6mm thick)




9. Cut with any desired cookie cutter.




10. Brush cookie with egg. Sprinkle a little desiccated coconut.




11. Bake in a preheated oven at 180C for 15-20min or until lightly browned.



Remove and let them cool before storage.



Saturday, October 17, 2009

CHOCOLATE CHIPS RAISIN MUFFIN


Delicious Moist Muffins

I first joined NESTLE member club way back in 1995. Ever since then, NESTLE has sent me notes on how to eat healthy and details of food nutritions. What I like most are the various receipes that they provide with colour postcard size, easy to read too. I have the "GOLDEN MANGO MUFFIN" receipe. Unfortunately, short of many ingredients. Therefore, I replaced them with whatever I could find in my kitchen.






I baked the first batch for 15min but the interior were wet, sticky and not sweet enough.





For the second batch, I added some chocolate chips since they were not sweet. Baked 20min and turned out a little burnt at the side and the bottom. Surprisingly, they were PERFECT!! Moist, sweet and fine texture. Give it a try!




Chocolate Chips Raisin Muffin
(original receipe was GOLDEN MANGO MUFFIN)
makes 24pcs


Ingredients

150ml Apple Yogurt (or any flavour)
150g chopped raisins

250g SR Flour
1 tsp bicarbonate soda
1/4 tsp salt

150g butter (dice,melted)
100g icing sugar
2eggs (beaten)
1 tsp vanilla essence
100ml Full Cream Milk
(I substitute with 1 tbsp milk powder with 100ml warm water)

a little butter for greasing muffin tins


Method:


1. Preheat oven. Prepare all the required ingredients.
Combine raisins with yogurt in a bowl.
Cover and leave aside for 1/2 hr to soften the raisins.
In another bowl, sift together SR flour and bicarbonate soda.




2. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.




3. Add half of the beaten eggs and beat well after each addition.




4. Stir in vanilla essence and yogurt mixture.




5. Fold in flour sifted flour and bicarbonate soda alternatively with milk.




6. Mix well.




7. Grease muffin tins with a little butter.




8. Fill the greased muffin tin with batter 2/3 full.






9. Bake in preheated oven at 180C for 15-20min.
Muffins will rise and turn golden brown.




10. Insert skewer or cake tester into muffins. It should comes out clean.


Just lovely...


Monday, October 12, 2009

SUGEE COOKIE ( Olive Oil )

SUGEE COOKIE * OLIVE OIL*

This cookie is easy to bake and really melt in your mouth. Sweet and smells like butter. Makes roughly 48pcs.




Ingredients

170g plain flour
60g icing sugar
1/2tsp baking powder
1tsp vanilla essence
80g olive oil or corn oil
12 muffin cups
some chocolate chips for decorations

Method

  1. Sieve plain flour,icing sugar,baking powder in a big bowl.
  2. Add vanilla essence,olive/corn oil into the flour mixture.
  3. Use fork to stir. Mix well. You can use hand to knead them.
  4. A soft dough is formed. Knead a few times.
  5. Spoon a tiny ball with teaspoon.
  6. Add 1pc chocolate chips in the middle.
  7. Press lightly into ungrease muffin cups.
  8. Bake 170 C , 15-20min, or gas mark "medium" or number "2"
Note:

Don't grease your muffin cups. You will get burnt bottom cookies.



Baking Is My Best Hobby

Hi! Welcome to my blog. I am a Malaysian Chinese housewife with 2 children and staying with my in-laws. Actually, I never thought of getting myself involve in baking at all. Just that my hubby says cakes and cookies sold in hypermarket are expensive nowadays, that I do agree. So, I went surfing around the net and caught some simple instructions and ingredients in making cookies.

Believe it or not, I don't have an oven nor a cake mixer at home. Didn't buy any eventhough did some window shopping at hypermarkets. Frankly speaking the ovens are cheap. You can get one at low price as RM 110!! Mixer is around RM79.

Anyway, my mom-in-law has an old metal baking pot which she used to bake butter cakes when she had time. Since I can save money, why not! When I first use the pot, I kept getting burnt cookies because there isn't any temperature measurement. Furthermore, the pot is using gas stove! Finally after my 3rd attempt (never gave up eventhough burnt 30pcs of cookies), I managed to "agak" (estimate) the gas mark.


Old metal baking pot using gas stove


By the way, I still beat the butter and icing sugar by hand.... tired but worth it.

Here are some cookies,cakes and jellies or pudding that I have made. Do try them yourself. Nobody thought me how to bake them. Just follow the receipes and burnt them a couple of times. You will get a hang of it and indulge the wonderful results after a hard day work in the kitchen.


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