This cake is made to honor the cows to be slaughtered tomorrow.
And to wish all my Muslim Friends Happy Idul Adha.
Happy Holidays everyone!
It’s such a shame if i were to miss this month’s Little Thumbs Up chosen theme of Pandan. Especially since i have an overgrown pandan shrub at my mini garden, outside my house.
I didn’t want to make a pandan chiffon cake. That’s a bit overdone
I wanted to make a cool refreshing cup of cendol, an Indonesian (or is it Malaysian?) dessert of coconut milk sweetened with palm sugar.
I’ve been reading a lot of blogs which contrary to our long standing beliefs, regard that coconut milk is good for you. especially when it’s served raw. Ditto for palm sugar in relation to our common out of the mill white sugar.
I didn’t have a problem with those findings. In fact, i am ecstatic. Indonesia is like a coconut depot. i can get a whole coconut for less than USD 50 cents and get:
- 1. coconut water (another superfood),
- 2 coconut milk,
- 3. coconut shavings (which can be ground into coconut flour).
Talk about making your dollar stretch!
So, back to my cendol adventure. I just had a very tiny, insignificant problem: I didnt have that fancy tool needed to make the cendol strands!
*image taken from alatapa.blogspot.com
right, like i would let that get in the way.
So here i go, showing you a step by step pictorial on making cendol. If you’ve been following this blog, you probably noticed that i almost never do a step by step.
A good reason for that is my kitchen is like a hot mess each time i am in it.
a better reason is that i was always too lazy.
But here i am, laziness cast aside.
First, we snip the pandan leaves like so. Drop them into a blender and…
When all the leaves have been blended to pulp sized, and your water is a nice shade of green, you strain it to catch all the water, and discard the pandan leaves pulp.
Pour the green pandan water into your flour which is made up of hunkwee flour, rice flour, and sago flour. Whisk the mixture till well combined.
Restrain this flour mixture, to get rid of any lumps that might form during whisking.
Next, find the biggest cooking vessel at your home.
For me, it’s my giant chinese wok.
Cook over low heat while whisking till the mixture thickens like so:
If you have that fancy cendol tool, good for you!
If you dont, you just have to be extra creative.
Today i used a pipping bag.
Get out your oven mitt! Because you are gonna squeeze the hot pandan mixture into an awaiting bowl of ice cold water. Do not wait for the mixture to cool or it won’t gel!
Next we go to assembly.
A nice serving of melted palm sugar (gula melaka)
Spoon some of that cendol you just made in…
Okay, without the cendol maker, these may be fatter than your average cendol. That’s ok. No one minds. I’m cool with it. You’re cool with it. We’re cool.
Top with coconut milk, freshly squeezed of course.
All the way to the top! *In my haste to taste the drink, I don’t have a picture of the finished glass of cendol with coconut milk all the way to the top.*
50 grams of Pandan Leaves snipped
325 grams of water
Blend the pandan leaves with the water till the leaves are pulped, and the water turns a nice shade of green. Strain the mixture.
The dry ingredients:
25 grams hunkwee flour (Mung Bean flour)
20 grams rice flour
5 grams sago flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 TBS sugar
Whisk the flours together. Add the sugar and salt. Stir to combine.
Pour the pandan water into the flour mixture. Give a good stir. Strain the mixture for any lumps.
Prepare a basin of ice water, ice cubes are welcome. Prepare oven mittens and a pipping bag.
Pour strained mixture into a wok. Cook over low heat till thickened
Pour it into a pipping bag. Using the oven mitts, gently squeeze the cendol into the basin of ice water.
1 L of Freshly squeezed coconut milk, salted with 1tsp of salt.
2 blocks of gula melaka, melted (add water if too thick).
Ladle some of the gula melaka onto an awaiting cup. Ladle some of the cendol, and top the glass with the freshly coconut milk. Enjoy at room temperature or with ice 🙂
I am taking a break from all the healthy, wholesome cooking to make way for this peach pie.
This pie is a full butter, double crusted, gluten-full pie made from refined white wheat flour.
The peaches came from a can which probably leached BPA.
White refined sugar was added to the peaches.
While the overall goal here is to make healthier, whole foods to feed my family. I’m taking baby steps towards it.
That canned peach? It was something I unwittingly bought a few months ago. I am using it as I am clearing my pantry of the less healthy food items and replacing it with the healthier ones.
Having said that, I don’t think i will go to the extremeties such as completely eliminating a certain food.
I ‘ll still use wheat flour to create gluten-full bread.
I will still dump cupfuls of sugar into my cookies. ( well, maybe I will hold back just a little)
My version of “healthy” is defined in the most universal way. Health ideas that most of us can unanimously agree on. And my first focus would be to buy ingredients as fresh and as less processed as possible.
I really don’t like the idea of reading the ingredient list on say, a pack of biscuit in the supermarket and not being able to pronounce some of the items listed there, be it preservatives, additives, or even coloring, So if i were really craving for that pack of biscuit, i would load up my grocery cart with flour, butter, sugar and whatever it takes to make that biscuit.
So wish me luck everyone. *tosses empty can of peach*
Makes a small pie with a diameter of about 12 cm
80 grams flour
60 grams butter, cubed and frozen
pinch of salt
pinch of sugar
1 to 1.5 tablespoon ice cold water
1 tbs beaten egg
1 cup of peaches (I used canned peach)
1 tbs flour
25 grams sugar
pinch of cinnamon
pinch of salt
1/2 tbs butter
1. In a food processor, add the flour, salt and sugar and pulse a couple of times.
2. Add the butter, and pulse a few times until the mixture resembles peas.
3. Add ice water and pulse. The dough should start to hold together.
4. Remove dough from the food processor, and place it over your working surface. Form the dough into two discs, cover in pastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour.
5. Preheat oven to 425 F
6. Take the dough discs and roll it out till it’s at least 18 cm in diameter.
7. Place the rolled dough and arrange it into the pie dish. Brush the pie crust with egg whites so that it doesnt get soggy.
8. In a large bowl, place the sliced peaches. In another bowl, mix the flour, sugar cinnamon,salt and the beaten egg. Pour the mixture over the sliced peaches and mix gently with a wooden spoon.
9. Roll the second disc of dough to make the top crust. Cut small round holes into the disc to let air during baking
10. Spoon peaches onto the pie dish, cover with the second dough, folding the edges under.Dip a fork in the egg wash, and start pressing the edges with the tines of the fork.
11. Bake for 10 mins in a preheated oven. the reduce the heat to 350 F and bake for an additional 30-35 mins.
12. Cool before removing from pie dish,
I’ve been observing numerous foodblogs and their abstinence to grains.
A Grain-Free diet, as they call it, is a diet devoid of grains. This includes things like rice, barley, oats, etc.
To summarize, ALL the flours in my pantry, be it rice flour, wheat flour or corn flour unmitigatedly breach this grain free diet.
“So what the heck are you supposed to bake with?” screamed the baker in me.
Well, take it easy, Because baking is still possible without the above mentioned flours. Days after days of blogstalking activities revealed that almond flour (almond being a nut, not a grain), and coconut flour (coconut is a fruit), are the top favourites amongst the grain-free dieters.
And since i live in the tropics where coconuts are aplenty. I am using coconut flour on this grain free adventure
but WHY ???? you ask. Aren’t grains good for you? Aren’t they full of fiber? Don’t they reduce the risk of heart diseases.
Well, i guess there are two sides to every story.
The followers of a grain free diet believe that:
1. Grain are inflammatory food due to its high starch content.
Grains that are refined have higher inflammatory index than unrefined grains. So a white flour is more inflammatory than a whole wheat flour.
2. Grain contain phytic acid which binds minerals and prevent absorbtion.
This pretty much means that you won’t be able to fully and effeciently absorb the minerals that the grains boasts about.
3. Grains are linked to tooth decay.
High starches in grain is a breeding ground for bacterial growth in your mouth.
There are probably a more extensive list of the detrimental effects of grains. But I’ll leave it up to you guys to research into it on your own. My brain is starting to hurt just by highlighting the three points above. I guess i could never look into health advisor as an occupation.
Sugar Free Coconut Flour Chiffon Banana Cake with blueberries
Makes two ramekins
5 grams coconut flour
1 egg yolk (preferable organic)
10 grams coconut oil
10 grams coconut milk
60 grams ripe bananas, mashed
1 egg white
a handful of frozen blueberries
Preheat oven to 165 C (330 F).
Mix egg yolk, mashed banana, coconut flour, oil, and milk into a bowl. Stir till you get a smooth batter
Beat egg white till stiff peak.
Fold egg white into banana batter
Transfer batter into ramekins
Drop blueberries on the batter
Bake for +- 20 minutes or till the cake turns a golden brown
What strikes me the most about Nigella Lawson is her beauty.
It’s almost a pity that she is hosting a cooking show instead of starring in a blockbuster movie. What a waste of pretty face, me thinks.
After watching numerous episodes of her show, I’ve come to conclude that Nigella’s style of cooking comes with a careless wanton. She is not very rigid on her measurements. It’s always a “drizzle of this” or a “handful of that”. That doesn’t sit well with me. My sense of estimation is tragically useless.
Thankfully, someone was able to convert her recipes into teaspoons, tablespoons and cups. Precise instructions are my bedrock. Without it, I am just a piece of wood drifting about cluelessly in the world of culinary.
What made this pudding stand out is the use of croissant instead of the common stale bread. This made a very soft, melt-in-your-mouth pudding texture which you barely have to chew.
So, grab a spoon and dig in!
Recipe taken from Food Network.
Caramel Croissant Pudding
2 stale croissants
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons water
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons bourbon
1/2 cup whole milk
2 eggs, beaten
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Tear the croissants into pieces and put in a small gratin dish; I use a cast iron oval with a capacity of about 500ml/ 2 cups for this.
Put the sugar and water into a saucepan, and swirl around to help dissolve the sugar before putting the saucepan on the hob over medium to high heat. Caramelize the sugar and water mixture by letting it bubble away until it all turns a deep amber colour; this will take 3 to 5 minutes. Keep looking but don’t be too timid.
Take the pan off the heat and add the cream – ignoring all spluttering – followed by the bourbon and milk. Whisk to mix, then still whisking add the beaten eggs. Pour this quickly over the croissants and leave to steep for 10 minutes.
Place in the preheated oven for 20 minutes and prepare to swoon.
This dish is definitely not for the faint of heart.
Neither is it for the faint of nose.
I was folding the durian filling into this pancakes when i noticed the onset of a headache.
I thought i was imagining it. But then the hired help made a passing remark (she literally walked passed me and made the remark) “the smell of durian is making me dizzy”.
Geez, i didnt even know HOW that could be possible.
Nevertheless, headache or not, i still scarfed down three of these.
Strangely enough, eating these didn’t give me a headache.
So go figure!
PS: I am entering this to July’s aspiring baker
The theme for this month is : Tropical Spiky Month
hosted by Charmaine of MiMi Bakery House.
Thanks Charmaine for hosting!
250 gram all purpose flour
500 ml coconut milk (freshly squeezed)
pinch of salt
Whisk the eggs and coconut milk together. Add in the salt.
Slowly pour the coconut milk mixture into the flour
Cook it on a nonstick pan. I used about one spoon ladle for each layer of pancake.
Durian flesh (+- 220 grams)
Whipping cream (70 grams)
whip the cream till soft peaks. Add the durian flesh and mix till combined
Spoon the durian flesh onto the durian pancakes and fold it like an envelope.
After my mini success with the homemade sprinkles, i was hooked.
Baby Cait is at an impressionable age where her senses and motoric skills are developing and need to be stimulated.
This rainbow pop has got colors that captivate and freezing temperature to excite. And it’s made from 100%fruits with NO sugar, coloring, jello, or any other fancy shmancy.
Healthy food doesn’t have to be boring. All it takes is a little bit of time, effort and creativity.
And here’s a little “Cait comics” I made. It’s her first experience with a popsicle!
Rainbow Pop is made of
and Blueberry Juice