Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Easy and good pound cake recipe, almost impossible to fail, the recipe is from Southern Living : http://www.food.com/recipe/cream-cheese-pound-cake-with-strawberries-and-cream-51739

 

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Blueberry Puff Tart

Just another simple recipe using homemade puff pastry, this time using blueberry. Enjoy!

 

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1. Mix 2 C Blueberry with 2Tbs lemon juice, 3 Tbs sugar, 3 Tbs corn starch, set aside.

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2. Cut the puff pastry sheet into smaller square, 6″x 6″ total 8 squares (if using ready frozen pastry, just divide each sheet into 4 squares ).

3. Spread 1Tbs cream cheese then scoop the blueberry into each square, fold the perimeter to hold the berries, brush with egg wash.

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4. Bake in 350F oven about 15-20 minutes or the pastry is golden brown. Drizzle with honey (optional).

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Cheese Sweet Bun

This is my first bun, bread, roll, basically anything that uses yeast. I’d always been hesitate trying to make my own bread from scratch,… I was just not ready facing the possibility that the dough may not rise or at the end the bread may become tough and hard, I don’t want to waste my muscle for kneading 🙂

Then I found this recipe, the title seemed very promising, “The Best Sweet Yeast Roll Dough I Have Ever Found” by Kathie Carr.

How could I not fall for it? I felt like my longing for making bread with recipe that will work for even a dummy like me had finally come to the end, and it did work!

 

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I modified the recipe by adding cheese, it’s really good. I am happy with the texture and taste though it’s not the softest bun in the world but for me it’s good…. maybe adding more muscle power on the kneading process will make it better, will definitely try it next time.

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This recipe is a keeper, see how nice its texture.

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Baked Banana and Bread Pudding

Every month, at least once, I make banana cake because of over ripe bananas sitting on the counter…they are so ripe you don’t want to eat them just like that, not to mention the skin discoloration that makes them so unattractive( though I know they are at their highest stage of health and nutritional benefits ). Then I started thinking about trying new recipe for those over ripe bananas and this one is very easy and good, this is actually Vietnamese dessert I had couple months ago. After comparing recipes, here is my version. Enjoy!

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1.Roughly chop/ dice 4-5 slices of bread ( I used bread end, this recipe is also good for making use of bread ends). thinly slice 4 bananas, set aside.

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2. Combine 1 C coconut milk, 3/4C water, and 2 tbs sugar (more if you like sweeter). Soak the bread ends into the mixture for about 5 minutes.

3. Arrange the sliced bananas  in a layer alternatively with the soaked bread in the pie plate, baked for 20-30 minutes or until the top is golden brown.

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4. Bon Apetite.

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Vanilla Cake with Raspberry Mascarpone Butter Cream

This cake is my learning cake decorating project. Pretty happy with the result, this is my first time making rose, I think using butter cream frosting helped a lot. With my previous attempts at cake decorating, the frosting, heavy cream frosting, was too soft it could not form the shape I wanted…. and it melts in no time in summer. On this one I used butter as the main ingredient, as the twist I added mascarpone cheese which I think would go well with raspberry, and It did actually, perfect pairing.

 

My mom is very good at making butter cream rose, so good that I remember almost all of our birthday cakes back then were decorated with roses 🙂 … every birthday, whenever it’s mom’s homemade cake.

 

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Love the pink frosting!

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Indonesian Kalasan chicken

This menu makes me feel “at home”, somehow makes me forget I am half of the globe away from my hometown. For those looking for recipe that incorporates turmeric, this may suit you.  This is Indonesian traditional fried chicken recipe, very popular and you can find it almost everywhere in Indonesia, though sometimes people use different name but usually we can tell from the basic taste, turmeric and coriander.

 

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1. Prepare and cut the chicken. I hope this picture would give you idea about  the size of the chicken I used since I didn’t know its weight.

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2. Prepare the ingredient: 1 lemon grass(cut), 2 fresh turmeric about 1.5″ each, 5 shallots, 4 garlic, 4candlenuts, 4 bay leaves,3″ galangal, and 1 tbs coriander. Ground the turmeric, shallots, garlic, candlenut, and coriander. My method is using food processor  by adding 1C of water, quick and easy.

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4. A. Arrange the lemon grass, bay leaves, and galangal on the top of chicken in the medium pot.

B. Pour the liquid from food processor. C. Add water just enough to cover the chicken (not too much to make the chicken floating). Add about 1 tbs salt, taste it once the water start boiling, add more if needed. D. Leave it for 15 minutes(this is my additional step to make sure the chicken absorbs the seasoning thoroughly), cook for 1 hour until the chicken is tender.

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5. Drain the liquid,  you can store it in air tight container in the fridge.

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6. Fry in medium heat oil until golden brown, serve!

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Coconut Fried Shrimp

I made this menu just because I wanted to finish up the sweet coconut flakes in my fridge. It is a left over from baking and had been sitting there like forever. This is very simple and almost no fail menu, the shrimp itself is very tasty so you will not really mess it, even with basic salt and pepper seasoning this will still be great.

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1. Prepare 2 C big shrimps, peel off the shell. Mine is like 4″ – 5″ long individually, I left the tail and half part of the head. Marinate with 2 tbs of lemon juice for 5 minutes. Ground 2 cloves of garlic, 2 shallots, 2 candlenuts, 1/2 tsp salt and 1 tbs coriander, mix with 1 beaten egg white.

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2. Pour the seasoning into the shrimp, marinate for 15 minutes.

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3. Roll the shrimp onto sweet coconut flakes, press to get it fully coated, fry in medium heat oil.

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4. Bon appétit.

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