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Showing posts with label Valentine's Day Recipe Ideas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Valentine's Day Recipe Ideas. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

How to Make Mini Strawberry Roll Cake Without Oven (Swiss Roll Using Frying Pan) - Video Recipe

You can make a fluffy sponge cake in a frying pan :)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jVYsEwHNWU

Perfect for a quick snack!!!



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Mini Strawberry Roll Cake (Swiss Roll) using Frying Pan

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 30min
Number of servings: 3 pieces

Necessary Equipment:
18X13cm Tamagoyaki Nabe (rectangular omelet pan)

Ingredients:
((Sponge Cake))
1 egg
1 tbsp. granulated sugar
2 tbsp. cake flour
1 tbsp. cooking oil
((Strawberry Sauce))
2 strawberries
1/2 tsp. granulated sugar
((Filling))
whipped cream
3 cut strawberries

Directions:
((Sponge Cake))
1. Put the egg and granulated sugar in a bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until white and fluffy.
2. Sift in cake flour and mix with a spatula until combined. Then mix in cooking oil.
3. Heat cooking oil in a Tamagoyaki Nabe (rectangular omelet pan). Pour in the batter, cover with aluminum foil, and cook on low for 5~6 minutes. When the surface becomes dry, remove from the pan, wrap with plastic wrap, and cool completely.
((Strawberry Sauce))
1. Strain 2 strawberries through a coarse sieve.
2. Mix in granulated sugar.
((Filling))
1. Cut off one end of the sponge cake diagonally.
2. Spread some strawberry sauce. Spread some whipped cream. Then place some cut strawberries.
3. Place the cut side on the other side, and roll up the cake. Wrap in plastic wrap and cool in the fridge to set.
4. Cut off both ends and cut into 3 pieces.

* Place the cake in the fridge for a few hours ~ a day. The cream will set and you can cut the cake easily. Eat within the next day.

レシピ(日本語)
http://cooklabo.blogspot.jp/2014/12/blog-post_23.html
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Saturday, November 8, 2014

How to Make Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies - Video Recipe

Many people requested me to make chewy cookies, so I am finally making this tutorial.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBMlE0jAXGo

It reminds me of the cookies in the states :3 Yummy!!!


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Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Difficulty: Very Easy
Time: 30 min
Number of servings: 18 big cookies

Ingredients:
110g (3.8oz) unsalted butter *room temperature
50g (1.8oz.) granulated sugar
100g (3.5oz.) brown sugar
1 egg *room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla extract
170g (oz.) all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
100g (3.5oz.) chocolate chips
80g (2.8oz.) walnuts

Directions:
1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until white and fluffy.
2. In a different bowl, beat an egg and vanilla extract.
3. Add the egg mixture into the large bowl little by little, and mix well.
4. Sift in flour and baking soda, then add salt, and mix with a spatula until combined. *DO NOT overmix
5. Mix in chocolate chips and walnuts.
6. Preheat the oven to 170C (338F). Drop the cookie dough (about 4cm balls) using a small ice cream scooper or spoons onto the baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cookies should be about 2 inches apart.
7. Bake at 170C (338F) for 10 minutes. Cool the cookies on the baking sheet or a wire rack.

Make sure you don't overcook, otherwise they will become crisp. baking time is the key!

You can keep the cookies in an airtight container or a Ziploc bag for a week.

レシピ(日本語)
http://cooklabo.blogspot.jp/2014/11/blog-post_7.html
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

How to Make EASY Checkerboard Cookies (Ice Box Cookies) - Video Recipe

Just make sure you harden it up in the freezer before you cut. Then you can make this easy and beautiful cookies with no worries ;)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvwpF8xC8CY

I received many requests for this recipe, so I finally made it!



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Checkerboard Cookies

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 2hrs
Number of servings: about 40 cookies

Ingredients:
((Vanilla Dough))
50g (1.8oz.) butter *room temperature
2.5 tbsp. granulated sugar
1/2 beaten egg *room temperature
100g (3.5oz.) cake flour
a few drops of vanilla extract
((Chocolate Dough))
50g (1.8oz.) butter *room temperature
2.5 tbsp. granulated sugar
1/2 beaten egg *room temperature
85g (3oz.) cake flour
15g (0.5oz.) cocoa powder
a few drops of vanilla extract

Directions:
((Vanilla Dough))
1. Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl until white and fluffy.
2. Add beaten egg little by little and mix well.
3. Add a few drops of vanilla extract and mix well.
4. Sift in cake flour, then mix well with a spatula. When the dough starts to crumble, use your hands to mix tougher until formed. Then form into an inch and a half square rectangular stick. Wrap in plastic wrap and cool in the freezer for about 30 minutes to set and chill.
((Chocolate Dough))
1. Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl until white and fluffy.
2. Add beaten egg little by little and mix well.
3. Add a few drops of vanilla extract and mix well.
4. Sift in cake flour and cocoa powder, then mix well with a spatula. When the dough starts to crumble, use your hands to mix tougher until formed. Then form into an inch and a half square rectangular stick. Wrap in plastic wrap and cool in the freezer for about 30 minutes to set and chill.
((Molding)
1. Slice each dough lengthwise into 3 pieces. Swap the middle dough. Then Slice each set lengthwise into 3 pieces and swap the middle dough again. *slightly defrost the dough if they are too hard to cut.
2. Wrap in plastic wrap again and cool in the freezer for about 15 minutes to set and chill. *you can keep the dough in the freezer up to a week
3. Preheat the oven to 170C (338F). Slice the dough into 5mm (0.2 inch) thick. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
4. Bake at 170C (338F) for about 15 minutes. Cool the cookies on the baking sheet or a wire rack.

レシピ(日本語)
http://cooklabo.blogspot.jp/2014/07/blog-post_8.html
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

How to Make NO EGG NO DAIRY Chocolate Banana Cupcakes - Video Recipe

Very moist and tasty cupcakes without egg and dairy ingredients!!!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U00IfztnvdM

I received many requests for No Egg No Dairy sweet recipe, so I came up with this idea :)

Not only for those who have an allergy but for those who want a healthy dessert for your party!



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No Egg No Dairy Chocolate Banana Cupcakes

Difficulty: Very Easy
Time: 45min
Number of servings: 7 (5cm/2inch) baking cups

Ingredients:
2 small bananas (total of 210g w/o skins)
2 tbsp. sugar *if your bananas are not ripe enough
2 tbsp. cooking oil
100ml soy milk
120g (4.2oz.) cake flour *all purpose or gluten free flour may be okay
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tbsp. cocoa powder
30g (1oz.) chopped walnuts *or chocolate chips if you like

Directions:
1. Place bananas and sugar in a large bowl and mash them with a fork.
2. Add cooking oil (to make the cake tasty) and soy milk, then mix well.
3. Sift in flour, baking powder, and cocoa powder, then mix with a spatula or a wire whisk until combined.
4. If you like, you can mix in some chopped walnuts and/or chocolate chips.
5. Preheat oven to 180C (350F). Spoon the mixture into the cups up to 80% full. Bake at 180C (350F) for about 25 minutes.
6. Place the cupcakes on a wire rack to cool.

レシピ(日本語)
http://cooklabo.blogspot.jp/2014/07/blog-post.html
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

How to Make Duffy the Disney Bear Cake (3D Cake for Valentine's Day) - Video Recipe

This 3D cake is very easy and adorable :)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VC2Pj_A4npU

You can sure use a store-bought sponge cake and whipped cream to save time!



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Duffy the Disney Bear Cake

Difficulty: EASY
Time: 30min (to decorate)
Number of Servings: 12cm (5inch) bowl

Ingredients:
4 thinly sliced 18cm (7.1-inch) round sponge cake
vanilla whipped cream
chocolate whipped cream
canned fruits and syrup
chocolate pens: brown/white/red

Directions:
1. Bake sponge cake and make whipped cream. *of course you can use store-bought ones to save time!
2. Print out your favorite Duffy image to the size you want.
3. Place parchment paper over the image and draw eyes, nose and mouth using chocolate pens (you can use food coloring to make the colored chocolates). Put in the fridge to set.
4. Cut a slice of sponge cake radially and place them in a bowl (preferably lined with plastic wrap). Cut out ears using round cookie cutters, cups, glasses or whatever you have on hand.
5. Brush the cake with syrup. *it makes the cake very moist and nice! so, don't forget to apply it on the ears, too!
6. Place some whipped cream and fruits, then place a layer of sponge cake to cover. Place it in the fridge for about 30 minutes to set.
7. Flip over the cake onto a dish and remove from the bowl.
8. Frost the cake with vanilla whipped cream.
9. Use cups to make an outline of the part where you want to fill with vanilla whipped cream.
10. Pipe out the chocolate whipped cream in a pastry bag fitted with a small star tip. Hollow the ears to make them look 3D.
11. Pipe out the vanilla whipped cream in a pastry bag fitted with a small star tip. Place some leftover sponge cakes on his mouth to make a small mountain.
12. Place the eyes, nose, and mouth to finish.

FYI: How to Make Chocolate Whipped Cream
In a bowl, place 200ml heavy whipping cream, 2 tbsp. granulated sugar, sift in 2 tbsp. cocoa powder, and a few drops of vanilla extract (if you like). Float the bottom of the bowl in ice water, whisk the cream until it forms a soft peak.

You can keep it in the fridge for a day!

↓レシピ(日本語)
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Saturday, February 8, 2014

How to Make Chocolate Covered Sesame Seed Cookies for Valentine's Day - Video Recipe

Sesame seeds are high in iron, fiber, and vitamin E like almonds and keep your skin healthy.

These cookies are not too sweet just like scones. Chocolate coating makes them sweet enough and absolutely wonderful!!!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1kju31sRuU

A healthy choice for Valentine's Day ;)



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Chocolate Covered Sesame Seed Cookies

Difficulty: EASY
Time: 30min
Number of Servings: 20

Ingredients:
50g (1.8oz.) toasted black sesame seeds
50g (1.8oz.) honey
100g (3.5oz.) butter *room temperature
1 egg *room temperature
150g (5.3oz.) cake flour *I think all purpose flour is ok
1/2 tsp. baking powder
100g (3.5oz.) milk chocolate

Directions:
1. Strain toasted black sesame seeds through a sieve to coarsely grind them. You can use a mortar and pestle, or a blender of course.
2. Cream the butter in a bowl with a wire whisk. Add coarsely ground sesame seeds, honey, and egg (in order) and mix well.
3. Sift in flour and baking powder, then mix well.
4. Preheat the oven to 180C (350F). Place parchment paper on a baking sheet. Make 2 small oval shapes with the dough and attach them together to make a heart shape. In this way, you don't need a heart-shaped cookie cutter :)
5. Bake at 180C (350F) for about 12 minutes. Place them on a wire rack to cool.
6. Dip half of each cookie into melted chocolate. Cool in the fridge to set.

You can add more sugar or honey to make them sweeter to your liking!

You can also put a piece of chocolate in the middle :)

↓レシピ(日本語)
http://www.cooklabo.blogspot.jp/2014/02/blog-post_8.html
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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

How to Make Chocolate Cups for Valentine's Day - Video Recipe

We call these chocolates "Cup Choco" while they are called "Chocolate Cups" in English, I guess. hehe


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeL7uxc4P4M

It is very popular and a basic Valentine's Day recipe in Japan.



I was asked to make a logo for Cookpad (#1 recipe site in Japan).



The logo design can be seen on the top left corner of the site until valentine's day :)
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Chocolate Cups

Difficulty: SUPER EASY
Time: 15min
Number of Servings: 30 (2cm=0.8inch) chocolate aluminum foil cups

Ingredients:
200g (7oz) chocolate
60ml soy milk or milk or whipping cream
fillings (nuts of your choice)
toppings (sprinkles and candies of your choice)

Directions:
1. Chop or break chocolates into small pieces.
2. Put soy milk in a pot and bring to a boil. Stop the heat and add the chopped chocolates. Wait for 1-2 minutes until thoroughly melted to the core. Then mix well. *you can add 1 tbsp. rum.
3. Put the melted chocolate in a plastic bag or a pastry bag.
4. Place the nuts in the chocolate aluminum foil cups. *you can use tart shells, too!
5. Snip off the end of the pastry bag and pipe into the cups.
6. When the chocolate has cooled and thickened a bit, decorate with sprinkles and candies of your choice.
7. Put in the fridge until firm.

↓レシピ(日本語)
http://www.cooklabo.blogspot.jp/2014/02/blog-post.html
http://cookpad.com/recipe/2477974
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

How to Make Printed Tim Tams (using Chocolate Transfer Sheets) for Valentine's Day - Video Recipe

Easy, cute, gorgeous, and delicious idea with a homemade touch ;)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xn8n8G_b3L4

I found cute chocolate transfer sheets at DAISO (Japanese dollar shop)! I had no idea but bought them because I wanted to use them for something. After thinking for a while, I came up with a great idea using "Tim Tam"!!!

To use the chocolate transfer sheet, you will need sweets with flat and hard surface, covered with melted chocolates… Tim Tam is just perfect for that, especially the double coat one!



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Printed Tim Tams (using Chocolate Transfer Sheets)

Difficulty: SUPER EASY
Time: 5min
Number of Servings: N/A

Necessary Equipment:
frying pan
toothpicks

Ingredients:
Double Coat Tim Tams or any chocolate covered sweets with flat surface
chocolate transfer sheets of your choice

Directions:
1. Cut the chocolate transfer sheet according to the size of the area you plan to decorate.
2. Insert a toothpick into a Tim Tam.
3. Heat a frying pan, stop the heat, then melt the surface of Tim Tam with the remaining heat.
4. Place the transfer sheet on the melted surface before it hardens. Make sure that there are no bubbles in between the sheet and the chocolate.
5. Chill in the fridge or freezer until firm. Carefully peel off the sheet and remove the toothpick.

Other sweets you may want to try:
Kit Kat, Tirol Chocolates, etc...

↓レシピ(日本語)
http://cooklabo.blogspot.jp/2014/01/blog-post_28.html
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

How to Make NO-BAKE Chocolate Cake (Japanese Nama-Choco Cake) for Valentine's Day - Video Recipe

You just need 6 ingredients.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSXnCY2bWfQ

Google and find your favorite Valentine's Day image to create your own stencil. You don't have to buy it :)



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NO-BAKE Chocolate Cake (Japanese Nama-Choco Cake)

Difficulty: VERY EASY
Time: 1hr
Number of Servings: 16
Calories per Serving: 230Kcal

Necessary Equipment:
18cm (7inch) square cake pan

Ingredients:
6 Meiji Milk Chocolate Bar (330g) *or 300g (10.5oz.) your favorite chocolate is OK
120ml heavy whipping cream (fresh cream)
15 (184.5g) Kit Kat Mini *or 180g chocolate-covered cookies are OK
30g (1.05oz.) butter
cocoa powder
powdered sugar (confectioner's sugar)

Directions:
1. Line the pan with parchment paper.
2. Smash Kit Kat in a Ziploc bag, add melted butter (microwaved), and mix well. Press firmly into the square pan.
3. Chop or break chocolates into small pieces.
4. Put heavy whipping cream in a pot and bring to a boil. Stop the heat and add the chopped chocolates. Wait for 1-2 minutes until thoroughly melted to the core. Then mix well. *you can add toasted almond slices (I added 40g=1.4oz.) and/or 1 tbsp. rum.
5. Pour the chocolate mixture into the pan, smooth the surface, and put in the fridge for 1~2 hours until firm.
6. Use a knife warmed in hot water to cut. Dust with cocoa powder, place a stencil, then dust with powdered sugar.

↓レシピ(日本語)
http://www.cooklabo.blogspot.jp/2014/01/blog-post_21.html
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Saturday, January 4, 2014

How to Make 5 Ingredients Shiroi Koibito (Chocolat Blanc et Langue de Chat) - Video Recipe

Shiroi Koibito (白い恋人), literally means "White Lovers", also called Chocolat Blanc et Langue de Chat, is the best and well-known souvenir sweet from Hokkaido which consists of two thin butter cookies and a layer of white chocolate in between.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WG5odG7SgaE

Langue de Chat is "cat's tongue-shaped thin cookies". I don't know why Shiroi Koibito is square-shaped… Anyways, it is very popular! haha



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5 Ingredients Shiroi Koibito (Chocolat Blanc et Langue de Chat)

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 1 hour
Number of servings: 30 cookies

Ingredients:
100g (3.5oz.) butter *salted is ok
100g cake flour *all purpose flour is ok
1 egg
60g (2.1oz.) granulated sugar
240g (8.5oz.) white chocolate

Directions:
1. Draw about an inch and a half squares (leaving about an inch between) on a piece of paper.
2. Melt butter in a microwave (in a microwavable dish) and cream it in a bowl. Add granulated sugar, egg, and cake flour (sift), in order and mix well. *Yes, you can add vanilla extract to taste.
3. Preheat the oven to 180C (356F).
4. Transfer the batter to a pastry bag and snip off the end. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, place the template under the parchment paper. Pipe out the batter in the squares (the batter will spread a little, so keep it smaller). Then remove the template. *You can bake 60 thin cookies.
5. Bake at 180C (356F) for 8-10 minutes. Let the cookies cool completely on the baking sheet.
6. Melt 120g (4.2oz.) white chocolate over a double boiler, line 6-inch square pan with plastic wrap (or use aluminium foil! I heard it is much easier and you may not need a square pan), then pour in the chocolate and spread evenly. Place it in the freezer to harden up a little bit. Cut it into 16 squares. *You can make 16 thin chocolates using a 6-inch square pan, so repeat the step to make 32 chocolates.
7. While the chocolate is soft, place it between two cookies. Place the cookies in the freezer to harden up completely.

You'd better keep the cookies in the fridge in summer.
You can store at the room temperature in winter, of course.

↓レシピ(日本語)
http://cooklabo.blogspot.jp/2014/01/blog-post_4.html
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Thursday, April 25, 2013

How to Make 2-Ingredient Chocolate Cake (Gâteau au Chocolat) - Video Recipe

The other day, I was looking for a cake pan on the Net and ended up finding many 2 ingredients chocolate cake posts! This idea must be popular in Japan!!!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XG3RU9bCE8

I modified the recipe in the way I think is good and it came out amazingly delicious :)



This is optional, but I coated the cake with some homemade fruit brandy for an extra aroma and moistness.

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2-Ingredient Chocolate Cake

Difficulty: VERY EASY
Time: 1hr
Number of Servings: 6
Calories per Serving: 200Kcal

Necessary Equipment:
15cm (6inch) round cake pan
electric mixer

Ingredients:
3 eggs
3 bars of chocolate (total of 165g = 5.8oz.)

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 170C (338F). Separate the eggs and place the whites in a large bowl. Let your egg whites sit in the refrigerator to keep them cold until you are ready to use them (which makes the meringue more stable).
2. Place the chocolate (broken into pieces) in a large bowl. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler over hot water (60C/140F). When the chocolate has cooled, add the yolks and mix with a whisk.
3. In a large bowl, whip egg whites with an electric mixer until firm peaks form. *If it's thick enough, you can turn the bowl upside down without it sliding out.
4. Add 1/3 Meringue into the chocolate batter and blend well with a whisk. Then add the rest of the Meringue 1/2 at a time and mix well with a spatula.
5. Line the round cake pan with parchment paper. Pour the batter into the pan and drop the pan lightly on the counter to raise the air bubbles out of the batter.
6. Bake at 170C (338F) for 30-40 minutes.
7. When they are done, cool in the pan until you can touch it. Then place it on a wire rack to cool completely.

You can brush the cake with syrup (rum, kirsch, brandy, or any kind of liquor you like) and/or dust with powdered sugar (confectioner's sugar) to finish. You can serve it with whipped cream if desired.

You can either serve immediately or chill in the fridge before serving! You can also keep in the freezer for a week :D

↓レシピ(日本語)
http://cooklabo.blogspot.jp/2013/04/blog-post_25.html
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Thursday, April 11, 2013

How to Make Hokkaido Chiffon Cupcakes with Vanilla Custard Whipped Cream 北海道牛奶蛋糕 - Video Recipe

Moist and fluffy cupcakes with custard whipped cream filling.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgWKARYqOnE

I received a lot of requests for Hokkaido Chiffon Cupcakes (北海道牛奶蛋糕). However it is NOT a Japanese sweet. LOL

I don't know why it is named Hokkaido (sounds like a Japanese sweet)! haha



Anyhow, I asked my viewers and they showed me the pictures and the websites, then I finally got an idea that these are chiffon cupcakes with custard whipped cream filling.

Based on that info, I created this recipe. Sorry if this is not what you want… BUT my opinion is… AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS XD My darling said I can sell these cupcakes. LOL Well… I think I'm gonna make this again!!!

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How to Make Hokkaido Chiffon Cupcakes with Vanilla Custard Whipped Cream

Difficulty: Unexpectedly Easy
Time: 2-3hrs (incl. cooling time)

Number of servings:
8-10 (5cm/2inch) muffin cups
12-14 (5cm/2inch) cupcake cups

Necessary Equipment:
electric mixer

Ingredients:
((Egg Yolk Batter))
3 egg yolks
20g (0.7oz.) granulated sugar
40ml cooking oil
40ml milk
60g (2.1oz.) cake flour
((Meringue))
3 egg whites
40g (1.4oz.) granulated sugar
((Vanilla Custard Cream))
1 tbsp. cake flour
1 tbsp. corn starch
40g (1.4oz.) granulated sugar
200ml milk
2 egg yolks
15g (0.5oz.) butter
a few drops of vanilla extract
((Whipped Cream))
100ml heavy whipping cream (fresh cream) *chilled
1 tbsp. granulated sugar
((Finish))
powdered sugar (confectioner's sugar)

Directions:
((Preparation))
Separate the eggs and place the whites in a large bowl. Let your egg whites sit in the refrigerator to keep them cold until you are ready to use them (which makes them easier to whip).
((Egg Yolk Batter))
In a bowl, place egg yolks and sugar. Beat them with an electric mixer until white like mayonnaise. Add cooking oil and milk, then mix well with an electric mixer. Sift in cake flour and mix well with a whisk.
((Meringue))
In a large bowl, whip egg whites and half of the granulated sugar with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Then add the rest of the granulated sugar and whip them until firm peaks form. *If it's thick enough, you can turn the bowl upside down without it sliding out.
((Combine and Bake))
Add 1/3 Meringue into the Egg Yolk Batter and blend well with a whisk. Then add the rest of the Meringue 1/2 at a time and mix well with a spatula. Preheat the oven to 170C (338F). Spoon the mixture into the cups up to 70% full. Bake muffin cups for 20-25 minutes. Bake cupcake cups for 15-20 minutes. When they are done, place them on a wire rack and leave to cool.
((Vanilla Custard Cream))
Place flour, corn starch, and granulated sugar in a bowl, then mix well with a whisk. Add a bit of milk and mix well. Then add the rest and mix well again. Add egg yolks and mix well. Strain the mixture with a strainer and transfer to a saucepan. Add butter, put on low, stir constantly, and stop the heat when the cream starts to thicken. Mix well with the remaining heat. Add a few drops of vanilla extract to finish. Leave to cool or put in the fridge to cool completely.
((Whipped Cream))
Combine fresh cream and granulated in a dry, clean bowl. Float the bottom of the bowl in ice water, whisk the cream until it forms a stiff peak.
((Finish))
Add the Whipped Cream into the Vanilla Custard Cream 1/3 at a time and mix well with a whisk. Fit a pastry bag with a small round tip, and fill with the cream. Pipe the cream into the chiffon cupcakes and dust with powdered sugar.

You can either serve immediately or chill in the fridge before serving!

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

How to Make 100% Fresh Strawberry Gummy Jelly - Video Recipe

Very healthy and refreshing sweet treat :)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsQBzIqVe8M

By making this for a few times, I realized that it is impossible to make elastic gummy candies (like store-bought ones) using fruit juice with TOO MUCH PULP X( Anyhow, they were great and addictive. But sorry these are not gummy candies but maybe gummy jelly?! :3 If you want to make elastic gummy candies, please use regular transparent juice with no pulp. Clear apple juice works great!!! I think I was too greedy using fresh strawberries. haha



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100% Strawberry Gummy Jelly

Difficulty: Very Easy
Time: 1hr (incl. cooling time)
Number of servings: N/A

Necessary Equipment:
blender / mixer
ice cube tray or candy mold, silicone is better

Ingredients:
A
150g strawberries
4 tbsp. sugar or sugar substitute
2 tbsp. water
B
30g (1.0oz.) unflavored gelatin powder
90ml water

Directions:
1. Lightly coat an ice cube tray or a candy mold with cooking oil.
2. Place A in a blender / mixer and process until smooth.
3. Put B in a small bowl. Place it over a bowl of hot water and stir until gelatin dissolves. *You can microwave for 30 seconds or so to dissolve the gelatin.
4. Place the strawberry mixture in a small saucepan over medium heat. When the mixture begins to simmer, stop the heat, add the gelatin mixture, and
continue stirring until gelatin completely dissolves.
5. Pour into the prepared tray and put in the fridge for about 30 minutes until completely set.

Unlike regular gummies, you must keep them in the fridge or they get soft…

If you want to use fruit juice, heat 240ml fruit juice. Then mix 4 tbsp. sugar and 30g gelatin.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

How to Make Kawaii Deco Roll Cake (Cute Decorated Swiss Roll) - Video Recipe

Roll Cake is a type of sponge cake roll. In Japan, we call it "Roll Cake" but in some other countries people call it Swiss roll or jelly roll.

This roll cake is a decorated version, so we call it Deco Roll Cake.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OpS-jTenC4



If you want to know how to make a basic roll cake, please watch the video below.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxP5Osz0DnY

The book I bought comes with a silicone baking sheet and a few stencils (patterns). You can customize your cake with your own pattern, of course!

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Deco Roll Cake

Difficulty: Patience
Time: 2-3hrs
Number of servings: 1 roll cake

Necessary Equipment:
10-inch square cake pan
electric mixer
2 pastry bags

Ingredients:
((Egg Yolk Batter))
1 egg yolk
35g (1.2oz.) granulated sugar
20ml + 25ml cooking oil
60ml water
a few drops vanilla extract
80g (2.8oz.) cake flour
red food coloring
((Pattern))
1/2 tsp. cake flour for each color
red food coloring
black food coloring
1 egg white
a pinch of cornstarch
((Base Batter))
4 egg whites
30g (1.0oz.) granulated sugar
1 tsp. cornstarch
((Syrup))
2/3 tbsp. granulated sugar
20ml hot water
1/2 tbsp. fruit liquor *optional
((Filling))
150ml heavy whipping cream (fresh cream) *chilled
1 tbsp. granulated sugar
1 tsp. fruit liquor *optional
9 fresh strawberries

Directions:
((Preparation))
1. Cut the silicone baking sheet to fit the size of your square cake pan.
2. Place a paper stencil of your choice under the silicone baking sheet.
3. Grease the silicone baking sheet with cooking oil so that the pattern won't stick to the sheet.
((Egg Yolk Batter))
1. In a bowl, place egg yolk, sugar, and 20 ml cooking oil. Then beat them with an electric mixer until white.
2. Add water, 25ml cooking oil, and a few drops vanilla extract, then mix well. Then sift in cake flour and mix into gruel. *The cake won't crack or break apart in this way.
3. Add red food coloring until you reach your desired pink color.
((Pattern))
1, In two small bowls, place 1 tsp. each of the Egg Yolk Batter.
2. Add red and black food coloring, and 1/2 tsp. cake flour in each bowl.
3. Meringue: In a different bowl, whip egg white with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Add a pinch of cornstarch and continue beating until stiff peaks form.
4. Add 2 tbsp. each of Meringue (3.) into each color (2.) and mix well.
5. Transfer each batter to pastry bags and snip off the end. Then trace the pattern. First, trace the flowers in black and bake in the oven at 170C (338F) for 30 sec. Second, fill in the flowers in pink, trace polka dots with pink and black, then bake in the oven at 170C (338F) for 1.5 min. * Bake until the surface is done. If it's under-baked, just add 30 sec. each until the surface dries out.
((Base Batter))
1, Meringue: In a large bowl, whip egg whites with an electric mixer, until soft peaks form. Then add the leftover meringue and whip them together. Add sugar and whip until stiff glossy peaks form. Then add cornstarch and continue beating until firm peaks form. *If it's thick enough, you can turn the bowl upside down without them sliding out.
2. Add Meringue (1.) into the Egg Yolk Batter 1/3 at a time. Mix until the batter continuously drips back into the bowl like a ribbon when you scoop it up with the spatula. *If the batter is too thick, it will create air holes when baked.
3. Pour and spread the batter into the cake pan. Drop the pan lightly on the counter and tap the bottom of the pan to raise the air bubbles out of the batter. Bake in the oven at 170C (338F) for about 14 min.
4. When it's done, cut around the pan sides where there is no silicone baking sheet. Then cover with parchment paper, flip upside down, and place it on a wire rack. Remove the silicone baking sheet, cover with another parchment paper, and leave to cool.
((Syrup))
1. Mix granulated sugar and hot water until dissolved. Then mix liqueur if you like.
2. Flip the cake upside down, and remove the parchment paper at the back. To roll the cake nice and round, cut off both ends diagonally.
3. Make shallow cuts on the surface, approximately 2cm (2/3-inch) apart. Gently brush the cake with syrup.
((Filling))
1. Combine fresh cream, granulated sugar, and liquor (if you like) in a dry, clean bowl. Float the bottom of the bowl in ice water, whisk the cream until it forms a stiff peak.
2. Coat the surface of the cake evenly with the cream (leave an inch at the top). Then place cut strawberries.
3. Roll up the cake. Twist the ends of the parchment paper to look like a candy wrapper.
4. Chill the cake roll in the fridge for more than an hour. *It becomes really delicious on the next day when the cake and the cream are set.
5. Cut off the both ends and reshape.
6. When you are ready to eat, cut into round pieces. The best way to cut the cake is to use a knife that has been warmed in hot water. Dip the knife in hot water, wipe, and cut. Repeat this each time you cut!

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

How to Make Teacup Shortcakes (Valentine's Day Cupcakes) - Video Recipe

Shortcake (Shotokeki) is a Japanese layered sponge cake with strawberries and whipped cream.

Instead of baking sponge cake, I baked plain cupcakes :)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kr-QwIuuZpU

I bought the teacup-shaped silicone molds set on sale and it was only 500yen (5 bucks)!!!

Of course you can use regular baking cups and serve them in teacups or mugs to enjoy this idea ;)



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How to Make Teacup Shortcakes

Difficulty: easy
Time: 1 hour
Number of servings: 8 (5cm/2inch) baking cups

Necessary Equipment:
electric mixer

Ingredients:
((Cupcakes))
150ml heavy whipping cream (fresh cream) *chilled
2 eggs *room temperature
120g (4.2oz.) granulated sugar
180g (6.3oz.) cake flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
((Syrup))
20ml hot water
1/2 tbsp. granulated sugar
1 tsp. rum *kirsch, brandy, or any kind of liquor you like
((Decoration))
150ml heavy whipping cream (fresh cream) *chilled
1 tbsp. granulated sugar
a few drops of vanilla extract
1/2 tbsp. rum *kirsch, brandy, or any kind of liquor you like
8 fresh strawberries
powdered sugar (confectioner's sugar)

Directions:
((Cupcakes))
1. Preheat the oven to 180C (350F).
2. Place the chilled heavy whipping cream in a bowl. Whip the cream with an electric mixer until it forms a stiff peak.
3. In a different bowl, place eggs and sugar. Then beat them with an electric mixer until white and fluffy.
4. Add the cream (2.) into the egg mixture (3.), and mix well with a wire whisk.
5. Sift in flour and baking powder. Gently mix with a wire whisk or a spatula until combined.
6. If you are using silicone cupcake molds (cooking sprays may slightly discolor the mold), lightly oil each mold. Then spoon the mixture into the cups up to 80% full. Bake at 180C (350F) for 20-25 minutes.
7. Place the cakes on a wire rack to cool completely.
((Syrup))
1. Mix granulated sugar and hot water until dissolved. Then mix rum (if you like).
((Decoration))
1. Gently brush the cupcakes with syrup.
2. Combine heavy whipping cream, granulated sugar, vanilla extract, and rum (if you like) in a dry, clean bowl. Float the bottom of the bowl in ice water, whisk the cream until it forms a soft peak.
3. Transfer the whipped cream to a pastry bag fitted with a round tip (or snip off the end), then pipe it onto the cupcakes.
4. Garnish with strawberries, and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

You can store cupcakes in the fridge for up to 3 days. But decorate them before you eat them.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

How to Make Microwave Fortune Cookies (Plain, Matcha Green Tea, and Chocolate Flavors) - Video Recipe

Do you know that you can bake cookies in microwave?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ewoe5iyyFg

It is very easy but easy to fail as well. So, please take time to find the right cooking time for your microwave. Because the same wattage differs from microwave to microwave.

You can print out your favorite fortune cookie sayings. You can find them online as well. BTW, mine are from the birthday card that my darling gave me in 2003: Reasons Why I Love You!!! hehehe



Microwave Chocolate Chip Cookies are easy enough for kids to bake ;)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvnAQcgAo9o

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Microwave Fortune Cookies

Difficulty: Very Easy
Time: 30min
Number of servings: 8-10 cookies

Ingredients:
1 egg white
2 drops vanilla extract
3 tbsp. granulated sugar
4 tbsp. butter (or about 40g is okay)
5 tbsp. cake flour

Directions:
1. Melt the butter in a bowl.
2. Add sugar and vanilla extract, then mix well. Add egg white and mix well. Sift in cake flour and mix well. (If you want to make Matcha Green Tea or Chocolate flavor, sift in 1/2 tsp. of Matcha powder or cocoa powder together with the flour.)
3. Draw about 3.5inch (9cm) wide circles on a piece of paper. Place it on a microwavable plate, and place the parchment paper on top. Spoon about 1 tbsp. of the mixture on the parchment paper, then use the back of the spoon to spread out the mixture into 3.5inch (9cm) circles. Remove the template.
4. Microwave at 500w for 1.5min (or less or more depending on the heat of your microwave. Please take time to find the right cooking time for your microwave.)
5. When they are done, place your message and quickly fold the cookies in half. Then bend the cookies over the edge of a cup to shape them into the fortune cookie shape. You need to work with the cookies while they are hot, before they cool down and get stiff. So it's better to make one or two cookies at a time. Also, it is better to wear cotton gloves to avoid burning your fingers. Put them in a muffin tins to hold their shape if you have. Repeat the steps to complete the rest.

*You can also bake them in an oven at 180C (350F) for about 5 minutes until the edges of the cookies turn golden brown.

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