Saturday, 31 October 2009

That Perfect Breakfast

I was so hungry this morning. Starving for a sweet buttery breakfast. So, quickly whipped up a pancake of my favourite flavour; vanilla.

Vanilla Custard Pancake

What do we need:

1 1/4 cup plain flour
1/4 cup custard powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup sugar
1 tbsp melted butter

1 tsp butter

How do we do it:

Sift the flour, custard powder, baking powder and salt.

Mix the egg, milk, sugar and the melted butter together. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Combine the egg mixture with the flour mixture. Cover and leave the batter to meld for about 30 minutes.

Lightly grease pan with a touch of butter. Drop a tablespoonful of batter. When the pancake is full of bubbles, flip over and cook for another 30 seconds.

Serve Vanilla Custard Pancake warm with a drizzle of maple syrup, honey or vanilla sauce.

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Happy Deepavali 2009

This year is a special Deepavali to me as I get to celebrate it for the first time in my own place after marriage. Though busy at work, I still managed to make some festive delicacies.

Clockwise from top: Ghee Balls, Achi Muruku, Pineapple Jam Tarts & Muruku
Centre from left to right: Blackforest Cookies, Orange Cookies & Custard Cookies

Wishing Hindus Thoughout The Globe a Very Happy & Prosperous Deepavali

Sunday, 4 October 2009

The Rocky Pastry

Rock bun is a specific type of pastry, distinguished by the hard, crust-like texture and sweet taste. This spicy British pastry usually also has a sugar-crust topping and is full of coarsely chopped dried fruit. Rock bun is also called rock cake as it is a cross between a cookie and a small cake. It is made using the rubbing in method. This method achieves a dry and open texture. Rock bun is baked in small mounds, which take on a rocklike appearance.

I made my very first batch of rock buns at school when I was 14 years old. Ever since then, I fell in love with the rocky pastry. Similarly, my sister and children too love them.

Rock Buns

What do we need:

2 cups flour
4 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup cold butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup mixed dried fruits
1/2 tsp ginger powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/4 tsp clove powder
1 cold egg
1/4 cup cold milk

How do we do it:

In a food processor, place the flour, baking powder and cold butter. At a low speed, mix the ingredients until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Mix in sugar, the spices and the dried fruits with a metal spoon.

Slightly beat the cold milk and egg together. Gradually pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture. Gently stir just until the dough binds together. Drop the dough by teaspoonful on a greased or lined baking sheet. Bake at 200° C for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and cool on wire rack.

Enjoy Rock Bun with a cup of tea.

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