Kitchen Corner

November 6, 2019

Xmas Log Cake 2019

Time flies!! It has been such a long time I didn't update my blog. As per few request, I am jotting down my latest log cake recipe for this year end and for those who are interested to give this recipe a try. It is a little bit of works for the cake but definitely worth the efforts for this special occasion. Hope you enjoy this recipe and all the best in the new year!







Recipe for the sponge cake
plain sponge (size 38cm x 38cm)

Unsalted butter 62g
Egg yolk 155g
Caster sugar 20g
Egg white 248g
Caster Sugar 80g
Plain flour 85g

Prepare a baking tray lined with baking paper. Melt the butter than set a side to cool.

Whisk the egg yolks with sugar in a double boiler until thicken and pale in color. Be careful not to cook the egg yolk (use electric hand mixer). Keep whisking until thicken and remove from the heat. Continue to whisk until pale in color and slightly cool down then set aside. In another bowl whisk the egg whites with caster sugar and a few drop of lemon juice until peak foam.

Fold the egg yolks into the egg whites then gently fold in the shifted flour.

Pour some egg mixture into a clean bowl then mix in the melted butter until well combine.  Pour back into the egg mixture and mix gently until everything well combine.

Pour the batter into prepared baking tray and spread evenly. Bake at 190C for 12 minutes. Remove the cake from the baking tray immediate when it out from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Tear out the side of the baking paper and let it completely cool down and ready to use.
You can watch a video recipe for the sponge cake making process at my youtube channel as below. 




For the chocolate cream:

50g cocoa powder
250ml whipping cream
1 tablespoon powdered sugar

Whip the cream until slightly thicken, shift in the cocoa powder and powdered sugar then whip until thicken and firm.

Cut the sponge cake into 4 portion with equal sizes.

Spread the chocolate cream on the cake and roll it up. (you can watch how i did it at the first video above). Spread the remaining cream on the top of the cake and even it up. Keep in fridge until set.while preparing the Swiss meringue chocolate butter cream.

Swiss Meringue Chocolate Butter Cream

100g egg whites
135g caster sugar
227g slightly soften salted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
100g cocoa powder

Whisk the egg whites with caster sugar over a saucepan of simmering water and whisking constantly, heat the egg whites until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is hot. Remove from the heat and transfer the egg whites to a mixing bowl fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat the whites until it forms stiff peaks. Add in the butter cube by cube and beat until incorporated. The mixture will start to curd when most of the butter added. Continue whisking and add vanilla extract and cocoa powder until combined and the frosting become smooth. 

Pipe with flower tip on the side of the cake to form a log pattern. Decorate with fruits like cranberries, strawberries. some leaves and mushrooms etc. I melted some white chocolate and spread one a grease proof paper for form a mushroom shape and refrigerate until harden then insert in the butter cream. 

Hope you enjoy this video and like this recipe. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

November 14, 2017

Xmas Log Cake 2016


This was about last year, almost a year ago. Feel like it was just yesterday I made this lemon curd log cake. That was a tiring, exhasuted, overwhelming days. Praise God, everything is in control and I am still a good piece of mine. 



December 26, 2015

Xmas Log Cake 2015


Merry Christmas and blessed new year 2016


Durian Log Cake


Carrot Log Cake to celebrate my dear sister birthday




October 14, 2015

Danish Cinnamon Roll



After a few attempt on making croissant. I was tempted to try out others flavoured Danish pastry and the first pastry came to my mind is cinnamon roll which are always looks mouth watering display in any artisan bakery shop. Cinnamon roll is one of the top selection pastry on my diet. Yes, they are fattening so we try not to have it too much but when we eat, we must  eat the best and number 1 pastry to worth the calorie that we gain. What an excuse? but that's my rules of diet when come to enjoying food.

Using the same recipe of croissant, I came out with my first Danish Cinnamon roll. This time it's even better as after few times of practising  on the pastry making, I have much confidence as well as things seems to goes smoother during the process. 


This cinnamon roll unlike the cinnamon buns or rolls that I was making previously. Those were made from bread flour and didn't contain so much fat which more on bread texture. Whereas Danish pastry cinnamon roll is very buttery,  soft, flaky and a little chewy. 

This cinnamon roll is something that can be shared with everyone. It's as good as those stall bought or even better. It smell wonderful when they are almost done from the oven. I couldn't resist and ate two in one go when they had still a little warm on the cooling rack. 


Danish pastry are always best to eat while they are freshly made especially this cinnamon roll. The first batch I made yield 16 pieces. Then, the second time I made, I bake 8 pieces and keep the other 8 pieces unbaked. I kept them in the freezer until I need them again. Simply defrost them at room temperature and let them proof and rise again. There, I got freshly baked cinnamon roll again. 

Till here, I will make this repeatedly  to feed my guinea pigs on every weekly cell group gathering and before that, one will goes to my mouth first hahaha...

Refer dough recipe as croissant
For the cinnamon mixture. Mix 60g brown sugar with 2 tabkespoon ground cincinnamon.
Egg wash: Mix 2 egg yolk and 1 egg whites
80g raisin, sultanas
some almond or pecan or walnuts (optional)

Roll out a ready made pastry into 24  x 10 inches. Brush some water on the surface then sprinkle the cinnamon mixture all over the pastry evenly. Place raisin or sultanas or any nuts. Roll up the pastry and seal tighthly. 

Cut them into 16 equal portions and place on a baking pan attached with baking paper. Brush the egg glaze and let them proof for 2 hours at room temeprature. 

Brush egg glaze again and bake at 200C preheated oven for 20 minites. Best serve freshly made.

October 9, 2015

Croissant

My very first attempt on Danish pastry, Croissant. So fulfilling and joyful after all.

Here is my very first attempt on Croissant. It wasn't easy as the process very time consuming as well as the weather really give me a big challenge. I was like running a marathon with the hot weather to roll out and fold in the pastry to avoid the butter melted in very short time. 

It's ready to be baked in the oven and I was so exciting for the result.

After all, I must say it is truly worth the effort and so fulfilling at the end result. 
I love to eat croissant, and crazily miss the Delifrance Croissant Sandwich. Of course I could get it easily from the cafe but making it on my own is full of enjoyment through the process. I know that there are so much room to be improved and from this experience I should be able to do better for my next Danish Pastry. Practice make perfect!

The layers of soft crumbs is so buttery yet the flaky crust is so delicious and that really make me smile and I knew that I've got there.

I've got a very good tutorial from a video clip of YouTube. I studied and watched over and over again for many times before I get started. This lady Stephanie Javorski of Joyofbaking.com has given very clear description on the video that had help me get this successful result just at my first attempt. I don't think I can give such a good and very detail yet precise description of the process, so do visit her video clip for full description and remember all the tips that she is giving to make sure everything go smooth during the process. 

The following recipe and some note is only for my future reference to remind myself some tips like measurement and things that I might forget on my next attempt. 
Lastly, I am so happy that I finally able to make my own croissant. It taste so good and so satisfied after all. 

The result told me that it worth the effort for the long process

Recipe (makes 11 croissant):

For the dough:
475g plain flour
65g caster sugar
10g salt
6g instant yeast
25g unsalted butter
240g water
30g cream
225g unsalted butter

For the glaze:
2 large egg yolk + 1 large whole egg
  • Mix the dough ingredients together except butter in a bread maker or electric mixer attached with dough hook. Add in butter when the mixture come together. Knead the dough until smooth. 
  • Proof the dough for one hour at room temperature covered with cling wrap.
  • Prepare the butter sheet shown below and refrigerate until hard and ready to use.


Cut the 225g butter into 12 equal portion. Place on a baking sheet drawn measurement line with 10 inches x 7 inches (25cm x 18cm) 

  • After an hour proofing, bring the dough to a floured surface. Roll out into 14 x 10 inch (35 x 25 cm) rectangle. Sprinkle some flour on the top and cover with cling wrap. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  • To laminate the dough, remove the dough and butter from the refrigerator. Bring the dough to a floured surface. Tear off the baking paper from the butter and place at the center of the dough. Fold two side of the dough into center and seal all the edges tightly. 
  • Roll out the dough into 22 x 8 inch (55 x 20 cm) rectangle vertically with even thickness. Flour the work surface and dough when working out the dough. Make the first fold of the dough by folding lengthwise into thirds. 
  • If the butter started to melt, place into the refrigerator for an hour. Or, do the second fold by rolling out into to 22 x 8 inches (55 x 20 cm) rectangle vertically with even thickness. Make the second fold of the dough by folding lengthwise into thirds. Refrigerate for one hour. 
  • Take the chill dough out from the refrigerator. Again, roll out into to 22 x 8 inches (55 x 20 cm) rectangle vertically with even thickness. Make the third fold of the dough by folding lengthwise into thirds. Chill the dough for one hour.
  • Remove the chill dough from the refrigerator and roll the dough into a 16 x 9 inch (40 x 23 cm) rectangle vertically with even thickness. Cover with cling wrap and refrigerate for 30 to 60 minutes. The dough can be left in the fridge or freezer and ready to be used. 
  • Make a croissant template with cardboard paper shown below.

Prepare a croissant template on a cardboard with 
9.5 cm across the base and about 9 inches (23 cm) high.
  • Take out the chill dough from the refrigerator and roll out into 24 x 9 inch (61 x 23 cm) rectangle.
  • With the triangle template attach on the dough as a guideline. Cut out a triangle dough with knife. 
  • Lengthen the dough by rolling out with a rolling pin. Cut a small slit in the center of the wide end of your dough. Starting at the wide end, roll the dough into a crescent shape. Place on a baking sheet seal side down and repeat with the remaining triangles.
  • Glaze the dough with egg wash and cover with a cling wrap. Proof the dough for 2 hours and preheated the oven to 200C. 
  • After 2 hours, glaze the dough with egg wash again and bake the dough for 20 minutes or until golden brown. (if using two tray, rotate the tray within 10 minutes)
My little note:
  1. Proof the dough for 1 hour.
  2. Butter sheet size 10 inches x 7 inches (25cm x 18cm) 
  3. Roll out the dough into 14 x 10 inch (35 x 25 cm) 
  4. Chill dough 6 hours or overnight.
  5. After laminate dough and butter, roll out the dough 22 x 8 inch (55 x 20 cm) , chill for 1 hour
  6. Second fold, 22 x 8 inches (55 x 20 cm)chill for 1 hour
  7. Third fold, 22 x 8 inches (55 x 20 cm) chill for 1 hour
  8. Roll out into 16 x 9 inch (40 x 23 cm) 
  9. Refrigerated for 30 - 60 minutes or overnight (ready to use)
  10. For croissant size,  roll out to make 11 pieces. 24 x 9 inch (61 x 23 cm)