Kitchen Corner

October 27, 2014


This is one of my son favorites snack. The happiness of watching him enjoying every bites of the profiteroles is hard to describe. If he would eat the profiteroles like having his normal meal that would be good. 
I think not only my son, everyone including adult would love to eat this cute and delicate dessert, I would! 

Again, I dig out my very old recipe for the choux pastry as well as the pattieserie cream. I still find this recipe is the best for me. The pastry puff up nicely and stay soft even until the 3rd day from the fridge. The feeling of the first bite is so wonderful when the cold cream ozzing out from the pastry. Arhh... try it!

Recipe for 20 puffs:

For the Puff: 
70g plain flour
3 beaten eggs
100g water
60g unsalted butter
Pinch of sugar and salt

For the pattieserie cream: 
3 egg yolks
200ml milk
60g sugar
20g plain flour
10g unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract

For the puff, boil the water, butter and pinch of sugar and salt in a cooking pan until its bubbling. Off the heat, immediately add in all the plain flour and mix with a wooden spoon until well combine and become a smooth dough.

Add half of the beaten eggs and mix (this stage is a bit hard work but please patient and keep stirring until the egg mix into the dough.) Once the eggs completely mix with the dough, you will find it quite dry and hardly to mix. Add the beaten eggs little by little into the dough and continue mixing. You might not finish using all  the beaten eggs. You will need to have a smooth and thick consistency of the mixture. When the spoon lift up the mixture, it should drop back to the pan slowly and form a transparent smooth skin from the spoon to the pan. The mixture should not too dry or too wet.

Once you get the right consistency of mixture, transfer it into a piping bag and pipe out about 20 dollops of mixture on a baking tray with baking paper.

Dip your fingers with some water and gently touch the tip of the mixture. This is to prevent it over burning on the top while it's baking in the oven. Then spray some water on the mixture surface. (Not too much)

Bake at middle rack of 200'C preheated oven for 15 minutes until it puff up then turn the temperature to 170'C and bake for another 15 minutes. (DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN DOOR DURING BAKING) 
Transfer the puff on a wire rack to cool down.

For the pattieserie cream, boil the milk with sugar until sugar dissolve but not boiling. Meanwhile, mix the egg yolks and flour to a thick paste but no lumps. Add two tablespoon of milk if you find it too dry to mix.

Pour the dissolve warm sugar milk into the egg yolks mixture, pour little by little and mix with a hand whisk until everything combine. Then, pour back the mixture into the cooking pan. Cook with very low heat and keep stirring until it thicken.

Once the mixture is thicken, remove from the heat and keep stirring until the heat slightly cool down but slightly warm. Then add in the butter and vanilla extract. Continue stirring until well combine.

Transfer the cream into a plate and cover with cling film. Make sure the cling film touch on the mixture, this is to prevent it from skin forming on its surface. Chill the cream in the fridge and ready to use.

Melt 100g of dark chocolate with 100g cream in a sauce pan. Stir and combine well.

To assemble the profiterole, poke a small hole with a knife or chopstick on top or side of each puffs. Fill the cream into a piping bag and squeeze into each puffs. Coated the top with melted chocolate and chill in the fridge for few hours before serve. Best serve cold within 2  to 3 days provided keeping well in an airtight container in the fridge.

Praline Chocolate Cake ll

After many years playing with variety of cake recipes, I would still like to stick with certain recipes that suit my taste buds as well as my loves one just like this praline chocolate cake. We had the first taste 10 years back and till now we still miss it and find it is the best. I just realised it hasn't occurred in my menu ever since four years back. As this cake needed lots of effort, it will only be made in special occasion. I took an ppopportunity of a cell group  birthday party  to make a huge one recently, a big round 10 inches approximately 3.3kg praline chocolate cake.

This cake again won over everyone taste buds. It's well accepted no matter the youngest to the oldest and even a non appetite person ask for half ended up eat a whole piece of cake. I was not in the party but all good feedback  was leaving after all and I believe the wonderful cake is unforgettble one.

Thank you for a cell member reserved a piece for me and so I able to take a picture of the inner part of the cake as well as tasted it myself. I'm quite happy with the result as the praline taste very well with the cream, chocolate and soft layers of sponge cake.

Recipes for 10 inches round cake

Ingredient for 10 inches cocoa sponge:

254g egg whole eggs
40g egg yolks
169g Caster sugar
26g sugar syrup
1.25g salt
133g plain flour
1.25g baking soda
Vegetable oil 40g
26g cocoa powder
26g fresh milk

Heat up corn oil at low flame, turn off flame, add in cocoa powder and mix well, set aside.
Beat whole egg and egg yolk, sugar and salt on HIGH speed till foamy.
Add in glucose and continue beat on MEDIUM speed till double in volume and ribbon-like.
Sift in cake flour and baking soda, beat on LOW speed till mix well.
With a spatula, take 1/3 of the batter and mix it with oil cocoa mixture, fill in this mixture with the remaining batter, combine well. Last add in milk and mix well.
Pour batter in a 10” round baking pan and bake for 35mins at 180c.
Remove from the oven and invert the pan immediately. Let cool completely before unmould.

Ingredient for 10 inches plain sponge cake:

5 whole eggs
150g caster sugar
133g plain flour
50g unsalted butter (melted)

Beat the whole eggs till yolk and white mixed together. Place under a double boiler keep whisking the eggs and gradually add in caster sugar in three batches. When the sugar dissolved and the batter is slightly thicken remove from the double boiler. Continue to whisk the batter until pale in color, double the volume as well as thicken. 
Gradually add in the shifted flour and fold gently and slowly with spatula. After the flour well cooperated with the batter, add in the melted butter. Combine well and pour into a baking pan. The baking pan should be lined with baking paper and grease and coated with flour at around the baking pan. 
Spray some water a thet batter and bake at 180C preheated oven for 30 minutes then turn the heat down to 170C bake until the top golden brown and the sponge cake spring back when lightly press by a finger at the center.

Ingredients for the praline paste:

120g whole hazelnuts
150g caster sugar
150g water

Lightly toast the whole hazelnuts on a baking sheet.
In a stainless steel sauce pan, combine caster sugar and water. Do not stir. The mixture will reduce. Allow to caramelize and you will see the sides start to color first. Once the sugar reduction has caramelized, remove from heat. Add the lightly toasted hazelnut to the caramel then stir briskly, this should be done very quickly as the sugar reduction will start to harden. The heat from the caramel will warm the nuts and allow the hazelnuts essence to permeate. The nut caramel is then poured onto a greased marble slab. Allow the caramel to cool. Once cool use a spatula to spread and press the nut caramel in an even layer. Flip the cooling layer over. Allow to harden. Use a rolling pin or some other weighty tool to break up the hardened nut caramel. The pieces should be small enough to fit in your food processor. Pulse the food processor until the pieces begin to smooth until a smooth paste.

Chocolate praline truffle (makes 22 pieces):
130g 70% Dark chocolate
125ml cream
25g unsalted butter
some toasted almond nibs

Add the cream and dark chocolate in a clean bowl and melt on a double boiler. Once the chocolate melted add in the butter until well combine. Once the mixture cool down.  Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes until a thick consistency. 
Place the chocolate mixture into a piping bag and squeeze out equal amount of round chocolate on a tray with baking parchment.
Chill in the fridge until harden. 
Coat the balm of hands with sugar powder and roll each chocolate into ball shape. Chill in the fridge until set.
Coat each chocolate truffles with praline paste then coated with toasted almond nibs. Chill in the fridge until ready to use.

Chocolate mix nuts pieces:
100g dark compound chocolate
Some mix nuts 
a handfuls of shelled pistachio
a handfuls of skinned hazelnuts
a handfuls of whole almond
a handfuls of walnuts or pecan

Melt the dark chocolate on a double boiler. Toast all the nuts in a 160C preheated oven until lightly brown. Roughly chop into small tiny pieces. Add them into the melted chocolate and spread evenly on a tray with baking parchment. Chill in the fridge until harden. Break the chocolate nuts into pieces and store in a container. Keep in the fridge until ready to use.

500ml whipping cream
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoon sugar powder
150g ready made praline paste
350ml whipping cream
150ml cream
50g 70% Dark chocolate
some toasted almond nibs
Some baileys for brushing on the cocoa sponge
some cointreau for brushing on the plain sponge

Whip up the 500ml whipping cream with vanilla extract and sugar powder until thicken. Chill in the fridge while preparing others cream.

Whip the 350ml whipping cream until slightly thicken then add the ready made praline paste. Whip until thicken.  Chill in the fridge while preparing the chocolate cream.

Melt the chocolate and cream in a sauce pan at very low heat. Turn off the heat after the chocolate melted and stir until well combined. Set aside and start to assemble the cake.

Slice the plain sponge and cocoa sponge into three equal sheets. You will only need two sheets of cocoa sponge cake and two sheets of plain sponge cake. Keep leftover in the freezer for future other purposes. 

Place a piece of cocoa sponge on a cake board, brush some baileys on the sponge then spread a layer of the vanilla cream on the cocoa sponge evenly. It's better to use the piping bag to pipe out the cream, that would be much even. Place a plain sponge on the vanilla cream then brush with some cointreau and pipe out the praline cream on top. Place another cocoa sponge on the praline cream with baileys brushed and pipe out the vanilla cream. Place the last piece of sponge cake with cointreau brushed and pipe out a thin layer of praline cream and chill in the freezer until the cream has set. Spread the vanilla cream around the top and and side of the whole cake then chill in the freezer for 30 minutes. Coat some toasted almond nibs at the side of the cake. Then, pour the chocolate cream on the top and use a spatula to spread evenly and left some sauce drip down from the edges. Chill in the fridge until the chocolate set. Pipe some cream around the top edges then spread left over praline paste at the center evenly. 
Arrange the chocolate praline truffles and the chocolate nuts pieces on the cake. Chill the whole cake in the fridge
overnight before serve.
Too much work??? Worth the effort for special occasion really!!!

September 23, 2014

Banana Chocolate Tart Gateau

I am not so sure about the name of this cake or tart. There is a chain shop of "fruit paradise" that sell variety of the cakes or tarts like this one that filled with fruits, sponge cake, mousse and cream etc and the bottom hold by a tart base for everything on the top. There are not only looks good also quite yummy. 

My son and I love to have a big slice for afternoon tea during our monthly shopping in Singapore. While enjoying the cake I was thinking if I could make this by myself would be good until recently I had a chance to try it for a birthday party for August babies in our cell group. 

This 4 kg huge cake was very impressing for everyone in the cell and it taste good too. I'm so pleased for the result although it's quite time consuming as many process and steps involved. After all, I must say it worth the effort. 

Recipe for 11 inches approximately 4kg gateau

Shortcrust pastry for the bottom of the cake:

330g plain flour
35g sugar powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
160g cold butter (cut into small chunk)
70g whole beaten eggs

For the pastry, mix the flour, sugar powder and salt in a food processor until combine.  Add the butter and pulse the food processor in few times until everything become fine bread crumbs.  Add in the beaten egg and pulse again for few times until it almost come to a dough. Take out the dough and flatten it to become a round disc. Cling wrap it and chill in the fridge at least 1 hour before use.

Line the chilled pastry onto a 28cm tart pan. Use a folk to poke some holes on the pastry then refrigerate for 30 minutes. Line a baking parchment on the tart surface and add the baking beans to blind bake the pastry at 220C preheated oven for 15 minutes. Take the pastry out and remove the beans and baking parchment. Egg wash the pastry surface and continue to bake for another 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack at room temperature until ready to use.

Cocoa sponge cake recipe for 8 inches round cake pan : 

whole eggs 203g
egg yolks 32g
caster sugar 135g
glucose 21g
salt 1g
oil 32g
cocoa powder 21g
plain flour 106g
baking soda 1g
milk 21cc

Heat up the oil in a sauce pan, turn off the heat and add cocoa powder immediately and stir until well mix. Set aside to cool.

Whisk the whole egg, egg yolk, salt and sugar at high speed with an electric mixer until foamy. Turn the speed to medium and add the glucose and then continue beating until stable foamy batter. 

Sieve in the flour and baking soda. With electric mixer on low speed, mix in few second until no lumps left. Do not over mixed at this stage. 

Take out 1/3 of the batter mix into cocoa mixture until combine. Pour it back to the egg batter with the milk and fold everything together with a hand whisk or spatula until well combine. 

Pour into a lose bottom baking pan and bake at preheated oven at 180C for 30 - 35 minutes. Cool upside down on a wire rack before unmould with a thin sharp knife. Once completely cool and unmould, divide the cake into four equal portions horizontally. You will need two pieces for this cake and keep another two pieces in the freezer for future usage or other puporses.

To assemble the cake you may need:

100g dark chocolate to brush the tart base
1 recipe of chocolate mousse
500ml Whipped cream
50g icing sugar
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cups cointreau
Fresh bananas
Fresh lemon juice
Some chocolate leaves or flakes for garnish
Some cocoa powder for garnish

Gently remove the shortcrust pastry from the pan and place on a serving board or cake board. 
Melt the chocolate on a double boiler until melted and brush on the shortcrust pastry then chill in the fridge.

For the chocolate mousse:

30g egg yolks 
45g sugar
120ml melted butter
225g dark chocolate (melted)
375ml whipped cream

Whisk the egg yolk and sugar on a double boiler until pale in color and thicken. Mix in the melted butter.
Add the melted dark chocolate to the egg yolk mixture, mix until well combine.
Fold in the whipped cream into the chocolate mixture.
Pour the chocolate mousse into the brushed chocolate shortcrust pastry and chill in the fridge until set.

Whip up the whipping cream with icing sugar and vanilla extract.  Spread a thin layer on the chocolate mousse then place one piece of cocoa sponge cake on top. Brush some cointeau on the cake then another thin layer of whipped cream. 

Halve the fresh bananas and brush with lemon juice to avoid turning brown. Immediately arrange on the cake. Leave a space at the center without bananas. 

Spread some whipped cream cover the bananas and top with a piece of cocoa sponge cake. Brush the sponge cake with contreau then thinly spread some whipped cream on the surface. 

Again, halve the fresh bananas and brush with lemon juice to avoid turning brown. Immediately arrange on the cake. Leave a space at the center without bananas. Spread the whipped cream all over the top and the side. 

Slice the bananas into small pieces and brush with lemon juice and immediately place on the cake start from the bottom edges around the cake until fully cover 2/3 of the cake. 

Put some whipped cream into a piping bag, squeeze out on the top around the cake to decorate. Then place some chocolate leaves or flakes at the side. Continue to slice the bananas and brush with lemon juice then arrange on the rest of the cake at the top.  

Sprinkle some cocoa powder at the squeeze out whipped cream. Chilled in the fridge for 4 hours before serve. 

September 22, 2014

Apple Crumble Cake

This is a beautiful fremch recipe of apple crumble cake that warm and melt your mouth with the fragrant of cinnamon. 

For the slow cook apple:
4 large apples or 8 small apples
Caster sugar 30g
Butter 20g (cut into small cube)
Ground cinnamon 2 teaspoon

For the Fragipane cream:

(i) Almond batter:
beaten eggs 20g / ground almond 25g / sugar powder 20g / butter 25g
(ii) Custard:
egg yolk 1 / milk 70ml / flour 10g / vanilla extract 3 ml / caster sugar 20g

For the cake batter:
Butter 200g
Caster sugar 150g
Whole egg 120g
Bread flour 40g
Plain flour 160g

For the cinnamon crumble:
Butter 100g (cut into small cubes)
sugar powder 60g
Ground almond 100g
pinch of salt
plain flour 100g
Ground cinnamon 3g

Method :

  • Peeled and cored the apple. Cut each apples into 8 equal portions for big apples. Deep them into a shallow baking dish and coated with sugar then top with small cube butter. Place into a preheated oven at 180C bake for 1 hour. Set aside to cool down once the apples is cooked and soften and sprinkle with ground cinnamon.
  • Make the fragipane cream. Blend all the almond batter ingredients in a food processor until well blended. For the custard, warm the milk in a sauce pan with sugar until sugar dissolved. Mix egg yolk and flour together and gradually add in the warm milk. Pour the mixture back to the sauce pan and cook at low heat until the custard thicken. Set aside to cool then mix with vanilla extract and almond batter.  
  • For the cinnamon crumble topping, put all the ingredients in a food processor. Pulse the mixture until everything come into a dough. Scrap through a sieve to produce even crumbs or through a potato masher. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • For the cake batter, beat the butter and gradually add in sugar until mixture turn pale and fluffy. Gradually add in the eggs and continue to beat until creamier consistency. With a spatula, mix in the bread flour and plain flour until well combine. Measure out 160g of fragipane cream then add into the batter and mix well. 
  • Line the bottom of a 9 inches round cake pan with parchment paper. Add half of the cake batter into the cake pan and layer evenly. Place half of the cooked apple then layer evenly with the remaining cake batter. Place the remaining cook apple on top of the cake batter and lastly layer evenly with cinnamon crumble. 
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 160C  for 1 hour or until skewer insert come out clean. It is best serve warm with a dallop of ice cream or cream fraiche.  The cake keep well in the freezer and can be reheated in an oven. The top of the cake should be crips and crunchy and soft in the cake. 

September 21, 2014

Chocolate Moist Cake II

This rich chocolate cake is definately a heaven for chocoholics! 

Ingredients for 9 inches cake pan

Chocolate Cake

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1½ teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
½ cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
2 teaspoon granulated coffee

Chocolate Frosting

75g cocoa powder 
187ml water 
300ml evaporated milk 
150g sugar 
1/2 + 1/4 tsp salt  
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 
3 egg yolks 
90g cornflour 
1 1/2 tbsp instant coffee 
90g butter

For the cake:

Add flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt to a large bowl. Whisk through to combine using a hand whisk to stir through flour mixture until combined well. 

Add milk, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla to flour mixture and mix together until well combined. Mix the granulated coffee with  boiling water then pour into the cake batter and mix well combine. Distribute cake batter evenly between the two prepared cake pans or one cake pan where you can cut horizontally after the cake is baked and cooled down. 

Bake for 30-35 minutes if using two pans or 1 hour until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. 

Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes, remove from the pan and cool completely.

For the chocolate frosting:

Mix everything in a double boiler except butter and keep on stirring with a hand whisk until the mixture thickens.

Lastly add in the butter until a smooth  and spreadable consistency.

Cut the cake horizontally into two pieces if the cake bake in one pan. Spread some cream frosting  piece of cake then sandwich with another piece. Gently spread the frosting on top and side of the cake. Chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours. 

Once the cake set in the fridge, bring it to room temperature before serving. The fridge will make the cake harden but once it back to room temperature, the cake will soft and moist and ready to serve.