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Checkered Cookies

Posted by icyelite on December 28, 2009

During one of the company events, they served several types of cookies. One of the cookies caught my eyes and that is checkered cookies. Tasting the hard and delicious cookies, in my mind, it triggered me to bake this cookie. That night, I kept searching for the recipe of the cookie but couldn’t find the correct one until Sophia told me the name of the cookie.

Checkered cookies require to freeze it again and again every steps you make and you have to be very fast before the dough melts and becomes sticky.  The first time I baked checkered cookies, it actually took me 2 weeks to complete it. Haha, because I hadn’t had the time to complete it after freezing during the weekdays. So weekends is the best time for me to complete each step after freezing.  Oh yah, the longer you freeze the cookies, the better.

Checkered Cookies

Recipe of Checkered Cookies

Ingredients:

2 2/3 cup of plain flour
½ tsp baking powder
a pinch of salt
225g of butter
½ tbsp vanilla essence
1 egg
¼ cup cocoa powder
¾ or ½ cup of sugar

Preparations:

  1. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix the butter, flour mixture, egg, vanilla essence and sugar.
    (Observation: the dough is sticky and needs to mix using wooden spoon instead of hand. Would be better if you have an electric blender)
  3. Once mixing, divide the dough into 2. Half the dough is vanilla flavor, the other half dough is cocoa flavor.
  4. Take half the dough in the mixing bowl, put the cocoa powder in.
  5. For the vanilla dough, put inside a plastic and spread the dough evenly into the plastic. Clearing away the air in between. Flatten it into the size of the plastic bag (flat rectangle shape – plastic bag like the plastic bag you can find in NTUC to contain the vegetables or fruits).
  6. Do the same for the cocoa dough.
  7. Put both into the freezer. Freeze it for at least 2 hours.
  8. Once the dough has frozen, cut it into a rectangle about 1/3-inch thick and measuring 12 x 6 inches.
  9. Stack the vanilla and cocoa properly and wrap into another plastic bag. Wrap it tight, so that an overall square shape of the cookies can be formed. Roll the finished log from side to side to form sharp corners.
    (Observation: When stacking the vanilla and cocoa, have to be fast because the dough are melting very fast.)
  10. Once wrapped, put into the freezer overnight.
  11. After that, thaw the “cookies” for 5 mins, cut into pieces and you are ready to bake.
    (Observation: If the shape formed is not the shape that you want, thaw it a little and squeeze hard to form a better shape. Beware of the little gaps in between each flavor)
  12. Before baking, remember to heat up the oven and place baking sheet onto the baking tin.
  13. Bake the cookies for 12 minutes – 180°C.

Bakes about 50 cookies.

Finishing: Pack the cookies in a air-tight bottle or tray. Or pack it in a beautiful plastic bag and present it to your friends.

Terrific, once again, I received good comments for my cookies. Even my brother is enjoying the cookies despite its ugly shape/appearance.  Hahaha. Christmas is coming, hoping I can get a perfect shape and give my friends and colleagues as Christmas presents.

Oh right, the success of my first checkered cookies, probably I should thank my cousin who bought Godiva Cocoa powder back from Shanghai for my mum. The cookies really taste well with the high class cocoa powder. Hehe.

Original recipe is from:

  1. http://www.bakingobsession.com/2008/10/21/checkerboard-cookies/#more-532
  2. http://www.angryasiancreations.com/2008/11/baking-for-amie-checkered-cookies.html
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Superb Creamy Mushroom Soup

Posted by icyelite on December 26, 2009

This mushroom soup is the authentic mushroom you can taste it at Roma Deli, Simple Food, etc that serves mushroom soup. This is a different recipe from my previous mushroom soup. Felt excited when I find the real ingredients used by these stores.  The main ingredient of the soup is cream and mushrooms.

Most of the websites will put sour cream but its not suitable for vegetarian. So I recommend vegetarians to use Nestle Cream.

Successful creamy mushroom soup with nice smelling oregano herbs

Recipe of Creamy Mushroom Soup

Ingredients:

Fresh White Button Mushroom
Button Mushroom
Margarine
Cream
Water (depends on how much you wanna cook)
Mushroom seasoning
Pepper
Oregano herbs
Starch flour/ Tapioca flour/ corn flour
(Purpose of the flour is to thicken the soup)

Preparations:

  1. Slice the fresh white button mushroom and button mushroom.
  2. Fry the mushrooms with margarine.
  3. Put the mushrooms into the blender until its coarsely chopped.
  4. Boil the water in a pot.
  5. Add in the mushrooms.
  6. When the water has boiled, pour in the cream (depends on how creamy you want the soup to be).
  7. Add in all mushroom seasonings, a pinch of pepper and oregano herbs.
  8. Make sure it is well-mixed.
  9. Add in the starch flour.
  10. Continue stirring until the soup has thickened.

Finishing: Scoop out a bowl of the creamy mushroom soup. Garnish it with somemore herbs. Serve it together with toasted bread (optional).

Finally good try! Had cooked it several times for my family. They love it alot. I loved it too. Been quite sometime since I last heard good comments about my cookings. (Not becos my cookings had always been lousy but it has been a very long time since I’m enthusiastic about cooking.) =)

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Blueberry Pie @ Hans

Posted by icyelite on October 19, 2008

I went to Hans with Andy @ Far East Plaza. It was almost dinner time, instead of ordering those usual meal, I had ordered blueberry pie. Hoping that it will gives me an idea of how to bake it in future or even teach me the different ways of baking an apple pie. I believe the way to bake an apple pie and a blueberry pie is similar.

Blueberry Pie Side View of Blueberry Pie

In fact, I am not sure of the correct naming of this blueberry pie. But it has crumbles on top and decorated with chocolate chips which enhances the taste of the blueberry pie. Yum yum, I love it. Is there any peach pie since apples and blueberry can become a pie. Oh, how about a durian pie too? Lol.

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Apple Pie – 1st Try

Posted by icyelite on October 19, 2008

This is my first time trying baking an Apple Pie. What’s the result? Haha, its an edible yet unpresentable apple pie. I guess is because my pie crust is too thick, both on top and below. In order to make it edible, you know what I did? I flipped the whole apple pie upside down and bake it again, resulting in the upper crust smash into pieces. Omg. Since its my first try, I rather make it edible than presentable.

The second time I gonna make it, I better learn my lesson. Lol. Thinner crust. Oh yah and smaller cubes of apples. My first try was thick slices of apples which I find it alright but my “testers” all recommend me to make it smaller.

I will put my recipe here since I will still follow the measurements given. You can twist a little bit after knowing my problems, like smaller cubes of apples, thick crust ==> either use a bigger pan size or reduce the amount of flour. By the way, the size of my pie pan is 6″, which explains the overloaded crust.

Recipe of Apple Pie

Ingredients:


Pastry:

532g plain flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
150g unsalted butter
118g vegetable shortening
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

Filling:
177g sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg powder
2 to 3 teaspoons tapioca flour or cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 big apples (sliced)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
30ml unsalted butter
1 tablespoon sugar

Preparations:

  1. Combine the flour and salt in a big mixing bowl.
  2. Cut the butter into smaller pieces and add it into the mixing bowl gradually.
  3. Following, add the vegetable shortening and apple cider vinegar.
  4. Keep mixing until the dough gathers into a ball.
  5. Divide the dough into half, separate it by putting into different bowl or wrap it separately.
  6. Put it into fridge for 30 minutes.
  7. Preheat the oven.
  8. While the dough is chilling in the fridge, we prepare the filling.
  9. Peel and sliced the apples.
  10. Add in all the ingredients for the filling into another mixing bowl.
  11. After 30 minutes, take out the dough.
  12. Spread the pie pan with oil.
  13. Spread one portion of the dough into the pie pan, well spread.
  14. Add in the ingredients.
  15. The other half of the dough, use a roller to make it round and flat first.
  16. Cover it above the apple mixtures.
  17. Do a nice closing for the apple pie.
  18. Bake the pie at 200 degrees for 50 minutes. Observe it while it is baking.

Tips:

  • For the filling, make sure the tapioca flour is well mixed, otherwise you will be able to taste “glue” in your apple pie.

Finishing: Cut the apple pie into smaller pieces. Scoop one slice out and served.

When baking the apple pie, there are alot of small details to take note of. Continue reading my blog for my successful apple pie. =)

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Simple Food @ Tampines (The Food)

Posted by icyelite on September 17, 2008

In my opinion, I would still prefer Roma Deli as compared to Simple Food due to the ambience in Roma Deli. The first time I went to Simple Food, I take away lagsana for dinner. To my dismay, I brought back a sour-taste lagsana. I called them back to “complain”, they suggested for one-to-one exchange. But I rejected because I had already reached home with a hungry stomach, no more energy to go change again when I still need to take 2 buses to get there.

Despite this scenario, it didn’t stop me from visiting them. However, I was resisted to order lagsana again. Other foods like chicken chop and such, which is freshly cooked, should not have this problem unless they did not keep the mock meats in the fridge.

The 2nd time I visited them, I lunched in together with my cousins. Simple food has a special offer menu. They had a standard set meal that comes with a drink, soup of the day and main course. I ordered a set meal with vegetarian seafood chicken chop as my course. The soup of the day is creamy mushroom soup, which tastes quite bland and watery. I feel that my creamy mushroom soup is thicker than theirs just that mine is not creamy.

Take a look at the food I had ordered on my following visits to Simple Food:

Special Offer Menu Soup of the Day
Seafood Fish Chop Hawaiian Fish Chop
Baked Rice Mango Salad

The different flavors of fish chops are something which Roma Deli did not provide. So if you wish to eat some western food, you can go to Simple Food. In fact, Simple Food sells cai fan that you can order dishes and eat together with rice. In addition, they are selling Zi Char like hokkien mee, fried bee hoon, etc.

Read Simple Food @ Tampines (Introduction & The Shop) again.

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