Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Vanilla Ice-cream

All along I've been making yogurt ice-cream. Thought of giving the "real" ice-cream a try last week. Also a good excuse to try my new bottle of vanilla extract which I bought some times ago. :)

I used a recipe from "冷冻甜品“. I think this is the most simple recipe from the book.

Ingredient A:
3 egg yolk
60g caster sugar
2 tsp vanilla essence
150g dairy whipping cream (or 100g fresh milk, if you don't like strong milky taste)

Ingredient B:
250g non-diary whipping cream

1. Mix (A) until well combined and double boil until thicken. Remove from heat and leave to cool.
2. Beat (B) until stiff. Mix all mixture together and stir well.
3. Pour into a prepared container and freeze overnight or until set.

As I didn't have any dairy whipping cream, I substituted with 100g fresh milk (low-fat). This ice-cream was very smooth and creamy. And yes, I'd put the vanilla extract to good use! :D This is definitely a keeper!

However, we found it to be on the sweeter side. So the next round I make, I'll adjust the sugar content accordingly. Well, that's the best part of "Homemade", isn't it? 甜咸酸辣自行加减! :)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Steam Hakka "Ki Ban"

This is a hakka snack. For our hakka clan, we call this "Ki Ban". "Ki"- means "rise" and "Ban" means "kueh". So this is something like a "Huat Kueh" or "Fatt Koh". Some bakeries do sell this, but is labelled as "Ang Bao". However, it is not available most of the time.

For hakka, we usually buy this to pray to our ancestors. So last week I volunteered to make this for my mum for her praying during the "Qing Ming Jie". All went well except the colour.

Everything was done at my mum's place, except the dough starter. She had the rose pink powder form which I wasn't used to. As I hand kneaded the dough, the powder was not fully dissolved and as a result, we added more powder ... :( When I open the wok, I see RED instead of pink! Anyway, my mum was happy to see that the "Ki Ban" did "Rise"! For older generation, due to superstitious, if the "Ki Ban" never "Rise", it symbolises not bad luck but "BAD OMEN"!

I made another batch yesterday at my home. With the convenient of a mixer, the dough was ready in a very short time. This time I used the liquid rose pink, mixed together with the water before adding to the dough. And I was able to get the pink that I want. :) but not the shape! :( The whole process was very straight forward but I found it was not easy to round up into a pretty shape. Recipe over Aunty Yochana. Hers is so much prettier and smoother too.

Sponge dough (@ 9.40 pm): after mixing, very sticky

The next morning (@ 8.30 am): after proofing overnight

After mixing the sponge dough with the main dough (@ 9 am)

After 1 hour (@ 10 am), the dough expanded.

This was how the dough looked like, after 4 hours of proofing (@ 1 pm).

Shaped dough waiting for steaming. (Next time must remember not to apply too much oil on the dough.)

Finally, the steamed "Ki Ban".

The texture of "Ki Ban" - Soft & chewy.

This batch was specially made for my father's death anniversary tomorrow! I'd never made anything for him in my life.... I hope he likes it! 老爸,这是女儿亲手做的,献给您。。。