Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Vegetarian fruit cake

375g plain flour (sifted with bicarbonate soda)
180g castor sugar (200g if you prefer it sweeter)
200g mixed fruit (dried)
250ml boiling water (1 cup)
125ml fruit juice (1/2 cup of apple juice used in this case)
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1. Put water, sugar, mixed fruit and spices into a saucepan and bring to boil.
2. Cool the mixture and transfer it to a mixing bowl.

3. Add in the fruit juice and stir in the sifted flour.

4. Transfer batter to a greased cake tray (or even better lined with greased baking paper).
5. Bake in preheated oven over 180 degrees for 45-50 minutes (or until cooked).

6. Let it cool a little first before overturn it onto the rack.
7. Cut and serve when cooled.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Sweet Chinese fried pumpkin glutinous rice cake

300g mashed pumpkin
300g glutinous rice flour (Do not add in all at a time)
80g -100g sugar

Preparation :
1. Wash and cut pumpkin to steam in a steamer for about 30 minutes.
2. Scoop out the cooked pumpkin and mash it in a container.

3. Add sugar and rice flour (a little at a time) to the mashed pumpkin and knead. Since no water is used in this recipe, we might not need all the flour. Make sure to add just enough flour to form a soft and smooth dough.
*Note: Amount of flour depends on the texture of the pumpkin used.

4. Divide the dough into about 25 portions. Roll each into ball shape and flatten it with your palm.

5. Heat some oil (enough to cover bottom half of the cake) in frying pan. Put in the pumpkin cake to fry when the oil is hot. When it  turns golden brown turn over to cook the other side.
6. Dish out onto a plate lined with kitchen tissue to absorb away the excess oil.
7. Serve while it's hot.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Groundnut Cookies

300g groundnuts ( roasted and finely ground)
200g castor sugar
1/4 tsp salt
300g plain flour
200 ml groundnut cooking oil ( or olive oil )
1 egg yolk ( for glazing)

1. Put all the ingredients in a mixing bowl or mixer and blend to form a dough.
2. Divide into small portions of desirable sizes. Shape each portion into round balls.
3. Place them on a lightly greased tray and flatten them slightly.
4. Use a round tube of suitable size to press a design before glazing the surfaces with egg yolk.
5. Bake in preheated oven at 180 degrees C for 20 minutes.
6. Cool and store in an airtight container.