Lemony Sour Cream Cotton Cake柠檬酸奶油棉花蛋糕

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by Sivia

 

 

If you wonder what is the difference between Japanese cotton cheese cake  and this sour cream cotton cake?

I personally think, sour cream cotton cake :

  • has light and refreshing flavour compared to cotton cheese cake
  • sour cream is cheaper in cost
  • I find by using sour cream, I can melt the butter and sour cream at ease without worrying the lumps  compared to cream cheese requires milk helps in dissolving evenly,and sometimes cream cheese creates so much lump that required the straining method
  • The texture is light and cottony as well

To sum up, when you cannot find cream cheese, do consider a lighter and cheaper substitution for cream cheese that is: sour cream. You just cannot spot the difference in taste.It tastes as good and refreshing too. Light, cottony and soft…what else could you have ask for more.Agree? Thank you for nodding your head with me. 😛

 

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 Ingredients:

  • 50g Western Star unsalted butter ( or any unsalted butter)
  • 200g Bulla sour cream (full cream/light version) or any sour cream
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 40g cake flour, sifted
  • 25g corn flour,sifted
  • 4 egg whites (medium size)
  • 75g castor sugar
  • 1/2 lemon juice (Optional)
  • 1/4tsp cream of tartar

Method:
1. Melt butter and sour cream first over a double boiler. Cool the mixture. Beat in egg yolks(one by one)mix well.Then mix in lemon juice. Fold in the flour and corn flour and mix well.

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2. In a clean and grease-free bowl:Beat egg whites with cream of tartar until foamy. Then slowly add in the sugar and continued beating until medium peaks form( between soft and firm peak)

3.Fold in meringue(a) from step (2) into flour mixture in 3 additions. Pour into a 7-inch round  removable cake pan (you can lightly grease and line the bottom and sides of the pan with baking paper  but I just oil the pan only). Knock out extra air pockets on the table bench.

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4. Bake batter by using steam bake method at 150-160C for 50-60 minutes,or until skewer inserted in the middle and comes out clean ,depending on individual oven.( Place a tray at bottom rack in the oven.Pour in cold water onto the tray once placed the cake pan in the middle rack of the oven.)

5.Once done, remove the water tray from oven. Let door ajar(b) for 15 minutes to allow cake cools down little. Remove the cake immediately from oven and Do Not invert(I want to keep the cake with smooth top, OR you prefer to invert onto a wire rack and that’s is okay as well).Allow to cool down completely. Store the cake into refrigerator for few hours for better taste.

 

(a)What is meringue?

Meringue means  egg whites and castor sugar are beaten to airy texture with alot of air pockets trapped inside.Usually to double or tripled of volume.

(b)Door ajar?

Open your oven door just 3 fingers gap to allow hot air release to avoid drastic changes in temperature.Big changes in temperature sometimes could cause your cake collapse, with a curvy waistline.

 

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Notes:

  1. Before pushing the tray into the oven, remember to tap it onto the table a few times. This is so that you wouldn’t end up with air pockets in the cake.
  2. You can use oil paper to lay around the cake pan,since I am lazy  so I sprayed some oil to the pan.Cake still can remove easily.
  3. The reason I do not use water bath as I find water bath method tend to produce soggy bottom for the cake. Steam bake method may as well create cottony and soft texture too.
  4. You can use 6″ square cake pan too. If you cannot find removable cake pan, just use normal round or square 6″cake pan are optional. The removable cake pan helps in remove the cake easily without  inverting the cake while normal cake pan requires inverting the cake onto cooling rack.I want to have smooth cake top. So just work the way you want.
  5. Every oven acts differently.If you start to find cracks on your cake(before getting worse), reduce the temperature roughly 10 to 15 Celsius. For example: you can try bake the cake batter for 140C for 60-80 minutes, until inserted skewer in the middle, it comes out clean.
  6. If the water is drying out, please add more cold water into the tray. If you find your oven is way too hot (If only you start seeing cake cracks, add more ice cubes into the water tray)
  7. If you do not like the lemon flavour, remove the lemon juice because I want the refreshing lemony flavour in this cake.

 

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by Sivia

Before leaving,I always want to share some insight and  information.Sometimes I find recipes books do not share the proper way of creating different egg whites (meringue) which really hard for us to understand.

 

Difference between Meringue of SOFT PEAK   , MEDIUM PEAK  & FIRM PEAK:

After numerous times of beating egg whites and sugar(meringue)  to different stages: Soft peak, medium peak and firm peak, I find many people fairly know how to differentiate the stages of the meringue.Without the right peak, you might not able to create air in your cake and resulting numerous problems for your cake.

A)     SOFT PEAK: 湿性蛋白霜

After reached bubbly and foamy meringue, the first stage the egg whites turn into when beating  on high speed. When it is done, the egg white is not runny, but hold the shapes with the  peak will curl 40% and it will not drop .

 

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B)     MEDIUM PEAK:中性蛋白霜

the 2nd stage of the meringue, after the soft peak. When you continue beating the meringue after soft peak, the peak will curl about 20% when lifting the beater. This stage will be before reaching a firm pointed peak or stiff peaked.

 

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C)     FIRM PEAK (a lso known as  STIFF Peak):硬性蛋白霜或挺直蛋白霜

The 3rd stage after medium peak of the meringue. The meringue will form a stiff or firm and pointed peak when you lift up the meringue after beating on high speed. It will not drop, no curling down.

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[pictures for the meringue here are outsourced from google]

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Baked Caramel & White Chocolate Cheesecake 烤白巧克力焦糖起司蛋糕

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This white chocolate and caramel cheese cake sounded so sweet but once taste it, you will throw away the first “sweet” impression, it is not sweet at all, I am telling ya~ hehhehe

My husband loves cheesecake,the heavier of  the flavour the better for him.That explains why he gives me a pet name called: “Jong Belegen Kaas” which means “young cheese” in Dutch. So he bought 6 blocks of cream cheese,I cannot let it sit in fridge until all turn bad, then decided to make this cake after the first  block of cheese for tiramisu. I think more cheese to use in baking soon.

Classic baked cheese cake is his favourite and commonly bake for him, let’s try something new. I have packets of white chocolate from the last purchase, thought to use it for chocolate work during autumn,but I was living in flu during the entire autumn.I have to finish it quick. What about “white chocolate with caramel infusion?”

Let’s get started, shall we?

 

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(A)Biscuit Base:

  • 100g maria /McVITIES digestive biscuits ( or any digestive biscuit)
  • 60g Western Star unsalted butter, melted ( or any unsalted butter)

1) Process the cookies until formed crumbs, slowly pour in melted butter and mix to well combine.

2)Transfer the mixture to a (6″) 15cm removable around cake pan. Use a straight-sided glass or hand to spread and press the biscuit mixture firmly over the base.Allow to chill in freezer for 20 minutes.

(B)Cheese filling:

  • 170g Philadelphia cream cheese ( or any cream cheese )
  • 140g Bulla sour cream ( or any sour cream )
  • 50g sugar
  • 100g Cadbury baking white chocolate, melted over double boiler (Or any baking white chocolate)
  • 140ml Bulla whipping cream ( or any  dairy whipping cream )
  • 65g castor sugar
  • 1tbsp water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tbsp corn flour

1)Microwave cream cheese on high heat for 30 seconds.Beat cheese with sugar until creamy and soft.

2)Add in sour cream,then add in eggs, one at a time, and corn flour . Mix well.

3)How to prepare caramel:In a saucepan: Heat up sugar and water on medium high heat until turn amber colour, turn off the heat. [ Picture]

4)Microwave cream 30 seconds to 1 minute on high heat until just boiled, slowly pour into caramel (3).[Picture 3]

5)After 1 minute, stir in melted white chocolate into caramel from step (4).Mix well.

6)Pour in white chocolate-caramel mixture from step (5) into cheese mixture step (3).Pour into cake pan with the biscuit base earlier. Wrap in 2 layers of aluminium foil.

7)Bake at water bath  at 200C for 30 minutes ,then 150C for 30 minutes.

8)Once done, remove from oven, allow to cool completely. Chill in refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight. Remove from cake pan and serve.

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Note:

a)When handling or making caramel, remember to be careful. When pouring the hot cream into hot caramel, you will see some big reaction from here, just stay alert.

b)Do not over cook the caramel until turn dark amber otherwise it creates bitterness in your caramel.Do not stir when cooking caramel.Only swirl around by moving the pan.

c)Alternatively, I baked this cake in a 8″(20cm) round removable cake pan for 200C for 30 minutes, then 150C for another 15 minutes.

d)Chill cheesecake overnight only taste better.

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Baked Cheese Cake@Strawberry Coulis烤乳酪蛋糕@草莓浆

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by Sivia

My husband has been asking for a classic baked cheese cake.Since I bought this 6 packs cream cheese at good deal, thinking what to bake with it.

Classic baked cheese is something heavy in cheese.I remembered that he is the reason i started to eat pizza and cheese cake. From how he grew up, classic cheese cake is always his favourite from his mom.

I want to make classic cheese cake with some twist. So added some fresh strawberry coulis into the cake.

Let’s get started shall we?

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2 components you need:

  • Strawberry coulis
  • cheese cake

 

how to make strawberry coulis

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Ingredients:

  • 70g McVITIES digestive biscuits (or any digestive biscuits)
  • 30g marie biscuits
  • 50g Western Star unsalted butter, melted ( or any unsalted butter)
  • 250g Philadelphia cream cheese, softened in room temperature( or any cream cheese)
  • 120g castor sugar
  • 200g  Vaalia natural yoghurt /or Jalna greek yoghurt ( or any natural or greek yoghurt)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla paste
  • 2 tbsp cake flour
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 200ml Bulla whipping cream / pouring cream( or any whipping or pouring cream)
  • some fresh strawberries for garnish

 

How to make cheesecake :

  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Grease a 8″ round (base) spring-form cake pan.
  2. Process the cookies until resembles fine crumbs. Add in melted butter and mix well.
  3. Lightly oil the cake pan with some butter, press mixture over base and sides of pan. Refrigerate for 30 minutes until sets.
  4. Beat cream cheese and sugar until creamy. Then add in yoghurt and mix until smooth. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until just combined.
  5. Lastly add in vanilla , cake flour then lemon juice and whipping cream. Strain the mixture until no lump is found. Pour  1/3 of mixture into prepared cake pan,then pour in the strawberry coulis. Pour in the remaining cream cheese mixture.
  6. Bake at 180C for 50-60minutes  until cake is set but still wobbly in the middle.
  7. Allow to cool in oven with door ajar(a) for an hour. Remove from oven and cool completely. Refrigerate 6 hours or overnight. 
  8. Before un-moulding, run a knife around the edges of cake.
  9. Decorate with some fresh strawberry. Brush with some mirror glaze /clear glaze/nappage(b)(if you have).Serve.

Note:

(a)Ajar : something that is slightly open. Oven door ajar means oven door slightly open to allow hot temperature flows out slowly to prevent drastic temperature changes.

(b) Nappage : apricot glaze is a baking technique. Jam made from apricots is diluted with water to form a transparent, slightly apricot-colored glaze.You can find in any bakery store. Sometimes they called it neutral or mirror glaze.

 

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by Sivia

Note:

  • You can just bake a classic plain cheese cake without strawberry coulis for your own preference.
  • Red wine added is optional,you can remove it from recipe.
  • You can turn this “baked cheesecake” recipe into ” New York cheesecake” by few changes:

a) replace yoghurt with sour cream, equal amount.

b) replace cake flour with corn flour, equal amount

c) New York cheese cake require water bath method: wrap aluminium foil around the base of cake pan, bake at 200c for 30 minutes until golden brown on

top, then turn down heat to 160c for another 30 minutes.You can leave in the oven with  door ajar for 30-60 minutes by removing the water bath.

d) classic baked cheesecake does not bake by using water bath,but i personal wrap with aluminium foil for preventing oil flowing out from the base mixture.You can always remove the aluminium foil and just bake it straight in the oven.

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by Sivia

 

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