Wholemeal Bun@Potato Croquette ポテトコロッケパン

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Japanese croquette is a small breadcrumbed fried food roll consisting : mashed potatoes and/ or ground meat(beef,chicken or pork), fish  and vegetables, sometimes with a filling such as  sauteed onions. The croquette is usually shaped into a cylinder, or oval shape,then bring to deep fried and named as one of the Japanese fast food.Japanese also enjoy this snack by putting into a bun.

So I make wholemeal bun with this vegetarian fried croquette. It tastes good when serve hot or cold too.

Hope you enjoy this simple sharing ^_^

Ingredients:

  • 250g bread flour / strong flour/ bakers flour
  • 50g wholemeal flour
  • 1 tbsp instant oats (optional:I love to have some oats into my homemade bun)
  • 30g  Western Star butter ( or any butter)
  • 1 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 egg
  • 210 ml Liddells lactose free milk ( full cream milk )
  • some sesame seeds or some shredded cheese(optional)

Methods:

1)      Mix all ingredients together except butter. ( reserve 20 ml of milk)

2)      Knead all ingredients into a dough,then mix in the butter in 2 additions until it comes together.

3)      Slowly pour in the remaining  milk and continued kneading until a smooth dough formed.

4)      To check if the dough is done, take out some dough, and lightly stretch your dough into a thin skin(membrane) without having any holes form. The thinner of the membrane can be stretched and light can see through, the better the dough.

5)      Once done, take out the dough and give it a good knead into big ball. Spray some water onto dough to prevent drying. Allow to proof to double in size by covering with damp towel.

6)      Once the dough is done, release the air by kneading it. Divide into 8 portion, roll into balls. Rest for 15 minutes by covering  with damp towel.

7)      Using rolling pin, flatten the dough into a long tear drop shape, slowly roll into swiss roll shape. Seal properly become a long sausage bun.

8)      Place onto prepared tray with baking paper. Allow to proof to double size again.

9)      Once done, brush with egg wash and drizzle with sesame seeds and some with shredded cheese.

10)  Bake for 12-15 minutes at 190C until golden brown.

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Potato Croquette:

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Ingredients:

  • 2-3 potatoes
  • Half red onion
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • plain flour
  • Egg, beaten
  • Japanese breadcrumb or panko

Methods:

1)      Peel skin off from potatoes, cut into cubes . Chop the onions.

2)      Place the potatoes into a pot of cold water with some salt into together. Bring to boil until potatoes are cooked through.

3)      Drain the water and place cooked potatoes into a bowl, mash it with fork or masher. Ensure no more chunks.

4)      Sauté the chopped onion with some oil until golden brown.

5)      Add in the onions into mash potatoes, season with salt and pepper. Mix well.

6)      Roll into small little 7-8 round disc.

7)      Roll the potato disc onto plain flour, then coat with some beaten eggs, finally coat with breadcrumb evenly. Repeat to the remaining of potatoes disc.

8)      Deep fry until golden brown.

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Assemble:

1)      Lightly make a small cut in the middle of each bun.

2)      Brush inside bun with some Japanese mayonnaise.

3)      Arrange some lettuce and sliced cucumber inside(any vegetables you like), and finally half the potato croquette into two parts. Place onto the bun. Drizzle with your favourite sauce: mayonnaise, ketchup or chillie sauce. Serve.

 

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Note:

1)This is one of the japanese snack with the bun.Normally, Japanese loves to make into meat croquette with minced beef or pork, but I try to keep this vegetarian.

2)If the weather in the kitchen is cold, remember to put a cup of warm water into the area where you proof your dough. It helps to speed up the proofing time.

3)The taste of the potato croquette is amazing with the homemade wholemeal bun.

4)Just drizzle with some Japanese mayonnaise with some fresh salad, and there is your first croquette bun,vegetarian style,tastes as good too.

5)Of course, you can sandwich the wholemeal bun with any filling you like such as: ham, chicken,tuna, salmon basically anything you adore.

 

Hope you enjoy this homemade bun.

Thank you fro dropping by and love to hear from your feedback. ^_^

Easy Japanese Strawberry Shortcake (Light & Moist)

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I love cottony, moist and light strawberry shortcake and I really want to make this cake in no time.

This cake is done in a day and serve after few hours. Yummilicious!

Let’s get started on a simple shortcake.

Dear Honey bun Hubby~ 

HAPPY 12th Anniversary

Thank you for holding my hands  

                                          Love, Wife

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What is Japanese Strawberry Shortcake?

Japanese strawberry shortcake is a layered sponge cake with a strawberry and whipped cream filling, and whipped cream frosting.  Unlike the American concept of strawberry shortcake , there are normally sweet biscuits/scones topped with strawberries and whipped cream.

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Components you need:

  • sponge cake
  • cream Chantilly
  • fresh strawberries

Sponge (Egg separation method):

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 20g castor sugar
  • 60g Liddells lactose free milk( or any milk)
  • 40g vegetable oil
  • 80g cake flour
  • 20g corn flour
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 70g castor sugar

1)Whisk egg yolks and 20g of castor sugar.

2)Mix in oil and milk to well combine.

3)Sift in all flours and mix well.

4)In a  clean bowl:Beat egg whites and cream of tartar until foamy,add in castor sugar in 2 additions and keep beating it on high speed until soft peak achieved.

5)Fold in 1/3 of meringue(a) into yolk mixture from step (3) to well combined, then fold in the remaining meringue to well combine without deflating the volume.

6)Pour into a prepared 10″ X 14″ baking tray lined with baking paper.Bake at preheat oven of 170C for 20 minutes or until it springs back when press in, depending on individual oven.

7)Once baked, remove pan from oven and invert onto a new sheet of baking paper. Allow to cool.

8)Once cooled, peel off the baking paper and cut out 4 pieces of 5″ circle discs.

9)Wash strawberries, dry it and slice thinly.

10)Prepare the cream chantilly.

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Note:

(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)Always remember when folding meringue into yolk mixture,it has to be done slowly and gently without deflating the air pockets, usually by using spatula to fold from bottom to upwards in slow motion until both mixture are well combined without any trace of meringue has been seen. Deflating the air pockets will not produce a well risen cake as result.

(c)You can bake this sponge at 180C for 15 minutes.For my sponge to achieve cottony , airy and moist texture,  adjust to 170C for 20 minutes until golden brown and spring back when lightly press in.The temperature sometimes greatly  depend on individual oven.(watch your oven temperature)

Cream Chantilly:

  • 250g Bulla whipping cream ( or any dairy whipping cream)
  • 2 tbsp of castor sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla paste ( or vanilla essence )

1)Beat cream, sugar and vanilla paste together until thickened or firm peak formed.

2)Spoon 1 cup of cream into piping bag with round nozzle attached.Chill in fridge.

 

First option to assemble:

Assemble 1 :

  • some strawberries, sliced thinly
  • cream chantilly
  • sponge

1)Place 1st piece of sponge onto your rotating cake stand or just table.

2)Spread some cream on the sponge, and arrange strawberries onto the cream.

3)Top up with 2nd piece sponge, spread some cream and arrange strawberries onto the cream.

4)Repeat step (3).Finally cover with last piece of sponge.

5)Frost your entire cake with cream chantilly.

6)Pipe some cream with tear drop shapes around the edges of the cake, top up with some sliced strawberries.

7)Serve.

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Note:

(a)For beginners to frost your cake:You can frost your cake with thin layer of cream first, allow to chill in the freezer for 30 minutes. Take out and frost with another layer of cream.( both layers of the cream should not be too thick)

(b)Decoration is up to your own imagination.So go wild with your imagination.

(c)You can just bake a classic sponge cake and slice into 4 pieces but my aim is to save electricity(heheheh, baking can be expensive for the electricity).A classic 6″ shortcake after frosting which produced 5″  circle discs  need to be baked for 25-30 minutes and slice into 4 equal pieces with good cutting skills. To me, I want to use minimal time, effort to bake and slice my sponge.With this sponge cake method,you will achieve even size of sponge pieces.

(d)This cake is not too sweet which I like.The berries are on season, definitely the first batch of sweetness as I don’t like sour strawberries.

If happen you enjoy more cream chantilly , feel free to increase the amount of whipping cream, and add sugar to your own taste. Since I love the flavour of vanilla, I added this vanilla paste which you can see these vanilla seeds are visible in my cream chantilly.

(e)Normal sponge cake usually using  whole egg and beat into ribbon stage, then fold with flours. I find it, that sponge cake is little dry and requires some sugar syrup to moisten it before layer with cream and berries. Egg separation method which means separate egg yolks and whites, and beat the egg whites with sugar (to soft peak)to create alot of air pockets inside , then fold with yolk mixture will create softer texture. Besides, I bake this under 170C to get more cottony and moist sponge cake.

How to choose good strawberries

  • After reading some articles on how to choose good berries, I found the same description of the berries that has to be even size with pointy tail.
  • If you found odd shapes of the berries or extremely huge(sometimes it can be square or very odd  shape, they are normally genetically modified food, please don’t get them)

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Second option to assemble:

Sometimes, I love to play around with this easy, quick and soft-cottony Japanese shortcake:

1)I used the same recipe but little adjustment on the cream chantilly (probably minus or plus on the cream depending on your preference).

2) using the same recipe for the cottony sponge above, baked in the same rectangle 10″ x 14″ baking tray lined with baking paper, then trim the cooled sponge into 2 x rectangle ( roughly 5″ x 14″ each piece)

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Assemble 2:

1) Prepare the 2 x rectangle sponge, chantilly cream and sliced strawberries on hand.

2) Place the 1st piece of sponge onto your rotating cake stand or table.

3)Spread decent amount of chantilly cream on the sponge, and arrange fresh strawberries onto the cream, then lightly press down the berries. Spread small amount of cream onto the berries just to cover it.

4) Top up with your 2nd piece sponge, and spread decent amount of this luscious cream on top of this sponge (I would say depending on are you that kind of cream lover like me? No harm for more cream) .

5) Trim all the edges of this cake to give a nice and clean appearance so you can see the layers of this shortcake.

6) Pipe some cream with tear drop shapes around the edges of the cake, top up with some sliced strawberries, or decorate how ever you prefer for your cake with the berries and cream, so you enjoy this cake with your love ones. 

7) Serve immediately, or set in the refrigerator for little more ( cover in a cake container so it won’t become dry ) during the hot summer day.

Enjoy ~ 🙂

 

Hope you enjoy this japanese shortcake with 2 decoration options.

Your visit and comments are greatly appreciated.

 

Love, 

Sivia

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Jasmine Orange Cake (Spring Edition)

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by Sivia

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by Sivia

It’s spring !

I love flower blossoming season. I love how the trees are looking alive with vibrantly attractive flowers, bees are awaken from hibernation to start their hectic nectar-sucking job.

I love the aroma release from tea.To me, Jasmine tea seems to be the type of tea that I am very familiar with.The aroma and the taste are very distinctively easy to recognize.

I love experimenting

especially with the aroma and taste from the daily food I consume. Tea and fruit should go well after all many fruity tea is so available nowadays.

Orange + Jasmine = Deliciousness

I hope you like my little tasty experimenting dessert to celebrate the spring.

Let’s get started!

Components you need:

  • Orange sponge
  • Jasmine bavaroise
  • Red Chocolate glaze
  • Chocolate bowl  for decoration (optional)

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Orange Sponge:

  • 50g whole eggs
  • 10g icing sugar
  • 5g cake flour
  • 5g plain flour
  • 30g almond flour
  • 50g egg whites
  • 10g castor sugar
  • 8g vegetable oil
  • 1/2 whole orange

1)Sift all the flours.

2)Boil orange.Once boiled, peel off the skin, slice into chuncks, deseed. Process it to form a puree in blender.Set aside.

3)Beat egg and icing sugar until pale then add in the orange puree and mix well.

4)Fold in the flours and mix well. Add in the oil and mix well.

5)In other bowl: Beat egg white and sugar to foamy,slowly add in sugar and continued beating to reach soft peak.

6)Fold  meringue(a) into yolk mixture in  3 additions.(without deflating the air pockets)

7)Pour batter into a prepared pan of 8″ x 10″ ( 20cm x 25cm) lined with baking paper.

8)Bake at 200C for 15-20 minutes,until golden brown ,depending on individual oven.

9)Once baked, remove from oven and lay onto a new baking paper.Peel off the old baking paper immediately.Cool down.

10)Once cooled down, cut out (6 x 38mm )and (6 x 57mm )round discs.Total: 16 round pieces sponge.

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Note:

(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.

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Jasmine Bavaroise Mousse:

  • 170ml  Liddells Lactose free milk  (Or any milk)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla paste
  • 1/3 tsp jasmine tea
  • 27g castor  sugar
  • 27g egg yolks
  • 4g gelatin leaves
  • 150ml Bulla  whipping cream (Or any whipping cream)
  • 1/2 tbsp castor sugar

1)Bring jasmine tea, vanilla paste and milk to a boil in a saucepan. Off heat.Leave to infuse for 20 minutes with lid on.

2)In a mixing bowl: whisk together egg yolks and sugar until light in colour.

3)Pour half the boiled liquid into egg mixture, mix well.

4)Return mixture to the remaining boiled milk mixture to heat.Stir well.

5)Continue cooking the liquid until thicken, coats the back of the wooden spoon, and reaches 82-84C.

6)Add soaked gelatin to custard and strain into a bowl in an ice bain-marie(a).

7)Beat cream to ribbon stage(b).

8)When custard is cold, remove the bowl from ice bain marie.

9)Fold in whipped cream into cold custard and mix well.

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Note:

(a)What is ice bain-marie?

Place the bowl of  hot custard under another bowl containing ice cubes to cool it down.

(b)What is ribbon stage?

A term referring to the thickness of a whipped/cooked batter (typically with eggs)or cream.When the batter is lifted it should fall in ribbons or smooth sheets that will hold their shape momentarily before falling into the batter.

(c)What is bavaroise?

Creme Anglaise + Whipped cream = Bavaroise

Bavaroise: a french name for bavarian creme. It is a delicate cream dessert with a Cr̬eme Anglaise base, and then aerated with whipped cream or yogurt, egg whites and various flavourings such as fruit pur̩e, chocolate, coffee, tea or liqueurs before being set in the refrigerator with gelatin.

Assemble I:

1) Pour in some jasmine Bavaroise  into 6 separated 6cm  half sphere silicon baking moulds.

2)Place the small round disc  orange sponge into the bavaroise. Top up with more bavaroise.

3)Place big round disc orange sponge into the jasmine bavaroise and lightly press in. Remove excess bavaroise.

4)Allow to set in the freezer for at least 4 hours or overnight.

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Red Chocolate Glaze:

  • 250g Bulla cream ( or any cream)
  • 20g sugar
  • 50ml glucose
  • some red food colouring paste
  • 130g Cadbury baking white chocolate ( or any white chocolate)
  • 6g gelatin leaves

1)Bloom gelatin in cold water until soften.

2)Bring cream, sugar, glucose and food colouring to boil at 85C.

3)Add in white chocolate in few additions. Stir to combine.

4)Sitr in soften gelatin, mix well. Strain.

5)Allow to cool down to 25C-28C.

Note:

  • It is best to cool down the chocolate glaze till 25-28C  to glaze the mousse(frozen).
  • Stir the glaze now and then before glazing to prevent skin forming.
  • you can chill the glaze overnight to rest before using.The glaze will be jelly like texture form.
  • Carefully warm up with bain-marie or microwave until liquid and no trace of lump.(Remember to cool down to the optimum temperature when glazing)

How to make chocolate bowl:

1)Melt some dark chocolate. Pour into a piping bag.

2)Ready with a 7cm half sphere silicone moulds.

3)Cut off small tip of the piping bag.

4)Pipe some lines over the moulds or any shapes you like. Set in the freezer.

5)Gently remove the chocolate bowl from the silicone moulds.

Assemble II:

1)Remove the half sphere mousse from the moulds.Place onto a prepared cooling rack that sits above a baking tray.

2)By using a ladle, gently ladle the red glaze over each mousse. Allow to drip off the excess.

3)Decorate with chocolate bowl or any fruits that you like.Go wild with your imagination.Serve.

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Note:

a)Remember to place the dessert into refrigerator to bring the temperature back to optimum temperature before eating.

b)Chocolate bowl is optional for decoration, it can be removed from the recipe and the cake still taste like spring.Yummy.

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Hope you enjoy this dessert!

Thank you for dropping by and deeply appreciate your comments.

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Chocolate Banana Mousse Cake 巧克力香蕉慕斯蛋糕

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by sivia

                             I remembered how Chocolate Banana mousse cake enticed me  once I tasted .The velvety and chocolatey mousse combined with the soft cottony sponge. I love mousse cake.I think sponge and mousse are heavenly compatible to each other,one cannot lost the other. The banana definitely is one of the main  flavour  to the entire cake.Can’t complaint.This is how I fall in love to mousse cake,madly in love.
                          Chocolate banana cake is classic, everyone has their way of doing it. I have been baking this couple of times in my life  evolving from using instant sponge cake mix(17 years old) to making it from scratch (now).And this is another version of it. Hope you all like this sharing ^_^
Let’s get started, shall we?
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Components you need:

  • Chocolate sponge
  • Torched banana/ fresh banana
  • Coffee chocolate round disc (optional)
  • Chocolate mousse
  • Chocolate glacage/glaze

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Chocolate Sponge: 

  • 2 egg yolk
  • 10g castor sugar
  • 15g salad oil
  • 30ml Liddells lactose free milk ( or any milk)
  • 15g cake flour
  • 10g Hershey unsweetened cocoa powder ( or any cocoa powder)
  • 2 egg white
  • drop of lemon juice/white vinegar
  • 20g castor sugar
1) Sifted flour and cocoa powder. Line a 7″ cake pan with baking paper. Preheat oven to 180C.
2)Whisk yolk and sugar together to well combine.
3)Add in oil and milk.Mix well.
4)Add in sifted flours in 2 additions, mix to well combined.
5)Beat egg whites and a drop of vinegar in a clean bowl to foamy stage, add in sugar slowly , continued beating to stiff peak.
6)Scoop out one-third of meringue(a) to mix with yolk-mixture at step (4).Fold in remaining meringue to batter in 2 additions to well combine.
7)Bake: 180C, 10-15 minutes depending on individual oven.
8)Remove cake from oven to cool down. Remove baking paper and cut into slightly smaller than 6″ in diameter.( We are going to use 6″ cake ring, so we need to cut into a round sponge slightly smaller than 6″ in diameter)
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Note:
(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.

Torched Banana:

  • 1 and half banana, (depending on size, you can use more if you love banana, the more the better)
  • some brown sugar(optional)
  • torched gun
1)Peel off bananas and halve it.
2)Sprinkle with some brown sugar onto each banana.(ignore this step if prefer no sugar)
3)Caramelize each banana with torch.Set aside for later use.
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Coffee Chocolate round disc: (optional)
  • some  coffee chocolate button or some baking chocolate.
1)Melt some of the compound chocolate, and lightly spread on a sheet of baking paper. Put another sheet of baking paper ont op of the chocolate,and using a tray to lay on top(reduce the chocolate disc wobbles).Keep in refrigerate until set
2)When the chocolate is set, using a 5″ round cutter,dip the round cutter into warm water, wipe it to dry. Cut a round disc out.

Chocolate Mousse:

  • 300ml Bulla whipping cream( or any whipping cream)
  • 140g Cadbury baking dark chocolate ( or any baking dark chocolate)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp of sugar
1)Melt the chocolate over a pot of simmering water(do not allow water to touch the bowl of chocolate)
2)Beat eggs and sugar in a pot of simmering water(do not allow the water touches the bowl of egg mixture). Keep beating the egg and sugar until fluffy and pale or ribbon stage(a)[Step 3 in picture below]
3)Fold the egg mixture step (2) into melted chocolate at step (1).
4)In a clean bowl: beat whipping cream until soft peak formed.
5)Fold whipped cream into egg-chocolate mixture at step (3) in 2 additions until a velvety chocolate mousse achieved. Pour into a piping bag.
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Note:

(a)What is ribbon stage?

A term referring to the thickness of a whipped/cooked batter (typically with eggs)or cream.When the batter is lifted it should fall in ribbons or smooth sheets that will hold their shape momentarily before falling into the batter.

Assemble (1): 

1)Place 6″ cake ring onto a baking tray lined with baking paper underneath.
2)Place the chocolate sponge, and pipe chocolate mousse onto the sponge to cover the sponge.
3)Place the coffee-chocolate round disc on (Optional if you dont want to add ),please jump to step (4).
4)Arrange torched banana slices all over the mousse.
5)Cover with remaining chocolate mousse.
6)Smooth the top and allow to freeze until set for at least 4 hours or overnight.
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Chocolate Glacage:

  • 260g Bulla cream ( or any cream)
  • 180g sugar
  • 60g Hershey unsweetened cocoa powder (Or any cocoa powder)
  • 6g gelatin leaves (soak in cold water till soften)

1)In a pot:add in cream, sugar, cocoa powder(sifted),keep cooking and stirring under medium heat.

2)After the mixture came to boil and cocoa powder has dissolved.Remove from heat.

3)Add in the soaked gelatin sheet(discard the water),stir till dissolved.

4)Strain the mixture and allow to cool to room temperature.Stirring occasionally to avoid skin form.

 

Note:

  • It is best to cool down the chocolate glaze till 28-33C  to glaze the mousse(frozen).
  • Stir the glaze now and then before glazing to prevent skin forming.
  • You can chill the glaze overnight to rest before using.The glaze will be jelly like texture form.
  • Carefully warm up with bain-marie or microwave until liquid and no trace of lump.(Remember to cool down to the optimum temperature when glazing)

 

Assemble (2):

1)Take out mousse cake from freezer, remove the cake ring by using hair blower to gently heat up all around cake ring for few seconds.
2)Place mousse cake onto a cooling rack sitting above a baking tray.
3)Pour the chocolate glacage all over the mousse.Allow to drip excess.
4) Decorate however you like.
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Note:
1.If you prefer slicing the bananas in smaller pieces, then arrange around the mousse, of course you can do that.
2.Do not sprinkle sugar onto sliced banana if preferred less sweet.
3.If you have no torch gun, you can just arrange sliced banana.
4. This  cake is preferably eaten fresh with the bananas inside.
5.Be generous and quick when glazing your mousse cake so it does not have air bubbles trap into your glaze which resulting wrinkles on the glaze.
6.Eliminate the coffee chocolate round disc from the recipe if preferred without it.
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by sivia

Hope you enjoy this another version of chocolate banana.
Thank you for dropping by and deeply appreciate your comments ^_^
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Ambroise, Refined version ( Hidemi Sugino)

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Ambroisie ,one of the most popular desserts at Hidemi Sugino shop in Tokyo.I heard and seen so much about this dessert and the Famous name,I adored his artwork. Although I have not been to his shop or eat his master piece, I am truly appreciated all the cakes he made, my kind of idol. Hopefully one day, I will be tasting his art work, his ideas , his efforts, his master piece.

There are few things as you can see from these pictures , few differences comparing to Hidemi’s:

·       the colour of the chocolate glacage,

·       where is the gold leaf?

·       Where is the vibrant green colour of the pistachio joconde?

·       And where is correct sugar amount?

 

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I have heard so much of people who got highest privilege to taste this artwork, similar outcome:heavy and sweet. From the way it looks, it looks chocolaty and from the recipes I read, it is slightly sweeter to my taste.

After staying here for years, my sweetness  level has dropped drastically, especially chocolate. Now, the sweetness of a piece of LINDTS milk chocolate ball is overpowering for my taste, let alone for CADBURY chocolate. One word: my mouth is pain from taking that level of sweetness.So, I decided to refine this recipe, for all ingredients I could find here , for the sweetness I prefer.

 

Few changes I attempted for a reason:

a)Sugar level: I reduced so I can enjoy it,genuinely.

b) Pistachio joconde is not green enough: I couldn’t find pistachio paste here, and normally this kind of paste is flavoured and coloured such as Sevarome Pistachio Paste.I want to make it as natural as possible. The pistachio here also is not raw or in deep green colour.S o I blended my pistachio and mix with some water to be a paste, it is organic and permeates-free that I want this for as homemade.

c)Chocolate Glacageis not dark enough: The recipe requires Valrhona cocoa powder, but all I can find and prefer is Hershey cocoa. I love the aromatic of Hershey!

d) Where is my gold leaf: Again, cannot find here, so I used Edible Gold Sprinkle.

The joy of eating this winner dessert:

1)It is not overpowering with sugar or heavily chocolaty.

2)melts into mouth  instantly because low in gelatin. Now I understand why this cake is so precious and it melts easily in your mouth,basically no gelatin added, all from the cream. Once I remove from freezer, the mousse immediately slipped through my hand , it is really soft. I only dare to try this out during cold weather. Summer heat is the enemy for this dessert.

The taste of this petitely designed master piece, it is definitely worth my 2 days job.

 

 

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Few components you need:

  • Pistachio Mousse
  • Pistachio Joconde
  • Raspberry Jam
  • Sirop d’imbibage
  • Chocolate Joconde  (all above here prepared on Day 1)
  • Dark Chocolate Mousse (prepared Day 2 )
  • Chocolate Glacage (Prepared day 2 or 3, depends how long your mousse has frozen)

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This recipe from : La Petite Vancouver & Gourtmet Baking

serves :one 6-inch cake orthree to four 2.5-inch entremets

(A)Mousse a la pistache(Pistachio Mousse)

  • 130g Bulla whipping cream( or any dairy whipping cream)
  • 70g milk (Liddells lactose milk I used)
  • 1/10 vanilla pod
  • 40g egg yolks
  • 15g granulated sugar ( I reduced to 10g)
  • 2g gelatine leaves
  • 20g pistachio paste ( I grinded my own pistachio and mix with some water to make a paste)

1. Combine the pistachio paste with milk in a saucepan and bring to boil

2. Add in the vanilla pod

3. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the sugar and egg yolks and mix them until you get a pale yellow colour

4. Pour the pistachio-milk-vanilla mixture into step 3 little by little and mix until smooth

5. Pour step 4 back into the saucepan and heat it up in a low-medium heat. While heating it up, whisk the mixture vigorously until the mixture harden.Note don’t whisk too long or else you will ended up with scrambled egg texture.

6. Soften the gelatine leaves in a cold water

7. Add the soften gelatine into step 5

8. Beat the whipping cream until soft peak

9. Add 1/3 of the whipped cream into the mixture and mix well. Once incorporated, you can then add in the rest of the whipped cream and mix untilsmooth.

10. Pour the mixture into a circular mousse’s ring and set in freezer

 

(B)Biscuit aux pistaches (Pistachio Joconde)

  •  60g almond paste
  • 25g pistachio paste
  • 30g whole egg
  • 27g egg yolk
  • 17g egg white
  • 30g corn starch
  • 13g Western Star unsalted butter( or any unsalted butter)

French meringue

  • 53g egg white
  • 33g granulated sugar  ( I reduced to 25g)

1. Preheat oven to 200°C

2. Combine the almond paste and pistachio paste in a mixing bowl and whisk until incorporated

3. Continue whisking and add in the whole eggs, egg yolks and egg whites little by little and mix well until thicken

4. Sift in the all purpose flour and mix well

5. Prepare french meringue and add it into the mixture and mix well

6. Add melted butter into the mixture and mix well

7. Pour the mixture into a ring mould and bake for 7-10mins ( depends on your oven )

 

(C)Raspberry Jam (Framboise pepins)

  •  35g sugar ( I reduced to 10g)
  • 20g glucose
  • 8g water
  • 100g fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 4g pectin mixed with
  • 23g sugar ( I reduced to13g)
  • 6g lemon juice
  1. Bring the sugar, glucose, and water to a boil in a saucepan
  2. Mix the raspberries in and continue to boil
  3. Mix in the pectin-sugar and boil until raspberry has broken down and soft
  4. Cool in an ice bath and add the lemon juice
  5. Refrigerate until needed
  6. The recipe called for 50g of this jam

(D)Sirop d’imbibage

  •  20g Sirop à 30°B [ 13 sugar + 7 g water }—> (I reduced to 8g sugar+7g water )
  • 15g water
  • 15g raspberry liquor

1. Prepare the sirop à 30°B and microwave it until sugar dissolved

2. In a bowl combine the sirop à 30°B, water and raspberry liquor and mix well

 

(E)Biscuit joconde au chocolat (Chocolate Joconde)

  •  24g almond powder
  • 24g icing sugar (I reduced to 18g )
  • 24g egg yolks
  • 10g egg whites
  • 19g all purpose flour
  • 7g cocoa powder ( preferably Valrhona ,but I only can find Hershey and I love it)
  • 9g melted butter( Western Star unsalted butter I used)

French meringue

  • 44g egg whites
  • 45g granulated sugar ( I reduced to 25g)

1. Preheat oven to 200°C

2. In a mixing bowl, sift in the almond powder and icing sugar and mix well

3. Add in the egg yolks, egg whites and whisk until smooth

4. Sift in the all purpose flour and mix well with spatula

5. Sift in the cocoa powder and mix well with spatula

6. Prepare french meringue(On a separate clean bowl, whisk the egg whites until foamy and add the sugar a little at a time until it form firm peak) and add 1/3 of it to the mixture and mix until smooth.Add the rest of the french meringue and mix until smooth.

7. Add in the melted butter and mix well8. Pour the mixture into a ring mould and bake for 7-10mins ( depends on your oven )

 

(F)Mousse au chocolat noir(Dark Chocolate Mousse)

  •  225g whipping cream
  • 105g 66% dark chocolate ( preferably Valrhona , but I only can find Hershey )

Pâte à Bombe

  • 35g creme fraiche
  • 30g granulated sugar (I reduced to 15g)
  • 55g egg yolks

For Pâte à Bombe:

 1. Mix the creme fraiche, sugar in a saucepan and bring to boil ( or until all sugar melted )

2. In a separate bowl add in the egg yolk and whisk it until pale yellow in colour

3. Add mixture in step1 into step2 little by little while keep mixing at the same time.

4. Mix well using electric mixer

 

For chocolate mousse

1. Beat whipping cream to soft peak

2. In a double boiler, melted the dark chocolate ( chocolate’s temperature should not exceed 45°C )

3. Add the Pâte à Bombe into the melted chocolate and mix well

4.Add 1/3 of the soft-peak whipped cream to step 3 and mix well

5. Add the rest of the soft-peaked whipped cream to the mixture and mix well

chocolate glaze

 

Assembly

  1. Pipe pistachio mousse onto cake ring moulds,let it set little in freezer.
  2. brush one side with the sirop d’imbibage and place it on top of the pistachio mousse,brushed side down.  Then brush the other side with the syrup.
  3. Freeze
  4. Once frozen, take it out of the freezer and spread 50g of framboise pepins(raspberry jam) on top
  5. Using a cookie cutter or fondant cutter, cut circles with diameter slightly smaller than the cake ring you will use. (I use 2.0″ cookie cutter and 2.5″cake ring)
  6. Cut the chocolate joconde using the same size of cookie cutter.
  7. Assemble top-side down. Line a baking pan with acetate sheet and place the 3″ cake rings (or any size of rings you want) on top.
  8. Pipe some chocolate mousse at the bottom, then place the pistachio mousse-raspberry cut out on top (raspberry side on the top)
  9. Spread some more thin layer of mousse, then lastly place the chocolate joconde circle on top.
  10. Align another acetate sheet on top of the cake ring and set the cake ring in freezer overnight or until set.
  11. Once set, take our your cake ring and remove the acetate sheet ( top and bottom )
  12. Use a small blow torch or hair dryer and heat up the side of the ring ( don’t heat up too long or else you will melt the mousse )
  13. Once the ring loosen, use both hand to pull down the ring.
  14. You can put the cake back to the fridge while you now starting to prepare the chocolate glaze.
  15. Once the chocolate glaze is almost at room temperature (slightly warm but still pourable), pour the glaze on top of the cake and smooth it with spatula
  16. Refrigerate an hour  and decorate with chocolate petals and gold leaf(I decorate with gold sprinkles)

how to make ambroise

I must keep this experience in words and pictures for my future reference,hopefully.

Pages of recipe seem intimidating,after you try , it might increase your confident in making “long long recipe”. But worth 2 days of work  if sugar is reduced to your preference.The texture is marvelous.

 

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The best chocolate Mousse cake I ever tried,with the efforts to recreate this, it is worth the wait.

 

Happy trying.:) Secretly wishing to own Hidemi Sugino’s cookbook in English version 😛

 

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Floss Roll 肉松蛋卷(加了葱花和芝麻)

floss swiss roll

Spring onion and floss roll always my frequent bake for hubby. Instead of sweet swiss roll, I love to make into a savoury version with some meat floss, spring onion and sesame seeds,of course drizzle with some mayonnaise and chillie sauce and there you go. Hope you like this sharing.
Ingredients:
• 4 egg yolks
• 10g castor sugar
• 60g Liddells lactose free milk ( Or any milk)
• 40g vegetable oil, or melted butter
• 25g corn flour , 75g cake flour
• 4 egg whites
• 40g castor sugar
• Some pork or chicken floss(vegetarian soy meat floss for vegetarian option)
, some chopped spring onions

• 1 tsp sesame seeds, some mayonnaise and chillie sauce

Method:
1. Line a 10X14’ baking tray with baking paper. Lightly oil the tray then line with baking paper. Preheat oven to 180C.
2. Sift the corn flour and cake flours together.
3. Beat egg yolks and 10g sugar until frothy. Add in oil and milk, mix well.
4. Mix in flours and mix to smooth consistency. Set aside.
5. Beat egg whites in a clean mixing bowl until frothy, then slowly add in castor sugar(40g), continued beating until soft peak formed. Sprinkled with 1 tsp of sesame seeds.
6. Gently fold in 1/3 meringue from step (5) into yolk-flour mixture. Then fold in remaining meringue in 2 additions.(do not over fold otherwise deflate the air pockets).
7. Sprinkled with chopped spring onion onto the tray, pour in batter, smooth the top, Knock out air pockets.
Bake at 180C for 12-15 minutes  or until golden brown(adjust your own oven)

8. Remove the swiss roll out from baking tray.Peel off the baking paper.
9. Brush one layer mayonnaise onto the peeled side or spring onion side,sprinkled with floss.Lightly press in. Roll the swiss roll together with baking paper. Wrap nicely.Keep in fridge for few hours.
10. Unwrap, then trim both edges. Decorate with more mayonnaise, chillie sauce and floss. Slice and serve.

floss roll+sprin onion

This is the first concept in mind,but look so blank and un-appetizing in my picture.So I decided to add spring onion as garnish,and became like below:

floss roll

One piece green onion on the swiss roll?Gosh! Look so out of portion? Then decided to chop into few parts and garnish. See, decorating my food is the toughest job, of course taking pictures are my forever thing to learn. Come, Let’s laugh together!

Note:

1)Ensure your eggs are cold.

2)How to retain the brown side of swiss roll?

Once cake is baked, remove from oven immediately, lay onto a new sheet of baking paper(with the brown side faces down)

Peel off the top baking paper from the sponge. (now you have two sheets paper on both sides.)Flip it over. Take out the new baking paper away from brown side, allow to release some hot steam for few minutes, the cover and allow to cool down. This way, you won’t damage the skin.

3)what if your oven is way too hot??

If your oven is way too hot even bake on 180C will cause crack while rolling, try bake at 170C for 20 – 22minutes or 150 for 25 minutes,depending on individual oven, watch it closely.

4)when is the best time to roll your Swiss roll??

Try to spread your filling such as mayonnaise/floss while the roll is slightly cool down to lightly warm to touch,almost to your body temperature. This way, the roll might be flexible for rolling. Chances for your swiss roll to crack when you allow the roll to cool down completely or while it is still too warm to handle. 

5)The eggs that I am using are medium size which suitable for baking tray size of 10″x14″.If your eggs are in small size, try to use 5 eggs(size S) in this recipe for a baking tray of 10″ x14″.(this is my own preference)

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White Angel白色天使 ( Lemon Orange Mango Gateau)柠檬橙芒果蛋糕

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I find citrus fruits here are mostly fresh and sweeter in flavor. Lemon here is less sour and juicy. I always wonder why westerners can use in all their food: salad, seafood, white meat and sauces. As though lemon is like the salt to the pepper. Orange here is all seasonal citrus fruit. I do not enjoy fresh slice orange back in Malaysia as much as I do here. There two fruits become the primary essence to this mousse cake.

What goes well with cream cheese? Lemon.  I came up with lemon cheese mousse.

I bought a big packet of fresh mango cubes from Costco. I do not need to wait for the mango season, I think. So I thought insert mango element into this entire cake.

I adored this cake personally and hope you do too. White chocolate might not your favourite but by adding this last element as frosting, it is something different and it is a good “different”.

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Problem is: why the white chocolate does not appear as white?? Wishing to have pure white powder to do the  whitening effect.

 

Components you need:

  • Mango Gelee

  • Orange Joconde

  • Lemon cheese mousse

  • White chocolate glacage/glaze

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Mango Gelee:

  • 150g mango puree
  • 1/2 anise star
  • 5g sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2.5 gelatin leave (Soak in cold water till soften)

1. Bring mango puree to boil, add in anise star and sugar and mix well. Switch off heat.

2. Stir in soften gelatin the mango mixture. Stir in lemon juice. Sift the mixture to remove the anise star.

3. Allow the mixture to reduce temperature to 28C.

4. Pour into mango mixture slowly into a 6” cake ring ( Wrap cling film around the bottom of the cake ring)

5. Allow to harden in the freezer for 4 hours or more.

Note: 

(a)What is gelee?

A jellied substance.Liquid becomes solid by the addition of gelatin, pectin or other gelling agent.

mango gelee

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Orange Joconde:

  • 84g whole egg
  • 20g icing sugar
  • 10g cake flour
  • 10g plain flour
  • 60g almond flour
  • 84g egg white
  • 20g castor sugar
  • 17g Western Star unsalted butter( Or any unsalted butter )
  • 1 whole orange

1. Sifted all flours. Line a 6” round cake pan with baking paper.

2. Bring whole orange to boil in a pot. Once boiled,peel off the skin , slice into small chunks and remove the seeds. Process the orange in a processor or blend in a blender to form a paste.

3. Beat egg and icing sugar in a bowl until pale and lightly thick. (Lift up whisk, you can see batter is slowly drip down). Add in 2/3 of orange paste and mix well.

4. In another clean bowl: Beat egg white to foamy, slowly add in sugar, continue beating to achieve soft peaks.

5. Fold in the egg-orange mixture into this meringue (egg white) to well combine.

6. Take out some batter , fold in melted butter.

7. Fold in all flours into remaining egg batter till well combined.

8. Fold in the butter-mixture earlier (6) back into flour batter (7).

9. Pour batter onto prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven at 180C for 20-25 minutes, until skewer inserted in the middle of cake comes out clean, depending on individual oven for the temperature and time.

10. Remove from cake ring and allow to cool down completely. Keep in refrigerator.

Note:

(a)What is Joconde?

A Joconde Cake is cross between a biscuit and sponge cake. It has an almond flavor and was named for Mona Lisa which translates to La Joconda in French.

orange puree

orange sponge

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Lemon Cheese Mousse:

  • 50g castor sugar
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 175g  Bulla whipping cream ( or any dairy whipping cream)
  • 30g egg yolk
  • 2tbsp lemon juice
  • 140g Philadelphia cream cheese ,room temperature ( Or any cream cheese)
  • 25g Vaalia natural yoghurt( or any plain yoghurt)
  • 2tsp lemon essence
  • 40g egg whites
  • 42g castor sugar
  • 11g water
  • 5g gelatin leaves ( soak into cold water until soften)
  • 6g CHOYA extra shiso, Traditional Japanese Umeshu(Plum liqueur) optional
  1. In a bowl: beat whipping cream till stiff peaks formed. Set aside in refrigerator.
  2. In a pot: Boil sugar and 3tbsp water till sugar dissolved. Remove from heat.
  3. Slowly pour in the sugar syrup into beaten egg, continued heating until reached 82C while whisking. Stir in soften gelatin.
  4. Remove from heat, beat until light and pale.
  5. In another bowl: Beat cream cheese , then add in plain yoghurt, lemon essence and Umeshu until well combined.
  6. Fold in whipped cream (1) into cheese mixture (5).
  7. Then fold in egg-yolk mixture earlier (3) into cheese-cream mixture (6).
  8. Boil sugar and water till 117C. Start beating egg whites till foamy, slowly pour in sugar syrup, beating till stiff peaks formed. This is known as “Italian Meringue”.
  9. Fold in italian meringue into (7). Pour into a piping bag.

pate a bombe

lemon cheese mousse

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White Chocolate Glacage/Ganache:

make this after mousse cake has set properly

  • 250g Bulla whipping cream (pouring cream or whipping cream can be used here)
  • 20g sugar
  • 50ml glucose
  • 150g Cadbury baking white chocolate( any baking white chocolate )
  • 6g gelatin leaves (Soak into cold water till soften)

1. In a pot: bring cream, sugar and glucose to boil at 85C.

2. Add in chocolate in few additions and stir to combine.

3. Stir in soften gelatin and continued to mix until incorporated. Sift .

4. Allow the mixture to cool down to 25-28C. ( you can use another pot of cold water sit underneath your ganache to help in this process)

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Part I : Assemble:

1. Place a 6” cake ring onto a prepared baking tray with baking paper underneath.

2. Line a piece of 6cm in height of acetate strip around the cake ring as shown in picture.

( Get a 6” cake ring with 6cm height if you can find. My cake ring is smaller in height so acetate strip is for increasing the volume of my cake.)

3. Remove the mango gelee from freezer, cut into 5.5 inches of round disc.

4. Slice the orange joconde into 2 thin slices, and cut into 5.5 inches of round disc

5. Pipe some lemon mousse onto the cake ring, then place the first orange joconde. Pipe in lemon cheese mousse.

6. Place the mango gelee, then pipe all remaining lemon cheese mango. Place the last orange joconde onto the mousse. Press down the joconde to allow excess mousse flows out, remove excess mousse with palette knife. Place in freezer to allow to get harden.

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assemble

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Part II: Assemble:

1.Remove the mousse cake from freezer. Using warm cloth to rub around the cake ring. Flip the mousse cake upside down ( Mousse part faces up; sponge part faces down). Push up the mousse cake from cake ring.

2. Place the mousse cake onto a wire rack which sitting on a baking tray. Pour white chocolate ganache over the mousse cake. Allow to sit there for few minutes until excess ganache flows down.

3. Allow cake set in refrigerator for 30 minutes. Decorate however you prefer asthis is your cake now.

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Note:

  • Allow cake to bring back to coolroom temperature for few hours, then you can slice and serve.
  • Boil the whole orange first so that the flavors from the orange is more readily to perfume the entire cake. (I cannot stop eating the orange sponge by itself, the orange is like the perfume of the cake, seriously yummy. Complimenting my product is not my style but the orange joconde is really irresistible.)
  • My advice: if you do not enjoy white chocolate ganache, you can choose not to use it because some people included me just dislike the sweetness of white chocolate. However the combination is really up to standard.
  • Again, I do not really enjoy over rating my own products.(Many times of failure too) This cake is really  well structured. The lemon has lightened the cheese flavor; the orange acts as the perfumed for the cake. Husband and I finished more than ½ of the mousse cake in a day.
  • If  happened you are not anise star fan, remove from your mango gelee too. Anise Star does not act as the primary flavor of the gelee, but remove if you do not enjoy it.
  • Adding plum liqueur Umeshu is optional if you prefer no alcohol.

lemon cheese cake

 

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Adding this Japanese traditional Umeshu (CHOYA)梅酒 is the extra flavor with the sweetness and sourness of the plum. The taste and aroma of umeshu can appeal to even those people who normally dislike alcohol.  This plum liqueur is recommended by my sister, it helps for good sleep, promote good blood circulation and good digestion. Please do not over indulge ~

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