Wednesday, 27 July 2011

red bean bun

Hi, so just made a red bean paste, (recipe under other sweets tab on the right) and i thought that it would be good to put it in a bun. I made this bun to make a pretzel but changed my mind because my taste buds were not crying for salty anymore! these buns were super simple to make. soft, chewy, tasty!

2&3/4 cup flour
1 package (.25 oz) active dry yeast
1 cup water
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tbsp salt
1/4 tbsp sugar

redbean paste filling.

place sugar, yeast, in warm water for 10 minutes
stir in flour oil and salt
knead dough and cover in a oiled bowl for 1 hour
cut dough to 16 pieces.
roll out  into a circle and fill with filling.
pinch the edges and shape into a bun
cover and let rise for 30 minutes
steam for 15 minutes.

Red bean paste with canned beans

Hi! i had a can of red beans and didn't know what i wanted to do with it. I decided to make sweet red bean paste to fill inside hoppang (호빵), a korean red bean filled chewy bread.
This was wayyy simpler than i expected, and needs only two ingredients: beans and sugar.
I forgot to take a picture again but it looks like the bean paste they sell at stores, except tastes more homemade and has a lighter color.

1 can (15 oz) red beans
1/4  cup sugar
1/8 cup boiling water

place all ingredients in the blender.
blend for 30-40 seconds until creamy and pasty.


Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Creamy Peanut Butter Cookie Bar

Today, i was craving cookies, but did not feel like driving to the store, so i just used what ever ingredients i had and made a cookie cake-ish bar. It was SOO DELICIOUS!

2 tbsp butter
4 oz cream cheese
3 heaping Tbsp peanut butter
2 pinches salt
1&1/4 cup flour
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1.3 cup corn meal
1/8 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup brown sugar
cream butter, sugar, creamcheese, peanut butter
add flour
add cornstarch
add salt
add cornmeal
add oil
grease 8X8 square pan
fill batter in pan and bake at 325 for 15 mins
take out cookie, sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon and bake for 10 min at 350 degrees.

chill before eating! 

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Making Cake Mix better

Hi everyone. today, i took a box of butter yellow cake mix from betty crocker and made it in the style that i would a regular cake. It turned out way more fluffier than i did following the instructions on the box.
I didn't do anything special, except made a few changes on the steps!

 i doubled my recipe because i had to bake 3 dozens.

2 boxes of betty crocker butter yellow cake mix
2 sticks of butter
5 eggs
2&1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp vanilla

sift the cake mix and put it in a bowl.
in a separate bowl, cream butter until super fluffy
add one egg at a time
add vanilla
add water
add sifted cake mix
beat for 2-3 min until well blended and creamy
line cupcake pans and bake for 12 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean


Saturday, 2 July 2011

creamy shortbread cookies

i had a gazillion names for this cookie because they have distinctive ingredients, but i came up with this "creamy shortbread cookies". This cookie has a texture like a shortbread but is really creamy and has sort of a cheesecake after taste because of the cream cheese. i made about 2 dozens or so and it was gone in a day. My family loved these cookies and i think this recipe will stay for a long time!

for shortbread cookie
1&3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon (maybe a pinch more!)
3/4 cup butter (1&1/2 stick)
4 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup brown sugar
1&1/2 tsp vanilla
for cinnamon sugar sprinkle on top
4 tbsp brown sugar
1&1/2 tsp cinnamonn
cream butter, creamcheese, and sugar well.
add vanilla
in a separate bowl, stir flour, cornstarch, salt, and cinnamon together
add dry to wet ingredients.
mix well and place dough in a plastic wrap. Wrap into logs or a disc.
chill for an hour or 30 min in freezer.
preheat oven to 350 degrees.
cut dough into desired shape and sprinkle top with cinnamon sugar mixture.
bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

Red Bean Mochi

Mochi Mochi Mochi! Everyone loves mochi, whether it's filled with beans, cream, or jelly. Today i made red bean filled mochi because it is my grandmother's birthday and i wanted to make her something simple but delicious. Making these mochi was super simple with the little ingredients required. Cleaning up was the hardest part but the trouble was worth it!
I used Mochiko (sweet rice flour) and can of red bean paste (find them at asian supermarkets). This requires a microwave and a heat proof bowl. This recipe is very quick and easy!

1 box of mochiko
1 cup water
1 cup brown sugar
boiling water just enough to melt sugar (4 tbsp?)
cornstarch for dusting

mix together mochiko and water
(the batter will be like pancake batter)
mix boiling water and sugar
mix sugar into batter
cook in microwave for 3 min.
stir  and pound with wooden spoon
cook in microwave for 2 min & 30 sec.
pound with spoon and cool in the freezer for 10-15 mins.
pound with fist
cut dough into desired size and roll out to a circle
drop a ball of bean paste and wrap it with the mochi dough.
pinch the edges to close
refrigerate and enjoy!

Yeast Baked Donuts

I don't have a deep fryer, nor do i want to sacrifice one of my mom's pots, so I decided to bake my donuts. These donuts came out really soft and chewy! Will definitely make these again!

5 cups of flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 packet active dry yeast
1&1/3 cup milk. (warm enough to dissolve yeast)
2&1/2 tbsp melted butter
2/3 cup sugar

dissolve yeast and milk.
make sure all ingredients are room temperature
add in butter adn sugar to yeast mixture.
add egg, flour, nutmeg, and salt to mixture.
mix well and let dough rise in a oiled bowl for 1 hour
punch the dough down and cut them in to desired shape.
let the newly formed donuts rise for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

bake them at 375 for 15 minutes or until ready.