Sunday, May 1, 2016

Homemade Checkerboard Cookies

  
I AM STELLA FROM SRI LANKA
Checkerboard cookies are not difficult to make—they’re actually pretty and easy. Try this recipe.  
                                                                                  
                                                                            
                                                                         
                                                           
                                                                                    
                                                               

    

Ingredients

  • FOR THE VANILLA DOUGH:
  • 75 grams Sugar
  • 100 grams Butter
  • ½ whole Egg Yolk
  • ½ drops Vanilla
  • 150 grams All-purpose Flour
  • FOR THE CHOCOLATE DOUGH:

  • 75 grams Sugar
  • 100 grams Butter
  • ½ whole Egg Yolk
  • ½ drops Vaniila
  • 150 grams All-purpose Flour
  • 15 grams Cocoa Powder
  • Egg White, Beaten, For Sealing
         
         

Directions

  1. For the vanilla dough:
  2. Combine sugar and butter in a bowl. Using electric beaters or a stand mixer, beat until smooth and fluffy. Add the half egg yolk and vanilla and beat in well. Add flour and mix well.
  3. Turn dough on to a clean working surface and shape in to a rectangle. Now wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  4. For the chocolate dough:
  5. Combine sugar and butter in a bowl. Using electric beaters or a stand mixer, beat until smooth and fluffy. Add the half egg yolk and vanilla and beat in well. Combine cocoa powder and flour. Add flour mixture and mix well.
  6. Turn dough on to a clean working surface and shape in to a rectangle. Now wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  7. Take the dough out of the fridge. Cut each dough into 9 equal strips. Assemble strips like a checkerboard, starting with a vanilla strip in the middle, adding chocolate strips on each side. Use egg white to seal together and alternate the strips with chocolate and vanilla until you have checkerboard look.
  8. Cover each slab with plastic wrap and chill another 30 minutes before slicing them. Preheat oven to 180ºC (355ºF). Now take the checkerboard cookie log out of the fridge and cut into slices.
  9. Bake for 10–12 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack and store in an airtight container. Enjoy.
                                                                     


    

                      


Friday, April 1, 2016

Homemade Kid Friendly Appetizer




 I am Stella from Sri lanka
       
                   When you are planning your next birthday party do not forget to make this recipe



                                                                             
                                                                          
                                                                            

                                                                    
      







  • FOR THE BASKET:
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  • 3-⅝ ounces, weight Plain Flour
  • ¼ teaspoons Salt
  • 1-⅞ ounces, weight Butter, Chilled
  • ½ whole Egg Yolk, Beaten
  • 2 tablespoons, 1-½ pinches Water Cooled

  • _____
  • FOR THE FILLING:
  • ½ Tablespoons Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • ½ teaspoons Garlic, Chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Red Onion, Chopped
  • 5-⅓ ounces, weight Smoked Or Pre-cooked Salmon, Crumbled
  • ¼ teaspoons Pepper
  • ½ teaspoons Salt To Taste
  • 1 whole Egg
  • _____
  • FOR THE GARNISH:
  • 2-⅔ ounces, weight Potato, Peel And Boil
  • 1 ounces, weight Butter
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • ⅛ teaspoons White Pepper
  • 1 drop Food Colouring
  • 1-⅞ ounces, weight Carrot, Peeled And Cut Into Rounds (for The Sails-for Decorating)


  • Directions

    1. First, make the dough for the basket: Sift the flour. Place the flour and salt in a large bowl. Mix. Rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
    2. Next add approximately 1/2 of the egg yolk and the water. Mix well your hands. Try to work quickly.
    3. Wrap the dough and chill for 10 -15 minutes.
    4. Now take the dough and roll out into a large square that is about 1/8 inch thick, using a rolling pin. . Cut it into 5×3 inch rectangles (you should get about 15) using a pastry cutter or sharp knife.
    5. I made some little boat or leaf shaped moulds out of cardboard, covered with aluminum foil. Or you can use similar store bought molds (need to be a bit smaller than 5×3 inch size, to fit your dough rectangles). Grease moulds.
    6. Put the pastry rectangles into the greased moulds (use butter or coking spray) and make sure the dough goes up the sides as well.Then trim off the excess pastry. Prick the base with a fork to prevent air bubbles.
    7. Make the filling: In a pan heat 1/2 table spoon olive oil over medium high heat, add garlic and mix until slightly softened. Next add onion and salmon. Mix until onion is softened and everything is heated through. Add pepper and salt. Mix well.
    8. Place your prepared filling in the pastry boats and beat the egg. Brush the egg over the top of the filling.
    9. Bake about 20 minutes at 200C degrees or until the crust is golden brown.
    10. Remove from oven and let cool.
    11. After that decorate with colored mashed potatoes.
    12. Take a potato. Peel and boil it, covered with water, until potatoes are fork tender. Drain the water. Squash the potato with a potato masher or mixer. Add butter salt, white pepper and food coloring. Mix well. Put mashed potato mixture into a piping bag and pipe it on top of the filling, as I’ve done in the photo above.
    13. The sails were made out of carrot (cut into rounds and stood up on top of the potato filling). See picture.
    14. Serve and enjoy.





    Tuesday, March 1, 2016

    Homemade Rose Rolls




    I am Stella from Srilanka


                This is a great recipe for your next party.They look so pretty it’s almost a shame to eat them!


                                     

                                                                   
                                                              
                                                                          










  • FOR THE DOUGH:
  • 100 grams All-purpose Flour
  • ½ teaspoons Salt To Taste
  • 25 grams Butter, Chilled
  • ½ whole Egg Yolk, Beaten
  • 50 milliliters Cold Water
  • ½ Beaten Egg (for Egg Wash)
  • FOR THE FILLING:
  • ½ Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Plus 1/2 Teaspoon Chopped Garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Red Onion, Chopped
  • 150 grams Weight Smoked Or Pre-cooked Salmon, Crumbled
  • ¼ teaspoons Pepper
  • ¼ teaspoons Salt, Or To Taste

  • Directions

    1. For the dough:
    2. Sift flour into a large bowl. Add salt. Mix. Rub butter into flour with your fingertips until mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
    3. Add approximately 1/2 of an egg yolk and the water. Mix well using your hands. Try to work quickly. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for 10–15 minutes.
    4. For the filling:
    5. In a pan, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add garlic and mix until slightly softened. Add onion and salmon. Mix and saute until onion is softened and everything is heated through. Add pepper and salt. Mix well.
    6. Take the dough and roll out into a large square about 1/8 inch thick. Using a 3-inch diameter round cookie cutter, cut 10 dough rounds. Make 4 diagonal slits, leaving the center intact. Place 1 tablespoon filling mixture in the middle of each disk, then brush the edges of the pastry round with some egg wash.
    7. Take one of the sections and cover the side of the filling with it. Take the opposite side’s section and cover the other side of the filling with it. Repeat with the two last sections. Pinch the dough on the side to seal it. Place on greased baking tray, and take the remaining egg wash and brush over rolls.
    8. Bake at 200ºC (390ºF) for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy.


    Friday, January 1, 2016

    Homemade Party Snack Recipe



    I am Stella from Sri Lanka
    This is a great recipe for your next party. They’re shaped like a nurse’s cap! Try this recipe.

                                                                                        

                                                             
                                                   
                                                         
                                 
     FOR THE DOUGH:
    100 grams Flour, All Purpose
    1.2 milliliters Salt To Taste
    25 grams Butter, Chilled
    ½ whole Egg Yolk, Beaten
    50 milliliters Water Cooled
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    FOR THE FILLING:
    7.4 milliliters Olive Oil
    2.5 milliliters Garlic, Chopped
    14.8 milliliters Red Onion, Chopped
    150 grams Smoked Or Pre-cooked Salmon, Crumbled
    1.2 milliliters Pepper
    1.2 milliliters Salt To Taste
    ½ whole Egg, Beaten (for Egg Wash)
    Directions
    First, make the dough: Sift the flour into a large bowl. Add salt. Mix. Rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
    Next add approximately 1/2 of an egg yolk and the water. Mix well using your hands. Try to work quickly.
    Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for 10 -15 minutes
    Make the filling: In a pan heat 1/2 table spoon olive oil over medium high heat, add garlic and mix until slightly softened. Next add onion and salmon. Mix and saute until onion is softened and everything is heated through. Add pepper and salt. Mix well.
    Now take the dough and roll out into a large square that is about 1/8 inch thick, using a rolling pin. Cut it into 6 rectangles ( 4 x 3 1/2 inch) using a pastry cutter.
    Now place one teaspoon of filling mixture in the center of each rectangle. Now fold the rectangle in half lengthwise. Don’t press down corners yet. Next, hold the rectangle lengthwise and bring the upper left and lower left corners together so that you’ve got a curved shape – kind of like a nurse’s cap (see photo).
    After that place snacks on greased baking tray, press down all of the dough edges and take the remaining 1/2 beaten egg and brush over snack.
    Bake at 200 C for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
    Enjoy.


                                      

    Thursday, October 1, 2015

    Homemade Steamed Sweet Buns Recipe


      
    I am Stella from Srilanka
      Steamed buns can be easily made with a variety of fillings. They’re shaped like a flower! Try this   recipe.
                                                                                   
                                   
                                                    
                                         
                                           

     250 grams bread flour
    6 grams sugar
    5 grams yeast, active dry
    1/2 teaspoon salt to taste
    130 millilitres water
    1 teaspoon olive oil
    75 millilitres treacle coconut
    1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
    1 grams sugar
    125 grams coconut desiccated
    1 tablespoon chocolate candy for decorating
    Directions
    Directions
    For the buns:
    Sift the flour. In a mixing bowl combine the flour, sugar, yeast and salt. Mix well about 1 minute. Pour in olive oil and water. Mix well. Now clean your dry working surface and knead by hand about 10 minutes.
    Cover the dough and let rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes. After that, punch the dough down and make 15 round lemon-sized balls.
    Now take each ball and roll out with a rolling pin until you get a disk (3-inch diameter and 1/4-inch thick).
    To make the coconut filling, in a thick-bottomed pan, put coconut pani, cinnamon and sugar and bring to a boil (you need it to be around 100ºC degrees so use a thermometer). Then add the pani mixture to the desiccated coconut and mix well. Let cool.
    Now place about 1 tablespoon of sweet coconut mixture in the middle of each disk. Next shape the dough into a ball shape. Set aside about five minutes. Using sharp scissors, snip the round edges of the dough off to form petals to shape it like a flower (see photo).
    Now put the flower on top of oiled parchment paper or baking paper. Place flower buns in a steamer and steam over a pan of boiling water for about 10 minutes. When the flower buns are cooked, remove from the steamer and place on a dish.
    After that, you can decorate the flower buns. Just place chocolate candy in the center of flower buns. I have done this in the photo above. 
    Serve warm.
    Enjoy.
















      





                                 
                                                                                      

    Tuesday, September 1, 2015

    Homemade Birthday Snack Recipe



    I am Stella from Srilanka

                  This recipe is a kids friendly fun  snack.Try this recipe!     
                                                                           
                                                                           
                                                                                 
                                                                       






                                                                                    


    1. Peel the hard boiled eggs. Take a small, flat bottomed bowl. Put in 3 drops of pink food coloring and 2 cups water. Mix. Place the peeled hard boiled eggs into the bowl so that they are completely covered. Remove eggs when they have the shade you like. Then place them in the refrigerator for about an hour
    2. Next prepare the mashed potatoes: Peel and boil the potatoes, covered with water, until potatoes are fork tender. Drain the water. Squash the potato with a potato masher or mixer. Add butter, salt and white pepper . Mix well.
    3. Next slice the chilled eggs into thin slices using a sharp knife or egg slicer. Then spread a thin layer of mashed potatoes on 12 crackers. I used homemade crackers but you can use store bought.
    4. After that place a slice of egg on the cracker.Now spread a thin layer of mashed potatoes on the slice of egg. Then top with another cracker. Now divide the remaining mashed potato mixture into four portion. Add a drop of food coloring (a different color in each bowl) into each bowl and mix well.
    5. After that you can decorate the tops of the sandwiches with colored mashed potatoes. Put each colored mashed potato mixture into a piping bag and pipe it on top of the cracker, as I ha€™ve done in the photo above.
    6. Enjoy.














           

                                                                                                                                                                                                       



    Wednesday, April 1, 2015

    Homemade Kid Friendly Dessert

                                                   
     I am Stella from Srilanka 
     One of the most delicious desserts.Easy to make and wonderfully sweet.   



                                                                             




    • 100 grams cake sponge
    • 25 grams strawberry jelly
    • 25 grams jelly lemon
    • 50 grams custard vanilla
    • 3 teaspoon sugar syrup
    • 1 whole banana ripe banana, sliced into rounds
    • 25 grams plums pitted and sliced
    • 2 teaspoons candy color candy sprinkles (for decorating)
    • 2 teaspoons chocolate grated chocolate [for decorating]
    • 1 whole egg egg white
    • 30 grams sugar
    • 1/4 cups sugar
    • 1/4 cup water

    Directions

    1. Prepare the Jello as per the packet instructions. Pour each one into a large bowl and place both bowls in the fridge for one hour or until set. After that cut out small pieces of the solidified Jello.
    2. Prepare the custard/pudding as per the packet instructions and allow to cool.
    3. For the syrup, add sugar and water into a heavy-bottomed pan and bring to boil over low heat to 105C degrees. Use a thermometer. Once the sugar is dissolved and it’s a bit thickened and reaches the right temperature, remove from heat.
    4. In the bottom of your glass bowl, place squares of the sponge cake. (1/2 thick, 1 1/2 x 1 inch rectangles) I used homemade sponge cake but you can use store bought if you don’t have the time to make your own. Prick the sponge cake pieces all over with a fork. Pour sugar syrup over the cake.
    5. Next place the cut out pieces of Jello all over the cake. Pour custard over the Jello layer. Place banana slices and plum slices on top.
    6. For the meringue: Place the egg white and sugar in a bowl. Beat the mixture until stiff and standing in peaks (use a electric hand mixer).
    7. Now place the meringue over the banana and plums. After that sprinkle grated chocolate and colored candy over the top.
    8. Place the dessert in the fridge for about one hour. Serve cool.
    9. see my web site.
    10. www.recipesrilankablogspot.com
    11. www.stellarecipe.webs.com
    12. Enjoy.

                                             


     
                                                            






      





    Thursday, January 1, 2015

    Homemade Swiss Roll

    I am Stella from Srilanka
                                             Very simple to make

                    
                                                                    
                                                                       

    • FOR THE CAKE:
    • ¼ teaspoons Baking Powder
    • 3-⅝ ounces, weight Cake Flour
    • 3 whole Egg
    • 3-⅝ ounces, weight Sugar
    • ¼ teaspoons Vanilla
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    • FOR THE FILLING:
    • 3-⅝ ounces, weight Butter
    • 7 ounces, weight Icing Sugar
    • 2 Tablespoons Milk
    • ½ teaspoons Vanilla
    • 1 drop Food Coloring
                                                          

    Mix baking powder and flour, sift well. Preheat the oven 200C degrees, lightly butter a 12×8 inch Swiss roll tray and then line with oiled or baking sprayed parchment paper.
    Next, beat the eggs and sugar on high speed for about 7 -10 minutes.The batter should leave a ribbon-like texture when the batter is lifted up. Add flour mixture and the vanilla. Mix well with a rubber spatula.
    Now pour the mixture into the prepared tray and smooth out to the corners with a rubber spatula. Bake about 15 minutes or until golden brown, and cake has began to shrink from the edges of the tray.
    Remove from oven . Now lay an oiled piece of parchment paper (14×14 inch) on top of a lightly damp tea towel. Carefully place Swiss roll upside down onto the paper. Remove the paper that was in the pan (the paper that is now on top of the Swiss roll).
    Roll up the Swiss roll inside of the towel/oiled paper. Start from longer side. Leave the rolled cake to cool.
    For the filling: Using an electric mixer, beat butter in a bowl until pale. Gradually add icing sugar and milk, beating constantly until combined. Add vanilla and food coloring. Mix well.
    Open the Swiss roll using the oiled paper to unroll it. Then remove the paper and spread thinly with buttercream filling.
    Roll the Swiss roll up again, this time without the oil paper. Roll it up tightly! Trim both ends to get a smooth and presentable looking Swiss roll.
    Place Swiss roll in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours. After that cut it into slice and serve. Enjoy.
                                                

    Monday, September 1, 2014

    Homemade Mini Buns



    I am Stella from Srilanka

    Mini buns are quick and easy to make. A simple recipe. Try it! 
                                                                 




        

    Ingredients

    • ½ pounds, ⅞ ounces, weight Plain Flour
    • ¼ ounces, weight Yeast
    • 1 ounces, weight Sugar
    • ½ Tablespoons Salt To Taste
    • 7 tablespoons, 1 teaspoon, 5-⅛ pinches Warm Water
    • 1 whole Egg, Beaten, Divided Use
    • 1 ounces, weight Butter, Softened

    Preparation


    In a mixing bowl combine flour, yeast, sugar, and salt. Mix 1 minute.
    Next add water and half of the beaten egg. Mix. 
    Add butter and mix until combined. 
    Knead by hand until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes.

    Cover the dough and let rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes. 
    After that, punch the dough down and make 8 round balls and allow
     them to rise for 10 minutes .

    Take the balls and place on a greased baking tray and allow to
     rise for 25 minutes. 
    Next brush the remaining beaten egg over the top of the buns .

    Bake at 200ºC for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

    Serve hot.

    Enjoy.