Sunday, June 1, 2014

Homemade Bundt Cake


I am Stella from Srilanka
This is a really popular cake. Easy to make with just a little time.
                                                           



  • FOR THE CAKE:
  • 5-⅓ ounces, weight Cake Flour, Sifted
  • 1-½ teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 2-⅔ ounces, weight Butter
  • 6 whole Eggs, Separated
  • 7 ounces, weight Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • _____
  • FOR THE SUGAR SYRUP:
  • ½ cups Sugar
  • ½ cups Water
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Preparation
For the cake:
Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl three times. Set aside.
Melt the butter in a small pan over low heat. Once melted, remove from heat and let cool. Set aside.
Separate the egg whites and yolks. Beat egg whites until they become white and frothy. Add sugar little by little and continue beating until sugar dissolves.
Next add the egg yolks into the whites mixture and beat about 5 minutes. After that, add in the dry ingredients, melted butter, and vanilla. Mix well using a rubber spatula.
Pour the cake batter into a 9-inch bundt shaped cake pan that has been greased with butter and floured.
Preheat oven to 180 C degrees and bake the cake for 25 minutes.
The cake is ready when you can lightly press on it with your finger and it bounces back.
Remove the cake from the oven and let cool .
For the syrup, add sugar and water into a heavy-bottomed pan and heat over low heat to 105C degrees. Use a candy thermometer. The sugar should dissolve and the mixture should thicken to syrup consistency. Let cool.
Next place the cake on a serving plate and pour sugar syrup over the center of the cake. Let cool. Serve and enjoy.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Homemade Cupcakes for kids Birthday

I AM STELLA FROM SRI LANKA

These cupcakes are really delicious and cute. Try this recipe.

                                       






                                            
  • 1-⅔ cup All-purpose Flour
  • ¼ teaspoons Baking Powder
  • ¼ teaspoons Salt
  • 6 Tablespoons Butter
  • ⅔ cups White Sugar
  • 3 whole Egg Yolks
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • ½ cups Milk
  • 1 container Buttercream Frosting, 16 Ounce Tub, Or Your Favorite Recipe
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Preparation
Preheat oven to 175 C.
In a medium-sized bowl sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
In the bowl of your electric mixer beat the butter until soft and creamy (about 1-2 minutes). Gradually add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy (about 3-5 minutes). Add egg yolks, in two batches, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla and beat until combined.
With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture in three parts, alternating with the milk and beginning and ending with the flour; beat until combined after each addition.
Now line a cupcake tin or muffin tin with paper cups (recipe makes 12 cupcakes). Pour batter into cups. Fill to about 2/3 full. Don’t over fill.
Bake at 175 C for about 25 minutes. Cupcakes are ready when the top springs back when you touch it with your finger. (Do not over bake or the cupcakes will be dry.)
Remove the cupcakes from the oven and let them cool before decorating. When the cupcakes are cool, fill a pastry bag with the buttercream frosting and pipe onto the cakes. Use a piping bag with a star nozzle if you have one.
Serve and enjoy.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Homemade Steamed Buns

I AM STELLA FROM SRI LANKA
These buns are very soft and delicious.You can adapt this bun recipe to your own taste. A kid-friendly recipe, they're shaped like a porcupine!
                                                 


                                                   

  • FOR THE BUNS:
  • ½ pounds, ⅞ ounces, weight Bread Flour
  • ¼ ounces, weight Sugar
  • ¼ ounces, weight Yeast, Active Dry
  • ½ teaspoons Salt To Taste
  • 1 teaspoon Olive Oil
  • 8 tablespoons, 2 teaspoons, 6 pinches Water
  • _____
  • FOR THE FILLING:
  • 3 tablespoons, 1 teaspoon, 2-⅓ pinches Coconut Pani Or Coconut Treacle
  • ¼ teaspoons Cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoons Sugar
  • 3-⅝ ounces, weight Desiccated Coconut
             
Preparation Instructions
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 out each ball and roll out with a rolling pin until you get a disk (2 1/2-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 teaspoon of sweet coconut mixture in the middle of each disk. Roll into a ball. Next shape the dough into a oval shape. Using sharp scissors, snip the top of the dough to form prickles to shape it like a porcupine.
Now put the porcupine on top of oil paper or baking paper. Place porcupine buns in a steamer and steam over a pan of boiling water for about 10 minutes. When the porcupine buns are cooked, remove from the steamer and place on a dish.
After that, you can decorate the porcupine buns with eyes, a mouth and whiskers. I’ve done so in the photo using food coloring for the eyes and mouth and coconut husk for the whiskers.
Serve warm.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Homemade Strawberry Jam Bread

I AM STELLA FROM SRI LANKA 
I love this recipe. It is simple and easy to make. Try it!
                                
                                              

                                                  

                                        

Ingredients

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

Preparation Instructions

In a mixing bowl combine flour, yeast, sugar, and salt. Mix for 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 it rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes. After that, punch the dough down and make a large round ball and allow it to rise for 10 minutes longer.
Now take out the dough ball and roll out with a rolling pin until you have roughly a 12 x10 inch rectangle that is about 1/4 inch thick.
Place some strawberry jam on the top of the dough. I used homemade strawberry jam but store bought is fine. Spread it across the surface of the dough but leave about a 1 inch border around the entire rectangle – so the jam doesn’t ooze out. Roll the dough up into a log. Cut the log into 6 equal slices using a sharp knife.
Place the dough slices (cut side up) in a greased round baking pan (diameter 8 inch) and allow to rise for 10 minutes. Next brush the remaining beaten egg over the top of the bread.
Bake at 200 C for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve and enjoy.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Homemade Dinner Rolls

I AM STELLA FROM SRI LANKA
Dinner rolls are one of the easiest and most delicious breads to make

                                                
                                                      
  • ½ pounds, ⅞ ounces, weight Bread Flour
  • ¼ ounces, weight Yeast
  • 1 ounces, weight Sugar
  • ⅓ ounces, weight Milk Powder
  • ½ teaspoons Salt To Taste
  • 8 tablespoons, 1 teaspoon, 5-⅞ pinches Water
  • 1 whole Beaten Egg, Divided
  • 1 ounces, weight Butter

Preparation Instructions

In a mixing bowl combine flour, yeast, sugar, milk powder and salt. Mix 1 minute. Next add water and half of the beaten egg. Mix. Add butter. 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 10 round balls and allow to rise for 10 minutes .
Now take out each ball and roll out with a rolling pin until you get a thin disk (4-inch diameter and 1/8-inch thick). Roll up loosely, then coil so that it resembles a snail shell. Keep it a bit loose, as the dough with rise further. Tuck the outer end underneath.
Place on a greased baking tray and allow to rise for 35 minutes. Brush the remaining beaten egg over the dinner roll.
Bake at 200C for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve hot with butter or jam.
Enjoy.



                                


Monday, April 1, 2013

Homemade Milk Rice with Coconut Stuffing

I AM STELLA FROM SRILANKA 

Milk Rice is a traditional specialty food item of Sri Lanka made for special occasions. Some Sri Lankans believe it is a lucky food. It is simple to make and very tasty.


                              
                                
                              
                                               
  • FOR THE MILK RICE:
  • 1 pound, 1-⅔ ounces, weight Uncooked White Rice
  • 2 cups Water
  • 2 cups Thick Coconut Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt To Taste

  • FOR THE COCONUT FILLING:
  • 6 tablespoons, 2 teaspoons, 4-⅝ pinches Coconut Pani Or Treacle
  • ⅛ Tablespoons Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 7 ounces, weight Desiccated Coconut

Preparation Instructions

Wash the rice, put in a medium saucepan and add the water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, cover the saucepan, and cook until the rice is soft, 15-20 minutes.
When rice is done, uncover it and add coconut milk and salt, stir well, and reduce heat to low. Continue cooking over low heat for another 10 minutes until the milk has been absorbed and the rice is very soft and creamy. By now rice milk is ready. Don’t cool.
To make the coconut filling, in a thick-bottomed pan, put coconut pani, cinnamon and sugar and bring to boil (you need it to be around 100C degrees so use a thermometer).Then add the pani mixture to the dessicated coconut and mix well. Let cool.
Using 10 molds or metal cups (I used small metal cups), place 1 1/2 tablespoons of hot milk rice into the mold and press down. Now place 1 tablespoon of the sweet coconut mixture in the middle of each cup. Next place some more hot milk rice on top of the filling and press down.
Next invert on serving plate. Enjoy.
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Friday, February 1, 2013

Homemade Fried Curry Bread

I AM STELLA FROM SRILANKA 
Simple to make. This bread is delicious! Try it!
                                                      
                                                        
  • FOR THE DOUGH:
  • 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
  • 1 ounces, weight Butter, Softened
  • _____
  • FOR THE FILLING:
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic, Chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Red Onion, Chopped
  • 5-⅓ ounces, weight Smoked Salmon, Crumbled
  • 3-⅝ ounces, weight Prepared Or Leftover Mashed Potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Salt To Taste
  • ½ pounds, ⅞ ounces, weight Bread Crumbs
  • 1 cup, 2-⅔ teaspoons, ⅞ pinches Vegetable Oil, For Frying
  •  
For the dough: 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 with your hands 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 .
Now take out each ball and roll out with a rolling pin until you get a thin disk (diameter 3 inch, thickness 1/4 inch).
For the filling: In a pan heat 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil over medium high heat add garlic and mix. Next add onion, salmon, and mashed potatoes. Mix until onion is softened and everything is heated through. Add pepper and salt. Mix well.
Now place a tablespoon full of filling mixture in the middle of each dough disk and gather the dough up around the filling. Pinch the seam shut. Flatten the dough lightly and dip the dough balls in the remaining 1/2 of the beaten egg and roll them in bread crumbs. Now cover the dough balls and leave to rise about 30 minutes.
Next deep fry them in hot oil (over medium heat), until they are golden brown . Remove them from the oil onto absorbent paper to drain for a minute or two. Then serve hot with tomato sauce or your favourite dipping sauce.
Enjoy.
                     

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Homemade Appetizer Tree

I AM STELLA FROM SRILANKA
 Make this easy appetizer tree the next time you have a kids’ birthday party.


  • FOR THE DOUGH:
  • 3-⅝ ounces, weight Flour, All Purpose
  • ¼ teaspoons Salt To Taste
  • 1-⅞ ounces, weight Butter, Chilled
  • 1 whole Egg Yolk, Beaten
  • 3 tablespoons, 1 teaspoon, 2-⅓ pinches Water Cooled
  • _____
  • FOR THE FILLING:
  • ½ Tablespoons Olive Oil -Filling
  • ½ teaspoons Garlic, Chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Red Onion, Chopped
  • 1-⅞ ounces, weight Smoked Salmon, Crumbled
  • 1 ounces, weight Mashed Potatoes
  • ¼ teaspoons Black Pepper
  • ½ teaspoons Salt To Taste
  • ½ whole Egg Beaten
  • _____
  • FOR THE GARNISH:
  • 2-⅔ ounces, weight Potato, Peeled And Boiled
  • 1 ounces, weight Butter
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • ⅛ teaspoons White Pepper
  • 1 drop Food Colouring -green
 

Preparation Instructions

First, make the dough: 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.
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.
Now take the chilled dough and roll out into a large rectangle that is about 1/8 inch thick, using a rolling pin. Cut the dough into long strips – 1/2 inch width. You should have 8 strips*. Now roll each dough strip around a metal tube (see photo – this will be the trunk of your trees). Before using the metal tubes, brush them with butter or oil. Size of the tube should be about 2 1/2 inch height and 1 inch diameter.
* Note: If you have extra dough, you can make eight tiny flowers (about the width of your tree trunks) to use for decoration for the top of your tree.
Place tubes on an oiled baking tray (if you can, place them in a vertical position). After that, take the remaining 1/2 egg and brush over dough .
Bake at 200 C for 10 minutes or until golden brown. When done, slide the tubes out and allow the ‘tree trunks’ to cool.
Next, in a pan heat 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil over medium high heat. Add garlic and saute until slightly softened. Next add onion, salmon, and prepared (or leftover) mashed potatoes. Mix until onion is softened and everything is heated through. Add pepper and salt. Mix well. Put into a piping bag (or a Ziplock bag with the corner cut off). Now take the baked tubes and pipe some of the filling mixture into the middle of the tubes.
After that decorate with colored mashed potatoes.
For the garnish: Take your potatoes, peel and boil them, 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 green food coloring. Mix well.
Put the colored mashed potato mixture into another piping bag and pipe it on top of the filled ‘tree trunks’ in the shape of leaves and place the dough flowers on the top. I’ve done in the photo above.
Enjoy.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Homemade Fish Buns

Homemade Fish Buns 

WELCOME
I AM STELLA FROM SRILANKA
Homemade fish buns can be healthy. You can adapt this bun recipe to your own taste.

                             

Ingredients

  • FOR THE DOUGH:
  • ½ pounds, ⅞ ounces, weight Plain Flour
  • ¼ ounces, weight Yeast
  • 1 ounces, weight Sugar
  • ½ teaspoons Salt To Taste
  • 7 tablespoons, 1 teaspoon, 5-⅛ pinches Warm Water
  • 1 whole Egg
  • 1 ounces, weight Butter, Softened
  • _____
  • FOR THE FILLING:
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic, Chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Red Onion, Chopped
  • 5-⅓ ounces, weight Smoked Salmon, Crumbled
  • 3-⅝ ounces, weight Mashed Potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Salt To Taste
  • 1 Tablespoon Sesame Seeds, For Garnish
  •  

Preparation Instructions

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 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 .
Now take out each ball and roll out with a rolling pin until you get a thin disk (diameter 5 inch, thickness 1/4 inch).
In a pan heat 1/2 table spoon olive oil over medium high heat add garlic and mix. Next add onion, salmon, and mashed potatoes. Mix until onion is softened and everything is heated through. Add pepper and salt. Mix well.
Now place a tablespoon full of filling mixture in the middle of each disk. Fold the edges of the disk in three places to cover the filling.
Place the fish buns on a greased baking tray and allow to rise for 35 minutes. Next brush the remaining beaten egg over the fish buns and sprinkle some sesame seeds on top.
Bake at 200 C for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve with tomato sauce.
Enjoy.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Homemade Party Appetizer

WELCOME
I AM STELLA FROM SRILANKA 


If you need an appetizer recipe for your next kids’ party, try my recipe.
                                              
                                                            
  • 2-⅔ ounces, weight Flour, All Purpose
  • ¼ teaspoons Salt
  • 1-¼ ounces, weight Butter, Chilled
  • ¼ whole Egg Yolk, Beaten
  • 2 tablespoons, 1 teaspoon, 1-⅝ pinches Water Cooled
  • 12 whole Chicken Or Similar Veggie Or Fish Nuggets (can Be Purchased From The Grocery Store)
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Preparation Instructions

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.
Next add approximately 1/4 of the beaten egg yolk and also add the water. Mix well your hands. Try to work quickly.
Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for 10 -15 minutes.
Now take the chilled dough and roll out into a 10 inch square that is about 1/8 inch thick, using a rolling pin.
Next prepare the nuggets as per the packet instructions. (I used homemade cutlets). Let cool.
Next cut the dough. You need two dough cutters – one beak/ head/neck shaped cutter and one wings shaped cutter. If you don’t have cutters draw a shape on a piece of paper and cut it out . Place the pattern on top of the dough and cut it out with a sharp knife. You’ll need to cut out 12 beak/head/neck shapes and 24 wings.
Next place them on a greased baking tray and bake about 7 minutes at 180 C degrees or until the crust is light brown. Remove from oven and let cool.
You are ready to decorate. Make three holes in the nuggets using a toothpick. Then stick in the wings and neck, pressing down to seal. I’ve done this in the photo above.
After that, you can decorate the duck shaped appetizer with eyes and mouth/beak. I’ve done so in the photo using food coloring for the eyes and mouth/beak.
Enjoy.
                                 

Friday, June 1, 2012

Homemade Sponge Cake




Homemade Sponge Cake


WELCOME
I AM STELLA FROM SRILANKA 


Sponge Cake is easy and fun to make.This cake is one of my favorite types of cakes. Try this recipe.

                                  Step by Step Recipe



                                                      
  • 200 grams Cake Flour, Sifted
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 100 grams Butter
  • 8 whole Eggs (separated)
  • 300 grams Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla

Preparation Instructions

Sift the flour and baking powder three times.
Melt the butter in a small pan over low heat. Let cool.
Separate the egg whites and yolks. Beat egg whites until they become white and frothy. Add sugar little by little and continue beating until sugar dissolves.
Next add the egg yolks and beat about 5 minutes. After that, add in the dry ingredients, melted butter, and vanilla. Mix well using a rubber spatula.
Pour the sponge cake batter into an 11-inch round pan that has been greased with butter and floured.
Preheat oven to 180 C degrees and bake the cake for 30 minutes.
The cake is ready when you can lightly press on it with your finger and it bounces back. (and also when a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.)
Remove the cake from the oven and let cool.
Serve and enjoy.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Homemade Breakfast Pizza

Homemade Breakfast Pizza 
WELCOME
I AM STELLA FROM SRILANKA 

Homemade pizzas can be healthy. You can adapt this pizza recipe to your own taste. 


                         STEP BY STEP RECIPE
                                  

                                    
                                      


  • 1-½ Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Chopped
  • 50 grams Carrot, Sliced
  • ½ teaspoons Pepper
  • ½ teaspoons Salt To Taste
  • 100 grams Smoked Salmon, Sliced
  • 200 grams Pizza Dough (enough For 1 Pizza Base)
  • ½ cups Pizza Sauce
  • 25 grams Green Onions, diced
  • 125 grams Tomatoes,sliced
  • 3 whole Eggs

Preparation Instructions

In a pan heat one tablespoon olive oil over medium high heat add garlic and mix until it softens just a bit. Next add carrots, pepper and salt. Mix until carrots soften a bit. Add in the sliced salmon just to heat it up. Mix well.
Clean a dry working surface and roll out pizza dough (I used hand kneaded dough) to 1/4 inch thick (using a rolling pin). Next place it on the 9 inch diameter pizza pan (you can use a little olive oil to lightly grease ). Cover with a damp tea towel and leave in warm place for 20 minutes or until the edges rise slightly.
After that build a little rim/crust around the edges with your fingers. Prick the crust with a fork at a few places.
Now spread pizza sauce over the dough (everywhere except the crust). Put salmon mixture on top. Next scatter onions and tomatoes.
Beat two eggs until light and frothy. Now pour the eggs over the pizza (but not on the crust). Whisk the third egg and brush on the edge/crust.
Bake the pizza for about 25 minutes at 220C degrees or until the crust is golden brown.
Serve and enjoy.





Thursday, March 1, 2012

Homemade Apple Jam Bread

Homemade Apple Jam Bread

                                                       STEP BY STEP RECIPE

                      Delicious apple jam bread recipe – and so easy to make.                             
                                             
  • 250 grams Plain Flour
  • 5 grams Yeast
  • 25 grams Sugar
  • ½ Tablespoons Salt
  • 110 milliliters Warm Water
  • 1 whole Egg, Beaten, Divided Use
  • 25 grams Butter, Softened
  • ½ cups Apple Jam
  •  
  • In a mixing bowl combine flour, yeast, sugar, and salt. Mix for 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 it rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes. After that, punch the dough down and make a large round ball and allow it to rise for 10 minutes longer.
    Now take out the dough ball and roll it out with a rolling pin until you have roughly a 12 x10 inch rectangle that is about 1/4 inch thick.
    Place the apple jam across the dough. I used homemade apple jam but store bought is fine. Spread it across the surface of the dough but leave about a 1 inch border around the entire rectangle – so the jam doesn’t ooze out. Roll the dough up into a log. Cut the log into 7 equal slices using a sharp knife.
    Place the dough slices in a greased baking pan. I staggered them, placing the cut sides beside each other and shaped the dough into a wheat stalk shape. I’ve done this in the photo above.
    Allow to rise for 10 minutes. Next brush the remaining beaten egg over the top of the bread.
    Bake at 200 C for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve and enjoy.
     

           



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Friday, February 3, 2012

Homemade Sunflower Cake

Homemade Sunflower Cake 

When planning your next party, try this sunflower shaped cake recipe. 
                                                        STEP BY STEP RECIPE

                                                       



                                                     
                                             


  • FOR THE CAKE:
  • 150 grams Cake Flour, Sifted
  • 1-½ teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 75 grams Butter
  • 6 whole Eggs (separated)
  • 200 grams Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  •  _____
  •  FOR THE BUTTER CREAM FROSTING:
  • 250 grams Butter
  • 500 grams Icing Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 drops Food Coloring Yellow (for The Light Yellow Frosting Portion)
  • 3 drops Food Coloring Yellow (for The Dark Yellow Frosting Portion)
  • 2 Tablespoons Chocolate Candy Or Sprinkles, For Decorating

Preparation Instructions

For the cake:
Sift the flour and baking powder three times. Set aside.

Melt the butter in a small pan over low heat. Once melted, remove from heat and let cool. Set aside.
Separate the egg whites and yolks. Beat egg whites until they become white and frothy. Add sugar little by little and continue beating until sugar dissolves.
Next add the egg yolks and beat about 5 minutes. After that, add in the dry ingredients, melted butter, and vanilla. Mix well using a rubber spatula.
Pour the cake batter into an 9-inch sunflower shaped cake pan that has been greased with butter and floured.
Preheat oven to 180 C degrees and bake the cake for 25 minutes.
The cake is ready when you can lightly press on it with your finger and it bounces back.
Remove the cake from the oven and let cool before decorating it. When the cake is cool, invert it onto your serving platter and peel off the top crust (just the outer crust) of your cake.
For the frosting: Using an electric mixer, beat butter in a bowl until pale. Gradually add icing sugar and milk, beating constantly until combined. Add vanilla . Mix. Divide into two portions. Add food coloring to each portion (2 drops in one, 3 drops in the other). Mix well.
Fill pastry bag (piping bag)with the butter cream frosting and pipe onto the cake. (Use star nozzle). Next place chocolate candy in the center of cake (for the sunflower seeds). I’ve done in the photo above.
Serve and enjoy.





                          
               





                                                    
















Sunday, January 1, 2012

Homemade Sweet Buns

Welcome!
 I am stella from Sri lanka 

                          These buns are very sweet and delicious. This is a kid friendly recipe.
            
  • FOR THE DOUGH:
  • 250 grams Plain Flour
  • 5 grams Yeast
  • 25 grams Sugar
  • ½ teaspoons Salt To Taste
  • 110 milliliters Warm Water
  • 1 whole Egg, Beaten, Divided Use
  • 25 grams Butter, Softened
  • _____
  • FOR THE FILLING:
  • ¼ cups Strawberry Jam
  • ¼ cups Candied Mixed Fruit
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 .
Now take out each ball and roll out with a rolling pin until you get a thin disk (diameter 3 inch, thickness 1/4 inch).
Place some strawberry jam and sprinkle some candied mixed fruit on the top of the disk. Then wrap and cover the filling from all sides with the dough. Then, pinch the seams to close. Next shape the dough into a ball shape. Using sharp scissors, snip the top surface of the dough a bit to form petals to shape it like a flower (see photo)
Place buns on a greased metal tray and allow them to rise for 20 minutes. Next brush the remaining beaten egg over the top of the buns.
Bake at 200 C for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Enjoy.

                                                       

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Homemade Christmas Snack

Homemade Christmas Snack
Welcome!
 I am stella from Sri lanka 



Make it a jolly festive season with delicious, easy Christmas snacks. Give the gift of a memorable treat.


                                          
                                       
  • FOR THE DOUGH:
  • 100 grams Plain Flour
  • ¼ teaspoons Salt To Taste
  • 50 grams Butter, Chilled
  • ½ whole Egg Yolk, Beaten
  • 50 milliliters Water Cooled
  • _____
  • FOR THE MERINGUE:
  • 1 whole Egg White
  • 50 grams Sugar
  • 1 drop Food Coloring Pink
      For the dough:
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. Next add approximately 1/2 of the egg yolk and the water. Mix well your hands. Try to work quickly.
Wrap the dough and chill for 10 -15 minutes.
Now take the dough and roll out into a 12 inch square that is about 1/8 inch thick, using a rolling pin. Cut it into round shapes (diameter 2 inches) using a pastry cutter or cookie cutter.
Put the pastry rounds into greased moulds (use butter or coking spray) and make sure the dough goes up the sides as well. I used moulds that were about 1.5 inches across, and had ridged edges (kind of like a peanut butter cup wrapper). Then trim off the excess pastry that goes over the edges of the mould. Prick the base with a fork to prevent air bubbles. You should have 12 moulds. You can use scraps of the dough and cut out strips – 1/8 inch width and 6 inch long. Fold each of the strips in half and twist strips together. You are basically making a spiral shaped decoration to place on top of the meringue. Place the decorations on the baking sheet as well.
Bake about 10 minutes at 200 c degrees or until the crust is light brown. Let cool.
For the meringue: Place the egg white and sugar in a bowl. After 5 minutes of whipping, add food coloring. Continue to beat the mixture until stiff and standing in peaks (use an electric hand mixer).
After that take the cooled pastry bases and get them ready to fill. Next put the meringue in a pastry bag with a piping tip and pipe the filling into the bases. I’ve done this in the photo above.
Next decorate the meringue by sticking the spiral piece of pastry in the top. I’ve done this in the photo above. Then if you want, you can place a candle on the top of the spiral and you can even take a small strip of paper and write your fortune and connect it to the candle.
Serve and enjoy.