Sunday, January 20, 2008

Creme Brulee

When you love baking, you have to try making creme brulee. It's the silent code of baking.haha..kidding..anyway, i baked one and here's how i do it.


Ingredients

6 egg yolks
6 tbsp white sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
2 1/2 cups heavy cream (I used whipping cream)

2 tbsp brown sugar


Method
  1. Preheat oven to 300F ( 150C ).
  2. Beat egg yolks, white sugar and vanilla in a bowl until thick and creamy.
  3. Pour 1cup of cream into a saucepan and stir over low heat until it almost come to boil. Remove cream from heat.
  4. Stir cream into egg yolk mixture and whisk briefly.
  5. Pour the cream/yolk mixture into the rest of the cream and whisk.
  6. Skim the foam and pour the mixture into ramekins and place in a baking dish.
  7. Place baking dish in oven and pour hot water in the dish until it comes halfway up the ramekins.
  8. Bake at 375 F (180C ) for 15 - 30 minutes or until it has the gelatin like jiggle.
  9. Remove from oven, cool in bath water for about 15minutes.
  10. Place ramekins in freezer for an hour then you can transfer it to the fridge until serving time.
  11. Sprinkle the top with sugar and brown sugar.
  12. Torch the sugar until it caramelized. Be carefull not to burn.
  13. Serve immediately.
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You can use coffee cups if you do not have ramekins.
You can use a broiler if you do not have a torch.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Chocolate Chip Cookies

this is a basic chocolate chip cookies. An all time favorite.



Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons hot water
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth.
  3. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla.
  4. Dissolve baking soda in hot water.
  5. Add to batter along with salt.
  6. Stir in flour, chocolate chips, and nuts.
  7. Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased pans.
  8. Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned.

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i love chewy cookies with crispy edges. If you do, you'll love this.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Aglio Olio

Ever eaten aglio olio from Pizza Uno? The pasta with garlic sauce?
Well...i cooked that last few weeks. Kudos for me!
Here's how.

Prepare

1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup water
8 cloves of garlic (sliced)
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp oregano
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp parsley



In a saucepan, saute garlic in oil over medium heat until the garlic is golden brown.



Add water and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.


Add parsley and seasonings; simmer uncovered another 10 minutes.



Combine thoroughly with pasta before serving.
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See, it's really really easy. I used 500g of spaghetti.

Enjoy your own aglio olio while its hot.