Thursday, May 26, 2011

Mocha Bread and Butter Pudding

Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding

I realized Easter has passed and I should have made bread and butter pudding using hot cross buns around Easter period. Well, it's better late than never...

Woolworths was selling their last stocks of Hot Cross Buns last week and I remembered I read the recipe on Australian Good Food Magazine (April Issue) using the chocolate flavor. Since I'm coffee addict, I would give mocha flavour a try..

Mocha Bread and Butter Pudding
(Recipe adapted from Australian Good Food Magazine (April 2011 Issue)

Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding

6 Mocha Hot Cross Buns
30g Unsalted butter, Softened
Grated rind of Orange
120g Dark Chocolate, chopped
250ml Milk
250 Pure Cream
2 Eggs
110g Caster Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Icing Sugar, to dust

1. Preheat oven to 160ยบ. Split hot cross buns in half horizontally and butter each half. Place bases in baking dish, buttered sides up. Scatter with orange rind, then replace bun tops.

Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding

2. Heat Chocolate, milk and cream in a saucepan on medium, stirring, until chocolate melts. Remove pan from heat.

Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding

3. Whisk Eggs, Caster Sugar and Vanilla until combined. Stir in chocolate mixture, then pour over hot cross buns and stand for 10 minutes.

4. Bake for 35 minutes, until just set, then stand for 5 minutes. Dust pudding with icing sugar.

Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Bolu Pelangi (Indonesian Rainbow Sponge Cake)

Bolu Pelangi (Indonesian Rainbow Sponge Cake)

All I need is rainbow color at the moment to ease my days lately. It has been a tough week at work and weekend baking and cooking are the ones I always look forward. This rainbow sponge cake or we call it "Bolu Pelangi" in Indonesia is one of my childhood snack along with the Dadar Gulung (Pandan Crepes with Coconut Stuffing).

If you know me well by now, you may notice that I have some addiction to Pandan Leaf.  Love the smell, love the texture, basically I love everything Pandan leaf to bits. Just a thought, I may change my blog name to "Pandan Pot" instead or.. Maybe not.

Most of Indonesian sweets use Pandan Leaf as one of the core ingredients. The green layer on this rainbow sponge cake is indeed Pandan flavor. Although they are only 3 colors but this dish is known as rainbow sponge cake in Indonesia. They make pretty colors, aren't they?

Bolu Pelangi (Indonesian Rainbow Sponge Cake)

Bolu Pelangi (Indonesian Rainbow Sponge Cake)

350ml Coconut Milk
250ml Egg White
1/2 teaspoon Pandan Extract from 5 Pandan Leaves
1/2 teaspoon Salt
200g Caster Sugar
1/4 teaspoon Vanilla Essence
1/2 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
150g Plain Flour, Sifted
Pink Food Colouring

1. Cook the coconut milk until boil. Set aside.

2. Get the steamer ready. Grease the square tin, line the base and the side with cling film. Meanwhile, Beat the egg whites with salt until soft peak form. Add sugar, vanilla essence and cream of tartar whisk until smooth.

Bolu Pelangi (Indonesian Rainbow Sponge Cake)

3. Add the sifted flour and coconut milk into the egg white mixture and fold until incorporated. Divide the egg white mixture into 3 different bowl. Mix the pink food coloring onto the mixture for the first bowl and 1/2 teaspoon Pandan Extract to the mixture 2nd bowl and leave the third  bowl for the plain egg white mixture.

4. Pour 1/4 of the green mixture onto the tin, steam for approximately 4-6 minutes until firm. Pour the plain mixture for the second layer and continue to steam and layer with different color until reaching the top of the tin and steam the whole cake for another 25 minutes.

Bolu Pelangi (Indonesian Rainbow Sponge Cake)

5. Invert a cake onto the rack and leaves to cool upside down in the tin. Slice and Served.

Bolu Pelangi (Indonesian Rainbow Sponge Cake)

Monday, May 16, 2011

What is Indonesian Food?

The making of Martabak Manis

People occasionally asked me a random questions "What's Indonesian food?" and my first thought was "Where should I begin? Savoury food? Sweets? Snacks?" Well, I say no more..  Here are roughly ideas of Indonesian food that I love the most and always make sure that I never missed them whenever I go back to my hometown.. Oh gosh.. I have huge craving while editing these photos..

Kepiting Saos Padang

Let me first introduce you with Indonesian Seafood. We call this dish "Kepiting Saos Padang" which means "Crab with Padang Sauce". Padang is the capital city of West Sumatra Province and this spicy dish is very famous in the region as well as seafood restaurant in the country.

Kepiting Soka- Indonesian Soft Shell Crab

"Kepiting Soka" or "Soft Shell Crab". I never have enough of them, unfortunately..

Ikan Bakar- Indonesian Grilled Fish

Ok, enough with the crabs.. Let's move on to one of mouthwatering dish called "Ikan Bakar"or "Grilled Fish". You must eat this Grilled Fish with "Sambal" or "Chilli Sauce" to make them more interesting..

Ikan Gurame- Fish

We call this dish "Ikan Gurame" or "Fried Fish". It was one interesting presentation, I must say.

Udang Goreng Mentega

This dish is my childhood meal. My mum cooked the best Fried Prawn with butter sauce or we usually call "Udang Goreng Mentega"

Sop Buntut Goreng- Fried Oxtail Soup

My brother in law took us to the most delicious street food, Fried Oxtail Soup.. Oh yum.. Hubby went for second..

Nasi Goreng Iga (Indonesian Fried Rice with Beef Ribs)

Okay, Let's move on to the next dish, "Nasi Goreng Iga" or "Fried Rice with Beef Ribs"

Nasi Uduk

The famous "Nasi Uduk" or "Scented Coconut Rice". This dish is very well known in Indonesia especially in my hometown, Jakarta. We usually eat the coconut rice with fried chicken, satay, tempeh, tofu and chilli.

Mie Ayam

There are many versions of "Mie Ayam" or "Chicken Noodle" in Indonesia. Love this street food and hubby never miss this whenever we are in town.

Siomay- Indonesian Dumplings

This is my old time favourite dish, "Siomai Bandung" or "Steam dumplings with Peanut Sauce".  Love the technology these days, with just one phone call away, this lovely man, Benni, showed up on my parents in law's doorstep and apparently they have been loyal customers for years.

Siomay Bandung - Indonesian Dumplings with Peanut Sauce

Let me take you a little closer, the mouthwatering "Siomay Bandung" or "Steam Dumplings with Peanut Sauce".

Siomay- Indonesian Dumplings

Another version of "Siomay" or "Indonesian Steamed Dumplings".

Martabak Manis- Indonesian Sweet Pancake

Okay, we have enough of savoury dishes, Let's move on to Sweets. This famous Indonesian sweets called "Martabak Manis" or "Sweet Thick Pancake". I must warn you though, this is not very healthy dish as they use lots and lots of butter and condense milk. Yet, this one sweet dish I can not miss and I love the most.

Martabak Manis Tipis- Indonesian Sweet Pancake (Thin Layer)

This is another style of "Indonesian Sweet Pancake/ Crepes". I still love the thick layer better.

The making of Martabak Manis (Sweet Indonesian Pancake)

In case you are wondering the making of this delicious "Martabak Manis"or "Indonesian Sweet thick Pancake". I wasn't joking when I said this is not a healthy dish. Oh yum...


The other famous street food "Roti Kornet Keju" or "Corned Beef with generous cheese on Toast".

Es Shanghai

The refreshing "Es Shanghai" or "Ice with mix of everything (e.g. grass jelly, avocado, jackfruit, slice coconut, condense milk".


Hubby's favourite drink, es Cendol

Batok Kelapa- Coconut

Or Do you prefer some Coconut Juice?


While we were in the seafood restaurant, I found this unusual fish with 2 eyes on the side and just plain on the other side. I am not really sure what this is called in English, Do you have any idea? 

Friday, May 6, 2011

Kaya Coconut Jam on Toast

Kaya Jam on Toast

Have I told you that I am addicted to Pandan Leaf? Did you know that I always store them in my freezer? Can I tell you a little secret? I can be a little freak out when comes to the last packet of Pandan Leaf, I just have the needs to rush to the local asian grocery and restock them again. Somehow, I have some admiration with the flavor and the smell.. Oh Yum..

The first time I tried Kaya Jam was in Singapore, when my sister used to live there couple years ago. I immediately fell in love at first taste. Then when I was back in Melbourne, I found similar Kaya Jam from Malaysian Restaurant in Doncaster, despite of this similarity texture and taste with the one I had in Singapore, it is very expensive, long way drive from my house and last but not least, I never had enough as they sell in a very small container. So, I decided to browse for the recipe and tried to make my own with a little patience standing in front of the stove, just keep stirring and stirring for hour or until I find the perfect consistency. The end result? I gave my best friend and her malaysian husband tried my first attempt of Kaya Jam. Guess what? They love it and so do I.

So, here they are.. I present you my love for Kaya Jam on Toast

Kaya Jam on Toast

Kaya Jam on Toast

8 Eggs
2 Egg Yolks
500g Caster Sugar
550ml Coconut Milk
5 Pandan Leaves, tied together in a knot

1. Prepare double boiler with water and bring to a simmer. Whisk eggs and egg yolks in a heatproof bowl until all combined. Add the sugar and keep whisking until sugar dissolve.

Kaya Jam on Toast

2. Add the coconut milk and Pandan Leaf into the mixture and cook, stirring continuously with silicon spatula until thick and smooth. (Approximately 50-60 minutes). Remove the Pandan leaf. 

Kaya Jam on Toast

3. Serve on Toast. In my case, I served on the heart toast. 
    I heart Kaya Toast.

Kaya Jam on Toast


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