Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Healthy Steamed Banana Muffins

I still have plenty of plantain bananas or pisang tanduk to work out with and have decided to use some of it on this steamed muffins. Bet the gang will be very happy & enjoy this little muffins. They have requested NO frying food during our meet up ever since one of the member left us two weeks ago.So, this should be perfect for them.

Ingredients :
150gm  mashed bananas (pisang tanduk)
1 large egg
100gm  sugar
100ml   milk
2 TB   melted butter
1/2 tspn   vanilla essence/banana essence

180gm   all purpose flour
20gm   rice flour
2 tspn  baking powder
1/2 tspn  baking soda
(combined & mix well)

Method :
(1) Beat ingredients (A) till well combined then fold in ingredients (B) and mix well. Do not over mix the batter.
(2) fill batter to little paper cups and steam for 15 minutes over preheated steamer.

These little muffins look fabulous after steamed and smell great as well.

Pisang tanduk is unlike any other bananas. Not overly sweet. It is more to sweet & tangy and smell wonderful too. I'm sure these little muffins are great to use for the coming 'qing ming' fesetival for offering to the ancestors. Enjoy !

Friday, March 27, 2015

Kuih Lepat Pisang

Last week, hubby & I has been busy helping in our friend's funeral. Yes, our friend has finally past away on last Monday due to heart failure after the by passed operation 7 days before he left us. It was so sudden. No one has ever expected it. Hubby is very very sad and it will take some time for him to get over it. And somewhere last week, we went to our friend's orchard for harvesting. Since his son is busy with the funeral, we are just trying to lend him a helping hand. We sold most of the harvest, cempedak, pineapple & bananas. Durian is yet in season. I got myself some pisang tanduk (plantain bananas), lemongrass, a Sarawak pineapple, some calamansi & whole lot of bird eye chilies to bring home with me. And this is what I did with the pisang tanduk. Actually, deep frying is the best recipe for pisang tanduk but its not healthy to consume often then. So, I finally decided to make something out of steaming and here it is bananas folding in banana leaf. This is one of  the many tradition Malay food made out of steaming in coconut mixture which is so delicious. And suitable for all range of people.

And here's what I did.

Ingredients :
125gm   rice flour
70gm   tapioca flour
125gm  sugar
1/2tspn  salt
1 cup  thick coconut milk
2 cups  water
3 pandanus leaves
or a few drops of pandanus essence

*1 banana plantains (pisang tanduk), sliced into pieces
* 12 pieces banana leaves, soften it with hot water then wipe dry
* cooking oil for coating the leaves (optional)

Method :
(1) combine all ingredients and whisk till smooth.
(2) add in pandanus leaves and cook over medium heat till mixture became thick. Off the heat once the mixture starting to thicken and keep stirring till mixture turn into smooth thick paste. Discharge the pandanus leaves.

Place a tablespoon of thick paste onto banana leaf then in a slice of banana and cover it with another spoon of thick paste. Wrap banana leaf by folding one side to the other, then fold both end to secure leakage ,looking like a parcel. Finally, steamed parcel for 15 minutes and cool for 30 minutes before serving.

The parcel should be looking neat and nicely sealed in this way.

Thank goodness there's no leakage from the parcel after steamed. However, this kuih is best to serve after cooled cause the texture became more bouncy & springy then.

Hubby had never tried this kind of kuih before. He even asked where about I bought them ! haha.....  I, of course, gave him our home address and he gives me a look back." Yeap, I made them !"  haha.... Honestly, the combination of this kuih is absolutely perfect. The plantain banana turned out to be so delicious and not overly soft. It tastes a little bit between sweet & tangy. Very interesting indeed. I'm sure you guys will love it too.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Homemade Donimos Breadstick

In the coming week I'm going to slow down a little bit. One week off from work ! But the weekend is still pretty hectic cause one of our member had just gone through heart surgery a couple of days ago and has been told that he is extremely weak. His heart is unable to function properly. Hubby & I has been running up & down to visit him. And this afternoon, his son called up and telling us that his dad is in coma suddenly. Oh wow.... its getting critical ! Hubby don't have mood to eat. I make him some porridge and bake this scrumptious breadstick for his tea break. I know its going to be hard for hubby cause we're both very close to him. He is 68 this year and he is a cheeky guy. haha..... All I have to say here is LIFE IS SHORT and time is precious, don't simply waste it with nothing.

So, without wasting time please do allow me to show you the recipe.>o<

Ingredients for pizza dough :
1/2 cup   all purpose flour
1 tspn   yeast
1 TB  sugar
1 cup  warm water
(combine & let to rest for 30 minutes)

2 cups  all purpose flour
1 tspn  salt
4 TB  cooking oil

Ingredients for topping :
1/2 cup  monzerella cheese
1/2 cup  cheddar cheese
2 TB  parmesan cheese powder
1 TB  garlic powder (optional)
* 1/2 cup  semolina flour & extra salt for coating
*  2 TB  salted butter, softened

Method :
(1) mix together ingredients (A) & (B) to form a soft dough then let to rest for an hour or till double in size.
(2) punch & knead dough to release air bags then place dough to working table & divide into 2 portions.
(3) roll dough into oblong shape then fill in both monserella & cheddar cheese, flip the long side of dough over to form half moon shape.
(4) next, place the filled dough to baking tray lined with parchment paper with a sprinkle of semolina flour.
(5) then brush on some butter and top with some parmesan cheese & garlic powder & some semolina flour, again let to rest for 30 minutes.
(6) finally, bake at preheated oven 180'C for about 20 minutes or till brown.

The size is perfect.... not too large nor too small.

I love how the cheese oozing out from the bread. Smells terrific ! Lucky me that I'm still keeping the Dominos breadstick box with me. hehe....

The crust is absolutely addictive and love the garlic flavouring especially. Super yummm..... Bet you guys will love it too. Hey.... what can I say more !!!! Its DOMINOS & its homemade !

Enjoy & have a great week ahead everyone ! Blessings.
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