Saturday, November 30, 2013

Banana Cream Pie























Since I still have some bananas left , I used them for making pies and muffins. WB doesn’t quite like ‘Pisang Emas’ say it is too soft so I would normally used them for making cakes and something nice :)

Being the adventurous me and having a bit of free time on Saturday, I ventured out to try this mouth-watering pie…Banana Cream Pie from dailydelicious . I love her blog and she really inspired me to try out all her cakes and yummilicious pies. A very talented girl who also loves cooking and baking! She has a very beautiful blog and I love the recipes she shares there and her photography is awesome too! I would like to thank Pook for sharing such a wonderful pie recipe with her readers.

It was actually not that hard to prepare this pie and this being the first time for me, the cream was a bit runny . Heehee…I need to improve on my cooking skill when it comes to tempering cream :) Needs a bit more practice on this then I would be able to make this pie like a pro . ^_____*

This pie is delicious despite the runny cream.(** Sorry , I did not do justice to her original recipe) :) A very good after- dinner dessert, served cold . I reduced the sugar to half so it was juz nice for our taste -bud. If you have guests for dinner, this pie would be good as dessert for your guests. Or you can make this for this coming Christmas dinner dessert :)



















a mouth-watering and yummilicious homemade Banana Cream Pie



Banana Cream Pie  - adapted from Dailydelicious

Pie Crust - 9 inch pie crust

250 g all purpose flour
60g caster sugar
160 g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
pinch of salt
1 egg
1 tsp natural vanilla extract

Using a food processor, process the flour, sugar, butter and salt for about 10-12 seconds until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs, then put the mixture in a bowl.

If making by hand, put the flour, sugar and salt in a bowl, cut the butter into pieces and work it into the flour with your fingertips.

Make a well in the middle of the flour- and-butter mixture and add the egg, egg yolks and vanilla extract. Stir to incorporate the flour evenly until you have to begin using your hand.

Bring the dry and wet ingredients together. Dust work surface with flour, remove the dough from the bowl and knead it on the floured surface for a few minutes until it is smooth and homogeneous.

It is now ready to be rolled. Roll out the dough to a thickness of about 5mm (1/4 inch).

Carefully lift it up with the rolling pin, and ease it into the pie pan.

Chill the tart cases for at least 30 minutes before baking.

Preheat the oven to 180°C

Bake blind the pastry for about 20 minutes. Remove the weight and fully bake the pie until the pastry is just turning golden for about 20 minutes more. Remove the pie pastry from the oven, let cool before making the filling.

Note: if you want to use peanut butter cookie, the recipe call for 8 oz of the cookies put in the food processor with 1/8 salt and 2tbsp melted butter.

Pie Filling

200g sugar
1 cup whole milk
1 cup whipping cream
1/8 tsp salt
2 tbsp corn flour
1 tbsp all purpose flour
2 large egg
1 tbsp rum
2 tbsp butter ( cut into small pieces )
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 large banana
serve with whipped cream and shaved chocolate

Cut the banana and put in the prepared shell.
In a medium pot, whisk together sugar, salt, corn flour, and all purpose flour, set aside.
Whisk together egg and rum, then add milk and whipping cream whisk to combine.
Pour egg mixture in to the flour mixture whisk to prevent lumping.
Put the pot over medium low heat, stir with a whisk all the time until the mixture is thicken and bubble, take of the heat put the butter and vanilla in the pot and whisk to combine. Then pour into prepared pie shell, wait until cool enough then cover with plastic and refrigerate for 6 hours before serve.
To serve put the pie in a dish drop a spoonful of whipped cream on top and sprinkle shaved chocolate over the pie.


Enjoy !



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I Want To Be A Member Of Visa Black Card ...So Cool !

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Baileys Cranberry Oats Cookies


I have been itching to bake, my physical healing is almost 80% and have cravings for these delectable Baileys Cranberry Oats Cookies . I took this recipe from SmittenKitchen . I tweaked it a bit, added Baileys and walnuts coz I wanted something more chewy and crunchy and at the same time have the fragrance of Baileys.  I omitted the raisins though :p  I love the dried cranberries better than the raisins. I finally found the time to bake it :))) I was delighted with the outcome ...its a thick and chewy oats cookies. I love it especially whilst baking in the oven,  the rich aroma of baileys wafting out of the oven really paid off despite all the hard work of having WB washing and cleaning up . Every bite bursts with baileys and walnut flavor. With the baileys added, it was really a winner. You can't stop eating it once you started the first bite :))   You can bake this for the coming festive season....awww I love Christmas...
















Baileys Cranberry Oats Cookies taken from SmittenKitchen )


Ingredients:

1/2 cup (1 sti

ck or 4 ounces) butter, softened

2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup raisins * 
I use dried cranberries instead of raisins
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

* I added 1.5 tbsp of Baileys

Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together. Stir this into the butter/sugar mixture. Stir in the oats, raisins ( dried cranberries) and walnuts and baileys, if using them.
At this point you can either chill the dough for a bit in the fridge and then scoop it, or scoop the cookies onto a sheet and then chill the whole tray before baking them. You could also bake them right away, if you’re impatient, but I do find that they end up slighly less thick.
The cookies should be two inches apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake them for 10 to 12 minutes (your baking time will vary, depending on your oven and how cold the cookies were going in), taking them out when golden at the edges but still a little undercooked-looking on top. Let them sit on the hot baking sheet for five minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool.


Enjoy !

My Hall Needs A Floor Lamp :)

I am thinking of getting a floor lamp for the hall.  My wall lamp is out of fashion and I am thinking of changing the hall deco by removing the wall lamp and instead get a floor lamp with adjustable diffuser for direct or indirect incandescent lighting.  I saw one that would fit perfectly for the tv corner , with base in painted zamac, painted aluminium stem and diffuser in silk satin on a plastic frame. It has adjustable diffuser in three different positions and has dimer on cord.  I think it would be great to get lighting55 for artemide .  I will definitely KIV this and hope to convince WB to get one for the hall. Christmas is just around the corner and it would be great if he would agree to get this floor lamp for the hall :)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Apple Pie With Almond Flakes Topping




















Lately, I made some extra pie dough for keeping. Pastry can keep for a week in the chiller and it will turned out as good as just made. Thaw it for 15 - 20 mins and it will be ready for use, so it serve a good purpose for me as I can then make just 4 apple pies for WB and myself as tea snack or as after dinner dessert with a scoop of ice cream of any flavor :)

I made some apple pies with almond flakes as fillings and toppings and it turned out yummilicious!









































I used dailydelicious’s good for everything pie dough for this apple pie, I added in some toasted almond flakes to let it have some crunch feel when biting into the pie and the nutty fragrance gave extra oomph to the apple pie. I brushed the top with egg wash, then throw some almond flakes on the top of the pie and bake for 20-25 minutes or till golden brown.

Ingredients for the fillings:

1 green apple - diced into small cubes
1 red apple - diced into small cubes
some lemon/lime juice
2 tbsp brown castor sugar
1 tsp corn starch
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp nutmeg powder
2 tbsp raisins
some toasted almond flakes -

Mixed the above ingredients together except the almond flakes. Cook it for a few minutes if you want the apples to be soft. Add in some toasted almond flakes last.




Enjoy!


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Table Runners For Christmas

Are you looking for new table runners for your dining table for the coming festive.  Yea, Christmas is just around the corner.  I don't know about you but I am looking around for a new one for my dining table.  Time to throw away the old one and get a new one.  Saw this designer burlap table runners in the natural burlap color that beautifully accents practically any tablecloth fabric on this website and have bookmarked it.  I will discuss with Piggy Jo and see what she thinks of it. They have the white or blue Designer burlap table runners over burlap tablecloths! They are of excellent quality and the only true washable and durable burlap table runners.  Totally 100% polyester with an authentic natural burlap appearance and even more of a stylish look and finish. I think Piggy Jo would approved of this beautiful table runner .  I have sent her the link and I am sure she will come back with a favorable answer.  I will then place an order for it :)




Saturday, November 2, 2013

Appel Pannenkoek - (Dutch Apple Pancakes With Caramelized Sugar)


This is so healthy and refreshing with the caramelized tangy green apples and cinnamon flavor as topping! DELICIOUS is one word to describe this Dutch pancake. A simply light and easy pancake for the young and old.  Easy to disgest and yet simply delicious.  Even a twelve year old can whip this up :) 

  

Appel Pannenkoek / Pannekoek - taken from Almost Bourdain
(Dutch Apple Pancakes with Caramelized Sugar)



Ingredients:

1 cup (200g) flour

½ tsp baking powder
a pinch of salt
2 eggs
2 apples(Granny Smith)
lemon juice
caster sugar
cinnamon sugar
butter

Method:


Peel and core the apples and slice them thinly. Turn them in lemon juice so they retain their color.

Combine the flour with the baking powder and salt, and add enough cold water to make a thick batter. Stir in the eggs.

Heat a little butter in a non-stick pan and spoon in the batter.

Immediately arrange the apple slices like tiles on top of the pancake. Sprinkle with sugar and cook until the pancake is brown.

Using a dinner plate or pot lid, carefully turn the pancake over so that the apples cook and the sugar caramelizes.

Turn once again, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and serve hot.




Happy Deepavali to all my Hindu friends and readers :)



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Music Ministry Meeting

The music ministry had their year end meeting and we have come out with lots of ideas and plans for the coming year.  Enough funds was allocated for the coming year and we have great plans for next year.  First we are going to start the kids from young to play all musical instruments for worship. It is important that kids learn to worship God through music.  The music team is looking into buying kids electric guitar and line 6 spider valve hd 100 amp head to improve the sound system. This  100 amp head has tools and tones we need to build the sound from ground up. We are thankful that there were no objections from the floor that we should start with training the kids from young :)  We are also looking forward to the coming VBS this month.  Wishing all the teachers and kids a fun time together and a closer relationship with God.