Tuesday, August 14, 2012

How to Make Juicy Sweet Corn

Corn is such an awesome vegetable, it is one of the few veges that my kids will eat.  I did some research and found that I have been cooking my corn the wrong way.  Here is what I end up doing, combining several different tips from experts. Hope you will try it and taste the difference!

1. Boil water in a large stock pot.  DO NOT PUT SALT

2. Remove Husk and break into half and place into boiling water and cover with a lid.  I have 6 ears of corn here.

3. Cook for 10 minutes only

4. Add 2 tbs of butter into boiled corn and let it melt

5. Shred 2 cups of Cheddar Cheese

6. Remove Corn from water and put a chopstick as holder

7. While corn is still hot, sprinkle cheddar cheese on top

Placing butter into the water will save you a step from doing it yourselves.  Especially when you are making corn for the whole family.  Also not putting salt in the water will prevent corn from getting tough.  I never know how long corn should cook for, I had no idea it only takes 10 minutes. 

Hope you enjoy this recipe!  My kids and I sure did! Yumolicious!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Hong Kong Pineapple Bun Recipe 波羅包

Working with yeast is tricky. Some day it works well, other days, it does not want to rise. But yeast is the key to a soft and airy bun. So be patient and let it rise slowly. If the temperature and humidity is not right, dough will not rise properly. Yeast is a bacteria and needs warm air, food and warm liquid to grow. That’s why warm milk and sugar is important. Once you feed them and give them a warm place to grow, they will be happy and your bread will be nice and soft and airy. Oven temperature is important too. Make sure your oven is hot enough before placing the bun in the oven. Too hot of an oven, the bun will be burnt and the inside is not cooked enough. Oven not hot enough the bun will not rise properly. To make sure the oven is in the right temperature, invest in a oven thermometer. Lastly, invest in a scale with grams and ounce. Baking is a chemistry and needs precision. Measuring accurately will ensure consistency every time you bake. I hope these tips will help you bake. Enjoy!

Pineapple Bun Recipe

Bun Ingredients:

Make 12 mini Buns
All purpose flour(Sieved) 360g
Dry Yeast 3tsp
Salt 1tsp
Sugar 3.5tsp
Melted Butter 30g
Egg Yolk 1
Warm milk 150ml (15C or 60F)
Honey 3tsp

Cookie Top Ingredients:
Sugar 80g
Butter(Soften) 50g
Egg Yolk 2
Milk 2tsp
Honey 3tsp
All Purpose Flour(sieved) 140g
Baking Powder 2tsp

Egg Wash:
Egg White 2
Milk 5tsp

Making the Buns: Takes about 3 hrs
Place flour on a clean counter top and create a large well in the middle. In a bowl combine warm milk, yeast, sugar and honey, mix well and let stand for 10mins until bubble is form. Add yeast mixture, butter and egg yolk into flour well and slowly work from the middle, combine flour to form a dough. Keep kneading until dough is smooth and not sticky to the touch. If dough is too dry, spray with a little of water. Place dough in a large bowl, cover with wet towel and let is rest in room temperature for 1.5hr or until dough double its size. It is time to prepare cookie topping. After resting, punch dough and knead again and divide dough into 12 small balls. Place on a greased sheet pan, cover with wet towel and let rest for about 30 minutes or double the size again. Then you are ready to add cookie topping.

Making Cookie Topping:
Combine butter and sugar in a bowl and mix well. Add egg yolk, milk and honey and mix well. Add remaining dry ingredients and mix into a soft dough. Wrap dough with plastic wrap and form a cylinder tube. Place in refrigerator and refrigerate until firm. About 30mins.

Time to Bake:
Preheat oven to 350F or 180C
Cut cookie topping into 12 portions and flatten it with the palm of your hands while it is still cold. If too sticky, flatten it in between two sheets of plastic wrap. Brush buns with egg wash and place cookie on top of buns. Then brush cookie topping with egg wash. Brush again just before bun is placed in the oven. After about 15mins in the oven, rotate sheet pan for even browning. Bake until golden brown and let it cool. Cookie topping will become crispy and enjoy with a big slice of butter in the middle with bun sliced in half.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Lazy Day Nutella Molten Lava Cake

Simple and Delicious! Lazy Day Nutella Molten Lava Cake

 There are lots of lava cake recipes out there that requires quite a bit of steps and ingredients.  It is also hard to find a recipe that does not have tons of egg yolks or butter in it.  So I did my research and made my adjustments.  Even if you over cook this cake, no big deal, it will still be the most delicious Nutella brownie you have ever tasted.  Simply cannot go wrong! Perfect for date night dessert!
Ahhh! The Simple pleasure of Nutella

Pre-heat oven at 350F or 180C. Spray cooking oil and dust with flour
Ingredients: 3 egg yolk, 1 tbs butter, 1 cup Nutella, 1 tbs flour

Mix all ingredients until smooth.  Fill ramekins 2/3 full and bake in 350F or 180C oven for about 13 mins
Remove from oven when you see a crust is formed around the rim and on top.  Let cool for 5 mins and fill in with strawberries or filling of your choice. 

Scrape the side of the cake with a knife and flip over onto a plate.  Dust with powdered sugar and serve HOT!


YLO's Buttermilk Pancake

Haha!!!! After researching half a dozen pancake recipe, I simplified several different version and come up with this easy to manage recipe.  

Enjoy and have a Yumolicious Breakfast!

Substitution for Buttermilk: If you don't have buttermilk, you can substitute with one cup of Yogurt, or make your own.  Add one tbs of vinegar or lemon juice to one cup of milk, do not stir and wait for 5 minutes.  It will turn into curd milk, buttermilk is basically soured milk.

Ingredients:1 cup of buttermilk, 2tbs melted butter, 1 egg, 1 cup flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tbs of sugar

1. Melt Butter in frying pan, reuse pan for frying pancake
2. Mix all ingredients including melted butter
3. Spoon 2 tbs of batter into low heat pan, wait for the bubbles to form.  I use the smallest flame on my stove top

4. Flip once bubbles are formed
Add Berries and 100% Maple syrup and Serve Hot!