Friday, April 13, 2012

Matcha Financiers

Matcha Financiers
Adapted from: Happy Flour

Ingredients (Makes 10)
50 g unsalted butter, melted
65 g egg whites
35 g caster sugar
25 g cake flour
25 g ground almond
1/2 tsp corn flour
1 tsp matcha powder
Pinch of baking powder
Pinch of salt

1. Melt butter over low fire until slightly brown and gives off a nutty aroma. Set aside to cool and strain.
2. Sift cake flour, ground almonds, corn flour, matcha powder, baking powder and salt together and set aside.
3. In a clean big bowl, whisk egg whites until foamy.
4. Add in sugar and continue to whisk till sugar is dissolved.
5. Fold in flour mixture until well-blended.
6. Fold in melted butter until well-blended.
7. Spoon the batter into greased moulds till 90% full.
8. Bake in a preheated oven at 190°C for 10 – 15 minutes or till lightly browned.
9. Remove the financiers from the moulds and cool on a wire rack.

- I did not strain the butter after melting.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Rustic Sourdough Bread

Rustic Sourdough Bread
Adapted from: King Arthur Flour

Ingredients (Makes 2 loaves)
1 cup "fed" sourdough starter
1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
2 tsp instant yeast
1 tbsp sugar
2 1/2 tsp salt
5 cups plain flour

1. Combine all of the ingredients, kneading to form a smooth dough.
2. Allow the dough to rise, in a covered bowl, until it's doubled in size, about 90 minutes.
3. Gently divide the dough in half; it'll deflate somewhat.
4. Gently shape the dough into two oval loaves; or, for longer loaves, two 10" to 11" logs. Place the loaves on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover and let rise until very puffy, about 1 hour. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 425°F.
5. Spray the loaves with lukewarm water.
6. Make two fairly deep diagonal slashes in each; a serrated bread knife, wielded firmly, works well here.
7. Bake the bread for 25 to 30 minutes, until it's a very deep golden brown. Remove it from the oven, and cool on a rack.

- I made half of the recipe.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Awards (Liebster Blog, The Versatile Blogger)

This is a long over-due post.

Thank you to Cathy of Cathy's Joy and Honey Boy of Cosy Bake for passing this Liebster Blog Award to me. It is really sweet of them to remember me, even though I haven't been active on blogosphere. :)

And thank you to Eileen of Hundred Eighty Degrees for passing "The Versatile Blogger" award to me. :)