Sunday, July 23, 2017

Salt-Fried Pork with Garlic Stems

Another delicious quick stir-fry dish from Every Grain Of Rice cookbook by Fuchsia Dunlop. I love garlic stems, they are sweet, crunchy and delicious. In this recipe, very thinly sliced pork belly are fried in a little oil until they are curved and browned in places. They are then removed and keep aside.

To prepare the garlic stems, chilli bean paste and fermented black beans are stir-fried until the oil is red and fragrant, then the fried pork slices are added in, season with some sugar to taste. Add the garlic stems and continue to stir fry until the garlic stems are cooked through.




This is a delicious stir-fry. With minimal ingredients, but very tasty. Delicious with fluffy rice. We love it.

Salt-Fried Pork with Garlic Stems
(Every Grain Of Rice, Fuchsia Dunlop)
100gm streaky belly pork, without skin
150gm garlic stems
3 tbsp cooking oil or lard
pinch of salt
1 tbsp Sichuan chilli bean paste
1 tbsp fermented black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 tsp sugar

Cut the pork into thin slices, each with a good mixture of fat and lean. Cut the garlic stems into 4cm sections, discarding any fibrous parts at their bases.
Add the oil or lard to a seasoned wok over a high flame, then add the pork, reduce the heat to medium and stir-fry until the slices are curved and tinged with gold and the oil is clear, adding a good pinch of salt about halfway through the cooking time.
Use a wok scoop or ladle to move the pork to one side of the wok. Tip the chilli bean paste and black beans into the oil that pools in the space you have created and stir-fry them briefly until the oil is red and fragrant. Then mix everything together, add the sugar and then the garlic stems.
Increase the heat to high and stir-fry until the garlic stems are cooked (taste one to check when they are ready, their aggressive raw pungency will have mellowed to a sweet garlickiness). Serve.


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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Golden Raisins Financiers

This month, at The Cake Slice Bakers, the four recipes selected from the book World Class Cakes by Roger Pizey, which we are currently baking from are ;

Raspberry Angel Cake 
Hazelnut Dacquoise 
Blueberry Financiers
Plum Madeira

Members can choose any of these cakes to bake, and my choice is Blueberry Financiers. 



The only thing is I did not use blueberries, which I was planning to use, but at the last minute, I've used golden raisins as I have been thinking about making a tea cake with golden raisins for weeks! I've made half a recipe, which yields 6 financiers, and the only change I've made to the recipe was to reduce the sugar to 1/4 cup and I've added 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the batter. The mould I had was slightly longer than the one used in the recipe, and the shape is oblong instead of rectangular. Baking time remains the same at 20 minutes.

I have also omitted the apricot glaze for the baked financiers. 



These financiers are delightful to eat, very moist and yummy. The only downside is, the raisins sank to the bottom, but that is OK with me, as these little tea cakes are really nice. Perfect with a cup of warm tea.



Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Flax Seed Oat Bread

This is a lovely bread full of oats, both in the bread and on the crust. Even healthier with the addition of flax seeds and sesame seeds.






I like the mini look of this bread, as it does not bake up that tall. I suppose a smaller loaf pan can be used for a higher loaf, with some adjustments to the baking time. It has very nice soft crumbs. We enjoyed slices of this bread with some butter and jam, and hot mugs of coffee for breakfast. 


Flax Seed Oat Bread
(The Art Of Making Bread, by Alex Goh)
50gm instant oat
15gm flax seeds
100gm boiling water

200gm high protein flour
25gm plain flour
25gm atta flour
3gm instant yeast
20gm sugar
6gm salt
120gm cold water

20gm butter

oat flakes, flax seeds and sesame seeds, extra for coating

  1. Mix instant oat, flax seeds and boiling water in a bowl and set aside to cool. Cover with cling wrap, keep in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  2. Remove oat mixture from refrigerator and scrape into mixing bowl, with the dough hook attachment. Add the rest of the ingredients, except butter, and knead to form a rough dough.
  3. Add butter and continue to knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. 
  4. Transfer dough to an oiled bowl, cover loosely with oiled cling wrap, and leave to proof for about 60 minutes until doubled in size.
  5. Punch down dough to deflate and place on lightly floured work surface. Divide dough into two equal pieces and mould them into a ball. Let rest, covered for 15 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, mix the extra oat flakes, flax seed and sesame seed together and place on a baking tray.
  7. Working with one dough half at a time, flatten the dough and roll it up, pressing the seams to seal. Spray the dough with some water and roll dough on the oats, flax seeds and sesame seeds mixture to coat the top and sides, leaving the seam side uncoated. Place dough, seam side down on a greased loaf pan, 9"x 4-1/2" pan. Repeat with the other half of the dough. Cover loosely with greased cling wrap and leave in a warm spot for 60 minutes or until doubled in size.
  8. Remove cling wrap and bake dough in a preheated oven at 220C for 20-25 minutes.


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