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Pretty Cupcake using Alton Brown’s Buttercream Frosting

Cake Decorating, Random, Recipes

Really like AB’s frosting recipe because it tastes pretty good and it does not require taking candy thermometer because there is not need to make any syrup.

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 2 oz crisco (the plain white one)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 pound of icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

 

Place the butter and shortening into the bowl of a stand mixer and, using the paddle attachment, cream the butter on high until light and fluffy, approximately 3 to 4 minutes. Add the egg and beat until well combined, approximately 1 minute. Turn off the mixer and add 1/2 cup of the sugar. Mix on low until combined. Stop to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Repeat until all of the sugar has been incorporated. Add the vanilla and continue to beat until the frosting is smooth and light, approximately 2 to 3 minutes. Use immediately or store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 hours or refrigerate for up to a week. Bring to room temperature before using.

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/simple-vanilla-buttercream-frosting.html?oc=linkback

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  Chocolate brownies and cheesecake 

Recipes

Why choose either brownies or cheesecake when you can have both?

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Brownie base: Duncan brownies mix prepare as per box instruction and bake in 350F over with srpingform pan for 15 minutes.

Cheesecake filling:

  • 2 blocks (500g) of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 2 tablespoon of flower (either AP or cake flour works)
  • 3 eggs
  • pour enough white chocolate liquor until u can smell it ;-)
  • a handful of chocolate chips

Use paddle attachment and mix until soft, then add sugar  , then gradually add source cream.  Take it out of and add egg one at time by hand.  Finally fold in flour and then add chocolate liquor.  Pour this on partially baked brownie base and sprinkle the chocolate chips on top.

Bake in 420F oven for 10 minutes (or until really pretty and golden brown).  Then turn down the temp to 300F and bake for 40 minutes.        

Spiced Biscotti

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From American’s Test Kitchen 1000 pages cook book “the new best recipe”

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups (11 oZ) ap FLOUR
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (7 oz) sugar
  • 2 large eggs (2 yolks)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Steps

  1. Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 350F.  Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.  Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt together in medium bowl.
  2. Whisk the sugar egg and yolk in large bowl to light lemon colour, stir in vanilla extract, Sprinkle the dry ingredients over the egg mixture and fold in until the dough is just combined
  3. Halve the dough and tun each portion into the prepared baking sheet, Useing floured hands and quickly stretch each portion of dought in a rough 13 by 2 inch loaf. Place loaves about 3 inches apart on the baking sheeet, pat each one smooth.  Bake until loaves golden and just beginning to crack on te top (about 35 minutes)
  4. Cool the loaves for 10minutes; lower the oven to 325F, cut into 0.5 cm baking 15 minutes

Testing out “Cooking with Dog” Souffle Cheesecake スフレチーズケーキ

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Published on 30 Oct 2015

How to Make Souffle Cheesecake スフレチーズケーキの作り方 字幕表示可 材料(日本語)↓ (15cm/5.9” cake pan with removable bottom)
100g Cream Cheese (3.5 oz)
30g Sour Cream (1.1 oz)
20g Butter, unsalted (0.7 oz)
2 Egg Yolks
20g Cake Flour (0.7 oz)

100ml Milk (3.4 fl oz)
½ tsp Vanilla Extract

2 Egg Whites
40g Sugar (1.4 oz)

Apricot Jam diluted with rum
Icing Sugar, optional
Grated Lemon Zest, optional

Dorayaki

Recipes
Dorayaki  (銅鑼焼き) is a Japanese sweet make with favourful pancake and a thick pile of red bean paste filling.  This home recipe is so simple to make and taste really good.!
  • 200g pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 150g sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 70ml of milk
  • 1 tablespoon of soya sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon of mirin

Sift flour & baking powder for a few time and set aside. mix milk, soya and mirin a small bowl and set aside. beat egg + sugar until ribbon stage.  then add milk mixture.  quickly fold flour into the batter (remember not to overmix).

Turn on medium low heat and very lightly grease the pan and use disher to scope batter on pan.

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Joyful Recreational Coding: Google Visualization Timeline Hosted by Google Drive

Geek Zone, Peru2015, Travel

I have been dragging my feet to decide which tour to pick for my up coming Peru trip. There are two very similar 3 days 2 night trekking tours that I find it very hard to decide from reading description.  So it is just wonderful that my technical skill can help create an interactive web page to decide.  It is really really simple to create such visualization that  you should also give it a try!

I first used JSFIDDLE to play with a new Google visualization chart Timelines.   The process of putting text into well formatted detail itinerary really forced me to focus on understanding the detail of the trip.  It is amazing how even simple table with colour bars actually help one to clearly visualization the duration of each event.

After I know the in how long and often I have to walk/hike, it turned out that I feel extremely fuzzy about where exactly we will be visiting and how difficult the trekking would be.  I started with my usual tool “tripline” to map each area but finding it come out short because it was really hard to search for tiny remote little city.  At the end I went back Google Map and finding its embedded map is amazing.

Putting it all together, here is how I like to research for my trip.

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JSFIDDLE can display the result but it is really slow and not display well on mobile (cannot scroll to see full content).  You can check out from here.  To workaround it, I have just discovered a great feature from Google Drive.  You can actually host static html file directly from Google Drive.  Of course, you can easily do that with AWS S3 or Google Cloud Storage.  But having it integrated with drive make updating and controlling permission so much easier.

If you are curious to see the final looks like.  Check out this very cryptic link:

View source if you curious to see how to google visualization.  I am back-end developer, the JavaScript / bootstrap bit is pretty horrible looking for real front end developer.  But it has been a  really fun process to use my skill to help myself to solve non work related problem that I can share.  Next time I will just update the html to query Google Spreadsheet for source data so this kind of trip planning page can be more data driven.

Recreational coding can be fun!

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Lego and Dino Gummies

Recipes, Yummy

Must give this simple recipe a try!!

Surprised to see grape turn out so dark. Smell amazing though

Very simple list of ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 2 packages of gelatin (14 g)
  • 1 package of ur favourite jello

Follow the instruction and the tips from this YouTube:

Getting ready (really does not take too much time!)

Lego person mould. *LOVE* ’em

Dino are sooooooo cute

See the purple?

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Tofu Bread

iBrot, Recipes

This is super simple bread machine recipe.  Put everything in and press dough button.  When dough is ready, just simple shaping , wait for it to double and bake in 385F oven until golden brown and bread internal temp reach 200F.

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Here are the ingredients:

  • 200 g of tofu
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup of milk (you can use soya milk or water)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 375 g regular all purpose flour (bread flour will work just as well)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of instant yeast

I like how the resulting texture.  It has chewy crust with very soft crumbs

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