Showing posts with label mung bean. Show all posts
Showing posts with label mung bean. Show all posts

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Guest Post: Wonderfully Flaky Chocolate Chinese Pastries

I've written before about the wonderful community of food photographers and bloggers that I'm part of on the photo-sharing site, Flickr. In light of my recent posts about photography, I want to encourage you to find your own source of feedback for your photos. In addition to analyzing the work you admire from others, it's also important to examine your own in order to continue improving your skills. But as with most things in life, it's hard to keep a level perspective when examining yourself; so it's best to get a second (or even third) opinion. And be sure to find someone who's not afraid to tell it like it is -- their words may bruise your ego at times, but they're the ones who'll help you most in the long run.

Today my guest post series continues with some delectable Chinese pastries from my friend Tika of Cemplang Cemplung. She has long been a part of the supportive Flickr community I mentioned above, and it's been a great joy during the past year to grow side-by-side as artists and friends. Tika is quite the master of Asian treats and savories, and I'm constantly impressed by each new dish of hers. The pastries she shares today are no exception -- looking just as if they came fresh out of a fancy bakery! Aren't we lucky that she's generous enough to share not only the recipe but also photos of every step? Please give Tika your warmest welcome as she reveals the secret to these flaky chocolate pastries!

Tika Photo 1
For those who love food blogging, you must have been familiar with Xiaolu from 6 Bittersweets. Nice, friendly, helpful, kind and warm, that's my impression of her. Aside from that, she's a talented and innovative baker and a food photographer. With variations of cupcakes, cakes, macarons and other yummy food recipes that make our jaws drop in amazement. Though we have never met before, I'm sure she's loveable. I remember when I had trouble in making macarons, she sent me a bundle of tutorials and not to mention she offered me help. That was very sweet of you, dear :).

Tika Photo 2
The first time I made Green Tea Chinese Flaky Pastry, I was pretty upset because the pastry didn't turn out the way I expected. They look totally different from the mags, even though I followed the step-by-step of the process. I assumed it's because there were no step-by-step pictures! I interpreted the steps literally :D. Hence, to avoid the same old mistake, I googled some recipes of flaky pastries which included pictures of the process. Then I finally found out that my first attempt at making Chinese Flaky Pastry used "Hidden layering shaping technique" while the second one used "Visible layering - spiral (escargot) shaping technique".

Tika Photo 3
I modified the recipe by substitute the green tea powder with cocoa powder and I did half of the ingredients. So I got the smaller size of flaky pastry, a half size smaller than the original size!! :D I must confess the visible layer technique works like a charm to bring out those beautiful layers with different two colors. I did take some photos of the process to make it easy for you to follow. Last words before we start our journey of the flaky pastry, my big thanks to Xiaolu for her trust and the wonderful opportunity she has given to me :).

Chocolate Chinese Flaky Pastries [Printable Recipe]

Makes 16

Water dough (outer layer)

50 g all purpose flour

50 g cake flour

13 g caster sugar

1/4 tsp salt

40 g water

38 g unsalted butter, room temperature

Chocolate dough (inner layer)

105 g all purpose flour

70 g unsalted butter, room temperature

5 g cocoa powder


75 g peeled mung bean, soak in water for 1 hour

25 g thick coconut milk

50 ml water

3 g cocoa powder

38 g granulated sugar

1/4 tsp salt

1 pandan leaf

Tika Photo Step-by-step

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1. For the filling: steam mung beans for 20 minutes on medium heat.

2. Transfer the cooked mung beans to a blender; add coconut milk, water, cocoa powder, sugar and salt; and puree to a fine paste. Place mung bean paste in a saucepan, over medium heat, add pandan leaf. Stir well until dry. Move from the heat. Let it cool down.

3. When the filling has cooled, form it into balls, about 12-13 grams for each ball. Set aside.

4. For the water dough: Sift flour, sugar and salt. Add in water until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add butter into the mixture and mix to form a soft and non-sticky dough. Cover and set aside to rest for 15 minutes.

5. Weigh the dough for 25 grams each and form into balls. Set aside.

6. For the chocolate dough: mix flour, butter and cocoa powder. Mix to form a soft even coloured dough. Form a soft ball that doesn't stick to your hands.

7. Weigh the dough for 25 grams each and form into ball. Set aside.

8. Take a piece of water dough and flatten. Place the chocolate dough in the center of the flat dough (pic #2). Gather the outer edges of the water dough circle and wrap up the chocolate dough ball. Seal and pinch the edges (pic #3).

9. With the heel of your palm, gently press the dough to flatten it lightly. Using a rolling pin, roll out the flattened dough (pic #4). Roll the dough up (pic #5).

10. Turn the rolled dough 90 degrees. Roll out the dough again. Roll up again (pic #6).

11. Cut the dough crosswise into 2 pieces (pic #7). Flatten out the dough. Place filling in the center (pic #8). Gather the outer edges of the dough circle and wrap up the filling (pic #9).

12. Grease a baking tray with butter then place pastries with sealed side down on tray.

13. Bake them in the oven for 25 minutes at 180 degrees C (350 degrees F).


Sunday, July 31, 2011

Coconut Mung Bean Kaffir Lime Popsicles for MLLA Anniversary!

Mung Beans
I've long been a fan of my friend Susan and her gorgeous blog, The Well-Seasoned Cook, especially her elegant photography and her blog event, My Legume Love Affair (MLLA), which has done a great deal to popularize nutritious and delicious beans/legumes. MLLA recently had its 3rd anniversary, and I was honored to accept Susan's invitation to help celebrate this momentous occasion as well as help kick-start what's sure to be a fabulous 4th year! Inspired by Chinese mung bean popsicles as well as our Southeast Asian neighbors, I'm sharing these flavorful Coconut Mung Bean and Kaffir Lime Popsicles over on Susan's site. I'd love if you'd stop on by to check out my full guest post. But if you're in a hurry and just wanna grab the printable recipe, you'll find it right here.

Coconut Mung Bean Kaffir Lime Popsicles

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Cold Mung Bean Noodles with Chili Vinegar Sauce (Guest Post On My Cooking Hut)

Pleasantly Numbing

One of my favorite blogs is My Cooking Hut. I first stumbled upon Leemei’s site years ago and was blown away by the gorgeous photography and mouthwatering French and Asian recipes. Naturally I’ve been a dedicated follower ever since. You can imagine then how surprised and delighted I was to receive her recent invitation to prepare a guest post. Immediately I thought to share a recently rediscovered favorite from my childhood in China. I'd love if you'd stop by her site to check out my guest post and recipe for Liang Fen 凉粉 (Cold Mung Bean Noodles). If you'd just like to grab the printable recipe, it's here. Thank you so much, Leemei, for letting me contribute to your lovely blog!

Liang Fen (Chilled Mung Bean Starch Noodles)