Food

Rose Apple Pastry

Recently, I wanted to make some desserts to bring along my trip and I came across this recipe, which looked fairly easy and it needed just a few ingredients. And of course, they looked really cute and I thought it would be an interesting take of an apple pie.

Here's my attempt on the Rose Apple Pastry recipe.

Ingredients:
Red apples
Ready-made puff pastry
Brown sugar
Cinnamon
Butter
1 Egg yolk
Icing sugar (optional)
Flour (dusting while rolling)

 I bought these dark red apples, that were pretty small in size. I've seen people using larger red apples and they give a really nice rose petal effect too. 

I bought these dark red apples, that were pretty small in size. I've seen people using larger red apples and they give a really nice rose petal effect too. 

 Remove the core from the apples.

Remove the core from the apples.

 The key is to slice them nice and thin. The thinner it is, the nicer the petals are going to look and it will be easier to soften them later. 

The key is to slice them nice and thin. The thinner it is, the nicer the petals are going to look and it will be easier to soften them later. 

 Soak them in salt water or lemon juice to prevent apples from oxidising. 

Soak them in salt water or lemon juice to prevent apples from oxidising. 

 Place the apple slices into a bowl and put it in the microwave for 20-30 seconds or until soft. If you have alot of apples, you can work in batches.

Place the apple slices into a bowl and put it in the microwave for 20-30 seconds or until soft. If you have alot of apples, you can work in batches.

 Make sure they are soft and bendable, as such. These will ensure the petals will turn out really nice! 

Make sure they are soft and bendable, as such. These will ensure the petals will turn out really nice! 

 Lightly butter your tin cans (Lightly... too much fats at the bottom will make them soggy, so go easy on the butter)

Lightly butter your tin cans (Lightly... too much fats at the bottom will make them soggy, so go easy on the butter)

 Now onto the puff pastry. I bought this 1kg puff pastry from Bake With Yen (RM11++) and it yielded me about 36 pieces. Make sure you keep it in the fridge until you are ready to work with it. With our humid temperature,  you have to work fast before it starts getting sticky. Use flour to keep your rolling pin from sticking to your pastry. Cut out strips from your pastry sheets and roll it out once.

Now onto the puff pastry. I bought this 1kg puff pastry from Bake With Yen (RM11++) and it yielded me about 36 pieces. Make sure you keep it in the fridge until you are ready to work with it. With our humid temperature,  you have to work fast before it starts getting sticky. Use flour to keep your rolling pin from sticking to your pastry. Cut out strips from your pastry sheets and roll it out once.

 Lightly butter one side of the pastry. In a separate bowl, mix one (1) portion of cinnamon to two (2) portions of brown sugar. If you would like it sweeter, add more sugar into this mixture. 

Lightly butter one side of the pastry. In a separate bowl, mix one (1) portion of cinnamon to two (2) portions of brown sugar. If you would like it sweeter, add more sugar into this mixture. 

 Sprinkle a generous amount of the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture you've just made.

Sprinkle a generous amount of the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture you've just made.

 Now, here comes the fun part! Arrange your slices from left to right, making sure your apples are slightly above your pastry. Make sure all the slices are soft and bendable. If they are crunchy, and hard to bend, put them back in the microwave for a few more seconds :)

Now, here comes the fun part! Arrange your slices from left to right, making sure your apples are slightly above your pastry. Make sure all the slices are soft and bendable. If they are crunchy, and hard to bend, put them back in the microwave for a few more seconds :)

 Fold your pastry.

Fold your pastry.

 Sprinkle another generous round of brown sugar and cinnamon mixture 

Sprinkle another generous round of brown sugar and cinnamon mixture 

 Starting from the left or right, roll it tight till the end

Starting from the left or right, roll it tight till the end

 With 1 egg yolk in a bowl, add some milk/water to dilute the mixture, and make sure the top and sides of the pastry is covered. This step will ensure that your pastry turns golden brown.

With 1 egg yolk in a bowl, add some milk/water to dilute the mixture, and make sure the top and sides of the pastry is covered. This step will ensure that your pastry turns golden brown.

 Leave it in the oven about 220C for about 40-45mins or until golden brown.

Leave it in the oven about 220C for about 40-45mins or until golden brown.

 I would really like to try this another time, using lighter coloured apples to see the results of these pastry, but they should turn out golden brown like these :)

I would really like to try this another time, using lighter coloured apples to see the results of these pastry, but they should turn out golden brown like these :)

 Dust some extra icing sugar for decoration, or eat them with ice cream, or just by themselves. They make great snacks! 

Dust some extra icing sugar for decoration, or eat them with ice cream, or just by themselves. They make great snacks! 

Food Swap at Food Foundry

Last month, my sister and I participated in Klang Valley's first ever Food Swap event organized by Food Bites. When a colleague shared with me the idea of a food swap, itwas something really new to me and I immediately googled (hah!) and discovered how people have been doing this in many different countries. It was a simple but brilliant idea to connect people of the same passion, share ideas, which also at the same time bring and build the community together. The Malay Mail wrote an articleon the event and Farez Khan did an amazing job in putting together a video which showcases what the event was all about.

We were glad to secure the final place for the event and with only 2 days away, we came together to plan. Through her love for baking, my sister has cultivated my love in trying out recipes throughout the past few years. For this Food Swap, she decided that we would prepare 3 things: Mushroom Chicken Quiche, Parmesan Shortbread & Rich Choc Chip Cookies! While she baked in the day, I came and help during the night and handmade the packaging for these treasure goodies! Do visit her fb page called It's Baked! to find out what she has been baking :)

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The picture below was what we brought to the table that day. After setting up, we went around the room to see what everyone else brought from home. Every single participant were so talented and brought something unique and different. Among my favourite were Mariam's Rendang, Hankerie'sPesto Sauce, PlateCulture'sLithuanian Lazy Pie and Fariz & Aneesha's Sun-dried Tomato Hummus. We filled out the 'Food Swap Slips'and after 30minutes of scouting, we swapped our items with one another. These were what we exchanged at the end of the day and it was so much more than we came with! Both my sister and I had an amazing experience from this one-day event. We met some who are starting their business, stay-home moms who loves to bake and working adults who squeeze time to cook and bake during the weekends!

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BEHIND THE SCENES
Thought I would also share with you how these packaging were put together :) My sister and I love simple packaging and for her current branding, we printed her logo, designed by the talented Hsulynn, with her contact details on stickers which could be used in any single piece of stationery that she needs.

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For business cards, I cut a stack of 5.5cm X 9cm cards out of A4 sheets and pasted the logo on each one of them. It is a simple, fast and economical way to having business cards in small/ large quantity. Alternatively, you can also punch a hole on that and use them as tags as well. Two-in-one! As the cookies cooled down, they were quickly packaged into clear plastic bags and sealed with a heat sealer. These envelopes were made out of brown paper with double sided tape to secure the side flaps. For each envelope, a circle is cut ONLY on the front and for its branding, each had a sticker in the corner. Once that was done, the cookies were slipped into each envelope individually. Yes, the circles were indeed cut so that it reveals what's inside :) Without securing the top flap of the envelope, use a rope twine which you can easily get from ACE Hardware or Daiso and tie to secure it! And you are done :)

We had alot of fun figuring out what to do and in the midst of creating something from scratch in the kitchen, we got to meet so many people and be inspired by what they do, share our treats and be a part of a community like this :)

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If you are interested in joining the next Food Swap organized by Food Bites, you can send in your details to info@asianageholdings.com and they will update you the next time it comes around!

Malibu Cupcakes

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With birthdays coming up, I've baked some Malibu cupcakes over the week for the first time. I truly love trying something new each time and when someone loves Malibu, you have to try and make something they love! :)

It was easy to bake. I've used my butter cake recipe as a basic batter and added in (lots of) Malibu, Pineapple/Coconut juice and desiccated coconut for added texture. For the icing, I've whipped cream and added in red + black coloring and piped them up, decorating it with a sprinkle of desiccated coconut at the top. They tasted yummy. Even after a night in the fridge, it remained moist and flavorful.

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Cheese Brownies

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This have been a favorite of many of my friends. Thus, thought of sharing the recipe I've taken and tweak to how I like it best. Plus, this is a very simple recipe to follow and make.

Ingredients

  • 250g butter
  • 400g sugar (you may reduce if you don't want it too sweet)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 70g cocoa powder ( add more if you like it very chocolatteeeeyy) * if you don't have cocoa powder you can melt a whole bar of dark chocolate instead. If you like it really chocolat-ish, add both powder and chocolate bar.   
  • 100g flour ( the lesser flour you put, the more dense your brownies will be) *by adding baking powder, it will make it more moist, so add 1/2 tsp of it if that's how you like it. If you like it really dense, skip itTopping: Whip cream until it is stiff, then add in cream cheese and a dash of ICING sugar. *add mascarpone if you like, or choc. Other suggestions are: nuts, oreo, crushed digestive biscuits or anything that you love.

Method

  1. Mix melted butter and chocolate.
  2. Add in sugar, then eggs, salt, vanilla essence
  3. Add in flour and cocoa powder *you can add in nuts, oreo, crushed digestive biscuits or anything that you love.
  4. Line your baking tin with baking paper and put the mix into it
  5. Bake for about 15-20mins or till its ready :D
  6. Once cool, add topping and leave it in the fridge for an hour or so. *brownies get yummier overnight :)

With this as a basic recipe, remember you don't have to get all the measurement right. Tweak it if you have to and go crazy with it by personalizing it to your taste! :) Enjoy baking and oh, please drink lots of water too?!