Sunday, 26 January 2014

Homemade - CNY 2014, Cornflakes & Pineapple Cookies

The urge to bake CNY cookies just rose in me this year.. Seeing how people are earning profits out of these cookies, I thought perhaps I can too? Haha.. Just kidding!

Anyway, I went online to source for some simple recipes, and finally rested with the following. These ain't my creations, so credit goes to the blogger whom shared such information for amateur baker like me!!

The first recipe I am sharing is from my-sweet-hut.. Cornflake cookies!! You can view the recipe and baking preparation and process from there, or here, where I will try to summarize up a little :)

250g Butter
165g Caster Sugar
An egg
65g Crushed Cornflakes
3/4 tsp Vanilla Essence
310g Sifted Plain Flour
1 tbsp Baking Powder
A pinch of salt
200g Crushed cornflakes for coating

First, beat the butter and sugar till light and fluffy. In my case, I used the traditional way, manual stirring :( Then, add in the egg, vanilla essence and continue mixing.
Next, together with the flour, baking powder, salt and crushed cornflakes, I roll them into a dough, ensuring that the ingredients are mixing well too.

Once dough is made, keep it refrigerated for around 25 minutes. My guess is that, this will help to keep the batter in shape?

Time's up!

Take a small amount of dough, roll it into a ball, and again roll over the crushed cornflakes for coating the outer layer. Once done, its time to place them on your baking tray, and into the preheated oven at 180°C for around 20-22 minutes, or when it turn light brown.

According to the recipe, it should make around 80-90 cookies :) My parents tried and said its quite good :) Satisfaction!!

Next, I also baked the pineapple tarts! I loveeeee pineapple tarts, regardless the pineapple is enclosed or exposed outside... As long as the visiting house have pineapple tarts, there I will go munching on it :P

Recipe is from The Little Teochew.

400g Plain Flour
50g Corn Flour
1/4 tsp salt
280g Hardened Unsalted Butter
3 Egg Yolks (beaten)
3 tbsp Cold Water
6 tbsp Icing Sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
A pack of ready-made/home-made Pineapple Jam (whichever you prefer)

For the glazing mixture, simply prepare another egg yolk and mix with 1 tbsp water.

First, open up the pineapple jam packing and start rolling it into balls to be placed in the middle of the dough... It is advisable to roll it first, which you will know the reason later on.

Second, sift the flours, and mix with icing sugar and salt.

Next, rub the butter into the flour until it looks like fine bread crumbs by using the pointed ends of a fork.

Once done, beat the egg yolks with cold water and vanilla extract. Following next, mix also, with the butter-flour mixture done in the previous step. Gently coax all the crumbs into one large dough. and chill in the fridge for about 10 minutes.

Time's up again!

Take an amount of the dough, and while its optional, having a dough cutter such as floral or any other patterns does make your life easier.. Haha... And if you are gonna leave the dough out for a long time, suggestion is to keep it refrigerated, less the oil starts oozing out of the dough...

Alright, dough has been cut out. Next, have to glaze the cut-out dough with the glaze mixture. Time for the placement of the pineapple jam balls!

Line them up in baking tray, and into the oven for 20 minutes at 160°C.

Well ,this is definitely not as good as what we bought from elsewhere, but still edible... Everyone who had it is still alive and kicking :P

Pineapple jam balls are overcooked, as it is juuuuust a little hard to "crack" open from the outer, while inside is still fine. Tart is not super crispy type, but it crumbles as I bite too.. Sooo... probably a pass? Haha..

Hope these recipe are able to help you in your baking, if you are intending to. Not very time-consuming, and just remember you need to wash the plates later on! :D In any case, wish you have a fun time baking, if you are.. And an enjoyable CNY!

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