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Apple Peanut Rosy Tart

Best treats for Mother's day, show your rosy love to her!

Homemade Xmas Log Cake

Impressed your guest during this Christmas festive, make this Angry Birds Xmas Log Cake (Bûche de Noël)

XMas Cake Pops

Something special for this festive, Holiday Cheers on a stick!

Orep Mango Japanese Cheese Cake

Yummy combincation cheese cake for Christmas celebration. Sometimes simple is nice.

Kiwi Coulis for Dessert

These intense fruity sauces are ideal to pair with desserts or drizzle over your favourite ice cream.

Homemade Rojak

Made from tangy and sweet kiwis, pineapples and guave, it’s the most simple and tasty rojak which includes all the acquire taste and crunch.

Popular Mini Salad Jar

All the ingredients are served fresh, mix together with some greens, tomatoes and fruits.

Improvised Penang Asam Laksa

This improvise Penang Asam laksa version is our family's favourite as they are not easy to cook or prepare, but also much healthier version if you compare to those which selling at outside.

Choco Kiwi Mousse Cake

The whole idea of this cake is to combine a little bit bitter sweet chocolate cake with refreshing green kiwifruits.

Hankerie goes retail!

Hankerie has gone to next stage, selling all her bakes in public - Bangsar Shopping Complex for an event.

1st Runner up in AFC Foodie Face Off

Hankerie won as 1st runner up in Asian Food Channel (AFC) foodie face off competition.

Hankerie on Magazine!!!

Hankerie is honourbly being featured in one of the Malaysia's leading Food magazine this month. Grab yourself a copy in any of the Malaysia bookstore now.

Minion in Halloween series

Minions army wish you Happy Halloween!

Homemade Spring Onion Crab Stick Buns

Try these spring onions crab stick buns that contains onions buttery fragrance, a little bit of sweetness of crab stick in the middle, together with the slightly sweet, soft bun.

Fat and Round Minion Macarons

When Minions get ROUND and FAT!! These macarons are sandwiched with premium dark chocolate and white chocolate ganache. Slurpy!

Chicken and Mushroom Pot Pies

Loving this light and crispy, with a distinctly buttery flaky pastry as the main character of my whole chicken and mushroom pot pies.

Watermelon Swiss Roll

Watermelon as cake? Try out this creative swissroll.

Another ideas for your fondant Cupcakes

Angry Birds, Angry Pigs, Thomas and Friends, Cars....all these assorted cartoons are my source of ideas to custom make these into cupcakes for Lucas's birthday.

Steamed Rose Buns

Steamed Buns can be attractive too. Nice to see and nice to eat. Food for your eyes.

Steamed Bao with otak-otak and luncehon meat crabstick filling

The specialty of these bao is that using Otak-otak (- a cake made of fish meat and spices). This give you an unique savoury taste in the combination of soft and fluffy of bao's texture.

Apple Peanut Rosy Tart


This is my second year attending New Zealand week event, meeting my favourite Master Chef Nadia Lim in person as well. This year's New Zealand Food Connection Chef challenge is much more exciting than last year as there are quite a lot of interesting New Zealand products for me to create the magical dish if compare to last year. This year mission as usual, to create an inspiring, delicious dish or combination of dishes using these premium quality New Zealand products given to me. There are Famer's Mill Buttermilk Scone Mix, Pure South Lamb Loin, Talley's Greenlipped Mussels, Tatua's whipping cream, Anchor Pure New Zealand Butter, Rockitapples, pics Peanut butter and many more.


During the food demonstration by Nadia Lim, I totally inspired to make a dish which involve these little cute crunch red Rockitapples. She used these apples on top of the lamb cutlets with Salsa verde and apple, which makes the lamb so delicious and yet no odd smell. Hence, I decided to use these Rockitapples, Pics peanut butter and Anchor butter from my New Zealand 'mystery bag' as my three main hero ingredients of the dish. I name the dish "Apple Peanut Rosy Tart". This is not only easy to make tart, but also taste good, from the wonderful pure peanut butter fragrance to the crunchiness of the sweet Rockitapples, ending with the buttery crust. These are the irresistible treats too in conjunction of mothers day as well.


Also, I've made a step by step video on how to make these easy peasy Apple Peanut Rosy Tart in You Tube. Remember to subscribe.


See my recipe here (serves 5 tarts, prepare time 30 minutes, baking time 15 minutes)

Ingredients
  1. 3 mini Rockitapples
  2. 1 bowl of salt water
  3. Few spoonful of Pics Peanut Butter
  4. 2 TBSP of Anchor Butter
  5. 1 Ready made pastry puff sheet
  6. 2 TBSP Kiwi fruits jam (optional)
  7. Icing sugar for decoration
Method
  1. Cut apple into half. Use the mini scoop to scoop the apple seed out in the middle. Slice the apple into thin slices approximately 2.0mm and then cut into half again. Soak the slices into salt water.
  2. Microwave these apple slices in the salty water for 1-2 minutes to soften it. This is for apple to bend it easier later. Set aside.
  3. Sprinkle some flour on the work surface. Use the rolling pin to roll on the ready made pastry sheet to thinner. Use knife cut into 5 stripes.
  4. Apply some kiwi fruits jam and peanut butter on top of the pastry sheet.
  5. Line up the apple slices into 1 row, overlap each apple slices on top of the previous one. Apply some more kiwi jam to stick it properly.
  6. Fold the bottom of the pastry sheet to wrap around the bottom of apple slices. Make sure there is no gap or loose.
  7. Roll the pastry from one end into roses shape. Place carefully into muffin pan.
  8. Bake them in pre-heat fan force oven at 180 C for 20 minutes (depending to your oven).
  9. Once remove from oven, apply some anchor butter around the pastry to add on some more glaze on the surface.
  10. Enjoy!

{CNY} Homemade Pineapple tarts



Time flies. Chinese New Year is around the corner. All chinese will be busy celebrating this 15-days great event. For every Chinese New Year, my mum and I definitely will bake tones of pineapple tart without fails. In fact, pineapple is a symbolic of Chinese New Year, be it the auspicious one.

Chinese like playing with words and symbols. Often homonyms (words that share the same pronunciation but have different meanings) are used. Names of dishes and/or their ingredients which will be served sound similar to words and phrases referring to wishes expressed during the Chinese New Year, while other foods hold a symbolic meaning. Pineapple (凤梨; fènglí) - wealth, luck, excellent fortune, gambling luck. That's the main reason chinese will definitely eat pineapple tart during this period, not only because of its uniqueness and deliciousness.

I still recall vividly during my school time. Normally 1 month before CNY, my brothers and I were extremely busy to help my mum to bake pineapple tart, handmade one by one. From cutting the pineapples, cooking at least for another 4-5 hours, making tart, rolling, cooling and packing. All these, I was so familiar with. Those orders are return orders every year, displaying at my uncle shop to sell and some of the time needs to export to Singapore. Sometimes, my mum just feel like do not want to do this anymore as not really earning much with so much efforts had put in. The main reason is the middle man already earn more than us.  

This is my mum's secret recipe. Therefore, I cant share this in my blog but feel free to order through us directly to enjoy this little treats with our whole heartly creation. If you would like to place order next time, please send to us few weeks earlier to avoid disappointment at hanker@hankerie.com as it is running out fast.

Self-made gift pack for pineapple tart

Self-cooked pineapple jam from scratch



Queuing up to send into oven

All the pineapple tarts sold out every CNY


      Mango Pudding for New Year Eve Feast



      This is my favourite easy to prepare dessert for every New Year eve. You may prepare this dessert and chill in fridge while preparing for the main course and appetiser. Make and serve it into wine class to impress your guests too, absolutely stunning and yet delicious.

      Below is my Fresh Mango Pudding recipe

      Ingredients: (recipe yields for 4 wine glass)
      1. Gelatin  4g
      2. Water  12ml
      3. Caster Sugar 50g
      4. Fresh Milk 50ml
      5. Fresh Mango 1 piece (half for decoration)
      6. Pure yogurt 50g
      7. Fresh cream 125ml
      8. Fresh custard & cherries (for decoration)
      Method:
      1. Mix gelatin with water.
      2. In separate bowl, blend the half mango. Mix with yogurt.
      3. Boil the milk with sugar, add on the 1.
      4. With 3, add on 2 and fresh cream.
      5. Pour the mixture into cocktail glass/wine glass, refrigerate it at least 2 and half hours.
      6. Once the pudding is set, decorate it with the other half mango (cut into cubes) and decorate with some fresh custard & cherries. Ready for serving.

      Homemade Wet & Dry Tang Yuan 汤圆 (Glutinous Rice Ball) during Winter Solstice

      Happy Winter Solstice 冬至快乐 to everyone. Another year finishing soon, we are celebrating a special Chinese Festival called Winter Solstice whereby serving glutinous rice ball and eat together with family members. This is a festival where we celebrate 1 month before Chinese New Year, there is a myth saying that if it rains today, it will not rain on the 1st day of CNY. So far, I found it quite accurate though.

      Well, talking about traditional food during the festive. Glutinous rice ball is my favorite Chinese dessert. In fact, I am eating them not only during these days, simply love their texture and chewiness.
      It's my first year to do these homemade glutinous rice ball with filling. And most importantly they are made from natural food colouring.


      There are 2 flovours for my homemade tang yuan again, they are suitable for either wet or dry. Wet definition here means serve these glutinous rice ball in the ginger and pandan infused syrup while dry is just cooked and then serve with some crushed peanut which is quite similiar to Japanese mochi. 


      The options for my filling today are peanut and lotus paste. Both equally good, if you opt for less sweet option, peanut will be better fit for you.

      Handpipe Snowflakes for Christmas

      Less than 2 weeks time to Christmas. I've written some easy step by step to guide you on how to free hand pipe the snow flakes by using the melted chocolate. This is absolutely easy idea for you to prepare upfront and be handy for your cake decoration later.

      If you have the difficulties to pipe it free style, what you can do it print out the snow flake template, put underneath your baking paper, and pipe them accordingly. Of course, practice makes perfect! The more you practice, the better result you may achieve.


      Snowflakes Recipe:
      Ingredients
      1/2 cup Pure white chocolate for snowflakes

      Tools:
      Microwave/frying pan with stove
      baking paper
      piping bag
      scissors
      Tutorial : Handpipe Snowflakes

      Step 1: Put the white chocolates in the microwave-proof bowl. Heat 1-2 minutes in microwave until melted completely. Remember do not overheat it as they are full cocoa butter.

      Step 2: Put step 1 into the plastic bag, cut the tip (not too big hole) as you do not want super super bold snowflakes.

      Step 3: Pipe your own snowflakes onto baking paper. Let it dry.


      Step 4: Snowflakes completed. Remove from baking papers carefully.


      The Baker App: The Only App You’ll Need


      Nowadays, many bakers use their phones as a tool in the kitchen, and it’s gotten to the point where it’s becoming indispensible. Just this month, celebrity chef Tyler Florence has gone around saying that his Blackberry Passport is the key to his success. Collaborative Cooking has also invented a Cooking Machine that lets chefs prepare meals by controlling the machine with their phones! We could all be enjoying these amazing technological advancements in the future, but we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves. 

      Right now, that smartphone in your hand could still do more than serve as a tool for taking photographs of your delicious creations. Gaming Realms, owners and operators of Spin Genie, have stated that “There were an estimated 1 billion Smartphone users at the end of 2012, representing 17% of total mobile users”. This number has risen to nearly 1.75 billion, prompting developers to create some excellent apps for use in the kitchen. The Baker App is one such app, delivering exactly what it advertises: “Beautifully designed, with practicality in mind, it is created by people with a passion for serious baking. Basing everything on the Bakers’ Percentage format that any good baker swears by, it can be used in any type of kitchen, no matter how busy or messy, and is adaptable to the needs of anyone from a beginner to a master.”

       

      The app is truly versatile, and it can be used by just about anyone in the world. The app lets users create and save recipes in measurements they like, download premade recipes from some of the world’s greatest chefs, and adjust recipes to make room for specialized diets. If you’ve ever found yourself having to scale down large-quantity recipes for home use, this is the app for you.

      Most importantly, this app is completely free, “because everyone should be free to bake.” Do you use any other apps when you bake?

      Kiwifruits Ideas Recipe Collection 2014


      Yahoo! Completing my 14 days Zespri Kiwi challenge 2014. It indeed a "Fruitful" challenge and fun way to complete my 14 days challenge with plenty of my own creation 21 recipes. Enjoy these healthy, and some of the gluten-free/Paleo recipe for a better eating lifestyle.

      Also, I've made a short video clip in YouTube. Feel free to follow all my recipe below, all about Kiwi! Do follow us in Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest too!

      Enjoy all these recipes. Eat better and healthier way! 


      1. Day 1 : Homemade Kiwifruits Banana Ice Cream (Healthy version) (http://www.hankerie.com/2014/10/homemade-kiwifruits-banana-ice-cream.html)
      2. Day 2 : Choco Kiwi Mousse Cake (http://www.hankerie.com/2014/10/choco-kiwi-mousse-cake.html)
      3. Day 3a : Healthy Kiwi Cereal for Breakfast (http://www.hankerie.com/2014/10/healthy-kiwi-cereal-for-breakfast.html)
      4. Day 3b: Pumpkin Toast with Express Kiwi Jam (http://www.hankerie.com/2014/10/pumpkin-toast-with-express-kiwi-jam.html)
      5. Day 4 : Halloween Frankeinstein (http://www.hankerie.com/2014/10/halloween-frankenstein.html)
      6. Day 5 : Improvise Penang Asam Laksa with Kiwifruits (http://www.hankerie.com/2014/11/improvise-penang-asam-laksa-with.html)
      7. Day 6: Popular Mini Salad Jar (http://www.hankerie.com/2014/11/popular-mini-salad-jar.html)
      8. Day 7: Homemade Rojak (http://www.hankerie.com/2014/11/homemade-rojak.html)
      9. Day 8 : Healthy and Colourful Yogurt Parfait (http://www.hankerie.com/2014/11/healthy-colourful-yogurt-parfait.html)
      10. Day 9a : Kiwi Coulis for dessert (http://www.hankerie.com/2014/11/kiwi-coulis-for-dessert.html)
      11. Day 9b: Kiwi and Strawberry Cream Puff (http://www.hankerie.com/2014/11/kiwi-strawberry-cream-puff.html)
      12. Day 9c: Mini Kiwi Popsicle for party (http://www.hankerie.com/2014/11/mini-kiwi-popsicle-for-party.html)
      13. Day 9d: Kiwi Mochi (http://www.hankerie.com/2014/11/kiwi-mochi.html)
      14. Day 10: Mini Kiwi Cupcakes (http://www.hankerie.com/2014/11/mini-kiwi-cupcakes-bake-in-15-min.html)
      15. Day 11: Homemade Kiwi Sushi (http://www.hankerie.com/2014/11/homemade-kiwi-sushi.html)
      16. Day 12: Kiwi Ball Dessert (http://www.hankerie.com/2014/11/kiwi-ball-dessert.html)
      17. Day 13a: Homemade Kiwi Jam (http://www.hankerie.com/2014/11/homemade-kiwi-jam.html)
      18. Day 13b: Homemade French Toast with Kiwi Jam (http://www.hankerie.com/2014/11/homemade-french-toast-with-kiwi-jam.html)
      19. Day 14a: Traffic Light Salad (http://www.hankerie.com/2014/11/traffic-light-salad.html)
      20. Day 14b: Kiwi Butter Cake (http://www.hankerie.com/2014/11/kiwi-butter-cake.html)
      21. Day 14c: Homemade Popiah (Spring roll) with Kiwi (http://www.hankerie.com/2014/11/homemade-popiah-spring-roll-with-kiwi.html)

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                        Homemade Popiah (spring roll) with Kiwi


                        Last of my kiwi post of my 14 days kiwi challenge. This is the special Asean dish which serve with kiwifruit, it is my favourite snack, homemade popiah. If you're chinese, you definitely know what is popiah.

                        I love popiah aka spring rolls. Be it fresh or fried. I just love how the different ingredients come together in a wrap just like the Mexican burrito except that you get a sweeter crunch of vegetables that makes you want more and more. When you include the kiwifruits, it even enhance your whole taste buds to the next level.

                         

                        Here is my Mother in law recipe on this Homemade Popiah with Kiwi

                        Ingredients
                        2 bangkwang (turnip), peeled and shredded
                        1 carrot, peeled and shredded
                        2 tablespoons vegetable oil
                        Few fresh prawn
                        Handful of dried shrimp
                        1 tablespoon soya sauce
                        1 teaspoon sugar
                        1/2 teaspoon white pepper
                        Green kiwifruits
                        popiah skins ( I bought the ready made one in supermarket)

                        for dressing
                        Sweet soya sauce
                        Chilli sauce
                        Fried onion

                        Method
                        1. In a large wok, heat the oil. Cook bangkwang and carrots, Stir and cook until soft. Season with soya sauce, sugar and pepper.
                        2. Place the filling mixture in a slow cooker and cook for 1 hour.
                        3. To assemble the popiah, 1 teaspoon of sweet soya sauce, chilli sauce to taste and some fried onion. Put a spoonful of filling and garnish with green kiwifruit cut as desired. Wrap popiah and eat!
                                    For my last year's 14 days kiwi challenges , you may refer to this link "Hankerie's Kiwi project went live & 1st VBlog!!!" 

                                    Kiwi Butter Cake


                                    Last day for celebration on the kiwi challenge. Bake this extremely easy and yummy cake. The tangy-ness and sourness of the kiwi can blended nicely with the butter cake. You will feel refreshing when eat together the ccrumblinessof the butter cake.



                                    This buttercake is not my usual soft and fluffy type, I would like this cake texture to be coarse in order to match the softness of the green kiwifruits slices after baked.

                                      Here is my Hankerie's recipe of Kiwi Butter Cake

                                      Ingredients
                                      1. 2 greem kiwis (slices)
                                      2. 1 green kiwi (mashed)
                                      3. 100g butter
                                      4. 100g caster sugar
                                      5. 5 large egg yolks 
                                      6. 120g plain flour
                                      7. 1 tsp baking powder
                                      8. 1/4 tsp salt
                                      9. 80ml buttermilk
                                      10. 1 tsp vanilla extract
                                      Method
                                      1. Preheat oven to 180C. Grease and line a square pan with baking paper.
                                      2. Sift flour and baking powder into a bowl.  
                                      3. Beat the butter and sugar.
                                      4. Add the eggs into mixture
                                      5. Mix in all the ingredients together.
                                      6. Pour into square pan.
                                      7. Line the kiwi slices on top of the surface.
                                      8. Spoon mixture into mini muffin liners
                                      9. Bake in over for 30 minutes until golden brown.


                                        Traffic Light Salad


                                        Today is the last day of  Zespri Kiwi Challenge. I am making the traffic light salad. This is extremely easy to make. All the ingredients are served fresh, mix together with capsicums, lettuce and fruits. The most important secret sauce is some olive and balsamic dressing.

                                         

                                        Here is my Hankerie's recipe on this Homemade Traffic Light Salad

                                        Ingredients
                                        For salad:
                                        Red capsicum
                                        Orange capsicum
                                        Yellow capsicum
                                        Baby Rocket leaves
                                        Green kiwifruits

                                        For the dressing
                                        1 TBSP lemon juice
                                        2 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive oil
                                        1 TBSP Balsamic vinegar

                                        Method
                                        1. Cut all the capsicum and green  kiwifruits.
                                        2. Arrange them into a round shape.
                                        3. Put on the baby rocket leaves.
                                        4. Serve with the dressing.
                                                  For my last year's 14 days kiwi challenges , you may refer to this link "Hankerie's Kiwi project went live & 1st VBlog!!!"  . Here are the 10 Amazing Healthy facts.

                                                  Homemade French Toast with Kiwi Jam


                                                  Time flies, today is 13th day of my kiwi challenge. I'm using combination of my previous recipe - Homemade Kiwi Jam with this simple self made french toast at home.

                                                  Do you know about Kiwi that can control the weight? The reason being is  Kiwi’s low glycemic index and high fiber content means it will not create a strong insulin rush like other fruit with high sugar contents — so the body will not respond by storing fat. Hence this is the best reason to use these fruits to substitute any whip cream as french toast toppings.

                                                  This is extremely easy recipe to follow. Prepare this for your love one during weekend breakfast or brunch, he or she will be totally surprised and impressed. Enjoy!


                                                  Here is my recipe on this Homemade French Toast with Kiwi Jam (serve for 2)

                                                  Ingredients

                                                  2 large eggs
                                                  2 TBSP sweetener milk
                                                  2 slices of white bread or wholemeal bread
                                                  1 Zespri Green Kiwi (cut into pieces)
                                                  Homemade Green kiwi jam (Please refer to my previous post for Recipe and method)
                                                  A bit of olive oil (you can opt for butter)
                                                  Optional: Maple syrup for dressing

                                                  Method
                                                  1. Beat 2 large eggs in a bowl.
                                                  2. Mix in the sweetener milk and beat again. Set aside
                                                  3. Cut diagonal on 4 slices bread.
                                                  4. Heat up the frying pan and put the olive oil.
                                                  5. Dip the white bread in the egg mixture, fried them until golden brown colour.
                                                  6. Garnish with fresh green and homemade kiwi jam onto the bread, spread some maple syrup before serving.

                                                  Homemade Kiwi Jam


                                                  Today is 13th day of Kiwi Challenge day. Since I have quite a lot of super ripe kiwifruits, I am making them into kiwi jam for storage rather then let them rotten. This is relatively easy to make jam, 4 ingredients and preparation time is less than 30 minutes.


                                                  It is always enjoyable to make your own jam as you can control its sweetness level, as well as free of any artificial flavoring or preservative in it. Hope after you've read this post, you are able to start straight away to make your own kiwi jam too. Enjoy your weekend.



                                                  Here is my recipe of Homemade Kiwifruits jam

                                                  Ingredients
                                                  5 Zespri super ripe green Kiwifruits
                                                  1 cup caster sugar
                                                  1/4 cup of lemon juice
                                                  2 tsp jelly powder

                                                  Method
                                                  1. Peel kiwifruits and mashed it with fork into puree. If may also use blender to blend into puree, but remember do not over crush the kiwi seed as you will feel tart taste.
                                                  2. Sprinkle and mix with caster sugar and lemon juice.
                                                  3. Pour the mixture onto the hot pot and cook until the liquid dry out.
                                                  4. Approximately cook for 20 minutes using medium heat, sprinkle the jelly powder on it.
                                                  5. Until you see the jam look mixture, remove from heat and let it cold down in another seperate clean bowl.
                                                  6. Once cold, keep the jam in the sterilized jam botol and refrigerate it. 
                                                  If you're my new followers, you may click this link "Hankerie's Kiwi project went live & 1st VBlog!!!"  to see my last year 14 days challenge recipes.

                                                  Enjoy!

                                                  Kiwi Ball Dessert


                                                  12th day of the Kiwi Challenge, today's topic is "Time to get creative". Inspired by the goodness of Zespri Green Kiwifruit, I spice up my Friday using kiwifruit to create mini Kiwi Ball dessert.

                                                  Follow by my yesterday post on Homemade Kiwi Sushi which is normal savory sushi, this inspired me to make them into sweet dessert that going to give you a kick after the meals.



                                                  I serve them with fresh raspberries for the whole combination. It brings the vivid colour for your eyes first, and indeed they are delicious too. The method in making these Kiwi ball are same when the traditional making the savoury sushi but the only difference are some of the ingredients are totally varies. What it bring the Japanese rice comes together is the coconut milk. If you could not find the fresh coconut milk from your country, you can always substitute them with UHT coconut cream or heavy whip cream.

                                                    Here is my Hankerie's recipe on my homemade Kiwi Ball Dessert

                                                    Ingredients

                                                    For sushi rice,
                                                    1. 2 cups Japanese rice
                                                    2. 1 cup water
                                                    3. 5 tablespoons fresh coconut milk
                                                    4. 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar

                                                    For Decoration

                                                    1. Zespri Green Kiwifruit
                                                    2. Fresh raspberries

                                                              Method
                                                              1. Slice the fresh green kiwi as thin as you can
                                                              2. Cook the Japanese rice in rice cooker.
                                                              3. After rice cooked, in another pot, combine the rice with water and sugar.
                                                              4. Leaving the rice to rest, covered for another 10 minutes
                                                              5. When cool, gently add the coconut milk mixture and mix to combine.
                                                              6. Use the rice at room temperature.
                                                              7. Wet your hands, and scope small section of the rice in your palm; and shape into round shape. Optional: If you would like some filling in the kiwi ball, you may stuff the paste or kani inside.
                                                              8. Decorate with green kiwifruit slice on top of the kiwi ball, and serve together with fresh raspberries.



                                                                          Homemade Kiwi Sushi


                                                                          Three-quarters of the Kiwi Challenge. Today is 11th day to show off the knife skill. To me, the most difficult part to showcase how good is your knife skill is cutting the fragile kiwifruits onto sushi, it must be even thinner than a sashimi.  

                                                                          Follow on from my previous post on Kiwi Frankenstein, I've some more new idea in making this little brown hairy fruits into cutie animal. I myself also not too sure what am I trying to do, just thinking of something looks cute.


                                                                          Started to test my knife skill since last week, by cutting plenty of times on the kiwifruits, from cutting into cubes, slices, modelling kiwifruits into cutie animal. Gosh, I have cut more than 22 green kiwifruits since last week. Today, finally make these homemade kiwi sushi with the combination of sashimi, omelette and tobiko. This is my 2nd time in making sushi at home, after my first time making sushi in New Zealand in year 2008. Indeed been a while.

                                                                          1st sushi that I've made today is kiwi salmon sashimi. The green kiwifruit slice needs to be thinner than fresh sashimi as I do not want it over-powering than the sashimi taste. Believe it or not, the crunch and the tangy fruity smell bring your taste to the next level incredibly.



                                                                          The 2nd sushi that I'm making is Tamago Yaki Kiwi Sushi Omelette, in how to make the omelette, I refer to this recipe. This relatively the sweetest sushi among these 3 types of sushi that I've made.


                                                                          The 3rd sushi that I am going to make is Sushi Kiwi Tobiko. Tobiko is the tiny, orange, pearl-like stuff you find on sushi rolls. It's actually flying fish roe, which technically makes it a caviar (albeit less expensive than its sturgeon cousin). Tobiko adds crunchy texture and salty taste to the dish, not to mention artistic flair. In its natural state, however, it is not very flavorful. Hence, I've added 3 kiwifruits on top of it.

                                                                            Here is my Hankerie's recipe on my homemade kiwi Sushi

                                                                            Ingredients

                                                                            For sushi rice,

                                                                            1. 2 cups Japanese rice
                                                                            2. 2 cups water
                                                                            3. 2 teaspoons salt
                                                                            4. 4 tablespoons rice vinegar
                                                                            5. 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
                                                                            For Flavour combination,
                                                                            1. Zespri Green Kiwifruit
                                                                            2. Nori seaweed sheet
                                                                            3. Tobiko
                                                                            4. Japanese omelette
                                                                            5. Sahsimi slice

                                                                                      Method

                                                                                        1. Cook the Japanese rice in rice cooker.
                                                                                        2. After rice cooked, in another pot, add the rice and water, quickly bring it to the boil and then simmer, covered, cooking for 10 minutes until water is absorbed and the rice is cooked. Be careful not to burn the rice
                                                                                        3. Meanwhile, combine the salt, vinegar and sugar in a small bowl
                                                                                        4. Remove from the heat, leaving the rice to rest, covered for another 10 minutes
                                                                                        5. Add the rice to a wooden bowl, mix to help it cool down. When cool, gently add the vinegar mixture and mix to combine.
                                                                                        6. Use the rice at room temperature.
                                                                                        7. On top of the bamboo rolling mat, place a seaweed sheet (you may cut these into halves, however it will require less filling)
                                                                                        8. Wet your hands, and scope small section of the rice in your palm (around a 1/4 of a cup); and shape into an oblong
                                                                                        9. Place the rice onto the seaweed sheet, gently spread the rice evenly to each side; ensuring  leave an inch gap on the side you are rolling towards, add fillings as you wish.
                                                                                        10. Folding the bamboo mat (on the side closest to you); gently roll as tight as possible (if your seaweed is not sticking, dab the uncovered end with water). 
                                                                                        11. Decorate with green kiwifruit slice.


                                                                                                    Mini Kiwi Cupcakes (Bake in 15 min)


                                                                                                    Day 10: Doing the things that I love the most with my favourite kiwifruits. After my long working day today, decided to bake something extremely fast. I was using my opera cake (leftover = that those trim over from the side), in order to avoid any wastage, I melted them to become my butter of my new creation - mini kiwi cupcakes. Both Kiwi and chocolate chips are my hero for this cake.


                                                                                                    When I started to use kiwifruits in my bakes previously, I always discover that these green kiwifruits will definitely turn even more sourish after bake. Hence, they are 2 best ways to overcome, first is that only mix in the green kiwi until the end of the baking process (usually does not work for baked cakes, as the cakes will start to shape after the first 5 minutes in oven). 2nd is to mix them with something sweet in the cake. And today, chocolate chip is my queen for this cupcake.

                                                                                                      Here is my Hankerie's recipe on my homemade Mini Kiwi Cupcakes (bake in 15 min)

                                                                                                      Ingredients
                                                                                                      1. 1-2 whole fresh kiwis (mashed)
                                                                                                      2. 1 1/2 cup cake flour
                                                                                                      3. 1 tsp baking powder
                                                                                                      4. 1/4 cup milk.
                                                                                                      5. 3/4 cup of melted opera cake (butter layer) or you can use melted butter.
                                                                                                      6. 1/2 cup caster sugar
                                                                                                      7. 2 eggs
                                                                                                      8. 1 cup chocolate chips
                                                                                                      Method
                                                                                                      1. Preheat oven to 180C. Sift flour and baking powder into a bowl.  
                                                                                                      2. Beat the eggs and sugar.
                                                                                                      3. Mix in all the dry ingredients and butter.
                                                                                                      4. Add in the kiwi puree and chocolate chips
                                                                                                      5. Spoon mixture into mini muffin liners
                                                                                                      6. Bake in over for 7-10 minutes.


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