Apple Crumble Pie

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Granny Smith Apple Crumble Pie

by ToTT

Enjoy this rustic skillet Granny Smith Apple Pie Recipe. It is filled with sweet juicy cinnamon apples all topped of with a crunchy crumb topping.

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Cuisine: Western Course: Dessert

Skill Level: Novice Yield: 10-Inch Pie

Prep: 1 Hr  Cook: 1 Hr 10 mins Total: 2 Hr 10 mins

INGREDIENTS

For the Crust:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 226g unsalted butter, cold and cut into about ½-inch cubes
  • 4 to 8 tablespoons ice water

For the Filling:

  • 6 Granny Smith Apples
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced and zested
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 pinch kosher salt

For the Crumb Topping:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 85g chilled unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch cubes

DIRECTIONS

Make the Crust

  1. In a large bowl, combine flour and salt.
  2. Cut in butter using a fork, stir in the ice water a tablespoon or two at a time, until combined.
  3. Form them into disks, wrap and seal in plastic wrap; chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or up to an hour.

Making the Filling

  1. Peel, core and cut the apples into ¼ inch wide and transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Add the flour, cinnamon, lemon juice and zest, brown sugar, and salt and mix to combine.

Make the Topping

  1. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
  2. Add the butter and work into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse sand.
  3. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Bake the Pie

  1. Heat the oven to 205°C. On a well floured surface, roll the crust to about ⅛ inch thick.
  2. Roll the dough onto the rolling pin and transfer to a 10-inch cast-iron skillet. Unroll and lightly press into the edges. Trim the edges so they are flush with rim of the skillet.
  3. Pour the apple filling into the crust. Top with the crumb topping, mounding in the middle and lightly packing it down over the apples.
  4. Bake for about 30 minutes, until the top is golden brown. Reduce the oven temperature to 176°C and continue to bake for 40 to 45 minutes more, until the apples are tender when pierced with a knife. If the topping is browning too quickly, cover the pie with foil.
  5. Let cool until warm or room temperature.

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Fried Carrot Cake

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Fried Carrot Cake (Chye Tow Kway)

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A much-loved local comfort food in Singapore and can be consumed at various times of the day.  Carrot cake, or commonly known as “chai tow kway” is made with steamed rice flour and white radish, fried with egg, garnished with spring onions and fresh coriander leaves.

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Cuisine: Asian  Course: Main

Skill Level: Novice Yield: 2 Servings

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 30 mins Total: 40 mins

INGREDIENTS

  • 400g Carrot Cake – Made or Bought
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1.5 tbsp Soya Sauce
  • 1.5 tbsp Fish Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Spring Onions
  • 1/2 tbsp Chai Poh
  • Garnish: Spring Onions & Coriander

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cut the steamed carrot cake into cubes.
  2. In a wok, add oil and pan fry each side of the sliced steamed carrot cake till golden brown..
  3. Add garlic and chai poh, stir-fry briefly until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  4. Pour beaten eggs over the carrot cake and leave it for a while. When the eggs starts to solidify at the bottom, flip it over and cook the other side.
  5. Add seasonings and stir to mix everything.
  6. Garnish with spring onions and coriander.
  7. Enjoy!

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Bacon Potato Nests

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Bacon Potato Nests

by ToTT

This Easter egg tart bacon potato nests recipe is a must-have for your Easter table this year! A perfect finger food to share and enjoy with family and friends.

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Cuisine: Western Course: Appetiser

Skill Level: Novice

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins Total: 35  mins

INGREDIENTS

  • 5-6 Potatoes
  • 128g shredded cheddar cheese divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 12 small eggs
  • 100g Bacon bits

DIRECTIONS

  1. Pre-heat oven to 230 °C / 450°F.
  2. Use a spiralizer to shred the potatoes.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the shredded potatoes and1/2 cup cheese. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Grease a 12 cup muffin tin with olive oil. Divide the hashbrown mixture evenly the muffin cups. Use your fingers to pack them tightly and shape them into nests or press down with a small measuring cup.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until the edges have browned. Remove nests from oven and reduce temperature to 176°C / 350°F
  6. Crack a small egg into each nest. Top with a sprinkle of cheese and diced bacon. Bake at 176°C / 350°F until the egg whites set, about, about 12-15 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan.
  7. Garnish the tops with parsley flakes and serve.

Coconut Panna Cotta

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Coconut Panna Cotta

by ToTT

A tropical take on the Italian dessert classic.

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Cuisine: Italian/Asian Course: Dessert

Skill Level: Novice

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 10mins Total: 20  mins

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/3 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1/3 cup Coconut Cream
  • 2 Gelatine Sheets
  • 1/3 cup Milk
  • 1.5tsp Agar Agar Powder
  • 1tbsp Sugar
  • Melted Gula Melaka
  • 1tbsp Cooked Sago
  • 1 Mint Leaf

DIRECTIONS

  1. Soak the gelatine with cold water for 5-10 minutes
  2. In a sauce pot, heat milk and agar powder and bring to boil.
  3. Add sugar, whipping cream and coconut cream together and remove from heat.
  4. Add in soaked gelatine and whisk until incorporated.
  5. Pour into the desired cup and refrigerate in the fridge for at least 4 hours.
  6. Add cooked sago, pour melted Gula Melaka and garnish with mint leaf.

Florentine Cookies

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Florentine Cookies

by ToTT

Crunchy goodness in every bite! These nutty treats are perfect for snacking while you catch up with friends and family for Chinese New Year.

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Cuisine: Asian Course: Snacks

Skill Level: Novice

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 30mins Total: 45  mins

INGREDIENTS

  • 200g Florentine Flour
  • 100g Almond Flakes
  • 100g Sunflower Seeds
  • 100g Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1tbsp White Sesame Seeds
  • 1tbsp Black Sesame Seeds

DIRECTIONS

  1. Spread out sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and almond flakes on a tray.
  2. Roast for 10 minutes at 160°C.
  3. Transfer to a medium bowl and let the nuts cool down.
  4. Add Florentine flour, white sesame seeds and black sesame seeds to the bowl and mix.
  5. Pat down the mixture into a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  6. Spread it in a thin layer.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 160°C.

Chicken Piccata

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Chicken Piccata

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An all tine favourite, a simple and delicious that you can create under 30-minutes. Soft and tender chicken breast is dredged in flour, seared, and tossed in a light and creamy lemon sauce with capers and garlic to give the best flavour.  The perfect weeknight dinner.

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Cuisine: Italian Course: Main

Skill Level: Novice

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15mins Total: 25  mins

Serves: 1 serving

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Skinless and boneless chicken breasts, butterflied and then cut in half
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • All-purpose flour, for dredging
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1/8 brined capers, rinsed
  • Parsley, minced

DIRECTIONS

  1.  Season chicken with salt and pepper. Dredge chicken in flour and shake off excess.
  2. .In a large skillet over medium high heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter with 3 tablespoons olive oil. When butter and oil start to sizzle, add 2 pieces of chicken and cook for 3 minutes. When chicken is browned, flip and cook other side for 3 minutes. Remove and transfer to plate.
  3. Melt 2 more tablespoons butter and add another 2 tablespoons olive oil. When butter and oil start to sizzle, add the other 2 pieces of chicken and brown both sides in same manner. Remove pan from heat and add chicken to the plate.
  4. Into the pan add the lemon juice, stock and capers. Return to stove and bring to boil, scraping up brown bits from the pan for extra flavor. Check for seasoning.
  5. Return all the chicken to the pan and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove chicken to platter. Add remaining 2 tablespoons butter to sauce and whisk vigorously.
  6. Pour sauce over chicken and garnish with parsley.

Pigs in a blanket

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Pigs in a blanket

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Your Christmas dinner just wouldn’t be complete without classic pigs in blankets! These make for marvellous party canapés and a show-stopping side dish to any Christmas roast as part of all the trimmings.

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Cuisine: American Course: Appetiser

Skill Level: Novice

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 20mins Total: 40 mins

Serves: 16pcs

INGREDIENTS

  • 1-2 sheets of puff pastry
  • 16 mini hot dogs
  • Egg wash
  • Rosemary sprigs (for decoration)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 190ºC. On a lightly floured surface, cut the puff pastry into triangles.
  2. Place one mini hotdog on thick side of each triangle then gently roll to thinner side.
  3. Transfer to a medium baking sheet, brush with egg wash.
  4. Bake until golden, 20-25 minutes.
  5. Lay rosemary sprigs around the inside of the wreath and place a small bowl filled with ketchup in the center.

Korean Fried Chicken

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Korean Fried Chicken

by ToTT

You can now recreate the most juiciest sweet and spicy Korean Fried Chicken recipe that will make your friends and family ask for more. We can’t emphasize that the sauce is so delicious , you can literally dip anything in it. The perfect side dish that you can serve with this amazing plate of Korean Fried Chicken recipe would be a bowl of vinegary pickle that will just make every bite a little more delicious.

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Cuisine: Korean Course: Appetizer

Skill Level: Novice

Prep: 25 mins Marinate: 30mins Cook: 20mins

Ready in: 45 min Serves: 4 servings


INGREDIENTS 

For the chicken:

  • 12 drumettes and wingettes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • pinch black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup potato starch or corn starch
  • 5-6 cups oil for frying

For the sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons grated onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons rice wine or mirin
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 4 tablespoons chili sauce or ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons gochujang Korean red chili pepper paste
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup or honey
  • 1 tablespoon sugar or more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

For the garnish:

  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds

DIRECTIONS:

  • Wash chicken wings, and drain thoroughly. Mix with salt, pepper and ginger. Marinate for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Heat a pan over medium-low heat. Add 1 tablespoon of cooking oil and then the onion, garlic, and ginger. Stir for a minute until fragrant. Add all other sauce ingredients, and stir well. Simmer until it thickens slightly, about 4 to 5 minutes. Turn the heat off.
  • Remove any excess water from the marinated chicken. Add the potato (or corn) starch to the chicken, and toss well to coat evenly.
  • Add the oil to a deep fryer, wok, or large pot. Heat the oil to 160°C. Using tongs or chopsticks, drop the chicken in the oil, one piece at a time. Fry them in two batches. Cook until lightly golden, about 5 to 7 minutes, depending on the size of the chicken wings. Drain on a wire rack or in a large mesh strainer set on a bowl.
  • Reheat the oil to 160°C. Add the chicken (you can do this in one batch for the second frying), and deep fry again, for 2 to 3 minutes, until lightly golden brown. Drain on a wire rack or in a large mesh strainer set on a bowl.
  • Heat the sauce over medium-low heat. Add the chicken, and stir well until the chicken wings are evenly coated. Sprinkle with sesame seeds to serve.

Basque Burnt Cheesecake

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Basque Burnt Cheesecake

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Originated from Spain, this rustic cheesecake is the alter ego to the classic New York–style cheesecake with a press-in cookie crust. Inspired by a Basque version, this is the cheesecake that wants to get burnt, cracked, and cooked at high heat. Which also means this is the cheesecake that’s impossible to mess up.

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Cuisine: Spanish Course: Dessert

Skill Level: Novice

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 35 mins

Ready in: 45 min Serves: 6 servings


INGREDIENTS:

  • 430g cream cheese, room temperature
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temp (approx 150g of eggs without shell)
  • 270g heavy cream/thickened cream (35% min fat content)
  • 20g cake flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

DIRECTIONS:

  • Line 6” circle cake tin with 2 layers of baking paper and trimmed to have an overhanging amount of 1.5″-2″.
  • Beat sugar and cream cheese together on medium until smooth. Scrape the bowl.
  • Add eggs one at a time and beat on medium until smooth. Scrape the bowl again to ensure that nothing sticks to the sides for even mixing.
  • Add the vanilla and lemon juice and beat until just mixed.
  • In a separate bowl, mix flour and 1/4 of the cream and mix until smooth. Add another 1/4 more cream, mix, and then add the rest and mix until smooth. (Adding the flour a small amount at the time allows you to mix out any lumps that may form by creating a paste at the start.)
  • Slowly pour the cream/flour mixture into the cheese mixture whilst the mixer is beating on low until mixed through. Increase speed to medium and mix for 15 seconds just to ensure it’s all combined.
  • Preheat your oven on convection mode at 240C for at least 30mins and bake at 240C for 30-35mins until top is dark amber and almost charred at parts but the middles still has a wobble to them when you give the pan a jiggle.
  • Let cool in the tin fully on a wire rack at room temperature to allow the cheesecake to set.
  • Remove from the baking tin and enjoy at room temperature.
  • For a less “gooey” center, place into the fridge after cooled to allow it to chill and set and serve cold.
  • For a Caramel version, drizzle with caramel sauce and sprinkle crushed Biscoff biscuit over and serve.

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Warabi Mochi

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Warabi Mochi

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Make your own traditional Japanese dessert with this easy warabi mochi recipe. Warabi mochi is made by dissolving sugar and the starch from warabi bracken (a type of edible fern) in water, letting it set into a jelly-like mixture and dusting it with kinako soy bean flour.

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Cuisine: Japanese Course: Dessert

Skill Level: Novice

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins

Ready in: 30 min Serves: 20pcs


INGREDIENTS:

  • 50g Warabiko
  • 50g Brown Sugar
  • 220ml Water
  • 20g Roast Soy Bean Powder (Kinako)
  • 20g Matcha Green Powder
  • 5g Icing Sugar

DIRECTIONS:

  • Combine the Warabi Mochiko, sugar, and water in a medium saucepan.
  • Heat the mixture over low heat until it starts to boil and form a dough
  • When the mixture starts to boil, reduce the heat, stir constantly and vigorously for 10 minutes, or until the mixture is thick and evenly translucent.
  • Remove the mochi from the heat and transfer to a baking sheet.
  • Let it cool down for 20 minutes.
  • Sprinkle kinako evenly to cover a silicone baking mat or a baking dish.
  • For Matcha version, sprinkle matcha green powder.
  • Coat and cover the mochi well with the kinako.
  • Slice/cut into ¾ inch cubes. If you like, pour the Kuromitsu (brown sugar syrup) over the Warabi mochi and enjoy.

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