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Basque Burnt Cheesecake

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Basque Burnt Cheesecake

by ToTT

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.

RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS:

KitchenAid Stand Mixer
 
Nordic Ware Springform Pan

Warabi Mochi

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Warabi Mochi

by ToTT

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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Nordic Ware Large Silicone Spatula
Jamie Oliver Non-Stick Baking Tray

Caramel Rose Apple Tart

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Caramel Rose Apple Tart

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You don’t need to be a pastry chef to bake this deliciously tempting rose-shaped dessert. It tastes just like apple pie and it looks a lot like a beautiful red rose.  Made with naturally sweet apple slices, sprinkled with cinnamon and rolled up in a perfectly crispy puff pastry.

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Cuisine: Western Course: Dessert

Skill Level: Novice

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 40 mins

Ready in: 60 min Serves: 6 serving


INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 apples
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C), grease your muffin tin with some butter or non-stick spray and set aside.
  •  Fill a small bowl with some water, squeeze in the juice of 1/2 of a small lemon and set aside.
  • Cut the apple in half lengthwise, core it and then slice each half into very thin half moon shapes, add the slices of apples in the lemon water immediately to stop them from turning brown. Drain the apples then place them in a shallow bowl and pop them in the microwave for 45 seconds.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out the puff pastry about one inch size with a rolling and then cut into 6 equal size strips.
  •  Brush the egg over the surface of each strip of puff pastry, then sprinkle a little cinnamon sugar on each one.
  • Lay the apple slices along the top half of each piece of puff pastry and fold the bottom half over the base of the apple slices.
  • Roll each one carefully and put each one in the muffin tin. Bake them on the middle rack of your oven for about 40 minutes then allow them to cool a bit and serve them with some caramel sauce.

RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS:

Nordic ware Compact ovenware muffin pan
jamie oliver acacia rolling pin

Marshmallow Choc Bark

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Marshmallow Choc Bark

by ToTT

Valentine’s Marshmallow Chocolate Bark is a simple, festive dessert that everyone loves! Made in minutes with just a few ingredients, these chocolate squares are perfect for Valentine’s Day!

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Cuisine: Western Course: Dessert

Skill Level: Novice

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins

Ready in: 30 min Serves: 4 serving


INGREDIENTS:

  • 12oz bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows
  • ½ tbsp shortening (optional)
  • 5-6 pieces of strawberries
  • 20g walnuts
  • Valentine’s sprinkles

DIRECTIONS:

  • Pour semi-sweet chocolate chips in the top pan of a double boiler. Heat over hot but not boiling water, stirring constantly, until chocolate is fully melted.
  • Or you can microwave semi-sweet chocolate chips in a bowl, in 30 second increments, until melted, stirring each time until the chocolate is smooth.
  • Chop walnuts into smaller pieces.
  • Pour the melted chocolate over the marshmallows, spreading evenly with a spatula.
  • Add the chopped walnuts and shake on any sprinkles you’d like to decorate the bark with. Place strawberries into top of bark.
  • Freeze for at least 20-30 minutes.
  • Remove from the freezer and break it into pieces.

RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS:

Epicurean Kitchen Series Wood Fibre Cutting Board Brown
Safico Silicone Baking Mat Black

Chinese Pan Fried Pies

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Chinese Pan Fried Pies

by ToTT

Crispy pan-fried flat pies filled with juicy minced meat, potatoes and onions are incredibly delicious and very easy to make! A perfect snack or appetizer for the Lunar New Year!

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Cuisine: Asian Course: Appetiser

Skill Level: Novice

Prep: 40 mins Cook: 20 mins

Ready in: 60 min Serves: 4 serving


INGREDIENTS:

Dough

  • All Purpose Flour 1cup
  • Salt 1/5tsp
  • Warm water as required
  • Oil 1tbsp

Fillings

  • Minced Meat 200g
  • Chilli Powder 1/2tsp
  • Salt 1/2tbsp
  • Black pepper 3/4tsp
  • Onion 1/2cup
  • Potatoes 1 Cup

DIRECTIONS:

  • Mix flour, salt and warm water in a bowl. Knead it for 5 min.
  • Add oil and continue kneading until it soaks up all the oil.
  • Let dough mixture rest for 30 min.
  • Add oil in a pan and add minced meat, cook it for 8 min. Take it off from flame.
  • Add boiled potatoes to the meat followed by salt, black pepper, onion, chilli powder.
  • Mix thoroughly.
  • Use your hands to divide mixture into 5 balls.
  • Take out dough and divide dough into 5 parts.
  • Place 1 part filling ball into 1 part dough and cover the filling with the dough until it becomes a ball.
  • Push down the ball gently until it becomes a pie and fry in oil.
  • Fry each side for 5 min.

No-Bake Oreo Christmas Pie

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No-Bake Oreo Christmas Pie

by ToTT

A creamy & decadent oreo-filled Christmas Pie that is both delicious and looks amazing as a centrepiece in any Christmas feast!
No baking required – just Oreos, butter, cream cheese, sugar, whipped cream and some M&Ms and you’re ready to go within an hour.

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Cuisine: Western Course: Appetiser

Skill Level: Novice

Prep: 45 mins Cook: 10 mins

Ready in: 55 min Serves: 2 serving


INGREDIENTS:

  • 10 whole Oreo cookies (with filling)
  • 24 whole Oreo cookies (without filling)
  • 5 Tablespoons Butter, Melted
  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese, Softened
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Cups Cool Whip Topping (Whipped Cream)
  • 1 Bag M&Ms

DIRECTIONS:

  • Crush the 24 Oreo cookies to form fine crumbs. Mix melted butter into the crumbs well.
  • Press onto bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie pan. Refrigerate while making filling.
  • Roughly chop the 10 remaining Oreo cookies, set aside.
  • In a bowl, blend cream cheese and sugar with an electric mixer at medium speed, until light and fluffy.
  • Add chopped Oreos and Cool Whip. Gently fold together.
  • Pour filling on to pie crust and smooth out.
  • Decorate the top of the pie with more Oreos & Sprinkle with M&Ms. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.

Spicy Masala Bread Toast

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Spicy Masala Bread Toast

by ToTT

An extremely popular and healthy dish from Bangalore’s famous Iyengar Bakeries that is spicy, flavourful and colourful! This savoury toasts pack quite a punch with its spices and chillies! Perfect as a quick meal!

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Cuisine: Asian Course: Appetiser

Skill Level: Novice

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 10 mins

Ready in: 25 min Serves: 4 serving


INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tsp Butter
  • 2 Garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 Onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 Capsicum, chopped
  • 3 Bread Slices
  • 1 cup Cabbage, chopped
  • 1 Carrot, grated
  • 1 Tomato, deseeded&chopped
  • 2 Green Chillies, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp Red Chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp Chaat Masala
  • 1/4 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander leaves
  • Mayonnaise & Ketchup Mixture

DIRECTIONS:

  • Heat a pan, add butter, garlic, onion, capsicum and cook them for 2 minutes.
  • Add carrot, cabbage, green chilli, red chilli powder, chaat masala, garam masala, turmeric powder, salt, tomato and mix well.
  • Cover and cook it for 2 minutes on low heat.
  • Add coriander leaves, mix well and switch off the flame.
  • Heat another pan, grease it with butter, toast the bread slices on both sides.
  • Transfer them on to a chopping board, top it with the vegetable mixture and drizzle some mayonnaise and ketchup mixture.
  • Our Masala Bread is ready to serve.

Oreo Strawberry Dessert Cups

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OREO STRAWBERRY DESSERT CUPS

by ToTT

These delicious Oreo Strawberry Dessert Cups are perfect on any dessert table! Fresh strawberries with cream cheese frosting and crunchy Oreo crumbs make this a delicious delight – best of all, it’s really simple and quick to make!

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Cuisine: Western Course: Appetiser

Skill Level: Novice

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 10 mins

Ready in: 15 min Serves: 2 serving


INGREDIENTS:

  • ½ Cup Chopped Strawberries
  • 8pc Oreo Cookies
  • Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Melted Butter
  • ¼ Cup Whipped Cream
  • 2 Tbsp Cream Cheese
  • Strawberry Puree

DIRECTIONS:

  • Mix chopped strawberries and 1 Tbsp of Sugar together. Keep aside.
  • Crush Oreo cookies in a food processor.
  • Put crushed Oreos into a bowl and add 2 Tbsp Melted Butter. Mix well.
  • Add Oreo mixture as the first layer on the cup and keep in the fridge for 10 mins.
  • In the meantime, prepare a bowl with ¼ cup whipped cream, 1 Tbsp sugar and 2 Tbsp Cream Cheese.
  • Beat with a whisk or mixer until stiff peaks.
  • Take Oreo cups out of the fridge and add sugar-coated strawberries as the 2nd layer, and the cream cheese frosting as the 3rd
  • Finish off the final layer with some Strawberry puree, oreo crumbs and strawberries!

Singapore Popiah

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SINGAPORE POPIAH

by ToTT

A local favourite, this Singapore Popiah recipe uses turnips and carrots with a generous dose of eggs and prawns – wrapped with a thin Popiah skin made of wheat flour and lathered in a sweet and garlicky sauce!

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Cuisine: Asian Course: Appetiser Skill Level: Novice

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 20 mins

Ready in: 40 min Serves: 4 serving


INGREDIENTS:

  • 200g Popiah Skin
  • 1 Cup Peanuts
  • 1 Cup Chopped Shallots
  • 1 Cup Chopped Garlic
  • 1 pc Turnip
  • 1 pc Carrot
  • 200g Beansprouts
  • 200g Prawns
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 Tbps Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Light Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Oyster Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Kicap Manis
  • 2 Tbsp Garlic Chilli

DIRECTIONS:

  • Bake peanuts at 140c for 10 minutes.
  • Crush peanuts with a food processor.
  • Chop up shallots, garlic, turnip and carrots.
  • Heat up wok in low heat with oil, add in shallots and garlic.
  • Stir-fry for about a minute and add in the turnips and carrots.
  • Add in 1 Tbsp sugar, 2 Tbsp Light Sauce, 2 Tbsp Oyster Sauce and 1 Tbsp Pepper.
  • Mix well and add 1 cup of water half a minute in then let it cook for 5 minutes.
  • Boil the beansprouts, prawns for about a minute and the eggs for 7 minutes in the meantime.
  • Prepare the sauce mixture of 2 Tbsp Kicap Manis mixed with garlic chilli.
  • Spread sauce mixture evenly on the Popiah Skin first, sprinkle crushed peanuts, add in cooked turnip and carrots, then finally prawns, eggs (chopped) and beansprouts.
  • Fold them into rolls and cut evenly.

Pan Grilled Chicken Skewers

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PAN GRILLED CHICKEN SKEWERS

by ToTT

Delicious grilled skewers you can simply cook using a stove and a pan! Paired with fresh Bell Peppers, Onions and seasoned with a bit of soy sauce, salt and garlic powder. This savoury delight is sure to pack a savoury punch with every bite!

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Cuisine: Western Course: Appetiser Skill Level: Novice

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 10 mins

Ready in: 25 min Serves: 2 serving


INGREDIENTS:

  • 500g Chicken
  • 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ Cup Onion
  • ½ Cup Bell Peppers

DIRECTIONS:

  • Cut Chicken into even cubes.
  • Slice the Onion & Bell Peppers into rectangular pieces.
  • Add Soy Sauce, Black Pepper, Salt, Garlic Powder along with Onions & Bell Peppers into a mixing bowl with the chicken and mix thoroughly.
  • Skewer the bell peppers, onions and chickens (alternating between the three).
  • Oil and heat up the pan.
  • Once the pan is hot, put the skewers onto the pans, turn every 3 minutes to ensure each side is cook evenly.
  • Remove and serve once the Chicken Skewers are sufficiently tanned with charred streaks.
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