Sunday, February 20, 2011

Onde-onde kacang hijau / Javanese style fried sesame seed balls

Onde-onde is one of Indonesian traditional dessert. As I read from the internet, there is the same dish named Onde-onde in Malaysia. But when I read the recipe, the filling of Malaysian onde-onde is palm sugar. Naaa ... in Indonesia we called Malaysian onde-onde with Klepon :)

I made this recipe by using my leftover peeled mung bean. Though it was my first onde-onde I ever made, but the taste is delicious :p. I decided to make onde-onde in the size of small balls, so I don't need to open wide my mouth if I want to eat them.

Let's make some !!

(Homemade) Onde-onde kacang hijau / Javanese style fried sesame seed balls

Onde-onde kacang hijau / Javanese style fried sesame seed balls

Ingredients :

- 250 gr glutinous rice flour, sifted
- 75 gr peeled potato, boiled until tender (20-30 minutes). When cool enough to handle, mash the potato
- 40 gr granulated sugar
- 75 ml coconut milk, boiled.
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- sesame seeds
- vegetable oil for frying

Filling :

- 150 gr peeled mung bean, soak for 1 hour, then steam for 30 minutes. Softened and mashed. (mung bean paste)
- 75 gr granulated sugar
- 50 ml coconut milk
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 2 pandan leaves

How to :

1. Mix glutinous rice flour, mashed potato, sugar and salt. Add coconut milk a little at a time, until well blended. Knead the dough lightly until it is firm, smooth and pliable but not sticky to the touch. Set aside.
2. Place mung bean paste, sugar, salt, coconut milk and pandan leaves in a saucepan, over medium heat. Stir well until dry. Move from the heat. Let it cool down. If the filling already cool then form into balls.
3. Take a small piece of dough, shape into a ball. Roll the balls, make a hole in the center. Put in the mung bean filling then roll again.
4. Roll the balls in sesame seeds.
5. Heat oil over medium heat and deep-fry the balls for 4-5 minutes until the sesame seeds turn golden.
6. Remove from the heat and drain well on absorbent kitchen paper.

(Homemade) Onde-onde kacang hijau / Javanese style fried sesame seed balls

Bahasa Indonesia

Onde-onde kacang hijau

Bahan :

- 250 gr tepung ketan
- 75 gr kentang kukus, kupas dan haluskan
- 40 gr gula pasir
- 75 ml santan panas
- 1/2 sdt garam
- wijen untuk kulit luar
- minyak untuk menggoreng

Isi :
- 150 gr kacang hijau kupas, rendam 1 jam, kukus dan haluskan
- 75 gr gula pasir
- 50 ml santan
- 1/4 sdt garam
- 2 lembar daun pandan

Cara membuat :

1. Campur tepung ketan, kentang, gula, garam, santan sedikit-sedikit sambil diuleni sampai bisa dipulung. Sisihkan.
2. Masak adonan isi sampai kental. Dinginkan. Lalu bentuk bulat kecil-kecil.
3. Ambil sedikit adonan, dibentuk bulat. Buat lubang di tengahnya dan beri bulatan adonan isi . Rapatkan dan bentuk bulat.
4. Gulingkan di wijen.
5. Goreng dalam minyak panas sedang sambil dibalik-balik sampai mengapung.
6. Angkat dan tiriskan.


You can read behind the scene story here

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Green tea steamed bun with chocolate filling

(Homemade) Green tea steamed bread with chocolate filling

The basic recipe of this steamed bun is from Chinese steamed bun recipe also known as bao. But I modified by adding matcha powder into bun batter. Well, I can say this was my first time making bao / steamed bun. I can say, I finally successed in making this bun dough. I simply love the soft texture of steamed buns, and what shocked me is, my son loves it !!

For me, the hardest part on making steamed bun is the kneading part ! I feel painful in my right arm after I finished kneading the dough. So bad !!

Chinese steamed buns usually plain or filled buns, comes in various forms with a variety of fillings (meat, red bean, chocolate, etc). For this modified recipe, I used dark chocolate for the filling. Let's make some...

Without further ado, here is the recipe of Green tea Steamed Bun with Chocolate Filling.
Serving : 16 buns.
Ingredients :

- 250 gr all-purpose flour
- 40 gr caster sugar
- 6 gr dry yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of green tea powder
- 150 ml milk
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 20 gr of white butter

- 50 gr dark cooking chocolate

How to :

1. Sift the flour, powdered sugar, yeast, green tea powder and baking powder into a bowl.
2. Add the warm water a little at a time, mixing all the time, until it forms a shaggy ball.
3. Add salt and white butter, knead in the bowl until the dough cleans the sides. Roll it into a ball. Cover and let it sit for 20 minutes.
4. Punch down the risen dough. Split the ball into 16 roughly even sized pieces. Flatten the dough balls into circles.
5. Cover with a dampened kitchen towel and let rest for about 10 minutes.
6. Then roll out each piece and put the dark chocolate for the filling.
7. Gather up the dough around the filling, pinching to seal well. Flip the bun over, and form into a longish oval shape.
8. Place each bun onto a piece of parchment paper. Let them rest for about 15 minutes..
9. Steamed the buns. About 8 minutes later they should be done, so plate them.


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Homemade Strawberry Jam

Homemade strawberry jam special for my son. Since I found out making strawberry jam is quite easy, I decided make it on my own. All you need is a saucepan, sugar, canning jar and of course strawberries..!! No preservatives included in my homemade strawberry jam.

(Homemade) Strawberry Jam

Homemade Strawberry Jam

Ingredients :

- 500 gr strawberries, rinse and chop off the leaves. Cut in halves or quarters.
- 350 gr granulated sugar
- 80 ml water
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.

How to :

1. Put strawberries into a large bowl. Stir in sugar and lemon juice then let stand for 10 minutes.
2. In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil, stirring constantly. Let the mixture boil for one minute while continuing to stir.
3. Add half of strawberry mixture into the boiled water in medium heat. Stir until all sugar is dissolved (about 3 minutes). Add the remaining strawberries to this mixture. stirring frequently.
4. Once syrup comes to a boil, stir and watch. It will move from what looks like, deep-garnet mass of thick, glossy bubbles.
5. Dip a metal spoon into the syrup and let syrup drip off the side of the spoon. It's ready when the last few drops are fairly thick and sticky.
6. Turn off the heat.

Homemade Strawberry Jam

It's important for you to know how canning homemade jam. You can read here for details.

Strawberry Jam Sandwich

My son likes his mommy's homemade strawberry very much ! And he likes to make sandwich with it.


You can read behind the scene story here.
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