Chinese Jujube And Walnut Muffin/紅棗核桃糕

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This is not Muffin, well at least it is not American muffins. I don’t have a name for it, let’s call it Chinese jujube and walnut muffin then. I have a good friend in Taiwan who owns a big bakery store, she gave me this recipe and taught me how to make it. But the recipe was for a store, I don’t need to make that many at a time, so I adjusted it a little bit and use less oil too.

Eggs 188g

Sugar 206g

Honey 19g

Cake flour 200g

Coco powder 7.5g

Baking powder 1.5g

Baking soda 1.5g

Pitted Jujube 10 pieces (big size)

Evaporated milk 135ml

Oil 110g

Walnut 50g

preheat oven to 390F

  1. Add baking soda, baking powder and coco powder to the flour and sift.
  2. Roughly chop the jujube and walnut into smaller size or use a food processor to do it. If your jujube is very dry, then add the jujube to the evaporated milk for 15 minutes.
  3. Add egg, sugar, honey and oil together and mix.
  4. Add jujube with evaporated milk and half the walnut to 3 and mix well.
  5. Add 4 to 1 and mix again. Don’t over mix it.
  6. Prepare your muffin tin by adding the cupcake liners. Evenly divide batter into the liners cups, then add the rest of walnut to the top of the muffins. Bake about 20 minutes, when you stick a toothpick to the center and it comes out clean it is ready.

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這不是松餅,至少不是美國的松餅。我沒有名字,我們就叫它中國紅棗核桃松餅吧。我在臺灣有一個好朋友,她開了一家很大的面包店,是她給了我這個食譜,還教我怎麼做。但食譜是給店裏做出來賣的,我就是自己吃不需要一次做這麼多,所以我調整了一點點,也為了健康使用更少的油。

雞蛋 188克

糖 206克

蜂蜜 19克

蛋糕麵粉 200克

可可粉 7.5克

烘焙泡打粉 1.5克

烘焙蘇打粉 1.5克

無核紅棗 10 顆(大隻的)

淡奶 135毫升

油 110克

胡桃木 50克

預熱烤箱至390F 華氏度

  1. 將小蘇打粉、泡打粉和可哥粉加入麵粉拌匀過篩。
  2. 稍微切碎紅棗和核桃成或使用食品加工機來切。如果你的紅棗很乾,那麼在淡奶中加入紅棗泡15分鐘。
  3. 將雞蛋、糖、蜂蜜和油加在一起混合好。
  4. 加入紅棗與淡奶和一半的核桃到3裏面拌匀。
  5. 將 4 添加到 1裏面,然後再次拌匀。注意不要過度攪拌它以防做出來的瑪芬不鬆軟。
  6. 加紙杯到瑪芬盆裏面,將麵糊均勻地分到紙杯裏,然後將剩下的核桃放在松餅頂部。烘烤約20分鐘,當你把一根牙籤插到中心,拔出來的時候是乾净沒有麵糊粘連著的話就是好了。

Steam Bun With Beef/牛肉夾包

I was making braised beef for noodles, but I made kind of too much, and at the end I didn’t feel like to eat it with noodles anymore, so I came up with this idea. This kind of bun is called lotus leaf buns for the shape, there is this famous dish people love to eat it with peking roasted duck.

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First of all we will need some braised beef. Here is the link for it:

https://caiqinchen.com/2017/08/31/braise-duck%e5%8d%a4%e9%b8%ad/

Of course you can stuff the buns with any kind of meat you like.

Steam the buns in a bamboo steamer for a few minutes, if you don’t have one just steam them over water will be fine too.

I added thin slice cucumber, scallion and cilantro to it too. The other very important ingredient here is hoisin sauce. I didn’t make the buns myself, they are store bought. You can get them from Chinese supermarkets.

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Here is pork with hoisin sauce, this dish will be good to stuff inside the buns too.

https://caiqinchen.com/2015/02/23/pork-with-hoisin-sauce%e6%b5%b7%e9%b2%9c%e9%85%b1%e8%82%89%e4%b8%9d/

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Donuts/甜甜圈

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Ingredients

  • 240g whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 oz butter, melted
  • 16 oz all-purpose flour
  • 2 oz sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp (5 g) regular or quick-rise yeast
  • lemon 1/2
  • powder sugar 2/3 cup
  • Cinnamon sugar 1/2 cup

Direction:

  1. Place the milk, egg and melted butter in the bread machine pan first, then add the dry ingredients. Set the bread machine on the ‘dough’ setting.
  2. When mixing stops, let it rises in the machine for about 40-50 minutes or until double in size.
  3. Take the dough out and knead for a few minutes, roll it out to about 1/2 inch thickness, use a cookie cutter to cutter the dough.
  4. Spread some oil on a cookie sheet, leave the dough on the cookie sheet then cover the dough with a damp towel for about another hour.
  5. Heat up some oil (I used vegetable oil) to about 350F, deep fry the donuts in the oil both sides until golden brown.
  6. Add powder sugar to the lemon juice and mix well. You can dip the donuts in the lemon sauce or the cinnamon sugar.

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材料:

240克全脂牛奶
1個雞蛋
2盎司黃油, 融化
16盎司麵粉
2盎司糖
1茶匙鹽
11/2茶匙 (5 克) 普通或快速發酵酵母

檸檬半個
糖粉 2/3杯
肉桂糖粉半杯

做法:

先將牛奶、雞蛋和融化的黃油放入麵包機中, 然後加入乾的成分。將麵包機設置在 “麵團” 的設置上,開啓。
當混合停止時, 讓它在機器中發酵大約40-50分鐘或直到雙倍的大小。
拿出面團, 揉幾分鐘, 用擀麵杖把它攤到半英寸厚, 用餅乾切割器切割麵團。
在烤盤上塗些油, 把麵團放在上面繼續發酵, 然後用濕毛巾把麵團蓋上大約一個小時。
把一些油 (我用植物油) 加熱到350F 左右, 將甜甜圈兩面都炸到金黃。
在檸檬汁中加入糖粉, 攪拌均勻。你可以把甜甜圈沾檸檬汁或肉桂糖粉。

Purslane Pork Buns/马齿苋肉包

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I  just recently discovered this amazing vegetable: purslane. I don’t know if this is familiar to everyone, but I do see Mexican people are eating it. I went to farmer’s market yesterday and I saw they sold it for $2 a big bunch. I bought 2 bunches home and decided to use some of them to make steam buns. This vegetable has a hint of sour taste in it, and it is perfect for summer.

Here is the link for how to make the bun dough:

https://caiqinchen.com/2017/09/24/steam-buns%e5%8c%85%e5%ad%90/

Stuffing:

Purslane 500 g

Pork belly 200 g

Soy paste 1 tbsp

Soy sauce 2 tbsps

Sugar 1.5 tbsps

Cooking wine 1.5 tbsps

Chicken bouillon 1 tsp

Sesame oil 1/2 tbsp

Dice the pork into small pieces, add the soy paste, chicken bouillon and cooking wine to it and marinate for at least 30 minutes.

Precook purslane in boiling water for 2-3 minutes, then rinse it with cold water. Squeeze as much water out of the vegetable as possible.

Chop the vegetable really fine. Add it to the pork, then add the rest of sauce/spices. Mix everything together.

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我最近才发现了这种神奇的蔬菜: 马齿苋。我不知道是不是每个人都熟悉它, 但我有看到墨西哥人卖它。昨天我去了趟农贸市场, 我看到他们卖2美元一大捆。我买了2捆回家, 决定用一些来做蒸包子。这种蔬菜带一种酸的味道, 夏天吃很完美。

下面是如何制作包子面团和包包子的链接:

https://caiqinchen.com/2017/09/24/steam-buns%e5%8c%85%e5%ad%90/

馅料:

猪肉200克

酱油膏1汤匙

酱油2汤匙

糖1.5 汤匙

料酒1.5汤匙

鸡精1茶匙

马齿苋500克

芝麻油 1/2 汤匙

将猪肉切成小块, 加入酱油、鸡精和料酒腌至少30分钟。

在滚水中 煮马齿苋2-3 分钟, 然后用冷水冲洗。尽可能的把蔬菜里的水挤出来。

把蔬菜切细后加到猪肉里, 然后加入其余的酱油/香料。搅拌在一起。

Roast Pork Sandwich/叉烧三明治

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2 servings $1.75 per serving.

I made roast pork last week again, so I ate plain roast pork, then roast pork fried rice, roast pork steam buns. After all that I still had one small piece left, I was thinking to make something different, but it wasn’t big enough for the things I wanted to make. Just when I was thinking so hard, I saw a Vietnamese menu on my table, OK I decided to make a sandwich. So this sandwich is a combination of Vietnamese, Chinese and American.

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Roast pork 1 piece

Turkey breast 12 pieces

1/2 avocado

Cilantro a few pieces

Sweet and sour carrot and white radish 8 pieces

Mayo sauce 4 tbsps.

2 rolls

Thin slice roast pork and heat it up in a skillet for 30 seconds.

Thin slice avocado.

Slice open the rolls and lightly toast.

spread the mayo sauce on one side of the rolls, then add up the rest of ingredients.

Cut the rolls in halves.

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叉烧一大片

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1/2个 鳄梨

香菜几片

酸甜胡萝卜白萝卜8片

蛋黄酱4汤匙。

三明治面包2 个

切成薄片的叉烧在煎锅里加热30秒。

鳄梨薄切片。

把面包片对半切开, 稍微烤一下。

把蛋黄酱涂在面包的一侧, 然后把剩下的配料加起来。

把三明治对半切开。

Zucchini bread/西葫芦面包

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15 servings 35 cents per serving

I had so many ripe bananas at home and I didn’t feel like to eat, so I decided to make a banana bread. But a few days ago I saw a good recipe for zucchini bread I also wanted to make too. I couldn’t decided which one to make so I made them both but in one bundt pan. 2 in 1. Great idea!!!When you pour the batter to the pan make sure you pour them together but in different sides, don’t mix them.

The zucchini bread original recipe is here:

https://www.lemontreedwelling.com/2017/03/lemon-zucchini-bread.html

Here is the link for banana walnut bread:

https://caiqinchen.com/2015/02/08/banana-bread%e9%a6%99%e8%95%89%e9%9d%a2%e5%8c%85/

I made change to the sugar, since I made 2 in 1, I do recommend to double the glaze if you make a big one like mine. This glaze tastes so good so I am willing to gain weight for it.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup finely shredded unpeeled zucchini (do not squeeze or dry shredded zucchini)
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon zest

Glaze

  • 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • *glaze can be doubled if desired

Instruction

 

  • In a medium mixing bowl combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  • In a separate mixing bowl combine sugar, zucchini, cooking oil, egg, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Stir to combine.
  • Add dry ingredients to zucchini mixture; stir just until combined.
  • Spoon batter into greased bread pan
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes or until golden brown and set.
  • Cool in pan on a wire rack 15 min, then remove from pan and cool completely.
  • Once cool, combine ingredients for glaze and drizzle over bread.

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Zucchini Bread

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Banana with walnut bread

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Christmas Bread/圣诞面包

It is time for Christmas bread again. Same recipe for bread as I use all the time, just fellow the below link on how to make a snow flake or Christmas tree. So much fun especially if you have little children at home. You can make it sweet or savory, it it totally up to you. I used ham, cheese, ketchup and some scallion today. I used half of the dough to make this tree (I made 5 ham burger buns with the other half). Just roll the dough into a rectangle then cut in half like the picture shown below, then twist them a little bit you will have 2 triangles. Add what ever you like to the first one, then cover it with second one, seal the edges. viola!!!

Christmas Tree/圣诞树

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Bread recipe ( I prefer my own bread recipe):

https://caiqinchen.com/2016/02/16/%e9%9d%a2%e5%8c%85home-made-bread/

Direction on how to make a tree:

 

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wreath/花冠

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Snow Flake/雪花

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Roast Pork Steam Buns/叉烧包

I am recently crazy about steam buns, always in the mood for more. Last time I made cabbage with ground pork steam bun, it was really good, but still for someone who loves meat so much, that wasn’t good enough. I was so much in the mood for roast pork steam buns. So here we go…. I made my own roast pork today to make my steam buns. Can I say it is so good and much better than store bought? Lol…

Today’s Chinese taboo story is about pear. Chinese don’t like to share pear with love ones because share Pear in Chinese has the same pronunciation as separation. Because we don’t want to be separated from our love ones so we don’t share pears.

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Here is the recipe for my roast pork steam buns:

Soy sauce 2tbsps

Oyster sauce 2tbsps

Sugar 1tbsp

Water ½ cup

Scallion 4 whole pieces

Roast pork 400g

 

Dice roast pork, thinly chop scallion.

Add 1 tbsp oil to a sauté pan and heat it up a little then add white part of scallion and sauté for a minute.

Add water, soy sauce,sugar and oyster sauce then bring it to boil, thicken it up by adding some starch water.

Add roast pork and green part of scallion and mix well. (Don’t continue to cook)

Here is the link for roast pork: https://caiqinchen.com/2014/10/29/328/

Here is the link for the dough: https://caiqinchen.com/2017/09/24/steam-buns%e5%8c%85%e5%ad%90/

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酱油2汤匙

蚝油2汤匙

糖1汤匙

水½杯

葱4条

叉烧400克

 

叉烧切丁, 葱切成葱花。

将1汤匙油加到炒锅中, 再加热少许, 然后加入葱白 炒一分钟。

加入水, 酱油, 糖和蚝油, 然后把它煮开 加一些淀粉水勾芡。

加入叉烧和葱花部 拌匀。(不要继续煮)

叉烧链接: https://caiqinchen.com/2014/10/29/328/

包子皮看链接: https://caiqinchen.com/2017/09/24/steam-buns%e5%8c%85%e5%ad%90/

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Steam Buns/包子

I Love steam buns so much that I had tried so many times in the past to make them myself, but there was always something missing and I didn’t know why. Recently I’ve tried different recipes and asked people so many questions, and today I made my best steam buns ever. Here is my recipe, hope you will like it too.

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All-purpose flour 500g

Water 270g

Sugar 1tbsp

Rapid rise instant yeast 5g

 

Pork filling:

Pork belly 430g

Light soy sauce 1.5 tbsps.

Dark soy sauce 2 tbsps.

Cooking wine 1tbsp

Chicken bouillon 1/2tsp

Scallion ½ cup (finely chopped)

Mix everything together and marinate for a couple of hours.

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Beef and cabbage filling:

Ground beef 70g

Cabbage 150g (finely shredded)

Carrot 2tbsps. (finely shredded)

Chinese Dried mushroom a few pieces

Salt 1/3 tsp

Chicken bouillon ¼ tsp

Sesame oil 1 tsp

Chinese vermicelli 10g

Soak the dried mushroom in water until soften. All vegetables need to be finely shredded, thin and short. Bring some water to boil, and cook cabbage in the boiling water for a minute. Also cook the vermicelli in boiling water for 15 seconds, then cut them really short. Squeeze all the water out of cabbage, and then mix with the rest of ingredients.

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Red bean paste filling:

Red bean 225g

Water 2 cups

Sugar 250g

Vegetable oil 45g

Glutinous rice flour 15g + 3tbsps water (mix well)

Salt 1/3 tsp.

Soak the red bean in water overnight.

Cook the red bean and water in a pressure cooker for 7 minutes.

After the bean is cooled, pour it to a blender and blend until smooth.

Cook the bean paste in a cooking pan with the rest of ingredients until it is in thick paste condition, about 20-30 minutes. when it is ready, the bean paste will become whole big piece and not stick to the edge of the cooking pan.

You can do the same for the bean with green tea powder filling, only you need to an additional ingredient of 1tbsp of green tea powder that is mixed with 2 tbsps. of water, mix it with the rest ingredients.

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Direction:

Mix all the ingredients for Bun dough together in a bread machine and turn the dough cycle on. It will mix for 20 minutes, I only let it seat for another 40 minutes in the machine( dough cycle is 90 minutes).

Once it is twice in size, it is good. The time will vary depend on the weather temperature.  If you don’t have a bread machine at home, you can use a mixer to mix the dough for 15 minutes, then let it rise in room temperature until it is twice in size. If you have none of them, you still have your hands, use your own hands to knead the dough until it is smooth (I think it should be about 5 minutes)

Once the dough is twice in size, take it out of the bread machine, knead it by hand for another 5 minutes (you can use machine to do it too). Cut the dough into 10 to 12 even pieces, use a dump cloth or wet kitchen towel to cover them up,  take one piece of the dough, use a rolling pin to roll it out to a big flat round piece that is thin on the edge but thick in the center.

Place a spoonful of fillings in the center of dough wrapper. Use one hand’s thumb to secure it with your thumb pressing the filling lightly.

Use another hand, with your thumb and first index finger to pull up a little portion of the side of the dough. Fold and pleat evenly all the way as you go anticlockwise until you reach the end, enclose the bun. You’ll get a nice swirl pattern. You will need some practices to get to the perfect sharp, but it is not really that hard. I usually do Pleat for savory buns and smooth round surface for the sweet ones.

Once you finish pleating them, cut some parchment paper and seat them on top of the paper. Put them inside the bamboo steamer, let them seat for another 15 minutes, they will grow bigger again.

Bring some water to boil, steam them for 15 minutes.

DON’T OPEN THE LID OF THE STEAMER!!! Wait 5-10 minutes. If you open the lid right after you turn the heat off, the bun will shrink because of the colder air outside the steamer will heat the hot steaming buns.

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Cheesy Bacon Bread/培根芝士面包

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I made more bread last night, and they are still very moist and soft today. So yummy!

This time I only changed the topping. I add Ketchup, Mayo, bacon, cheese and scallion on the top of the bread. I also made the red bean paste and red Lentils with green tea powder paste. The smell was so incredible, While it was still in the oven, my home was already full of the delicious flavor.

It is the same recipe I used over and over again.

https://caiqinchen.com/2016/02/16/%e9%9d%a2%e5%8c%85home-made-bread/

Red bean paste dough:

Red bean 225g

Water 2 cups

Sugar 250g

Vegetable oil 45g

Glutinous rice flour 15g + 3tbsps water (mix well)

Salt 1/3 tsp

Soak the red bean in water overnight.

Cook the red bean and water in a pressure cooker for 7 minutes.

After the bean is cooled, pour it to a blender and blend until smooth.

Cook the bean paste in a cooking pan with the rest of ingredients until it is in thick paste condition, about 20-30 minutes. when it is ready, the bean paste will become whole big piece and not stick to the edge of the cooking pan.

You can do the same for the red Lentils with green tea powder paste, only you need to a the additional ingredient of 1tbsp of green tea powder that is mixed with 2 tbsps of water.

 

一样的食谱, 昨天也做了咸的面包。 上面加了番茄酱,培根,蛋黄酱, 芝士还有点葱。 其他两种是红豆和无皮绿豆加了绿茶粉的口味。 烤的时候家里香气四溢。 真的是好吃到飞起。 昨天做的今天吃还是很软,这个食谱真的好。

https://caiqinchen.com/2016/02/16/%e9%9d%a2%e5%8c%85home-made-bread/

红豆馅:
红豆225克
水2杯
糖250克
植物油45克
糯米粉 15克+ 3汤匙 水 (拌匀)
盐1/3 茶匙
红豆浸泡在水里过夜。
红豆和水在高压锅里煮饭的那一档煮7分钟。
豆冷却后, 倒入搅拌机搅拌至顺滑。
在锅里倒入豆糊煮到没有水汽为止, 大约20-30 分钟。当它煮好了以后, 豆糊就会抱在一起成为一大团并且不会再黏附到锅的边缘。
你可以用同样的方法做绿茶味的, 只是你需要加1汤匙的绿茶粉和2汤匙水搅拌好的混合物。

 

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