Monday, February 14, 2011

A Morning of Baking at AFC

I recently had the pleasure of spending a Saturday morning with some fellow foodies at the Asian Food Channel (AFC) studio at Orchard Central.

Chef Sue-Ann Lambert, AFC's resident chef, was on hand to demonstrate two simple recipes- Sugar Cookies and Chocolate Chip Biscotti.

Just for Valentine's Day's sake, we made heart-shaped cookies. Awww...

So here are my creations! Moohahaha.

But wait!

What's this? It's a bird. It's a plane. It's...nah, certainly not superman. Well, I attempted to make a cow but my hooves are not made for shaping. Lol. Thankfully, Camemberu came to the rescue! Having had loads of play dough experience with her kids, she shaped this cow cookie.

Some said it looked like a cat and since The Hungry Cat is probably someone else, I decided to inject a "moo" to bovinize it. Moohehe. And hey I've got sexy lips! ;)

For those who wanna try this simple Sugar Cookie recipe, here it is:
- 2 cups flour
- A pinch of salt
- 85g of butter, softened
- 170g sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs

- Preheat oven to 160°C.
- Cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time and mix to combine. Add salt, vanilla and flour and mix until dough just combines.
- Chill for 30 minutes.
- Roll chilled dough and cut with desired cutter.
- Transfer to baking tray and bake at 160°C for about 8 to 12 minutes or until edges of cookies turn golden brown.

For the Royal Icing:
- 2 large (60g) egg whites
- 2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 3 cups (330g) confectioners (powdered or icing) sugar, sifted
- Food colouring (optional)

- In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the egg whites with the lemon juice until combined.
- Add the sifted powdered sugar and beat on low speed until combined and smooth.
- Use icing immediately or transfer into an airtight container before it hardens.
- Cover with plastic wrap when not in use.

Besides the Sugar Cookies, we were also shown how to make these Chocolate Chip Biscotti.

In case it gets jealous, here's its recipe too:

- 1 cup of white or brown sugar
- 1/2 stick (1/4 cup, 4 tablespoons) of butter, softened
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoon cocoa powder
- A pinch of salt
- 1 cup chocolate chips

- Cream the sugar and butter together in a stand-p mixer until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, and continue to beat for a few more minutes, then add the vanilla.
- Whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt, then add to the mixer. Combine well then stir in the chocolate chips.
- Shape the dough into a log, approximately, 12 inches long and 3 inches wide with lightly floured hands. You may find it easier to divide the dough in half and form two shorter logs. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and flatten slightly. Bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool until you can handle it. Slice diagonally, into 1/2-inch slices and return to the baking sheet. Bake again until the cookies turn light brown for about ten minutes. Flip them over and brown for another few minutes.
- Allow to cool and enjoy with a cup of espresso!

It was absolutely good with a hot cup of Nespresso cappuccino! Perfect for a break after a tiring week. :)

Moo had fun! Thank you to AFC and Kimberly of Fulford PR for the invitation.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Asian Food Channel Studio
#07-02 Orchard Central
Tel: 6834 4829
Opens Daily: 12noon to 8pm

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1 comment:

Tamara said...

Those are useful tips, really informative. Thanks for sharing. Great post!