Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Chocolate Cake

Yesterday was raining, while I was prompted with my egg whites in the fridge.

Hmmm they needed to be eaten, not only steamed for tofu substitute for my lunch.
Cookies? too much dishes.... it was late afternoon after all.
How about Chocolate cake?
Chocolate cake made from egg whites became my challenge. Long time ago, when I tried those angel cake recipe.... nothing satisfied me enough. Especially the texture of angle cake that chewy and too much sugar. I do not need too much in my sweet life...:)

Eureka! I got the recipe from my earlier age of cooking, well it was about 7-8 years ago.
With little bit modification here and there, I claimed that this chocolate cake recipe is worth to try.
I got the texture I want, soft but not as light as casual sponge cake. The taste is more surprising! The chocolate was rich because I add dark chocolate compound, and not too sweet.

To taste this chocolate heaven cake YOU NEED:

280 grams      egg whites ( taken from about 10 eggs)
100 grams      sugar
80   grams       butter
65   grams       dark chocolate compound, chopped
20   grams      chocolate powder
120 grams      cake flour.

HOW TO:
1. Turn on the oven 165 degC. Prepare loaf pan, grease and cover with baked paper.
2. Melt butter, and put dark chocolate compound . Let them melt together
3. Sift together cake flour and chocolate powder. Sift them 3 times.
4. Beat egg whites and pour sugar gradually until form soft peak.
5. Fold in the flour followed by butter.
6. Put in the loaf pan, bake it for 30-40 mins.


ENJOY!




Monday, April 9, 2012

Pepes Mackarel

Its kinda hard to find "pepes" in English term.
Pepes is a cooking method which using banana leaf as food wrapping. What make it special is the fragrant  from banana leaf that last in the food after steaming.
Some people like to grill it after steaming process taken, well including me. It make the food inside become slightly dry and has harder texture.

This method can be applied in many food variant, such fish, chicken, even tofu.
Even the technique can't be relatively simple, but the result is worth taking. 
The tips is bunch of spices. You cant be over spices in Pepes way.... :)

To make this YOU Need:

2  medium shortbody mackerel , in Indonesia knows as ikan kembung. Clean and wash them carefully.
1/2 lemon
2 plies banana leaves
4 tooth picks

Spices:
2              lemongrass, chopped
1/2 cup     lemon basil
2              Indonesian bay leaves
3              leeks , chopped
2              small green tomatoes
5              garlic
10            red shallots
1 cm        fresh turmeric
3 cm        fresh ginger
2 cm        fresh galangal
salt and sugar

* You can add chilies to spice it up

HOW TO:
1. Squeeze lemon into fish , leave them for 15 mins. wash them again. Put pinch of salt.
2. Grind garlic, shallots, tumeric, ginger , and galangal. add some salt and sugar to seasoning.
3. Mix the grinned spices with lemon grass, lemon basil, and leeks. divide into 2 parts
4. Arrange 2 banana leaves , put indonesian bay leaves in each leaf.
5. Put some spices on top of bay leaf, follow by fish, put the rest of spices on the top of it.
6. Wrapped them carefully with banana leaf, and put tooth picks to tighten them up in each end
7. Steam fish for 30 mins, and grilled after that. The grilling process allow the fish to be crispier.

Enjoy !