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Saturday, 8 April 2017

How To Make Roast Peking Duck At Home

Step by step instructions, plus a secret recipe that comes pretty close and show you how to make super tasty peking duck at home. I'm sure this will be your favourite and get your mouth watering. Paul said this was the best peking duck he had ever had, and he has had Peking Duck in the famous Chinese restaurant.


• 2kg gressingham whole duck

• 4 tbsp chinese angelica powder
• 4 tbsp sichuan peppercorn powder
• 3 tbsp chinese five spice powder
• 2 tbsp cinnamon ground
• 3 tbsp brown sugar
• 3 tbsp sea salt
• 2 pieces dried mandarin peel
• 6 pieces anise stars
• 3 tbsp dark soy sauce
• 5 tbsp hoisin sauce

Prepare a pot of boilling water:
• 6-8 cups water
• 3 stalks spring onion
• 3 pieces ginger Slices
• 1 cup vinegar
• ½ cup golden syrup

I drain off all the duck juices into a bowl and separate the fat for baking potatoes, because it's a wonderful  crisps with a deliciously golden color and rich taste. then pour the liquid through a strainer and mix with hoisin dipping sauce, (blue dragon). This is the best sauce recipe, you'll ever try.

To Serve:
Chinese steamed buns or pancakes, spring onions and cucumber sliced into long thin strips, for garnish

1) In a bowl, Mix together the hoisin sauce, chinese angelica powder, sichuan peppercorn powder, chinese five spice powder, cinnamon ground, brown sugar, dried mandarin peel, anise stars, dark soy sauce and sea salt. Spoon some of the marinade inside the duck. Secure openings excess skin with wooden skewer or toothpicks. Rub the mixture all over inside and out. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate at least 1 hour or overnight in the refrigerator. It helps bring out the great flavour to it.

2) In a large pot, add water,  ginger slices, spring onion, vinegar and golden syrup bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes. Pouring boilling water over the duck skin, about 15 times, for wonderful crispness before baking.

3) Allow the duck to stand in roaster tray and Use a cooling fan to speed up the drying process, about 18 hours, or uncovered 2 days on a rack in the fridge.

4) Preheat the oven to 200C. always use oven thermometer and bake with both top and bottom heat with fan assisted. Put the duck breast side up in a roasting pan and roast for 25 minutes in the preheated oven. Turn the heat down to 150C .Roast for 40 minutes or until skin is crisp and meat is cooked. (Baking time depends on the size of the duck).

5) For the sauce, see (D).

6) Carve and slice some duck. Place a teaspoon of the sauce in the center of each steamed bun, add a couple slices of duck, garnish with the spring onion and cucumbers and serve immediately for a mouthwatering main course.

Helpful Tips:
1) Transfer dried chinese angelica to a blender and Use a same blender, and blend the szechuan pepper into powdered.
2) Please understand that everyone's oven work differently.
3) Secret to the crispy skin is to make sure the duck is completely free of moisture and completely dry then you get crispy skin every time

Recipe Source: JosephineRecipes.Co.Uk

Saturday, 1 April 2017

How To Steam Bake Sponge Cake | Castella Cupcakes 原味古早味蛋糕做法

This is a yummy whipped cream cupcakes topped with fresh fruits and that turned out to be one of the best cupcakes I ever tasted. Cake toppers aren't always required. It's delicious, melt-in your mouth goodness and buttery flavored, also made using the cooked dough method. I believe you can make so much better than the store bought bakery and make this looks as gorgeus into a special treat or make a birthday really special.


Cooked dough:
• 70g butter
• 56g milk
• 40g sugar

Egg yolks:
• 92g, 4 egg yolks
• 96g cake flour
• a pinch of salt

Egg whites:
• 140g, 4 egg whites
• 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
• 80g sugar

• mango chunks
• strawberries
• blueberries
• kiwi
or choose your favorite fruits

For the cream:
• 568ml double cream

You will need 20 cupcake baking cups 5.5cm x 4.5cm / 2.2'' x 1.7''.

1) In a saucepan, heat the butter, over medium low heat, turn it off if the oil starting to bubbles. add milk and sugar, stir until melted. Add the egg yolks one at a time and and beat for 5 seconds, add a pinch of sea salt and sift in the cake flour and whisk until smooth.

2) In a separate bowl, whisk (B) egg whites until foamy then add cream of tartar and sugar a little bit at a time until to a thick and stiff peak stage, about 3 minutes.

3) Strain the cooked dough through a large strainer for extra smooth. Gently fold until the whites and yolk mixture to incorporated. be careful do not over mix if not your cake won't rise.

4) Pour the mixture into 20 baking cups 5.5cm x 4.5cm / 2.2'' x 1.7''. Bang the pan 2-3 times to remove any air bubbles.

5) Without a hot water bath, Fan oven 150°C bake for 25 minutes, or until cake tests done. Leave to cool in the oven with the door open, for at least 5 minutes and remove the cake from oven and bang your pan again, prevent it from shrinking when it cools down.

6) Use a sharp knife to peel (C) and cut the mango and kiwi into chunks. gently rinse the stawberries and blueberries under cold water, drain immediately. Cut any shape you want. Refrigerate until ready to use.

7) In the meantime, whip the (D) double cream until can hold a stiff peak, about 4 minutes. Do not over beat. Refrigerate it, before using if needed.

8) Spread whipped cream on cake top and decorate with fresh fruits and sprinkle the sanding sugar over the tops. Transfer the cupcakes to a plate for serving. Any leftover cake can be covered and kept in the fridge for overnight.

Helpful Tips:
1) Be careful not to open the oven during the baking process.
2) Over mixing cake batter can result in a heavy, sinking fast, closed to rubbery texture.
3) Cut a path down and don't stir and never use an electric mixer for mixing.
4) Cakes shrink or wet if they're not baked thoroughly.
5) I used cold eggs in most of my cake recipes.
6) Place egg whites in a clean, dry bowl, completely free from any grease, oil or water.
Beating egg whites is a very important process, It will help your cakes rise with perfectly.
7) Do not under or over beat the egg whites. As soon as the white have reached to stiff peak stage and fold them into your batter and bake immediately.
8) Do not bake the cake quickly at a high temperature and don't remove hot cake out of a baking pan. otherwise the cake could deflated, shrinks or crack on top.
9) Please understand that everyone's oven work differently. You should also check the temperature of your oven. if not, your cake won't rise well.
10) Do you have a favorite brand of butter? Yes, Kerrygold, Lurpak Salted Butter and Tesco British Butter.

Recipe Source: JosephineRecipes.Co.Uk