Friday, October 8, 2010

Yam layer cake

As I promised myself to bake a yam cake.  I found a recipe by Amy Heng. 

The ingredients are as below,
for the cake , ingredients A
4 egg yolks
80ml water
70g caster sugar
1/2 tsp salt
120g super fine flour
11/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 cup corn oil
ingredients B
4 egg whites
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
70g caster sugar

for the yam filling
350g yam (cut and steamed and mashed whilst hot)
70g caster sugar
1/8 tsp salt
11/2 tbsp agar-agar powder
85g Hoen Kwe flour
2 coconut to make enough coconut milk(add water)

for decoration
300g whipping cream (whipped)
Some fondant flowers and leaves

Preheat the oven at 180 degrees C. Prepare a 8" round cake tin.  In a mixing bowl whisk on high speed the egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar until stiff.  Leave aside.
In another mixing bowl, whisk all the ingredients A until well mix.  Combine beaten ed ingredients A and B. Pour the batter into prepared tin and bake for 35-40 minutes.  Invert immediately and set aside to cool.  Slice cake into 3 layers horizontally.

To prepare the yam filling, place all ingredients in a saucepan and cook until slightly thickened, of the fire.  Divide the yam paste into 3 portions. Let cool.

To assemble the cake.  Place a layer of the cake in a 8" loose-base cake tin and spread a thin layer of yam paste on the cake.  Repeat process to the end, finishing with the paste on the top.  Leave to set in the refrigerator.

Remove cake from cake tin. Spread sides and top of cake with whipped cream( i add a drop of purple colouring)  I decorated with some of the fondant flowers that I made and do some piping . I bake this cake for my own wedding anniversary.  I should have change the colour of the wording instead as the purple colour is not so clear. Well, learn from my own mistake.

I am quite satisfy with this cake especially the orange colour roses, so lovely.  My piping were not good yet, I have to practice more on this.

The lovely and tasty yam paste in the cake

So nice and tasty yam layer cake.  My whole family love it. Good!!

Thank you Amy Heng for the recipe.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Yam Pork Ribs

 I like yam very much in what ever way or how its cook. I use to buy yam for cooking as well as baking or made desserts.  Today I bought a big yam and intended to cook pork ribs and the remainder to bake yam cake.  For cooking the port ribs I need ingredients like

300g of pork ribs
200g of yam
1 tsp chopped garlic
1 tsp bean paste
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp of oyster sauce
1tsp dark soy sauce
1 tsp of light soy sauce
1 cup of water
dash of pepper
1/2 tsp of corn flour
1tbs cooking oil
oil for frying
a stalk of parsley

Washed and scalded the pork ribs , rinsed and season with the corn flour, light soy sauce and the pepper and leave aside.  Cut the yam into 2 cm cubes. Heat up enough oil to light deep fry the yam cubes, drained.

In a wok, heat up the tablespoon cooking oil, fry the chopped till fragrant, add in the bean paste and mix well. Stir in the seasoned pork ribs , pour in the water, dark soy sauce, oyster sauce and sugar. Bring to a boil.  Turn to low fire and simmer for about half an hour or until the meat is soft.  Add more water when necessary. Finally add in the fried yam cubes and cook for another 5 minutes.  Garnish with chopped parsley and serve hot with rice.

The yummy yam pork ribs is served.