1. Sift together the flour and wheat starch. Set aside. In a small saucepan, combine the syrup ingredients (water and sugar) and bring to a boil. Cook until all the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and let it cool to room temperature. Set aside.
2. Line the bottom and the sides of a 15 cm circle cake pan with parchment paper. Tip : Put a bit of butter on the inside of the cake pan, it helps the parchment paper stick to it. Set aside.
3. In a mixing bowl add eggs and sugar. Whisk to combine in a hot water bath with an electric mixer until the mixture whitens, doubles in volume and forms ribbons (about 5~6min). Remove from the hot water bath and slow down to low speed for a few seconds and then stop.
4. Gently add the sifted flour mixture from #1 and mix with a egg whisk until incorporated. (make sure the batter is free of lumps.)
5. Microwave the butter (15g) and milk (20ml) for 15 sec at 600W, mix until the butter is melted.. Add about 2 tbsp of cake mixture (from #4) and mix. Pour the butter mixture little by little into the rest of the cake mixture from #4. Mix gently with a spatula until it is homogeneous. Do not over mix.
6. Preheat the oven to 170°C. Pour the cake mixture into the prepared cake pan and gently tap the bottom of the pan on your counter top a few times to eliminate air pockets. Bake for about 20min or until done. Insert a skewer in the center of the cake : if there is no sticky butter residual, then your baking is done.
7. Remove from the oven and take the cake out of the pan. Let it cool to room temperature on the wire rack.
Meanwhile, make the lemon curd
8. In a medium bowl, whisk together egg and sugar. In an another microwave safe bowl, add lemon juice and microwave 20~25s at 600W. Gradually add the hot lemon juice into the egg mixture. Mix well after each addition. Add the corn starch (sifted) and mix.
9. Transfer the egg mixture into a cooking pot, using a sieve. Add the butter and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture has thickened. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
And fix the whipping cream
10. In a mixing bowl, combine the whipping cream and sugar, beat at high speed until stiff.
NOTE : if your cream is less than 35% fat, I recommend you to add whipped cream stabilizer (I used "cremfix" here). In that case, mix the cream stabilizer to the sugar ahead of this step. Add when your cream is getting a soft peak, then continue to beat until firm-peak.
Put it all together
11. Using a sharp knife trim 2 to 3 mm from the top and the bottom of the cake to remove the brown surface layer. Then slice horizontally in 2 halves. Place 1 layer of cake, brush syrup from #1 on top, spread lemon cream, and then spread whipped cream. Repeat this one more time (cake+syrup+lemon). Finally add the top sponge cake layer, spread and whipped cream on top and sides of the cake.
12. Sprinkle with any nuts your like to decorate. (I used Pralin for this cake.) Let sit in the fridge until you serve.
1. Add flour, salt and rice flour into a large bowl and stir well. Add hot water and stir with a rubber spatula. Then knead the dough by hand for about 1 to 2 minutes until it gets smooth. You can shape it into a ball.
2. Let the dough sit in the bowl for about 15 min, covered with a damp cloth.
3. Remove the bowl of your stand mixer and attach the pasta roller to it.
4. Take some of the dough (about 1/3), shape into an oval. Flatten it and dust it with flour on both sides.
5. Feed the dough through the pasta roller (setting 1 - thickest), at least 3 to 5 times or until the dough is smooth. Turn dial to the thickness setting 3 or 4 and run the dough through once or twice. Repeat (once or twice) at each following position until you reach setting 8. The target thickness really depends on your own preference. I like thin skin, so I roll it until setting 8 :)
6. Lay the rolled out sheet of dough on a cutting board and cut it out, using a circle cookie cutter (8~9cm diameter suggested). Dust the cut out wrappers with katakuriko/potato starch and set aside. Repeat as many times as you can.
Gather all the scrap dough, put it all together and re-roll it a few times until it becomes thin layers again.
1. In a large cooking pot, heat 2 tbsp sesame oil and cook garlic, ginger and sesame until fragrant. Add pork and stir-fry until the meat is no longer pink.
2. Pour the water (1L), and add all the seasoning ingredients, soy milk (1L). Bring it to almost boil and set aside.
3. Boil the udon noodles according to the package directions, drain them very well and transfer into a milky bouillon which you have made (step 2). Bring it to a boil and simmer for a few minutes. Divide the udon and soup into serving bowls.
2 to 3 oreo cookies - remove the cream layer inside the oreo cookies.
60g white chocolate
1. Place flour, sugar, salt in a food processor and process to mix, then add butter and milk. Re-process the machine and run until blended well (until the dough turns like a crumbly ball).
2. Transfer the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead it to shape into a circle. Roll out the dough to about 0.3 to 0.5 cm thickness square shape and cut them into a long stick shape using the knife.
3. Place them on the baking sheet you prepared.
4. Bake them for about 8 to 10 mins preheated oven (180℃). Let the pocky cool down completely.
5. Process the cookies to a fine crumb in a food processor. Set aside.
6. Melt the white chocolate in a hot water bath (50℃), brush the chocolate all sides of pocky, let the excess drip off. Immediately sprinkle oreo crumbs over the chocolate. Repeat all pocky to finish. Place on the plate and chill until chocolate has set.
2 tbsp your favorite nuts ( I used Praline here) - crushed
1. Line the bottom of a 18 cm circle cake pan (removable bottom) with parchment paper.
2. Process flour, almond powder, sugar, salt and cocoa powder in a food processor for a few seconds and then add butter. Process until mixture becomes crumbly : do not process too much as the dough should be crumbly.
3. Spread the crumbs onto the baking sheet and bake for about 25 mins at 160℃. Remove from the oven. While the crumbs is hot, press them into the bottom, using a spatula. Set the cake pan aside.
4. In a bowl, add the heavy cream and whip to soft peak, set aside.
5. In an another bowl, add mascarpone and sugar. Mix well until soft. Add nutella and mix together well.
6. Soak gelatin sheet in water for a few minutes, then remove from the water and put in a microwave-safe cup. Microwave for about 15 sec at 600W. Melt it completely and pour over the mascarpone mixture (step 5). Mix well.
7. Add whipped cream (step 4) and mix gently with a spatula.
8. Pour the cream mixture into the cake pan. Flat the top of cake and sprinkle crushed nuts over the cake. Chill it until it has set.
some of green vegetable (green beans, cucumber) - cut into julienned
1 tomato - sliced
1 leek - thinly julienned
5 servings ramen noodles
1.making the dressing
In a small cooking pot, add oil (vegetable and sesame) and heat until its hot but not boiled. Let it to cool to room temperature. In a bowl, add sesame and oil, then blend with a hand blender (or with food processor) until smooth paste. Add the rest of ingredient (chicken bouillong powder, soy sauce, sugar, vinegar and water) and mix. Chill until serve.
2. For eggs, add oil to a non-stick frypan and heat over medium high heat. Wipe excess oil with kitchen paper. Pour the egg mixture, then spread the egg outward thinly like you are making crepe. Turn it over. Cook for another 10 seconds.
Repeat with the rest of egg mixture.
3. Cool the egg crepes and slice into very thin strips. Set aside.
4. For the noodles, bring a pot of water to a boil and add the noodles, cook according to package directions. Drain and rinse with a cold water to remove remove starch of ramen. Drain completely and divide the noodles on serving plate.
5. Garnish with egg, ham, cucumber/green beans, tomato and leek. Pour the dressing just before you eat.