Monday, August 11, 2014

Work catering #50: BICOTTI :D

WOw! I made it to 50 weeks catering for work~~ :) :) Doesn't feel like that long but it's been super fun! Hope there's 50 more weeks to go! haha I love experimenting and finding different recipes.

I still had a few packets of Oreos from last week's catering so after searching for Oreo recipes, I came across Oreo Biscotti!!! Biscotti has been on my To-Bake-List for ages!!! For some reason, I've always thought it would be hard to make :/ I was so WRONG! This is one of the easiest things I've made XD Especially because I can put everything in my stand mixer~~ hehe! So give it a go! :)

Oreo Biscotti
Recipe adapted from Mom Advice
1 cup caster sugar
1/3 cup (75g) butter, melted
3 eggs
2 tsp vanilla essence
3 cups plain flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups Oreo cookies, coarsely chopped

1. Preheat oven to 180oC. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
2. Mix sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla in large bowl until well blended. (You can throw everything in a large bowl and let the stand mixer do it's job :D)
3. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Mix well. Stir in chopped oreos.
4. Divide dough in half. Shape each half into 23cm loaf on prepared baking tray. Bake for 25-30 minute or until golden brown and toothpick inserted into centre comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
5. Cut each loaf into 15 slices about 1 cm thick. You can slice it thinner for a crunchier and thinner biscotti. Place slices flat on baking tray. Bake for another 8-10 minutes on each side or until lightly toasted on both sides. Cool completely on wire rack.
lots of biscotti!!
These would taste lovely with a cup of hot chocolate or tea or coffee! Or maybe you could drizzle them with melted chocolate or dip one end in chocolate ^__^

The next recipe is for peanut butter lovers again~ Although these weren't too peanut buttery for those who don't like peanut butter. Win win for both =p

Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies
Recipe adapted from Daily Delicious

100g salted butter
90g caster sugar
85g brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
200g plain flour
150g chunky peanut butter
70g chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 170oC. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
2. Beat butter until softened. Beat in sugar until light and fluffy.
3. Beat in the egg and vanilla until combined. Add in peanut butter and beat until combined.
4. Sift in the flour and baking powder. Pour in the chocolate chips and fold to combine.
5. Place teaspoonsful (or tablespoonsful if you want larger cookie) on baking tray. Bake for 15 minutes. Allow to cool then reduce oven temperature to 150oC and dry cooled cookies in the oven for 10 minutes.
Not super round~~
But yummy and peanut buttery and chocolatey ~
Going to do a LOT of baking next week =p will let you know more later~ so watch this space! happy baking!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Work Catering #49: Oh Hello Oreo!

This week I stuck with an Oreo theme! Bought these cute mini oreos (they are about the size of a 10c coin!) and searched for some interesting Oreo recipes. First up are what I like to call "Inception cookies" - a cookie within a cookie ^_^ it was so funny seeing people's reaction when they bit into the choc chip cookie: "THERE'S AN OREO IN HERE!? AWESOME!!" xD

Mini Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe adapted from Teenie Baker
1/2 cup (115g) butter, softened at room temperature
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup caster sugar
1/2 tbs vanilla essence
1 egg
1 3/4 cups plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup chocolate chips
30 mini oreos

1. Preheat oven to 180oC and line two baking trays with baking paper.
2. Beat butter and sugars in large bowl until pale and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla, until well combined.
3. In a separate bowl, mix together the baking powder, salt and flour. Slowly add to the butter mixture and stir until full combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
4. Take a teaspoonful of cookie dough and place on baking tray. Place one mini Oreo on top then cover with another teaspoon of cookie dough. Pinch the edges together, then roll into a ball using your hands.
5. Bake for 8-11 minutes or until golden.
they just look like normal cookies but wait till you see the surprise!
The next is a recipe that I've tried a few times (and somehow each time turns out different..) and this time I've used Oreos as the flavouring. I have also made it just plain and a layered one with Tim Tams which I will blog about another time XD

Oreo Japanese Cheesecake
Recipe adapted from All recipes

85g cream cheese
1/4 cup (60ml) milk
2 egg yolks
1/4 cup (55g) caster sugar, divided
2 egg whites
1/3 tsp cream of tartar
3 tbs plain flour
1 1/2 tbs corn flour
50g oreos, crushed (I used mini oreos)

1. Preheat oven to 175oC. Line 23cm round cake tin with baking paper.
2. Warm cream cheese and milk in small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir occasionally until cream cheese is melted. Remove from heat and set aside.
3. In medium bowl, beat egg whites with cream of tartar until soft peaks. Gradually sprinkle in half of sugar and continue to beat to stiff peaks.
4. In a separate bowl, beat egg yolks and remaining sugar until light and fluffy. Fold in cream cheese mixture then sift in flour and corn flour. Stir until combined. Fold in egg whites and oreos.
5. Pour into prepared tin and place in larger baking tray. Place tray into oven and pour water into the baking tray until half way full. Bake for 20 minutes then reduce to heat to 150oC and continue to bake for 15 more minutes. Let cake cook before removing from pan. Refrigerate for a few hours before slicing.
Didn't rise as much as I would have liked...
but love the chunks of oreo and golden brown top :D
soft, fluffy clouds of oreo japanese cheesecake
I like Japanese cheesecake because it is really LIGHT!!! So you can eat multiple slices but feel like you haven't eaten much at all! hahahha