Sunday 9 October 2011

I need to slow down...........or maybe, just stop...

            As I was looking through my recently rearranged bookshelf, I was overcome with guilt. I just have too many cooking/baking books, more than a hundred of them! That don't include the magazines bought over the counter &  food magazines & cards I used to subscribe. And of the thousands of recipes in the books & magazines, I've probably only tried about 10% of them. Still, it's so hard to stop buying.....

              I'm not supposed to judge a book by its cover but it's always the book cover that attracts me first. Then as I flip through the pages & admire the beautiful pictures, I feel an overwhelming desire to replicate the products & I'm often confident I can do it......That's when  I normally decide to buy the book. Unfortunately, most often, the desire remains a desire up till after a few days after purchasing the book, after which I'll forget about it as it stands in between the other books on my bookshelf.

          I must say I've improved quite a bit. I've not been buying baking / cooking books as often as I used to. I still  go to the food section of the bookstore.... I still  browse through the books & admire the pictures.... I still have the desire to replicate the products.... But, after I'm done admiring them, I will close the book, put it back on the shelf & walk away. It's very painful, especially at the  beginning, but it's getting  easier..... 

             One of the books in my collection is Resipi Pesta Perut 2002. It is part of a series of 3 books  produced by Mediacorp's Malay radio station, Warna 94.2FM. These books consist of recipes contributed by listeners of the station. This morning, I made Kasui Lapis Serimuka which is actually Kuih Kasui topped with kaya, like the top of  Kuih Seri Muka.          

          I only made 1/3 of the original recipe. Good thing I did that. Managed to make about 30 pieces of Kuih Kasui Lapis Serimuka & there was leftover kasui mixture (bottom layer), so I steamed some Kuih Kasui & topped them with fresh grated coconut.

I'm submitting this post to Aspiring Bakers #12: Traditional Kueh (October 2011) hosted by SSB  of  Small Small Baker.

Kaswi Lapis Serikaya
(recipe by Hazizah Ghani from Resipi Pesta Perut 2002)

** I only made 1/3 of original recipe, the amount I used is in red.)
Botom layer:
400g (140g) palm sugar (gula Melaka)
200g (60g) castor sugar
600ml (200ml) water
3 (1) pandan leaves

500g (170g) plain flour
125g (40g) tapioca flour
1 tsp (1/3 tsp) lime/ lye water (air kapur sirih)
400ml (300ml) water (I added 500ml more to the original amt, so 900ml altogether.)
  1. Combine A in  a pot & cook over medium fire until syrup is thick. Remove from fire & strain. Set aside & let cool.
  2. Combine B in a bowl. Add in sugar syrup & mix until well blend. Strain.
  3. Pour into greased small moulds, half full. (I used small silicone cupcake moulds & Chinese tea cups)
  4. Steam until cooked. (I steamed for 15 minutes.)
Top layer:
6 (2)eggs
400g (135g) sugar
2 Tbsp (2/3 Tbsp) rice flour (I used plain flour)
2 1/2 cup (200ml) thick coconut milk
salt (I used 1/2 tsp)
vanilla (I replaced this with 3 cardamoms, a pinch fennel (both crushed) & 3 pandan leaves)
yellow colouring (I used egg yellow colour)

  1. *Combine eggs & sugar & whisk until sugar dissolves.
  2. *Add rice flour & blend well.
  3. *Add coconut milk, salt, vanilla & colouring.
  4. Strain mixture into a pot & cook over low fire until mixture is warm & steam can be seen. Remove from fire.
  5. Pour mixture onto cooked bottom layer & continue steaming until cooked.(I steamed for 15 minutes)
  6. Remove from steamer & leave to cool. Remove kuih from moulds & serve.
*I combined all ingredients & blend using a blender.


    Small Small Baker said...

    You have a huge collection of books! Can put them to good use for AB. :) I agree it's so hard to resist the temptation to buy books and baking tools. :)

    Faeez said...

    I sure will use them for AB! Joining AB has really motivated me to bake more often. Thank you for initiating it. About the baking tools, that calls for another, or a few, blog posts!

    Anonymous said...

    Just discovered ur blog today! I was smiling when I read abt how u can't resist buying cookbooks n when after buying, they end up in ur book shelf! Cos I have the same addiction - for cookbooks( at least 100 ) n Nordic ware pans( more than 20)! When buying, I always think I'm gonna read or use, then after buying - after a few days passed, sometimes it will turn into weeks n sometimes months! :(

    It's so difficult cos these days so cheap to buy from amazon!
    Anyways, nice blog u have! Thks for sharing ur recipes!


    Faeez said...

    Hi Susanna,
    Thanks for dropping by. So we hv the same problem... haha. I still can't resist buying the books although I'm now more disciplined. You hv more than 20 Nordic Ware pans? Wow!! I love them too. But I just hv to refrain myself from buying too many. It's hard though. Everytime I make a trip to Tott store here in Singapore, I'm sure to bring back at least 1 NW pan.

    You have a great blog too! Hope to try the recipes from yr blog. :)

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