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Congee Wong

I recently went out with hubster’s family for congee for the first time. One of their favourite restaurants to go to as a family is Congee Wong, which up until this time hubster’s dad thought it was called Congee Queen. I didn’t have the desire to try out congee before because in my parent’s culture we eat gunjee for funerals and for Good Friday. But I decided to at least try it. They ordered the salmon congee, which wasn’t bad but I couldn’t get over the idea of it being funeral food. So I had the rest of the delicious fried food that was ordered. Delicious!

Dulce De Leche Brownies

I had some leftover dulce de leche from my alfajores recipe so I decided to make some brownies with them. I used my easy go-to brownie recipe for this called Best Basic Brownie from Tasty Kitchen with some modifications and then added in spoonfuls of dulce de leche in the brownie batter. It turned out great and it’s super tasty!

Click here for Dulce De Leche recipe.

Brownie Mix Ingredients
- 1 cup butter
- 2 cups white sugar
- 4 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups cocoa powder
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking powder

Brownie Mix Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Melt butter in the microwave
3. Mix melted butter with sugar using an electric mixer
4. Add two eggs at a time and mix into mixture
5. Sift in 1/2 cup of cocoa at a time and mix thoroughly
6. Sift in flour, salt and baking powder, 1/2 cup at a time
7. Grease brownie pan with butter
8. Pour half of the brownie batter into the pan
9. Drop spoonfuls of the dulce de leche over the batter
10. Cover the mixture with the rest of the brownie batter
11. Lift the pan 1″ off the counter and drop to get the bubbles out
12. Bake for 30 minutes or until centre is fully cooked
13. Cool for 20 minutes before cutting.

Alfajores Adventure Part 1

My born-and-raised Mexican coworker always brings back delicious cookies from a bakery in her home city and I fell in love with them at first taste. For over a year neither of us knew what they were called until I finally did some google searching in my quest to find a recipe. Well I finally found out that they are called alfajores, a traditionally arabic sweet that became popular in Spain and spread through their colonies in South America. The style that I tried was Peruvian and is one of the most popular versions. Here is a picture of the one my coworker gave me.

The cookie I tried from Mexico had a flaky texture without much taste that was heavily brushed with powdered sugar. The filling was made with goat milk and sugar and tasted like a rich milky caramel spread. The combination is delicious! I tried replicating this with the recipe below, which was good but wasn’t what I was looking for. This version is great for anyone who wants a less sweet filling with a more buttery sugar cookie. This recipe was taken from A Taste of Peru but I made some adjustments.

Dulce de Leche (filling)
- 4 cups milk (I used 1% cow milk but it’s traditionally made with whole goat milk)
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (I put 1 tbsp of artificial vanilla extract)
- pinch of cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp baking soda

Sugar Cookie
- 1 cup butter
- 1/2 cup powdered/confectioner’s sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1 tbsp lemon zest (I used lime because I didn’t have a lemon)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (I put 1 tbsp of artificial vanilla extract)
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- Dulce de Leche mixture

Instructions:
1. In a saucepan/pot add all the ingredients. Turn heat to a medium heat and bring to a boil.
2. Once at a boil reduce heat to low-medium setting and allow it to simmer. Stir occasionally with a wooden spoon to prevent sticking.
3. As sauce begins to thicken stir more frequently. Cook until caramel coloured and texture is thick.
4. Remove from heat and let cool. Sauce will thicken when it cools.
5. Cover and refrigerate.

6. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and powdered sugar until smooth.
7. Beat in the egg yolks one at a time.
8. Add the zest and vanilla extract and mix well.
9. Sift the flour and baking powder into the mixture and make a soft dough but slightly crumbly dough.
10. Firm into a flat box shape and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

11. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and cover cookie sheet with parchment paper.
12. Roll dough on a lightly floured surface until 4-5 mm thick. Cut circles with cookie cutter or shot glass.
13. Place on cookie sheet two cm apart and bake for 10 minutes. Cookies will not turn brown so do not wait for this.
14. Transfer to a wire rack/plate. Let them cool completely.
15. Place drop of Dulce du Leche in the centre of one cookie and sandwich with second cookie.
16. Cover with powdered sugar on both sides. Amount of sugar is dependent on how much you like.

Makes roughly 30 cookies.

The following pictures are of my baking adventures with this recipe.

New Years Eve 2011

This year I really wasn’t up for going out for a large New Years celebration so we decided to have a small dumpling party at our house with family. Hubster and I both had our sisters over and a cousin to drink, play boardgames, consume dumplings and rin gin the new year. We had a great time relaxing and enjoying each other’s company. Cheers to 2012!

Home Made Christmas Food

This Christmas, like many before, was filled with lots of delicious foods. I was treated to many delicious items from savoury to dessert. Here are some highlights of what I got to eat. The first is a meal I had with my in-laws. My husband made all the savoury dishes, a Beef Wellington, asparagus wrapped in Smoked Salmon and Purple Cabbage Salad. The second shot is of the Chocolate Yule Log my SIL made and a white Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake her fiance’s friend made. The third picture is of my mother who is making Banana Fritters. I am allergic to raw bananas and one of the only times I eat them is when she makes them like this. Delicious! The fourth and fifth picture is of my Pumpkin Gingerbread Cookies which I made into various star shapes. The last shot is of Bombay Toast, my favourite breakfast meal. It’s way better than any French Toast I’ve eaten.

Pictures 3 to 6 were taken by my sister. I forgot my camera at home while visiting my family and had to rely on her to take shots for me.