Daily Archives: July 30, 2011

Matcha chocolate chip cake

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(From the kitchen of Kathy Lee)

4 eggs
1 3/4 cup flour
1 1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter softened;
2 Tbsp Matcha (green tea powder, $3.99 @ 99 Ranch)
8 oz. Chocolate Chips

Add sugar to softened butter and mix well. In a separate bowl whisk eggs, then mix eggs and butter mixture together. Sift flour and Matcha together, then
add it to the egg and butter mixture mixing well. Last, add chocolate chips. Coat the inside of a medium loaf pan with butter then place baking wax paper inside.
Pour batter into the pan. Bake in preheated 360F oven for 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Baked nian gao

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(From the kitchen of Menie Lee)

16 oz. Mochiko sweet rice flour ($1.79 @ 99 Ranch)
One stick of butter or 3/4 cup of vegetable oil
3 eggs
2 1/2 cups milk
1 cup sugar
1 Tbl baking soda
One can of red azuki beans ($3.99 @ 99 Ranch)

Sprinkle some Mochiko flour over a 9″x13″ baking dish that has been oiled or sprayed with Pam.

Mix everything (including remaining Mochiko flour) but the beans with an electric mixer at medium speed for 2 minutes. Beat for 2 more minutes at high speed.

Spread half of the batter on the bottom of the baking pan. Spread the red azuki beans (you can mix some batter into the beans if they are too thick to spread). Spread the other half of the batter over the red azuki beans. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes. Test for doneness by inserting a chopstick (this is Chinese New Year Cake after all), if it comes out clean, it is done.

Chinese almond float dessert

Karen Quon shared this refreshing dessert at our February 2010 meeting.

▪Soften 3 pkgs. unflavored gelatin with ½ c. cold water in heatproof bowl for 5 min.
▪Add 2- 1/2 c. boiling water and stir until clear.
▪Add 2/3 c. granulated sugar and stir until dissolved.
▪Add 1-3/4 c. milk and stir (any combinations of milks: non-fat, 2%, whole, evaporated, coconut milk. Karen prefers 2% milk or combo of 2% and 1/4 c. coconut milk.)
▪Add 1 tablespoon almond extract and stir.

Pour into a 9 x 12 OR 9 x 9 glass pan.  Refrigerate 3-4 hours (or less) until firmly set.

Yield: 3- 3/4 c. = 7 servings @ 1/2 c. each

Boil 1 c. water with 1/3 c. granulated sugar.  Pour into large serving bowl and chill completely.

To serve, cut the gelatin into ¾” squares or diamonds and combine into the chilled syrup, separating pieces as you go. (Gently lift out squares with a thin metal spatula)
▪Add fruit: 1 can drained cold lychees and 1 can drained cold mandarin  Oranges