Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars

 I am at 3rd week of "maidless" days, so far still coping well. Although is exhausted but I am perfectly fine with physically tire comparing to the mentally stress that I had been thru for the past 9 months with the fights between mil and domestic helper. During that period, I was in mixed feeling, looking forward to go home after work and see my little kicker but at the same time, felt so stressed cos may need to listen to the complaints from mil or domestic helper or even both of them.

So at least I am free from these complaints now but of course, stress with sourcing domestic helper, is really not easy to get one now. Another helper threw in white tower when she was on the way to my place with the agent, she didn't even step into my house to meet us yet! The domestic helpers are more choosey and fussier than employers!

Another cut queue post, need to post this up 1st as I have received requests for recipe. Especially for my department gal since she is organising a birthday celebration for her boy, so she want to include this cookie dough cheesecake bar in her party menu.

I baked this for my little kicker's 1st birthday celebration, the dinner started at 5pm and I baked this only at 2pm plus while I was still rushing for the decoration of the Lightning McQueen car cake. Dear husband frowned when he saw me rushing like crazy woman, he said I should have forget about baking this and just focus on the birthday cake. As usual I turned a deaf ear lol, I just carried on with my baking.

Actually this cheesecake bar is really easy to prepare even though it looks like a lot of steps. I let it chilled for 1 hr before asking dear husband to slice into squares for me. When he was slicing, he was complaining that the digestive biscuit base was hard, the cheesecake and cookie portion was fragile, it will crack into pieces when slicing so he had to be extremely careful with the slicing. However I saw his expression changed when he put one small broken piece into his mouth, he said "wow, very very nice!" I told him "Luckily I never listen to you not to bake it!" Hahaha.....

Recipe adapted from Bisousatoi and My Baking Addiction, originated from The Essential Chocolate Chip Cookbook.

Ingredients :
Crust :
1 1/2 cups digestive biscuits (crushed)
5 tbsp or 70g unsalted butter, melted

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough :

5 tbsp (70g) salted butter, room temperature (I used salted butter)
1/3 cup (65g) packed light brown sugar (I cut down to 55g)

3 tbsp granulated sugar
1/4 tsp salt (I omit since used salted butter)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract (I used 1/2 tsp vanilla powder)
3/4 cup (85g) flour
1 cup chocolate chips

Cheesecake Filling :
10 oz (285g) cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup (55g) sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
1 tspn pure vanilla extract
(I used 1/2 tsp vanilla powder)

Methods :
1. Preheat the oven to 160C. Line an 8 inch square baking pan with parchment paper or foil allowing a little overhang and grease the pan. Set aside. (As I am using removable base baking pan so I didn't line the baking paper)

2. Mix the melted butter and digestive biscuit crumbs until thoroughly combined. Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 6 minutes. Remove pan to a cooling rack. Do not turn your oven off.

3. While the crust is cooling, prepare the chocolate chip cookie dough. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, salt and vanilla until smooth and thoroughly combined, about 1 minute. Mix in the flour on low speed, and mix until just incorporated. Mix in the chocolate chips. Set aside.

4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a large bowl with an electric mixer cream together the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Mix in the egg and vanilla on low speed just until incorporated. Pour the cheesecake batter into the prepared crust. Using your hand to form clumps. Flatten the clumps of dough in your palms to flatten them out a bit. Distribute the cookie dough onto the top of the cheesecake batter. Be sure to use all of the dough. You will cover most of the cheesecake batter.

5. Bake for about 30 minutes, until the top feels dry and firm (the cookie dough) and the entire pan looks set if given a gentle shake. Move bars to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.

6. Lift the bars out by the overhang; slice into desired size and store in the refrigerator. Serve cold or at room temperature

The married of digestive biscuit base and cheesecake and cookie dough are perfectly match. The crunchy digestive biscuit with creamy cheesecake plus the buttery, chocolaty cookies dough, really taste heavenly. This bar is highly addictive, I promised you will not be able to stop at just one piece! I received so much compliments during the party, I have guests who were so full but still forced themselves to squeeze in another piece, and one more piece and the last piece (hahahah...funny right) cos is just simply too delicious. I baked 3 times in total, to share with my colleagues and also dear husband that had requested for his colleagues too. During the distribution of the bars, my sales directors were actually on the way to attend meeting but they turned back to ask for 2nd serving lol. Everyone given thumbs up.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Lightning McQueen Car Cake

I am cutting queue to post this cake up 1st, if not this cake can be posted only at least 2 months later since I still have quite a no. of back logs.

This cake was baked for my little kicker's birthday on 29 September 2012, yes his 1st birthday, times flies, my little baby is one year old now :).

When I decided to bake a cake for him, I have set my mind to make a car cake. Friends asked me why car cake? Why red color? Is it he likes car? Is it his favourite color is red? My replied was his mummy thinks that cars should be boys' favourite and his mummy not sure which is his favourite color but his mummy thinks that red car is very out-standing and nice lol.

Well, actually when mixing the coloring into whipping cream, I was kind of regretted. I should have chosen other colors e.g. blue, color, orange...etc instead of red. The amount of coloring that I used really scared me, I used 2 bottles of different red coloring and 1/2 bottle of pink coloring to achieve this red, I used wilton coloring. I did some research before I started on the mixing of coloring into whipping cream, here is what I did. Firstly, I added pink coloring into whipping cream, about 1/2 bottle to get dark pink, then I added christmas red and no taste red starting with 1 tsp each, I almost finished both the bottles. I let the colored whipping cream sits in the fridge overnight so that the color will get darken a bit.

 I think this will be the 1st and might be the last time I will make a RED color cake, I have to tell all my guests and specially kept reminding dear daughter and her friends not to eat the red cream at all. The red coloring became my nightmare, my hands were in red for a few days. My little kicker's hand was in red too cos he went to "snatch" the cake, he kept starring at his hand cos the red coloring stay on his hand even after washed a few times, he must be so curious why his hand change color hahaha...(I will share this photo in future :P).

There were a lot of hiccups here and there that nearly making me to give up on this cake, I had to bake the chocolate cake 3 times in order to get the right amount. I will not record down how much cakes I had wasted but share the sufficient amount of ingredients to make this car. I am not sure is it too much liquid in the whipping cream due to the large amount of coloring, the colored whipped cream is not as smooth and also a bit grainy I feel. The colored whipped cream also soften very fast in room temperature, I can only pipe for awhile and the whipped cream need to chill before I can continue, thus spent a lot of times on moving the cake and whipped cream in and out of the fridge.

Chocolate Cake : (for 2 trays of 9" x 11" cake pan)
8 egg white
8 egg yolks
300g sugar
160g cake flour
64g corn flour
4 1/4 tbsp cocoa powder
2 1/8 tsp baking powder
106g corn oil

1. Sift cake flour with cornflour, baking powder and cocoa powder.
2. Whisk egg white until soft peak forms and then add in sugar gradually and whisk till sugar dissolved and mixture is thick and glossy.
3. Drop in egg yolks, one at a time, making that it's evenly combined before the next addition.
4. Fold in 1/2 of flour mixture and mix well.
5. Pour in oil and mix well, fold in the balance flour mixture and mix till well combine.
6. Pour the mixture into round cake tin and bake in pre-heat oven at 175C for about 15-20 mins or till skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
7. Leave cake to cool on a wire rack.

White Gelatin Stabilized Whipped Cream : adapted from Evan's Rambling Kitchen
200g whipping cream

1 tbsp powdered sugar
1/2 tsp powdered gelatin

Method :

1. In a small saucepan, combine powdered sugar and gelatin. gradually stir in 1/4 cup of the cream. bring mixture to just a boil while stirring constantly. it will thicken slightly. scrape the mixture into a small bowl and allow to cool to room temp.
2. In a chilled mixing bowl, whip the rest of the cream just until traces of the beater marks begin to show. add the cooled gelatin mixture in a steady stream, beating constantly. whip until stiff and use immediately.

* I had left about one rice bowl of whipped cream.

Red Coloring Whipped Cream :
350g whipping cream
1 bottle wilton no taste red
1 bottle wilton christmas red
1/2 bottle wilton pink

1. Mix the pink coloring into whipping cream to get dark pink.
2. Mix 1 tsp of christmas red and no taste red alternately until achieve the red color you want.
3. Let the colored whipping cream sit in the fridge over night.
3. Whip the colored whipping cream until stiff and use immediately.

* I had left about one and half to two rice bowl of whipped cream

Chocolate Butter Cream : 
550g butter (soften)
60g sugar
300g melted chocolate
10 oreo cookies - crushed

Beat butter and icing sugar till light. Then pour in melted chocolate and mix till evenly mixed and pour in crushed oreo cookies.

*  The chocolate butter cream is more than enough, if you do not need a thick layer of chocolate butter cream filling, you can cut down to 350g - 400g of butter.

I didn't take photo on the step by step, you may refer to 温馨小屋
For assemble : 
1. Slice the 2 pcs of rectangle chocolate cakes into half and you will get total 4 pcs of cakes.
2. Stack up the 3 slices of cakes.
3. Slice the balance 1 pc of cake into 3 pcs and stack up, placed it on the center of the big stacked cake.
4. Trim the front and back of the small stacked cake in slant way to become front and back wind screen. 
5. Use one of the trimmed pc to place on the end of the big stacked cake to become spoiler.
6. Trim both front sides of the big stacked cake to become headlights.
7. Apply chocolate butter cream onto each layer of cakes.
8. Apply white whipped cream onto the whole cake.
9. Use the pipping tip no. 2 to pipe thin red lines for windows, front and back wind screen, headlights and car plate.
10. Use pipping tip no. 20 to pipe red whipped cream to fill up the whole cake except the windows, front and back wind screen, headlights and car plate.
11. Use 4 oreo cookies to become the 4 typres.
12. Use 2 chocolate chips and place on the front window screen to become the eyes.
13. Mix yellow coloring into the balance white whipped cream and piped on the car for the numbering and lightning logo. Pipe a small dot on the center of eyes (2 chocolate chips) too.
14. Keep the cake in the fridge until serving.

I didn't take photos on cake after slice, if you wish to know how is the internal looks like, you may refer to here.

Although is not easy to churn out this cake, although the cake is not perfect and there are a lot of flaws. But I felt so satisfied after the completion of the cake, especially when I took out the cake and can hear the non-stop "wow" from my guests heeheehee.. 

I must thank Felvin for sharing her how to make Lightning McQueen car, without her step by step guide, I dun think I am able to churn up this beautiful cake. Thanks again Felvin. 
Oh I must thank dear husband too, he also helped me a lot on decorating the cake, thanks dear!


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