Friday, June 14, 2013

How To Keep Your Chocolate Chips Afloat From The Bottom Of The Batter

Baking can be challenging especially if it is your first time. If you find yourself having a bit of trouble from keeping the chocolate chips from sinking to the bottom of the batter then the following advice may help you keep it from happening.

What you will need: A bag of chocolate chips and some flour

Step 1: Coat the chocolate chips with a tablespoon of flour. This will keep them from sinking rapidly down the batter. Then toss the chocolate chips.

Step 2: Use small chips than bigger ones because smaller chips are lighter and would not easily sink.

Step 3: After you are done mixing the batter well, you can now fold the chocolate chips. This will keep them afloat in the batter.

Step 4: Decrease the liquid in your recipe just by a quarter cup so that the batter will be thicker. Remember, the more liquid it contains, the less likely it will become thick and at this point in time, you need to consider thickening your batter. This will help in keeping the chocolate chips afloat.

Step 5: Another way to make sure that the flour sticks better to the chocolate chips is by spraying some cooking spray on the chocolate chips. Just make sure that you do not overdo it.

It may take a while before you are able to execute this perfectly but with ample practice and dedication, you will eventually get used to this.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Known Dim Sum Recipes

Dim sum is a style of Cantonese delicacy which is typically prepared as small-sized or individual parts of a variety of food. They are often served in small steamer baskets and or small plates. Some of the known dim sum recipes are:
  • Chinese Dumpling: This is perhaps one of the most common recipes that a lot of people have learned to love. Chinese consider these foods to be lucky because they appear similar to ancient Chinese money. Chinese dumplings are also known jiaozi and are often cooked during the Chinese New Year and other special occasions. These dumplings usually have pork or beef as their main ingredient.
  • Spring Rolls: Spring rolls are rolls filled with vegetable harvested during spring, hence the name. These days, the fillings often include barbecued pork, Chinese dried mushrooms or shiitake mushrooms in Japan, and some shredded carrots. They also have red bell pepper and mung bean sprouts. Spring rolls can be cooked and or served as it is accompanied with soy sauce or rice vinegar dipping sauce.
  • Shu Mai / Shao Mai : Another kind of dumpling which is perhaps one of the most common forms of dumplings being served in restaurants and other fastfood establishments. They are often filled with either meat, fish, shrimp and vegetables. Ingredients include a green onion, oyster sauce, peeled or deveined shrimp, Chinese black mushroom and many more.
  • Pearl Balls: These are also referred to as meat balls or pork balls appear to be rolled steamed rice. The rice used to roll these meals are glutinous and tend to appear shiny. Take note that though it only takes an hour or less to prepare and cook pearl balls, you have make sure that the glutinous rice is soaked for lots of hours.
These are a couple of the more known dim sum recipes and either one will definitely be appreciated by anyone. For more recipes, you may visit Chan's Yum Cha!