Thursday, August 29, 2013

Lychee and Mango Snowy Moon Cake 茘枝及香芒冰皮月餅

These little moon cakes are like jewels. I am so tempted to keep them only as ornaments, but they are also so delicious...

This year I have successfully developed two new fruity flavors--lychee and mango. They are made with real fruit puree, without artificial flavoring or preservatives.


Saturday, August 17, 2013

Lychee Ice Cream 茘枝雪糕

There are so many summer fruits that are suitable for making desserts that I sometimes have a hard time deciding what to use... However, recently I came across frozen lychee puree in a restaurant supply store and could not resist buying some. Although it is quite expensive, this kind of ingredient is hard to find elsewhere.

Imported from France, the puree contains 91% lychee and 9% invert sugar. But what is invert sugar? Essentially it is table sugar sucrose (disaccharide) that has been heated with an acid, usually cream of tartar. It then breaks down into glucose and fructose (monosaccharide), which will remain in liquid form. Invert sugar is widely used in the world of bakery and confectionery. It improves texture and, as a natural preservative, helps to extend shelf life. It is great in making ice cream because it keeps crystallization under control and gives a smoother consistency. (Click here for more information)

Since lychee puree is low in pulp and high in water content, it needs to be cooked with the milk and cream for the extra water to evaporate. Otherwise, the ice cream will have an excess of ice crystals.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

More Free Library Demonstrations to Come 更多免費示範

I have been invited to do a new cooking demonstration in some county public libraries, coming late Summer and early Fall and just in time for the Mid-Autumn Festival. Below is the schedule:

El Monte Library, 8/17/13 Saturday at 2pm: Snowy Moon Cakes

Hermosa Beach Library, 8/24/13 Saturday at 2pm: Bo Law Bao/Pineapple Buns AND Egg Tarts

Rowland Heights Library, 9/7/13 Saturday at 2pm: Snowy Moon Cakes

Walnut Library  10/24/13 Thursday at 6:30pm: Egg Tarts

Rosemead Library, 11/9/13 Saturday at 2pm: Snowy Moon Cakes

For those of you who may not be able to attend the free demos or would like to have more hands-on instruction, I also have small group classes. Click here for more details.

適逢中秋佳節,在這個人月兩團圓的日子,最好不過是親手做愛心又健康的冰皮月餅,無論送禮或自用都兩相宜。如有興趣, 機會來了:


8/17 星期六下午二時於El Monte Library艾蒙地市 圖書館

9/7星期六下午二時於Rowland Heights Library 羅蘭崗圖書館

11/9星期六下午二時於Rosemead Library 柔似蜜市圖書館


8/24星期六下午二時於Hermosa Beach Library 會有菠蘿包及蛋撻兩樣示範

10/24/12 星期四晚六時半於 Walnut Library 核桃市 圖書館,蛋撻示範

如果你不能出席以上示範,又或者你喜歡小班及有實踐經驗之課程,請點擊這裏 。

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