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Braised Duck Siopao (Bao)

I joined #homecookbattle and #duck happens to be the theme ingredient this month. I'm for many challenges and this is THE most challenging because ducks creep me out (crying emoji).
Siopao is a steamed bun stuffed with something savory or sweet. In this case it's stuffed with braised duck.
It turned out better than I thought and it reminded me of the Filipino pork asado siopao.
Pineapple Braised Duck Siopao (Bao)
Filling: 1 young duck large pieces or duck breast is better about 1 teaspoon of olive oil for frying 1 medium sized onions chopped up in the food processor 2 tablespoons garlic 540 mL can of crushed pineapples 1/4 cup (or more) of oyster sauce 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce 1/4 cup or more dark soy sauce 1 cinnamon stick 2 tablespoons sugar salt and pepper to taste
Dough: 300 g all purpose flour 60 g cornstarch 2 1/2 teaspoon instant yeast 75 g sugar 1 tablespoon cooking oil

Tiger King Cookie

Hey there! This is my Tiger King cookie I turned a simple shortbread  into the Tiger King, Joe Exotic!   At a time like this I just want to do something fun and new.  Cooking decorating is new to me.  A little rusty but over all not bad.  
I used shortbread as a base cookie.  It's buttery and not too sweet.  Perfect pair with the already sweet royal icing that I am using to decorate the cookie.  
This shortbread recipe has only 3 ingredients: flour, butter and icing sugar.  Everything is whipped together on a stand mixer and then chilled for 15 to 30 minutes.
Whipped Shortbread
1 cup butter, softened 2 cups cake & pastry flour or all purpose flour 1/2 cups icing sugar
Preheat oven to 325 F. Combine butter, sugar, and flour and mix with an electric mixer until light and fluffy (10 minutes or less).  Gather up dough into a circle,  then flatten with the palm of your hands.  Wrap in plastic wrap.  Chill in fridge for 15 to 30 minutes.  Take out of the fridge and let sit for 5 min…

Pilipit - Filipino Twisted No Yeasts Donut

Pilipit is a Filipino style donut.  It has a crunchy outer shell and a soft inside.  It is similar to bannock or elephant ears.  These are similar to donuts and leavened with baking powder.  Traditionally coated with sugar or glazed

I coated mine with powder sugar kind of like their elephant ears counter part.  But you know what they are perfect on their own without sugar.  The dough is sweet enough to hold on its own.  

The ones that I made are for some reason soft on the inside.  I'm certain it's because I rested my dough for more than 30 minutes instead of the usual 15 minutes.  If you guys want more crunch in your pilipit just proof it (resting stage) for 15 minutes or less.



2 eggs
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon Vegetable oil
2 cups all purpose flour ( add a bit more if the mixture sticks to your hand)
3 tablespoon of milk ( add more if final mixture is dry)

How to video down below.

In a large bowl combine all the d…

Twisted Donuts - Yeast Donuts

I have been craving for these chewy, spongy doughnuts.  I like them coated in just plain sugar, icing sugar or cinnamon sugar!

yields approximately 2 dozen

1/4 cups lukewarm water
1 tablespoons yeast
1/4 cups sugar
2 tablespoons shortening
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup hot water
1/2 cups milk
1 eggs, beaten
3 1/4 cups flour

Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water.  Set aside.In a large bowl mix together sugar, shortening, hotwater, salt, and milk. When milk mixture cooled down mix in beaten eggs and yeast mixture.Gradually add flour, 1/2 cups at a time.  Add a bit more if dough feels sticky.Refrigerate for 30 minutes up to 1 hourShape donuts to desired size. Fill pan with olive oil. 2" deep.Heat up oil.Fry up donuts in medium low heat until golden brown.Sprinkle with sugar or any topping you like.

Tyler the Creator: Odd Future donut

This yeast donut took the whole day to make.  Multi tasking my way around the day so I can create this delish awesome treat.  Everyone is at home self isolating.  Running around making 3 meals a day and snacks is a lot of work!  It turned our really well so proud of this!

I also made a video just make it easier for everyone to follow along.  Watch it with your kids and partner.  Bond while baking.  

For those of you who prefer the recipe format.  I screen shot some of the scenes. You can shape these in whatever shape you want.  You don't even need a cookie cutters.   Simply roll out your dough into desired thickness and shape and then cut them up into little rectangles.  It's so easy!

Spanish Shortbread - The inspiration behind the recipe

Yup! This is one of those, "what in the world" moment when you think your getting an awesome recipe but what you get is a baking disaster.  Let me tell you this recipe dates back to the time when internet is not so life defining and when I don't have kids yet.  
When I found this recipe in Reader's Digest I really wanted to make it.  It turned out awful and for the longest time I thought I did something wrong.  When I recently made it again I got the same result.  The dough was dry and will not form into a "smooth dough".  So I fixed the recipe up and what I got is this amazing crispy buttery shortbread!

I made some extreme changes to the recipe!! Since I got rid of  1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice, I have to add 1 tablespoon of milk.  Anything I take away I have to compensate with another ingredient otherwise I will not get the same final product.  My texture and quality of my shortbread will be off.

Spanish Shortbread
265g all purpose flour 1/2 tsp cin…

Chainsaw Battlecats

Battle Cats is Japanese tower defence game launched in 2012 and rereleased in 2017.  The birthday boy is a big fan of battle cats he got a similar cake last year.  (This cake can be found here).. Originally I wanted the chainsaw attached to battle cat's vehicle.  Unfortunately the chainsaw was too heavy and the cake is not dense enough to hold it into place.  I had to put in on the cake board and use it as a background for the celebrants name. Perhaps it would have been better if I use wafer sheets to create the chainsaw or install a heavy, dense base that can hold the the heavy chainsaw.

I used the ball cake mould for this cake.  I baked 3 pieces so one whole ball and a small bowl for the bottom base piece.
This is a full ball cake.  I cut off 1/3 of the top layer to create the shape for battle cat's vehicle.  To prevent the cake from tipping and rolling around I added at o thick piece of fondant at the bottom of the cake.  I am going to trim…