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October 15, 2010

Chinese Coconut Tart


First HSC exam today! *gasp*

Okayokay- so maybe it’s not such a big deal =) I didn’t start studying last night (for once) and so I got some sleep. Although my mum accidently turned on my electric blanket (on high might I add) in the morning when she was changing my sheets, meaning that I spent half the night being fried on my bed instead of sleeping! Don’t worry, I turned around occasionally to make sure that I seared evenly =)

But even spending half the night awake, I didn’t think any exam thoughts. It was strangely…..normal. No ‘what if’ thoughts, no ‘I’m going to fail’ or even trying to go through my essay at all. I think I’m skilfully mastering the art of blocking out bad thoughts from my head!

I can happily forget my no-so-pleasing marks that I might have gotten a few weeks ago. I can easily forget that there’s a HSC to study for- until I return to my desk and see a pile of books waiting to be studied. In fact, the only thing I really think about now is what I’m going to do after the exams- all the food I’m going to cook, all the places I’m going to eat at, all the blogging I’ll do.

I don’t want to talk much about school because this blog is mostly for happy things. Study makes me sad sad sad……..=( (*gasp* repetition! sibiliance! *puke*) But because I’ll have to go back to studying soon (and start on my essays *sigh*), I’ll keep this one short. But if you don’t see me around on this blog for a couple of weeks you’ll know why =) But knowing me, I won’t be able to resist not blogging!

And because studying is messing up my brain, I’ll go a little crazy in this post and blog about three things rather than one. Okayokay, enough about the study- onto the happier things- food!


Soda Cream Crackers from agesssssss ago

These soda cream crackers were like an impulse-bake. I saw them on Wendy’s blog one moment (recipe here)and before i knew it, I had a batch in the oven =) I made then into small shapes like I saw in the original recipe because I thought they were cute, although this made it really time consuming- especially with all the fork marks! I used thickened cream instead of whipping cream because it was what I had in the fridge, so the dough ended up a lot tougher (I was scared to add too much milk- don’t know why- it’s silly, I know) and the layers didn’t come out nearly as defined as Wendy’s. Nevermind. I’ll just have to bake these again. After the HSC.


And then there were these donut muffins.

I’ve got plans to make proper donuts sometime in the future but meanwhile, I thought I’d try these donut muffins to satisfy my (sister’s) donut cravings. They’re a lot easier to make than donuts- just mix all the ingredients together and bake!! The method looked rather much like the method of making normal muffins so I wasn’t quite sure how these would turn out….


Sure enough, they turned out having the texture of a donut (a cakey one), but wasn’t nearly as light and soft as fresh donuts. They were pretty yummy and donuty fresh out of the oven but hardened considerably the next day and became a little chewy too. I tried the sugar and cinnamon coating but it either fell off the muffins or melted onto them so I coated them in oil (instead of melted butter) and then dunked them in the cinnamon sugar muxture but that made them all oily so I used ganache for the rest of them. Chocolate seems to be able to fix everything =) I’ll post the recipe later although it’s probably not worth it….

For something a little more successful. And very very delicious =)

I’ve always wanted to make these coconut tarts- the types you get at Asian bakeries. They taste great both hot and cold, but they’re terribly hard to resist when they’ve come straight out of the oven-sorta like chinese egg tarts (not in the taste though)! Only these are a lot easier as there’s no puff pastry involved, and they’re a lot more forgiving- if you accidently leave them in the oven for too long. And because they’re coconutty, they’re bound to be a hit within our family!

I baked these in my electric oven since they were so small. I no longer like my electric oven. It doesn’t bake things evenly =(

Coconut Tart

Recipe from Angie’s Recipes– thankyou Angie!

Pastry:
180 g All-purpose flour
35 g Icing sugar
1 small Egg
10 g Custard powder
90 g Butter, chilled

Filling:
100 g Grated coconut
40 g Butter, melted
40-45 g Sugar
1 large Egg
2 tbsp Condensed milk
2 tbsp Water

1. Sift flour, icing sugar and custard powder together into a mixing bowl.

2. Rub in butter, using paddle of mixer or by hand, until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add in egg. Mix until the pastry begins to form large lumps. Press together gently with your fingers to form the pastry into a ball.

3. Chill pastry dough for about 30 minutes. In a bowl, mix all ingredients for the filling. Set aside.

4. Divide pastry into 10 portions (approx. 35 g each). Press pastry evenly into tart mould. Trim the edges to remove excessive dough. Prick base of each tart with a fork. Fill tarts with filling to about 90% full.

5. Bake in a preheated oven at 180C/355F – 200C/330F for 30-35 minutes until pastry is cooked thoroughly. Leave the tarts in moulds for 5 minutes before turning onto wire rack to cool.

P.S Does my blog take ages to load?? Because it does on my computer- I’m not sure if it’s just me =(
EDIT: Problem fixed….I think =)

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33 Comments

  • esther

    I can totally understand how you're feeling right now! I hope you get a great score, and I'm sure you'll do fine. It's actually midnight where I'm living and whewf… I still have homework. I should go to sleep, but I'm not. And all three of your goodies look great! Can't wait until you're free to see what else you will bake up.

    October 15, 2010 at 7:35 AM Reply
  • lynne

    Totally agree with you about the whole studying thing. I have a huge test (actually two or three) coming up and I'm so tired of studying! At least baking is my stress reliever πŸ™‚
    Your coconut tarts look amazing!

    October 15, 2010 at 3:58 PM Reply
  • Kristy Sayer

    Studying is so mind numbingly boring! Luckily I have a really good memory, so I've never really needed to hardcore study like other people (6+ hours a day? WHAT?!)
    So far, i'm 2 exams down and they've been way easier than expected – phew!

    Good luck with all your exams! πŸ˜€

    October 15, 2010 at 8:24 PM Reply
  • Mochachocolata Rita

    omg! i could smell this from here! πŸ˜€

    October 16, 2010 at 12:06 AM Reply
  • jess @ j3ss kitch3n

    your tarts looks yummy von! and good luck for your exams!!! and yes your blog does take awhile to load but i'm sure it's just the traffic ya.

    October 16, 2010 at 12:57 AM Reply
  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Aww best of luck with the HSC Von! I'm sure you'll do us all proud! πŸ˜€ I admit I hated studying myself! πŸ˜›

    October 16, 2010 at 6:12 AM Reply
  • grub

    sorry for the late comment! i REALLY LIKE the coconut tart photos πŸ˜€ haha you make me crave for them now πŸ˜‰

    my cousin told me HSC started earlier this week! all the best and good luck!! πŸ˜€

    October 16, 2010 at 12:20 PM Reply
  • Chocolate Shavings

    Looks delicious and I love the color on the top of the tart!

    October 16, 2010 at 12:33 PM Reply
  • OohLookBel

    Good luck with the exams, though it's never as bad as you expect (trying to be optimistic here!).
    Please concentrate on your studies for now and we look forward to reading updates on your lovely blog soon =)

    October 16, 2010 at 1:02 PM Reply
  • marla {family fresh cooking}

    These coconut tarts so look amazing & yes you are very lucky to have that teenage metabolism so you can enjoy lots at once! Great pics.

    October 16, 2010 at 1:06 PM Reply
  • A Canadian Foodie

    Good luck on your exams. I am sure you are a straight A student because you WORRY too much… but, study, and then rest and then study and then exercise… you know the drill. It is only 2 weeks. ( πŸ™‚ )
    )P
    Valerie

    October 16, 2010 at 2:32 PM Reply
  • Faith

    I understand how you feel.. Going through law school wasn't very fun since it takes a lot of time studying and preparing. I am sure you'll do great on your exams! Your tart looks great!

    October 16, 2010 at 7:58 PM Reply
  • Maria @ Scandi Foodie

    Good luck! I'm sure these delicious cakes will help you on your exams πŸ˜‰

    October 17, 2010 at 6:54 AM Reply
  • My Little Space

    Hey, don't pressure yourself! Just take it easy and relax, otherwise your brain will became blank! =o( Just try your best and leave the cooking stuffs behind for a while. Be cool! Wishing you all the best, sweetie.
    Blessings, Kristy

    October 17, 2010 at 8:26 AM Reply
  • grace

    oh, how i hated exam time. the feeling of satisfaction upon completion, though, was always amazing. hang in there, and continue to eat yummy things!

    October 18, 2010 at 4:59 AM Reply
  • Shirley @ Kokken69

    Well, it is obvious that food and cooking is your best solution to destress… You beat me to baking Wendy's cream crackers! πŸ™‚ …. All the best to your exams!

    October 18, 2010 at 1:59 PM Reply
  • MaryMoh

    Wow…so much wonderful bakes despite all the exams going on!! You sound more like a professional baker than a student πŸ˜€ Have to agree with you…cooking and baking is more fun than studying, esp exams! πŸ˜› All the best, Von. I'm sure you will do well!

    October 18, 2010 at 7:19 PM Reply
  • Cooking Gallery

    Haha, I can totally understand you! I did my HSC almost 10 years ago (geeeezzz, I am really getting old here ;)) and it was stressy! Good luck, you'll be fine :)!

    October 18, 2010 at 7:59 PM Reply
  • Ladybird

    Good luck! Take care of yourself and do your best, that's all you can ask of yourself πŸ™‚

    October 18, 2010 at 10:23 PM Reply
  • Betty

    goodluck in your exams girly! xo

    October 19, 2010 at 4:14 AM Reply
  • tigerfish

    Good luck in your exams, sweetie! I will help you by eating your coconut tarts πŸ˜›

    October 19, 2010 at 4:49 AM Reply
  • Joudie's Mood Food

    Good luck with your exams. You seem relaxed which is good. And these picturews are just gorgeous! I love donut muffins. And the coconut…. Well hello! Looks Delish.

    October 19, 2010 at 8:09 AM Reply
  • Weng

    My exams are around the corner too. AndI am so stress about it. I hope you will be doing very well. All the best!

    P/s Great blog you have and you can bake well.

    Weng
    I heart My Bakes

    October 20, 2010 at 3:22 PM Reply
  • Juliana

    Good luck on your exams…the coconut tart looks fabulous…love when is a little brownish on top…SO yummie!

    October 20, 2010 at 6:14 PM Reply
  • Vivienne

    best of luck with the rest of your exams…will be over soon. in fact in a few years time you'll probably miss having exams and studying. like me…i do miss hitting the books instead of just surfing online and watch tv after work lol. hahhaa sorry πŸ˜‰
    love the coconut tarts and hope you dont get burnt again in yoru sleep!

    October 21, 2010 at 10:44 AM Reply
  • Emma @CakeMIstress

    Best of luck with your exams!! I hope you achieve what you want to. Life after exams is the best feeling ever! πŸ™‚

    October 24, 2010 at 12:23 PM Reply
  • Anita

    Best of luck with the HSC!! I hope you have a great holiday afterwards – maybe a mix a relaxation and food πŸ™‚ P.S. the tarts look great.

    October 25, 2010 at 10:42 AM Reply
  • tori

    Good luck with the exams- I remember them, they were hideous. I think coffee eclairs were the only things that got me through. Can't wait to see what you produce on the other side.

    October 26, 2010 at 7:58 AM Reply
  • pigpigscorner

    That's a lot of yummy treats! How I hate studying. Good luck!

    October 26, 2010 at 6:15 PM Reply
  • Ellie (Almost Bourdain)

    Soldier on and make more yummy treats!

    October 27, 2010 at 11:32 PM Reply
  • sensiblecooking

    Good Luck with HSC, I wish I was cool like during my finals would have done better then what I did. As I was freaking out too much made lot of mistakes. Love the tart. It looks so yummy.

    October 29, 2010 at 8:11 PM Reply
  • sweetlife

    good luck with your exams, i am sure you will do well…your tarts look awesome…i love all the pics

    sweetlife

    October 30, 2010 at 12:52 AM Reply
  • SteelCityFlan

    Von Von Von! Come back, I miss you πŸ™ I'm sorry you're so swamped in exams, that must be awful. Well, just remember that you're almost through and it will all be worth it in the end! And when you're done, you can come back to posting beautiful food for all of us to drool over πŸ˜€

    October 31, 2010 at 1:18 PM Reply
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