Steamed green pear cake decorated with water caltrop
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Steamed green pear cake decorated with water caltrop
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      Title: Steamed green pear cake decorated with water caltrop
 Categories: Chinese, Ceideburg 2
      Yield: 1 Servings
 
MMMMM----------------STEAMED GREEN PEAR CAKE DECO---------------------

MMMMM--------------------------FILLING-------------------------------
     90 g  Sesame seed
     90 g  Plain flour
     90 g  Lard
     75 g  Syrup
     45 g  Peanut butter

MMMMM---------------------OUTER DOUGH LAYER--------------------------
    150 g  Spinach juice
    110 g  Wheat starch
     35 g  Glutinous flour
    1/2 ts Shrimp roe (optional)
     75 g  Sugar
    1/2 tb Lard
      1 ts Milk powder
    1/8 ts Vanilla essence

MMMMM--------------------------GARNISH-------------------------------
     40 sm Twiglets, washed and dried
 
  INNER DOUGH LAYER: Same as above outer dough layer, except replace
  spinach juice with boiling water.
  
  This one pretty much sums up the idea that in Asia things are not
  always what they seem.  Looking at the picture, I see what are
  obviously steamed pears++complete with stems++with a couple of water
  caltrops on one plate and steamed finger citrons (an Asian fruit that
  looks sorta like a hand) accompanied by a couple of peaches on the
  other plate. (Water caltrops are those seeds that look like a set of
  miniature water buffalo horns.) What these things really are, though,
  are steamed, stuffed sweet dumplings. I really wish I could post a
  .gif with this message. These things look REAL! Somehow, I doubt that
  anyone will want to attempt this one, but here it is just in case.
  
  Establishment: Yung Kee Restaurant 36-40 Wellington Street, Central,
  Hong Kong Chinese Cuisine Practical Class Platinum Award - Desserts
  
  THE NEVER ENDING STORY (12 servings) Chef: Yau Shing (Yung Kee
  Restaurant) "Longevity" would be an over-simplified literal
  translation for this dual presentation of treasured culinary symbols
  crafted out of flour. Peaches symbolize longevity, and fairy tales
  often feature water caltrops (bull horn-shaped roots) as part of the
  fairy diet. The Fairy Mother herself is given peaches on her
  birthdays. The finger citrons, a kind of fruit, have long represented
  Buddha, owing their resemblance to the shape of Buddha's palm.  The
  combination of associations - with long life, happiness, elegance and
  spiritual peace - heightens the diner's admi- ration of the culinary
  sculptures.
  
  To prepare and cook: 1. For sesame paste filling, stir-fry sesame
  seeds in a dry, heated wok until golden. Set a quarter aside and
  grind rest to powder. 2. Stir-fry flour in a dry wok, over a low
  flame, all slightly yellow.  Then sift it.  Mix all filling
  ingredients together. Place in refrigerator until firm. 3. For doughs
  (made in two batches, one with spinach juice, one with boiling
  water). Heat spinach juice or water. Pour hot liquid into a mixing
  bowl containing wheat starch and glutinous flour. Mix well. Remove
  mixture to a clean working surface and add remaining ingredients one
  a time, working up a smooth texture. 4. For pear shaping, form
  spinach-dyed dough into small balls of approximately 4 g each.
  Flatten round discs.  Do same for uncoloured dough. Place one
  uncoloured disc on top of a dyed dough disc.  Place a small portion
  of sesame paste filling on top, and mould discs upwards around it to
  form pear shape. Stick one dry twiglet into top end of pear shape.
  Press lightly on bottom of pear shape to form a firm base. 5. Steam
  for 3 to 5 minutes. (If shrimp roe not available, chocolate powder
  could be dusted over the pears after they have cooled.) (The water
  caltrop garnish recipe is not included. it is also steamed dough with
  colouring.)
  
  




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Recipe ID 24892 (Apr 03, 2005)

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