Saturday, 18 July 2015


Posted by Kim Fong On 9:10 pm

When someone says "profiteroles" it's usually followed by a "Yum!" reaction from me. Seeing profiteroles (even a picture of one) is usually followed by salivation. Yes I LOVE profiteroles! However, every time I've tried to make it, I'd fail miserably. I had never successfully made choux pastry. I've been through numerous recipes, even a Gordon Ramsey recipe where I watched his video on YouTube! Granted after every failed attempt, I'd sulk until I'd forgotten about my failure. 

In recent times, I've resorted to just buying it or getting others to make it. Especially at Christmas, my cousin Evelyn would bring a batch to the family gathering. Secretly, it was probably the one thing that motivated me to come to these functions.

During the year, my friend's mum would kindly make us a batch occasionally for our dinner parties / board game nights. Impressed every time we saw that platter of cream-filled chocolate covered sweet morsels, I finally got my hands on her recipe. I tried it out and SUCCESS! It was taken from a recipe book supplied with a kitchen electrical appliance of some sort. Who would have thought those picture-less books would have such good recipes!? Oh well, I'm not complaining. In fact, I'm grateful! I'm not going to try any other recipe. I'm not going to try and modify this recipe. That's it! It works and here it is, drop the mic, shut it down. The search ends here!

Huge thank you to Pete and his mum for this recipe! 

Makes about 30 (but this will vary depending on how big/small you like them)

Choux Pastry
80g butter
1 cup water
1 cup plain flour, sifted
4 eggs

1. Preheat over to 220C. Line two oven trays with baking paper.

2. Place butter and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat and bring to just a boil slowly. 

3. Add flour to the butter water mixture all at once and beat/stir with a wooden spoon until dough forms and leaves the side of the pan. 

Note: Using a wooden spoon doesn't fluctuate the temperature of the mixture. This is important for this recipe.

4. Remove dough from heat and cool slightly. Place dough in a large mixing/stand-mixer bowl. and beat with the paddle attachment on medium for about a minute. This will further cool the mixture. 

5. Add eggs one at a time. Beat well after each addition. You will notice the texture of the mixture change after adding each egg. After the fourth egg, it will be stiff and shiny. Increase the mixer speed to high and beat for another minute.

6. Fill mixture in a piping bag with a large nozzle (or no nozzle). Pipe rounds of dough onto prepared baking trays. Using wet fingers, push down the peaks of the rounds to avoid them getting more burnt than the rest. If you don't have a piping bag, you can drop tablespoons of dough onto the tray.

7. Bake for 15 minutes at 220C. DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN DURING THIS TIME. Reduce the heat to 160C and make for another 15 minutes. Turn oven off and make a small slit in each puff and leave in the oven to cool, keeping the oven door open a-jar. 

Creme Patisserie (custard filling)
2 cups milk
1 tsp vanilla essence
4 egg yolks
1/3 cup caster sugar
1/3 cup corn starch

1. Place milk and vanilla in a medium saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil.

2. I a separate bowl, whisk egg yolks and sugar together until thick and pale. Add corn starch and whisk to combine.

3. Slowly pour in hot milk mixture to the egg mixture and continue to whisk. Pour mixture back into pan and keep whisking over medium-high heat until thick. This may take about 10 minutes or so. Remove from heat, cover surface with plastic wrap and set aside to cool. 

150g Dark melting chocolate, roughly chopped
70ml thicken cream

1. Heat cream in a small saucepan over medium heat until just boiled. Remove from heat and add chocolate. Stir until all chocolate has melted. Set aside to cool slightly.

Assembling the Profiteroles
Once both custard and choux puffs are cool, fill custard in a piping bag and pipe to fill the choux puffs using the slits you made earlier. 

Gently spoon chocolate mixture over the top of each puff. Set aside or in fridge to allow the chocolate to set. 

Serve fresh! 

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Arancini Balls

Posted by Kim Fong On 7:39 pm

Combing the aisles of Costco, there has been countless times where I would stare longingly into the freezer window, gazing at the frozen, pre-made Arancini balls. Slowly but surely, I would start salivating like a Pavlov puppy. However, I'm frequently deterred from buying it after reading the list of ingredients. Thinking "Pshhhh! I can make that!". Ha! Never happened...

My most recent visit, I talked myself into buying, only to be shut down by my dear OG - "I'll make it for you!". Here I'm thinking - "YES!!! WOOO!" Then... "we've never made it before, can't be that hard to make - right?"

Researching recipe after recipe around the world - there are fried versions, baked versions. Leave them overnight versions. All sorts of bread crumb types. Some people get really into it with such laborious and elaborate recipes. Which I'm sure it's worth it, if you have the time. For me I was after something simple, tasty and ingredients easy to find. I wanted little fried balls of rice with cheese that are super tasty. Not a tall ask.

So I decided to sorta wing it. And it turned out so well. Oh my goodness! Mmm!
These are great for using up leftover risotto. And I would really only consider making these again should risotto be on the menu.

There really isn't a set recipe. However I've outlined a few simple steps outlined below.

1. Make your favourite risotto. And there are so many types however I'd recommend not a sloppy one. One that is less like porridge or thick soup. Should your risotto be too wet, it won't hold as a ball and I suggest adding flour to your risotto to thicken it up.

2. Stir in a generous amount of grated cheese. Around 1:3 ratio to risotto. I recommend a pizza cheese type mix such as cheddar, mozzarella, parmesan. Ensure the cheese gratings are pretty small. I found some cheese gratings that were bigger to be less suited to ball forming. 

3. Form cheese/rice mixture into balls. The size is up to you. I made them about a ping pong ball size - about 1 - 2 tablespoons. If you want, you could place a piece of soft cheese in the centre.

4. Roll the balls into flour, then beaten egg wash, then panko bread crumbs.

5. Heat oil in a heavy base skillet to about 1 to 2cm deep. The oil is hot when you place a wooden utensil and the oil bubbles around the utensil. Turn heat down to medium.

6. Carefully fry the arancini balls. Be sure not to crowd the pan. Turn after 2 to 3 minutes to fry the other side. 

7. Remove from pan and drain on a paper towel. Serve warm with a sprinkling of grated parmesan. 

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