Lemon Yoghurt Cheese Tart

I made these tart for our 20th wedding anniversary. I initially did not intend to blog it when I was making it so my pictures were limited. I was worried about my left eye which will be needing a minor surgery the next day. It is an outpatient procedure with local anaesthesia but still I was scared. I have posted the picture at social media and got some request to share the recipe. So in order to be able to share to people I have promised to, I made it again today to take photos of the steps I have missed previously. This recipe yields 10 tarts.

Ingredients (crust)

  • 190g all purpose flour
  • 40g almond flour
  • 80g white sugar
  • 30g well beaten egg
  • 150g cold butter (cube)
  • 1 well beaten egg white for brushing

Method

  • Prepare 10 tart ring case (8 cm in diameter, 2 cm in height), set aside
  • Sieve all purpose flour, almond flour and sugar together and whisk it all together
  • Add the butter into the flour
  • Wear plastic glove, and use the tip of your finger to rub the butter on to the flour. The texture should look like sand, coarse and crumbly. The method is similar to how you make streusels.
  • Add in the egg, then knead until a dough is form. Lay the dough on plastic wrap, flatten it out and chill for at least two hours.
  • Preheat the oven at 180 degree celsius. Lay the baking tray with wax paper or baking sheet. Set aside.
  • On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough for about 3mm thick. lightly flour the surface of the dough as well to prevent it from sticking to the rolling pin. Note: You have to work as quickly as possible and avoid touching the dough as much as as you can.
  • Use the tart ring to cut the dough as shown on the picture below. Lift it with a scraper and transfer it to the baking tray. Cut as closely as possible. Cut 10 strips of dough with width slightly higher than the tart ring, this will be place inside the tart case as shown on the picture below. Gently press the bottom corner so that the side and base dough will bind together. Trim off the edges with a knife. Poke holes on the base of the dough. Do the same with rest of the tart. Rest the dough for 15-20 minute. (leaving it at room temperature is fine) . The resting will help prevent shrinkage
  • Bake for 15-16 minutes. Brush the inside of the tart with egg white, bake it for another 2 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it cool down. Gently remove the tart ring.

Ingredients (Filling)

  • 200g cream cheese (cube)
  • 110g Vanilla Yoghurt ( yoplait brand)
  • 80g sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 100g lemon juice
  • 110g well beaten egg

Method

  • Add the cream cheese, yoghurt, vanilla and sugar in a sauce pan. Use medium heat to melt all the ingredients together. Whisk every now and then. The melting will take some time. Let it cool down to room temperature.
  • Add in the egg into the cooled down mixture. Whisk until well combine.
  • Sieve the mixture (2x) to ensure a smooth texture
  • Preheat the oven at 160 degree celsius
  • Pour the lemon yoghurt cheese mixture into the tart case. Fill it up to the rim.
  • Bake for 10 mins. The centre will be slightly jiggly.
  • Remove from the oven and let it cool down before piping the meringue

Note : overbaked or too hot oven will result to a wrinkly top or shrinkage after baking.

Ingredients (Meringue )

  • 188g Meringue powder (I used Phoon huat brand)
  • 60g water

Method

  • Ensure that the bowl, spatula and beater that you will use is grease free.
  • Add the meringue powder in your mixing bowl, followed by the water.
  • Use a spatula and mix until well combined
  • Use a mixer, mix at high speed until a stiff peak is formed.
  • Transfer the meringue into a piping bag with piping tip 104 or any other tip that you desired. pipe it on top of the tart.
  • Use a blow torch and torch the tip as shown on picture below.

The tarts are best eaten within the day. =)

Single Proofed Butter Sugar Buns

Super Soft and Fluffy

It has been a while since I blogged on a new recipe for bread. I have been procrastinating to blog because have not been in my best physical condition, having suffering from insomnia, neck and shoulder. Anyways, today I felt a lot better because I was able to sleep and my pain was more manageable. So here I am blogging and sharing with you a new recipe.

This recipe yields a very soft fluffy buns, simple delectable treats to cheer you up. You don’t even need any filling to go with it, its perfect all on its own!

Ingredients

  • 250g bread flour
  • 30g sugar
  • 3g instant active yeast
  • 130g milk
  • 60g egg
  • 20g butter
  • 3g salt

Topping

  • 16 small chunks of butter
  • sugar

Other

  • 20×20 cm tray
  • baking paper
  • egg wash (1 beaten egg + 1 tbs water)

Method

  • Preheat the oven at 160 degree celsius
  • Lay the baking paper on the tray
  • Add all the bread flour, yeast, and sugar into the mixer followed by the wet ingredients (eggs and milk)
  • Use the J hook to knead the dough at low speed. Knead until dough is formed
  • Add in the butter and knead for about 2 minutes at speed 2 ( low speed)
  • Add in the salt and continue to knead at speed 2. Knead until you reach window pane stage. This will take for about 15-17 minutes depending on your machine. I am using Kenwood ChefXL titanium. The window pane stage is essential (refer to picture below)
  • Remove from the mixer, cover the dough and let it rest for 5 minutes. This dough has a high hydration and therefore would be a little tacky, please refrain from adding more flour unless it is way too sticky to handle. High hydration will result in a super soft bun =)
  • Divide the dough to 16 pcs. (roughly 30-31g each)
  • Cover the dough and let it rest for 15 minutes.
  • Round the dough tightly into a smooth ball and place it on the tray. Do the same for the rest of the dough.
  • Cover and let it proof for an hour and half or until double in size
  • Use a scissor to snip the top of the dough to create an incision. Refer to image below
  • Place a small piece of butter into the incision. Please avoid putting too big chunk, you will end up with an oily buns.
  • Brush the buns with egg wash , then sprinkle with sugar on top
  • Bake the buns for 20 minutes. Turn the tray at 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the tray and baking paper, let it cool down on a wire rack.
look at the texture, the strand looks like cotton candy lol