Fondant Icing

FONDANT is a french word which means melting. There are two kinds of FONDANT. First type of fondant is a POURED FONDANT. It is a creamy confection used as filling or coating for cakes, pastries and other sweets like candies. I haven’t tried tis type of fondant. But I am very well-versed with the second type of fondant which is the ROLLED FONDANT or FONDANT ICING. This kind of fondant is generally used to decorate wedding cakes. It has a gelatin and glycerine to make the sugar pliable and like a dough texture. The best and easiest way to make fondant icing is by using powdered sugar and melted marshmallows. I never had a formal training in baking nor in cake decorating. But with faith and diligence, I tried tons of times to have a perfect consistency of the fondant I use to cover my cakes. I love to stare the beauty and elegance of fondant cakes. Fondant cakes make me feel the guilt destroying the perfectly designed cake once I wedge the knife into the cake. Anyway, I am sharing my basic recipe on how to make fondant icing. But I tell you, it will take you about 4-6 times to make this perfect and the fondant’s approach would vary with the microwave oven, weather, humidity, pressure and quantity. So never give up if you did not get this the first time. Click here to view some of my fondant cakes. FONDANT ICING 16 ounces marshmallows 2 lb confectioner sugar 2-4 tbsp. water 1/2 cup shortening flavoring food coloring Put all your marshmallows into the large bowl. Add water. Microwave for 30 seconds. Take the bowl out of the microwave and stir. Put it back again in the microwave oven for 30 minutes....

Banana Bread Loaf Jul06

Banana Bread Loaf

BANANA BREAD should never be compromised. This recipe assures you with a moist and packed with loads of all-natural banana flavor, with no artificial flavoring, no vanilla into it. I love this BANANA BREAD LOAF when it is lightly toasted to have a light crunch on the outside and so soft and moist inside. The almonds will also give a nice blend of nut and the bread. But it will still taste at its best even without the almonds. You may also want to try my recipe of BANANA LEMON BREAD. A banana bread with a delicate kick of a lemon. BANANA BREAD LOAF 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup white sugar 2 eggs, beaten 2 1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas 3/4 cup sliced almonds Preheat oven to to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 2 pans of 6×4 size. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, cream together butter, brown sugar and white sugar. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Add the flour mixture into banana mixture. Add half of the sliced almonds into the mixture. Pour the batter into prepare loaf pan. Then top the mixture with the rest of the sliced almonds. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Let the BANANA BREAD LOAF cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then tranfer onto a wire rack. Slice and...

Pinoy Style Baked Macaroni...

And everybody loves pasta. And we love most our own PINOY STYLE BAKED MACARONI. It is just simply a bunch of cooked pasta, combined with a meaty sweet tomatosauce and topped with a very easy to make creamy cheese topping. If you don’t have an oven at home, you can still enjoy this recipe by heating a large pan, then there toss your pasta and the meaty sauce, cook until pasta absorb the sauce. Make sure you do this on a low heat so as to prevent your pasta from being overcooked. Enjoy! You may also try this pasta recipes: CREAMY FETTUCCINI and CHEESY ZITI. PINOY STYLE BAKED MACARONI 1 kilo elbow macaroni Pinoy style spaghetti sauce: 3 tbsp. butter 500 grams ground lean beef 500 grams corned beef 1 cup chopped ham 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced 2 medium white onions, peeled and diced 250 grams tomato sauce 1 cup fresh red tomatoes, seeds removed diced 1/2 cup Filipino banana catsup 500 grams sweet-style spaghetti sauce 2 tbsp. brown sugar 3 tbsp. tomato paste 1 piece beef buillon (optional) 1/2 cup water salt ground black pepper cheese sauce: 4 tbsp. butter 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 2 1/2 cup fresh milk 1/2 tsp. salt 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese 1 block of cream cheese, cubed salt Cook you elbow macaroni pasta according to package directions. Drain, rinse, drain and set aside. To make the sauce, heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet. Brown ground beef, transfer in a bowl and set aside. With the remaining butter, saute garlic, tomatoes and onions. Add the corned beef and chopped, cook for few minutes, stirring occassionaly. Add browned ground beef. Add tomato sauce, Pinoy banana catsup and spaghetti sauce, cook for 7-10 minutes...

Sweet Chicken Adobo with Fried Potatoes Feb07

Sweet Chicken Adobo with Fried Potatoes...

ADOBO is a FILIPINO classic dish. A mastered dish of every moms and a weakness of every dads in Philippine Islands. A truly easy and flexible dish that only requires a perfect combination of salty, sour and sweet taste. A hundred ways to cook ADOBO still to try, but just don’t forget the secret ingredient which is the Bay Leaves or Laurel Leaves. I made a SWEET CHICKEN ADOBO WITH FRIED POTATOES to make it more kid-friendly taste. I separately fried the potatoes to make a change. I ate this dish with the fried potatoes on the side instead of rice. And it was great pair, pouring the sweet Adobo sauce on fried potatoes, YUMMY! You may also try ADOBONG BABOY or ADOBONG PUSIT. SWEET CHICKEN ADOBO with FRIED POTATOES 1 kilo chicken cut-up 1/2 cup light soy sauce 3 tbsp. cooking oil 7 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed 2 medium onions, peeled and quartered 10 black peppercorns 4-5 laurel or bay leaves 1 cup water 1/4 cup vinegar 1/2 cup brown sugar 5 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced into bite-sizes cooking oil Season potatoes with salt. Heat oil in a pan. Fry potatoes until cooked and tender. Drain excess oil and set aside. Combine the first eight ingredients in a covered pot large enough to hold the chicken in one layer. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, covered, about 30-40 minutes, turning once or twice, until chicken is cooked through. Season with vinegar and brown sugar. You can adjust the flavor with adding water, soy sauce, vinegar or sugar. Serve your SWEET CHICKEN ADOBO with fried potatoes on the side or steamed white...

Fried Chicken with Bread Crumbs Feb03

Fried Chicken with Bread Crumbs...

CRISPY FRIED CHICKEN, HOT AND SPICY FRIED CHICKEN and PAN-FRIED CHICKEN are some of the ways to fry chicken cut ups. This time, I am going to share a BREADED FRIED CHICKEN. A very easy and juicy fried chicken that you will surely make again and again. This BREADED FRIED CHICKEN recipe is best if you are planning for a children’s birthday party to be paired with my MEATY SPAGHETTI. You will surely put a smile on your kids face on each bite. FRIED CHICKEN WITH BREAD CRUMBS 1 kilo fresh chicken, cut-up 6 tbsp. kalamansi juice 3 tbsp. salt 2 cups cooking oil 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 2 cups bread crumbs 2 eggs Wash chicken cut-up with running water and drain. In a large bowl, marinate chicken with kalamansi juice and salt for 1 hour. After marinating the chicken, add flour into the chicken cut-ups, coating all chicken cut-up. This is easy when you use your hands in coating the chicken. Put the bread crumbs on a shallow plate. Beat eggs in a separate bowl. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Dip each chicken cut-up in egg then drop the chicken cut-up into bread crumbs. Make sure to coat chicken cut-up well. Fry the chicken cut-up. Do with the rest of the chicken cut-up. Make sure that chicken should be completely immersed in oil. Do not overcrowd the pan, allowing one inch space between each cut-up. Fry chicken until golden brown and tender, turning the cut-ups, about 6-7 minutes on each side. Use a wire mesh strainer to remove excess oil. Serve with steaming white rice or with a...

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