Friday, March 30, 2012

#343_Sweet Potato PanCakes Surprise

No More ‘Mallows Picketer

In the Philippines, Sweet Potato, known as Kamote is one of the staples that we always eat almost every day of the week, whether as a snack or as a breakfast item.
When we were growing up my mother always told us not to peel the Sweet Potatoes when we eat them because nutrients were hiding in those peels. She was right. Aside from a good source of fiber, Sweet potatoes have plenty of nutrients in them

My Sweet Potato PanCakes Surprise

I call it Sweet Potato PanCakes Surprise because you can surprise your family or friends with different fillings in the cakes each time you make them. They are like chocolates in a sense that people will never know what they're gonna get until they bite into it.

Here's my "surprise" for today.

My recipe is super easy to prepare and is very forgiving. Nobody can go wrong with it, in fact when I make this, I just eyeball everything.

My simple filling is composed of (mostly leftovers) sliced ham, sliced cooked chicken, grated jalapeno jack cheese. If I have leftover roast beef I'd throw it in there too with peas & carrots.

Here's my recipe for the Sweet Potato Cake Surprise

2 lbs. Sweet Potatoes
1/2 stick butter
Microwave the Sweet Potatoes for 5 minutes until soft (microwave one at a time).
Mash with fork until smooth. Stir in the butter or mash sweet potatoes and butter together.

For the filling:
1 cup cooked chicken, sliced into cubes (I used left over rotisserie chicken)
1 cup sliced ham
pinch salt
dash of freshly cracked pepper
1 cup jalapeno jack cheese, grated
Mix everything in a bowl

1 cup panko bread crumbs for coating the cakes
Canola oil for frying

1) Put the Panko bread crumbs in a bowl. Drop about 1/2 cup of mashed sweet potatoes right into the bread crumbs, spreading them out to form a circle.
2) Put about 1/4 cup of fillings on the mashed sweet potatoes.
3) Make a patty by taking another 1/2 cup of mashed sweet potatoes and place it on top of the filling, covering the entire bottom sweet potatoes. Sprinkle patty with more crumbs.
4) Repeat procedure until everything is used up. You might have some leftover fillings you can use for something else.
5) Heat about 2 TB canola oil in a frying pan and fry the patties, 3-4 patties at a time depending on the size.

Spread out mashed Sweet Potatoes on the bread crumbs forming a circle.
It doesn't have to be a perfect circle.

Put some fillings on the mashed sweet potatoes and make a patty.

Coat patties with Panko bread crumbs

Just a little bit of oil is needed to fry these cakes.

Serve them with maple syrup if you desire.


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

#342_Mad Hatter Cake

Here's my take on a Mad Hatter Cake
Sorry, folks, I don't have time to blog this minute, so I'm just posting pictures of my latest project.
Mad Hatter is a character in the Disney movie, Alice in Wonderland and I was commissioned to make a cake, and this is what I came up with.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

#341_Three-Cheese Chicken and Ham Pan de Sal

I was going to make some Cheese Pimiento Pandesal, but somehow I made a detour along the way, (when I opened the fridge) and ended up with a filling that is somewhat "pizza-ish" and somewhat "cordon bleu-ish" instead of just a simple cheese plus pimiento filling. No regrets though because I just love the outcome. It's incredibly flavorful and has a little bit of kick from the Jalapeno Cheese.

For the filling, I threw in some Jalapeno Cheese, Sharp Cheddar and Swiss Cheese mixed with slices of ham and cooked chicken (left over Costco rotisserie chicken). Mixed altogether.
For the dough, I used the Pan de Sal recipe found on this blog, click here.

I divided the dough into 24 pieces, (these are huge pieces), flattened them out and placed some filling on the dough pieces. Shaped each into Siopao fashion.

Follow the rest of procedure in making Pandesal, i.e.....
Roll each filled dough in bread crumbs and arrange them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Let dough rise sufficiently. Bake in a 350 degrees pre-heated oven.

These baked for 23 minutes.


Saturday, March 10, 2012

#340_Homemade Hamburger Buns

Sandwich or Hamburger Buns in 60 minutes

I've owned a Kitchen Aid stand mixer for over 20 years now, but have never used it to make dough until today. I only use the stand mixer for whipping cream, making icing or frosting. I love using it to whip the meringue for Chiffon Cake, but never made dough using it because I'm hooked with my bread machine.
Today that has changed because the dough recipe for this bun was made using the stand mixer, and I wanted to follow exactly the recipe and procedure.
So I followed everything in the recipe except for the rising time because my house is kind of cold. We keep the temperature in our house at 64 degreesF, a comfortable temperature for me and hubby, but not for the buns.(no pun intended). This means that doughs rise a little longer in my kitchen.

The recipe is from a blog, Wives with Knives, click here for the link.

I don't have to say it because as you can see from the picture the buns came out perfect....the height, the size, the texture. They have a lot of substance. Perfect for any kind of sandwich. Although they might not be as perfectly shaped as the ones made by the blogger on Wives with Knife, hubby says they taste really good, a lot better than Sara Lee.
You see I made these for deli sandwiches for Sunday dinner, which is tomorrow, but he can't wait to taste them so he made himself a couple of PJ sandwiches. I'm glad he volunteered to taste test them for me because he is good at it. I trust his taste because he never fails. When he says something is really good, he means it. I only wish though that I can also get him to taste test the Filipino food that I make.
Anyways, if you want to try this recipe you can just go to the link and get the recipe there.

Enjoy the buns!

Update picture:

Here's the deli sandwich