Happy Chinese New Year!

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Here is a cute one and below is the controversial one for shits and gigs… lol

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OK now let me act my age of 32 now.. so I know that the actual day was almost a week ago but we Asians like to celebrate it for 2 weeks so I decided a late post was acceptable. I grew up never really celebrating or ever receiving a red envelope until I was like almost 30. Yes, my parents were that type which honestly is fine and dandy by me and I feel the same for my non-existent (but hopefully soon) children. However, now that we are married and have nephews and godson/daughter and friends, we do give some out which I’m completely fine with. I get adorable pics in return. I also like to cook a special meal as well.

This year was the ultimate meal because Superbowl 50 was the day before and we always host that so I did a combined Superbowl/CNY party and cooked a small feast of Superbowl goods with Dimsum goodies for CNY and of course I baked.

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I know this is a baking blog but I also love cooking too and very much so like to make things fresh as much as possible. Bottom pic is Lion’s Head Meatball and Black Bean Spareribs. Top pic is the Chile Lime Wings, Sticky Rice (hidden behind the cups), Shui Mai (I did cheat and bought wrappers due to time constraint), Stuffed Mushrooms, and 100% Homemade Chao Shao Baos. There were the usual guac, chips, etc too.

For Dessert – homemade mochi and matcha fortune cookies…

Lessons learned from the Mochi on the right. As you can see, the bottom wasn’t fully covered. I thought my scoops of ice cream were small enough but clearly they were not becuase I cut pretty big mochi circles. They get a little tough after freezing but was super easy to make.

As for the fortune cookies, easy recipes but hard to shape and you have to be FAST and not fear burning your fingers. Also make sure you keep the cookie wafers thin. Towards the end, I got lazy and everything was wafers lol.

Matcha Fortune Cookies

Adapted from The Jewels of NY

Makes about 30 cookies

1 stick plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

8 large egg whites

1 ½ cups superfine sugar

2 cups all purpose flour

Pinch of salt

6 tablespoons heavy cream

3 teaspoons water

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 teaspoons matcha powder

 

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet liberally with nonstick cooking spray. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low heat, and set it aside.

Beat the egg whites and sugar on medium speed in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment for 30 seconds. Gradually add the flour and salt, and beat until incorporated. Add the butter, heavy cream, water, and vanilla extract, and beat until incorporated. Add Matcha Powder and beat again

Pour a tablespoon of batter onto the baking sheet, and spread with the back of a spoon into a thin circle. Leave 2 inches of space between each cookie . Bake the cookies on the middle oven rack for 6-8 minutes, or until the edges slightly darken. Once you take it out of the oven, you have to be really quick to shape so I recommend not baking too many at once.

To shape the cookies, use an offset spatula to lift up a cookie, and place a fortune onto the center of the cookie. Use your fingers to fold the cookie in half, and pinch the edges together to form a loose semicircle. Carefully bend the two open ends of the cookie together, allowing the two sides of the cookie to expose the center. Place the cookie onto cookie rack or plate, to allow it to set. Repeat with the remaining cookies.

And if you are wondering what I did with the extra egg yolk, I made a egg yolk citrus cake…

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