Monday, August 29, 2011

RAYA SPECIAL - STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE

Alhamdulillah, finally we are in our final day of Ramadan and Insyallah tomorrow all muslim in the world will be celebrating Eid Al-Fitr (Eid Mubarak), often abbreviated as simply Eid, an Islamic holiday or Muslim Festival of marks the end of Holy Ramadan, the month of fasting. On the day of the celebration, a typical Muslim family gets up very early and attends special prayers held only for the occasion in  mosques.The festivities and merriment start after the prayers with visits to the homes of friends and relatives and thanking the Creator for all blessings. Ramadan Eid is a time to come together as a community and to renew friendship and family ties. This is a time for peace for all Muslims in the world to devote to prayers and mutual well-being.

It's a thanksgiving day to ALLAH and lady of the house will be busy preparing food for the celebrations. Ketupat, lemang, lontong soto, nasi briyani what so ever will be the favorite menu and today most house hold will be busy preparing the dishes.

I just completed by final two baking last "sahur", two cakes for Raya, Strawberry Shortcake  and Chocolate Layer Cake. Today after 10 am. I will be busy preparing the main course for tomorrow. This year I made a simple cake to compliment the cookies and main dish. This English shortcake is easy to prepare and a hit with my children.

Strawberry shortcake is a classic British food traditional cake dish recipe. It is a great accompaniment to an English Afternoon tea. Strawberry shortcake is an English favourite, soft shortcake with two layers of strawberries topped with whipped cream. Strawberry shortcake captures all the tastes of Summer in one dish.  You can have it for HARI RAYA too.

Half of the cake gone yesterday after "buka puasa" and most likelyhood I have to prepare another cake for the guest. I got this recipe from hippoflambe.com., taste and process just like sponge cake. Made into two different mould and sandwich it with strawberry jam. It would be great if you can prepare some cream filling and topping. I made mine simple!!! anyway it's great.

Sponge Cake
Adapted from hippoflambe.com

4 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp all purpose flour
4 egg yolks
1 1/2 cups of sugar (divided use)
3/4 cups hot water
grated rind of 2 lemons
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
4 egg whites beaten until stiff, but not dry
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup unbleached all purpose flour


Melt the butter slowly in a small saucepan over low heat. When the butter is melted whisk in the 2 Tbsp flour. Brush the flour/butter mixture on the insides of two 8 inch cake pans and set aside, not next to the oven. Preheat the oven to 350°.


Beat the egg yolks until thick and lemon colored (this is much easier with the best quality eggs. While beating the eggs slowly add 1 cup of sugar. Mix in the hot water, lemon rind, lemon juice, salt and baking powder and the rest of the sugar.

Fold in the beaten egg whites. Once the egg whites are thoroughly incorporated sift the flours over the batter and fold it in. 

Pour the batter into the two prepared cake pans and bake in the center of the oven for 20 - 25 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool completely in the pans on a cooling rack.

Topping
Heavy/whipping cream
Organic strawberries 

Put the whipping cream in a bowl and whip using an electric beater, stand mixer or immersion blender to until soft peaks form. Remove the cakes from the pan by inverting on to a plate or cake stand. Spread the bottom layer heavily with whipped cream and cover with sliced strawberries. Spread the strawberries with more whipped cream and then place the top layer on the cake. Spread the top with more whipped cream and place sliced strawberries on top. Serve at once
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Alhamdulillah akhirnya kita berjaya menghadapi sebarang dugaan dan cubaan RAMADAN, insyallah esok adalah hari kemenangan yang akan diraikan oleh setiap muslim dan muslimah seluruh dunia. Cepat betul masa berlalu ya!!!!. Ini ini semua akan sibuk menyediakan juadah Syawal. Hari ini last la ya menu berbuka, biasanya kalau final day ni menunya simple-simple aje sebab udah kecapekaan menyediakan ketupat dan rendang. Cadangnya petang  ini untuk berbuka ni nak goreng kuay teaw aje.

Menu esok pastinya Nasi Impit, ketupat dan Rendang, insyallah, raya kedua sudah berpuasa 6 pula... dan kalau tidak ada aral melintang raya saya yang sebetulnya ialah pada 7 Syawal selepas complete puasa 6 nanti. Untuk Raya tahun ini saya cuma menyediakan dua jenis kek sahaja - Strawberry English Shortcake dan Chocolate Layer Cake, buat untuk anak-anak dan teman-teman mereka yang berkunjung ke rumah. English Strawberry Shortcake ini adalah lebih kurang sama dengan Victoria Sandwich, cuma cara menyediakanya agak berbeza sedikit, resipi ini lebih mirip kepada sponge cake dimana telur dipukul dengan gula. Sedap dan sesuai sebagai sajian HARI RAYA ini untuk melengkapkan suasama. Kepada semua pengunjung PATYSKITCHEN saya mengambil kesempatan ini untuk mengucapkan selamat HARI RAYA dan ampun dan MAAF jika ada terkasar bahasa dan tersilap. Semoga semua mendapat keberkatan di hari mulia ini. kepada yang pulang ke kampung HATI-HATI di jalan raya dan raikanlah kemenagan ini dengan sebaik-baik yang diingati oleh agama.


Next Post - Chocolate Layer Cake

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