Freshly and Lovingly Baked on : 8th Aug 2015
I think hard and long at every available moments this week as to what I should be baking for Singapore’s Jubilee Year Celebration. We are 50 years old! I thought about baking a Singapore flag, I thought about baking a SG50 logo. I thought about the outline of Singapore. I thought about the various bake goods I can use to express those ideas. Somehow, I am limited by my skillset. I firmly believe that you are your greatest challenge. I been trying to outdo every bake. But this time round, it seems like my technical limitations is not allowing me to fully exploit some of the ideas that I have.
Anyway, limitations aside, I remain grateful to the one that has made it all happen. Today, I am baking “him” again. But this time round, it is a cartoonist’s version of him. I saw it on the web and do not know who is the cartoonist in question so I am not able to give him the credit for it.
In such a bake, I would usually use royal icing to pipe the faces. However, this time round, I am using the same cookie dough to do so. So here goes:
240g Rice Flour (sifted)
100g Icing Sugar (sifted)
1 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
100g Unsalted Butter
Cream the butter by whipping it fast with a mixer. Then add in the icing sugar slowly and incorporated it well. Next, add in the vanilla extract before adding the egg. Combine these ingredients well and then add in the rice flour batch by batch until it all come together. The dough will weigh about 485g. Take out 435g of the dough and roll it out flat with thickness of about 5 mm. Rest it in the freezer while you work on the 50g of dough that is left behind.
Additional ingredients required for the piping dough:
3.5 Tsp Fresh Milk
1/8 Tsp Charcoal Powder
Add in these additional ingredients into the dough and ensure it is all well incorporated. You do not need to put this piping dough into the fridge since we need it soft.
Once you are done, take out the rolled out dough from the freezer and you can start cutting it out with a round cookie cutter or whatever shape you desire. Once the cookies are cut out, rest them in the freezer for another 5 minutes before baking them in a preheated oven of 180 degree for 10 minutes.
However, if you like to pipe with the cookie dough, then take the cut out cookies from the freezer after it has rested for 5 minutes. Pipe whatever design that you like onto it. Once the designs are piped, return the finished products to the freezer for another 5 minutes.
Once that is done, bake it as per above instructions.
Once baked, take it out from the oven and let it cool 2 minutes before removing them from the bake tray. Cool completely before storage. ;) I know it does not do the cartoonist version of Mr Lee Kuan Yew any justice but I am happy with it. I am happy to be able to create my own cookie dough for piping purposes too!