This is not my first time dealing with natural yeast. The first time i made natural yeast with apple. I didn't continue to bake with the first natural yeast as that time i was a busy working mom (it was 4 years back) and also has limited information of maintaining a natural yeast (the first natural yeast cookbook i bought was in Japanese, Lolz). Until few months back, i met two new friends and now became lost sisters ^_^, Jennifer and Elvina. Jennifer has been baking with natural yeast whereas Elvina love to eat sourdough bread (she is expert in eating very rusty sourdough bread which taste sour , hard and thick crust ^_^). Slowly i was influenced by them and start back to make my own natural yeast with the consultation by Jennifer and few of my Instagram's friends. This time i made Sourdough starter just using flour and water. There are many ways to get natural yeast, Asian way usually used dried fruits or fresh fruits to make yeast water then add flour to make the starter. This time i prefer simple way of natural yeast using sourdough method, just need flour and water, which are easily obtain in my kitchen. Some of you might already know the benefits of baking with natural yeast, if you not, please google for the answers as i am not the expert to tell you the benefits. Some of you may ask me will the bread using sourdough starter tasted sour? If you are making a rustic country bread, yes, it taste sour because of long fermentation. If you using it to make Asian sweet buns,even you can make into bao or kuih-muih, you will not taste sour because the short fermentation and the way of keeping the starter (will share later).
This was one of the mooncake recipe that i didn't expect to be nice, so i made a small batch. But it turned out nice and less sweet. The pastry turned soft very fast, only took overnight to become soft. Anyway it was quite difficult to handle the soft custard filling while shaping. Hopefully i can improve this recipe if i make again next year ^_^.
I am happy to find out this snowskin recipe that didn't using Gao flour (cooked flour ) and shortening . After my friend Jane tried out this recipe and she said the taste is nice and dough also easy to handle, I also immediately try out after her good comment ^_^.
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After the last attempted of Pie Tee, i didn't attempt again until now. When my friend said she wants to make Curry Kapitan for the potluck gathering at her house. Immediately i think of to make this Pie Tee since both are also Nyonya foods.