Saturday, October 22, 2011

Daughter Full-Month # 1: Hakka Xi Ban(客家喜粄)

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Yesterday we celebrate our daughter Full-month. Like other home bakers we used to bake own stuffs instead of order from outside as gifts for friends and relatives. The must have one is hard-boiled eggs or red eggs. This is the only one that my confinement lady done for me. I adapt Sonia advice of using vinegar and red colouring for the colours. It works very well compare with water+colouring mixture. Due to my camera quality I can’t get the “bright” red colour like Sonia. Sorry for the poor photo. :P

Few days before Full-month, I read about Hakka Xi Ban in Wendy’s blog. Since I’m Hakka and “Xi” in Hakka means “Happiness” I decide to add this as one of to make lists. I’m sure not much people knowing about this kuih. I hope my friends will like them just like me.

The pound cake that I choose is Elvis Presley’s favourite pound cake. This butter cake has very good comments from fellow blogger friends. Therefore I decide to add this into my to bake list.

I bake some muffins, chocolate chips and banana muffins. The method of mixing dry and wet ingredients save my day. I had to plan wisely as my confinement lady doesn’t know any about baking. These simple and yet delicious muffins are my choice. I need to save time for the chiffon cakes and pound cake.
These chocolate chips muffins are well commented by fellow bloggers. I had seen these in Cook.Bake.Love, Small Small Baker, The Kitchen 70, Eileen, and 爱'生活 My Life (their lovely muffins attracted my attention).  Actually I baked the 1st batch few days before the actual day. My kids like them and keep asking for one when he saw those muffins inside the box (I told him will bake again as these are for gifts). Another easy muffins, banana muffins are from Agnes Chang.

butter rolls

cheese rolls
My bakes not complete without breads. I read on My Little Space on her blue cheese soft rolls with Alex Goh recipe. The reason is this bread recipe is using whipping cream which can share with the pound cake (I bought 1L). I baked 2 types of bread with the same dough. Butter rolls with crumbs on top and cheese rolls. These buns are very rich and milky. The texture is soft and fluffy. This is a great recipe!

Today I like to share on Hakka Xi Ban. Do stay tune for the rest of the recipes :)

Adapted from Wendy
Recipe source: Aunty Yochana

Sponge dough
1 tsp yeast
200g plain flour
150g water

100g plain flour
150g glutinous flour
125g water
125g sugar
Few drops of red colouring

Some vegetable oil for rubbing hands


1. Mix all the ingredients for sponge dough, cover and keep overnight. (Keep at room temperature, mine proved about 8 hours)

2. Mix all the ingredients (A) and (B) together into soft dough and proof for another 4 hours.

3. Divide soft dough into 45g each (rub palm with oil) and place on top of a greased paper. Leave to proof for another 15 minutes.

4. Steam over moderate heat for 15 minutes.

5. Remove from steamer and leave to cool.

I'm submitting to Aspiring Bakers #12: Traditional Kueh (October 2011) hosted by SSB of Small Small Baker.


  1. so fast huh, your daughter already full-month, Congratulations. All foods you prepared look so good and nice.

  2. That was quick!
    Happy Full Moon to your girl!
    Rest while you still can, and very soon you'll have to be a superwoman with 3 kids at home.

  3. Time flies, your daugther already full-month!
    Wow, you are supermum, with 3 kids still can baked so many types of breads!

  4. congratulations of your daughter's full moon and to you too, if you've been following some one month confinement do's and dont's. I think you're also very hardworking like wendy..still baking so much during confinement.!

  5. Hi Vivian, Congratulations to your new born baby girl. wow, already full moon! And you're still cooking during your confinement period! I am so surprise. Hope everything is well on your side. Take more rest. YOu need loads of energy to look after your baby.
    Blessings, Kristy


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