Today post will be talking about dragon and dragon..The 1st dragon i want to talk about is this dragon cookie. Since this year will be a Dragon Year, and my son Lucas also born in Dragon year in year 2000, so dragon cookie is very meaningful for this Lunar New Year.
I did not success making this cookie at the 1st time, actually after i attempted for 5 times, i would said i managed to make this cookie that suit my taste, melt-in-mounth and look white. At first i tried with a recipe from the owner of the bakery ingredient shop that i usually go. But i got a crunchy and slight hard cookie (i feel this was due to adding egg white). I never give up, i saw a recipe in a cookbook and give a try again, this time i got a super hard dough and no way i can pipe it out, totally not work out..this recipe called to add too much of flour!! No choice, I made up my mind, i want to mix and match and come out my own recipe, i tried the 3rd and 4th times, and success on the 5th attempt!
This was the 1st attempted, crunchy and slight hard, and i dont like it look yellow with very strong custard taste.
This was my 3rd attempted, the cookie just melted and loose out the shape, no way you can see dragon shape, LOL!
If you not pipe properly, it will be looking like a snake, hehehe..
Success at 5th attempt !
The nozzle and piping/pastry bag that i use
Dragon cookies 龙饼
(recipe source: by Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover)
50g icing sugar
1 egg yolk
120g corn flour
20g cake flour
10g milk powder
1. Cream the butter and icing sugar till light and creamy.
2. Add in egg yolk and mix well.
3. Fold in corn flour, milk powder and cake flour to form a soft and pliable dough.
4. Fill soft dough into piping bag (use thick bag instead of disposable bag) with nozzle tip no 20 and pipe out or press out ‘S’ patterns on baking tray lined with baking paper. Dot eyes with red colouring.
5. Bake in preheated oven at 160c at lower rack for 15-17mins or till light yellow.
The second dragon i want to talk about is this First Cover from Pos Malaysia released yesterday. The topic of the stamp issue is "The Legacy of Loom" consisting a set of 5 stamps (in format of strip) with denomination 60s each, and two miniature sheets with denominations of RM3 and RM5 (with gold imprint). I'm not a stamp or First cover collector, but i was attracted by this nice dragon stamps. I was so lucky yesterday as I am the only one who managed to buy the only two RM 5 miniature sheets contain an image of gold dragon at the mini POS office nearby my house and don't need to queue. This mini post office only have 2 of RM 5 miniature sheets from their head office. This morning i got to know from newspaper that peoples are queuing start from 4.30am in the morning for this Dragon stamp.
I also got to know from Sin Chew Daily newspaper, the dragon stamps in 2000 year of Dragon year are being auctioned in Shanghai for RM 1,500. So I need to wait for another 12 years, ^_^
I hope the stamps will bring my family with good luck in this Dragon year..
I'm going to post few new year cards using these stamps..with title of The Legacy of Loom.
A recipe that i saw in a Chinese newspaper for your reference:-