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Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Aeroplane Crackers 飞机饼
When I was a kid, the grocery stores have these large rectangular tins of biscuits where u can buy as little as u prefer, even 10 sen biscuits also can. So, being kids, we will always buy 10 or 20sen, eat up and that’s it. Now I don’t think they’d even sell 50sen worth of biscuits.
My favourite biscuit was the red aeroplane crackers. They were really spicy then, but as I grew up, the spiciness seemed to have gone.. Hey, it’s not me growing up and having my “Heat tolerance level” gone upscale, but really the “ummph” somehow was lost. The glaze on the biscuit was also not as tasty, not as sweet, not as salty… basically, cut short of everything except the price. Miss them.. don’t ya?
On my last trip to KL, I saw these cookie cutters in Daiso, The Curve and wow!!! First thing that came to my mind!! Aeroplane crackers!! So, this time I tried making it.
Frankly, the cracker base tasted great, little bit like Jacob Cream Cracker, just that it has some cookie feel to it, and more buttery. Overall, good. The glaze is somewhat less pronounced, taste and looks. I’m wondering how much food colouring the biscuit factories put in, mine is no where near red. And Life brand chili sauce is oh so so mild, no ummph here. If u like it to breathe fire with the cracker, maybe u can try using a hotter chili sauce or add in chili powder. But the chili sauce thing is correct. Gives a bit of sweetness and very slight sense of stickiness.
I adapted the cracker base from this site and this site. Mix mix a bit.
The dough is easy to work with, doesn’t seep oil, doesn’t crack, easy to cut and easy to make.
150gm cake/superfine flour
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking powder
25gm cold butter
1/3 cup cream (I used whipping cream)
Sift flour and baking powder together. Put in salt. Put in cold butter and rub onto flour until the flour resembles breadcrumbs. Put in half the cream, and moisten the flour crumbs. Add more cream gradually into the crumbs until a dough can be formed. That’s it, stop. Do not knead too hard or too long.
Roll out dough as thin as u can, and cut with cookie cutter or a pizza cutter. Use a fork to make holes on crackers. Apply glaze and bake in a preheated oven at 200C for 10 mins.
(I rolled my dough about 2-3mm thickness, and since my oven is a convection oven, I only used 180C)
2 Tbsp Chili sauce
1/5 chicken stock cube, or u may substitute with ½ tsp chicken stock powder
Combine both ingredients and use it to glaze raw crackers before baking.
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