Sunday, February 7, 2010

February's Give-Away and Gung Hay Fat Choy!

On Sunday, February 14, 2010, The Year of the Tiger starts. This year, the date has special significance since it also happens to fall on Valentine's Day, making it a doubly auspicious day to celebrate in the West. If you were born under the sign of the tiger, like myself, you are one of the most caring and thoughtful signs in the Chinese zodiac. You have a lot to say on the best way to right society's wrongs, and quite capable of defending children, friends, and loved ones against all enemies. In honor of our new granddaughter, Madison, the February Give-Away is an apron done from a line of fabrics entitled "Chinese Take Out." I also baked up homemade Fortune Cookies, which are easy to make, but challenging to create. I recommend you start with two at a time because they set up fast.

Ingredients: 2 large egg whites
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. pure almond extract
3 T vegetable oil
8 T all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. cornstarch
1/4 tsp. salt
8 T granulated sugar
3 tsp. water

1. Write (or type) fortunes on pieces of paper that 3 1/2 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. Preheat oven to 300F-degrees. Use a piece of parchment paper to draw two 4 inch circles on the underneath side. Flip it over and place on a baking sheet.

2. In a medium bowl, lightly beat the egg whites, vanilla extract, almond extract and vegetable oil until frothy, but not stiff.
3. Sift the flour, cornstarch, salt and sugar into a separate bowl. Stir the water into the flour mixture.
4. Add the flour into the egg white mixture and stire until you have a smooth batter. The batter should not be runny, but should drop easily off a wooden spoon.
5. Place level tablespoon of batter onto the cookie sheet, spacing them at least 3 inches apart. Gently tilt the baking sheet back and forth and from side to side so that each tablespoon of batter forms into a circle 4 inches in diameter.
6. Bake until the outer 1/2-inch of each cookie turns golden brown and they are easy to remove from the baking sheet with a spatula.
I baked these about 10-12 minutes.
7. Working quickly, remove the cookie with a spatula and flip it over in your hand. place a fortune in the middle of a cookie. To form the fortune cookie shape, fold the cookie in half, then gently pull the edges downward over the rim of a glass, wooden spoon or the edge of a muffin pan. Place the finished cookie in the cup of the muffin tin so that it keeps its shape.

Remember...if you want a chance to win this apron, all you have to do is "comment."
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  1. Very cute apron, and the fortune cookies sound totally doable. This would be cute to make for Valentine's day. I wonder if you could use food dye to color them red or pink?

  2. How darling the apron is.
    One of my nieces is adopted from China and is learing Mandarin and the history of her culture.
    I will have to send this reipe to my sister (my niece's mother).
    msgb245 at gmail dot com

  3. Trust me, my mom's aprons are gorgeous! I'm excluding myself form this giveaway because I already have one")

  4. Note: If you want to dye the fortune cookies, add the food coloring after you mix the flour mixture with the egg whites. Use 1/2 tsp. food coloring. Enjoy!

  5. This is such a pretty fabric...I love the apron! And I love that you made fortune cookies for Maddie's first Chinese New Year's with us. It is so special. Wishing everyone a prosperous and healthy New Year!

  6. What a nice apron- it will make a great giveaway! Maddie has brought good fortune to our entire family! Happy New year!

  7. Love, love, love the apron! I think you must have my house bugged because just the other day, Kathryn asked me if fortune cookies could be homemade :) I think we're going to try these this weekend :)

  8. That apron is so cute! And I am so excited to try to make home made fortune cookies! They are my favorite!

  9. I am going to try the fortune cookies---but one at a time!! I'm totally uncoordinated! The apron is georgeous and combined with the cookies is very special for Maddie's first Chinese New Year. I have to agree with Kelly and exclude myself from the giveaway because I have already been the lucky recipient of four of these great aprons!!

  10. Just in time ;) I LOVE the apron. And I don't have one, so.....
    I will be saying one HUGE prayer, or a lot of small ones....
    Hugs from Rotterdam