Friday, 24 October 2014
Monday, 20 October 2014
I am pleased to announce my upcoming baking workshop on the Christmas Log Cake. Do come and join me for a fun afternoon of hands-on baking a Matcha Chiffon Cake with homemade Cookies and Cream fillings and transforming it into a Snowy Log!
Date: 1 November 2014 (Saturday)
Time: 1pm - 3.30pm
Venue: The Baking Loft
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Friday, 17 October 2014
Ondeh Ondeh, a traditional Malay and Nonya Kueh which is made of boiled glutinous rice balls filled with gula melaka and coated with grated coconut is like the Asian version of a Molten Lava Cake. As you bite into these chewy glutinous rice balls, the melted gula melaka will ooze out and lingers in your taste buds with sweetness and fragrance. It is usually made in pandan or sweet potato flavour. To support the pumpkin LTU event this month, I have made it in pumpkin flavour. My little boy who is not a fan of pumpkin, loves this kueh so much that he ate 9 pieces at one go! :)
Wednesday, 15 October 2014
It has been more than a week since I started using Tovolo tools in my baking and cooking. Its bright lovely colours have not only brighten up my kitchen and my mood, it has also fascinated my children with its fun and innovative designs. When I was baking the black bottom cupcakes using the Tovolo products for the first time, my little boy was so keen to help. He enjoyed using the cupcake pen and cupcake scoop to dispense the batter into the cupcake moulds as it was really easy for him to handle. Two days later, when I made the Oreo Cream Cheese cupcakes, my girl was attracted to the Tovolo tools and offer to help too. My new Tovolo tools have caused great fun bonding time with my kids as they are more interested to get involve in the food preparation. :)
Thursday, 9 October 2014
This pan fried radish cake is one of my family's favourite tim sum and we will always order it when we go for yum cha in restaurants. This radish cake can be eaten either steam or pan-fried. We prefer the pan-fried version as it has a thin crunchy layer on the outside from frying, and soft on the inside. The ones sold locally are usually the Hong Kong style which uses Lup Cheong (chinese sausage) as one of its ingredients. The Taiwanese version uses ground pork instead and I decided to give it a try after seeing the recipe in Carol's book. It turns out to be just as nice. Do give this version a try if you haven't tasted it before.
Friday, 3 October 2014
If you have read my last post on the Black Bottom Cupcakes, you would have known that I felt really sorry for dropping the birthday cake that I have made for my son's 7th birthday last Sunday. To make up for this, I have baked a batch of Oreo cheese cupcakes for him and try to fulfil what he had requested earlier on - an Oreo Cream Cheese cake. Together with my girl, we have decorated it and transformed it into cute animals as she wanted to surprise her little brother. Some looked like mice, some looked like doggies, what do you think? :D
Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Two days ago was my son's 7th birthday. He had requested for an Oreo Cheesecake to celebrate with our church friends during our cell group meeting the night before his birthday. I did a 9 inch non-baked one as requested. As I was rushing for time, plus the fatigue in me had caused me to accidentally drop the whole cake before I could even take any photo of it!!! /OMG
Monday, 29 September 2014
|Yippee!!! My new Tovolo Baking/Kitchen Tools has arrived!|
Have you ever seen such colourful kitchen tools which will brighten up one's kitchen? I haven't seen it locally until two weeks ago at Jems Robinsons shop front. I was so excited to see many lovely and well designed kitchen tools which are not only useful for my baking needs but also put a smile and cheer me up with its colourful element of fun added to it! I immediately fell in LOVE with it! Wouldn't you love to own such premium quality and functional kitchen tools and add fun to your baking and cooking?
Friday, 26 September 2014
I have been trying out my electric steam oven to steam cupcakes but have failed several times as the cupcakes simply did not rise and collapsed instead. Finally, after trying out this steam moist chocolate cake recipe which I found online last week, it worked on my Brandt steam oven, not only did it rise, it exploded somehow and had a cute mushroom head. :D I love its unique look, quite unusual from the neat looking cupcake. The cupcakes are chocolatey rich, super moist and not too sweet. Great for chocolate lovers like me! :)
Monday, 22 September 2014
I hosted my third guest blogger Magic Custard Cake (MCC) and German Butter Cookies workshop two days ago. As usual, I will bake the original and one other flavoured magic custard cake for my participants to sample to have an appreciation of the finished product before they attempt to bake one. I was adventurous and wanted to try a new flavour which no one has tried before, hence the birth of the Gula Melaka magic custard cake. Gula Melaka is dark palm sugar made from the sap of a Palmyra palm and has its own distinct taste. It is mainly used in the local desserts and cakes of the Southeast Asian region.
Thursday, 18 September 2014
In support of my blogger friend, Fion of XuanHom's Mom Kitchen Diary, who is hosting the Chocolate Wonderland theme this month, you will see more chocolate recipe from me. Those who have been following me will know that besides a matcha lover, I am also a great chocolate lover especially dark ones, I love dark chocolate to the extend that I must have at least a bite a day or I will feel that something is missing or not right! :))
Friday, 12 September 2014
Yesterday was my darling daughter's 13th birthday. She has requested for a non-cream, simple chocolatey cake with Oreo cookies and marshmallow. I found one recipe on the web which fits her description but has modified greatly to come up with a healthier and low sugar version. The result is a chocolatey, fudgy and not so sweet cake which I like. It is a quick and easy, fuss free cake with minimal washing as you only need a hand whisk and spatula to do the mixing. Here's the cake which I have assembled for her and glad she likes it.
Friday, 5 September 2014
When I first saw this recipe at Zoe's blog, I thought it's really interesting as it differs from the usual mooncakes which use lotus paste as fillings and I bookmarked it right away! :) When I saw it at Karen's blog few days ago, I was even more determined to try it out!
This baked custard mooncakes are really popular in Hong Kong and are selling like hot cakes! Thanks to Master Chef Ye ( 葉潤發師傅) who is the creator of this delectable pastry mooncake. He was inspired by the Fried Custard Bun (炸奶黃包) which was so well received in the hotel restaurant where he used to work and successfully created the mooncake version after his tenth attempt.
The mid-autumn festival is just around the corner, here's wishing everyone 中秋节快乐！
Friday, 29 August 2014
Thursday, 28 August 2014
The baked chocolate mooncake is very popular among the blogosphere as I have seen many blogger friends baking this dark beauty recently. Being a great dark chocolate lover, this recipe was immediately added to my long to-bake list. In fact, given priority and moved to the top due to the forthcoming mid-autumn festival which falls on 8 September this year.
After making a batch of healthy Snowskin mooncake (without shortening) last week, I have set aside time to bake these chocolate mooncakes yesterday. I love especially the heart shape ones which says, "I love you" in mandarin. These of course are meant for my the other half. :)
Friday, 22 August 2014
Made these healthy snow-skin mooncakes two days ago. The tri-colour skin was inspired by my Cute Caterpillar Cookies recipe. I have adapted this recipe from my Rainbow Snow-skin mooncakes which do not use any shortening at all. As one who advocates healthy eating, I avoid using unhealthy ingredients like shortening if possible. I have replaced the shortening with extra virgin olive oil and it did not compromise on the skin texture as it is still soft and chewy. For this recipe, I have used HK Black sesame paste from Kwong Cheong Thye. ($12 for a 1 kg pack). I love the great selection of mooncake paste there!
Monday, 18 August 2014
|8 lovely ladies (L to R) Gladys, June, Cecilia, Cerenna, Serene, Nanz, Ai Ru and Cebim joined me for an afternoon of fun bake-along session on 16 August 2014|
I have the opportunity to conduct my second guest blogger Magic Custard Cake (MCC) and German Butter Cookies workshop two days ago due to demand after conducting my first blogger MCC baking workshop last month.
Friday, 15 August 2014
Blueberries are in season and abundance this month. I used to pay $4.95 for a punnet of 125 grams. It has been on special promotion at supermarkets for the past weeks and cost about $2.50 per punnet. I bought 12 punnets at one go and half of it went into our stomachs (2 adults and 2 kids) in one day! You see, the blueberries we get here in Singapore are imported from the United States, thus they do not have a long shelf life and turn mouldy easily. So, we have to consume it as soon as possible.
Thursday, 7 August 2014
Last Wednesday was my birthday. I didn't plan to bake a cake for myself initially as I wanted to chill and relax on that special day. However there was a sudden urge to bake that morning as I was craving for baked cheesecake! I immediately took out Carol's baking book and adpated her Lemon cheesecake (which I had bookmarked and on my to-bake list) to bake myself a Key Lime Cheesecake since I still had some Key Limes left after baking the Key Lime Meringue Tart for my blog's 1st anniversary the week before.
Friday, 1 August 2014
Tuesday, 29 July 2014
This is my favourite chicken and potato pie recipe which uses yoghurt to make the pastry dough. Yoghurt is one of my favourite baking ingredients as it has probiotics (good bacteria that can crowd out the harmful micro-organisms in our digestive tract which can cause intestinal infections), loaded with vitamins, power boosting proteins, bone-building calcium and many other benefits. Do click here to see my blog recipes which I have used yoghurt as an ingredient in my breads and cakes.
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Today, my blog turns 1 year old. I started this blog with the encouragement of my friends to share my baking experiences and recipes. Though I started baking three years ago, I only started blogging two years later as I was hesitant to start one due to my busy schedule. Being a stay home mum without any helper, my daily schedule is packed with activities like household chores, preparing meals, coaching kids, kids enrichment classes etc. I have to multi-task and run around fast to complete as many tasks as I can. (that has helped to keep me slim as well..haha! ) Thus, I can't bake as often as I would love to but am contented with the limited time I have and try to bake at least once a week.
Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Friday, 11 July 2014
Monday, 7 July 2014
|8 lovely ladies, (L to R) Emily, Patricia, Cecilia, Joane, Phoebii, Pamela, Yenn Theng and Cheryl joined me for an afternoon of fun bake-along session on 5 July 2014|
Wednesday, 2 July 2014
I almost forgot that I have a copy of The William Sonoma baking book until I saw Zoe's post on the crisp chocolate bites. You see, the problem with me is I am attracted to recipe books since I started baking 3 years ago. I did a recent count and realised that my collection has almost hit 100! I have to refrain myself from buying any more as I haven't even finish a quarter of the collection and many are still new and shrinkwrapped!
Thursday, 26 June 2014
Have you heard of Lessons Go Where (LGW) ? I haven't until I was approached to collaborate with them to host my own baking class.
These German butter cookies are loved by many who have tried it as it simply melts in your mouth. My first attempt of these cookies was two years ago and it was love at first bite! ;)
Friday, 20 June 2014
Few days ago, when I saw Ann's easy apple crumble at her blog, I bookmarked it right away. Firstly, I have not bake any crumble before and secondly, it is the easiest crumble recipe that I have ever come across. Being a busy mum, I am always in search for a quick and simple recipe which will come in handy anytime.
Tuesday, 17 June 2014
If you have been following my blog, you would already know that my hubby simply adores cream cheese and prefers cakes without cream and that was why I created the Rose Cheesecake for our 14th wedding anniversary last month. For this year Father's day, I made him this simple cream cheese pound cake which is his favourite pound cake thus far.