Sunday, December 28, 2008

Cup-Bread

Dough resting in muffin tray


Look at the shape of the bread! Like cupcake,right? Got the recipe from here.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Cinnamon Rolls



I made cinnamon rolls today. Though it took me longer than expected but still in time for tea. I was having a little bit of problem with the dough initially because I was kneading it by hand! Too tiring. Brought out my mixer to do the job and managed to salvage it.




As you can see, the rolls are not evenly cut. Too soft and not very easy to work with.




Hmmm...yummy!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Chocolate chips cookies


Made a total of 2 batches. One for the young one to bring for his school party and another for self consumption. The kids seems to love them. Not too sweet and crunchy. The aroma that filled the kitchen when they were still in the oven was so comforting. They are only a few cookies left in the jar now. Will definitely bake this from time to time. Easy and not time consuming. Most importantly, it's home baked with love. I hope the kids will appreciate the little things such as this when they grow up.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Another Attempt














No 'feet' and still cracked tops.
But, they are tasty!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Macarons

I do not know when and why I started having interest in making macarons. Not that I have ever tasted one. But read a lot about them in other blogs and some have managed to make such beautiful macarons. I find most recipes a tad too sweet except for this one. Turned out tasty and goes well with peanut butter. Didn't bother to make the filling as I know this is like a 'practice' period. So,most failed batches did not go to waste and the kids love them.


This was how they looked like - no 'feet' and cracked tops. Then I decided not to give up and tried again today but using another recipe. I was happy to get better result as shown below.



Very happy when I saw tiny 'feet' started to show when they were in the oven. Unfortunately, I was having difficulties removing them from the parchment paper. Sigh! And tasted too sweet for my liking. Anyway, at least they have those frilly feets!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Homemade Kaya

Finally ! My first homemade Kaya ...taste...hmmmm....like the real thing. No need to buy off the shelf from now on. Recipe from a local magazine :

1 and a quarter cups of sugar
5 eggs
4 pandan leaves
1 whole coconut,grated
a pinch of salt

- Squeeze grated coconut without adding water to get the thick 'santan' - should get around 1 cup
- Next, beat eggs and sugar together till sugar dissolved.
- Add in the 'santan' and mix till well combined.
- Pour mixture to a double boiler and cook over medium heat, partially covered and stirring constantly. Add in the salt. According to the book, this should take about an hour but it took me less than that to get the mixture thickened. Anyway, I suspect the heat was on the high side. (will remember next time)
- Add in the pandan leaves( washed and tied to a knot). Continue stirring uncovered.
- By now, the mixture should have thickened considerably. Let it cook without stirring for about 15mins.
- Stir to smoothen the custard and let it cool completely. Discard the pandan leaves.
- Store in your favourite container and keep it in the fridge.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Chocolate cupcakes


It was over the weekend when I baked these. We had it for tea but it was too chocolate-y for my liking.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Been a while..

Well, it has been quite hectic for the past months. Work, family and no play. PSLE is nearing and stress is building. Although I try hard not to be too 'kiasu' but it is really something that you cannot avoid. I honestly swear by the 'best effort' thingy but I won't mind good results. That will be a bonus. And in getting my son towards the 'best effort' journey, I admit that I might have in one way or another 'pushed' him to do well. He is already wearing himself out with all the extra classes. Why can't the education system here be forgiving ? Ok,maybe a family trip after PSLE would be fun and relaxing...

Saturday, March 29, 2008

1st birthday bake

Okay..so it's not really something to shout about but really it's the first time I ever baked for a birthday and it was my son's 1st birthday! Well, not really a recent bake but when I took this photo..I had the intention to post it on my blog if I ever started one.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Latest addition

Just bought this today! I have been browsing it each time I drop by the bookstore. I finally just grab it off the shelf today and walked straight to the cashier. I swear I was smiling as I hurried off(rushing to go home). Whether or not I will try the recipes does not matter coz I choose to believe I will.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Back to life

When I woke up this morning, I have this feeling of just wanting to stay in bed and convinced myself that I was not feeling that good. But reality crept in. Not worth the hassle of visiting the doctor just to get certification that I would not be fit to work. Sigh! Life goes on..I always wonder what it would be like to wake up someday knowing that you have 'resigned' and staying home for good. I often imagine that I would be happier but really,would I ?

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Going back to work

You know what they say..time flies when you are having 'fun'. Okay , not exactly fun, fun. CNY visiting has been known to be tiring. The reason is you have to go from house to house. OMG! And the eating never ends. I need to detox ..and probably go back to my low carb diet for a while in order to shed the extra kilos I've gained. I guess going back to work just helps! Unfortunately! So..don't think there would be any baking activities for a while....unless there is a reason to and when you love doing something, you will always be able to come up with reasons...Ha! Ha! Ha!

Sunday, February 3, 2008

All ready to welcome the Year of The Rat!

Weekend Baking Frenzy


...I was spending most of the time in the kitchen and it has been rewarding. Most of the cookies turned out good and the way it should be. I started in the morning and end it by 6pm and the most torturing part is the washing up!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Spring Cleaning

I do not know why when CNY comes, I am all geared up just to make the house looks nice and CNY-ready! Not that we are expecting tons of guests but spring cleaning is a yearly thing and even though times have changed, there are just some things that will never change. So, yes! I have been busy and will complete the rest of the goodies baking this weekend before welcoming the year of the RAT! HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The trip back home


Took a train. Not as tiring as I thought it would be. But the delay
was something that gets you thinking " Ok, there has to be a better way!" .
But it was one of those times when I had this strong urge to go see my mom.
I am glad I did.





Had dim sum and well, GOOD even though it was not a popular joint.
I guess it's nostalgia..I miss Malaysian food.




My mom's kitchen had a 'facelift' and at a fraction of what it would cost here in Singapore.


Friday, January 18, 2008

Pineapple Tarts

The must have for CNY! Some like the melt-in-your-mouth version while others like them with a crunch. Me? I love the crunch version better. I got the recipe from a food magazine some time ago and sort of change it a bit. Here's the recipe :

For the pineapple jam :

1 pineapple - grated & drain excess juice
Abt 8 tbsp castor sugar ( Or more if you want it sweeter)
a few cloves

-Bring the grated pineapple to a boil.
-Add sugar and cloves
-Keep stirring till juice dries up and changes color and turn into sticky jam texture.
-Let it cool completely before storing in the fridge if not used the same day

For the pastry :

200g self raising flour
200g plain flour
200g butter
3 egg yolks
1 whole egg
1 tsp vanilla essence

To glaze : 1 egg yolk (lightly beaten)

-Sift flour. Rub in butter till it resembles breadcrumb.
-Add essence into lightly beaten eggs. Then, incorporate eggs into flour.
-Squeeze the dough till it is all combined. Do not knead the dough.
-Cover and keep in the fridge for about 15-20mins.
-Roll out dough & cut desired shape with a jam tart mould.(sold in major stores and baking shops)
-Brush the sides with egg wash. Roll jam into small balls and place on top of the pastry.
- Send them into pre-heated oven of 180 celcius degree and bake for abt 20mins.
- Let it cool completely and store them in airtight container.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Almond and Pistachio Slice


The picture shown here is a tray of slices waiting to go into the oven the second time. The kids like them and me too because it's quite healthy! Using egg whites

Nga Gu Pin (Arrowroot Chips - I think!)


From this



To this




And finally...

I must say it takes a lot of work to get the chips done. The most tedious part is to slice them thinly. It is quite difficult to handle as it is small and you cannot add too much weight when slicing else it will be too thick. Then you have to fry it over low heat if not, you won't get nice brown chips and they do get burnt easily ! This is definitely a CNY treat!




Thursday, January 10, 2008

It's that time of the year again!


Kuih Bangkit


Chinese New Year has always been a busy time. Being someone who loves to bake, how can I not bake some goodies on my own,right? After all, homemade ones are the most sought after! I have tried baking this melt-in-your-mouth cookies before without much success and finally, after much tips gathered from the internet and other bloggers, decided to go ahead and try again this year and YES! I did it, they really melt in your mouth....The satisfaction is something that only bakers can understand. More baking this weekend as CNY is just weeks away..

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

My first attempt in frosting cupcakes



I have never tried frosting my cupcakes before and I thought it would be nice to try it out. I am happy with the result and I guess practice makes perfect! My piping skill is definitely not there yet!

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