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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