Sunday, 27 June 2010

Once more~ Pears & Earl Grey

Summer has finally arrived in UK.
The weather is so hot & I can't stand the heat.
Honestly, I don't like summer because of the heat & the worst thing is I have hay fever.
I didn't have hay fever back in Malaysia but I do have sensitive nose & eyes.

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Sister's Birthday - Chestnut Mousse Cake

Last Sunday was my sister's birthday.
I made her a birthday cake, a chestnut mousse cake.
I wasn't happy with the decoration so no picture of the birthday cake was taken.
The cake is delicious with an intense aroma of chestnut, & the texture is very smooth.
To satisfy myself, I made a few petit ones & also try out the new silicone mould I bought a while ago.
I really love making petit ones, much easier to decorate with.

Monday, 14 June 2010

Cake au Caramel

I saw the recipe (Japanese) online months ago & never attempted to make it.
I never like caramel as it gave me an impression that it's so sweet.
But soon after I made the caramel coffee mousse cake, I feel in love with it.
This tastes so good, it's sweet but with a hint of bitterness from the caramel.
The texture is chewy & moist, it's quite different from other cakes I've made so far.
A great addition to my breakfast menu.

Monday, 7 June 2010

Bank Holiday Weekend IV ~ Blue Caribbean Cheesecake

Photo taken by Sei-Him Cheong

This cheesecake with a summer blue ocean is the final recipe of my Bank Holiday Weekend baking series.
Blue is my favourite colour, so when I came across the blue sea yogurt mousse cake from a blog (Chinese), I told myself I must try this.

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Bank Holiday Weekend III ~ Osmanthus & Pinepple Squares

Photo taken by Sei-Him Cheong

Pineapple cake is so popular in Taiwan, almost every tourist is sure to get them as souvenirs, at least I did.

I have travelled to Taiwan twice, I bought boxes of pineapple cakes every time.
I wrote boxes, one for myself & couples for my family & friends.
People call it cake but actually it's more like a biscuit to me, not crispy but soft with a chewy pineapple filling.
I would rather call the ones I made pineapple squares, even though there're not perfect squares.

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Bank Holiday Weekend II ~ Osmanthus & Coconut Jelly

Photo taken by Sei-Him Cheong

I have finally got all the photos & recipes sorted.
I mentioned the new silicone moulds I bought in my last post.
I was eager to try out the rose one to make elegant & gorgeous desserts.
I made osmanthus & coconut jelly, simple but yet tasty!
This is a simple version of traditional chinese osmanthus cake made of water chestnut flour.
Traditional chinese cakes or kuihs are often steamed rather than baked, so does the osmanthus cake.
I never try traditional osmanthus cake myself, so I can't tell which one is better but this tastes great.

I rarely make chinese cakes but my mother does so I often just eat & enjoy at home.
I never ask my mother for a recipe as I bet she will say just add this & that together then steam it.
She never measure any ingredient when she makes those chinese cakes, she just make & see if the consistency of the batter is right or not, if too hard, more water or if too runny, more flours.
See, that's why I never ask my mother for a recipe.

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Bank Holiday Weekend I ~ Jasmine & Lychee Cheesecake

Photo taken by Sei-Him Cheong

It was Bank Holiday weekend last week, so I decided to go home.
My mother has complaint she hasn't seen me for a while so I headed back to Basildon.
It was a very busy weekend.
I baked, went shopping, played with the dogs, had Dim-Sum with my sisters & watched a movie with my brother.
I spent most of the times in baking cakes & cookies for my family.
Also, my brother took all the photographs for me, he's much skilful, as seen from those photographs.
As I'm still tidying up the recipe & photos, I'll slowly post them on my blog.


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