Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Rainbow Cake

Yohei's having a little tea party to celebrate his birthday.  As with our past tradition, we have prepared all the food from scratch.  It is my first attempt at making a rainbow cake and after reading through several recipes online, I settled on the one featured in Lady Iron Chef's blog.  She adapted this recipe from Whisk Kid.

I didn't have too many colours at home, so I ended up with only pink, yellow and white. I used a chocolate ganache (Nestle Cappucino Chocolate 200g + IKEA dark chocolate 100g + 200ml Emborg Whipping Cream).

Here's what they look like:

It past the taste test of my guests :)  This recipe's a keeper!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Lemon Blueberry Bread

Bought some organic blueberries from the fruit shop downstairs and thought I'd try a new recipe.

Found a Lemon Blueberry Bread from the website of Joy Of Baking.  For once, I stuck to the original recipe and didn't change a thing to the ingredients' quantity but instead of baking in a loaf, I baked them in muffin cups.  Here's a sneak peek

Verdict?  Not bad I'd say.  More cake-like than bread, it's not overly sweet and the lemon glace adds a nice aroma and flavor to the bread.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Onde Onde

Been seeing friend on FB making these little sweet potato poppers and have been itching to try.  Finally got all the ingredients and used the recipe from this blog.

It's not difficult to make.  Just tedious (to me, at least) and I declared immediately after making my first batch, "The next time I want to eat Onde Onde, I should just go out and buy some."

I didn't follow the recipe fully.  I used more sweet potato and eyeballed the amount of water for the dough.

Here's what it looks like

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Pandan Bread

Managed to get my hands on a simple Pandan Bread recipe and decided to make some this morning.

Recipe adapted from here.  I didn't turn it into the checkered bread like the writer and made replaced the pandan paste.  Instead, I blitzed about 100g of pandan leaves (screwpine leaves) with the milk and strained it.  Colour came out great but I think I could use more pandan leaves the next time round to enhance the taste.

Didn't use a loaf pan either.  Hubs rolled them up...

And here's the final product.


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Sandwich Loaf

Thanks to wonderful ex-colleagues, we now have a smart looking bread maker sitting in our kitchen. Here's the first sandwich loaf from the machine. Recipe's taken from the booklet that came with the machine.

Water 250ml (I replaced with fresh milk)
Butter, melted 1.5 tbsp
Sunflower oil 1.5 tbsp (I used Canola)
Sugar 3 tbsp
Salt 0.5 tsp
Strong white bread flour 3 cups
Fast action / instant yeast 1 tsp

The texture is not bad. More dense than store bought bread.  I'll reduce the yeast the next time round though. Don't fancy the yeasty taste.


Sunday, March 18, 2012

Apple Cinnamon Craneberry Muffins

With a couple of apples that I need to use up quickly, I baked some Apple Cinnamon Cranberry Muffins -  something that my son would never ask for (he doesn't like the smell of cinnamon :P)

The recipe was from and it was quite simple.  I didn't have any raisins (my son doesn't like them) so i subsituted with cranberries (no, he doesn't like these either).

Here're the ingredients:

  • Melted butter or margarine (optional), for greasing
  • 300g (2 cups) plain flour
  • 1 tbs baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 150g (3/4 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar
  • 2 medium (about 375g) Granny Smith apples, cored, peeled, chopped
  • 125g (3/4 cup) seedless raisins (I subsitiuted with dried cranberries)
  • 125g butter or margarine, melted, cooled
  • 2 eggs, lightly whisked
  • 185mls (3/4 cup) milk

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Salmon Teriyaki with Ume Somen

Was out for most of the day with Yohei today and by the time we got home, I was a bit too tired to cook.  Whipped up a quick Salmon Teriyaki with Ume Somen

Ingredients for the teriyaki sauce was only shoyu, mirin and sugar.  I don't have any mirin at home so I substituted with a grapefruit wine that's sitting in the refrigerator.

Ume somen was bought in November 2011 from Isetan when they were having some fairs. 

Comments from the boy? "the fish is good."  That means a lot as this boy is partial to Salmon.