Monday, September 21, 2015

TBB: Honey Cake for a Sweet New Year

I baked this cake before on 20 September 2014 together with Hanaa & Mendy, but I can't find my post now... I wondered where my posting went?!  Or did I even post it? I remembered I did and Rose made a comment about only putting 1 shot of rissetto coffee shot instead of 4 (I used 4 capsule of that Nespresso risetto!..what was I!).   We followed the recipe in this site

Let me try to recall... I reduced the sugar by 1/4 cup, but since it has a lot of honey in the cake, it is still very sweet.  It is a sweet cake because it is meant to be like this - as the cake is for sweet new year.  It's like our Chinese New Year, we also have to have really sweet candied fruits etc for our sweet new year too.  

Iirc, I think I read the instructions wrongly.. I think was supposed to line the pan, but don't know what I was thinking and I lined the outside of pan with newspaper and even put a thick layer of newspaper at the bottom of the pan. At that point I thought I was being very clever and save some parchment?!?!?  

The cake itself was nice and moist. But because I added too much coffee, the main note is coffee and tasted more like coffee cake instead of honey cake... such a waste.  I think my good honey I used was in a way such a waste because I couldn't taste the main honey note.  As this cake is meant to be sweet, so no one should complain about how sweet it is.  

Monday, September 14, 2015

TBB: Pepparkakor

I have no mood to bake lately. Partly due to being fatigue all the time. Also the Haze is back again and the air quality is quite bad. Everyday I wake up in the morning feeling ok, but towards the afternoon, my throats feel sore sometimes sore throat and sometimes not. Not sure if I should take medication for or I just keep drinking lots and lots of much so I feel so bloated that I don't feel like eating anything either.

I was half-hearted making these cookies. Not sure if I wanted to make them..the steps seem so fussy...have to get a cardboard round local terms we call it 'laychay" (maybe it is a Malay word?). Very troublesome...but in the end I made the cookies anyway. Typical Singaporean...complain this and complain that...everything must complain, but still end up doing it anyway... lol! 

I used half molasses and half golden syrup because there is no Grandma light molasses anywhere or everywhere.  The dough is very ugly looking... I forced myself to take a photo of it.  I just anyhow wrap entire dough with cling wrap and chill it. Thereafter rolled into 3 mini logs the dough was melting quickly..

I doubled up the Cayenne pepper to 1/4 tsp... I think maybe I put in 1 tsp of ground black pepper actually..I remembered I didn't reduce the black pepper...since my helper helped me grind more than the required amount, I just dump everything into the dough.  :)

Took out the dough logs from freezer and they melted quickly. I had to fight against the heat. As I was cutting it, the bottom part melted a bit and stuck to the cutting some broke and I had to press it you can see how out of shape my cookies are...  I sprinkled both raw sugar and pearl sugar. 

The cookies puffed up a bit when baking.. so they are pretty crisp and fluffy if cut thin. Those I cut slightly thicker, has a nice soft texture like gingerbread. I can't quite make up my mind which one I like better, the crisp ones or the softer ones.  Actually I like them both.  I also like the heat that hits me towards the end.. both the cayenne pepper notes and also the black pepper bits. :)  

Despite all my complain about how fussy to make and also how ugly the dough, cookies look etc.. these cookies tasted wonderfully delicious. So lesson not judge the cookie by it's!  I would make it again..and the next time I make, I will not be complaining as much,...I think. LOL!

Monday, September 7, 2015

TBB: Luscious Apple Pie

This time, I didn't follow the recipe as I should to make a flaky pie crust and as a result my crust wasn't flaky.  The weather was so hot plus I got a bit bored of making and eating pies! When I saw this on schedule, I was like 'Oh no.. not pie again!" So I just mix in the cream cheese and butter into the flour etc and when they got into dough, I asked my helper to just shape into round and place in the fridge for me. I'm not sure how long she took to shape into round, because when I rolled it, I can't find anymore butter or cream cheese pieces I last saw in the dough.. Maybe the hot weather melted both quickly.  

Straining apple juices

microwave juices into caramel 

cider looking like aspic after cooled

mixed altogether, caramel & cider


into the pie..  


The pie crust was a bit too thick. I didn't want to waste any crust so I just quickly rolled it to to fit the top of the crust and and seems like it is still doughy inside after 50 mins in the oven.  I should have let it stayed in the oven for 1hr instead.  The apple slices wasn't mushy and was still a bit crunchy in fact.  So I think I should have cooked it longer.

Overall, it is a great pie.. if I had done all the steps right, it would have been awesome apple pie. I like the flavor and esp. the cinnamon flavor - I opted the max cinnamon flavor in the pie. :) 

But like I said, I was kind of pie-out to begin with.  Now after 4 days, this pie is still sitting in my fridge and nobody is eating it except my helper.  See that 3/4 left over.. she managed to eat another 2/3 by herself and I think I would have to throw away the rest soon!  Good thing to have someone who can eat and not gain weight in the family. 

Monday, August 31, 2015

TBB: Flaky Cream Cheese Scones

These are very good. With crisp flaky crust and yet tender on insides.  I love them!  Everyone in my family said these are so good.  Plus these are so easy to make. 

Make the scones by hand.. rubbing in method.
I used orange zest and raisins. 

Press into 9" pan and refrigerate till firm.
After cut into 8 x wedges.

Baked.. and Eat. 

Couldn't wait for it to cool down. Just have to eat right away.

Monday, August 24, 2015

TBB: Woody's Black & White Brownies

I don't know why I have the impression that Woody's recipes tend to be rich and 'loud'-as in it gives an impact on your first bite/taste?  So when I saw the recipe title before reading recipe, I thought to myself, this must be a super rich brownie...just like that lemon cake in HCB.   And I am!  This brownie is very good..but a little goes a long way. 

First I toasted the pecan nuts. But the 150g packet of pecan nuts after toasting became 78g??!  (Ok..i admit, I ate 1, but even with that 1 piece, it would have been 80g!)  So I added walnuts to make up for the difference in weight.

Then I made the white chocolate custard. 
I used Meiji white chocolate. 

Then mix in the batter & walnuts and into the prepared pan.

Opps!! I forgot to put in the cream cheese!! 
After I put in the oven, I saw a bowl of cream cheese sitting on the counter! Gosh!
I quickly took the pan out from oven and dump in the cream cheese and tried to incorporate into the batter with my knife & later fork. 

Out of the oven. Looks good..doesn't look like anything went wrong. lol!

Made the white chocolate buttercream. 
Taste very good despite being on the sweeter side..and I like how it looked like whipped cream.

Pour onto the brownie layer and put back in fridge 

Make the ganache and pour over. 
Oh..I added Bourbon.. that is what made it even better! lol!  

After the next day..all set. 

Cut into triangles. 
A little goes a long a tiny triangle is all you need! 

For my tasting..  I didn't have any ice-cream so I just ate on its own. Very good though..despite being so rich.  This is for photography only.. I ate one triangular slice and the other one, my helper ate. 

Oh..that dish there..hahaha.. it's actually my soya sauce dish.  Can't remember where I got it from.. it's the one and only one I have in this design. Actually I think 90% of my dishes are free!  Either some hand me down from my mom or my late MIL or my SIL or some freebies.  That's why I don't have a nice proper set of dinner wares.  And I feel bad to throw away all the usable plates just to get a new set. Some of my plates and bowls, some older than my children.. like more than 25+ years! 

These are very good brownies. If I were to make it again, I will do away with the white chocolate layer. It looks pretty with white chocolate layer, but I like my brownie less sweet.  The bourbon ganache layer compliments the brownies very well. I love it.  

Monday, August 17, 2015

TBB: Perfect Peach Galette

I used frozen peach because there wasn't any peaches yet in stock.  I used 2 packets and they weigh 590g. I wished I had used 3 packets instead. Note to self: Next time used more peaches..the more the!  

Drained the juices. 

Microwaved the syrup juice for 6-7 mins.

Oh no..all hardened like candy.. Rose said not to worry..but I am still bothered by it. So I cut the caramel into tiny!  

Peaches look a lot but after baked..they shrink!  
I rolled the dough to 16" on the same baking paper that I am going to bake with. Easier for me imo...cos I rolled it the night before to 14" and then back in the fridge. The next day just before baking, I rolled it to 16" and then assembled and baked.   

Then wrapped it up like a big dumpling. 
I realised that there's a lot of pastry..and at this point I knew I wanted to have more peaches. But the pastry too thin and too soft to move it. 

I had extra pastry from the mulblueberry pie I made so I cut them up into hearts and put them all over.  Sprinkled 1 tsp of sugar all over too.

All baked. 

I managed to get a slice of photo before I left the house. 
That plate is a free plate - can't remember from where. I think Namiko Chan must be the designer.
And if you are wondering, I like to snack on popcorns..those are lightly salted popcorns :)  

There, another photo of the slice pie with the mulblueberry pie. 

Very yummy pie and pairs perfectly well with ice-cream. However, like I said I wished it had more peaches, at least 2x more imo.  Will definitely make this pie again. 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

BB: Beer Bread

This is a very easy bread to make.  

I wasn't sure what beer to use and had discussion with Jeniffer and Catherine on Facebook as to what type of beer to use.  Finally I decided to use this Kilkenny Irish Beer which my husband said is half-light-half dark (?.. how to describe it correctly? I am not a beer drinker..)  The left over beer I pour into a glass for my husband to drink. I sipped a bit..(otherwise hives will pay a visit soon) and I find this beer quite mild and not too bitter.  

Notice the KA bread flour? 
Ya.. I bought another packet..and this time it was I used it for this beer bread. 

I had extra sourdough left over so I threw it into the dough as well and mixed together. :p
After mixing and leave to proof

I baked into 2 small boules.

Quite a flavorful and nice bread. Easy to make too. Except somehow I can still taste the beer. There is a slight bitter after-taste of the beer when I eat the bread. Maybe I always eat bread on its own without any butter or the flavor was more pronounced?  My husband ate some and said it was good. He said the slight beer taste is not really noticeable.  

I need to learn to eat bread with cheese, butter, jam etc.. and not as a snack like I always do.  Actually, I have a very bad habit .. I like to eat the crust of the bread and not in the inside of the bread. :P  Now that I bake my own bread, I force myself to eat everything. Otherwise, I will be eating only the crust and throwing away the insides. I prefer crusty part more...more chewy and crunchy.  That's why I say I like crunchy apples.. crunchy unripe persimmons, crunchy peach, crunchy pears... you get the idea... 

Monday, August 3, 2015

TBB: Whole Wheat Walnut Loaf

I don't know what happened my my bread. Can you see that the bottom of the bread is very dense?  I used baking stone..but still this happened.  This is my first time baking with Whole Wheat flour.  I don't know if it is because it is whole wheat or what.. but this is the first time I baked a bread that feels like cross between a door-stopper and brick. It's so heavy and hard that if you throw it at someone, you can actually hurt that person. LOL!   I also felt like I wasted a lot of my walnuts in this bread.. such a waste because nobody wants to eat it. 

The only person that is eating it is ME! Even though I keep saying it is dense and heavy but I couldn't stop eating!  It has this flavor that I like and also quite chewy and fun to eat like snack.   But the irony is I am the one who kept complaining about this bread but yet I am also the one who ate the most of it and seemingly quite enjoyed it.  *shrugs*.  It's like a love-hate relationship I have with this!    

I bought this flour just for this bread.  Due to the last scare with King Arthur bread flour... I asked my helper to open for me in case there are worms/eggs in there...  esp. when it's expiring in 3 months time..  She's not afraid of worms unlike me. 
  Thankfully it is all clear... :P  

Mix sponge...then i forgot photos in between..

I used this Vital Gluten in case anyone thinks I didn't use this and thus I had that gummy streak at the bottom of my bread. I did also heat up my baking stone for more than 2 hours! 

Waiting for it to be proofed.. oh..maybe is it because I left the dough overnight in the fridge? 
I did notice when it's baking the dough seems to shrink a bit and turned darker.  

Here is the Brick.. .. I mean Bread..  

PS: After 4 days later.. I'm still the only one eating this bread. Somehow strangely, even though I think this bread is a fail but I still like to eat it..and quite addicted to eating it.  Perfect when I feel my mouth is itchy and need something to munch on. Because I am a small eater and have weak tummy, I eat many times a day instead of 3 large I'm not sure if it is because it is whole wheat or what.. I find it fills up my tummy quite easily and I stay full for quite a while..without looking for food.  Or am I imagining? Maybe all the fibre is undigestable... 

I can't say that I will bake it again though.. but never say never.. !  


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