Monday, April 11, 2016

TBB: ChocolaTea Cake

I made this in Jan 2015! I searched for the photos in my computer and found they were dated Jan 2015. Wow..that was 1 year ago! 

All I could remember was this cake was sooo awesome & sensational! The flavor combination was superb and I wanted to eat the whole cake by myself if I could help it...but of course I shared it at our church gathering. :)  Everyone said it was such a great cake. I remembered it had some liquor in it.. .. 

I managed to cut a slice and taste it first before I brought it to our meeting. :D  

Here are the step by step photos I took:-

Monday, March 28, 2016

TBB: The Chocolate FloRo Elegance (p52)

My son was in bad mood because I couldn't find his toy. And when we found it in my handbag, he got more upset and cried for quite a long time, standing next to me making sure I see every drop of his tears. He refused to let my husband wipe off his tears.   I tried to distract him by asking him to bake with me...  His motor skills is not very good so I had to guide him along closely. 

You can see my son wanted to pour the whole cup of flour immediately. I had to stop him and teach him 'slowly'.. 

I asked him to pour the coffee mixture slowly, but he poured all in one go. lol!  

I made caramel after he calmed down. I didn't want him near the fire or hot caramel.

I ran out of time, and feeling vex, I decided to make caramel whipped cream.
Kept the cadbury white chocolate back into the cupboard...

I layered cake into 4 slices. Cos I baked in 8" pan instead of 9".

Finally done and place in fridge for 5 mins as insurance to set the whipped cream before my husband carry it off for gathering.

My husband waiting impatiently while I take a quick snap.

After he left for the gathering, I ate my dinner. 

Feedback:  Everyone said it was very good and delicious cake.  
I only ate the cake scrap.. very yummy. And the caramel whipped cream is very good, except maybe i over-whipped a little. 

Monday, March 21, 2016

TBB: Babka (p454)

No left over cake .. I should have read the recipe before I ate up the final 2 slices of pound cake that I made earlier!!  And I couldn't find the almond paste that I bought anywhere in the fridge only to realise that I left it in the office fridge.   I didn't want to bake another cake nor did I have the time to go down to the baking speciality store to buy the almond paste again...   So when I saw I still had leftovers of the Mini Breton, I decided to use them..since they have almonds in them also right?  :p

I used this blender just because it was already on the countertop..too lazy to bring out the other blender. When you live in a tiny apartment, every corner of space is limited, so you'll tend to squeeze everything into cabinet until there is not an inch of space left.. but that also means that when you need something, you will have to remove everything in there to take that piece of equipment out!

Blend into paste that looks like nutella.  I added some rum because it was slightly dry.. I think I should have just used nutella perhaps? 

Moving this log into the pan was not easy!! In the end it was side higher than the other side...because I didn't read the part about overlapping 2"..until after I baked it.. --

Baked & butter glazed.

After I ate a slice, I realised I used salted butter to was salty! And not only just used salted butter for the glaze but throughout the recipe! Aiya...  But it's I have a Babka that is salty-sweet. LOL!  The chocolate filling is quite nice with hint of rum. Overall, I like this bread.  

However, I find that it doesn't keep well doesn't taste as good as when it is freshly baked.  

Monday, March 14, 2016

TBB: The Dutch Pecan Sandies

Weather has been extremely hot lately, so when I read I had to roll the cookies, I did not feel like making them.  Plus I still have half a container of Mini Gateaux Breton baked 2 weeks ago (or was it 3 weeks ago?) that everyone got tired of eating it, including me.   However, when Marie suggested that I could bake it like refrigerated log cookies, I thought it was such a great idea and so much less hassle, so I changed my mind.  Making the clarified butter didn't deter me because I have a few tubs of these in the freezer...waiting for recipes like this.  I like to clarify a few blocks of butter at one go and then freeze them. But I didn't keep the milk solids though..I just threw them away.. argghhh.. I should have kept them!

The dough was easy to put together..but you need to press it hard to stay together.  

I added required cinnamon with the flour and when it came to the cinnamon for coating/topping, in my blur state, I add it into the sugar for the dough again! Nevermind I thought, probably just end up more cinnamony. 

Cut and dip in sugar and bake...

Fresh out of the oven - my whole kitchen smell delicious! 

Paired with morning coffee. 

These are very good cookies.  Just right amount of sweetness and spice (maybe a bit more in my case but is ok with me).  And now I know why these cookies are called Sandies, because the texture is very sandy...well, in a good way. :)  

Monday, March 7, 2016

TBB: Coconut Cupcakes with Milk Chocolate Ganache

I started off 2016 with root canal.. boy was it painful! Then I was down with flu in between the treatments.. and now that I've recovered, I am still feeling super tired despite taking iron supplements daily.  Some days I feel like I need to sleep all day, yet some days I feel so energetic.  Perhaps it is due to hormones imbalance playing wreck on my body...  like roller coaster!   This morning, I was so tired, that I couldn't even find the strength to answer my husband when he asked me a question. I didn't purposely ignore him, but I too tired to say a word.  Also who was that stupid person who called our home phone line at 2am looking for someone else?! 

So you see, it took a lot of effort for me to write this post this morning.. lol!  (actually I felt better after I took 2 Lindt chocolate truffles this morning.. maybe I just needed some sugar!)

No one in my family likes coconut in cakes, so I was half-hearted making these cupcakes. 

I tried to make the cupcakes less coconut-y by adding pandan paste .. and my cupcakes ended up green.. not because I'm celebrating St. Patrick's Day early. Also I reduced sugar by 1/4 cup.

Cupcake Batter resting for 20mins.

All baked and green

I didn't make the ganache. I made the coconut custard cream and stopped at that.  I tripled up the coconut cream.. or was it triple x 3?  And piped the cream as frosting instead. 

(this close up pic, my hands look quite "veinily" scary..!)

 All packed for Church the next day. 
I had to line with paper towel to absorb condensation that will happen when store in the fridge.

Cross-section of the cupcake.  I had to try no matter what. 
As a baker,  I feel it is important to taste my own bakes.

I really like the coconut custard pairing with the cupcakes. 
The cold custard with the cake lightens overall texture..not too sweet and also not too coconut-y either.  
Really good.  

Thursday, February 25, 2016

TBB: Mini Gateaux Breton

(i spy my own reflection..)

These mini cookies are so easy to put together.  

Normally I will take the short cut method and use store bought almond meal, but this time I toasted the slice almonds and grind with sugar as recipe suggested.   

The dough is easy..but it's soft, so have to put in the fridge to harden. I put mine in the freezer. Because of our weather, anything from the fridge melts within 2 minutes. With these cookies, the harder the dough easier it is to press into the molds. I still kept to the 10g each (as per instruction) for each cavity. 

I used this mini nordicware pan. I don't have the right brioche pan size..actually I saw the right size but it was a Japanese brand selling for almost $7 per mini pan (expensive!) and they didn't have more than 12 pieces either. ..and you know I don't like to wait around too long near the oven! 

Baked as recommended at 160c for 16mins.  
They came out of the pan very easily..and I didn't need to grease the pan either.  But I find them a bit too pale and underdone. So I had to put back in oven to bake a bit longer.

For the 2nd tray, I baked at 170c for 20-22 mins and they turned golden brown (like in the book) - smell wonderful and tasted better too.  Imho I think have to bake till golden brown. Otherwise, the flavor is on the bland side..more like a sweet soft cake rather than almond cookie. 

Baked till golden brown (as below) and flavor is wonderful! 
Delicious and pretty too. :D  

Monday, February 1, 2016

TBB: Irish Cream Scones with Raspberry Butterscotch Lace Topping

Very easy to put together. Moist in the inside and crusty on the outside. Perfect Scones!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

TBB: The Renee Fleming Golden Chiffon (Chanukah)

I made this for my son's birthday on Christmas Eve.  We celebrate his birthday twice, on Christmas Eve with my siblings & their families and 2 days later with only our own family on his actual birthday.  When my son was growing up, I wanted to re-enforce that December is his birthday month, so we celebrate his birthday twice. After 20 years of trying to teach him calender, somehow one day he finally understood the cycle of calender. He now knows day, date and month. Also weekdays are school days, weekend no school days..and Sunday is Church day.   Progress is slow, but at least there is improvement and growth.  Now we are trying to teach him time... or perhaps he knows but just not able to tell us?     Sometimes he surprises us when he speaks or his reaction seems to understand what we are saying when we assumed he doesn't.  

Slice of the cake

The cake fell down from the pan when I was cooling it upside down and stuck to the table. (I didn't line the pan) I dare not move it to wire rack... only after it cooled down, I moved it to the cooling rack.  

I used self-rising flour cos I wanted to finish up the flour which was expiring soon.

I'm surprised my cake didn't shrink as did shrink overall a bit but not too much and thus a nice height. 

Made the lemon curd. Very yummy! 

Cut the cake into 3 layers.  I put some lemon curd on each layer followed with the lemon curd whipped cream. 

Lemon curd whipped cream - so delicious on it's own.

Happy Birthday! My son closes his ears every time we sing birthday song. He gets overwhelmed with our voices.  He also refuses to blow his birthday candles every year, but he blows every single candle he sees when we are restaurants,  hotels, department stores.. sometimes he does it too fast before we can stop him .. and we just have to apologise to the shop keepers. Did I mention before that once I brought him with me to Laduree and he blew out all candles on display while I was picking out the macaron flavors?  I was able to carry him away when he does that as a little kid, now is impossible since he is bigger than me!

Simply decorated cake with his favorite candy M & Ms.  :)  

Adults like the cake very much. 
My grand-niece (my niece's daughter) said the cake is too sour for her. But my toddler grand-nephew (my nephew's son) ate the cake happily. :) That little boy sure has sophisticated palate! 


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