Fondant Biscuits

June 2, 2011 at 1:38 am | Posted in Cookies, Fondant | 3 Comments

The end of this year marks the graduation of my first batch of students – and it is sure going to be bittersweet. It’s funny how I grew close to a particular bunch of lovely kids – even the circumstances were baffling… I only taught half of the class when they were in Year 1 and was their Assistant Supervising Tutor for Project Work last year. I was never their home tutor but this is one class that I believe I would remember for quite a long time to come.

I remember the first thing I baked for them nearly 2 years ago – chocolate cupcakes with chocolate fudge frosting. It was towards the end of the year, when the exams were nearing. And as they say… the rest is history.

I guess the perks of teaching older kids is that interaction is much more meaningful. Last year I brought a group of them out to break fast, and then we spent a night playing lanterns during the Mid Autumn Festival and the year culminated in a barbecue after the exams.

Tomorrow I am meeting them for a meal and since their exams will be after the holidays, I made them these:

adapted from Cookies Galore; Jacqueline Bellefontaine

125g butter, softened
40g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
175g plain flour
4 tbsp cornflour

1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees celsius.

2. Cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla. Add the flours and mix to form a soft dough.

3. Roll out the dough between sheets of clear plastic (I just plonked it in between greaseproof paper) and roll out to about 5mm thick. Cut out cookies as desired.

4. Bake till crisp and golden, about 8-10 minutes. Cool on baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring on a wire rack to cool completely.

5. Roll out ready-made fondant and use the same cutters. Dab the cookie with a little milk to ensure that the fondant shapes stick. Deocrate as desired.

I should start thinking of what to give them nearing their graduation, eh? :)

Classic Banana Bundt Cake

May 25, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Posted in Cakes, Fruit | Leave a comment

I think I have finally found the elusive banana cake recipe. It’s awfully moist (just the way I like my cakes) and the chockful of bananas add a wonderful depth of flavour. I also realised the importance of using really ripe bananas. Initially I wanted to make a cheese/lemon glaze but the cake is superb on its own.

adapted from Baking From my Home to Yours – Dorie Greenspan

3 cups plain flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
225 g unsalted butter, softened (omit salt if using salted butter)
2 cups caster/fine/sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract/essence
2 eggs
about 4-5 very ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup sour cream or plain yoghurt

1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees celsius. Generously butter a 9-10 inch bundt pan. Alternatively, you could use a 9 inch square/round tin.

2. Whisk the flour, baking soda and salt together. Working with a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the butter till creamy. Add the sugar and beat at medium speed till pale and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla, then add the eggs one at a time, beating for about 1 minute after each egg goes in.

3. Reduce the mixer speed to low and mix in the bananas. Finally, mix in half the dry ingredients, all the sour cream/yoghurt and then the rest of the flour mixture. Scrape the batter into the pan, rap the pan on the counter to de-bubble the batter and smooth the top.

4. Bake for about 1 hour, or till a knife/skewer inserted deep into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Check the cake after 30 minutes – if it is browning too quickly, cover it loosely with a foil sheet. Transfer the cake to a rack and cool for 10 minutes before unmoulding onto the rack to cool to room temperature.

Elections Frenzy

May 10, 2011 at 1:14 am | Posted in Cheese, Cupcakes | 1 Comment

I feel quite empty now, after being accustomed to rallies and the slew of information and (sometimes inaccurate) news about the different political parties. I still have a lot of unresolved issues… need to write a reflection pertaining to the subject and tie up all loose ends.

So on Saturday night, a few of us gathered at a friend’s house for dinner and the results. Suffice to say, I’m glad the opposition managed to nail a GRC. I brought dessert, of course.

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That’s a oft-used tagline by one of the candidates in my GRC. He’s such a funny guy.

And tomorrow I’m bringing these for my wonderful colleagues.

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Here’s to a better 5 years ahead, with more voices in parliament. Baby steps, opposition parties. :)

Red Velvet

April 30, 2011 at 11:31 am | Posted in Cakes, Cheese, Chocolate, Cupcakes | 3 Comments

Found a recipe that trumped the previous one! There’s just something about the red…

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From Food Network.

Medley

February 12, 2011 at 2:14 am | Posted in Birthdays, Cakes, Cheese, Chocolate, Cupcakes, Fondant, Fruit | 2 Comments

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Strawberry tart

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Chocolate cupcakes with royal icing

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Chocolate cupcakes with royal icing

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Chocolate mud cake with chocolate ganache

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Chocolate cake with chocolate ganache

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Chocolate cake with chocolate ganache

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Chocolate cake with fondant

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Chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese icing

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Lemon cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

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Lemon cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

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Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate ganache

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Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate ganache

You’re my cuppy-cake…

December 5, 2010 at 10:33 am | Posted in Birthdays, Cheese, Chocolate, Cupcakes, Fruit, Royal Icing, Weddings/Engagements | Leave a comment

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Oreo cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

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Chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

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Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate ganache

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Peach cupcakes with royal icing

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Chocolate cupcakes with royal icing

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Dark cherry-filled vanilla cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

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Nutella-filled chocolate cupcakes with chocolate ganache

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Blueberry-filled chocolate cupcakes with chocolate ganache

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Lemon cupcakes with lemon buttercream

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Vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream

Cakes

November 17, 2010 at 10:11 pm | Posted in Birthdays, Cakes, Cheese, Chocolate, Fruit, Orders | Leave a comment

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Brownie with chocolate ganache

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Chocolate mud cake with chocolate ganache

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Mocha cake with chocolate ganache

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Red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting

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Peach cheesecake

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Peach buttermilk cake with cream cheese frosting

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Strawberry cheesecake

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Chocolate cake with chocolate ganache

Red Velvet Cupcakes

November 2, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Posted in Cheese, Chocolate, Cupcakes | 3 Comments

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I’ve always been taken in by the allure of red velvet cupcakes (maybe because I’m partial towards red, I don’t know) – but sadly not many places serve it. I only had them twice – once in Melbourne back in 2005 and in KL last July. I’m quite happy that this turned out well; they were sufficiently moist and you could taste the hint of cocoa.

Recipe here.

yet another assortment

October 21, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Posted in Birthdays, Cheese, Chocolate, Cupcakes, Fruit, Orders | Leave a comment

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all things chocolate

September 17, 2010 at 10:00 am | Posted in Birthdays, Chocolate, Cupcakes, Orders | 4 Comments

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