i found out about the existence of quiches when i was a kid, leafing through my mother’s collated recipe book that she and her students use for food and nutrition classes. all i could remember was spinach quiche – i picture green mush… and then i stop there. (mum, if this account is not accurate please forgive me)
maybe that was the primary reason why i never bothered much about quiches, up till around less than two years ago. the boy and i discovered a pleasant quiche at coffee bean; the shiitake mushroom one. we’d eat that when we’re sick of cheesecakes and chocolate cakes.
i finally decided to make one, since we’re having a picnic tomorrow to celebrate his “birthday.” i adapted evan’s recipe, and i’m glad to say that it turned out rather well, according to my taste. i forgot to add the parmesan cheese though! i think i’d sprinkle some on top when reheating it tomorrow.
this set was for a very dear friend. they were chocolate cupcakes with mocha ganache and buttercream. i found that the ganache was a bit too bittersweet, so i hope the buttercream will level things off.
i had half a tub of mascarpone sitting in the fridge, so i googled for recipes. came across this simple recipe. (no bake!) i did a few modifications – i used digestives, upped the vanilla essence to 1/4 teaspoon, used disposable foil tart cases and added diced canned peaches on top of the strawberries.
the tarts were great – the mascarpone base is so light and creamy, it doesn’t leave that cloying “full” feeling. the crust is crumbly because the ratio of butter to biscuit was quite low, but surprisingly it was nice that way.
that means i think most or all images here won’t get to be viewed for a considerable amount of time.
this is a feature post – meaning that these cupcakes were not baked by me. the first picture shows an assortment of cupcakes that shidah baked, when the jc girls met up for dinner last week. the ones that have my name are strawberry cheesecakes, the one on the left side are chocolate-dark-cherry cupcakes with chocolate ganache, and those on the right are chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting!
and these were baked by my sister. i heard from my mother that the kitchen was in a total mess. these were chocolate cupcakes with chocolate ganache and two of them were frosted with mascarpone cream. she used baking powder instead of baking soda, which resulted in a denser and chewier texture (almost like a brownie), but it was a very commendable effort, given that it was her first time!
look at how she took pains to arrange the teeny-weeny sugar dragees into letters! again, thank you shidah and adik. *hugs*
and i still have an uncut whole chocolate fudge cake from secret recipe that the aunt and cousin bought. chocolate overdose!