brown sugar cornflake meringues

June 28, 2007 at 8:22 pm | Posted in Meringue | 6 Comments

meringues are dangerous because they are very addictive. you feel like you’re eating air, and then we all (well, me at least) seek solace in the fact that they only contain sugar and egg whites.

i thought this was an interesting twist so i decided to give it a go. i added crushed cornflakes into the egg white mixture before piping them into mini paper liners. being the colour freak that i am, i also added sprinkles.

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double nut chocolate chip cookies

June 21, 2007 at 12:16 am | Posted in Chocolate, Cookies | 21 Comments

9 out of 10 times, when i ask the boy what he’d like me to bake, his answer will be a resounding “cookies.” after that i’ll ponder over what cookie to make, leafing through my cookbooks in the hopes of trying out a new recipe. i think that’s just a reflex action because most of the time, i’ll go back to my favourite chocolate chip cookie recipe. no complaints though, because i know it ranks high on his favourites list, and what can be more satisfying seeing a loved one eat one cookie after another?

this time, i added walnuts and sliced roasted almonds.

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double chocolate peanut butter cupcakes

June 18, 2007 at 10:52 pm | Posted in Birthdays, Chocolate, Cupcakes, Peanut Butter | 16 Comments

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Cafe y Te

June 16, 2007 at 9:32 pm | Posted in Reviews | 5 Comments

when i was holidaying in phuket with the family last week, we came across a very charming cafe while scouring the streets of the old town. we had just arrived in the morning and were in need of refreshments because the weather was pretty hot and any place that had air-conditioning was very appealing.

this italian-themed cafe was the brainchild of miss giorgi, a very friendly lady who filled us in about her life and how she decided to dabble in the baking business. she was terribly amused when she saw my father’s (very detailed) itinerary-checklist on where to go and what to do in phuket, claiming that more men should be like him. 😀

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we actually went there twice, upon arrival and before our flight back to singapore. the chocolate banana custard cake was to die for – a filling of very ripe bananas and custard was sandwiched between moist and fluffy layers of chocolate sponge cake. it was served with a generous spray of whipped cream and chocolate sauce. this sent me straight to chocolate heaven.

the creme caramel flan which my father ordered was equally mouthwatering. the custard was silky smooth and the nutty sweetness of the caramel was just right.

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although the filling of the lemon meringue tart was a bit clumpy, it tasted good. the tartness of the filling complemented the sweet base and meringue topping well.

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she said that the chocolate fudge cake is the bestseller, and we weren’t disappointed. two layers of chocolate sponge are filled with sweetened whipped cream, then smothered with a decadent chocolate glaze.

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miss giorgi bakes all the cakes and desserts herself, which means you’ll get the freshest every day. she said she only bakes what she herself would eat, and she assures that only the best ingredients go into her creations. and because they are made with love, everything in that cake display exudes character.

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the drinks were good too. i had the iced mint latte (i never came across this in singapore) and my mother had a green apple and ginger smoothie, which she loved. my father and i also had the triestino, which is a blend of ice, espresso, milk and sweetened condensed milk. the iced chocolate which my sister had was rich and satisfying, unlike some chocolate drinks which taste exactly like chocolate milk.

you shouldn’t miss this gem if you are in phuket. granted it’s out of the way from the touristy places like patong beach, you wouldn’t regret paying a visit to this charming cafe. take my word for it.

Cafe Y Te
92/1 Phangnga Road,
Talat Yai, Muang,
Phuket 83000, Thailand.

iced sugar cookies

June 4, 2007 at 1:02 am | Posted in Cookies | 15 Comments

i’ve always admired beautifully decorated sugar cookies with bright colours. they were something i considered almost impossible to do – i am really intimidated by royal icing. i don’t know what prompted me to try them; i wouldn’t say i’ve gotten the consistency right (the piped letters) but i think it’s pretty decent for a first time.

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