Thursday, October 8, 2009

Savoury Cheese and scallion  scones

Oats anyone?
Eating oats is good for us, but it is not the family's favourite, especially for breakfast.
Thus, in this recipe by Amy Scherber, she added rolled oats and this created a very delicious and yet healthy scone. The rest of the ingredients: ham, eggs, scallions and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese make a complete breakfast  with coffee.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Portuguese Egg Tarts

My children were home early from school today and so I decided to bake something sweet for their teatime snacks.
I used ready made puff pastry and baked these portuguese style egg tarts. The caramelized custard makes a delightful difference from the chinese dim sum-style egg tarts.
These tarts were great when eaten freshly baked from the oven and with a cup of tea with milk.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Parmesan  Crackers

Similar to the Goldfish crackers found from the supermarket.
Made with cheese and butter.
These crackers make great snacks.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are always a favourite.
These were baked with roasted hazel nuts.
My daughter loves the good old way of eating these cookies :
Dunk her cookie into a glass of fresh milk.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Banana Marble Loaf

This black and white banana loaf is moist and delicious.
My son loves it.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Chocolate n Wine 

Bundt Cake

Baked this Double Chocolate n Wine bundt cake for a double celebration;
Happy Birthday to my brother n brother in law.
The wine used is Cabernet sauvignon.

Cake cooling on the rack and before decoration

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Savoury Cheese Biscuits with herbs

My friend gave me some Parmigiano- Reggiano and so I decided to make some cheese biscuits with them.
These cheese biscuits were spicy(with added paprika) and shaped free-form. I topped the biscuits with different herbs; like dried rosemary, thyme, basil and even black pepper.

These biscuits came free-form but I gave a twist to these savoury treats. I baked them in the muffin cups.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips

Using my homemade peanut butter, I baked these cookies and added chocolate chips too. Yum!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Quick and easy snack-
Double chocolate brownies with roasted hazelnuts

Brownies with double chocolate-Valrhona cocoa powder with Heshley chocolate chips.

Yummy! Homemade Peanut Butter

Nothing more satisfying than making your own peanut butter at home.
Just simply two main ingredients : Peanuts and oil.
Healthy and yummy.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

TeaTime Muffins

Saturday afternoon TeaTime snacks-
Baked some savoury muffins as requested by my daughter.
These are black-peppered ham with cheese.
I added some smoked paprika for a little spice. 

Thursday, July 30, 2009

All Blueberry Desserts

Blueberry Fleur Bundt Cake

Lemon-blueberry cake baked in this beautiful  fleur-bundt pan.(flower design)

Top and side views  of the cake.Cake is completed with dusting of confectionery sugar.

Blueberry Tart  

Tart shell filled with cream , blueberry jam and topped with lots of fresh blueberries.

Blueberry Crumb Cake

Blueberry cake with crisp streusel topping.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Blueberries season is here again!

Baked this fantastic Double Blueberry Tart with cream cheese filling.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

My Homemade Marmalade

I love marmalade on my morning toast with butter.
So I decided to make it on my own.
I prepared a pot of citrus; a combination of oranges and grapefruits.
The marmalade is made up of juice and lots of  julienned peels.  
I have also put some candied ginger to add a little spice to the jam.

Jam in the making:
Boiling peels and juice in the pot with a cheesecloth or muslin bag containing the seeds and membranes of the oranges. The pectin for the jam is extracted from the contents in the bag.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Molten Chocolate cake
Baked these molten chocolate cakes  for dinner desserts.     



The molten chocolate flows out of the cake when cut.

Cakes turned out from ramekins and dusted with confectionery sugar.

Chocolate cakes baked in ramekins.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Savoury Puff Pastry
This time, again with ready made puff pastry from the supermarket, I made a savoury tart for dinner-Smoked salmon and avocado tart.
It was topped with cheese and baked to golden brown. Delicious.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

I was given some homemade durian puree by a friend and wondered how I should use it.
Incidentally, my sister also gave me some durian puffs and they tasted good so I decided to try my hand at choux pastry.

Choux puff shells just out from the oven.

Durian puree piped into the shells.

Completed Durian puffs.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

It is Mango season !

Mangoes are in season now. 
With lots of juicy mangoes at hand, I prepared this mango tart with cream cheese filling.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Birthday treat from my daughter

My daughter wanted to bake me a birthday cake, so to make it simple for her, I suggested an easy Tiramisu. I gave her the instructions and she prepared the dessert with me. 

Friday, June 12, 2009

 Blueberry Butter Puffs

Bought some ready made puff pastry from the supermarket and prepared this puff tart with blueberries and lemon zest. 
The jam is made from fresh blueberries and sugar.
Quick and tasty; but make sure that the puff pastry is made with butter and not margarine.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Apple pies for a celebration

Baked 2 Apple pies for my mum's birthday party. Two pies with two different recipes.
The pies were delicious with vanilla ice cream.

This pie crust contained egg yolks and has a more golden finish.
The filling was pre-cooked before baking.

This crust was made from Martha's pate brisee.
The pie was topped with round fluted cutouts.

Friday, May 15, 2009


Madeleines are miniature French sponge cakes made in a special shell- shaped pans.
My first attempt was baking of  chocolate madeleines made from Valrhona cocoa powder.

These chocolate madeleines tasted good especially with vanilla ice cream.

Rose-water and Lemon Madeleines

Baked some madeleines flavoured with rose water for my mum for Mothers'Day.
She requested for a dessert that was light and not so sweet. Thus, I chose this recipe and reduced the amount of sugar stated and it still tasted good. The rose fragrance was mild but refreshing. I also baked another batch with lemon zest.We had an enjoyable afternoon tea sampling these madeleines.

Rose-water madeleines

Lemon Madeleines

Apple Pies Days

I recently tasted a very delicious apple pie at a lunch gathering and decided to try one out.
Using Granny Smith apples, I baked this.

Using a different pie dough recipe(Pierre Herme Perfect Tart Dough), I baked another apple pie and and sprinkled coarse sugar over top before baking.
It produced a shining and golden brown  finish.

Monday, May 11, 2009

My Little Nonya Macarons again!

This time, I used a more concentrated dye made from Butterpea flowers.
The turquoise batter was piped into the baking tray.

The colour of the macarons seemed to fade after baking and some even turned toasty brown.
However, the developement of the macarons on the whole was satisfactory.