My First Proper Cake! -Black Sesame Cake

Phew! I feel like I have graduated from a cake school, lol! And here is my thesis: My first, round, frosted, layered cake! Baking a proper cake have always seemed daunting to me – the layers, the buttercream, the decorations, so many components! Plus the lack of proper tools, e.g. a cake turntable, palette knives,…

Panasonic SD-P104 Breadmaker: An honest review. Non-sponsored.

**Updated in Jan2018. I finally grew tired of hand kneading and decided to use the help of a breadmaker. I was looking for something that is not too big, just enough for a 1-pound loaf, and can be easily carried around and this one fits the bill perfectly! Having used it to bake some bread, it is now…

Pierre Hermé’s Macarons Attempt #1

I finally plucked up the courage to make macarons. Those YouTube videos do make them look easy! I wanted an established recipe, so I went for Pierre Herme’s. Other blogs / websites that also feature Pierre Hermé’s Macarons recipe: The Telegraph Treats Dessert First Zen Can Cook Purple Foodie * For the macaron shells –…

Checkerboard Bread

Was trying out a new bread recipe so might as well have some fun! The bread didn’t turn out very well but it looked fun!   The green was matcha and the brown hot chocolate. I used a Pullman loaf tin, thus the sharp, precise edges. Nice! The crumbs were dense and a little gummy……

Homemade Strawberry Jam (No Pectin)

Just a quick post on strawberry jam. Recipe adapted from ChocolateMosey 206g strawberries (after hulling) 100g sugar 2tsp lemon juice First cold-plate test: 2nd cold-plate test: How the jam looked: Vacuum sealing (boiling method): Used the inversion method before this, it worked, but I wanted to try the boiling method too >.< The safety button…

Caramel Kaya Attempt #1

Ever since making my first jar of strawberry jam, I got addicted to making my own preserves. There’s something about watching simple ingredients transforming into luscious, mouth-watering jam! It’s magical! Kaya is one of my favourite jams. No one in my family makes kaya, so I thought it must be a very difficult thing to make….

Italian Meringue Buttercream With a Hand Mixer & Without a Thermometer

This was actually a dry run for macarons, which involves making Italian meringue (Pierre Hermes’ recipe). I was making a Victoria Sponge and needed to make some buttercream, so instead of making Swiss Meringue Buttercream (SMBC) that I’ve made before, I wanted to practice on making Italian Meringue Buttercream (IMBC). IMBC appeared to be less…

Mary Berry’s Victoria Sponge

I don’t know why I waited so long to make a Victoria Sponge, since it’s so simple to make! All that’s needed is equal quantities of eggs, flour, sugar and butter! Hmm… perhaps because I was unsure of how to make the cream and jam in the middle… (But now I know how to make…

Yudane Bread Fail!

Yes, Yudane Bread can fail! I adapted the Yudane recipe I made before here to make a coconut cranberry loaf bread. Everything was fine until I added the incompletely defrosted shredded coconut and plumped cranberries! Ingredients as usual in the bread pan… All was good up to this point. Beautiful soft dough… When it beeped, I…

Coconut Kaya Bread Rolls

 As promised, I made a very coconuty coconut bread! This bread is made with coconut milk and there was shredded coconut in the dough, in between the swirls and on top of the rolls! Can it get more coconuty? Haha 😀 It was actually an adaptation of the cream cheese/cranberry bread that’s I’ve made before here….

Coconut Sablé

The Cold Storage in my area used to sell a kind of coconut flavoured French Sablé biscuits which was really tasty. Although being butter based, they don’t taste as cloying as the traditional Scottish butter shortbread. I haven’t baked biscuits or cookies before, so I thought why not give it a go! Rummaging through the internet,…

Asian Style Brioche – Soft & Sweet

The original brioche is fairly oily, dry and bland, but I like them soft, moist and less oily. So I decided to give it an Asian twist. Found a recipe from Yan’s Kitchen. Looks lovely and just the kind I was looking for. 320g           bread flour 40g      …