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 –…

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…

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,…

Croissants Attempt #2 – failed!

😦 First attempt here: Croissants Attempt #1 – failed! Recap: My problem in my first attempt was ‘breaking butter’, which means instead of a smooth layer of butter, I got them in chunks all over the dough, and most of them cut through the poor dough. I found out the reason behind that, and I have…

Paul Hollywood’s Belgian Chocolate Brownie Mix – Tried and tested

I have been following Paul Hollywood years ago, when the Great British Bake Off (GBBO) was still fairly new. I first known him from watching a series of short documentaries about different types of bread, and I thought he was smashingly charismatic. His knowledge about the humble bread amazed me, it’s no surprise he comes from…

Croissants Attempt #1 – failed!

What else to do on a long bank holiday weekend other than baking?! Baking. I had this crazy idea of making croissant from scratch long time ago, and now I have found the perfect chance to execute it! Was it successful though? Keep on reading 😉 I followed the recipe on WeekendBakery website as it has the most…

Sweet Potato Chinese Steamed Buns 番薯包

Yummy yummy! Fragrant, soft and fluffy 番薯包 anyone? 😉 I have used this recipe lots of time and it has given me consistently good results! This time, I let the breadmaker do the kneading. Recipe below. 110g   warm water 5g       instant yeast (= ½ tbsp or 1⅔ tsp) 1tbsp  sugar for yeast mixture…