CNY Macarons

21 Feb

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Hehe, super belated Chinese New Year-ish macarons! My two oranges!!

I think this is one of the few wonderful batches of macarons I had made. I am never consistent in my bakes. So I was super duper happy when I saw how they turned out!

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See! So cute right! hahaha

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Chocolate Macarons

15 Feb

So, I finally baked macarons again. Using a different recipe that I found online.  Baked them sometime late January if I am not wrong. And only today I realised I did not save the recipe anywhere. Stupid or what!

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It’s too chocolate-y for me since I am not a chocolate person. But I really like the look. Very macaron-ish.

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I played cheat a little. Wanted to eat them fast and was lazy to do any chocolate ganache. So, nutella to the rescue!

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I think I baked another batch few days after. And it didn’t work out at all. Pffth. What’s new right. I always did it okay the first time round. And then I will destroyed the whole thing on the next batch. Maybe this is why I threw away the recipe. Must have been feeling super frustrated. Whahaha.

Congo Bars & VSC

7 Dec

Last Saturday I have decided to try out baking Congo Bars. I saw them on Kitchen Guardian’s instagram.

But mine turned out to be more cakey then what I imagined them to be:

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I made them using the recipe from Bisous À Toi here.

Ingredients
2 3/4 cup all purpose flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
150g butter, softened
320g light brown sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
320g chocolate chips

I was reading through Bakerella’s and I have decided to mix the ingredients by hand. Probably why mine was cakey.

Methods
Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Set aside.
Stir brown sugar into softened butter in another large bowl until butter disappears. You can use the back of your spoon to help incorporate the two together.
Add eggs one at a time to butter mixture and stir well after each egg.
Add vanilla, chocolate chips and nuts. Mix well.
Add dry flour mixture and stir until well combined.

Mine is also a little taller cause I used 10 x 10 pan instead of the 13 x 9 recommended pan. hee. I was lazy to dig and find the 13 x 9 pan. I like how this congo bars taste like cookies. Indeed it is true! Brownie + cookie! Will try to do it again using mixer and 13 x 9 pan. Want mine to be a little similar to Kitchen Guardian’s! (here, here, here, here)  Not satisfied with mine that’s why I didn’t bother to take more pictures.

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Told you my family (or rather my mum) loves Victoria Sandwich Cake. She made them again & again.

For my aunt’s and uncle’s anniversary:

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Cute version:

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Victoria Sandwich Cake – Square Edition

19 Nov

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We love the Victoria Sandwich Cake so much that I had to bake them again cause my mum purposely bought a lot of strawberries few days back.

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I decided to change the cake from round to square. Something like sheet cake. But this time, I added lots of strawberry for the filling. This is weird coming from someone who do not eat strawberry at all!

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I had used the same recipe as the previous post below. (Note: I had decreased the ingredients from 250g to 210g.) Super delicious! Made you feel like you are eating healthy for a moment. hee.

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I had some batter left for 6 cupcakes. Did not dare to use all for my 9 x 9 (times 2) square pan cause I had test bake one cupcake earlier. Then I anyhow estimate for the square pan.

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My favourite cake for now. Easy to bake, fuss free decoration & so nice to eat. :)

Victoria Sandwich Cake

5 Nov

I had promised to bake a cake for Mama’s birthday. As usual, Mama had chosen fruity kind of cake. She even had a recipe in mind for me to try. The recipe is then adapted from Bisous À Toi of course! 

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Ingredients – cake:
250g salted butter
250g sugar
250g self raising flour – sifted
250g eggs (I used about 5 eggs, please weigh your eggs!)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp milk ++

Method:
Preheat the oven to 160C
Beat butter and castor sugar together until really light, pale and fluffy.
Gradually add the eggs, beating well after each addition. Then incorporate the vanilla extract.
Fold in the sifted flour delicately with a spatula.
Add enough milk in order to get a smooth dropping cake dough consistency.
Pour into two greased 8″ round pan and smooth out the top with a spatula. - I had also used 2 pans to bake the cake batter. It is so much easier. Better than making a mess while cutting 1 very tall cake.
Bake in the centre of the oven for about 30 minutes or until golden and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Ingredients – fillings:
Strawberry jam
Slices of strawberry mixed with a tbsp of sugar (Mix them and set aside for 15 mins)
Whipping cream (This whipping cream I used tasted nice on its own)

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By now, I had spread the jam on the first cake and piped down the whip cream. Please do wait for the cake to cool down for 10 minutes or so before you spread the jam, etc.

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Then I added the slices of strawberry I mixed with sugar earlier. What a brilliant idea this was! My strawberries were on the sour side. The sugar made them taste so much tastier.

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Cover them with the other ‘half’ of the cake. Decorate with sugar powder and whatever you have/want.

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The simplest cake ever! No need to crumbcoat and worry about the appearance that much. I was thinking of substituting the strawberries with other fruits. Like blueberry yum yum! ;)

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie

27 Sep

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I haven’t been baking for quite awhile. Baking used to be an outlet for “stress”. I used to enjoy baking over the weekends. At least once a month. heh. Once a month is good enough by my standard. Now that I’m back working full time, my level of laziness increase. So far, I’ve only baked this delish chewy chocolate chip cookies! The best. (Even better that subway’s I must say! hehe I’m just lying of course!)

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I love it so much that I baked them twice over a short period of time. But my oven is not working now. The first time I baked these cookies, I had only used 2.5 big trays. Now, with my aunt’s small working oven (that we gratefully borrowed), I had to use 10 small trays. Really taxing. Took a lot of time! Imagine 10 x 13 minutes, staring into the oven while nibbling on the  just-come-out-from-the-oven-cookies. Not worth it cause I ended up eating a lot of cookies while waiting.

Recipe from I Love. I Cook. I Bake here. The only thing I changed was the quantity of chocolate chips. I used 1 bag of Hershey semi-sweet chocolate chips. I googled for you. hee.

The recipe is a total keeper! :)

 

Darwish’s 2nd Birthday

18 Jul

It’s been ages!! I’ve been missing in action from the baking scene. :/

I have forgotten to upload Darwish’s 2nd birthday cake last June! From the cat cake to this train cake. I was trying so hard to make it Chuggington-like but .. it looked a little off somewhere.

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Next big cake will be Quwaidir’s hopefully. But since I’m working full time once again, I doubt I can make it. :S

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