Rainbow cake

Hello! I am back! well, did some baking last night just to satisfy my craving for ‘baking’! I enjoy the process of baking but not the eating part. Not sure why, probably because I know what made up the goodies like margarine and sugar. >.< no sweet tooth!

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i used premix although there are online recipe to make the cake. As I just moved in, short of ingredients, so it is better that i use premix, just follow the instructions at the back and divide into the mix into 5 equal portions (you can add more colours to it as a rainbow has 7 colours.. haha..) I used purple, green,yellow, orange and blue dye.

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I did not frost it too much between the layers as it is too sweet. just a thin layer to stick the cakes together. after that I put the cake to harden it abit so that all layers are join together and when i cut it into slices… tahah! thanks goodness I got a nice shades there! =)

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Apple Pie

Baked an apple pie for Zs for his birthday! Anyway, this is just an excuse.

I bought a cake for him but I am craving to bake so decided to do it! haha!

My first time baking an apple pie and seriously, it is super duper yummy! with the apples overloaded and with cinnamon fragrance filling up the house! sooooo goood!

I did a lanice pattern on the cover and brushed with egg. =) looking good eh?

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after baking… tadah!

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I topped it off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! It somehow blended off with the sweetness of the apples which is a good paired up.

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and of course, a photo of the birthday boy with the pie.

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Recipe :

Adapted from here.

Ingredients

    • 25 oz apples, peeled, cored, cut into small wedges (710g) (I used about 3 apples)
    • 2/3 cup granulated sugar (I reduced it)
    • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
    • 1 Pie crust
    • 1 egg for eggwash
    • Extra sugar for sprinkle

Directions

First, in a large mixing bowl, add in sugar, flour, cinnamon, lemon juice and whisk until combined.

Flour acts as thickening agent. And today I added lemon juice because I am using Fuji apples and Fuji is not pungent enough. If you are using Granny Smith, you can skip lemon.

And add in apple wedges and stir until well mixed. Set aside.

Then lightly flour on working surface. And roll out the pie crust dough with a rolling pin. I have two pie recipes in separate videos. I make pie crust at home always. Probably because I went cooking school, so I feel like buying a supermarket pie-crust is cheating. But I saw commercial pie crust haute de gamme, upper-market product.

And cut the pie crust slightly bigger than the pie pan and arrange it in the pan pressing the bottom and side.

Add in apple mixture in the pie crust.

And cut ribbons with dough and make lattice

Tuna Buns

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This is one of my favourite past time… To make bread. One dough but you can make a few different type of fillings using the same dough! I have tried various types of filling and they tasted good! Some with popular demand, that I keep on making the same one as my family loves them. And it is pretty easy to make!

Recipe :

Dough

250gm of Bread flour
40gm of Fine Sugar
5gm of Yeast
125gm of Water
30gm of Egg
1/2 tsp of Salt
30gm of unsalted butter
1 tbsp of Evaporated Milk

1. Put all ingredients into the mixing bowl except the butter and salt.
2. Mix well then add in the salt and butter and mix into a soft dough.
3. Take out and cover it, rest for 30minutes.

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4. Divide the dough to 55 to 60 gm each, rest for 20 minutes.
5. Flatten the dough and wrap in the filling.
6. Put the dough on the baking tray and proof to double the size 45 minutes.
7. Brush with egg wash on it.
8. Sprinkle some cheese and parsley on it and bake at 200degree celsius for 12 to 15 minutes.

Tuna filling:
2 tin tuna flakes
1/2 no of onion
1 tsp of chilli flake
50 gm mayonnaise
1/2 tsp black pepper
Lettuce

1. Put all ingredients into a bowl and mix well.

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Swirl Green Tea Mooncake

Hello! As lantern festival is around the corner, I decided to make mooncakes! I love the swirls and the end product! but it is tedious to make it! I will try again next year and hopefully it turns out to be better!! =)

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Before baking, it was like this :

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Recipe :

Sweet Potato Fillings (~20 balls)

300g sweet potato (400 – 500g when unpeeled)

1/4 cup milk

2 oz butter

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 tsp salt

Boil & mash potato, add rest of ingredients & mix to paste. Roll into balls.

Moon Cake Dough (A) & (B)

Water Dough (A)

200g all purpose flour

28g icing sugar

Pinch of salt

80g cold butter

80g water

Rub-in method (ball should not stick to hand)

Cover and set aside for 20 minutes

Oil Dough (B)

180g all purpose flour

Pinch of salt

90g oil

1/2 tsp green tea powder (originally it was pandan essence)

Melting method (well in center)

Cover and set aside for 20 minutes

1. Preheat oven 185 degree celcius

2. Divide A & B into equal balls

3. Take A & wrap B into it

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4. With the sealed side facing up roll into rectangle

5. Roll up like a cyclinder, roll again into thin strip

6. Roll again.

7. Cut cyclinder in the middle into 2 pieces

8. With the cut side facing down, flatten the dough making the edges slightly thinner than center

9. Wrap filling. Pinch to seal

10. Bake for 30 minutes until top and bottom show brown

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Blueberries Cream Cheese Butter Cake

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Hmm… it doesn’t look tasty right? But it tasted good! with the cheese taste and butter.. wooolala! Anyway, this is another recipe that I got it from the net.

Recipe
(seen at Cook Republic and maameemoomoo)

– 1 1/2 cups (340g) caster sugar (I used 195g, but it can be reduced further as i still find it too sweet.)
– 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
– 1/2 tsp sea salt flakes, otherwise, 1/4 tsp regular salt
– 2 1/4 cups (250g) self-raising flour, sifted (No self-raising flour? No problem! Use 250g plain flour + 3 tsp baking powder and mix well)
– 250g butter, softened
– 250g Philadelphia Cream Cheese
– 1/3 cup (70ml) milk
– 3 large eggs 
– Optional: 150g berries of your choice, fresh, frozen or dried (I used blueberries!)

1. Pre-heat the oven to 160°C. Grease and line a square 20cm cake tin with baking paper. Also grease and line a small loaf pan with baking paper.
* The batter filled up a Wilton 6-mini loaf pan and a 6-large muffin pan. ( I did it on a whole baking tray instead of the above)

2. Beat butter, sugar and vanilla in an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time until fluffy. Add the cream cheese and milk. Beat until smooth.

3. Add the flour, beat briefly until mixed. Fold in the blueberries with a light hand. Spoon 3/4 of the cake batter into the square tin and 1/4 of the cake batter into the loaf pan.

4. Bake the square pan in the pre-heated oven for approximately 50 minutes until a skewer in the middle comes out clean. Bake the loaf pan for approximately 35 minutes.
* I baked all together and it took about 30mins for the muffin tin and almost an hour for the mini loaf tin.

5. Dust cooled cakes with icing sugar and garnish with berries before serving.

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Recipe Reference : http://www.thelittleteochew.com/2012/10/berries-cream-cheese-butter-cake.html

Mug cake (I called it Mud pie)

Well, this cake is extremely easy to make. Good for starters! My brother likes it alot.Image

I have adapted this recipe from a web, and i find it interesting that she can make a cake in just 5 minutes! in her recipe she used microwave but i decided to bake it and it turns out fine! crispy on the outside and moist of the inside. =)

Recipe

5 minute Chocolate Mug Cake

Makes 2

  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coffee powder (optional)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate chips or flakes plus 2 tablespoon extra
  • A small splash of vanilla extract
  • 2 microwave safe coffee mugs

Step 1 – This recipe makes two mug cakes and therefore is made in two separate mugs. You can mix the entire thing in the mugs and therefore avoid any extra dishes except for the egg which I whisk lightly in a bowl. Add dry ingredients to the mugs, and mix well ensuring the there is no flour stuck at the bottom.

Step 2 – Pour in the milk, oil, chocolate chips or flakes and vanilla extract and mix well. Whisk egg lightly in a bowl and pour half of the egg in each mug and mix well. Add the extra tablespoonful of chocolate chips or flakes on top of the batter. Cover with glad wrap.

Step 3 – Do one mug at a time. Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 1 minute on _medium _heat. Then microwave for another 30 seconds on medium heat. Check on the consistency-it should be cooked but still moist and gooey. If it is still not cooked, microwave on another 30 seconds on medium heat. Remember, it will cook further on standing.

(Note for Step 3: I baked it instead of microwave it, no timing, i just use a stick to poke the centre to check if it is cook.)

 

Step 4 – Allow to cool a little and serve with ice cream.

Recipe reference : http://www.notquitenigella.com/2009/05/29/the-five-minute-chocolate-mug-cake/

Zebra Cotton Cheesecake

Made this in the past weekend! Was craving to bake (note: not craving for cheesecake) I had so much fun baking at my aunt’s house!

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it tasted great! with the cheese melting in my mouth. sorry that my pictures are not very appetizing.. but it is really good! I ❤ the stripes too! actually it looks more like a tiger instead of a zebra because it is yellowish! I will try to make it again and take nicer pics next time.

Recipe

250g Cream Cheese                                                                                    
25g Butter
Sugar 75g
4 Yolks
1/4cup Milk
1/4tsp Vanilla Extract
Plain Flour 25g
*10g Cocoa Powder
4 Whites
Method:
1. Preheat oven to 150deg
2. Line a 7″ square baking tin with baking paper
3. Beat cream cheese, butter and 50g sugar until creamy.
4. Mix in yolks, milk and vanilla.
5. Sift in flour and fold gently into the mixture
6. *divide batter into two equal portion.
7.* Sift in cocoa powder into one portion and fold in gently
8.* Set aside both batter
9. Whisk whites with the remaining sugar until stiff;
10.* fold half gently into the cheese mixture & the other half to the cocoa mixture
11.*Spoon cheese mixture into cake tin starting with the cheese mixture first in the center of cake tin.
12.*Next, spoon cocoa mixture into the center of the cheese mixture(step above)
13.*Following the sequence steps above until both batter runs up.
14.Bake in water bath for about an hour, let cool & serve.