28 April 2010

Happy Birthday, Mom!

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my mom turns 50 on the 30th so i took this opportunity to make her a cake, and this is probably also one of the rare gateaux and entremets that i'm making these days. planning started some days back coz i wanted something that would be well received, so exotic flavors like cassis or ispahan was totally out. i decided on this, the orange chocolate cake and began making the chocolate curl decor and orange seches (thinly sliced oranges that hv been soaked in a sugar syrup overnight and then oven-dried on very low heat for 2 hrs) a day before.

14 April 2010

Pretty In Pastels

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Pastels

just a random post. don't you just love pastel & soft shades like these? i'm adore them! clockwise from top left : strawberry yogurt smoothie, strawberry shortcake, matcha souffle roll cake, berries.

nothing much going on lately but i think i won't be baking as often. am trying to adopt a healthier lifestyle by cutting down on sugar, simple carbs (white flour/rice etc), processed food & meat. shall spare you the boring health talk but i'll wanna see how far i can go with this. wish me luck.

07 April 2010

Matcha Soufflé Roll Cake

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Matcha Soufflé Roll Cake

yesterday i went over to my friend vickii's place and we had a little nice baking session. being matcha fanatics lovers it was only natural we bake something matcha so we decided on this. while i've made roll cake (i refuse to call them swiss rolls) before, i've always used the genoise or biscuit sponge method but i hadn't been really happy with the outcome. the cake always turn out dense and somewhat dry. i usually soak biscuit sponges with syrup when i make cakes so the denseness doesn't affect that much. but since roll cakes cannot be soaked, the dry texture is rather apparent. making soufflé sponge adopts an almost different method as the steps are more like making choux pastry, it promises a soft texture so i was rather keen to try it.

05 April 2010

Homemade Vanilla Extract

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remember quite sometime back, 10 months ago to be exact i blogged about embarking on a little project to make my own vanilla extract? well its finally ready and i started decanting it about a month ago.

Homemade Vanilla Extract

the reason why it took me so long was due to an unreliable recipe. ok maybe i shouldn't call it unreliable since there might just be some people who succeeded with the recipe and got their extract ready in 6 weeks, which i highly doubt so. i followed this recipe from the traveler's lunchbox and i did what was required - poured in a bottle of nielsen massey's vanilla extract (118ml) into one liter of vodka & added in 6 newly scraped vanilla bean seeds + pods and gave it a little shake every few days and it should be ready in about 6 weeks. but 6 weeks later the color was still extremely light and reeked very strongly of alcohol so i knew it wasn't ready yet. another 3 months passed (i did throw in somemore used ones along the way) and i was getting impatient.

 

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