Sunday, November 30, 2008

Mooncake Cookies With Lotus Paste

here's what i baked over the weekend! my exams ended last saturday so i deserve a baking treat after all that stress ;p

anyway, i have made this before. see this. this time around, i merely used lotus paste instead of green tea paste. and yea i made this in a bid to finish up the leftover mooncake ingredients :)

i love the golden hue of the mooncake cookies! and it's really fragrant too!

here's what it looks like inside...

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Konnyaku Jelly Cubes

here's something refreshing for the tastebuds!

made this together with wen phei, jessie and kang last tuesday.

instead of adding the conventional longans/peaches/rambutans, we added persimmons. taste-wise, it's a combination of crunch and chewiness.

i like the nice orange-y tinge :)

and b'cos it wasn't sweet enough based on my rough estimation, i cut it up into cubes and added them into a home-made honey drink. yum!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

3 min Choc Cake!

amazing isn't it? in 3 minutes you can actually make a cake that's so choclatey!

i made this for suqi's bday a few weeks back when she bunked in with me in hostel. haha no choice cos the oven isn't working and the only thing i've got in the kitchen is the microwave oven and the stove.

yea so this is a really ideal ;p

i sprinkled some icing powder on the cake and presented suqi with her birthday cake! awesome :)

i guess this would also be a good supper treat (a little unhealthy thou haha) since it only takes 3 mins to make! and the ingredients are really simple too.

i got the recipe here!

pardon me for the lousy picture quality cos i took them with my handphone. the cake looks so much better in real!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Non-Baked Rum Cheesecake

the birthday peepz:

from left: kim, wilson and dannish cutting their cake

we celebrated kim's, wilson's and dannish's bday last tuesday. happy birthday to all three of you!

it was my first time baking a non-baked cheesecake, and i'm glad it turned out well ;p

yea anyway, the original recipe uses baileys instead of rum. but since i didn't have any i substituted it with rum instead.

everyone was eyeing the ferrero rochers!

i especially like the marble swirls; they are so pretty haha! i think it would be awesome if i had baileys. the rum flavour wasn't very distinct in this one.

nevertheless, thanks again to aunty yochana for sharing this, her recipes never fail!

Non-Baked Rum Cheesecake
Taken from Aunty Yochana's Blog: Stef's Non-Baked Baileys Cheesecake

For an 8-inch round cake:
(I used 9-in so I ended up with a flatter cake)

1 small pack Malteser candies,crushed to bits with food processor

About 12 digestive biscuits,crushed to crumbs with food processor
50g butter,melted

1 block Philadelphia cream cheese,softened
1 tsp vanilla
25ml to 30ml Rum
200ml whipping cream
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup boiling water
1 and half tbsp gelatine powder

1 tbsp butter
50g dark chocolate

For base,mix crushed Maltesers,crumbs and butter together. Press and smooth evenly in an 8-inch springform pan. Place in a freezer while you get on with the filling.

In boiling water,sprinkle gelatine evenly,leave to "bloom" for 2 minutes. Stir to dissolve.
In microwave,melt butter and chocolate in 30 sec bursts. Stir to combine.

In your mixer or using a whisk,whip cream till stiff peaks form,chill.
In a mixer (no need to wash after whipping cream) or food processor,cream the cheese and sugar on high speed till smooth,beat in lemon juice and vanilla.
Stir gelatine mixture,(while resting,some gelatine will settle to the bottom) and beat in to combine.
Fold in whipped cream, remove tin from freezer.

Pour about 1/4 of batter into chocolate mixture,stir to mix.
Mix in rum with white batter.
Pour about half of white batter into tin,add half of chocolate batter,swirl to combine.
Add other half of white batter,top with spoonfuls of remaining chocolate batter,swirling to marble patterns.
Chill overnight.
To serve,run a knife along the sides of the cake,unmould,and slice.