Butter Cake (Genoise or Whole Egg Method)

I love to try all sorts of methods to make butter cakes, always in search of the best one to satisfy my never-ending butter cravings. Have tried creaming method, whole eggs, egg-separated, adding flour directly to butter (like cookies!), cooked dough, using melted butter etc. Many were enjoyable episodes and some had to be binned…

Choux Au Craquelin (脆皮泡芙)

Am so happy to have tried making this Choux Au Craquelin. Choux pastry is a nemesis of mine. Basically this is a puff with cookie dough topping (craquelin) and chocolate custard cream filling. Warm pastry with cold filling. We all loved it! There are 3 parts to the recipe, the cookie dough topping, the choux…

Tomato Multigrain Bread

Pretty, aromatic and very very soft bread. Remains soft the next day and gobbled up by the family thereafter. It’s a very sticky dough, so dusting flour on hands and surfaces is a must. Recipe 150g tomato puree 1 egg (50g without shell) 20g sugar 1 tsp yeast 120g bread flour 140g multigrain or wholemeal…

Mexican Roti Boy

This smells absolutely gorgeous when baking, best eaten when freshly baked. I’m glad I tried and it’s not that difficult at all. The topping may turn soft in half a day, just toast lightly and it will crisp up again. Method (makes 10 buns) 1 Dough from Tearing Toast (Sponge dough) (流泪吐士/中种法) Topping 60g salted…

Drip Frosting for Cakes

Sharing this easy and rustic way of frosting cake that’s been quite popular for some time now. It’s really easy if you don’t seek perfection on how the drips flow. Also makes for a much lighter cake as it is partially frosted and uses whipping cream. Mine is flavoured with kaya, butter and coconut cream,…

Bak Kwa / Barbecued Meat / 肉干

Been trying a few recipes to make this CNY favourite. Most are pretty nice and rich in flavours, but I get this feedback  from tasters that it’s “not like those outside”. After some tweaks, I had a revelation – keep it simple. No need for fermented beancurd, five spice powder, oyster sauce, not even colouring,…

Happy 2021

Happy new year, dear readers and fellow baker friends. Let’s hope 2021 will be a better one. Let’s carry on baking our way through the madness of COVID-19. To good health and friendship.

Chocolate Cupcakes With Whipped Ganache

Converted a popular recipe to cupcakes and also used whipped ganache as topping. This is a delicious recipe, very choclatey and very fast and easy to make for a party. Recipe (12 cup cakes ) Cake 120g plain flour 50g cocoa powder 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 180g butter…

Banana Bread (or cake)

A western traditional version of the banana cake, it’s flavourful and comforting. Packed to the brim with bananas and toasted walnuts, it has great texture, yet rose so evenly. I reduced and change to brown sugar only, resulting in even more complex flavours. Recipe (for a 9″ by 5″ loaf tin, adapted from Nigella) 400g…

Butter Cookies

Tried a new buttter cookie recipe that retains the shape well and no long resting or chilling time required. Best part is the texture which is really crisp and crumbly very similar to Jenny’s. Just see the cross section of the crumb, how fine and airy it is. Couldn’t stop biting into them, and I…