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. I have also baked this same recipe in two 6 inch round tins, stack them up, and used the same amount of ganache for a…

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…

Best Brioche

I enjoyed eating this so much, no regrets spending 2 days on it. It tasted like butter flavour cotton candy, better than most I’ve had outside. But it’s really not easy, not only because of the constant challenge of melting butter but also the high hydration that already requires longer kneading time. Suggest that you…

Peanut Butter Loaf Cake

A pretty light cake with peanut butter aroma and goes really well with a cup of kopi o. It is actually a chiffon body, but I baked into a loaf pan, slit the cake 8 min into baking, to get this traditional look.Recipe (in 3″ by 7″ loaf pan) 3 egg yolks 10g sugar 60g…

Baked Churros

These are easy, yummy and healthier than fried ones. I first tried the recipe from bigger bolder baking, but mine turned out a little dense. After some adjustments by increasing eggs and temperature, I’m now very satisfied with these. Recipe (makes about 18) Churros 55g salted butter 1 tbsp sugar 110g water 70g plain flour…

Egg Tarts

Made these custardy and jiggly traditional egg tarts. Added almond flour to the tart shells to make the crust more fragrant and crumbly. When baking the egg tarts, there’s a need to stand by the oven to ensure the eggs don’t balloon, collapse and over baked to a rubbery texture. Recipe (makes 12 ) Shell…

Chocolate Lava Cake

A really quick and easy recipe you won’t regret making. The taste is decadent and rich and a huge success with my kids. I adapted and baked using my muffin tray, since I don’t have ramekins. The key is to monitor the baking really closely as baking time is short. If you over baked this,…