Easy Chawanmushi

Really sooooooo easy, you won’t believe it. Leaving out optional ingredients, you only need 2 things – eggs and stock. Yet the result is silky soft egg pudding. So, let’s get cracking, eggs! Recipe (for 2 portions) 1 egg (about 60-65g with shell) 100 ml stock ( I used Swanson) Additional ingredients like mushrooms, crab…

Strawberry Shortcake

This strawberry shortcake is made for my dear daughter’s birthday. It is made with Millac Gold (a blend of dairy and non-dairy) whipping cream. I thought quite some time whether to use dairy whipping cream, given the health concerns on using non-dairy product. However, with my very limited frosting skills and snail’s pace of frosting,…

奶香牛角面包 Horn Milk Buns

No need first proof and no need window pane for this popular bun from Taiwan. The texture is meant to be more heavy and not the usual Asian soft breads, try if you like a bun with more bite. Recipe (adapted from Fuchang Huang, makes 7) 250g plain flour 35g sugar 1 egg (reserve 1…

Shio Pan 盐可颂

This bun is crusty on the outside with a soft buttery centre. The bottom is toasted with butter and oh so crispy. The sprinkle of salt adds to the savory touch. Very yummy. Recipe (adapted from here, for 6) Poolish starter 50g bread flour 50g water 1/8 tsp or Pinch of yeast Pinch of salt…

Fudgey Brownie with Crackling Top

This is a fudgey brownie, not so much the Cakey style. It’s a very easy one bowl recipe. Another unique thing is that it uses cocoa powder only and zero baking powder or soda which might lend a metallic taste. Be sure to use Varlhona or other good quality cocoa powder, the taste will be…

Mango Mousse Rose Cake

Recipe for 7″ Cake Sponge Cake 1. Bake a sponge cake from this link. Increase the recipe by 1.3 times (use 4 eggs), bake in a 7″ round cake tin at the same temperature and time. 2. Cool and slice into 2 layers. Cling wrap and keep in fridge if not using immediately. Mousse Ingredients…

Spring Onion Plaited Buns-Sponge Dough (葱花辫子-中种)

This popular Taiwanese bun with simple toppings is surprisingly good, I added generous amount of white pepper into the mixture and the taste really has a robust kick. For the plaits, do let the dough rest in between shaping so it will not be overworked or even tear. Recipe (makes 9 plaits) One dough from here up…

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese

I’ve never baked a carrot cake before, so when I was searching for a recipe for this bake, I was surprised. I had all along thought of carrot cake as a healthier cake, but the recipes I see all had really high oil and sugar content. Anyway I finally found this one which is more…

Tearing Toast (Sponge dough) (流泪吐士/中种法)

I joined a Facebook group recently and everyone was making this toast. They all look awesome and I had to try. This uses a sponge dough method and the 70 ml of whipping cream really makes the bread super soft and fragrant. I’m really happy with the final bread, so soft and so tall. Even…

Orange Butter Cake 香橙轻牛油蛋糕

A variation of my earlier chocolate butter sponge, I used orange zest and juice to flavor this cake. As before, this cake is baked using a cooked dough method, dry bake for 40 min and has no need for water bath/ steam bake/ cream of tartar/ baking powder. Something different I did was to add…

Dinner Rolls 

This post is more about shaping dinner rolls. Some tips to make sure that the rolls will be round and not tear during proofing/ baking During the final shaping using the rolling pin, don’t roll out the dough too thin (not less than 0.5 cm). When rolling it up, don’t make it too tight, to…

Chocolate Butter Sponge

A happy bake, everything turned out just perfect, even though I was experimenting with a new recipe, oven temp (and position), even threw in scoring of the cake for controlled cracking. Like I struck lottery, right? I use a cooked dough method, with the melted butter ‘cooking’ the flour and the texture is ultra fine…