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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Housewarming cupcakes

I tried another recipe in the book and it turned out alrite. it was more popular than I thought. I accidentally overfilled the patty pans so they look funny...

I used the Jam that I bought at a berry picking farm in the countryside. It's sooo good! I want to go there again one day! (2 hour drive from St Albans)

I made strawberry and cream cupcakes (deliberately made half the frosting so my mum can eat the plain ones). I cut some open and filled it with strawberry jam.

I had a few kids coming to my house so I made the popular chocolate cupcakes. I found some choc chips in my pantry (and it's been in there for.. a few months...) so I just chucked them in there as well.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Baking Challenge #3: My Birthday cake w/ requirements

My mum doesn't want to have too much sweet things cos she's almost close to being a diabetic. And I did promise her that I'll try a flourless cake I saw in the cookbook I bought.

I had a new oven and I accidentally set the oven at the wrong temperature. So I knew the cake was undercooked in the middle.. but with so little time left, that cake just had to do. I made honey & granola cupcakes to compensate. But it was slightly bad cos I forgot to add egg!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Baking Challenge #2: Using Fondant for the first time.

The edited version so I had a general idea of what I was going to make

Success! : Chocolate cupcake w/ vanilla buttercream frosting

Top view.The original.

Only made 12 cupcakes for a small 21st surprise party. The oven broke down while I added the remaining 6 "cupcakes". they turned to undercooked pudding.....

Baking Challenge #1: Catering for large amounts of people

Total of 65 cupcakes.

Chocolate cupcake w/ peppermint frosting

"Coconut Dream": Coconut cupcake w/ coconut cream cheese frosting

In 1.5 days, I spent 12 hours altogether. I sorta had to rush at the end.

The hardest part was to get them all to the venue in one piece...

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Horlicks Doggies Cookies

I had trouble finding this ingredient called "chocolate rice" so i just left it out and piped chocolate instead. I also substituted their cereal for Milo cereal. flour i just used plain flour.


180g butter, soften at room temperature
80g Horlicks (original flavour)
200g top flour or cake flour
25g corn flour
25g milk powder
100g chocolate chips
some chocolate rice (i left it out)
some Koko Krunch (i used Milo Cereal)
[cooking chocolate (or any chocolate) to pipe eyes]


1. Pre-heat oven to 140deg C. Line baking tray with baking paper and set aside.
2. Sieve top flour, corn flour and milk powder.
3. Cream butter and Horlicks for about three minutes at low speed. Do not overbeat.
4. Put in top flour, cornflour and milk powder and beat for about one minute to form dough.
5. Divide dough into 10g each. Put three chocolate chips into each piece of dough and roll into balls.
6. Insert two pieces of Milo Cereal to form the 'ears', and a chocolate chip in the centre for the 'nose'.
7. Bake at 140 deg C for about 25 minutes. Depending on your oven, it may take another 5 to 10 minutes more for the cookies to be ready.
8. Leave to cool on wire rack before storing in an airtight container.
9. ** melt several pieces of chocolate and pipe the eyes with a paper piping bag (i made it out of baking paper)

i'm not that creative with eyes >.<

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Shepards Pie


* 1 large carrot, finely chopped
* 1 large stick celery, finely chopped
* 1 onion, roughly chopped
* 700g lamb mince
* 2 tablespoons tomato paste
* 2 cups (500ml) beef stock
* 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
* 3 potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped
* 25g unsalted butter, chopped
* 2 teaspoons cornflour
* 2 tablespoons water
* 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
* salt and pepper (i didn't use this)


1. Heat a large, deep non-stick frying pan over medium heat and spray with oil spray. Add carrot, celery and onion and cook for 2-3 minutes or until just softened. Add mince and continue to cook for 5 minutes or until browned.

2. Add the tomato paste, beef stock and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to the boil then reduce heat and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated.

3. Meanwhile, steam or boil the potato until tender. Use a potato masher to mash until smooth. Add the butter, salt and pepper and stir until well combined. Set aside and cover to keep warm.

4. Combine the cornflour and water, stirring until smooth. Add to the mince mixture and simmer until the sauce has thickened slightly. Stir in the parsley, salt and pepper.

5. Heat an oven grill on high. Transfer lamb mixture to a baking dish. Spread the mash over the lamb mixture. Place under the grill for 4-5 minutes or until golden. Stand for 2-3 minutes then serve.

i left it under the grill for about 5 minutes... and part of it got burnt T.T

Coconut Custard Tart

1/2 cup desiccated coconut
4 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
2 cups milk
75g melted butter
1 tspn vanilla essence


"BEAT all ingredients together
POUR into a greased pie plate. SPRINKLE with (brand) nutmeg. BAKE in a moderate oven for 45-50 minutes or until set. After BAKING you will end up with a 3 layered custard tart, with a base, custard filling and a crunchy coconut top!
May be eaten hot or cold"

.... a THREE layered tart just by mixing everything together?? So i was curious and made it before i went to bed XD i used a cake tin lol but oh well.. and i used milo powder cos i dont have nutmeg (who cares.. i'm the only one eating it -.-)

choc-chip and M&M Cookies

my favourite recipe for making massive cookies

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup plain flour
1 1/2 cup SR flour
1/2 caster sugar
185g butter, melted (unsalted preferably)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 egg yolk
2 tspn vanilla essence
100g dark choc-chips
100g Mini M&Ms

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees
2. mix the dry ingredients: sift flour, sugars in a large bowl (make a lil well afterwards)
3. mix the wet ingredients: melted butter, eggs, vanilla essence in a separate bowl
4. slowly pour the wet ingredients with the flour and stir
5. continue stirring til you make a soft dough
6. halve the dough and but them in separate bowls: one for choc-chip, the other for M&Ms
7. mix the dough with the choc-chip/M&Ms
8. roll the dough into small balls and place them on the baking tray 3x3 (depending how big the tray is.. i got a small tray)
9. place it in the oven and let it cook for 10 mins or til golden brown
TIP: if you have a dodgy oven like mine.. what i did was rotated the tray after 5 mins. let it cook for another 5 and take it out. i only got ONE shelf for baking cookie/cakes etc.. or i have to switch trays so another cookies can be baked.

10. set it aside to cool and its ready to eat ^.^

Chocolate Mousse

3 egg yolks
2 tbspn of sugar
1/2 cup of water (divided)
2 tbspn of butter
about 230g of chocolate
300g whipped cream. (i only used what i got and whipped the thicken cream instead...)

1. heat up the chocolate, butter and 1/4 cup of water in the microwave until its all melted... (i stirred in 2 minute intevals.. it took a while to melt..) allow it to cool
2. whisk the egg yolks, sugar and the rest of the water in a saucepan until the sugar has melted.. (i accidently overcooked it >.<) allow that to cool for around 10 minutes.

3. if you have thickened cream.. whip it til it forms soft peaks.

4. add the egg mix with the melted chocolate/butter. stir...
5.pour the chocolate/egg mixture to the whipped cream. add it in slowly and whisk quickly.
6. serve them in bowls/cups
7. leave the mousse in the fridge for 4 hours or overnight.

Eton Mess

(made up of meringues, cream, strawberries, raspberries and berry puree)

Making the meringues:
4 egg whites, at room temperature
220g (1 cup) caster sugar
2 tsp cornflour, sifted
1 tsp white vinegar
1. Preheat oven to 100°C. line the trays with baking paper
2. Place the egg whites in a large clean, dry bowl. Use an electric beater to whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form.
3. Gradually add the sugar and whisk until the sugar dissolves. Continue beating for 2 minutes or until the mixture is thick, glossy, all the sugar dissolves and a long trailing peak forms when the beater is lifted from the mixture. Add the cornflour and vinegar, and whisk until just combined.
4. scoop out the mixture. - I scooped out a spoonful. it got a bit drippy and messy when i did it ^.^" so it wasn't really even... i wanted to make large maringues hoping tht they will be crisp on the outside, but chewy on the inside.
5: Place it in the oven for 1.5 hours - 2 hours. (rotating the tray halfway)

Strawberry/raspberry sauce

i used....
around 300g strawberries
canned berries in syrup (i couldnt find the raspberries in coles so i got the canned one)
3 teaspoons of sugar

1.mix the strawberries and canned berries (with the syrup) in the blender.
2. empty the contents into a jug and stir the sugar in the sauce.

now for the ...
strawberries, chopped
thicken cream (whipped)
meringues chopped
strawberry/raspberry sauce

1. fold the meringue and whipped cream
2. slowly add in the strawberries and raspberries and gently fold them
3. mix it with strawberry/rasperberry sauce
4. finish it off with more berries and cream

I.... was in a rush to make my meringues... i could improve it by increasing the temp of the oven to 120degrees.
my meringues are a bit undercooked -.-

other than that.. i'm quite happy with this one ^.^

Easy No-bake Oreo Cheesecake


250g Oreo cookies, finely chopped
100g unsalted butter (i used reduced salt)

15 oreo cookies, chopped

400g Philadelphia Cream Cheese,
250g Double cream
50g icing sugar

1 tbsp Vanilla essence


whatever you like i guess.. i didn't use any cos i wanted to experiment.

1.Finely grind the 250g of Oreo cookies. Melt the 100g of unsalted butter in the microwave or on the stove and add to th
e cookie crumbs. Pulse/mix till well combined.
2. Press onto the base of a loose bottomed springform pan (13x9) and push a little up the sides to create a small ridge.
3. Refridgerate the base while preparing the filling.

4. In a large mixing bowl, use an electric whisk to combine the Cream Cheese, Vanilla extract and Icing Sugar.
5. In a seperate bowl/jug, use the same whisk to give the double cream a little beat. Once it starts to thicken up, add to the cream cheese mix and whisk a little more till you have a thick, but still creamy consistency.
6. Fold in the 15 coarsely chopped Oreos till evenly spread around the mixture.
7. Pour filling over the cookie crumb base and smooth out till flat and even.
8. Refridgerate for 4 hours, or overnight.i found it hard to whisk the cream cheese... mainly cos i pulled it out of the fridge lol... i wasn't sure if i leave it to warm up a little.... when i whisked it a chunk of cream cheese flew so it was a bit out of ratio ^.^"

the good thing about it was that it tasted nice.... the bad thing was how flat it turned out lol... it was pretty short but i wouldn't want to double the filling... x.x the longer it stays in the fridge, it shows cracks on top. can see a few in the yeah....i thought there would be air bubbles in the cake but i havent seen any...