Friday, November 12, 2010

Pâte à Choux - Cream Puffs!

It's been quite awhile since I posted up a recipe! Usually it'd be because I'm always coming home late from school and by the time I remember to buy stuff most stores are closed, but then I came across this cream puff recipe and was utterly delighted to find I had all of the ingredients at home! ..Cept eggs. There's never any eggs in the fridge. Geez.

I use a star tip to pipe on the choux pastry - cos it'll look prettier than plopping it on by the spoonful. Unless you're going for the rustic look then go on, rust away. Or. Something.

Pipe 'em neatly then stick it in the oven. I wish I had made my puffs much bigger though.

When puffs are nice and golden, let them cool, split them in half and then pipe on the delicious custard onto the middle, then pipe the rest directly into your mouth. *guilty*

The custard tastes divine.

Finished product lookin' pretty for momma

Bite into one. Lick up the oozing custard. Then bite into another ten.


Cream Puffs
Recipe adapted from Allrecipes.

1/2 cup white sugar
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 pinch salt
2 cups milk
2 egg yolks, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Choux pastry:

1/2 cup (104g) shortening
1 cup water
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 pinch salt
4 eggs

Custard: In a small saucepan, combine 1/2 cup sugar, 5 tablespoons flour and a pinch of salt. Stir in milk, a little at a time, until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil 60 seconds, then pour a small amount of hot liquid into the 2 egg yolks, and stir. Then return now heated egg yolks to saucepan and stir, over heat, until mixture starts to bubble again. Remove from heat, add vanilla. Cover and chill in refrigerator.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

For the pastry: In a medium saucepan, combine shortening and water and bring to a boil. Sift together 1 cup flour and a pinch of salt and pour all at once into boiling mixture. Stir vigorously until mixture forms a ball. Remove from heat, and add eggs, one at a time, stirring vigorously after each addition. Drop by spoonfuls onto baking sheet, or pipe into desired shape.

Bake 10 minutes in the preheated oven, then reduce heat to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) and bake 25 minutes more, or until golden. Cool completely, split, fill with custard, and replace tops.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Cherry & Chocolate

Munching on Starbucks cherry chocolate muffin for supper :) Initially I brought it into the cinema to snack on while watching The Social Network(interesting movie) but didn't remember to eat it. I can really absentminded at times.

Check out my teapot set for one in the background! I bought that in Perth and have been using it to drink my strawberry cream green tea (as seen in top left of picture) frequently. Isn't it just precious? I love it so much that I use it to eat ice cream as well. Teapots are just so quaint and adorable! I have a lovely teapot ring I bought from my Perth trip as well:

Unfortunately the top part of the ring has popped off, and I need to superglue it back but as I have already told you, my absentminded mind prevents me from remembering to buy some. Which reminds me I have to get a new set of contact lenses... Ugh. I need an organizer.

Check out these Mrs. Potts cake pops as well. SO INGENIOUS. I love Beauty & the Beast.

Haven't been baking much lately. Been pretty occupied with work and my sister's new baby whom I absolutely ADORE. I'm an aunt!

Look at Little Miss Pudgy-Cheeks here. Her name is Alya and she's three weeks old. How is she so small?? I can nuzzle and sniff her alllllllll day and I go crazy whenever she responds to me. I sometimes even yelp when sniffing because I can't contain the overwhelming adorableness. Yea.. I'm pretty weird.

Oh! My workplace which I work after school hours at is closing in December.. &Faizah (my colleague and best friends since our preteens) and I are a little saddened by it because we like the place and the people. I'm trying to fit in as many hours as possible before December so that I don't need to scurry for another job after it closes. Government taking over the land :/ Whut.

I didn't realise but my senior colleague pointed out that I have worked there for a whole year! The months have whizzed past so fast.. geez. It's really a nice place to chill out because it's open air so come on over before it closes! I usually work on weekends and I'm door host (or b*tch HAHA).

Or you know, just come and say hello to me:)

Oooh, currently watching Otis Redding videos on Youtube:

I love old music.


Monday, September 13, 2010


G'day mate!

I contemplated squeezing in a recipe post before I leave for Perth for 8 days from Wednesday onwards, but figured that I best leave it for after my school trip so that I don't feel so rushed. Yeap, it is a school trip and I just got my vaccination jab today for the first time (I think). The doctor also drew blood to test for my blood type, and was gentle, but unfriendly.

I don't like when doctors are unfriendly. To me, doctors have some sort of a childhood relation so when they are unfriendly, you feel like, Barney the dinosaur has been unfriendly or something. Such a disappointment.

Anyway, before he stuck the needle in he told me to look away, but brave ol' me said I wanted to look, heehee. I still have a bruise from it. *poke* Ow.

I don't think I'll be bringing my laptop to Perth so I'll not be updating for a full week. I promise an abundance of pictures though! I'm quite excited :)


A few photos that caught my fancy, categorized-

Recipe inspiration:

Sugar cookies are pretty versatile when it comes to shape and colour.

I've been wanting to make ice pops for quite some time, would be so blissful when licking them under the sweltering heat here in Singapore.

Crazily adorable sheep cake pops from the amazing Bakerella.

And the occasional savoury dish that catches my fancy:

Pesto pasta. Pesto is just so delicious and is about 7-8 dollars per bottle the last time I checked.
I think I'm gonna get one soon and whip up a simple pasta or spread it on a chicken sandwich.

Style inspiration:

I love collared dresses like this pretty one on Alexa Chung.

This ensemble has sort of a 1930s feel. I like her leather purse and her felt hat.

Looking fabulous in NYC

& a little vintage:

Gorgeous shot of Brigitte Bardot.

Till my trip is over,

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Twist, Lick & Dunk

Today, we're going to make one of our beloved childhood snacks.

I used to eat them almost every other day, and when they come in a package of three, the person I'm sharing it with would eye each other up until the shameless person grabs the last one. Or we usually fight over it.

We are going to make:



At first I thought of making some raspberry shortbread cookies because I already had raspberry jam on hand, but then I came across this oreo recipe and knew that I'd be making these babies.

When I checked my baking stash, I realised that I already had most of the ingredients. That's what I love about baking! You can store ingredients for weeks and still use them, unlike cooking where you have to buy fresh ingredients or the quality would not be the same. (Plus I am also lazy to go down to buy ingredients everytime)

Mix ingredients to combine

At this stage, you've got to be careful and mix them at low speed. When I turned on my electric mixer to combine all the dry ingredients, I had a sudden *POOF* of powder in my face. Not very domestic goddess-like, really.

After adding butter and egg

I usually grease my baking tray with butter then stick on parchment paper before dropping batter, and these butter package wrappers come in so handy.

Drop rounded teaspoonfuls of batter on tray, then smush the top to make them slightly flatter.

After cookies have cooled, spoon or pipe on filling then sandwich the cookies together

OOOH. This part is fun! I'd pair the cookies according to their size, and then plop the filling on. I didn't know where my pastry bag was so I could not pipe them on. Doesn't matter when they're flattened though.

Finished cookies:

And of course, you eat oreos with milk.

I read somewhere that you have to run 2km just to burn off one oreo cookie. If that is true, I'd have to run a friggin marathon considering the amount I gobbled taking these pictures.

Twist. Lick. Dunk.



Homemade Oreos
Recipe adapted from SmittenKitchen.

Chocolate wafers:
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup sugar
142 g unsalted butter (1/2 cup + 2 tbsp)
1 large egg

113g (1 stick) unsalted butter
113g vegetable shortening
2 cups confectioner's sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375F or 190C.
Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugar on low speed. Add butter, then beat to combine. Afterwards, add egg and beat to combine. Place rounded teaspoonfuls of batter on baking tray and bake for 9 mins, rotating once.

While baking, prepare filling. Cream butter and shortening, then gradually beat in sugar and vanilla. Turn mixer to high and beat till light and fluffy.

Drop filling on cookies and sandwich together. Dunk in milk, eat and faint.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Ice Cream That Is Not Ice Cream

These past few weeks, I have learnt several new things from being and not being around people:
  1. If you try too hard, you're doing it wrong (little nugget of wisdom from my older brother).
  2. Things come to you when you don't expect it.
  3. A little effort goes a long way.

These may sound all too familiar but as a close friend mentioned a few days ago, knowing and putting into action are two very different things. That's another nugget of wisdom for you to ponder on. We all have gotten much too comfortable with a routine, that's probably what stops us from doing.

"I began to realize how simple life could be if one had a regular routine to follow with fixed hours, a fixed salary, and very little original thinking to do." - Roald Dahl

That's a pretty dull life.

On a lighter, fun note, guess what I made today?


Aren't they precious?!

I saw these while perusing through Chockylit's cupcake blog archives and thought it was such a cute idea. Cupcakes and frosting that look like ice cream? Genius! I love pretty food. Food that is presentable is half a battle won.

Almost all the basic necessities

Measure everything out..

And mix!

I was a little worried about how the cupcakes were gonna be balanced on the baking tray, so I cut an X through the base of cupcake holders and poked the cones through.

Transfer batter into something with a pour spout

I halved the recipe, and in the end only had enough batter for 9 cones. Pour only 2/3 into cone because the batter will rise like crazy. I had a few overflows, which got me slightly irritated. Also, don't wait too long to bake after filling in batter or cones will get soggy and batter will seep through.

Coloured sprinkles!

I forgot to take a picture of the cones before piping on frosting. You can see how they look like in the Chockylit post, but what does it matter? We want to get to the end, and quick!



I added cocoa to the frosting that my favourite food blogger, The Pioneer Woman, made using this recipe, and it tastes much better than regular frosting but a little too wet to pipe on for a convincing 'softee' look. I added more sugar then added sprinkles!

Conclusion: These were pretty to look at, but I don't think I'd make them again because it required a lot of washing up and they were unstable after frosting was piped on. Quite a number flopped over and the frosting was ruined but still edible, of course. Also, it was a little difficult to eat cake and frosting at the same time without getting frosting on your nose. They were, however, super yummy!

Here's the recipe for those who'd like to make these precious treats:

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes
Adapted from Chockylit and Tastykitchen

1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup (4 tbsp) unsweetened cocoa powder
 3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup (56.7g) butter
1 teaspoons vanilla
1 egg

Preheat oven to 350F or 176C. Measure out everything but egg into mixer bowl. Mix on low speed until incorporated, then beat on high for 2 mins. Add egg, beat on high for another 2 mins. Pour batter into ice cream cones and leave an inch between batter and top of cone. Bake for 20 mins or until cake tester (e.g. toothpick) comes out clean.

Chocolate frosting:
5 tbsp flour
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup (227g) butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp cocoa powder

Whisk flour into milk in a saucepan over heat until it thickens, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Stir in vanilla. In a separate mixing bowl, cream butter, sugar and cocoa until light and fluffy. Add in flour milk mixture and beat everything until it resembles whipped cream. Here I add more sugar(1/4 cup) to let it stiffen for piping.


Use this buttercream recipe from original Chockylit post for a nicer piped top:

113g butter
3.5 cups powdered sugar, sifted
2 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup cocoa powderw

Beat butter until creamy, then add 2 cups of sugar, milk, cocoa and vanilla and beat until combined. Add more sugar to get consistency that you want. Pipe on with a star or rounded tip.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Food & Musik

A little jumble-wumble of what has been interesting me lately:

Simple fruit salads

Devendra Banhart (with Natalie Portman co-starring in the music video)

Bruschetta (screencaps from the movie Julie & Julia).
My eyes were widened throughout the whole scene from when the bread was being fried in olive oil then when Chris Messina messily crunched through a bruschetta.

A beautiful cover of Edith Piaf's La Vie En Rose from Pomplamoose.
These musical duo are so amazing and I have been raving about them ever since I found them on Youtube.
To check out all of their work go here.

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don't criticize
What you can't understand
~ Bob Dylan, The Times They Are A-Changin'
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