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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Mini Pizza bread with a Cajun infused Chicken filling

                Baked these mini Pizza bread for dinner again as, as per my New Year Resolution in 2010, I kept on baking more and more bread as prior to 2010 I never baked much bread inspite of learning so many versions of bread since 2002, and was quite "terrified" of baking bread and real glad that after 3 years of frequent bread practices, I am now no longer terrified of same.  




                Till my next post, xoxo, Ophelia. 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Egg Custard with a Ginger Caramel

          I love Egg Custard. My granny used to steam it for us. Today I thought it was time I made some as the recipe was sitting in my shelf for so long & it was baked under bain marie.

          The texture of the egg custard was silky & had a slight hint of ginger juice but the next time I make it again, which would probably be soon, I would increase the ginger juice slightly as I love ginger and eating this custard reminded me of my granny. Thank you Ah Poh for taking care of us and I have not forgotten you.

           Love the golden rich color & the way the Ginger Caramel oozing out waiting for me to devour same!!!

           Till my next post, xoxo, Ophelia. 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Gum paste decor with a Christmas theme

            After buying the mould, I couldn't wait to try making the decor & when I saw there were deep depression on some of the pattern, I could not contain my excitement as the first thought that ran through my mind was to try, & yes I said try as I have not attempted this style, to make a 2 and 3 tone effect but first I needed to complete my cake orders and make some gum paste as I have run out of same so two nights ago I made the gum paste & last night I made the gum paste decor & this morning I just gave them a little touch up, yay!!! 

            Can't wait for someone to order cupcakes so that I could make these & place on them. Till my next post, xoxo, Ophelia. 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

A Bow cake

           I was churning in my head over what cake to bake that would befit a much loved Aunty; a cake which could stand on its own; without any need to fuss with any decor? Then I thought of the bow pan that I bought many years ago & which I have baked my Orange cake twice with.

          There are a few reasons why I hesitated to use that pan as I felt that the cake, though it looked splendid, would be slightly dry at the edges.  This, of course, is my personal view & without prejudice. I needed to tweek on my trusted Orange cake for this particular pan & did a brain storming & do a trial run before the birthday. I finally came up with the idea that I would incorporate some whipping cream to the Orange & Lemon Juice to make a sour cream from scratch.  I have in other instances added sour cream to a Sugee cake which made the Sugee cake more moist so why not now? And this time I decided that since I had Passion fruit juice in the freezer that this time for the sour cream I would use Orange & Passion fruit juice.  I have not used Passion fruit juice before & I was pretty excited so I did just that & when the cake was in the oven; I was twiddling my toes & crossing my fingers; hopping that this time I would strike it rich, no pun intended!!!

          After removing the cake from the oven, I cooled it for 10 minutes before I unmoulded same with so much ease; just turned it onto the rack & it came down easily. When the cake cooled down sufficiently; I cut a piece for myself & the Hubs & with abated breath, I tasted same. I found that it was quite soft & waited for the next morning to give it another review & viola, my sour cream did the trick so now I bake this cake for the birthday!!! Yay!!! 

              Till my next post, xoxo, Ophelia.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Making Puff Pastry again

             Now to get cracking & flex those muscles again. It's time for making Puff Pastry again. When I made a Cajun Pork filling for Pizza Buns for dinner a few nites ago, I purposely made extra filling so that I could use same for my Puff Pastry. 

            Making the Puff Pastry from scratch again & hope I will have some savoury Puff Pastries for tea tomorrow. 

            For those interested in this recipe, I think I have same in my Blog. 

            Till my next post, xoxo, Ophelia.