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Saturday, December 08, 2007

Life of elegance?

My 1st taste of osmanthus was many years ago when i dined at a chinese restuarant serving "zha-jiang mian". on the menu, there's a dessert which is tang-yuen (glutinuous balls with different fillings) cooked with a sweet syrup infused with osmanthus. I was really capivated then, the very elegant and refined fragrance of osmanthus..... but then, being the young and impressionable me at that time, all i did was become a regular customer of that joint, to enjoy the dessert. I never occured to me to replicate this dessert at home, maybe 'coz i wasn't that much into cooking then.

Many years later, I chanced upon this recipe of osmanthus cake shared generously by Jo, of Imperial Kitchen forum. I heard that osmanthus cake is a favourite of a particular dowager in the ancient times. I know for sure that i'll give this cake a try! However, seems to me that osmanthus is not easily found locally, until one goes "searching" for it at medical halls or places that sells china foodstuff.

I finally made some y'day, having found the exclusive osmanthus at a c'town shop.... the family dun seemed to appreciate the taste of osmanthus.... hm.... maybe their tastebuds is not as refined as the dowager, or mine! LOL..... anyway, i really love the cake... and i find that maybe the taste of the osmanthus is not strong enuf. would love to get my hands on the dried flowers, to enhance the taste even more!
I love the shape of this mold....

'Cuze me while I brew myself a nice pot of tea and enjoy my life of elegance!See the osmanthus flowers in the cake? so pretty.....



  • Hey!

    Your bakes look really really yummy! Anyway, I will be raising funds for my cca at the beginning of next year because we intend to set up a mini-scale scientific library (I’m from National Junior College by the way); so I was wondering if you’d be willing to sponsor some of your bakes for us to sell and raise funds so that the library can come to fruition (: Every little contribution will be greatly greatly appreciated!

    Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries or should you require further clarification at or 90273206.

    Looking forward to your reply!


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:20 AM, December 16, 2007  

  • Ida.. glad u like this cake =)
    u can try the honey bee shop, they sell the dry osmanthus.. not too ex there.. else can try kwong cheong thye too

    By Blogger karlsfoodie, at 2:48 PM, December 16, 2007  

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