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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Green Pea Cookies

After Elyn's attempt on these cookies, she convinced me that it's very yummy and different from the usual CNY bakes. So, when I saw the bakery supply shop in JB selling the ground green peas, I picked up a pack. It was going for RM6.00 for a 500gm pack.

True enough, it was easy to put together, however, I had different reviews of these cookies. Some told me outright that it's not nice, some did not like the texture, some said it's too crumbly, some commented that it's too sweet. Still, I had a few fans of these cookies. * thank goodness* I used the wilton mini easter cutter for these cookies.

Here's how mine turned out.


Saturday, January 30, 2010

So much to do, so little time...

I know... I deserved it.. all due to my procrastination, I'm left with only 2 weeks for my cny bakes. The coming 2 weeks will definately be crunch time... as I have in mind a whole (long) list of cny to-bakes!

To start off the baking frenzy, I baked some kuih balu. I bought the cheap stainless steel molds a few years back, and I do remember attempting this bake but the mold was disappointing as the kuih balu stuck on it even tho I had greased and floured them. Furthermore, the design of the mold was not defined when baked. Until recently I spotted a recipe by Sinner. Her kuih balus looks so good! and this is a favourite snack of mine, and my little one... so I decided to give the mold another chance. :P Well, this time I followed Sinner's instruction to grease the mold... the kuihs still got stuck. However the recipe yield great kuih balus... so good that the family finished it in 1 afternoon, and I had doubled that recipe.

Not wanting to give up, I bought the same molds as Sinner in a recent trip across the causeway. I was glad that I bought these molds... they were going for RM8.90/pc. At a baking supply shop west of Sg, these molds are selling for SGD9.80! This is how the mold looks like.

Thanks to Sinner's sharing.... I tripled the recipe this time, reduced some sugar, and added chocolate rice; and this is the recipe:

What you need
  • 3 eggs ( I used 60gm eggs)
  • 85gm castor sugar
  • 90gm plain flour
  • 1/4 + 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • vanilla extract
  • a handful of chocolate rice
What to do
  • Preheat the oven at 190 degrees. Also, place the molds into the oven to heat them up.
  • Sift the plain flour and baking powder together, set aside.
  • Whip eggs till foamy, add in the castor sugar, beat on high.
  • Add in vanilla extract, continue to whip eggs till ribbon stage.
  • Fold in sifted flour mixture into the whipped eggs.
  • Add in a handful of chocolate rice and fold into the batter.
  • Take out heated molds, spray PAM onto it.
  • Scoop batter into mold, till full.
  • Bake for 10mins at 190degrees and remove with skewer onto cooling rack.
  • Cool completely and store.

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Strawberry Shortcakes

Since the new school year started, weekends seemed to come and go at such amazing speed. Very soon, we'll be looking at Feb (yay! cny!) and then March will be at our doorsteps. As much as I try to get some baking done, the tons of stuff to do and NOT added up and I usually feel too exhausted.

Anyway, no matter how tired I am, there is always a cake to be baked in January that I will definately chun out. It's my bestie's b'day and there has been a few years that she was not in sg that I cannot celebrate with her. So, since now she's settled down here (at least for the time being), there is simply no excuses not to turn up with a cake for her!

Happy Birthday Dear Fion!
Whenever I bake this cake, I'll double the recipe so that the family can have a share of this wonderfully moist and delicious cake.... so this is for the family... a square cake, so that it makes dividing the cake easier. no fighting for that strawberry! LOLz.