Posts in Baking
From the Oven: Ovomaltine and Ham Bread

I always had my bread, cake and cookies homemade since I was little. My mom baked me and my brother's birthday cakes. Every day after school, I remember coming home greeted by the smell of freshly baked bread and cookies. So it's only natural that I want the same for my baby, I want to bake him his baked goods :D This week before mom went back to Bali, we made these...  

My mom made these. Ovomaltine and ham bread.

My mom made these. Ovomaltine and ham bread.

From the Oven: Sugar Cookies

I wanted to practice making sugar cookies with royal icing sugar decoration for El's incoming first year birthday. With cookie cutter bought from Crate and Barrel and a recipe from Martha Steward's book, I was ready to go only to find out that the end result was not what I imagined it to be. Well, as an excuse, that was my first attempt. I guess because I didn't put the shaped dough in the fridge long enough so mine didn't hold the shape very well in the oven. The recipe says to leave the shaped dough in the fridge minimum for two hours, and I only did it for 15 minutes :D oh well... 

Eggplant Parmigiana

My Le-Cordon-Bleu-graduated brother baked us THIS! 

Oh gosh, I can eat this all by myself, I will chase him for a recipe and update this post again. Eggplant parmigiana with spinach, sooo good, sooo sinful...

Eggplant Parmigiana

Eggplant Parmigiana

From the Oven: Macaroons
homemade macaroons

So let's begin with this. Never in million years before would I have thought to make macaroons. Never. I thought of macaroons, or heck, any other baked desserts for that matter, of something so very very difficult to make. Until I dared to take a look at macaroon recipe and I was like, what!? The ingredients are simple with no out-of-this-world-difficult-to-find ingredient. So with the help of my brother, we tried our hands on making macaroon.

Our first attempt ended in total failure. In my defense, it was my brother who measured the ingredients wrongly, he went by converting one cup to gram and took the measurement in grams for all ingredients. Well, since for example, the marshmallow and chocolate chips differs in weight, one cup of marshmallow is way lesser in grams than one cup of chocolate chips in grams. So can you imagine how off we read the first recipe haha. The second attempt, we learnt by mistake and well prepared with the technique and such. We made three variants, blueberry, strawberry and chocolate. The blueberry ones were my brother's invention and not following the recipe.

I love the chocolate macaroon, it tasted almost like those sold in any fancy cafes and patisserie. Would make a perfect match if paired with a cup of steaming hot tea or coffee, on a rainy day and with great company. Bliss.

From the Oven: Lime Tart

Yeah I know, they look like lemon tarts *sigh

I wanted to make key lime tart but couldn't find key lime anywhere here in Singapore. So although key lime tastes sweeter than other type of lime, I had to use local limes instead. As expected, the tarts were crazy sour, but I kinda like it. 

Lime tart
From the Oven: Double-Chocolate Brownie Cookies

This is another fail-proof dessert. Super easy to make and you can experiment with the cookie dough. Put in your preferred ingredients to the base mixture; marshmallow, walnuts, dried fruits... go creative. I added dried cranberry, sunflower seeds and walnuts, instant hit :D 

The cookies surprisingly weren't overly sweet considering a few more spoonful of chocolate I added to the recipe haha. 

Double-chocolate brownie cookies

Double-Chocolate Brownie Cookies Recipe:

  • 9 ounces semisweet chopped chocolate
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chopped chocolate
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • a pinch of salt
  • Your preferred nuts or dried fruits

Preheat the oven to 375 F. Melt the unsweetened chocolate, half of the semisweet chocolate and butter, stir until smooth. Beat chocolate mixture and sugar with an electric mixer until well combined. Add eggs and vanilla extract, mix. Add the flour and salt and beat until incorporated. Stir in the remaining semisweet chocolate and the nuts. Shape one to two tbsp of dough and place on the baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes. The cookies should be soft and chewy inside.

Now We are Three

We are celebrating Fred's birthday! It's much more special this year coz we have this little guy with us and we toned down the usual birthday dinner to something home-cooked. The same goes to the 'birthday tartlets' :D 

Happy birthday love...