Sunday, February 26, 2012

Bonjour, Paris!

European inspired wedding cuppies.

Wreath of roses

                                                  Wedding at the garden.................

Bird cage wedding cup cake.

                                               The night of Paris; Eiffel Tower.............

The day I knew this month's theme for Aspiring Bakers #16. I was so looking forward to it. Have been cracking my mind, see if I could find some really pretty designs to inspire myself further. I have always like chic and classic designs, so I thought this time I'd give the wedding feel a try! I was really in the mood of making these. Though it is very time consuming, but I really enjoyed it!

The most exciting part of making these cuppies, was to 'build' the Eiffel Tower. Not knowing whether will it stay up 'strong'during the drying process. Really proud of it!! :)) Wonder if you could see the glitters which I was trying to create the night Eiffel Tower.....

Monday, February 20, 2012

Another Awards...

I a short month, this is the second award I received from one of our local popular bloggers - Happy Home Baking . Would like to thank her for sharing the award with me and other great home bakers cum bloggers. I am not quite an active blogger I must confess. Hence, not many readers know about me. Worse still, I am getting lazier lately to update my blog!!  For me to be awarded, I am truly honored.

I would love to share this award with other bloggers:

The Kitchen 70's
Jane's Corner
Even's Kitchen Rambling 
Bitter Sweet Flavours
Sweet And Love
Kitchen Corner
Sugar and Everything Nice

Friday, February 10, 2012

First ward of the Year 2012

Liebster is German and translates to
the English word “dearest”or” favorite”. It’s meant for up-and-coming blogs with less than "200 followers".

A surprise from Lite Home Bake, who share an award with me! I said it was a surprise, because I never knew there are many bloggers know about my blog. And really pleased and thank Lite Home Bake for the award.

Here I would like to share this award with 5 other bloggers who I think they deserve this award as well as an encouragement!! 


We shall have more bakes to share!!

Here are the rules:
  • Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
  • Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you.
  • Copy and paste the blog award on your blog.
  • Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed. (Some say just 3 or more blogs of less than 200 followers each).
  • Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment at their blog.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Sweet Bread

                                                      The simple and basic look of some sweet buns........

It's been more than two years since I started this blog, yet I didn't take note of it, and even missed the first year anniversary.... time past really quickly without us knowing, with our daily routines running day in and day out, I wonder what had I missed.... But I know baking is something I will always have in my mind and looking for more to try out. Just wish that I can be more organize in many ways, so that I can enjoy more. 

This Sweet Bread is one of my early post, when first started. A bread that best for a slow and quiet afternoon . Of course no one would say no to it when I make this for breakfast. Brewed a pot of Assam tea and hubby's Italian coffee, would make a perfect tea time at home, before I start preparing for dinner.... I count myself lucky, in the sense that I do get some quiet afternoon with hubby whenever he's home and while our boy goes for class. I'm truly appreciate this and blessed. May all the kind souls be blessed in lives!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Maison Kayser's Bakes

                                                               Chausson au pomme

  Snap some pictures of my first visit to Maison Kayser for our breakfast date. We were lucky it wasn't any queue. Overall, the whole experience was alright. I'm suppose it was rather early, and their staff were not all in for the service,  waited a while after we were seated, before the Japanese lady took our orders. We could see the poor guy running about fulfilling customers' requests. Soon, there were another two Japanese staff came in and things got a little smoother, yet I think they still need more hands. I had a breakfast set, that consist of two pastries and a hot drink. When hubby had a scrambled eggs with bacon and a plain croissant. I was quite happy with the apple turnover, but rather disappointed with the chocolate croissant, and same for hubby's plain croissant. It was rather dry and I prefer croissant that has more buttery taste and moist. But I did think that could due to a long exposure to the air and they turned dry?? As I have read about very good comments on their croissants, and I thought I should have some takeaway when I saw the batch of newly baked croissants. At the same time, I wanted to try their bread.....

       I got a Batard and croissants for our lunch at home. I must say the batard was very good. Love the crumb and the fragrance crust!! The crumb was so soft and that sour dough smell simply goes well with a good quality butter.                                                                              

To be fair, the takeaway croissant was really good, compared to the one we had at the shop. I warmed it up to make it more buttery and moist. It was truly a good croissant! 

The batard has a really soft crumb and I love to see those big holes .... we had it with some ham, smoked salmon and some baby Mozzarella cheese. Love this kind of lunch combo. We could eat good bread all day!!

However, hubby find that Paul's bakes are more of his kind, despite their croissant has heavier crumb and some people find it soggy. But it's a lot richer and buttery. As for Apple turnover, I still prefer Paul's. :) We really won't mind Paul's croissant anytime. Of course, if we wanna dine in again we would rather go to Paul which has a better seat and more comfy. Though there were complains about their service.... I guess, I would just go back to Maison Kayser more takeaways, in stead on dine in.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Breakfast Date with Hubby at Maison Kayser

So I was reading last week's papers , they have a page on big French bakeries in Singapore and learnt that Jones The Grocer has the best croissant among all! I have been 'Promoting ' Paul so much since, but seems like there are a few more big names bakeries has very good (if not better) french pastries too. Looks like we soon can have all the high and good quality French bakes available here that we don't have to travel all the way to Europe! How luck we are!

Since Paul opened, I have visited the bakery few times for my favourite Apple Turnover . each time we passed by the place, there were always queue be it dine in or take away. We were
pretty lucky to get our seats without long waiting ..... But many of the bakes were sold out, and the staff said, there won't be any fresh ones for the day! I was in a hurry on that day as my hair cut appointment was scheduled after lunch. I had my tuna salad and tea, there after I rushed down for my hair cut, leaving hubby and son behind, slowly enjoy their time. It was rather disappointed that I didn't have my apple turnover. I was exchanging ideas and information with Evan since Paul and Maison Kayser opened in Singapore, and got to know there are lousy feedback anout Paul....Hope they will iron things out and gain more positive feedback soon. Nevertheless , me and hubby decide to have our breakfast date at Maison Kayser tomorrow, and very much looking forward to their highly commented croissant they have!! I wonder do they have Apple Turnover as well??


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