Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Passion Fruit Rose Cake










I have no idea where was all my write up gone to. I thought I had shared the recipe of this passion fruit cake and how did I come about making it..... Hmmm... Anyway, I can always share again! Haven't we all the food bloggers have been doing so??? :) Yes, I love this cake mold, and always think of making different cake recipes to 'fit' in this pretty cake mold. Last night hubby was going through some of the old photos, and saw the Too Too train birthday cake I made for ours son's third birthday. He started to ask :" mummy, what happen to this Too Too train cake mold I lugged back all the way from the States for you?" , " I only seen you used it once for boy's birthday , and that's it!" I was like, "Oh dear, where is that train cake mold huh?" so I went through the cabinet and thank god, I found it! So I told him, I will use the cake mold for many other cake baking..... Dear readedrs and blogger friends, any good idea or recipe to share using the 3D cake mold, beside the usual butter cakes? Otherwise, butter and pound cake will just be the standard cakes for the Too Too train.

 So, how did I start making this passion fruit cake, was all about me attracted to the sweet fragrance of the passion fruit after drinking a mix fruit juice at my cousin's. And one fine day, I thought I would wanna make my own mix of orange and passion fruit juice.  It turned out really delicious and healthy too! But there were a few more passion fruit left in the fruit basket, till they stared to turn wrinkly! But the beautiful scent of the fruit just too good that I started to think, this should be good to make them into a cake! So I had a trial using the fruit to make a butter base cake, just like making any other lemon pound cake, earl grey butter.... But, the result is definitely better than what I thought. The strong scent of passion fruit goes really well with the butter cake, which actually taken some of the richness of butter and give the cake a refreshing character. A cake worth making as a gift to freinds and an afternoon tea cake with family. We all know that passion fruit has big seeds, however, the cake looks better with a few seeds sitting around the cake as you cut through it, at the same time that could distinct it as a Passion fruit cake! Well, not too much may be, as I am not a very 'Harworking' eater who likes to spit out seeds every now and then while eating the cake.


 Ingredients: (for a 6 inch cake)
 150g unsealed butter
 120g caster sugar 3 egg
 140g self raising flour
 2 passion fruits ( sift through and keep the juice,may have some seeds in it)

 Method:
 1. Have all ingredients come to room temperature.
 2. Beat butter and sugar till pale and creamy. Add in egg one at a time. Beat till all come together without any curdle. 
3. Sift in flour and fold in by hand using plastic spatulas. Add in passion fruit juice and mix well.
 4. Pour batter into a lined tin and bake it a pre heated oven for 35-40 minutes.
 5 when it's baked, cool the cake without the tin on a wire rack.




Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Ginkgo Nuts and Barley Dessert


A dessert that I grew up with, till I learnt to cook it. I remember when I very young, I always helped my mother to shell the ginkgo nuts, while she prepared the rest of the ingredients, and I always looking forward to that bowl of sweet and smooth dessert to be ready. 


Now, I am a mother and a wife who often cook this dish to my family, the only difference is, my son not a fan of barley. So he would just give me a little bit of credit, and have a few sips! At the same time, this is suppose to be a 滋润养颜 dessert, that will keep the ladies look good and young. So let's have more of it! There is no particular recipe for making this dessert. I just do it with moderation of every ingredients in it. But something must not miss in this dessert, has to be the pandan leaves.

Ingredients:

Handful of barley
50g of ginkgo but, shell and halved, remove the bit in the center
40g Bean stick (腐竹)washed and soak
6 pieces of pandan leaves
1-2 egg, lightly beaten
Rock sugar to taste

Method:

1. In a soup pot, fill about 1 liter of water together with ginkgo nuts and barley, bring to boil. Boil for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, add in bean stick. Cook till bean stick turn smooth, then add in eggs, pandan leaves. Boil for about 5 minutes, add in rock sugar, cook for another 5 more minutes or till all sugar dissolved.

2.Serve as hot dessert or can be eaten chilled.

I am submitting to to Aspiring Bakers#20: Asian dessert buffet (June 2012) hosted by Moon of Playground




Monday, June 25, 2012

Princess Theme Cake for Jada


                                                           Happy Birthday Jada!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Playing with Agar-agar.







Craving for some cold and refreshing dessert, I guess this is good to go! Found a can of longan sitting in the pantry, that makes me crave for almond jelly. I thought to make it prettier looking, I added some peach and strawberry. Next, I found the silicon ring mold that I bought few months ago, which I have totally forgotten!! So, I started playing with my toy...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Happy Father's Day





Last Sunday was Father's day, how did everyone celebrate the special day??


A late breakfast for Father's day, and we didn't really do much for the rest of the day. Just relax and chilled out! 








Saturday, June 16, 2012

Raphael is 5! '' At The Beach''




Nautical theme would be the most ideal for my little boy, since he loves everything under the sea. 























Time flies.... my boy's turned 5! Had been having many ideas about making his fifth birthday cakes since months ago, and was deciding among ideas like, Angry Birds, Thomas and friends, Smurf... I am really glad, we came out with this '' At the Beach'' cake. ( He named it)

I was rather busy right after our long holidays, trying to get everything back in routine... the most difficult thing  we had to deal with was the jet lag! I never really had that jet lag problem, until this very recent holidays. It took me more than a week to adjust myself back to the normal sleeping hour. But, it was blessed my boy took just 3 days to get back to his normal bed time hour, which compared to last year, it was like a week! However, I did the right thing to have some lavender tea to help me to sleep better. It really work!

I am now trying to find time, to upload some of our holidays photos, hope I am able to post them soon! Just too lazy!!

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