Saturday, 31 December 2011

Baked Sweet Potato Cheesecake 焗蕃薯芝士蛋糕


… is it already time to say goodbye? I assume this is going to be the last post of 2011. Not sure I’m ready for 2012, I didn’t get to bake all of my favorite pastry this year. Looking back at all that 2011 will therefore be a lot of fun.

Ingredients:


sweet potato mash 120g
whipping cream 30g
soft cheese 300g
sugar 60g
egg 1
corn flour 25g
milk 125g

Method:



1. Cream the cheese with sugar. Beat well
2. Add sweet potato mash in, beat in egg yolks until smooth.




3. fold in sifted corn flour
4. Fold-in the whipped cream and milk, pour into the cake tin & bake for 40 mins in 180C





2011 has been tremendously kind to me, unfolding events in the most unexpected way and I have nothing but fervent gratitude for it. Met loads of new faces, learnt loads of stuffs, uncovered new layers of myself that I never even knew existed.

Gained some, lost some but honestly, I didn't want to/couldn't recall them bit by bit, unlike the years before.

I just have this general idea of what transpired this year and to get down to the nitty gritty bits, I'll need my photographs. Also probably because I'm trying to live in the moment, and as of this moment, I am happy. Tomorrow will be an exciting and pretty special day and oh yes, Life on the fast lane has been awesome thus far.. schweet.

Wish everyone a wonderful and happy new year:)
xox  



Monday, 26 December 2011

Come live in my heart and pay no rent



Fat pig bought me this to accompany me because he was very busy this period..


And this is me o_o


SIGH.. Being a glutton really jeopardizes the whole losing weight issue sometimes most of the time.



So! I woke up early today for boxing day sale shopping with the girls<3 Selfridges was like empty by the time we got there and arndale was packed! seriously, rich people annoy me lol didn't get to buy much since there were too many people. we decided to go back mine for some mahjong XD
then some punishment for the people who lost in mahjong...


Me and Carol.. LOL we can't even recognise ourselves


It was a day of laughter, talking, dancing and just good fun, that was long over due.
It felt so good to spend time catching up with friends, which I consider to be family. As we get older and our lives get busier, we spend less time together. It is going to be the last christmas we are going to spend together i reckon since most of us will be going back to their hometown next year.


wanted to look like a rocker xD think this is my first time ever i wear like this/

Brownie Cheesecake 布朗尼芝士蛋糕


配料:
布朗尼配料:黃油50克,黑巧克力50克,細砂糖50克,雞蛋40克,原味酸奶20克,中筋面粉(普通面粉)50克
芝士蛋糕配料:奶油奶酪210克,細砂糖40克,雞蛋60克,香草精1/2小勺(2.5ML),原味酸奶60克
烘焙溫度:需兩次烘焙,詳見制作過程

制作過程:
1、准備一個6寸的蛋糕圓模,在模具內涂上一層軟化的黃油(配方分量外),再洒上一些面粉(配方分量外)。搖晃模具使面粉均勻的粘在模具壁上,再倒出多余的面粉。這樣處理可以使模具防粘。
2、首先制作布朗尼面糊。黑巧克力和黃油切成小塊,放入大碗裡,隔水加熱並不斷攪拌(水溫不要太高),直到黃油與巧克力完全溶化。把碗從水裡取出,加入細砂糖攪拌均勻。
3-4、繼續加入雞蛋、酸奶,攪拌均勻。
5、篩入面粉。
6、用橡皮刮刀拌勻,使面粉和巧克力黃油糊完全混合,成為布朗尼面糊。
7、把布朗尼面糊倒入准備好的模具裡,抹平,放進預熱好的烤箱,上下火180度,中層,烤18分鐘左右,面糊完全定型以后取出。然后把烤箱的溫度降至160度。
8、在烤布朗尼蛋糕的時候,我們來制作芝士蛋糕面糊。奶油奶酪隔水加熱至軟化(或提前放室溫下2個小時直到軟化),加入細砂糖,用打蛋器打至光滑無顆粒。
9、加入雞蛋、香草精(沒有香草精可省略)。
10、用打蛋器用力攪拌均勻,直到混合均勻,成為濃滑的芝士糊。
11、最后加入酸奶,攪拌均勻后即成芝士蛋糕面糊。
12、把芝士蛋糕面糊倒在烤好的布朗尼蛋糕上(不必等到布朗尼蛋糕冷卻)。
13、用手端著蛋糕模,用力震兩下,使內部的氣泡跑出。把模具放回烤箱,上下火160度,中層,烤30-40分鐘,直到芝士蛋糕徹底凝固定型,按上去內部沒有流動感,並且表面烤成淺金黃色即可出爐。
14、烤好的蛋糕,冷卻后,放入冰箱冷藏4個小時以上(或冷藏過夜),再切成塊,就可以享用啦。



Sunday, 25 December 2011

Merry Christmas!


Wishing you and your family a very warm and wonderful Christmas!

xoxo

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Restaurant Review: City Cafe, Manchester


Manchester Mint Hotel City Cafe 3 Courses for £19.95

we went there for our early christmas dinner, this is my second time visiting this restaurant. The atmosphere of City Café was welcoming, a stylish, trendy modern take on the classic Hotel restaurant layout. I could quite easily see myself relaxing here with friends.

I had pressed chicken and ham terrine for starter, pan-fried sea bass for main and chocolate mousses for dessert. Food was good as always, the portion was a bit too little tho.



Wednesday, 21 December 2011

2 Courses for £11.95 Try Thai, Manchester


Went here for a friend's birthday, It's a great place in Chinatown with a tiny entrance, nice looking place with good ambience. We went for the set meal 2 courses for £11.95. I had satay chicken for starter and chicken yellow curry for main. My chicken skewers was superb as well as my curry. We also ordered samosa stir fried morning glory to share.


 

cocktail was on 2-4-1 offer so we ordered two between us four. I forgot the name of my cocktail but I didn't like it, I prefer the one they ordered which was lychee cocktail, everything was great apart from the cocktail. Great food and great service, staffs were polite and friendly, would certainly recommend this place.

Try Thai
52 Faulkner Street
Manchester M1 4FH
Area: Chinatown
0161 228 1822


Minna No Tabo Cake大口仔蛋糕


made a minna no tabo cake for albe's bday :)



Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Giant Christmas Tree Cupcake!


see previous post for recipe, amount of ingredients times three

my gingy wants some too HAHA am so lame :P

Monday, 12 December 2011

Christmas Tree Cupcake




Christmas is getting closer! time for some christmas cupcakes!:D

Ingredients (makes 6 cakes):
unsalted butter 100g
sugar 85g
eggs 2
plain flour 100g
baking powder 1 tsp

Green tea cream cheese frosting:
cream cheese 320g
butter 65g
sugar 65g
green tea powder 4g

Method:
1. Beat the butter and suage until thick and pale. Add one egg after another and beat well after each addition. Sieve in the cake flour and baking power, stir well.
2. Line the muffin tins with cupcake cases. Pour batter into the case up to 3/4 of their depth. Bake in a preheated oven at 180C for 20 minutes. Leave it to cool.


3. Whisk the cream cheese, butter, sugar and green tea powder until stiff and smooth.
4. Fill a pipping bag fitted with a large open-star tip with frosting. Pipe frosting onto each cupcake in a spiral pattern.
5. Garnish with sugar pearls or anything you like.
6. Done!

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Pineapple Fried Rice



I'm pretty much a massive fan of pineapple, so the addition of it into any rice or noodle dish is most certainly welcome by me. Pineapple fried rice is Thai in origin, it is a delicious recipe made up of Pineapple, Egg, Onion, Green Onion with your choice of meat or prawns.



Pineapple 1
Left over rice 3 cup
Chicken, minced 1 cup
Green onion, chopped 3tbsp
Onion, chopped 1/3 cup
Sesame oil 1 tbsp
Fish sauce 1tbsp
Egg, beaten 2
Salt 2 tsp
Curry powder 1tbsp
White pepper 1tsp



1. Slice the pineapple at 1/4 lengthwise, using a small sharp knife, scoop it out with icecream scoop. Do not pierce pineappleskin. Set pineapple shells aside. Cut half of pineapple in 1-inch chunks. Reserve remaining pineapple for another use.



2. In a wok, heat oil over high heat. Add garlic, green onion and onion, stir fry until you can smell the flavour. Add chicken, stir fry until almost cooked. Place them in a bowl, set aside.
3. Clean the work and heat oil over medium heat. In a bowl, beat eggs with some sesame oil, little bit of white pepper and 1tbp of salt. Add eggs to cook. When eggs are half cooked, add in the cooked rice, sprinkle with the remaining salt, sesame oil, white pepper, fish sauce and curry powder. Stir fry until it's combined.
4. Add in pineapple chunks and the chicken mixture. Stir fry for another 2 mintues.
5. Spoon the fried rice into pineapple shell. Bake 350F for 15 minutes.


Monday, 5 December 2011

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Recent Cake Orders


two tier cheesecake
tofu cheesecake + green tea and red bean cheesecake

 mountain of cream puffs
 2D baby buggy cake
green tea and red bean cheesecake

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Chocolate, Pandan, Greentea, Blueberry, Strawberry and Almond macarons


the title is a bit long.. lol
recipe here
used Italian meringue buttercream for filling this time.

Ice and fire: Baked Alaska


Made this for a friend's birthday like two weeks ago. Baled Alaska is a dessert made of ice cream placed on a slices of sponge cake and topped with meringue. The entire dessert is then placed in an extremely hot oven for just long enough to firm the meringue. Putting ice cream in the oven sound crazy

Basically, you just need three things for this dessert: Sponge cake, ice cream and meringue, I was too lazy+no time to make my own ice cream so i just bought it off from tesco. you can use any flavour of ice cream.
sponge cake recipe here

Method:
1. Put ice cream on sponge cake
2. Spread meringue over it
3. Put in a Pre-heated 250C oven for 3-4 mins/ Use a blow torch to colour the meringue.