Ingot Pineapple Tarts & CNY 2016 $500 Ang Pow Giveaway!

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Finally got down to finalizing the recipe for this melt in the mouth pineapple tarts! Awesome texture

Recipe

ingredients

Dough

  • 500g Salted Butter
  • 100g Sugar
  • 3 Egg Yolks
  • 1 Egg White
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 700g Plain Flour
  • 100g Milk Powder
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 kg Pineapple Paste

 

Egg Wash

  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • Dash of Oil

 

Method

  1. Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy
  2. Add in egg yolks and whites gradually, followed by vanilla extract
  3. Gradually add in sifted plain flour, milk powder and salt
  4. Chill dough in chiller for 30 mins before working on it
  5. Roll pineapple paste into 8-10g ball while waiting for the dough to chill
  6. Mould tarts into preferred shape and bake at 180c preheated oven for 18-20 minutes

 

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Love how these ingots looks!

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These shiny babies are ready for the oven! i’m too lazy to egg wash the whole tart though.

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Made these filling a little lesser as that’s the way my dad loves it! that’s 8g each of dough and filling!

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Happy Baking!

Salted Egg Cookies

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Here we go! Salted Egg Cookies

The lunar new year is approaching real soon and i’m sure lots of home bakers are busy baking a storm in their kitchen. Honestly for me, i’m not fan of all these goodies. My job is to feed the family and friends after i’m done taking pictures for the blog. i just don’t have the habit of sitting down and munching on snacks but when i came across this recipe that i chance upon, i was more than ready to give it a try.

My family loves salted eggs! i on the other hand don’t fancy it at all! Such irony but i went ahead to bake it for them to try. i wasn’t expecting much, but the family proved me otherwise! The whole batch was wipe up in just 30 minutes! i had a piece to try, but that didn’t stop there.

it was such a melt in the mouth texture, with that nice salty aroma from the salted yolks! Awesome pairing! i stand corrected on my earlier expectation of this cookie! This is definitely a must bake and with such easy steps and recipes, i’m sure i’m going to make these all the time and not just for the lunar new year!

Recipe

Adapted from : Messywitchen

Yields 120 cookies depending on cutter size

Dough

  • 250g Plain Flour
  • 20g Corn Flour
  • 1g Baking Powder
  • 1g Baking Soda
  • 20g Milk Powder

 

  • 8 Salted Egg Yolks (Steamed)

 

  • 170g Unsalted Butter
  • 4g Salt
  • 80g Caster Sugar

 

Egg Wash

  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1 Whole Egg
  • Dash of oil
  • Pinch of Salt

 

Toppings

  • Black and White Sesame Seeds

 

Method

  1. Steam salted egg yolk, set aside to cool and roughly chop
  2. Preheat oven to 170C
  3. Cream butter, sugar and salt together till fluffy
  4. Add in all the sifted dry ingredients gradually
  5. Incorporate chopped egg yolks
  6. Roll to 5mm thickness and cut with desired cutter
  7. Brush with egg wash and top with sesame seeds
  8. Bake for 20 minutes

 

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Topping with sesame seeds just to enhance the appearance.

Remember; we feast with our eyes! or camera :X

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Melt in the mouth texture with a nice crunch from the sesame seeds! it’s almost a crime not to eat it man!

i hope you enjoy this recipe as much as i do

Happy Baking

Charcoal Pineapple Tart

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Alright! Back to the pineapple tarts recipe that i have issued last year. i changed it away a while ago and i have so many people emailing me regarding the old recipe, so here am i reposting the previous recipe. So for those who are interested in that recipe, there you go.

Just imagine a gold nugget encased on black gold, Perfect Match! You could totally do the regular version without the charcoal powder,  i will include the notes on the regular pineapple tarts dough in the recipe.

 

Recipe:

  • 380g Plain Flour
  • 15g Charcoal Powder
  • 50g Corn Flour
  • 10g Milk Powder
  • 47g Icing Sugar
  • 320g Cold, Salted Butter, Cubed
  • 3 Egg Yolks
  • 45g Iced Water
  • 1 Vanilla Bean Pod (Split pod into half and scrap vanilla beans)

 

  • 1 kg Premium Pineapple Paste (Rolled into 10-15g Balls)
  • ** if you are doing the open face like what i’m doing here, add 120g of unsalted butter and beat it up together with the pineapple jam that you got. This will ensure your jam doesn’t come out of the oven dry and caramalised 

 

**Note: Use 400g Plain Flour if you want to do a regular dough

 

Method:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, sift flour, charcoal powder, milk powder and icing sugar together
  2. Whisk egg yolks, iced water and vanilla beans together, set aside
  3. Rub in cold cubed butter into the flour till it resembles fine bread crumbs
  4. Add wet ingredients from Step 2 into flour and butter mixture
  5. Gently coax all the ingredients into a large dough
  6. Divide dough into 2-3 portions and chill in the chiller till ready to use
  7. While dough is chilling, roll pineapple jam into 10-15g portions
  8. Once dough is chilled, proceed to assemble the tarts
  9. Preheat oven to 180c once you have completed half a tray of tarts
  10. Bake for 15-18 minutes
  11. Cool before packing

 

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i did this batch using a heart shaped embossed cutter! Ain’t this cute?

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i left the egg wash out as i wanted a black crust to contrast with the pineapple jam!

i also loved how the pineapple jam turned out. That 120g of butter whacked into the jam really made a whole lot of difference! No more sticky and gummy feeling with that pineapple jam!

Happy Baking and don’t hesitate to drop me an email if you have any questions!

Moving On ~ Recapping 2015

2015 has been really kind to me in many ways! Although we are already in the new year, i thought it was a pretty good idea to do a quick recap just like how i did every year. *in case my memory starts to fail in the coming years*

This is the year that i had lots of teaching opportunities, demo engagements, demo classes with Kitchenaid (Mayer), and many other opportunities to meet chefs from all over the world. It was an extremely rewarding year in terms of my career and i have so much more to learn but i hope to be able to engage and learn more in this year. i feel that it’s really important in this industry to keep learning, unlearn and relearn. The entire process is really rewarding and how much we can learn even just by watching how master bakers get it done.

 

Hosting Chef Peter Yuen (Viennoiserie World Champion)

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I have heard so much about him, admired his work over Facebook but it was a whole different dimension just to meet him in person. He got me all excited about laminated dough and has allowed me to embarked in a whole new career of teaching croissants and viennoiserie (something which i really enjoy)

 

Graduation Ceremony – University Of London

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Finally got done and over with the graduation ceremony of my business degree! Never thought i would be doing what i’m doing and i’m really grateful for the support by my family esp my dad who was really encouraging when i spoke to him about my career choice.

Finally the last thing i did my grandpa proud of and he has always wanted me to wear that mortar board. Although we didn’t managed to do the studio shot, i’m glad you were present for the ceremony and at least i have a picture taken with you in that graduation gown. i knew you were really excited about the day and i could see you beaming the entire time!

(He passed away on the 8th Nov 2015). i miss you grandpa ;(

 

Demo and Classes with Kitchenaid 

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Got lots of opportunities working with Kitchenaid! i did a number of demo classes for them, did their shopping malls demonstration  as well as those in their showrooms. Love the interaction with different people especially those who were eager to learn and i’m more than wiling to share!

Looking forward to more collaboration opportunities!

 

#ForAGoldenHome

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Giving back to the society has always been really important to me. When i was contacted to be part of this project, i was more than ready to lend a helping hand.

i’m really thankful for all the support by my friends. They managed to preorder and snap up everything i had for sales! *Really blessed to have such friends around*

 

Works of 2015

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These are a portion of the work i have done for the year. So much more to learn and improve! i’m ready for the challenges in 2016. Will be heading to Taiwan in March to meet some bakers as well as Wu Bao Chun.

 

Let’s go 2016! i’m preparing to get some lunar new year goodies recipe up.

Although there will be no celebration in the home this year, but work still goes on and i hope those recipes will be able to help and bring joy to other families.

 

Till then,

Happy Baking!

Roasted Berry Yogurt Popsicles

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What not to love about roasted berries and yogurt?

These are so so good and do you know, roasting the berries brings out the natural sweetness and juices of the berries! i love how fuss free these popsicles are!

You could totally choose to omit roasting the berries but i love how the juices from the berries marries the tanginess of the yogurt! Also, this is a great way to get rid of left over berries lying in your fridge! i always love to buy my berries in multiple punnets, but am always left with a little of each here and there , so this is an absolute life saver for me! No more throwing away berries and they preserve much longer in the popsicles!

Recipe

Yields 6 Popsicles

ingredients

  • 450g Honey Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Cup of Blueberries
  • 1 Cup of Strawberries
  • Juice from 1 Lemon

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180C
  2. Hull and chop strawberries into small chunks and squeeze juice of half a lemon over it
  3. Put blueberries in another baking pan and squeeze the remaining lemon juice
  4. Stir and coat all the fruits evenly with lemon juice
  5. Roast berries for 20 mins
  6. Cool berries and lightly swirl berries into the yogurt
  7. Transfer to freezer and freeze overnight
  8. To unfold, run mould under running water for 5 seconds

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Loving the Citrus Reamer! So easy to get the juices without the mess!

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Love the swirls of the juices that intertwine between the yogurt!

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You could totally use any kind of berries you have at home! Even fruits like kiwis, peaches works extremely well too!

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Perfect treat for the hot & humid day and at the same time, getting the kids their daily intake of fruits too!

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Avocado, Coconut & Lime Popsicles

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if you are thinking of an activity for the kid’s holiday, wait no further! These are prefect for the crazy weather and if the haze is hindering you from leaving the house, this is a good way to pass some time at home!

i have been dying to try out these popsicles moulds sponsored by Tovolo and these are awesome. So easy, fuss free and what’s better then having healthy treats at its finest!

Recipe

Yields 6 popsicles

ingredients

  • 2 Large Avocados (Ripen and diced)
  • 2 Tbsp Honey
  • 4 Tbsp Lime juice
  • 1 Lime Zest
  • 1.5 Cups Coconut Water
  • Shreds of coconut flesh (Optional)

Method

  1. Mash avocado with honey and transfer into blender
  2. Add lime juice, lime zest and coconut water
  3. Blend till smooth and fold in coconut flesh
  4. Fill popsicles mould and freeze overnight
  5. To unmould, run mould under running water for 5 secs

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Ain’t this Star Pop Mould awesome?

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i love the tanginess from the lime and the refreshing sweetness from the coconut & who can resist the creamy avocado that binds everything together

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Yummy treats for the family!

Savoury (Tomato Cajun) Scone

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if sweet scones are not up your alley, i bet this savoury one is for you! i love how versatile scones can be! This was actually an experimental bake, but i kinda liked how the flavours marry together, thus the need to blog it right away!

Recipe

Yields 12 Scones depending on cutters size

ingredients

  • 250g Bread Flour
  • 30g Sugar
  • 14g Baking Powder
  • 5g Salt
  • 60g Cold Butter (Cubed)
  • 125g Whipping Cream
  • 35g Tomato Paste
  • 10g Cajun Powder
  • 2g Mixed Herbs
  • 30g Whole Eggs
  • 100g Black Pitted Olives

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 190C
  2. Combine all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl (Excluding the olives)
  3. Rub in the cubed cold butter into the dry ingredients till it represent crumbs (if you are lazy or have a really warm palm like me, use a mixer attached with a paddle attachment)
  4. Add in whipping cream, tomato paste and eggs
  5. Mix till just combined
  6. Add in sliced olives
  7. Pour dough onto slightly floured table or using any pastry mat, lightly flatten to 1-1.5 inch in height and roughly shape it into a circle
  8. Cut 12 equal portions
  9. Lightly brush with egg wash and bake for 13-16 minutes till golden brown
  10. Serve warm

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Love how the olives compliment with the tomato paste and cajun spice. if i were to make this again, i would probably add in some cubed cheese for that extra oomph!

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A no nonsense scone! Light and fluffy! i’m so gonna try more local flavours into scones. What about sambal? Durian?😀