2015 Blueberry Cheesecake

January 1, 2015 3 comments

When your child is as obsessed about blowing candles as mine, you find every reason to bake a cake and place candles on it.

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And when she gives you a pleading face like that,

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You cave in and allow her to stick her fingers into the cake.

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Happy 2015 to all of you ! I wish you the happiest New Year ahead!

Vanilla bean cheesecake with blueberry jam

For the crust:
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tbs corn starch
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup sygar
2 large egg yolks
2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350F, generously butter the bottom and sides of a 9 inch springfom pan. Wrap the outside with aluminium foil, covering the bottom and extending all the way up the sides.

Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer on high until creamy. Add the egg yolks and vanilla. Beat until blended. Reduce the speen to low and mix in the flour mixture just until it disappears and a dough forms. Work the dough with your hands until it comes together in a ball. Chhill for about 30 minutes.
Flour your hands and place the dough in the centre of your pan and begin pressing with the heels of your hands from the centre outward toward the edges, working in circular motion around the pan, and up the sides. Keep pressing until the crust is flat on the bottom. Prick the crust in several places with a fork. Bake the crust just until it’s set and golden (about 15 minutes).

For the cheesecake
1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
1 vanilla bean (about 7 inches long), scrapped
900 gram cream cheese
1/4 cup corn starch
1 tbs pure vanilla extract
2 extra large eggs
3/4 cup heavy cream

For the blueberry jam
250 gram blueberries
1/2 – 1 cup sugar
2 tbs lemon juice
Make and bake the cake crust, and leave it in the pan. Keep the oven on.

Put one 225 grams of the cream cheese, 1/3 cup of the granulated sugar, cornstarch and the scraped vanilla beanin a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on low until creamy, about 3 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl several times. increase the mixer speed to mendium and beat in the remaining 1 1/3 cup of sugar. Blend in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after adding each one. Beat in the cream just until completely blended, be careful not to overmix. Gently spoon batter on top of the crust.

Place the cake in a large shallow pan containing hot water that comes about 1 inch up the sides of the springform. Bake until the edges are light golden brown and the top is slightly golden tan (about 75 minutes). Remove the cake from the water bath. transfer to a wire rack and let the cake cool for 2 hours (just walk away!)

LEave the cake in the pan, cover loosely with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until completely cold, preferably overnight or at least 4 hours

Wash and drain blueberries. Over low heat, cook blueberries, with sugar and lemon juice until thick and syrupy.

Spoon over the cheesecake and chill.

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Ghost Custard

October 28, 2014 1 comment

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Boo!

Another kid friendly Halloween special!

These ghost are made of stirred custard. Stirred custards are cooked over the stove top instead of the oven.

It will take you only 5 minutes!

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When stirred custard have finished cooking, they will be thick. All you have to do now, is pipe your ghosts and add cacao nibs or chocolate chips for “eyes”.

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Yum!

Ghost Custard

125 ml milk
25 sugar
1/4 tsp salt
15 gram arrowroot flour
Cacao Nibs for eyes

Mix all ingredients together. Cook till bubbles appear. Pour custard into pipping bag. Pipe into ghostly figures. Add cacao nibs for eyes

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Green FrankenSmoothie

October 28, 2014 Leave a comment

Hi everyone! Just dropping by to post a few healthy halloween snacks before it gets too late!

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U can pretty much put in any of your favourite green smoothie here. But my toddler’s favourite green smoothie always involve frozen bananas. I’ve also added cacao nibs on top of the smoothie to create a “hair-like” effect

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From the photo, creating the frankenface is pretty self explanatory.

All i did was cut up some black colored paper and stick it to the top of the glass for hair and another smaller piece shaped like stitches. I adhered all the pieces (googly eyes included) with a double tape. Dont worry, they will come right out when you peel the tape out!

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Green FrankenSmoothie

1 frozen banana cut into pieces

1/4 cup coconut water

a bunch of kale

Cacao nibs for “hair”

Blend all the frozen banana, coconut water and kale. Top with cacao nibs. And serve onto decorated glass!

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Coconut Flour Cookies

May 31, 2014 2 comments

These cookies were actually made for my toddler.

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But they tasted so good that i find my hand dipping into her little “snack catcher” repeatedly.

If you are a mom, and you didnt know what a snack catcher is, you’ve been seriously missing out.

A snack catcher, is like a bowl. But instead of a tight fitting lid, it comes with these neat plastic flaps that allow your toddler to reach into the snack without having to fuss over how to loosen a lid.  As the name implies, the flaps also act like a “catcher”. They stop the snacks inside the bowl from falling out should your toddler decide to rattle it about.

Anyway, enough about snack catchers. Let’s get back to cookies.

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Because these cookies were for the most part healthy, i do not feel all that guilty reaching for an extra cookie or two. What i do feel guilty about is, i am eating HER snack.

I guess, it just means that i would have to go back into the kitchen and whip another batch sooner than i thought.

 

Coconut Flour Cookies

Recipe adapted from detoxinista

 

Ingredients
  • 1 cup coconut flour (The original recipe called for 1/3 of a cup, but I used closer to a cup as my coconut flour was very coarsely ground)
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 whole eggs
  • Raisins for decoration
  1. Preheat your oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with a parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together all ingredients till you get a dough. * Note: my batter didn’t come together with 1/3 cup of coconut flour that the original recipe asked for. I added more coconut flour so the batter could thicken, and be dough-like.
  3. Use a heaping tablespoon to drop the cookie dough onto the lined baking sheet, and use a fork to flatten the cookies. Keep in mind these cookies will NOT spread on their own, so you’ll want to shape them how you’d like them to turn out.
  4. Bake at 350F for 12-14 minutes, until the edges are golden brown. Allow to cool on the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

 

 

Candy Crush Saga Cake

April 29, 2014 1 comment

Pretty sure this logo needs no further introduction..

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This is to encourage those who are obnoxiously “stuck” in certain levels. Do not be disheartened!

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Also, to those who do not participate in candy crush activities, i ask for tolerance towards all those pesky “CANDY CRUSH SAGA requests. Do have sympathy to your fellow facebookers who are pulling at their hair trying to “level up”.

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Cheers!

Sourdough Hot Cross Buns

April 19, 2014 1 comment

So here I am, dusting my old blog and making an entry…  There really isn’t any excuse for not posting apart from laziness. While i have been cooking and baking up a storm over the past couple of months, I haven’t been posting them up in here.

Nevertheless, it’s 10.38 pm on a Good Friday evening.  I didn’t want to miss posting a “Hot Cross Buns” recipe. Because as we all know Hot Cross Buns are made to celebrate Good Friday.  And i didn’t want to wait till Good Friday 2015 to post this up!

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These buns were made using sourdough starter which i’ve been growing in my kitchen for the past couple of months (more on that on a later post). They were studded with raisins and are refined sugar free with the use of coconut sugar.

“Why the sudden health kick???”, u ask… Well, it’s because these buns were made with my toddler’s health in mind. And you know how paranoid mothers can get…  Plus, they are  all not that bad for you!

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So here’s wishing everyone a Good Friday!

Sourdough Hot Cross Buns

250 gram bread flour

120 gram sourdough starter

50 gram coconut sugar

5 gram salt

1 egg yolk

35 grams butter

40ml milk

50 ml water

100 grams raisins

 

For the crosses, i just made a paste out of water and flour.

 

1. Mix the flour, sugar, salt and sourdough starter into a bowl. Make a well in the center, add in the egg yolk, water and milk. Pour the dough onto a kneading table, add the butter and start kneading away till the dough turns elastic and is able to be stretched to thin membrane without tearing. Add the raisins and knead till they are well distributed around the dough

2. Round the dough into a ball and leave it at room temperature, covered, till it doubles in size (about 2 hours, on a hot climate like mine).

3. Gently deflate the dough and cut the dough into balls each weighing 50 grams. Place them on your baking sheet and set aside till it doubles in size again. (about 2 hours)

4. Make a paste with flour and enough water. Pipe crosses across each bun

5. Preheat oven to 200 degree celcius. Bake for about 10-15 minutes till the bread turns a nice golden brown.

 

Beer Battered Fish and Onion Rings

December 5, 2013 2 comments

A few months ago, we invited some friends over and bought 3 sets of 6 pack beer to share. That’s 18 cans.

Now, without wanting to sound like an elementary school mathematical problem, we finished 14 cans amongst ourselves. There were 4 untouched cans of beer.

Fast forward three months later, there are still 4 cans of beer sitting in the fridge.

The husband wouldn’t touch them because he doesn’t like drinking alone.

And i have been alcohol free for the past two plus years after getting pregnant and currently breastfeeding my toddler.

These beer cans kinda annoy me. They were squatters which i would love to see disappear because they were just taking up precious space in my fridge. And you can say i am pretty possessive when it comes to fridge space because between HUGE watermelons, papaya and cantaloupes, i always find myself running out of refrigerator room.

So in came Aspiring Baker #38 – Boozy-licious. This month, it is hosted by Jasline of the foodie baker and the theme this month is to cook or bake with alcohol (beer included)

Gleefully, i pulled open the tab of a beer can, knowing as i did so, i will be freeing 330ml (yes that’s the volume of a can of beer) of space. This beer is going into the batter for my fish and chips tonight.

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Since there were only two of us eating, i only had a few slices of fish prepped. This means i had a whole LOTTA batter leftover. And no, i wasn’t going to refrigerate this batter for later use because as i stressed on earlier, i really really like my fridge space.

A brilliant idea came to mind. I chopped up some onions, used up the remaining of the batter

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So that was our meal. It’s more fried stuff than i would have ever approved. So i made a lil’ salad bed.

And of course not forgetting a lil mayo and some ketchup.

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Beer Battered Fish and Chips

Recipe HERE by Paula Deen,

Taken from Food Network