Thursday, December 29, 2011

Boil And Bake Fruit Cake

Before I left for KL, I baked these fruit cakes for my Piggies . Fruit cake can keep for days and months , so they are great as gifts too. I baked extra for Josh to give to his girlfriend Elaine and family :)   I have never tried fruit cake that uses boil and bake method , of course, this put me in motion and gosh, it was  GOOD ! Love the texture and I got good feedbacks from Elaine's family and my Piggies and of course Kristy too said that the cake was good :))))))

Monday, December 19, 2011

Cranberry Upside Down Cake - Dorie Greenspan

Since the day I bought those fresh cranberries from Tesco, I have been itching to bake this cake - Cranberrry Upside Down Cake from Dorie's book " Baking: From My Home To Yours "   and last Saturday I had the opportunity to bake this wonderful cake for my Piggy Cuz.  This cake is rich and moist with cranberries and nuts ....a cake to die for and I told Piggy Cuz this is truly a seasonal cake and I am going to bake another one for her birthday comes January 2012 :)))) I have one more packet left of these fresh cranberries in the freezer and I think this cake deserves another round of cranberries !  The next cranberry season I will stash more of these fresh cranberries so that I can have them all year round.  

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Bowtie Cookies With Homemade Cranberry Jam Filling

I am sorry if I am going to bore you guys with fresh cranberries again  LOL!   I am crazy with cranberries especially those fresh ones... like beauitful edible  rubies ! :)  AND having 3 packets of them in the freezer !!! what do you think...of course I am using  them for making Xmas cookies !  I am crazily intoxicated with them in my food and bakes....LOL!  until Wild Boar oinked..." CRANBERRIES AGAIN  ? "  BUT  then when he tasted these......he has to retract his   " CRANBERRIES AGAIN ? "  to " THESE CRANBERRIES STUFF IS DARN GOOD !  

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Passion Fruit And Raspberry Crème Caramel - Curtis Stone

This is another mouth-watering recipe from Curtis Stone's book -  'Cooking With Curtis '  :p .  This was the first recipe I bookmarked to make from his CWC ,but have kept postponing it till now.  There were lots of passion fruit sold at the fruit shop and this recipe came to mind.  Of course minus the raspberries for the decoration.  Raspberries are expensive in this part of the small punnet costs about Ringgit Malaysia 19-21 from Jusco and that is about 6-7 USD :(   Raspberry goes well with the passion fruit though it is not one of the ingredients for making the creme caramel.  So I left the raspberries out since I don't have any in the fridge, in this Passion Fruit And Raspberry Crème Caramel :p but just the same this Crème tasted good with the tangy passion fruit caramel....YUMMY !

Monday, December 5, 2011

Grapefruit Butter Cake

When I saw this cake on Anncoo 's blog- Anncoo Journal, it was love at first sight ! I can imagine how great the taste would be when I read through her recipe. Boy, I am going to make it, I told myself and finally after almost 1.5 months I finally get to taste the real thing and gosh , it was one good butter cake to make.  The fragrance of the grapefruit was so refreshing that as I was cutting it into slices, it tickles my nostril and sent my salivary glands into full action.   A wonderful cake to make for the coming Christmas can't stop just at one is addictive.  Took some to office for Claire and Miss K to try them out :)  Even though the cake is addictive, it is better to share out the calories...this is what love is all about ... LOL!!  Don't be selfish and keep all the calories to one self...share out for it is a joy to give and share during this festive season.   The true meaning of Christmas !!! 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Peach And Honey Cake With Orange Syrup - Curtis Stone

The day this book " Relaxed Cooking With Curtis Stone " arrived at my doorstep , a year ago, I started to bookmark those recipes with mouth-watering pictures and this Peach And Honey Cake With Orange Syrup  was one of those bookmarked  :) Curtis Stone is not just a talented cook and baker, he is handsome too * wink.  Okay okay, let's not talk how handsome he is, let's talk about his cake :)  alright, this is a chewy cake , super moist and so delicious that once you have made it, you would want to bake it again and again.  Curtis was not joking when he said that this cake will become a regular part of your repertoire once you have tasted it.  That was what happened...I baked this again and again for Wild Boar...he loves it and the orange syrup was the magic sauce for this cake. Beautiful sauce for the cake.  I substituted peach with plum for I can't find any at the supermarket ...only plum was available.  So be it ...PLUM and it turned out  SUPERB  ! Don't miss this..bake it and I promise you that you will not stop baking it for your family. For me , I 'll give this a 5 stars rating...seriously !  I am glad I bought 2 of his books thus far and still looking out for his new books :)  Read on for the recipe.....................................

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Casatiello - Italian Savoury Bread

I really enjoy flipping through all my bread books and virtually feasting on the mouth-watering photos in them :p  Each baker has its own method of preparing the dough and their sharings on how to make good bread in books are really wonderful.  I have two of Peter Reinhart's Artisan Bread books and I have tried out a few of his bread and I was never disappointed.  I have tried his Ciabatta and a few others which turned out great and today , I want to share with you his Casatiello , ( taken from his " The Bread Baker's Apprentice " ) which is a rich, dreamy Italian elaboration of brioche , loaded with flavor bursts from cheese and bits of meat, preferably salami ( I don't have them  at home and too lazy to run to the supermarket and moreover it is so expensive , so I used bacon bits instead )  This bread is traditionally baked in paper bags or panettone molds, but it can be baked in loaf pan. And you can think of it as a savory panettone , replacing the fruits and nuts with cured meat and cheese ! One word ...YUMMY!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Mango Pineapple Sorbet Ice Popsicle

Here comes the best Sorbet Ice  Popsicle...tangy and full of mango and pineapple fragrance....awwwww this is the best thing to snack on when you had a full dinner.....put one into the mouth and slowly suck the icy cold honey sweet mango and pineapple juice ......and what more while watching your favorite movie with the put feet up....truly heaven on earth !!!   I am crazy over fruity ice popsicle.....natural sweetness and healthy  snacking !   Weather has been gloomy lately and towards the evening it pours like nobody business....the eastern side is flooded.....but this sorbet ice popsicle truly cheers me up.  The rest of the photos are for drooling :p

Mango, Pineapple Sorbet Ice Popsicle


1 small sweet crystal pineapple -cut off skin, remove eyes and core cut into cubes
2 large ripe mango - peel  skin and remove seed and  cut into cubes
2 tablespoon honey
1/2 lemon juice and half lemon zest 
1/2 cup cold water

Blend all in a food processor . Pour into tupper and let  it semi set for 3/4 to an hour in the freezer, take out and churn again in food processor for  2-3 minutes. Then pour sorbet into popsicle tray and freeze for a day.

Have a nice day :)))

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread

I find pull bread intriguing enough...I mean how people can come out with such a great idea of a pull bread. I read many recipes on pull bread and find them appealing ...very appealing :) so I decided to give it a try and in my eagerness to try something wonderful...I overlooked something important !!!!! I used the wrong flour. I was supposed to use all purpose flour but I took out the wrong flour...I used bread flour only realised my mistake when I had difficulty stacking the layers of cinnamon and sugar dough on top of each other * rolling the eyes .... BUT thank God I managed to stack them and managed to have the pull apart effect :)