Monday, February 20, 2012

Kumquat Almond Tea Cakes

I am sure many of you would have seen these Kumquat Almond Tea Cakes  on Wendy's blog - Table For 2.... Or More :)  I was inspired to bake them after reading her post on this kumquat fruit and how she made her own kumquat compote , pureed them and used them for this tea cakes.  I cannot imagine how it would taste like so I just had to bake them to satisfy my curiosity and with some luck, I found fresh stocks of  fresh kumquat in Jusco a week ago.  I hugged the two tubs of fresh kumquat like precious gold and smiling all the time ( if I knew, I would love it , I would have taken the whole lot back home with me and make them into kumquat jam )and WB asked me why was I smiling like I hit the jackpot - told him that these fruits are seasonal and I don't have to wait till next year to try out this delicious tea cakes ! 

I really have to thank Wendy for sharing the recipe with us on her blog.  I baked a bigger load and shared the tea cakes with my dear friends, Kitty and Ronnie and Claire my dear buddy and not to forget my dearest Piggy Cuz.  Guess what ! they all loved it !!! And Kitty can't wait to bake them herself :)  hopefully she can still finds them in Jusco.  They are easy to make and I can easily eat 3-4 at one sitting.   It is aromatic and it tastes awesome!  Rest assured, if I see them in Jusco, I will buy more and make them into compote so that I can have this tea cakes for high tea for the next few months :) lovely fragrance...mmmmmm just thinking of it makes me hungry and wish I could have them again.  I have one third left in the bottle which I am keeping it for something else.  I hope to make biscuits /cookies/scones with the leftover kumquat compote.

you would think that it entails a lot of work but
you will be surprised that it took less than half  hour
 to make them into kumquat compote :) 
I used rock sugar too - the white type

450 grams of fresh kumquats with seeds removed
can filled almost a horlicks bottle 

spread the kumquat puree on toasted bread
and I tell you , you will not want other jam
except your own homemade kumquat jam :)

ready for the oven....I love how the kumquat compote 
sits on the batter and I was keeping my fingers crossed
all the time , praying that the kumquats will stay on top
after baking in the oven....some do sank to the bottom
but most of them stayed arrogantly on top

my bento animal picks ....:)
they too want to savor the cake !
luckily they are plastic and not real
or there would not be any left for me LOL!

To Kitty, Ronnie, Claire and Piggy Cuz
thank you for being my taster :)

Kumquat Almond Tea Cakes - ( taken from Wendy's Table For 2...Or More )

35gm all purpose flour
50gm ground almond
½ tsp baking powder

60gm butter
50gm caster sugar (reduced to 2/3 of original ratio)
2 eggs (grade B)
60gm kumquat puree (recipe below)

18 pcs poached kumquat halves (recipe below)

1. Prepare 18 2 inch tart tins or 12 3 inch tins. Grease the tins with butter. Preheat oven at 150(fan)/170C
2. Sift flour and baking powder. Mix with ground almond, set aside.
3. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. 
4. Beat in eggs one by one, beating well after each addition.
5. Put in (2) in 2 additions, mixing well after each.
6. Mix in kumquat puree.
7. Divide batter equally into prepared tins and top with a kumquat half
8. Bake for 12 mins (2 inch) or longer for larger tins.

Kumquat compote

20 kumquats

Weigh kumquats and prepare equal amount of water (in weight) and half amount of sugar 
(ratio: 2:2:1, kumquat:water:sugar, eg : 200gm:200gm:100gm)

Half kumquats and remove seeds. Put cleaned kumquats, sugar and water into a saucepan and cook (on med heat)until the kumquat looks glossy and soft. Remove 18 pcs of halves and puree the rest with some of the syrup. Unused puree can be eaten like jam.

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  1. Oh my....You're so lucky,I can't find any kumquat here aldy...haiz....maybe have to wait my kumquat lime ripe....

  2. Ooh... This must be very delicious and I'm drooling now. I don't think I can find kamquat here as the CNY already over. Will definitely try it next year.
    and Elin, I also used the same picks for my post today ;D

  3. Oh I can smell them, I bet delightful

  4. although i never made them, i was able to taste these delicious teacakes..wendy brought them to the potluck...lucky hor?

  5. Elin,
    I have made the Kumquat jam and compote after I have seen Wendy's blog, the jam taste so good, I'm surprised that i have seen fresh supply of kumquat again in JJ though CNY is over, must stock up.

  6. Yummylittlecooks....there are fresh stocks now in JJ, lucky to have a pot of it in your house :) you must try it. It is marvellous :) something different and the so fragrant :)

    Jennifurla...:) yea it is yummy good, smell and taste :)) lucky girl...but I am luckier wor..get to make them and eat them :p hey there are stocks in JJ

    Sem...yea, I can't believe my luck finding them after the CNY but regretted did not buy going again to stock up more LOL! keep some for me, don't you dare buy all !!! :p

  7. Looks as good as Wendy's:D I need to go search for kumquat again to try this recipe!

  8. Jeannie....:) Wendy is the sifu , hers is better. Lucky mine turned out nice or else she will hammer me with her rolling pin !!! LOL! actually it is easy to make so anyone could make these delicious tea cake and her instructions are quite clear :)) I want to stock up too for further bakes. I will be hunting for more too :)

  9. Wendy brought this to my house and it was tasted good. But some how my kids don't really apprecite this cake, so i have no chance to try out myself.

  10. Thank you for making me your very lucky taster. It tasted heavenly and I walloped 3 in one go. They are really yummy and you are such a talented cook ! Keep up with the good work dear !and thank you again sweetie . Kitty

  11. Kitty...I am so glad that you really love the tea cakes and I hope you will be able to make them yourself so that you will understand how much pleasure comes out of baking them , not just walloping them LOL! And I am also learning how to bake and cook so not really a good cook but definitely a passionate one ! :)))

    If you have any problem understanding how to make them, just call me ya and I will guide you thru :p after which dinner on you :p Happy Baking to you...I am sure Ron will appreciate what you baked. He praised you for the herbs bread you bake for how true that is.....the way to a man's heart is through the stomach !!!!

  12. The flavour of kumquat is addictive right?
    I haven't step foot into Jusco for almost a month already ah!!!!! So geram.
    I wish , really wish they still have kumquats the next time I go.

  13. oh yes, dun worry, I won't hammer ur head. I will only kill you, LOL.

    The 3rd time I baked this (for the potluck) I ran low on kumquat halves, so I halved the halves (became quarters). They all sank la. So you see.. even the "sifu" has her bad times, hahaha.
    *thick skin*

  14. Wendy...there were some fresh stock - about 15 boxes yesterday at Jusco and I took 4 tubs for myself and Kitty took 2 tubs so there are still 10 over tubs but the kumquats are small in sizes :( Yea...they are addictive..I am going to turn them into compote and slowly enjoy it for the next two months...hopefully can keep that long :)

    Elin is lovable , so dont't kill her la :p

  15. What beautiful tea cakes...the dollop of kumquat compote is a yummy touch!

  16. Wow, these look beautiful! Kumquats are such a great fruit, I bet they lend a great sweet and sour mixture to the cakes.

  17. These cakes are adorable! I've always wanted to try kumquats but in all honesty I had no idea what to do with them! The tea cakes & the compote both sound so good I think I might buy extra to try both! Yum!

  18. Yummy Bakes....thanks :) they taste good too :)

    Lizzy....yea the magic is in the kumquat compote :))

    Kiri....yes, the aroma is beyond imagination and it is so addictive :))

    Lacy....You must try this tea cakes when you get hold of these fresh kumquats. You will not regret it ! :)

  19. Beautiful tea cake,looks so soft n nice presentation too...

  20. omg! What a pretty blog u h here! :)
    Thks for addin me on FB :D
    I luv desserts & I trust u will inspire me to bake very soon!