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Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Lemon Blueberry Muffins

I have been pretty busy but would still want to have something delicious to start my day. Lemon Blueberry Muffin comes to mind and it is really very easy to make! Make it the night before and enjoy it on the go the next morning! I often bring extra to school to share with my friends and they loved it. It’s such an easy recipe to make, literally, you could make this with just one large bowl. Yet, how comforting it could be in the morning, especially when you know your day will be busy.

Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Lemon Blueberry Muffins

If you ask me, muffin or cupcake, I would always go for muffins. They are simple, delicious and buttery. I never like the rich and greasy cream of a cupcake and muffin is the way to go. In the past, I tried to create cupcake recipes for my viewers as they request. But, I never really enjoy having it. To share a recipe, I feel, must come from the heart. If I share something I don’t like, why bother sharing? 

Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Lemon Blueberry Muffins

I hope you will enjoy making the recipe as much as I do. Being able to share a recipe that I really love, is my way of showing how I live my life and how I cook in the kitchen. I hope it will always inspire you all to eat well and stay happy. 🙂

Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Lemon Blueberry Muffins
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Muffin Batter
  1. (125 grams) 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, melted
  2. (185 grams) 3/4 cup of white sugar
  3. 3 eggs, beaten
  4. 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  5. 1 tsp of lemon extract
  6. (170 grams) 1 1/4 cups of plain flour
  7. 1 tbsp of corn starch
  8. 3/4 tsp of baking powder
  9. 1/4 tsp of baking soda
  10. (65 ml) 1/4 cup of yogurt
  11. (200 grams) 1 cup of blueberries
Lemon Glaze
  1. (125 grams) 1 cup of icing sugar
  2. Half Lemon Juice
  3. Zest of one Lemon
To make the muffin
  1. Preheat oven to 200C
  2. In a large bowl, mix in all the wet ingredients, melted butter, white sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, lemon extract, and yogurt.
  3. Stir in dry ingredients, plain flour, cornstarch, baking powder and baking soda.
  4. Fold in half of the blueberries into the batter.
  5. Transfer into 12 muffin pan lined with paper liners.
  6. Scatter the rest of the blueberries on to the pan evenly.
  7. Bake it in the oven for 20 to 22 minutes until golden brown and skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Let it cool completely before glazing.
To make the glaze
  1. In a bowl, mix icing sugar, zest and juice of a lemon until it turns into a thick liquid.
  2. Make sure not to add too much lemon juice else it will be too runny.
  3. Spoon the glaze over the muffins to enjoy.
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Pyrex Love & Corelle Brands – Promotion till 30 June 2018

Pyrex Love & Corelle Brands - Promotion till 30 June 2018

Pyrex Love & Corelle Brands – Promotion till 30 June 2018

From now till 30 of June 2018, get the best value of Pyrex and many Corelle Brands’ promotions!

Pyrex Love & Corelle Brands - Promotion till 30 June 2018

Pyrex Love & Corelle Brands – Promotion till 30 June 2018

Pyrex Love comes in 2-Piece Measuring Cup Set, 250ml in purple and 500ml in lovely turquoise. Now only SGD$21.90 (Up SGD$35)!

 I love them and use them daily. The quality of the glass is thick and well-made. I had one myself for years and it still lasts well, definitely bang for your buck. They are easy to use with both volume and metric measurements at the side for your reference. You can even use it in the microwave to melt your butter as the glassware is oven safe, freezer safe and microwave safe. If you are an avid baker or just love to cook often in the kitchen, make sure to seal the deal before it ends until the 30th of June 2018! 

Pyrex Love & Corelle Brands - Promotion till 30 June 2018

Pyrex Love & Corelle Brands – Promotion till 30 June 2018

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LASIK Experience with W Eye Clinic

LASIK Experience with W Eye Clinic

LASIK Experience with W Eye Clinic

It has been about 3 months since I did my LASIK surgery. I know some of you guys are very curious on my LASIK journey so I can’t wait to share with you guys how I feel about it.

Why did I go for LASIK?

Even though my shortsighted degree wasn’t very high (both sides about -1.75), I decided to still go with the procedure because I find a hassle wearing glasses and contact lens. On days whereby I need to wear contact lens, it would take me ages to put on the lens as it can get pretty irritating. The idea of rubbing my eyes when trying to put it on definitely isn’t pleasing! I also don’t like the feeling of dryness after prolonged of wearing it. Additionally, my ears would feel really sore if I wear spectacles for long hours.

Sometimes, I’m lazy to wear any spectacles or contact lenses. But, it was hard for me to see things like street’s name, bus number, or signage even though my degree wasn’t very high. It was still affecting my daily life.

Pre-LASIK Assessment

LASIK Experience with W Eye Clinic

LASIK Experience with W Eye Clinic – Pre-LASIK Assessment

I was told that a pre-assessment was needed to be made for the doctor to evaluate if I am suitable for LASIK. The Pre-LASIK Assessment was only SGD$25 at W Eye Clinic! It was really affordable to get your eyes checked. To make a booking for the assessment was fairly easy, all I did was to make a call for an appointment. The whole process was about 2 hours. Yes, it was long. But, I was glad that the clinic checked my eyes thoroughly to make sure that I’m suitable for the surgery. I told myself that if I’m not suitable it would be alright because it was only 20 bucks. No harm getting it checked, right?

Do note that the result of the assessment will be only valid for 3 months, so if you are suitable for LASIK, make sure to pre-book your surgery date within 3 months of the pre-assessment day! I was super thrilled when the doctor told me that I was suitable to do the surgery.

Dr. Nah suggested me to do Intralase LASIK and I went ahead with his recommendation.

For more info about the method, you could click here.

Surgery

The actual surgery was separated mainly into two parts:

  1. Creation of Flap
  2. Laser

Though the whole process took about 2 hours, most of the time I was just getting prepared. There were lots of cleaning and resting in between to make sure I was ready for the next step. When it comes to the actual machine doing the lasering, it took less than 1 minute per eye each time.  I was super nervous during the procedure! But, the nurse that was attending me was very caring and understanding. She slowly explained the process throughout the procedure so that I would know what to expect next and be prepared for. Honestly, I don’t feel any pain at all, even after the procedure when my anesthetic wore off. My eyes just felt a little dry and itchy. I was told repeatedly NOT to rub my eyes and use lots of eye drops to aid healing.

Benefits

I decided to go for this method because,

  1. It recovers quickly – perfect vision on the 2nd day
  2. Painless – Only felt a little drier than usual for the first 2 weeks but no pain

Post-Surgery

LASIK Experience with W Eye Clinic

LASIK Experience with W Eye Clinic – Reddish eyes can be seen on my side view

My eyes were quite red after the surgery. Dr. Nah told me that the reason for my reddy eyes was that he used a stronger suction during the first part of the surgery. A stronger suction is safer for us patient as the chances of it slipping away during the surgery is lower. This means that your eye will stay still while the machine creates the flap. Of course, the downside for me was that I had reddy eyes for the next 3 weeks. Yet, I prefer the safer option and have the reddish eyes to risking it slipping away if he used a weaker suction cup.

I woke up with a perfect vision on the 2nd day. However, I was told my Dr. Nah that the first few weeks of recovery was crucial and advised me to keep putting eye drop medication and go for review to prevent infection. I made sure to get enough rest and avoid dusty areas to promote healing during that period too.

Another factor was that I could not wash my hair and face for the first week of recovery to prevent bacteria from getting into my eyes. It was a hassle for me as I could only use wet wipes to clean my face while avoiding the eye area. I was instructed to gently clean the area of my eyes with a cotton ball that has been soaked in recently boiled water twice a day. Still, it wasn’t that bad as I was having my term breaks and just stayed at home.

A week after my surgery, my eyes felt so much better, even though I do feel dry from time to time, I find myself needing lesser eye drops than before. Still, I was advised to lubricate my eyes well for the first 3 months.

LASIK Experience with W Eye Clinic

LASIK Experience with W Eye Clinic – Picture was taken after 2 months post-surgery in Japan

Now (after 3 months), my eyes feel good as I don’t feel dry anymore. I thought I was going to be prepared to use eye drops every day for life, I find myself not needing eye drops anymore. I still strongly believe in having some eye drop vials on hand if I find myself feeling dry and tired after a long day. I’m also glad that my doctor told me that I have 6 out of 6 perfect eyesight!

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W Eye Clinic

Website: http://weyeclinic.sg/

Address: 

3 Temasek Blvd, Singapore 038983, Suntec City
#01-402
+65 6337 9119

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Nutella Muffins

Nutella Muffins

Nutella Muffins

Nutella, who doesn’t love the hazelnut-chocolate spread?

Imagine your double chocolate chip muffin comes with a pleasant surprise on the inside, especially when you heat it up. When you bite into the middle, warm and gooey flow of Nutella oozes out. Yum, this is to die for!

Nutella Muffins

Nutella Muffins

Be warned! You will be using almost the entire jar of Nutella spread when making just a dozen of muffins. Sinful…

Nutella Muffins

Nutella Muffins

This isn’t your typical muffins, I’m sure you know by now. Hurry up and get yourself the ingredients so you can make yourself a decadent treat! My family and I quickly devoured the muffins right after I finished my photo taking. It was gone in minutes! 

Nutella Muffins
Serves 12
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Ingredients
  1. 200 grams of plain flour
  2. 6 tbsp. of cocoa powder
  3. 1 tsp of baking powder
  4. 1 tsp of baking soda
  5. 125 grams of white sugar
  6. 65 grams of unsalted butter
  7. 65ml of oil
  8. 3 eggs
  9. 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  10. 100 ml of milk
  11. 24 tsp. of nutella
  12. chocolate chips for sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180C or 160C fan-forced.
  2. In a bowl, add in butter and cream on high for about 30 second.
  3. Add in sugar and cream for another 30 second.
  4. Add in vanilla extract and cream for another 30 second.
  5. Add in oil, beat on high until homogeneous, scrape down if needed.
  6. Add in egg, one at a time on high.
  7. Add in milk and mix on high until combined.
  8. Stir in plain flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda into the batter, mix on low until just combine.
  9. Transfer the about a tablespoon of batter onto your muffins pan with liners. Then, dollop Nutella spread using a teaspoon in the middle. Cover it with another tablespoon worth of cake batter.
  10. Top up with some chocolate chip.
  11. Bake it in the oven for 22 -- 25 minutes.
  12. Let it cool in the pan for at least 15 minutes transfer to a wire rack
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Tefal X Lazada Birthday Festival 2018 Surprise Box

Are you ready for Lazada Birthday Festival 2018 Surprise Boxes this coming 24th to 26th April?

 Tefal X Lazada Birthday Festival 2018 Surprise Box

Tefal X Lazada Birthday Festival 2018 Surprise Box

Just like always, I’m sure you guys have heard about Lazada’s surprise boxes if you have shopped at Lazada before. To celebrate Lazada Birthday Festival 2018, Lazada is selling these surprise boxes again @ only $29 (Items inside worth $100 and over)! If you are a beauty guru, you should look out for their exclusive premium beauty boxes going at $50! What’s more exciting is also that there are more than 600 flash deals and discount up to 90% off during this period!

 Tefal X Lazada Birthday Festival 2018 Surprise Box

Tefal X Lazada Birthday Festival 2018 Surprise Box

Today, I took Tefal Surprise Box to share with you guys what good kinds of stuff are inside the box. As usual, I won’t reveal all of the items inside! 

Tefal X Lazada Birthday Festival 2018 Surprise Box

Tefal X Lazada Birthday Festival 2018 Surprise Box

To get all of you a little excited, here’s a quick sneak peak of what inside Tefal’s Surprise Box. 

Tefal X Lazada Birthday Festival 2018 Surprise Box

Tefal X Lazada Birthday Festival 2018 Surprise Box

I will be revealing only 2 items for today! Tefal is famous for creating non-stick cookware and there got to be a non-stick frying pan in the box. I’m also intrigued to receive a portable garment steamer from the box as it would be great for traveling.

If you like to get it yourselves on hand or simply check out what’s available for the Birthday Festival 2018, click here and remember to key in “LAZPARTYNC6” to get instant 18% off for the first 100 new customers with no minimum spendings. Capped at $6, it is valid from 24 to 26 April 2018.

Tefal X Lazada Birthday Festival 2018 Surprise Box

Tefal X Lazada Birthday Festival 2018 Surprise Box

The size of the pan is great when making breakfast for yourself or for two. Cooking became so much easier when the food slides off easily from the pan. Personally, I’m a very lazy cook. I like things to be quick and fuss-free, so I often use Tefal non-stick cookware myself. As compared to other brands, they last really long!

Tefal X Lazada Birthday Festival 2018 Surprise Box

Tefal X Lazada Birthday Festival 2018 Surprise Box

Not only it is great when traveling due to the portability, I feel it’s great for everyday use too! The compact handheld steamer from Tefal is fast and efficient by quickly removing wrinkles while at the same time protecting delicate fabrics of the clothes. With its light-weight size, it is so convenient!

If you like to get it yourselves on hand or simply check out what’s available for the Birthday Festival 2018, click here and remember to key in “LAZPARTYNC6” to get instant 18% off for the first 100 new customers with no minimum spendings. Capped at $6, it is valid from 24 to 26 April 2018.

Please do camp on your computers if you want to buy these Surprise Boxes to avoid disappointment as stocks are very limited.

#LazadaSG #LazadaTurnsSix

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#OOTD – Dazzling Darling Harbor of Syndey

#OOTD - Dazzling Darling Harbor of Syndey

#OOTD – Dazzling Darling Harbor of Syndey

Darling Harbour has plenty of good restaurants to pick from and a stroll around the pier will allow you to see the vibrant cosmopolitan buzzing city of Sydney.

#OOTD - Dazzling Darling Harbor of Syndey

#OOTD – Dazzling Darling Harbor of Syndey

The area also features some of Sydney’s popular attractions like Sea Life Aquarium, Wildlife Zoo, Chinese Garden of Friendship and many more! It got to be one of your destination points when you visit Sydney.

Coat: Black Number| Shirt: Uniqlo | Innerwear: Uniqlo AIRism | Shoe: Skechers | Bag: dENiZEN

#OOTD - Dazzling Darling Harbor of Syndey

#OOTD – Dazzling Darling Harbor of Syndey

You may think that wearing a coat is impossible in Singapore. But, choosing the right material will make it tolerable and possible! Selecting a coat that isn’t very thick will help you to be more comfortable when wearing under the hot weather of Singapore.  If you want something even more cooling and casual, wear a white t-shirt instead of a shirt. 

#OOTD - Dazzling Darling Harbor of Syndey

#OOTD – Dazzling Darling Harbor of Syndey

 I also enjoy using UNIQLO’s AIRism innerwear wherever I go because it provides me cool and comfy feel to it, making my journey around our pretty island more bearable. I know it may sound a little absurd when I tell you to wear an innerwear shirt, to a t-shirt and a long coat in Singapore. But, when you choose the right material combinations, you can actually still pull it off for a more outstanding look!

 

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Invisalign Final Update – Teeth Straightening Part 3

Invisalign Final Update

Invisalign Final Update

It’s been about 2 years since I started my teeth straightening journey. The whole process of my Invisalign wasn’t actually that long, I only wore it about one and a half years. If you want to know about the first part of my journey of Invisalign, make sure to click here.

Invisalign Update

Invisalign Final Update

As compared to the past, my teeth look damn perfect, right? I am so happy with the result!

I still have to wear those plastic aligners (aka. retainers) every night to maintain it. Even if you were to do braces you would have to wear it after your treatment too! I mean it can still be a hassle, after all, you have to wash the retainers and pop it in your mouth every night, only to take it out in the morning when you wake up. But, that’s the consequence of being vain, right?

Look at the before and after photos of me. I still can’t believe how by straightening my teeth, my whole looks kinda changed for the better! 

*ALERT! BRACE YOURSELF WITH MY VERY UGLY PHOTOS THAT WILL MAKE YOU WANT TO PUKE! 

Invisalign Final Update - Before and After

Invisalign Final Update – Before and After

Invisalign Final Update - Before and After

Invisalign Final Update – Before and After

You can see that my front teeth were protruding out so badly like a butterfly. I’m very bliss that now I look so much better.

Invisalign Final Update - Before and After

Invisalign Final Update – Before and After

A lot of differences right? The whole structure looks much more rounded and straighter looking as compared to the past. I wish you would totally ignore my yellowish teeth too! 🙁

Check out this video for my final session with my doctor, Dr. Kenneth Tan.

I’m very glad that I decided to go for Invisalign. Comparing the pictures of before and after makes me realize that how the structure of someone’s teeth can transform the overall look of a person. Not only that, I was able to present the very best of myself during the whole one and the half years of my treatment as the aligners were transparent and ‘invisible’.

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District10 @ UESquare – From mama, with love

Upon nightfall, [email protected], a mere five-minute walk from Fort Canning MRT, transforms into a cozy and romantic bar. Its homemade cuisine from a beautiful Italian town, Bergamo, northeast of Milan is waiting to cure your hunger pangs.

Presenting Pezzera’s Family Favourites “From Mama, with love”…Specially curated by Chef Luca Pezzera and his mama, Bruna.

Chef Luca Pezzera demonstrated his handmade dough with zest, which laid the foundation of a fresh, sincere and wholesome dish.

Ravioli Alla Fornarina Con Tartufo Nero

Ravioli Alla Fornarina Con Tartufo Nero – District10 @ UESquare

Ravioli Alla Fornarina Con Tartufo Nero ($28)
handcrafted ravioli with ricotta, black Angus beef
and egg yolk.

Don’t be fooled by its appearance, because all the goodness is right within the massive ravioli. We pried open the mystery, the well seasoned minced black Angus beef drenched in runny egg york became the center of attention. The dish was enhanced to perfect with ricotta and truffle, a taste so unique I wouldn’t forget.

Villaggio di Bergamo Pizza

Villaggio di Bergamo Pizza – District10 @ UESquare

Villaggio di Bergamo Pizza ($26) Wagyu
Meatballs, Mozzarella, Basil and extra virgin olive
oil.

Tender wagyu meatballs seated on the crispy-crust pizza looking pretty like cherries on Blackforest cake! A great appetizer or snacks to go with your cocktails!

La mamma b speciale Chicken Bolognese Penne

La mamma b speciale Chicken Bolognese Penne – District10 @ UESquare

La mamma b speciale Chicken Bolognese Penne
($18) in spicy tomato sauce

Mama Bruna sure knows how to spice things up to the usual Bolognese pasta. Think about it, the thick and flavourful sauce with generous amount of minced chicken bursting out of the Penne on your first munch, leaving a hint of spicy aftertaste in your mouth. If you hate watery tomato pasta like I do, this will be your true love.

il Piatto della Nonna Fatta

il Piatto della Nonna Fatta – District10 @ UESquare

il Piatto della Nonna Fatta ($28) Homemade Angel
Hair pasta in light parmesan cheese sauce with
black truffle.

The Angel Hair Pasta is so smooth and fine yet luscious. The cheese sauce topped with black truffle shavings is highly recommended to those who cant resist rich and flavourful pasta.

Mare d Monti

Mare d Monti – District10 @ UESquare 

Mare d Monti ($28) – Mixed Seafood Linguine with basil oregano in tomato sauce

The fresh seafood hiding brazenly among the tangy linguine is summoning you. 

Tiramisu

Tiramisu – District10 @ UESquare

Ending on a sweet note with a generous cup of tiramisu that has the right blend of coffee, chocolate, and liqueur. 

This is a great place to chill after a hectic workday with some booze and real quality Italian food.

District10 

Address: UE Square, 81 Clemenceau Ave, 01-15/16/17, Singapore 239917

Nearest MRT: Fort Canning MRT

Website: http://www.district10.com.sg/

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Chocolate Anti-Stress Facial – J Studios

J Studios - De-Stress with Anti-Stress Chocolate Facial

J Studios – De-Stress with Anti-Stress Chocolate Facial

I got to try out J Studios Bernard Cassiere Chocolate Anti-Stress Facial recently. Using natural cocoa extracts and quality fair trade chocolate, it focuses soothing stressed and polluted skin caused by environmental damage and lifestyle habits. The treatment helps to repair and detoxify, my skin felt rejuvenating and supple afterward! 

If you don’t know about J Studios, it recently opened its flagship store in Haji Lane. Located right in the central of Singapore, the one-stop beauty solution offers a wide variety of beauty services ranging from facial, hair and body treatments, to even makeup and beauty products!

More about this facial treatment:

J Studios - De-Stress with Anti-Stress Chocolate Facial

J Studios – De-Stress with Anti-Stress Chocolate Facial

Formulated it with natural ingredients like cocoa extracts and quality fair trade chocolate, which are both rich in antioxidants to prevent damage of the skin from free radicals. This helps to repair and detoxify your tired, stressed skin while providing protection against environmental damage.

The treatment is separated into four main steps,

  1. Cocoa Beans Peeling
  2. Cocoa Butter
  3. Chocolate Fondue
  4. Cocoa Nectar
J Studios - De-Stress with Anti-Stress Chocolate Facial

J Studios – De-Stress with Anti-Stress Chocolate Facial

I’m really excited to try the treatment out as I can’t wait for my face to be lathered with chocolate!

Step 1: Cocoa Beans Peeling

J Studios - De-Stress with Anti-Stress Chocolate Facial

J Studios – De-Stress with Anti-Stress Chocolate Facial

The treatment starts by cleansing your face clean. The step also involves using granulated cocoa beans to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells, resulting in smoother skin. The beautician also follows up with a light extraction to remove any stubborn blackheads before proceeding to the next step.

Step 2: Cocoa Butter

J Studios - De-Stress with Anti-Stress Chocolate Facial

J Studios – De-Stress with Anti-Stress Chocolate Facial

Next, she massages me with warmed cocoa butter to calm and nourish my skin. It does give you a moment and take you away from the stressful urban life.

Step 3: Chocolate Fondue

J Studios - De-Stress with Anti-Stress Chocolate Facial

J Studios – De-Stress with Anti-Stress Chocolate Facial

And yes, I was lathered with dark chocolate to soothe my irritated skin, supplying me with antioxidant and accelerate cell renewal for a healthy and glowing skin.

Step 4: Cocoa Nectar

Cocoa nectar extract was promptly pat onto my skin to tone and hydrate, helping me to look energized.  The treatment finishes it off with Nutriprotective Cream to nourishes and protects my skin from the harsh environment when I leave the store. It contains shea butter and cocoa butter to help my skin to regain its natural radiance apperance.

My skin felt supple and bouncy after the treatment. I love that it does not irritate my skin during the period, suitable for all skin types. If you are looking a way to relax, often feel stressed and have a tired skin, you should totally try this out!

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J Studios

Website: https://jstudios.com.sg

Instagram: @jstudiosbeautycare

Facebook: @jstudios.com.sg

Address: 

Flagship Central Store: 31 Haji Lane, Singapore 189224
+65 91828565

West Store: 352 Jurong East Street 31 #01-131, Level 2, Singapore 600352
+65 91828565

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Strawberry Cheesecake ストロベリーチーズケーキ – Japanese-Inspired

Strawberry Cheesecake ストロベリーチーズケーキ - Japanese Inspired

Strawberry Cheesecake ストロベリーチーズケーキ – Japanese-Inspired

I was very inspired to make a strawberry recipe after my strawberry picking in Japan. Last month, I went to Fukuoka and the strawberries there were amazing! It was so sweet and juicy. I was like thinking, why not let’s make some strawberry recipe. The way I make cheesecake is a little different from others. Though I have conventional cheesecake recipes, I like to incorporate yogurt and agar agar powder into my cheesecake. Instead of heavy cream, yogurt enhances the flavor of the cream cheese, giving a little more sharpness to the cheesecake. I also like to use agar agar powder instead of gelatin as my dad’s a vegetarian. Hence, this recipe is also suitable for my vegetarian readers.

If you are interested in my strawberry picking experience in Japan, make sure to check out this short travel log!

 

Strawberry Cheesecake ストロベリーチーズケーキ - Japanese-Inspired

Strawberry Cheesecake ストロベリーチーズケーキ – Japanese-Inspired

However, it can be tricky when it comes to agar agar powder. Unlike gelatin, agar actually sets around 40 – 45°C, which is just above room temperature. It gels much quicker than gelatin. Thus, you have to be quick when using it in a cheesecake recipe! What I did was that I actually cook down the fresh fruits, while making sure all my other ingredients were at room temperature. Then I quickly incorporate it with a blender before pouring it over into the mould. 

Strawberry Cheesecake ストロベリーチーズケーキ - Japanese-Inspired

Strawberry Cheesecake ストロベリーチーズケーキ – Japanese-Inspired

Strawberry Cheesecake
Makes 6 inch round cake
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Base
  1. 80 grams of Lotus biscuit
  2. 20 grams of toasted almonds
  3. 50 grams of salted butter, softened
Cheesecake
  1. 125 ml of plain yogurt
  2. 200 grams of cream cheese, softened
  3. 65 ml of water
  4. 1.5 tsp. of agar agar powder
  5. 6 tbsp. of sugar
  6. 300 grams of strawberries
Jelly layer
  1. 3 tbsp. of sugar
  2. 65 grams of strawberries
  3. 65 ml of water
  4. ½ tsp of agar agar powder
Instructions
  1. Blitz biscuit, toasted almonds and softened butter in a food processor until it turns into a wet sandy mixture.
  2. Press evenly into a 6 inch round cake pan with a removable bottom.
  3. Put it in the fridge to set while you make your cheesecake mixture.
  4. In a saucepan, add in water, sugar and agar agar powder. Bring it to a boil and throw in strawberries.
  5. Let it simmer for 5 minutes to extract the flavor of the strawberry.
  6. Shut off the heat and drizzle in plain yogurt.
  7. Transfer the mixture into a blender, alongside with your cream cheese and blend until smooth.
  8. Sift through a sieve to remove the strawberry seeds.
  9. Quickly pour into your chilled cake mould while the mixture is still warm. Let it cool in the fridge for a few hours the mixture sets up.
  10. To make the jelly layer, in a saucepan, dissolve sugar, and agar agar powder with water. Bring it to a boil and stir in strawberries.
  11. Simmer for about 1 to 2 minutes and shut off the heat.
  12. Sieve through the mixture with a sieve to remove the fiber of the strawberries.
  13. Let it cool for a bit.
  14. Scratch the surface of the chilled cheesecake and quickly drizzle in the mixture, swirl around to evenly coat and cover the surface.
  15. Let it cool in the fridge overnight before you serve.
  16. Top it off with fresh strawberries and mint leaves.
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