Kuih Bahulu is a chinese sponge cake and is commonly eaten during Chinese New Year. It is hard and crispy on the outside but soft fluffy on the inside due to the amount of sugar content of these cakes.
It’s one of my childhood’s favorite and they are ridiculously addictive. Today to show you how to make this recipe, I borrowed two traditional tins from one of my friend’s mum as I used to use mini-muffin pans to make these lovely cakes. The most popular traditional tins are these beautiful flower-shaped tins.
Chinese New Year is once again around the corner and this time I tried making opened-shape Pineapple Tarts. It wasn’t a good experience, people who knows how to make Pineapple Tarts knows that it is a tedious work.
There are many types of Pineapple Tarts in Singapore and the 2 most popular types are the opened flower-shape Pineapple Tarts (which is this recipe) and the enclosed pineapple balls. I am more of a ball person but this year I came to love opened Pineapple Tarts. It took me lots of tried and errors to get this recipes right.
I will share some tips and tricks so that you will get a crumbly buttery crust that everyone loves.
It is a must to add salt into the crust’s dough. Salt will enhance the butter flavor and will give you a fragrant and buttery crust. Omission of salt will give you a dull and blend crust. For Pineapple Tarts, you are looking for a salty crust, not a sweet one.
You must not overwork the dough. Overworking or adding too much flour are the keys to tough and floury crust, you won’t want that. As I said, you want a crumbly buttery salty crust and flour is your enemy. But less flour means, harder to handle the dough. So I would recommend to chill your dough and doing this in batches of 4, leave your dough in the fridge while you roll out a portion of the dough. Another thing to take note, if possible roll out your dough between 2 parchment papers to avoid adding additional flour.
Though it may be tiring to make your own Pineapple Tarts, it’s really easy to make your own. I have been making Pineapple Tarts myself for the past 3 years.
Valentine’s Day is once again around the corner! Although I’m still single but I am going to show you how to impress your date on Valentine’s Day. These Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes require no skills and are easy to put to together yet they are so impressive and elegant. I mean who doesn’t love Molten Chocolate Lava Cake? Almost every fancy restaurants do sell lava cake and they are always a hit.
Look at it, ain’t it looks amazing? I have came up with this easy recipe. I learnt from one of my favourite YouTube chef, Beth that is to use semi-sweet chocolate instead of bittersweet chocolate. With semi-sweet chocolate, I can omit one step which is to add sugar and not only that, semi-sweet chocolates are usually cheaper than their bitter counterpart.
I love one-step method hence this recipe was also tweaked to adapt this method. All you have to do is to add everything in a bowl (after you melt your butter and chocolate) and mix on medium speed for a few seconds to combine and volia! It’s ready to the oven!
From my recent trip to Japan, Osaka I came to love the flavor, matcha (green tea). It’s so fascinating that matcha flavored foods can range from KitKat to Ice cream. This recipe is inspired from this trip and recently I came across Nigella Lawson’s One Step No-Churn No-Machine Ice Cream and instantly fell in love with her fuss-free easy ice cream recipe. A lot of my viewers asked me if I could show them how to make ice cream without an ice cream maker. No doubt that to have an ice cream maker will sure to get you creamy ice cream but this no-machine ice cream recipe is just as good if not creamier.
Please do note that the quality of your matcha powder will greatly affect the taste of this ice cream. Do get a good brand! In Singapore, I highly recommend ‘Ujinotsuyu Matcha Powder’. You could get it from any Japanese supermarket. Another to note is that please do not get ‘Red Man Bakeable Green Tea Powder’, I have tried it before and it was a total disaster. Good matcha powder = good matcha ice cream.
Lastly, as long as you are whipping heavy cream up, you have to make sure that your cream/ingredients is cold cold cold. For this recipe, I have refrigerate both my heavy cream and condensed milk. If not, you will not able to whip it up.