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Lavender Madeleines with Panasonic Cubie Oven

Lavender Madeleines with Panasonic Cubie Oven

Lavender Madeleines with Panasonic Cubie Oven

My sister gave me a bottle of dried Lavender recently. I have never played with the flavor of Lavender so I was interested to see what I can do with it in the kitchen. To understand the flavor profile further, I made some Lavender tea with some honey to sweeten the taste. It has a pleasant aroma, almost distinctive smell of its own which, made me felt relaxed and calmed. 

Lavender Madeleines with Panasonic Cubie Oven

Lavender Madeleines with Panasonic Cubie Oven

This brings me to the next question, “how can I incorporate Lavender with baking?” Since the scent relaxes me, I think it would be great to pair with something basic in order not to complicate things. Butter cake instantly came to my mind and I decided to make the French way, Madeleines. 

Lavender Madeleines with Panasonic Cubie Oven

Lavender Madeleines with Panasonic Cubie Oven

Boy, the result was so good! When it was baking, my house filled with lovely buttery and floral aroma. It felt like I was in a field filled with fresh Lavender while having a piece of butter cake and coffee. You got to try this! What great about this recipe is that it is so easy to make. You can even make the batter up to a day in advance. So let’s say you have friends coming over for tea in the afternoon, you can make it in the morning and leave it in the fridge to bake when she’s here. You can never go wrong with freshly baked classic butter cakes. The Panasonic Cubie Oven is small and compact, yet is large enough to put two trays of madeleines into the cavity. It also preheats quickly since it is so compact, making it great if you are making for a smaller crowd.

Lavender Madeleines
Yields 12
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Ingredients
  1. 60 grams of white sugar
  2. ¼ tsp. of salt
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1 tsp. of honey
  5. 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
  6. 50 grams of plain flour
  7. 10 grams of corn starch
  8. 3/4 tsp. of baking powder
  9. 60 grams of butter, melted
  10. 1 tsp of dried lavender
  11. 1 teabag of english breakfast tea
Instructions
  1. Melt butter with dried lavender and english breakfast teabag.
  2. Let it sit in for at least 5 minutes before removing the teabag.
  3. In a bowl, whip whole eggs, salt, sugar, honey, and vanilla extract using a hand mixer until well volumized.
  4. Sift in plain flour, corn starch and baking powder and fold in using a whisk.
  5. Then, drizzle in melted butter and gently fold it in quickly.
  6. Leave it to rest in the fridge for at least an hour.
  7. Preheat oven to 200C.
  8. Grease madeleine pans well with the paste.
  9. Transfer the chilled batter into a piping bag.
  10. Pipe the batter onto the greased pan until full.
  11. Bake it in the oven for 6 to 8 minutes.
  12. Remove from pan immediately after baking. Let it cool completely.
Notes
  1. Swap out lavender with orange zest for a different flavor.
  2. Batter can be made up to a day in advanced.
TheZongHan http://thezonghan.com/
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Honey Blueberry Cheesecake with Panasonic Cubie Oven

Honey Blueberry Cheesecake - Panasonic Cubie Oven

Honey Blueberry Cheesecake – Panasonic Cubie Oven

I recently learned about steam and bake cooking method and was amazed by the result. It’s like how some recipe requires you to bake a cake in a waterbath. With the Panasonic Cubie Oven, you could do it more efficiently without the hassle and risk of burning yourself! There’s a Combi-Steam and Convection Bake setting for you to use and I would certainly say it yield you great results. Cakes baked using this setting will give you a moist and soft interior while chickens are well roasted to golden brown on the outside and still remain moist and juicy on the inside.

Honey Blueberry Cheesecake - Panasonic Cubie Oven

Honey Blueberry Cheesecake – Panasonic Cubie Oven

I wondered and told myself, “Why not we put this oven to a test by making a cheesecake?”. A good Cheesecake recipe is important but the efficiency of an oven is even more important! If the temperature is inaccurate and there are lots of hot and cold spots, it will lead to a cracked cheesecake. Sometimes, the temperature inside so differs from what it stated on the dial that it will result in a very dry and crusty cheesecake. Nasty!

Honey Blueberry Cheesecake - Panasonic Cubie Oven

Honey Blueberry Cheesecake – Panasonic Cubie Oven

Honey Blueberry Cheesecake – Panasonic Cubie Oven

I’m surprised that they have a preset menu for a fuss-free cooking experience as you don’t have to actually frustrated which mode or temperature to set. For cheesecake, the instruction menu told me to set the oven to number 10 in the auto menu mode. As you guys know, I would often advise you to preheat your oven before you start your recipe, right? Yet, I was flabbergasted that the oven actually preheats really quickly! I was just blitzing the biscuits for the base and it’s already preheated to the desired level. Though it is small and compact, the oven is large enough to roast a chicken for the family. You could even steam two large fishes on two separate trays at one go!

Honey Blueberry Cheesecake - Panasonic Cubie Oven

Honey Blueberry Cheesecake – Panasonic Cubie Oven

Honey Blueberry Cheesecake - Panasonic Cubie Oven

Honey Blueberry Cheesecake – Panasonic Cubie Oven

Once I mixed all my ingredients, off it goes into the oven! The oven automatically set the desired temperature and duration. As the mode uses steam and bakes function, it will automatically burst shots of steam into the cavity to ensure my cheesecake stays soft and moist. No waterbath, no fuss!

Honey Blueberry Cheesecake - Panasonic Cubie Oven

Honey Blueberry Cheesecake – Panasonic Cubie Oven

My Honey Blueberry Cheesecake recipe is easy to make and is special as compared to conventional recipes. The base uses toasted almonds and digestive biscuits to yield you a nutty fragrant aroma. While sugar is replaced with honey to give you a lovely deepen flavor. Lemon zest is also added to pair all the ingredients together and the result is stunningly lovely.

Look at it, doesn’t it looks lovely? The sides ain’t crusty and the inside remains soft and creamy. I like my cheesecake cold so I would suggest you to serve chilled!

 

Honey Blueberry Cheesecake
one 6-inch round cake
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Ingredients
  1. 70 grams of digestive biscuit
  2. 30 grams of toasted almond
  3. 40 grams of butter ,soften
  4. 200 grams of cream cheese, soften
  5. 45 grams of fine sugar
  6. 100 grams of plain yogurt
  7. 1 egg
  8. 1 tbsp cornstarch
  9. Zest of one lemon
  10. 125 grams of blueberries
  11. 3 tbsp. of honey
  12. 1 tbsp. of water
  13. Fresh blueberries, mint leaves to decorate
  14. Fruit glaze
Instructions
  1. Preheat the Panasonic Cubie Oven to number 10 using the auto menu.
  2. Blitz toasted almonds, digestive biscuits and soften butter in a food processor until fine crumbs.
  3. Press into a 6-inch round cake pan lined with parchment paper.
  4. Put it into the fridge while you make your cheesecake
  5. Beat honey and soften cream cheese until combined. Do not over whip.
  6. Crack in one egg.
  7. Drizzle in plain yogurt.
  8. Stir in cornstarch and the zest of one lemon.
  9. Transfer into your cake pan and put it into the oven.
  10. Bake at a preset timing.
  11. Let it cool with the door half open when the timer runs off.
  12. Put it in the fridge to chill while you make your blueberry compote.
  13. Cook blueberries, honey, and water until low heat in a pan until it thickens.
  14. Let it cool and spread onto the cheesecake.
  15. Decorate the cheesecake wit extra fresh blueberries, and mint leaves. You could glaze the fruit to make it shiny if you like.
  16. Serve chilled
TheZongHan http://thezonghan.com/
Honey Blueberry Cheesecake - Panasonic Cubie Oven

Honey Blueberry Cheesecake – Panasonic Cubie Oven

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