Category Archives: Baking: Sweets
I first picked up baking last year because it always made me feel better whenever I was upset or stressed from schoolwork. Even now that I am taking a break from school, I bake whenever I am troubled or if something is bothering me. Somehow it helps me to clear my mind. Perhaps it’s enjoying what comes out from the oven and eating a tray of it that always cheers me up or just being able to create something beautiful from just really plain and boring raw materials of flour, sugar and oil.
People tell me that they prefer cooking to baking because in the latter, everything has to be precise and exact or it will all fall apart. Cooking on the other hand is more experimental and creative. I beg to differ though. I have made my fair amount of mistakes in the kitchen and somehow even if what comes out of the oven is not what I expect it to be, it isnt a total failure or waste and as long as it is still standing and in one piece, it is still edible and even presentable! I may however, in some circumstances have to change its name to a more appropriate one.
No, I am not justifying for how my Matcha Macarons turned out to be Matcha Meringue Kisses or how my Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies became Peanut Butter Muffin Pies instead. But yes, I guess what I am trying to say is that even in real life, when things dont turn out the way you expect it to, it may not be all bad. You just have to look at it from a different perspective and the glass will appear half full instead of being half empty.
National Day this year is rather special to me.
Well for one, I finally get to spend it at home with my family after being away for the last 3 years.
I used to always take National Day for granted and never thought much of it…
Just that it was a holiday
And if we were lucky, we would get an additional off-in-lieu holiday the next day.
But ever since I went to Adelaide to study,
National Day became the one day we would be the most homesick.
We would spend 9th of August at a senior’s house with potluck Singapore dishes, crowding around the TV to watch the live broadcast of the National Day Parade, get all emotional and homesick, before ending off the night k-boxing to National Day songs and almost always tearing when ‘Home’ was played.
So this year being my first time in 3 years that I finally get to spend National Day at home.
I wanted to do something special.
I wanted to make something special.
I wanted to be all patriotic and Singaporean because I couldnt be for the last 3 years.
3 ingredients and NUTELLA! How can you say no to that?
When I first saw this recipe on Butterbaking, I knew I HAD to make it!
It was so simple- only 3 ingredients, 1 bowl, 6 min baking time and…
Did I mention it was only 3 ingredients??
The original recipe made much larger size cups like the regular muffin size.
That took 12 min.
I figured that 8 min would do the trick since I downsized and made minis instead.
But if I were to do it again, I think 6 min would be perfect.
It would be more gooey and definitely more indulgent.
Like I said, it is only 3 main ingredients- NUTELLA, eggs and flour.
But add some chocolate chips over the batter before you pop them into the oven.
Because you get to bite into half melted chocolate when you eat these babies.
My mantra from now on is: If sausage fingers can make this, so can YOU! Haha! I think my fingers are a standing joke. Swelling is really an interesting concept. The textbook pictures become reality ;)
And as usual, I digress..back to the main point: ETON MESS!
Eton mess is a traditional English dessert consisting of a mixture of strawberries, pieces of meringue and cream, which is traditionally served at Eton College’s annual cricket game against the students of Winchester College. The dish has been known by this name since the 19th century. The word mess may refer to the appearance of the dish, or may be used in the sense of “a quantity of food”, particularly “a prepared dish of soft food” or “a mixture of ingredients cooked or eaten together”
For the meringue:
2 egg whites
110g caster sugar
squeeze of lemon juice
few drops vanilla
Preheat the oven to 140C. Put the egg whites into a mixer and beat until you have stiff peaks. Slowly add the caster sugar until thick and glossy. Spoon onto a lined baking sheet. Bake the meringue for about 30 minutes, then leave to cool in the oven.
Just before serving, crunch it up a bit – the middle should still be squishy and foamy – and pop back in the oven at 150C for ten minutes or until it is a bit crunchier and golden on the outside.
punnet of strawberries/packet of frozen berries for added colour
200ml double cream for whipping/ whipped cream if you’re lazy like me :)
Chop the fruit into quarters. Softly whip the double cream. Mix it all together with 2/3 of the fruit all but a few pieces of meringue, then serve and top with the remaining fruit and crumble a little bit of meringue on top.
I dont exactly have a name for these coconut cookie thingys but Tys called them coconut puffs since they were crisp on the outside but soft on the inside so I guess that works too as well :)
4 ingredients and just 15min in the oven :)
Preheat oven to 180 degrees
- 4 large egg whites
- 3 cups of sweetened shredded coconuts
- 2/3cup sugar
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Combine all ingredients into one heat proof bowl and set it over 2 inches of barely simmering water. Stir mixture, making sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl to prevent any burning. Continue heating until the mixture is hot the touch and egg whites have thickened, about 6-7 minutes. Mixture is ready when a scoop can hold its shape without a puddle of syrup forming around it.
- Scoop 2 tablespoons of the mixture and place it 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet. Bake for 13-15 minutes, or until edges of cooking and protruding parts are golden brown. Cool cookies completely before removing from paper.
Both households gave their thumbs up of approval so Im guessing it did turn out well :) Hee super easy recipe for a quick snack!