Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Best and Fail Proof Japanese Castella Cake / Kasutera カステラ Recipe


After baking and enjoying my first bite of this cake, my eyes were beaming because I know that I have found THE best Castella Cake recipe!

And I think that it is fail proof too!!!

The Best Japanese Castella Cake / Kasutera カステラ

Monday, August 22, 2016

"Healthy" Homemade Smooth Red Bean Paste / Hong Dou Sha 红豆沙

After enjoying the benefits of homemade smooth red bean paste, I can't emphasize any further that this is a no turning back move for me. Please pardon me for saying this... Whenever I see packs of commercially made red bean paste now, I can't help doing the eeew-eeew or tsk-tsk. Geez!

I can't stop thinking about the contents of red bean paste selling in the shops like... 1) What are the fats and sweetener that are added into the paste? Are the fats high in trans or saturated fats? Are the sweetener high in fructose? 2) How much fat and sweetener are added into the paste? 3) Is there any preservatives in the paste? Considering all questions, making my own red bean paste seems to be the only way to please the always-questioning me.

Having said that, I have to admit that the healthiest form of red bean paste red bean paste made with the least amount of fat and sugar is never smooth and tasty enough for an ultimate enjoyment. Hence, I have to make my paste with this "optimised" amount of oil and sugar to satisfy my sweet-tooth boy and at least, the good thing is I know that I'm not making my red bean paste with the kind of no trans fat healthful oil that I want.

Homemade smooth red bean paste / hong dou sha 红豆沙

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Lemon Cake with Cognac - Simply Divine!!!

Lemony. Sweet. Soft. Moist. Buttery... Every mouthful of this lemon cake is so divine!

With or without cognac, I guarantee you that this is the lemon cake that will give you a zing at your first bite! And I'm pretty sure that it is not due to the addition of cognac because the alcohol content of the added cognac would have been cooked off during baking. This lemon cake is just so good because this easy and magic recipe from the book, 100 desserts to die for by Trish Deseine is working so beautifully!!!

Thanks Trish! My son and I love love love your book and this lemon cake!

moist lemon butter cake
Lemon Cake with Cognac - Simply Divine!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Melt-in-your-mouth Chocolate Chip Cookies - The Overnight Dough Method

If you can eat only one food before you die, what will you eat?

Honestly speaking, I don't know. I love my food and can't decide if I can select only one choice. However, if I can select 100 choices, it will be a different story...

Kind of like this book with 100 desserts to die for by Trish Deseine? I know. This title sounds a little morbid. I know... It sounds like a gastronomic kind of bucket list or something but I'm seeing these desserts as the must-try recipes as everything in this book looks so irresistibly good. And I'll show you more in this book after showing you how I baked these melt-in-your-mouth chocolate chip cookies!

Melt-in-my-mouth chocolate chip cookies? Absolutely! And they are so so so irresistibly good! Unlike most typical chocolate chip cookies, these CCC are not overly sweetened, light in texture with crispy rims and ultimately nice with a finishing melty taste! So yummy that I couldn't stop singing "C is for cookies and cookies is for me..." when I was nom nom nom-ing these cookies.

Melt-in-my-mouth chocolate chip cookies? How did it happen? When I saw this unique chocolate chip cookies recipe that make the cookie dough with coarse demerara sugar and require an overnight rest in the fridge, I know that these cookies are not going to be interestingly good and I'm totally right!

melt in your mouth chocolate chip cookies
Melt-in-your-mouth Chocolate Chip Cookies