Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Fruit Pastry Cake - baked with less sugar and still delicious! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

Are you the person who want to bake fruit tarts but afraid of handling pastry?

Do you know that there is an easy way of baking an impressive fruit-loaded pastry without going through the pain of handling and rolling melting pastry?

Years ago, there was this fruit pastry cake baking craze in the Asian-blogsphere. It is an easy and sturdy sour cream or yogurt cake recipe (one of the recipes can be found at here) that can support a massive amount of baked fruits on top of it. It's a nice recipe but I find that cake pastry base tastes more like a giant muffin-like cake base rather than a pastry.

For me, I want my pastry cake to be thinner, more pastry-like and can hold the same massive amount of fruits!

Plus, I don't want my pastry cake to be sugar-loaded. Instead of adding the usual 150-180g sugar into the pastry cake base, I have added 75g sugar which less than than half of this original amount.

Furthermore, I like to strongly emphasise that I prefer to use fresh or frozen fruits, not canned fruits because they can contain additional sugar hidden in the preserving syrup. And it is really not necessary to consume these excess sugar!

Ahem! So you see... My fruit pastry cake is made with a pastry-like buttery base that is also baked with the same generous amount of fruits. It is not sugar-loaded and still tastes really good! Sorry if I sound like a brag... but I have to say my pastry-like fruit pastry cake recipe is way better than others! Or simply the best!!!

This is my Fruit Pastry Cake.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Thick Soft Chewy Very-Chocolaty Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

It's late mid-November now. And I can't believe that Christmas is arriving soon. I love Christmas baking and enjoy planning my Christmas baking.

As usual, I will bake lotsa cookies. And in the midst of baking, I will explore many recipes and will share the good recipes that I found.

I can't say that I'm a cookie expert but I can say that I know my truly tried-and-tested cookies.

So far, our most favourite dark chocolate chocolate chip cookies recipe has to be the Like Subway Dark Chocolate White Chocolate Chips Cookies at here.

And I still asking myself... Is there a better recipe?

What is considered a better recipe? Stronger tasting chocolate cookies? Chewier or softer chocolate cookies? Less sugar chocolate cookies?

I remember... Years ago, I baked a batch of 32 dark chocolate chip cookies cookies with 2 tbsp (20g) cocoa powder at here and my son's friends at the childcare were loving them! Looking at the recipe closely, I realised that each of these cookies is made with 0.6g cocoa powder only! Don't you think that these cookies are not chocolaty enough? Why do the children love these not-so-chocolaty cookies? Hmmm... Is it true that what is better for me is not exactly better for others?

As usual, the inquisitive me love Googling for recipes and hoping to find a better dark chocolate chocolate chip cookies recipes? No doubt that I found heaps! Some well-reviewed-and-rated recipes contain less butter and sugar at here, here and here but I reckon that the adjustment of sugar and butter will reduce the amount of dough made, resulting each cookie to contain the same amount of butter and sugar eventually!

Hence, I would like to focus to bake a MORE CHOCOLATY dark chocolate chocolate chip cookie that is equally chewy and nice like our favourite Like Subway Dark Chocolate White Chocolate Chips Cookies at here!

So I went testing testing and baked these...

thick soft chewy dark chocolate chocolate chip cookies
YUMMY Thick Soft Chewy Very-Chocolaty Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Windsor Bread (温莎面包) - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

Have you been reading Asian baking blogs and trying out new Asian bread recipes? If your answer is yes... have you tried this fabulous Windsor bread recipe?

These Windsor breads are not just super soft! They are ultimately soft!!! So soft that their golden brown crust are super soft too! Yum!!!

Windsor super soft bread
Windsor Bread (温莎面包)

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

My Perfect Cinnamon Crumble Apple Pie - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Unlike the majority of the world, the down-under Australia is having Spring now... with strawberries, blueberries, lemons and flowers that are in season... but why am I baking an apple pie? Why are we savouring an autumn delicacy during Spring?

Hmmm... I baked this because my son was craving for an apple pie and he asked me to bake one with less sugar for him! LOL! See! These are the things that I do for my little man.

Fortunately, Granny Smith apples are abundant throughout the year and also usually inexpensive in all seasons.

Nevertheless, I really enjoyed baking this apple pie because from this bake, I have found a perfect Cinnamon Crumble Apple Pie recipe!

perfect best fuss free easy cinnamon crumble apple pie
Happy that I have found...
My Perfect Cinnamon Crumble Apple Pie