Monday, February 27, 2017

Japanese Castella Cake / Kasutera カステラ - chewy with more eggs or egg yolks?

Remember me the crazy Castella cake baking woman and my never-ending Castella cake baking exploration at here, here, here and here? LOL!

Until today, I'm still the crazy Castella cake baking woman and my Castella cake baking is still never-ending! Then, why I have not publish my next Castella cake post for a while???

All because the fussy me have not found the next Castella cake recipe that is worth mentioning yet.

Why??? For my fifth Castella cake episode, I'm trying to answer another question...

Does the addition of more eggs or egg yolks make a better Castella cake? To answer this question, I have gone really really really CRAZY baking numerous Castella cakes!!! Siao liao ah!!! - meaning already gone crazy in Singlish-Hokkien language. LOL!

Based on all, this is the most chewy bouncy Castella cake that I have baked so far...

Japanese castella cake kasutera
Japanese Castella Cake / Kasutera カステラ - with extra egg yolks

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Ultra Soft and Moist Cocoa Chocolate Chiffon Cake

After sharing my ULTIMATE soft and moist perfect banana chiffon cake at here, many readers asked me if they can modify the recipe into pandan, chocolate, orange, vanilla or many more versions of ultra soft chiffon cakes. And my answer is Errr... NO!!!

Honestly speaking, I don't think that any of these modifications is going to be straightforward and easy! For the fact that ingredients like banana, coconut milk, chocolate, cocoa powder and orange juice are all so different, any addition or substitution of these ingredients can change the fiddly soft chiffon cakes very dramatically. So here, I seek your understanding that developing a variety of ultra soft chiffon cakes recipe needs TIME!!! Lots of time... to do many research and trial-and-error baking. So please please please do not ask if you can modify this cocoa chiffon cake into something because my answer will be NO.

Nevertheless, please be assure that I will derive more interesting ultra soft chiffon cake recipes to share in the near future. To get the latest updates, you can follow me at either my Facebook at here or here or my Instagram @zoebakeforhappykids.

Now, proudly presenting my ultra soft, moist and feathery light chocolate chiffon cake...

soft moist cocoa chocolate chiffon cake
Ultra Soft and Moist Cocoa Chocolate Cake

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Chinese Style Vinegared Cucumber Salad 糖醋蓑衣黄瓜- So tasty and refreshing!

Remember the authentic 红烧肉 (Chinese Soy Braised Pork Belly) that I have learned to cook for my son?

Sorry to say that the vege-loving me wasn't into pork belly when we were feasting at my friend, Yi's house. Instead, I was enjoying the vinegared cucumber salad made by Yi. OMG... Let me tell you. These vinegared cucumbers are so refreshing and tasty!!! They are so addictive that I had finished all of it that was served on Yi's dining table. Shame shame me.

Yi's wife, Mary saw that I love this salad so much that she even packed extra vinegared cucumber for me to bring home. What can I say? Shame shame me... LOL!

Honestly, I was also thinking about my vege-loving aunties when I was feasting on this salad. I kept telling myself... I have to learn to make the cucumbers from Yi for myself and my aunties!!!

And of course, I did.

Chinese vinegar cucumber salad
Chinese Style Vinegared Cucumber Salad

Monday, February 20, 2017

Fast and Easy Yeasted Crispy Belgian Style Waffles with NO yeasty taste

I must admit that I'm a waffle enthusiast! Are you?

My son and I love eating waffles and this is why I'm always in a constant mission to look for good waffles recipes. I have tried numerous waffles recipes and have recommended a few really good ones at here, here and here. Once again, here I would like to recommend another fabulous waffle recipe.

yeasted crispy Belgian waffles
Yeasted Crispy Belgian Style Waffles