BANANA CAKE is something I baked the most. Not that I love to bake it so much but it’s more like I am being requested to. Everyone around me loves banana cake. I don’t have a single best banana cake recipe because there are just so many great ones. Banana loaf with walnut pieces in it, with pecans and spiced streusel topping, or like this Dorie Greenspan recipe, a classic banana cake, no nuts, and baked in an old-fashioned bundt pan.
Last week I was occupied in preparing desserts for a church event – a play based on a true story, painstakingly produced by the youth fellowship (https://www.facebook.com/watarewelookingfor). Preparations for the desserts were no joke. Luckily I got extra hands from some of the youth fellowship members, whom help me on moulding the tart shells, cracking the eggs, sifting the flour, filling the pastry cream into the profiteroles, chopping the fruits so on and so forth. Despite lack of sleep for days and suffered from an aching back, I must admit it was really a great fun and certainly worthwhile when…
I love anything with cream cheese. Cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, muffins topped with cream cheese filling and this brownie. If you like cheesecake AND brownie, I bet you will fall for this cheesecake brownie. It is my absolute favorite!
EARL GREY is by far my favorite tea of choice. The distinctive aroma that derived from the oil of bergamot never fail to delight me each time. Apart from drinking the tea directly, I almost get excited always with any desserts made from the aromatic tea. And I will jump to any recipes that are made with earl grey.
I got myself a new little toy. The blowtorch. Like finally. Because I wanted to make crème brûlée and burn the meringue on lemon meringue tart for so long. It isn’t expensive but I didn’t think it was necessary until I strongly craved for crème brûlée recently and really wanted to try my hands on it.
I haven’t been to IKEA for a long time until recently, which was a really fruitful trip. I didn’t know that they actually have a section on baking utensils so I was really thrilled to discover it! I wonder if anyone notice that they have this really cute 12-hole muffin pan, which has rather deep and slender holes in the shape like cylinder. Matching paper liners are sold separately. The designs of the liners were limited though, in fact, I only saw one stripe design that comes in three different colors (blue, green and purple) in a box.
I recently went to the MPH book fair at the Singapore Expo, hoping to wipe out whatever cookbooks that were on sale. But I have to say, it was disappointing because I wasn’t there early enough to grab the good deals. My basket was empty after walking 3 rounds, not many cookbooks and the leftovers didn’t look worthy. But I knew myself too well, I couldn’t just walk out empty-handed. So I continued to eye and dig, lucky enough I found a rather thin, hardcover book titled “Popina Book of Baking”. What caught my attention was the quote on the cover by Elizabeth Hurley “Wholesome…
Yay! It’s Vanillyn’s full month today! I thought anniversary might not be a suitable word, so I’ll call it moniversary. And what’s a celebration without cakes right? So for this 1st moniversary, I made Red Velvet Cupcakes. I mean it’s red, and red is always an auspicious color isn’t it?
In the month of Ramadan, Muslims around the world will fast from sunrise to sunset and according to the tradition, a few dates and a small amount of water are used to break the fast, hence in line of this demand, dates are distributed in abundance.