Friday, April 23, 2010

Yummy Chocolate Cake


I first tried this Classic Chocolate Cake recipe in September last year. It was the first time ever I tried baking a chocolate cake. For some reason, it was a big deal to me. I felt like whatever said and done, I must know how to bake a good chocolate cake. Maybe I need a life..I dunno. Anyways...the cake turned out well. I was happy.

Then a couple of weeks later, I baked it again for my father-in-law's bday. This time, I was nervous as I not only had to bake it but I had to make it look nice as well. AND it was going to be consumed by people other than my other half and myself. Must.turn.out.well. And it did.

Last week, one of my cousin's got married and I baked it again for the post-wedding dinner which my dad hosted.  This time, it turned out and tasted and looked even better! I guess it comes with practice. No fancy deco, but to me it's still looks pretty.

So if you've never tried baking a chocolate cake before, I urge you to try this recipe out. And if you feel like you wanna add some simple deco, my suggestions are to start with some sliced strawberries.
The recipe can be found here.
Here are some additional pictures I wanna share which I didn't before in my earlier posts.


I melt the baking chocolate using my double boiler purchased from Ikea. It's super useful - if not just use a glass bowl. As long as the bottom of the bowl does not touch the simmering water.
Tip: Use good quality baking chocolate.


I always start by creaming the butter and sugar.


Pouring in the cooled melted chocolate


The batter is almost ready


The cake resting on my new wire rack


Strawberries all sliced and ready for some action


Nice.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Egg and Bacon Puffs



I've been meaning to try this recipe for some time now. Got the recipe from the back of the Borg's brand (they did not have my favourite 'Pampas' that day) Frozen Puff Pastry packaging. I just love it when I get (good) recipes on packaging. This one sure is a keeper.

What's there not to love? I mean puff pastry...enough said. The filling is made up of mashed hard-boiled eggs and pre-fried bacon bits combined with some mayonnaise and pepper. Loved it!

Makes: 8

What you need:
3 large eggs, hard-boiled
4 slices of bacon, chopped
1-2 tablespoons of mayonnaise
Black Pepper
1 egg, lightly beaten for egg wash
1 tablespoon chopped Parsley (optional)
Sesame seeds (optional)

What to do:
Filling:
Fry bacon until cooked. Mash hard-boiled eggs and add bacon, mayonnaise and pepper. I personally don't like to add too much mayonnaise. So I kept it to about 1 tablespoon.  You can even throw in the 1 tablespoon chopped parsley if using.

Note: If you have leftover filling, use it to make a sandwich or a salad - just add some chopped lettuce leaves!


Pastry:
I recently purchased a pastry cutter from one of the baking shops nearby. Saw some chef using it on some programme on the AFC channel and decided I would like to try one out.


It made beautiful rings which I was able to fill up with the egg and bacon mix.


Fold pastry over to enclose and press the edges with a fork to seal. Brush tops with egg wash. Sprinkle top with sesame seeds if you wish...I didn't.


Bake in pre-heated oven at 200C for 15 minutes until golden.

I heart Egg and Bacon Puffs.

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