- Tried & Tasted -

Monday, 21 November 2016

Rum Soaked Christmas Fruit Cake


It's the time of the year for baking and eating fruit cakes. I have been using this recipe to bake fruit cake ever since I started. I like this recipe as it uses only molasses sugar (dark unrefined sugar) and that explained why the little bricks of fruit cake that I baked are so much darker in color. 

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Olive Sourdough Boules

Yes, more sourdough bread. As I slowly (but surely) gained more confidence in making the basic sourdough bread, I tried mixing in more interesting ingredients into the dough to give variety to the daily bread that my family eats.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Hearty Whole Wheat Sourdough Boules with Poppy & Pumpkin Seeds,

'Earthy' was how a friend describe this sourdough boule. It was downright earthy because it was made with organic whole wheat flour from Bob's Red Mill. The earthiness paired well with the nutty flavors of poppy and pumpkin seeds that was added. A hearty bread indeed

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Bread Making Timetable

As my young sourdough starter matures (2 months old), I find it improves the flavour and structure of the bread I made. As I practice and get familiar with the routine of bread making, I find myself more at ease working with the dough rather than fussing over it.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Triple Chocolate S'mores Cookie Cake

'Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate with some marshmallow and cookie and then more chocolate' - that was the request from my eldest kid for her birthday cake. She loves her dark chocolate and only eats desserts that are chocolate base.
The cocoa cookie base studded with dark and white chocolate right out of the oven

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

White Country Sourdough Boules

My first homemade whole wheat sourdough starter that I used to make last week whole wheat boules was fed for another week and this was what my 'pet' rewarded me with today.

I have also made another organic raisins sourdough starter, where I will be using it to make some whole wheat boules.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Homemade Sourdough Starter with Organic Raisins

My newest 'pet', sourdough starter, is made with organic raisins. I got this pack of raisins (any organic raisins will work) for the salad and realized that I can use the rest of it to make a raisin sourdough starter. That's how a new bread experiment began.

Friday, 29 July 2016

Homemade Natural Sourdough Starter from Organic Whole Wheat

My sourdough starter using organic whole wheat flour and water
I have caught the sourdough bread bug and am in the process of cultivating and feeding my 'pet' - natural sourdough yeast made from organic whole wheat flour and water. I intend to use it to make rustic sourdough breads or what I like to call it - probiotic breads. I attempted to make my first 2 loaves with this starter last week and there was a lot of wait time as I need to let nature take it's course. But, it was really fun fiddling with the dough and making bread knowing that I have 'caught' natural wild yeast to make them

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Anything Goes Crunchy Granola

This is my second batch of granola after making this crunchy granola a few weeks ago. This time, I chose to use cashew nuts (creamier texture) and added dried mango (chewier texture) and a little candied yuzu (little nuggets of bright flavour). Belgian dark chocolate chip was also added to the mix and my breakfast turns into a dessert.  

I really like the versatility of granola recipe. With the base ingredients, namely rolled oats, honey, olive oil, salt and egg white, I can incorporate any kind of nuts, seeds, dried fruits and now chocolate chip to my liking. And they are all healthful ingredients.      

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Baked Dark Chocolate Pudding

Chocolate tart is a favorite bake in my family. We all love chocolate, especially dark chocolate tart. This bake started with my husband's request to bring in 2 tarts to share at work. Due to some careless mistakes in calculation, I was left with lots of chocolate filling and made a quick decision to pour them into ramekins and turn them into baked chocolate pudding. The leftovers turned into 7 baked chocolate pudding...can you imagine how far off I was in my calculations. -_-" A yummy mistake nevertheless.