- Tried & Tasted -

Monday, 9 January 2017

Cup-a-do-da-doo! Candied Orange Mini Rooster Cupcakes



This was my girl's last baking project with me before her school reopens for a new academic year. As the lunar new year fast approaches, this is the year of the rooster, she caught sight of cakes and cookies that were decorated with the rooster motif and requested to make some mini cupcakes and decorate it with simple ingredients to welcome the year of the Rooster.

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Homemade Sourdough Raisin Brioche




Christmas is 8 sleeps away! I was trying to make a Christmas bread using sourdough levain and this was how this recipe came about. But I was hesitant to go all out, as it required me to use different kinds of dried fruits and candied citrus which I am not willing to forgo if the bake did not turn out right. After all, it is my first try in making a panettone.

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Seeded Spelt Sourdough Boule


I'm incorporating an ancient grain into my bake today. Spelt, Triticum spelta, is a hardier and more nutritious grain compared to the modern wheat. 

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Homemade Hot Chocolate



Hot chocolate brings back good memories of winters spent on the snow covered Mount Hood, Oregon. Snow covered slopes filled with lots of thrill seeking skiers.

Time flew by when we played in the snow but nature never failed to remind us the cold that created the wintry scene. We would unwillingly huddle into Timberline Lodge to sip pipping hot cups of chocolate and enjoyed the wintry scene around us through the huge wooden framed windows of the lodge.

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.