|love the chandelier in Ayoub's|
Wednesday, 20 August 2014
Sunday, 17 August 2014
Saturday, 16 August 2014
|Matcha Latte Afternoon Tea special ($5)|
Friday, 15 August 2014
Wednesday, 13 August 2014
|Spanakopita (Spinach pie)|
Wednesday, 6 August 2014
|Matcha Chiffon (GF)|
Tuesday, 5 August 2014
Tuesday, 29 July 2014
|One Blueberry Muffin. Now.|
Monday, 28 July 2014
|Christmas in July Cookie Contest!|
|Matcha Coconut Mochi. An excellent Japanese sweet to serve with tea or coffee.|
Monday, 7 July 2014
|Fresh local strawberry & vanilla ice cream tarts|
Sunday, 6 July 2014
|Matcha Madeleines (gf). Note the "hump"...a good thing|
|Madeleines are one of the most beautiful little cakes I've ever seen and positively scream of lazy days on the patio. Perfect for afternoon tea or coffee. |
Saturday, 5 July 2014
Monday, 2 June 2014
|Gluten Free Banana Chiffon Cake|
No regrets though (sorry dear readers) as real life takes precedence over virtual life!
|"Cloud 9" GF Flour Blend from Costco & Whole Psyllium Husks|
Saturday, 4 January 2014
|Chocolate quinoa layer cake with Chocolate Swiss Meringue Buttercream|
I doubled my usual cupcake recipe and baked the batter in 8 inch circular pans. Then I ended up reserving one layer for the freezer as I thought 3 layers would be enough. And it was. I had just enough SMB to frost all the sides. The layers were moist and I did not have to slice them though if you like lots of frosting I guess you could. However, at that point you would also need way more buttercream.
I thought of melted chocolate decorations as I was too lazy to pipe buttercream around the cake. I think they turned out quite well considering I had not made these before. I made big evergreen trees and plastered them on the sides of the cake. Then I topped the centre of the cake on top with a daisy and a bunch of swirls of chocolate.
For the over the top Chocolate Swiss Meringue Buttercream, I used THIS recipe and added 4 oz dark melted chocolate to the buttercream.
For the Chocolate Quinoa Layers, I used THIS recipe BUT ADDED 1/4 CUP MORE COOKED QUINOA TO EACH BATCH. It has more quinoa than the original recipe; is baked in 8 inch layers (2) and I doubled the recipe and added 5-10 minutes to the baking time. Make the recipe twice because only one batch will fit in your blender or processor anyway. You will kill your Vitamix if you try to do a double batch (and it won't fit anyway). Freeze one of the layers so that you'll have 3 layers in total from the double-batch (or make extra cupcakes with the batter after you make 3 layers).
Wednesday, 18 December 2013
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 large egg plus 1 egg white, beaten
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (or 1 vanilla bean, ground up)
2 ½ cups sifted all-purpose flour
¾ teaspoon coarse salt
½ cup fine sanding sugar
1. Put butter and granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Mix in whole egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Add flour and salt and mix until combined.
2. Halve dough; shape each half into a log. Place each log on a 12-by-16 inch sheet of parchment. Roll in parchment to 1 ½ inches in diameter, pressing a ruler along edge of parchment at each turn to narrow log. Transfer to paper towel tubes to hold shape, and freeze until firm, about 1 hour.
3. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Brush each log with egg white; roll in sanding sugar. Cut into ½-inch thick rounds. Space 1 inch apart on baking sheets lined with parchment. Bake until edges are golden, 18 to 20 minutes. (cakebrain note: ensure the cookies are golden brown and they'll taste much more flavour as well as a better crunch). Let cool on sheets on wire racks. Store in airtight containers at room temperature up to 3 days.
Nothing says Christmas more than the smell of baking sugar and butter in the oven. 'Tis the season to watch the waistline spread!
This has been a tough year for me baking-wise. There simply is no time for my fave hobby. I do miss it so. I have learned that I need to let go of the notion that I have to bake 8 different cookies and craft together a homemade selection of artisanal cookies and treats for my Christmas giveaways. Not happening, folks! Fulltime teaching, mentoring and mommying doesn't allow me to anymore!
This classic Vanilla bean butter cookie is perfectly easy. I double a batch and keep rolls in the fridge for baking off fresh and gifting. I make another double batch Gluten Free for myself and my GF buddies too. It is such a versatile recipe it was also used for my Tiffany Snowflake cookies pictured below. Give it a try and don't beat yourself up if you can't make the snowflake. It is simply gorgeous as it is packaged in cellophane bags too. Make sure the cookies are baked until golden brown or you won't truly get that lively nutty flavour from the butter. I like mine almost burnt but they don't look as festive. Lol.
Merry Christmas dear readers and Happy New Year!
XMAS GIFTING IDEA (FOR THE TECH-INCLINED)
I am so geeky I sometimes surprise myself! This batch was gifted to IT (love you guys!) and they of course know what a QR code is. You do know what a QR code is, don't you? If you don't know, don't attempt it because you're not tech-inclined and I'm not telling! lol HOHOHO!
Thursday, 31 October 2013
I baked a batch of my Chocolate Quinoa Cupcakes (GF) for my daughter's Girl Guides & Brownies Hallowe'en party. A batch of regular cupcakes makes 48 mini cupcakes. I piped on vanilla buttercream, sprinkled orange sprinkles and then free-hand drizzled melted dark chocolate from a parchment cone onto parchment paper in the form of pumpkins.
After the chocolate pumpkins dried, we placed one on each mini cupcake. I think they look pretty cute! I was surprised how well the chocolate pumpkins turned out.