Aug 15, 2014

♥ Traffic Light Brownies ♥

Recently, I have received an order to prepare some treats for a baby boy party, with the theme of Lightning McQueen. McQueen is one of the characters in the Disney cartoon "Car". In this case, we decided to make some traffic light brownies to fit the theme, alongside with some cupcakes and roadsign lollies.

For clean cut brownies, you'll need a sharp knife, paper towel and a tall cup of hot water. For every cut, dip the knife in hot water and wipe off using paper towel. This ensures perfect clean cut without a mess to your fudge / cakelike brownies.

This post is part of the monthly link up party Our Growing Edge. This event aims to connect food bloggers and inspire us to try new things. This month is hosted by Lindsey at Sneaks & Sweets.

Make 30 bars
You'll need:
1 favourite brownie recipe / box of brownie mix
Red, yellow and green m&m's chocolate
Semi-sweet chocolate chips

How to make traffic light brownie bars:
  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Spray a 9 x 13'' baking pan with non-stick cooking spray and line it with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Prepare brownie as package direction. Pour into prepared baking pan and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into centre comes out clean. Let cool completely.
  3. Slice brownie into 3x7cm bars. Pick out the red, yellow and green m&m's chocolate.
  4. Melt chocolate chips in microwave for 30 seconds. Dip each m&m's into melted chocolate and place on brownie bars to assemble traffic light. Repeat with remaining brownies.
With all my love <3

Aug 8, 2014

I Am Featuring With ...

Huge Announcement:

Two of my Biscoff recipes are now featuring Buzzfeed and Huffington Post respectively! 

Thanks a lot to both the host :)

With all my love <3

Aug 7, 2014

♥ Mini Pavlova ♥

There are some leftover egg whites in my fridge after making my earl grey creme brulee. So this is the best time to make some mini pavlovas for a summer treat with some seasonal fresh fruits.

Whipping a meringue is not difficult but certainly not for a beginner to try out. Aged egg whites are crucial as they have more relaxed protein to trap more air and beat into volume. It is also a must to add some cream of tartar and vinegar just to balance out the pH as aged egg whites release carbon dioxide.

*The outcomes will turn a pale cream colour, if you want perfect white pavlovas, leave the vanilla out.

This post is part of the monthly link up party Our Growing Edge. This event aims to connect food bloggers and inspire us to try new things. This month is hosted by Lindsey at Sneaks & Sweets.

Make 4-5 individual pavlovas
You'll need:
3 aged egg whites
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
1/8 tsp salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp cornstarch
*1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp white vinegar

Serving suggestions:
Fresh kiwis
Blackcurrant jam
Vanilla greek yogurt

How to make individual mini pavlovas:
  1. Preheat oven to 110C. Draw 4 circles on parchment paper and turn over on the reverse side, place it on baking sheet.
  2. In a clean, grease-free bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks. Add salt and cream of tartar. Slowly adding sugar, a tablespoon at a time and continue to beat until stiff and shiny.
  3. Add cornstarch, vanilla and vinegar. Gently fold them into the meringue using a spatula. 
  4. Spread the meringue inside the circles on the parchment paper and smooth the edges. Make a little well in each center.
  5. Bake for 1 hour or until they are dried out. Turn the oven off, leaving oven door slightly ajar and let them sit to cool completely for 2-3 hours. 
  6. Store them in an airtight container in a cool dry place for a few days.
  7. To serve, dollop vanilla greek yogurt, drizzle blackcurrant jam and top off some chopped kiwi.
With all my love <3

Aug 6, 2014

♥ Earl Grey Crème Brûlée ♥

Crème Brûlée, a egg custard pudding with a burnt topping, which is a layer of caramelized sugar. It is always a hit to end an authentic French dinner at bistros or restaurants. They are pretty simple to make with just several egg yolks and cream, or sometimes milk, like mine did. I have also infused Earl Grey tea to the custard which brings not only vanilla, but also a mild aroma of this England tea.

Straining the egg mixture is crucial. But it is still fine to leave some tea leaves in the custard. You may want to use vanilla beans as well for a better vanilla flavor.

This post is part of the monthly link up party Our Growing Edge. This event aims to connect food bloggers and inspire us to try new things. This month is hosted by Lindsey at Sneaks & Sweets.

Make 4 servings
You'll need:
1 cup double cream
1/2 cup whole milk
1 Earl grey tea bag
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 egg yolks
2 tbsp + 2 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp salt
3 tbsp granulated sugar, for topping

How to make Earl grey creme brulee:
  1. Preheat oven to 150C. Prepare hot water.
  2. In a saucepan, combine double cream, milk and drop in the tea bag. Bring to simmer.
  3. In a mixing bowl, whisk egg yolks, sugar and salt.
  4. Fish out the tea bag from the milk mixture and slowly pour the mixture, whisking constantly, into the egg mixture to temper it. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve.
  5. Divide the mixture among ramekins and place them in a roasting pan. Pour enough hot water slowly into the pan until it reaches half way up the ramekins.
    (Avoid splashing into the custards)
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until custards are set and jiggle slightly. Allow to cool completely. Cover and refrigerate.
  7. When serve, remove custards from the fridge. Sprinkle 1 tbsp of the granulated sugar evenly on top of each custard. Using a hand held kitchen torch, caramelize the sugar until golden brown and bubbly. Let sit a few minutes for the sugar to harden. 
With all my love <3