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Pasta Day

All along, I am more interested in baking but not so much in cooking but I like to eat all kinds of food. I loved pasta and my husband recently acquire the taste to eating pasta especially aglio aglio and those on creamy sauce but not so much on tomato base, he encouraged me to learn.

Last thursday, went to Sia Huat at Mosque Street to purchase a pasta machine, luckily, there's still left one for me. Can't wait to try out...

Yesterday, went to attend a demo pasta workshop at Garibaldi Restaurant at Purvis Street. They demo 4 types of pasta and a coffee biscuits. Although, I did not taste the food but the food demostrated is exact look from the restaurant.

I choose this recipe to do because of chocolate, normally we use chocolate powder for baking but on pasta??? Alot of doubts, right, I was speaking to my friend about this, she said "nice meh!". I was very curious about this too, especially the combination. Have to try.

After tasting the chocolate pasta with cream sauce, actually it's was quite nice and you can even taste the chocolate after eating the pasta, I loved it. Will do again for my nieces.

Since, I have the mood to doing pasta, I tried to do like "mee pok", it's was not easy because of today's weather, very humid, have to use alot of flour to dust the dough or not it will stick.. Hai!! chocolate pasta is so much easier and drier.

I cook meat ragout for the pasta and I quite satisfied in what I did today.

Did It Again

Today, I tried baking again, this time green tea madeleines. The recipe is from youtube, I had problem with the green tea powder which requires cream to mix it but the specified amount of cream required is not enough to make the green tea powder smooth. I use part of it, I and hubby tasted and

Found the green tea is overpowering, next time, I think I use just 5 gm instead of 20 gm.

The rest of ingredients is okay and this time round it requires beating the batter over hot water and there's no need to leave the dough overnight.

I am quite happy enough, to see the dome and the crack as what others did.


Green Tea Paste
20 gm Green Tea Powder
30 gm Heavy Cream

Madeleines Batter
120 gm Eggs (2 large eggs)
100 gm Sugar
30 gm Honey
120 gm Flour
30 gm Almond Powder
1 tsp Baking Powder
120 gm Butter (melted)

Mix the green tea powder and heavy cream in a small bowl
Add the heavy cream little by little.
Beat the eggs together with the sugar and honey in a large metal bowl.
Place the bowl on a double boiler and keep beating until the sugar fully dissolved.
Remove from the heat when the mixture reaches about 39 degrees.
Add the sifted flour, baking powder and almond powder to the egg mixture.
Mux the dry ingredients into the batter (use whisk)
Than add in green tea paste.
Add in the warm melted butter - all at once.
Mix gently until you have a smooth batter.
Grease the madeleine pan with butter, powder with flour, invert the pan on a baking paper to remove the flour.
Fill the molds with batter, 80% full.
Bake for 10 mins in your pre-heated over at 226 degrees. (i use 200)

Wanted To Do This....

I have been wanted to do madelines for quite some time, I just like the look of it. That day, I help my friend to buy silpat mats and I myself went to buy a flexipan medeline mat just to support my urge of making this and this mat is not cheap. Glad that I did that, seeing my husband enjoy the cooked madelines one by one.

I did follow this blogger's exact recipe and I just put the finish beaten dough in the fridge for just an hour, I do not have a dome and crack like hers, maybe next time, I put in longer and see whether is there a difference in results.

A friend has given me 2 blocks of butter from Italy and each weight 500g and the shelf life is very short. expire in March and am was thinking of what to do. Recking my mind, butter cakes or anything cakes to do with butter, think will do another few batch of this, I myself quite like the taste,

2 eggs
60g castor sugar
20ml maple syrup (can be replaced by honey)
80g cake flour }
3g baking powder}
20g ground almond
100g unsalted butter (melted)
½ tsp lemon zest

1) Beat eggs and sugar till sugar dissolved (need not beat till fluffy).
2) Add maple syrup, mix well and add lemon zest.
3) Sieve in flour mixture and ground almond, mix till just incorporated.
4) Add in melted butter gradually and mix well. Cover with cling wrap and refrigerate for overnight or at least one hour.
5) Grease and flour Madeleine mould, fill with batter till 80% full.
6) Bake in preheated oven at 170C for about 12-15 mins, upper rack


A friend prompt me about fruit tartlets, never did before, had a recipe, tried to do it. In the meanwhile, I am testing my new food processor to knead the dough, had a hard time with the food processor, went to shift the bowl clockwise to lock the mechanism, doesn't work, ask hubby to analyse for me... BoY! had to move and lock the bowl anti-clockwise, must remember.

I am quite satisfied with the result, no doubt the grapes is sour...

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