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My mom n hubby hand in hand complain that I don't do the things they like to eat, especially nine layer kueh.

Decide  to do today, recipe called for 9 inch but my steamer only accomodate 8 inch tin, decide to go ahead, planning to have some wastage, luckily no wastage but the layers are high.

Did not regret doing, it's a wonderful recipe.  

Extract from With love, from the LITTLE NYONYA by Baba Philip Chia

600g fine sugar
1 litre coconut milk
1 litre Water
1 tsp fine sea-salt
Few pieces of pandan leave
350g rice flour
350g tapioca flour

Mix sugar, coconut milk, water, salt, pandan leaves and bring to boil at low heat till sugar dissolved. Discard pandan leaves, turn off flame and allow to cool slightly

In a large mixing bowl, mix the rice flour and tapioca flour. Then add the covonut milk mixture, whisk slightly till well blended.

Divide batter into 9 portions (I divide into 3). Ready to steam layer by layer, by adding in desired colour into each layer such as white, green, yellow, pink, blue and the final top layer is red.

Note: can be steamed in a11" x 11" cake tin (abt 45 pcs)


A gift

Sharon has given me a packet of bitter 60 percent chocolate chips quite some time ago, decided to do chocolate chip chiffon from a recipe book bought from Taiwan.

Feedback from collegues, it nice, for me, I like it.. Thanks Sharon for your chocolate chips..:)

7 egg yolks
90 gm of oil
100 gm fresh milk
12o gm cake flour
Vanilla paste

7 egg white
90 gm sugar
A bit of cream of tartar

70 gm chocolate chips

Lightly beat egg yolkswith sone vanilla paste. Add in milk and oil and mix well. Add in sieved flour and mix till batter is smooth, leave aside.

Whisk egg whites till frothy, add in 1/3 og sugar and continue to whisk and continue to add sugar in 2 more additions,. Whisk till it's soft peak.

Scoop 1/3 of egg white into egg yolk batter and mix well. The rest of 2/3 egg white batter, fold in till 80 per cent, add in chocolate chips and continue folding.

Bake in a 21cm chiffon tin and bake at 170 deg for about 40 mins.

Missing pandan ..

I have been searching for pandan kaya cake, do not have most of the ingredients, settle for butter cake.

Search internet and decide to use Yochana's recipe and the recipe called for ovalette, I did not use and I use seperate eggs method to do the cake.

Quite like the taste.

Can be bake..

This time round, I baked my spiral yam mooncake instead of frying, it's much more healthier, and easier to handle, the taste is not so bad, but i still prefer deep fry version.

Few days ago, I did some walnut mooncakes and upon recommendation from my friend, I used blue diamond brand  walnut and It's goes very well with the pastry, crunchy and fragant. Now, I like the idea of using this, it's a bit more expensive but the walnuts inside won't be easily be rancid as those sell in packets.


The previous post,  I have brown my macarons, instead of chewy is crunchy.  I follow my oven heat instead of the instructions of Jill Colonna, she uses 160 degrees with fan forced.

This time round, I use the oven heat that she recommended and for 12 mins, yes the macarons cames out of the oven beautifully and I have declared I will always use this method instead of Italian meringue.  Italian meringue is beautiful, it will gives u a glossy surface but I found that it's is a little bit troublesome to boil the sugar and et, no doubt, I did say is fool proof, it is indeed fool proof, few of my friends has problem in doing French method, but for Italian method, they are fine.

Macarons Again

Now, I am hot on making macarons, my niece has given me encourage to made more....  Yupee, especially when someone really appreciates your bakes and way to go.............

Surf the website and I loved the looks of the macarons  of this particular author, Jill Colonna, mades me wanted to follow her recipes and method and it works, no doubt my bake macarons is a little brown but the texture is good when tasted.  Have a try.


A group of friends have been doing macarons using Italian method and it really motivates me in doing it and I did.  I made lemon & chocolate macarons.

I found out that this is not really difficult and it's even easier to handle than the french method.  I did not even aged the eggs and  did not even rest the macarons to let the skin formed.  I liked this method and the first try, I am happy with the result.

 A friend's daughter even tried the italian method through internet learning, no doubt it's has bumpy and rough surface  but it has little feet  at the edge, but it's a good begining for her,  She used star nozzle to pipe.

Recioes:- Sweet Spot's Blog

Chocolate Macaron with Dark Chocolate Ganache

(makes 20-24 macarons)

100g Almond meal
100g icing sugar
20g cocoa powder
36g fresh egg whites (about 1 egg white)
pinch of salt

100g caster sugar
30g water
36g aged egg whites (about 1 egg whites)
1g egg white powder -( I did not add )
Dark Chocolate Ganache

80g Valrhona Guanaja discs
50g cream
15g butter
Pinch of Salt


1. Make ganache. Put chocolate in a bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream to a light boil. Pour into chocolate and stir till chocolate has melted. Add in butter and salt and stir till everything is combined. Cover with a cling wrap on top of the surface and leave it to cool.

2. Make macaron. Sift almond meal, icing sugar and cocoa powder in a wide bowl. Add in the egg white and salt and mix well. Do this only when you’re ready to cook the sugar, otherwise it gets hard.
3. In a medium sized pot, pour in caster sugar and water. Bring to a boil and to 118 C. Which means that yes you need a candy thermometer. When the sugar syrup reaches 110 C, in a mixing bowl, whisk egg whites and egg white powder (I’ve tried without it, it’s alright) It should be somewhat medium peaks when the sugar syrup reaches 118 C.
4. While the mixer is still whisking (about medium speed), gradually pour in the sugar syrup. (To wash the pot, add in water and bring to a boil, it’s easier to wash) Then turn up the speed of the mixer for about 2 minutes till it turns glossy. Reduce the speed to medium and let it whisk till it’s stiffer. It should be somewhat stiff, but not so stiff. (Picture on row 3, left)

5. Now, add in 1/4 of the meringue into the almond mixture from step no.1. Whack it till it’s well incorporated. At this first step, I usually literally do it un-TLC-ly just to get some air out from the meringue and to lighten the almond mix.With the remaining 3/4 of meringue, add into the almond mix and fold it in. This time, a little more TLC until it becomes lava like.

6. I’m using a 10mm nozzle. Fit into a piping bag and scoop the batter into the bag. Pipe onto a tray lined with parchment paper or silpat. Lightly tap the tray on a table top. Let it rest for about 10 minutes then bake at 150 C for 14 minutes.
7. When it’s cooked, remove from the oven and let it cool on a rack. Once it’s completely cool, it should be able to peel off easily.

8. Pair the right sizes and arrange them on a tray. Fill with chocolate ganache and let it mature in the fridge and eat the following day (That is if you can resist but trust me, macs definitely need the maturing stage)

Choc Marble Bread

It's was on my wanted list to do,and finally I did it, not very nice in  appearance  but taste great, and I have difficulty in rolling and the chocolate paste keeps oozing out, I just go ahead and braid and decide  not continue to fold and roll again ,inorder not to get too messy.

I did not have a proper size baking tin, need to buy and I will try again.. Next time, I must get a perfect bake, if not perfect, almost perfect also can....:)

I did extra half portion of bread dough for some leftover red bean paste and this dough goes very well with the paste.

Chocolate Marbled Loaf ~ 巧克力大理石吐司 (Recipe from Carol 自在生活), Extract from Cathy Joy's Blog

Chocolate portion:

50g chocolate

20g butter

20g bread flour

10g cocoa powder

5g cornflour

60g milk

20g castor sugar

1 egg white


1. Melt chocolate & butter separately.

2. Sift flour, cocoa powder & cornflour together. Put the flour mixture in a saucepan.

3. Add in milk & sugar into the sifted flour mixture.

4. Add in melted chocolate, butter & egg white.

5. Put the saucepan over the stove on low heat. Using a balloon whisk to stir the mixture until it becomes thick. It will becomes a soft dough.

6. Remove the saucepan from stove. Pour out the chocolate dough onto a cling wrap to cool down.

7. Roll out the chocolate dough into 18cm x 18cm & put in fridge for later use.

Bread dough:

260g bread flour

20g plain flour

1 egg

25g castor sugar

3/4 tsp instead yeast

1/4 tsp salt

125g milk

20g butter


1. Combine all ingredients together (except butter) in a mixer & beat until a dough is formed.

2. Add in butter & beat again until the dough is smooth.

3. Roll out the dough into a square (at least 2x the chocolate dough)

4. Put the chocolate dough on top of the bread dough & wrap it up.

5. Roll out the dough slowly until double of the original.

6. Fold the dough into 1/3 (2 times) & roll out.

7. Repeat step 5 & 6 again.

8. At the final roll out of the dough, divide the dough into 3 strips (but do not cut the dough totally) & do plaiting.

9. Place in a lightly greased loaf tin & proof for an hour.

10. Bake in a preheated oven @ 180C for 30mins.

Chiffon Again!!!

My hubby is complaining that I always made chiffon but not his favourite things... Haiz.... All depends on my mood and now I am crazy over this and it's very easy.  Daughter mention something about eating maple syrup chiffon and she like it... so I try lor......

I surf the net and found one common blogger and I tried and don't like like the chiffon and we found that the cake was not light and dry.  Told my friend, Sharon, and she help me to surf the net, I always surf english version and she always surf the chinese, I am no good in chinese and I don't like to read.  I realise when surfing the chinese website which has recipe from China and Taiwan bloggers and there's is a lot of variations for maple syrup chiffon.

I select and choose from this website, and the chiffon is really soft and fragant and not so sweet and I loved it. We had for breakfast.  No regrets and the recipe is a keeper for me.

3 Egg Yolks
50gm Maple Syrup
50gm Fresh Milk
30gm Oil
85gm Flour
A Pinch of Salt

4 Egg White
20gm Sugar
30gm Maple Syrup

  1. Whisk egg yolk for a while, add in maple syrup,fresh milk and oil, salt, mix well.
  2. Add in flour and stir till smooth.
  3. Whisk Egg white till frothy, add in 1/3 of sugar and maple syrup Whisk and repeat adding sugar and maple syrup till almost firm peak.
  4. Fold 1/3 of egg white batter into the egg yolk flour batter, repeat till finish and pour into 17cm chiffn mould.
  5. Bake at 170 degrees for about half an hr

Honey sweet potato..

Went NTUC supermarket, saw that they are selling honey sweet potato from indonesia, just have to try and have been keen on baking sweet potato chiffon as well.. at least I am trying to kill 2 birds at one stone and here I am and did it.

When the chiffon is baking, the room was filled with sweet potato fragance and I loved it. I baked using the same chiffon book recipe and the book is really good, it's just too bad is out of publication and on the internet you only can get partial recipe of the book.

My collegue tasted the chiffon and she say it's was fragant and soft and y brother was saying that he was my guinea pig... ha! ha!...

Out of Publication

Have heard of this book and has been searching locally and international, check with bookstores in Taiwan and was out of publication... what a pity... Just have to do with some internet searching and some of the bloggers have been using these books and their chiffons are great.  It a must to try, and  true enough the recipe works, my first try and don't know what I did, it just drop off from the tin, my friend say could be underbake.

With a never die attitude, I did it again and this is what I get. I like the taste and it is full of banana fragrance if you like the fruit and you don't even have to add in banana essence, I just put some vanilla essence juz in case there is some eggy smell.

Recipe extract from GraceKitcheCorner if you want to try

Recipe for 21cm round chiffon pan:
For the egg whites mixture: 180g egg whites / 110g caster sugar / 10g corn flour/ 140g chopped banana (in snall chunk)

For the egg yolks mixture: 70g egg yolks / 30g water / 70g vegetable oil or olive oil / 90g mashed banana / 70g plain flour

How I made it:
  1. Mix all the egg yolks mixture except flour. When everything well combined then add in sifted flour (I used electric mixer, its came very handy for this process). Mix everything well combine and no lumps left. The mixture would be very thick and smooth. Gently mix in the chunky banana.
  2. Beat the egg whites in a clean large bowl until peak foam. Gradually add in sugar, one tablespoon at a time. Then finally add in corn flour. Make sure the corn flour mix well in the egg mixture (Using an electric mixer would be great!). The egg whites mixture should be peak foam, smooth and shiny.
  3. Gently fold in 1/3 of the egg whites mixture into the egg yolks mixture. When everything well combine then gently fold in the 1/2 of the remaining egg whites mixture. Lastly, fold in the remaining egg whites mixture. (Note: This stage took some times and patient and practice. Make sure all the egg whites mixture well combine with the egg yolks mixture without breaking the egg whites. Little egg whites left will cause a big hole in the cake during baking. And, over mixing will cause it hardly rise during the baking.)
  4. Pour the well mix mixture into a 21cm chiffon cake tin and bake at a 160-170'C preheated oven for 40 - 50 minutes. After baked, let the baked cake turn upside down for cooling before unmold it.
  5. Unmold the cake, keep the cake in the fridge it could last for 5 - 6 days. Best serve in 3 days.

A gadget must have.....

This moment, when I was using this gadget, I loved it beacause first of all the thickness of the layer can be adjusted and it has given me a neat cut on the layers of my sponge cake.

It was a present from my friend, Sharon who has bought from Taobao,  Thanks Sharon.  When I first received it, I was quite skeptical about it, all long, I have been using 2 steel bars to help in slicing the cake.


Recently have been crazy about chiffon, and seeing Baking Wonderland, someone has been trying the recipe from one of the books that I have and seeing how soft is her chiffon cake... I must try.

Never did a marbling chiffon before and I tried this .. coffee chiffon.  After baking, I like it, no doubt it's hnot 100 percent perfect but it was soft and full of nescafe flavour if you like coffee, have a try....

Extract from

Mould - 17 inch

4 eggs yoilks
50 g milk
50 g corn oil
70 g flour

4 egg whites
65 g sugar

2 tbsp nescafe stir with 1 tsp hot water

  1. Whisk egg yolks, add oil, stir till mix.
  2. Add in milk, stir
  3. Add in sieved flour, mix well.
  4. Use hand mixer, whisk egg white till foamy, add 1/2 portion of sugar, and as you beat, add in the sugar gradually till finish and beat till firm peak.
  5. Take 1/3 of white egg and fold into egg yolk batter.
  6. Pour all the egg yolk batter and fold into the remaining 2/3 of beaten egg white.
  7. Lighly fold in nescafe mixture and bake at 160 degrees for about 30 mins.

Catching Up

Over Good Friday, I made 2 pandan chiffons, using 2 different recipes, one from IeatIshootIpost's recipe and one from the class that I have attended at workshop conduct by Mdm Tay Tong San.

TheT trainer used a slightly different method and she use hand to mix the batter , I never did before because I , decide to use her method. The result.. good... hubby comment that both cakes are equally good and so far this is the best chiffon that I have made, more light and bouncy, I tell my friend "twong Twong" she said SKII...

Restaurant Style

Last monday,went to Yio Chu Kang C C to attend a cooking class, Chef Wang Wei was the instructor, nice guy. Learn from him 3 dishes and today, I did one of his dishes, Deep Braised Pork Ribs "Jin Shao Nam Pai"

After work today, went for lunch and Sheng Siong is nearby, told hubby that I wanted to buy spare ribs to cook and I bought 2 Kg just to test it out. Ine thing about cooking, don't have to exact in the ingredients, not like baking which have to be precise.

Deliver half portion to my mom, my niece just message that she likes it.

To Reminisce

It has been ages, that I have done this, I did this for my friend and mom who loved to eat this... worried that I won't be able to get the same texture and the last time, I did was almost 15 years ago.

Almost 3 months, over my father's demise and we, the children has been given my mum the full care and attention and has been cooking and baking mom's favourite things, so that she will consume some food, Bless the Lord, that she has recovered fast and has been more independent now, Thanks for all the people who has given moral support and concern to us.

Back to Kueh Bangkit, I don't really like to do this because of the flour, it has to fry until it's light and it will "fly" all over the place. I live in a HDB flat, and I have a portable stove where we use for steamboat, luckily, outside the door there is a space and a bit away from neighbour and I fry my flour over there, it really helps but I don't know whether my downstairs neighbour's plant, will it be coated with flour? for these, I am not going to find out :)

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