Saturday, July 31, 2010

Durian Puffs & Chocolate Eclairs

Doris has so kindly requested me to bake durian puffs and chocolate eclairs for her grand nephew's 6-yr old birthday. Thank you Doris. It was quite a huge job for a real first order. It took me 3/4 of a day to complete everything. Although it was tiring, it was very satisfying.
Making the durian puffs was easy. Just need to remove the durian flesh and mix it with whipping cream. The making of the chocolate eclairs was much more tedious. First, I have to make the chocolate pastry cream (from Pierre Herme's recipe), followed by the chocolate sauce and chocolate glaze. But the result was fantastic. The chocolate cream and glaze were simply divine. Well worth the effort. But I need to work on glazing the puff better.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Chendol Agar-agar

Have been wanting to make this for a long time but was too lazy to do it as it takes a long time to cook the red beans. Since I have coconut milk and chendol in the fridge and they have to be used before they expire, I finally get to make it. I got this recipe from the Sunday Lifestyle and it was pretty easy to make. I'm happy with the taste. It's not too sweet with enough coconut and gula-melaka fragrance. I used a 7" by 7" cake tin for half the recipe. Will use a smaller tin next time for the same amount of recipe in order to have a taller agar-agar.

Blueberry Muffins

I baked some blueberry muffins for my son, Ryan to bring to school to eat during his recess time break. This boy is so passionate about football now that he would rather play than queue for his food during recess time. Now, he has no excuse for not eating. Have his muffin first and off to football! Baked some extras too for my three lovely golf friends (Janet Ting, Janet Sim and Christine) to enjoy during our game. Weather was fantastic and we had a good time.
This recipe was taken from Rose Levy Beranbaum Bread Bible. I reduced the amount of sugar by 10% and it's perfect.

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