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Monday, 29 February 2016

His big fat Greek 'wedding'

" are going to be my paranymph"

.......WHAT?!! I had to think twice if what I heard was real...and it was

Christos, a colleague cum friend. We started to become close during our conference trip in Bordeaux last year. He's a very friendly person and a sweet guy. It was quite a shocked for me to hear his request,  but I was honored.

To be a paranymph is a big job, especially if you are close to that person. Me and Cynara, the other paranymph, started coming up with ideas about a month before Christos's big day. We want to make it as cheesy and memorable as possible, because we know he likes it that way :P

We contacted few people in our department to help out, and we decided to make a parody movie about him.

Well you see...Christos is a very smart guy and he is born to be a scientist, but at the same time he is also funny in his own way - especially when it comes to food, alcohol and his honesty!

Manos, another Greek in the department, was chosen to act as Christos. We came out few stories based on real life incidents with Christos (with some exaggeration) and the recording was done when he was not in the office.

A night before his defense, I had two nightmares: I cannot read the propositions properly and somebody edited the movie that we made. I was soo nervous that I just had to tell to one or two (well maybe six) people. Peter help me with pronouncing the word correctly, and I spent quite some time rehearsing reading Christos's thesis propositions loudly and clearly. "Why in the hell do you have eight freaking propositions!" I told myself repeatedly.

Christos was really calm on the stage, and he can answer all the opponents questions calmly and articulately. I tried to put myself in his shoes, if it was me, how would I answer those questions. Just the thought and the fact I was waiting for the opponents to ask me reading one of the propositions made my palms sweaty......LIKE HELL!! You have no idea how many times I swept out the sweat onto my dress, which was very obvious btw if you keep looking at me up there.

Christos accompanied by the Lovely Paranymphs; Cynara and me.
-Photo by Cynara-

All the nerve wrecking moment (for me) ended smoothly. In the end none of the opponents ask me to read his propositions (hahaha WTH..) and Christos received very good grades for his performance. He was not nervous at all, and I wonder where he got that self confidence from..

After the defense! Finally I was able to laugh haha!
-Photo by Cynara-

Gerard, his supervisor, gave very heart warming and touching speech. I almost cried, but kept my composure.

I headed home early after the reception. We had to assemble his 'wedding', married to the university, cake at the restaurant. I made two-tier chocolate cake for him, and I put plenty of chocolates on the cake, and a handmade fondant Smurf figurine as the topper.

Christos with his 'wedding' cake :)
-Photo by me-

The dinner was something that I didn't really expect. There was plenty of Greek food with loud live performance  throughout the LONG dinner. People were dancing in between the course, and at the latter part Christos's dad started doing a one man dance which was a surprised for me because he looked expressionless throughout the dinner.

The fact that he got up and dance was not really what I had in mind. I was told by another Greek that he's dancing a difficult traditional one man dance, which the dancer dance freely expressing himself. Suddenly I was shocked  hearing the sound of crashing plates. He started breaking the plates...and the dance and the plate breaking continued from one Greek guy to another. "Oh boy...I feel like I'm in the 'My big fat Greek wedding' movie" I told myself.

Anyhow the defense, party, and the surprise that we prepared for him ended well. He liked the movie *wohoo* and I hope he likes the cheesy photo album containing  pictures and messages that we prepared for him.

Congrats again Dr. Christos! You deserve it :)

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Monday, 17 August 2015

Recipe: Teh tarik cake (milk tea cake)

It's been months since I last updated my blog. Pictures are still in the RAW format and I still haven't had the time to edit them. Recipes are written somewhere in the head, and I just need to blog to have them out again. Sometimes when you have too many things to do, or you just had busy days, all you want to do during the weekend is to lazying around. That is how I'm feeling at the moment, and yet I'm forcing myself to write this before this blog being untouched for a longer time.


This cake was made during spring. It was the time when the weather was still chilly, and I was hoping the day is getting warmer and sunnier. A cup of warm tea brightened up my day, and a sip of it brings out the happy memory that I have had almost forgotten. Teh tarik - milk tea made out of black tea and condensed milk, is my personal favorite during the cold season. It reminds me of my childhood, and the warm and sunny Malaysia. Strong black tea with a hint of sweet and creamy condensed milk, that's how I like mine to be.

I tried to recapture the taste of the tea that I like so much into a cake, and had fun creating it...

When I think back, the joy of making this cake came from remembering the things and moments that not present here. I was relieving the past...and not feeling melancholic about it. 

Teh tarik cake (milk tea cake)
[click for printable version]


Milk tea
8 bags extra strong black tea
1 cup hot water
1/2 cup condensed milk (adjust the sweetness based on your liking, the condensed milk in Europe is not as sweet as the one in Malaysia)

125 g butter
5 tablespoons sugar (add more if you like it to be sweeter)
3 eggs
150 ml milk tea
300 g flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Milk tea frosting
60 ml milk tea
400 g cream cheese
20 g butter
*add icing sugar if you want it to be sweeter

1. Brew the tea bags with hot water for 30 minutes. Remove the tea bags and stir in the condensed milk.
2. Preheat the oven to 170 C. Grease four 6-inch pans. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl, set aside
3. Beat the butter and sugar until white and fluffy. Add the eggs one by one followed by a tablespoon of the flour mixture to prevent the batter from curdling. Add half of the flour mixture, followed by the milk tea and the rest of the flour mixture. Pour the batter into the cake pans and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Put the cake pans onto the wire rack and take out the the cakes when the pans are cool.
4. While waiting for the cakes to cool, prepare the cream cheese frosting by adding all the ingredients into a small bowl and beat them slowly.
5. Assemble the cake by spreading the frosting onto each layer and cover the whole cake. Pour the remaining milk tea on the cake.

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Sunday, 19 April 2015

Recipe: Saffron and dates cupcakes

A good friend of mine, "A" , gave me a huge bag of  saffron from Iran and she taught me how to make saffron tea to help elevates my mood. I love it so much that I drink it almost every time I'm feeling down. My husband even made fun of me and said it's my "drug" haha.

I love the unique taste of saffron. Not only does it taste good in savory dishes, it also tastes great in desserts. As for that, I made cupcakes with a touch of saffron flavor. The cupcakes has light taste, and you could put more saffron if you want the flavor to be stronger.  I topped the cupcakes with two types of frosting, and we especially love the combination of the cupcakes with the pistachio cream cheese frosting.

Saffron and dates cupcakes
[click for printable version]


145 g dried dates, chopped into small pieces
120 ml hot water
Two pinches of saffron, infused in 4 tablespoons of hot water
145 g flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
65 g unsalted butter, softened
80 g brown sugar
2 eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt

Pistachio cream frosting
100 g pistachio, chopped into pieces
200 ml whipped cream
3 tablespoons icing sugar

Pistachio cream cheese frosting
100 g pistachio, chopped into pieces
200 g cream cheese, softened
100 g butter, softened
4 tablespoons icing sugar

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Mix dried dates with hot water in a medium sized bowl, set aside.
2. Combine flour and baking powder in a medium sized bowl, set aside. Beat butter with sugar until fluffy. Combine egg one at a time in the butter mixture for 20 seconds followed by a tablespoon of the flour mixture. Put the rest of the flour, saffron water, dates, salt into the batter. Scoop out the batter and fill up the cupcake liners up to 3/4 full. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
3. While waiting the cupcakes to cool down, prepare your desired frosting. To make the pistachio cream frosting, beat whipped cream and icing sugar until hard peak forms, fold in the chopped pistachio into the cream. To make the pistachio cream cheese frosting, beat the butter with icing sugar until fluffy followed by the cream cheese and fold in the chopped pistachio into the cream cheese frosting.

p.s: The weather is getting warmer and the sky is getting sunnier. Wageningen looks so pretty, and I'm going to cherish the days that I'm spending with my loved ones deeply.
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Sunday, 22 March 2015

Recipe: Orange drizzle cake

I have problem with eating fruits - I'm lazy to peel and cut them into pieces. In the end, I have to make them into smoothies or cakes. This is one of the perfect example. My hubby brought a huge bag of oranges (my definition of huge is actually a normal size bag for other people), and I was dumbfounded of what to do with them. I was hoping he will eat some if he were hungry, but I was wrong. The oranges lay at the same spot without being touched by both of us. So after several weeks, and I could clearly see the oranges almost turn bad, I push myself to peel them and make orange juices and tea cake. Well, more energy wasted there, but the taste and texture are definitely better than eating fresh fruits *smirk*

Anyway, this is a very simple cake and you cake substitute lemon or other citrus to make it.

Orange drizzle cake
[click for printable version]

6 eggs
350 g castor sugar
1/2 teaspoon of salt
360 g flour, sifted
2 teaspoon baking powder
150 g butter, melted
200 ml cream
Finely grated zest of 3 large oranges

100 ml water
3 tablespoons sugar
Juice of 3 large oranges

1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius and grease a bundt pan.
2. In a large bow, beat the eggs, sugar, salt, flour and baking powder. Add the melted butter, cream and lemon zest to the mixture.
3. Pour the batter into a bundt pan and bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.
4. Prepare the drizzle by combining all the ingredients into a small pot on high heat until the mixture boils. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes and set aside.
5. Remove the cake from the oven and pour the drizzle onto the cake (while it is still in the pan). Leave the cake to cool and invert the cake pan onto a plate.
6. Serve with tea or coffee

p.s: The only fruit that I don't mind to peel and eat it fresh is Durian! Weird, but that is my most favorite fruit in the world (no matter how disgusting my non-Malaysian friend might think :P)
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Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Recipe: Potato cakes

I was not a fan of potatoes, not until I’ve come to the Netherlands and eaten different types of potato varieties. Most of them are so good even if you just boil them. When my husband brought back home many bags of potatoes, I was dumbfounded – ‘what in the world am I going to do with them?’

Hence, I experienced many ways to cook them. So far, potato cakes is my most favorite of all. To make them more flavorful, put salami or any sliced meats in the potato mixture ;)

Potato cakes


500 g leftover mashed potatoes (or boil the potatoes, mashed it, mix with milk, butter, salt and pepper and leave it overnight)
200 g shredded cheese
1 onion, sliced
2 garlic cloves, sliced
1 egg
3 tablespoons flour (Type 550)
A bunch of parsley or coriander, roughly chopped
Cooking oil for frying


1. Combine mashed potatoes, cheese, onion, garlic, egg, flour and fresh herbs in a large bowl and mix.
2. Using your hands, divide the mixture into several small portions. Roll each portion into a compact ball then flatten it into a pancake about a 1 cm thick.
3. Heat 3 to 4 tablespoons of oil in a large pan on a medium heat. Fry the pancakes, in batches, until they are golden brown and crispy on both sides, 3 to 4 minutes.
4. Transfer the potato cakes on kitchen paper and serve with your favorite sauce. 


Potato cakes (Kartoffelpuffer)
[anklichen für Deutsche Druckversion]


500 g Rest Kartoffelbrei (oder gekochte Kartoffeln, zerdrücken mit Milch, Butter, Salz und Pfeffer mischen und über Nacht stehen lassen)
200 g geriebener Käse
1 Zwiebel, in Scheiben geschnitten
2 Knoblauchzehen, in Scheiben geschnitten
1 Ei
3 EL Mehl (Typ 550)
Ein Bund Petersilie oder Koriander, grob gehackt


1. Die Kartoffeln, den Käse, Zwiebeln, Knoblauch, Ei, Mehl und frische Kräuter in eine große Schüssel geben und mischen.
2. Mit den Händen, die Mischung in mehreren kleinen Portionen teilen. Jeden Teil in eine kompakte Kugel teilen, dann zu einem 1 cm dicken Pfannkuchen plätten.
3. In einer großen Pfanne 3-4 Esslöffel Öl erhitzen (mittlere Hitze). Die Pfannkuchen einzeln goldbraun und knusprig auf beiden Seiten (3 bis 4 Minuten) braten.
4. Die Reibekuchen auf Küchenpapier legen und mit deiner Lieblings-Sauce servieren.

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Sunday, 1 February 2015

Recipe: Crème brûlée cheesecake

The sun is shining to my face and I can feel the warmth of the ray touching my skin. If I were in Malaysia, I would have closed the curtains by now, but I didn't do that today. The gray and gloomy weather makes me missed the sun so much. I don't mind the cold, but the color of the sky can be depressing sometimes. I've been looking at the pictures of the beaches a lot lately, which I rarely did in Malaysia. The sunshine is something that I took for granted before, and now I'm really looking forward for summer.

I don't regret with my decision doing PhD here even though I have successful part-time home bakery in Malaysia. I do take orders and conduct classes, but not as active as I was back home. As for my PhD project, it goes well. Spending time with other PhD students in the department is one of my stress relievers, and I always have great times with them. 

This cheesecake was one of the desserts that I made during our last 'International Christmas Dinner' together. It combines two of my favorite desserts - crème brûlée and cheesecake. It takes some time to prepare, but the result is amazing! The German recipe was translated with the help of my husband. This is one of the few recipes that me and my husband work together for my mother-in-law Christmas present.

Crème brûlée cheesecake
[click for printable version]


250 g digestive biscuits, processed into fine crumbs
50 g butter
500 ml cream
1 vanilla pod (or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract)
6 large egg yolks
60 g castor sugar, plus extra for the topping
800 g cream cheese

1. Melt the butter and combine it with the biscuit crumbs. Press the crumbs on a 23 cm springform pan. Bake it for 10 minutes at 180 degree Celsius and set aside to room temperature. Put it in the fridge for later use.

2. Preheat the oven to 140 degree Celsius. Pour cream into a medium pan. Lay the vanilla pod on a board and slice lengthways through the middle with a sharp knife to split it in two. Use the tip of the knife to scrape out all the tiny seeds into the cream mixture. Drop the vanilla pod in the pot, and set aside.

3. Put the egg yolks and sugar in a mixing bowl and whisk for 1 minute with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy. Put the pan with the cream on a medium heat and bring almost to the boil. As soon as bubbles appear round the edge, take the pan off the heat.

4. Pour the hot cream into the beaten egg yolks, stirring with a wire whisk, and scraping out the seeds from the pan. Set a fine sieve over a large wide bowl and pour the hot mixture through to strain and set aside.

5. Beat the cream cheese on a medium speed using a stand mixer or hand mixer until the cheese is soft and smooth. Using a wooden spatula, fold the custard mixture into the cream cheese. Take out the springform pan from the fridge and pour the batter into it.

6. Bake for 1 hour or more until mixture is softly set. To check, gently sway the springform pan and if the cheesecake is ready, the edge will be set and the middle will wobble a bit like a jelly. Turn off the heat, and let the cheesecake be in the oven with the door closed for 1 hour.

7. When the pan is cooled to room temperature, put the cheesecake in the fridge and let it cool for about 3 hours.

8. When ready to serve, sprinkle castor sugar over the cheesecake and spread it out with the back of a spoon to completely cover. Use a blow torch to caramelise it or set the oven to the highest temperature (broil) and put the cheesecake on the top rack and bake for 2 minutes until the sugar burned.


Crème brûlée cheesecake (Crème brûlée Käsekuchen)
[anklichen für Deutsche Druckversion]


250 g Kekse (digestive cookies), in feine Krümel verarbeitet
50 g Butter
500 ml Sahne
1 Vanilleschote (oder 2 Teelöffel Vanille-Extrakt)
6 große Eigelb
60 g Puderzucker, plus extra für den Belag
800 g Frischkäse


1. Die Butter schmelzen und mit den Kekskrümel kombinieren. Die Krümel auf einem 23 cm Springform drücken. Für 10 Minuten bei 180 Grad Celsius backen und auf Raumtemperatur abkühlen lassen. In den Kühlschrank zur späteren Verwendung stellen.

2. Den Backofen auf 140 Grad Celsius vorheizen. Die Sahne in eine mittel große Pfanne gießen. Die Vanilleschote der Länge nach in 2 Teile aufschneiden. Die Samen mit der Spitze des Messers in die Sahnemischung herauskratzen. Die Vanilleschote anschließend in den Topf geben, und die Pfanne beiseite stellen.

3. Das Eigelb und Zucker in einer Schüssel geben und 1 Minute lang mit einem elektrischen Mixer rühren, bis die Farbe verblasst und die Konsistenz flauschig wird. Nun die Pfanne mit der Sahne bei mittlerer Hitze fast zum Kochen bringen. Sobald Blasen um den Rand erscheinen, den Topf vom Herd nehmen.

4. Die heiße Sahne in die geschlagenen Eigelb gießen, mit einem Schneebesen rühren und die Samen aus der Pfanne kratze. Ein feines Sieb über eine große große Schüssel legen und die heiße Mischung passieren und beiseite stellen.

5. Den Frischkäse auf einer mittleren Geschwindigkeit mit einer Küchenmaschine oder Handmixer schlagen, bis er weich und geschmeidig ist. Mit einem Holzwender, die Puddingmischung in den Frischkäse vorsichtig verrühren um Blasenbildung zu verhindern. Die Springform aus dem Kühlschrank nehmen und den Teig hinein gießen.

6. Für 1 Stunde oder etwas länger backen. Zur Überprüfung, die Springform sanft wiegen. Wenn der Käsekuchen fertig ist, sollte er wie ein Pudding wackeln. Sobald dies der fall ist, die Hitze abschalten und den Käsekuchen für 1 Stunde mit geschlossener Tür im Ofen lassen.

7. Wenn die Pfanne auf Raumtemperatur abgekühlt ist, den Käsekuchen in den Kühlschrank stellen und für etwa 3 Stunden abkühen lassen.

8. Wenn bereit zum servieren, Streuzucker über den Käsekuchen geben und mit der Rückseite eines Löffels verteilen. Mit einemn Kochbrenner den Zucker karamellisieren oder den Backofen auf die höchste Temperatur stellen (grillen) und den Käsekuchen auf der oberstenen Schiene für 2 Minuten backen bis der Zucker braun wird.

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Sunday, 11 January 2015

Recipe: Mushroom soup

Last Christmas we made a recipe book for mama 'J,' . It contains a small collection of our favorite dishes and these include recipes of Malaysian foods and fusion dishes. My hubby helped me out with the German translation, and hoo boy that really helped me a lot (I would've just used the Google translate if he had refused to help me out haha). 

This is one of the few recipes that we wrote together. I've been using fresh mixed mushroom from the market for this recipe, and I do believe the taste is better compare to using just one mushroom variety. I like to have some chunks of the mushrooms in the soup thus I don't blend it that fine. This soup is one of our favorites, and it is one of the best thing to have in the cold weather :D

Mushroom soup
Serving size: 4 people


1 carrot, peel and cut into pieces
½ leek, cut into pieces
½ celery stick, cut into piece
1 onion, peel
3 liters water

1 tablespoon butter
3 pieces small potatoes, peel and cut into small pieces
500 g mixed mushrooms
1 liter vegetable stock (or more)
Salt and pepper to taste


To make the vegetable stock:
1. Combine all the vegetables and water in a large pot on a high heat. When the water boils, reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

To make the soup:
1. Melt the butter in a medium pot on a medium high heat and sautée the potatoes for 5 minutes. Combine the mushrooms and sautée for another 2 minutes.

2. Cover the mushrooms and potatoes with vegetable stock and increase the heat until the soup boils and reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes or until the potatoes soften.
3. Take out some of the mushrooms and potatoes with a little amount of soup into a blender, and blend until smooth. Repeat the process until there is no more potatoes and mushrooms. Put the blended soup back into the pot and season with salt and pepper.
4. Serve with your favorite bread :)


Portionsgröße: 4 Personen


1 Karotte, geschält und in Stücke geschnitten
½ Lauch, in Stücke geschnitten
½ Selleriestange, in Stück geschnitten
1 Zwiebel, geschält
3 Liter Wasser

1 EL Butter
3 kleine Kartoffeln, geschält und in kleine Stücke schneiden
500 g gemischte Speisepilze
1 Liter Gemüsebrühe (oder mehr)
Salz und Pfeffer nach Geschmack


Für die Gemüsebrühe:
1. Das Gemüse und Wasser in einem großen Topf bei starker Hitze geben. Wenn das Wasser kocht, die Hitze reduzieren und 30 Minuten köcheln lassen.

Für die Suppe:
1. Die Butter in einem Topf auf mittlerer Hitze schmelzen und die Kartoffeln für 5 Minuten erhitzen. Die Pilze hinzufügen und für weitere 2 Minuten erhitzen.
2. Die Pilze und Kartoffeln mit Gemüsebrühe abdecken und Hitze erhöhen, bis die Suppe kocht. Danach Hitze reduzieren und 30 Minuten köcheln lassen oder solange bis die Kartoffeln weich sind.
3. Einige der Pilze und Kartoffeln aus dem Topf mit einer kleinen Menge der Suppe in einen Mixer geben und fein mixen. Den Vorgang wiederholen, bis keine Kartoffel- und Pilzestücke mehr vorhanden sind. Die Suppe zurück in den Topf geben und mit Salz und Pfeffer würzen.
4. Mit deinem Lieblings-Brot servieren :)

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Sunday, 16 November 2014

Recipe: Apple cake and caramel glaze

Apples have never been my favorite fruits. The crunchiness, the subtle sweetness with a touch of acidity are the reasons why I dislike apples, and yet what others love about them. I had plenty of apples that I bought from the market and given by my friend. I was hoping for my hubby to eat them once a day, but it didn't turn out that way. The apples were about to turn bad that I had to make several desserts to get rid of them. Turning the apples into dessert is the only way for me to eat them, and the best way for me to finish them up quickly.

I used Elstar apples for all my desserts as it is the most abundant cultivar in the Netherlands. One of my favorite apple dessert is this apple cake recipe from Paula Deen. I made few modification especially the amount of apples I put into it. The result was juicy and flavorful cake. My hubby gave some to his friends and they enjoyed it as much as we did.

Apple cake with toffee glaze
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Apple cake
6 apples, peeled and diced
1 cup roasted pecans
1 teaspoon vanilla powder 
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon powder
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg powder
1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder
1 1/4 dark brown sugar (or more for sweeter cake)
1 1/4 cups corn oil
3 eggs

Caramel glaze
4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon icing sugar

1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius. Lightly greased a Bundt pan and set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, vanilla powder, baking soda, salt, the spices, set aside.
3. In a large bowl, beat the oil and brown sugar until combine. Beat the egg in the oil mixture one by one on a low speed. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, and mix.
4. Fold in the diced apples and pecan into the mixture. Scrape of the cake batter into the Bundt pan and bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.
5. Allow the cake to fully cool in the pan, and put it out onto a plate.
6. Make the glaze by melting the butter and brown sugar in a small pot on a medium heat. Set aside and combine the caramel mixture with icing sugar. Pour the glaze onto the cooled cake.

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Sunday, 9 November 2014

Recipe: Chocolate bundt cake with salted caramel chocolate ganache

It was late at night and I was craving to eat chocolate cake. Too much mental work made my body hunger for sweet stuff. I procrastinated and took some time to prepare bundt cake as I was lazy to make layer cake.

As I was covering the cake with chocolate ganache, I felt the presence of my husband near me. He looked at me in a weird way,  'are you going to eat that now?'  he asked concernedly. I stopped for a moment and resisted the temptation of having that one sinful bite. He has a point there, if I didn't cycle I would look like a whale by now. Reluctantly I waited the next day to gorge over the delicious cake. Besides, I think cake tastes better the next day  ;)

Chocolate bundt cake with salted caramel chocolate ganache
*I used a tea cup for the cup measurement

1 cup butter (approximately 215 g), softened 
1 3/4 cups sugar
4 eggs, at room temperature
1 cup cocoa powder (I used Valrhona cocoa powder)
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup Greek yogurt (or sour cream)

Salted caramel chocolate ganache
60 gm butter
50 gm dark brown sugar
45 ml cream
100 gm dark chocolate (I used Valrhona)
sea salt

1. Preheat the oven to 150 degrees Celsius.  Grease the bundt pan with butter and dust it with flour.
2. Combine cocoa powder, flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a medium bowl, and in another bowl combine buttermilk and Greek yogurt together, set aside.
3. Cream the butter and sugar using a stand mixer on a high speed until creamy and fluffy (about 10 minutes). Add eggs one by one followed with a tablespoon of the flour mixture. Add half the flour mixture and mix until well combined followed with the buttermilk mixture and another half of the flour mixture. 
4. Pour the batter into the bundt pan and spread the batter smoothly. Bake in the oven for 50 - 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out smoothly. 

To make the salted caramel chocolate ganache
1. Melt the butter and brown sugar on a pot on a medium heat until the sugar dissolves, set aside.
2. Combine the cream and dark chocolate in a porcelain bowl and melt the chocolate in a microwave (about 1 minute and 30 seconds), set aside
3. Combine the caramel into the chocolate ganache mixture and sprinkle with sea salt.
4. Pour the ganache on the cooled cake.

*for delicious chocolate cake, use great quality chocolate and cocoa powder. Valrhona is one of the bests but you can also use Callebaut etc

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Monday, 27 October 2014

Recipe: Pumpkin roll with white chocolate cream cheese filling

It is the pumpkin season and I bought lots of pumpkins a month ago in the neighboring town. I made lots of delicious food from the pumpkins, and this baby is one of them. I've been wanting to make one since watching a video by Divas Can Cook a year ago and I was so happy with the result. The cake was moist, and the combination of the cake with the white chocolate cream cheese frosting was sooo good.

The roll didn't come out perfect, I think I rolled it too tightly when it was hot, but looks gorgeous! The cake looks like spider web designed and great for the coming Halloween :D

Pumpkin roll with white chocolate cream cheese filling 
*adapted from Divas Can Cook 

Pumpkin cake
3 egg yolks 
3 egg whites
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup flour
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg powder
1/4 teaspoon ginger powder
a pinch of salt

200 g cream cheese (60%) (or you can use light cream cheese)
100 g white chocolate
1-2 tablespoons milk

1. Preheat the oven at 180 degrees Celsius. Grease a 10' x 15' pan generously with butter and cover it with a parchment paper and grease it again with butter,
2. Beat egg yolks in a large bowl until pale yellow and thick. Combine sugar, flour, baking soda, cinnamon powder, nutmeg powder, ginger powder and salt in a small bowl and mix the dry ingredients into the yolks. Fold in the pumpkin puree using a wooden spatula into the mixture.
3. Beat egg whites until soft peak form, and fold in the batter. 
4. Pour the batter in the pan and spread it into an even layer. Let it rest for 10 minutes and bake it in the oven for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.
5. Once the cake is done, cover the cake with icing sugar and cover it with a kitchen towel and flip it slowly.
6. Take out the parchment paper slowly, and start to roll the cake (with the kitchen towel) tightly. Set aside until it cools.
7. To make the filling, combine white chocolate with milk in a medium porcelain bowl and put it in the microwave on High for a minute. Stir the chocolate and if it is not melting put it back in the microwave for 30 seconds or more until the chocolate melts. Let it cools to a room temperature and mix it with the cream cheese. 
8. After the cake has cooled down, spread the frosting on the cake evenly. Roll the cake and slowly peeling out the kitchen towel. Wrap the cake with an aluminum foil and plastic wrap and put it in a fridge overnight (this helps in developing the flavor). 
9. Dust the cake with icing sugar and slice it.

p.s: I recommend you to watch the video by the Divas Can Cook for you to have a better idea how to do it. Enjoy! :)

Owh, and Happy Deepavali and Maal Hijrah to all who are celebrating them :D
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