Category Archives: Japanese

chocolate & tofu brownies

photo 3 copyI’ve made tofu chiffon cake before, but this was my first time making tofu brownies. I like how certain recipes (particularly Japanese) have tofu as their base ingredient. It provides another dimension to the cake, and adds some natural moisture (if you don’t drain the water from the tofu).

This creation was somehow accidental – I was meant to make a fluffy chocolate & tofu pound cake but ended up with brownies as I forgot to add the baking powder! It turned out to be a blessing in disguise as I really liked its texture. But if you are a pound cake lover, feel free to follow the recipe as per normal!

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matcha roll cake

2Most people by now would know that I am a huge fan of matcha! Some people may dislike it for its bitter aftertaste but for me it’s the bitter, the better. I’ve been on a search for a soft and fluffy roll cake recipe. This one is definitely a keeper!

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media invite: japanese sweets collection

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Last weekend, I was invited to a media event featuring popular sweets from one of my favourite places in the world, Japan! From March 14 – 23, Isetan @ Westgate will be having a Japanese Sweets Collection Fair, featuring the best of Japanese pastries. That’s right, you don’t have to travel all the way to Hokkaido, Kyoto or Tokyo for that particular famous confectionary you’ve been yearning to try!

I was really impressed by the range of sweets they had. I have been to Hokkaido fairs organized by Isetan but this particular fair was a sure winner for me.  (Although I may be biased partly because of Sadaharu AOKI’s macarons…) There were even live demonstrations and sampling opportunities — more details below.

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earl grey and milk chocolate macarons

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I’ve been baking a lot of macarons recently. Till date, it’s one of my favourite things to bake! The most recent flavour being Earl Grey & 40% Jivara Milk Chocolate. I made a batch for the bake-off two weeks ago (Thanks @catslavery for the invitation!), and I’m glad it was a big hit at the event!

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green tea and cocoa nibs chiffon cake

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Tall, fluffy, light and moist — words I would use to describe this matcha and cocoa nibs chiffon cake. I made this for a recent Christmas potluck party, hoping that the red and green combination would pass off as something from a Christmas menu!

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