Most 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!
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.
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!
Cheesecakes have always been tricky and challenging to make. In the past, my cheesecakes have always failed on me that I actually developed a fear of baking them. They would either crack or the water from the water bath would seep in and soften the crust, or they would not be at the ideal creamy consistency. Although I prefer tofu cheesecakes and Japanese soufflé cheesecakes to such traditional NY cheesecakes, I was still determined to master it because don’t we all crave something rich on occasion?
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!
I love making madeleines. To me, they are the French version of a butter cake. What can be better than these buttery goodness? Pretty and dainty, they are perfect with your coffee or tea, or as a snack on its own!
I love this recipe because it is not time consuming, It is also simple to follow. Unlike many recipes, it does not require you to chill the batter overnight. One tip: use quality butter! If possible, use the French variety available at the supermarket.
I can’t remember the last time I baked muffins. I think I stopped making them when I started baking cupcakes. I have now grown to appreciate them better – comes with age, maybe. Rustic, easy to transport and simple to make, what’s there not to love? By the way, one of my biggest pet peeves is people identifying cupcakes as muffins.