Cordon Rose Banana Cake


I was obligated to bake a cake for breakfast tomorrow as I have told my hubby not to buy any bread. There was a bunch of bananas hanging in my kitchen. I wanted to bake banana chiffon cake initially, but decided not to repeat my bake. Finally, I refer to my favourite book - The Cake Bible. I found one called "Cordon Rose Banana Cake" page 69.

This is how this cake was described:
"This moist, light, exquisitely tender cake with the rich taste of banana is accented by the lively tang of sour cream and lemon."

It really lived up to its description. The cake is really very very light and moist and I simply really love the taste! I topped it with chocolate ganache and it's HEAVENLY!



Post-Mortem:
I managed to find a blog with this exact same recipe from "THE CAKE BIBLE". You may refer to the recipe here-Eat & Be Happy.

Saturday's Food

This week I was quite lazy to do baking. Mainly because we shifted our office. With the packing & unpacking, it made me just too tired to bake after I reached home. There are always so many foods/desserts that I want to bake, but donn't know where and how to start. This is what I did today.

Coffee buns extracted from Aunt Yochana's blog.


My Strawberry Shortcake Dessert.
Instead of a cake, I made it into small cups so that it's not so filling. I made nine cups to be exact. I use sponge cake, creme chantilly & strawberries.



I baked pastas for dinner.


Failed Chiffon

I tried Kevin Chai's "Chiffon is done" Mango cake yesterday. Apparently, my oven was too hot which caused my chiffon to become hollow. Then, the cake became "kueh". *Haiz*

Baking A Chocolate Cake

I promised my colleague I will bake a cake for her birthday this week. She preferred a chocolate cake, so here is one simple chocolate cake, just for her. Happy Birthday, Jolene! :)

The recipe is extracted from Rose's "The Cake Bible".


I made Coffee Walnut Swiss Rolls yesterday for my sister. I'm pretty happy with the texture of the coffee cake.

Saturday Breakfast

6 eggs
5 tbsp sugar
150g hot water
8 slices of breads
45g butter
Turns into a
Saturday breakfast of
French Toasts
for a family of 6!


Marble Pound Cake

It's been quite a while since I bake a cake. For the past few weeks, I had been trying and making mooncakes. I was itching to bake a cake again. I was afraid of losing my "baking touch"! :p My colleague requested for a marble pound cake since she likes it. So here it is, a test of my baking again. All was well, except I've forgotten to reduce the sugar again! :p

Spiral Curry Puffs

Since I started baking flaky yam mooncakes, I was quite confident of making the water & oil dough crusts. I decided to try the spiral curry puffs from Jo's Deli then. The recipe calls for the puff to be fried, but I baked it. Therefore, the puffs looked pretty pale. The dough didn't turn out as well too! Guess I'll try again sometime.


Finale

Yesterday was the Mid-Autumn Festival, known as 中秋节 for the Chinese. During this day, what we usually do is to eat mooncakes, pomelos and drink Chinese teas.

I made my final batch of snow skin mooncakes with the help of my dear hubby. In fact, he helped me with all the making and the washing. :) This is the final post for mooncakes. I leave here the description of my grand FINALE.

"Chiller, chiller in the fridge,
I want like to eat mooncakes,
but don't want it baked.
I like chocolate taste,
but don't want lotus paste."

"Your Highness, your highness,
Snow skin mooncakes,
don't require bake.
Chocolate Rum & Raisins,
with Pine Nuts,
will satisfy your gut.
It leaves a Rum after-taste,
without the lotus paste."




Bakings on a Saturday

It's another Saturday again. Saturdays are usually quite busy for me. After breakfast, bring the kids to their Art lesson, while hubby and I go for our marketing. We used to go AMK Ave 10 to buy our weekly groceries. However, since last week, we have switched to Sheng Siong as they have live fish, and I found their range of vegetables are better. I buy whatever I need from there. Some are cheaper, some are not, so it'll offset one another somehow. Better than I have to travel to different places to get different items. :p

I decided to bake another batch of the flaky yam mooncakes, since the last batch wasn't that good. This time, it was much better & satisfactory.



I also prepared dinner tonight since we didn't go to my mum's place as they had other appointment. The roasted chicken turned black very fast as I marinated it with honey. The tilapia fish was 'live' when I bought it in the morning. It was really fresh & the meat was juicy even though I grilled it and looked dried out! The baked cheese potatoes was also nice! All were wiped out at the end of dinner! A good change from the usual meat-veggies-soup-rice meals!

Snow Skin Mooncakes

I'm quite hooked on snow skin mooncakes lately. They are much easier to prepare than those baked ones, and yummy too! Thursday evening, I decided to do another batch of snow skin mooncakes-Pandan & Coffee. I use the Kwong Cheong Thye (KCT) recipe since I bought the Fried Glutinous Rice Flour & the White Lotus Paste there. I'm very happy with the Snow Skin Pandan Mooncakes, but the Snow Skin Coffee Mooncakes were a bit disappointing as there was not much coffee taste & fragrant.




Modified Recipe (Original provided by KCT)
(According to the recipe: Makes 9 regular mooncakes-90g skin + 120g paste, or 20 mini mooncakes-30g skin dough + 60g paste)
Ingredients:
Snow Skin Dough
150g Fried Glutinous Rice Flour
200g Icing Sugar
65g Shortening
150g Cold Drinking Water

1/2 tsp pandan paste
1/2 tsp coffee extract

Method:
1. Sift fried glutinous rice flour and icing sugar together.
2. Add shortening.
3. Add water and mix well into a dough.
4. Divide the dough into two portion, one weighing 244g, the other weighing 305g there or about.
5. Add 1/2 tsp pandan paste to the bigger dough (305g) and 1/2 tsp coffee paste to the other dough (244g).
6. Knead well and ensure that the paste is well mixed with the doughs.
7. Let the dough rest for 20 minutes.
8. Divide each dough into a portion of 61g. You should get 4 doughs for the coffee and 5 doughs for the pandan.

Lotus Fillings
Coffee Paste

360g White Lotus Paste
25g Pine Nuts (toasted)
1 tsp Coffee Paste

Pandan Paste
450g White Lotus Paste
30g Melon Seeds (toasted)
1 tsp Pandan Paste

Method:
1. Under each individual paste, mix the flavoured paste well with the white lotus paste.
2. Add the seeds/nuts to the paste and mix well.
3. Divide the dough into 96g each, 4 portions for coffee and 5 portions for pandan.
4. Flatten a pandan snow skin dough, place a ball of pandan paste and push the paste against the dough.
5. Wrap up the mooncake and roll into a ball.
6. Place the ball into the mould and press until a flat surface is achieved.
7. Knock out the shaped mooncake from the mould by lightly knocking in all directions with one hand and using the other hand to catch the dislodged mooncake.
8. Immediately chill the mooncakes in an airtight container.

祝大家,中秋节快乐! Happy Mid-Autumn Festival to all!

Steamed Tofu & Prawn with Soy Bean Paste

I entrusted my helper to cook one of the recipe from the cookbooks I bought lately. This was from "Master Chef's Kitchen 2: Secret Techniques of Cooking" by Peter Tsang. I went through the recipe with her and taught her how to do it. I also took a picture of the recipe, just in case you would like to try! :)

Our Version:


Master's Version:

Recipe:
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