Apple Crumble Tartlets

Baked my Apple Crumble Tartles this evening.

Cooked the Creme Patissere. Look how smooth and nice it looked!

Cooked fuji apples with butter and ground cinnamon.

Piping Creme Patissere into the tart shells.

My Apple Crumble Tartlets.

My Quiches

I also baked Quiche last Saturday.

The ingredients I put into my quiche include the following:
- onions
- back bacons
- canned button mushrooms
- broccoli
- sausages

For the cream, I mixed cream, milk and eggs. I also added cheese and tomatoes as garnish.

The ingredients are cooked before putting them into the tart dough.

To feed a hungry family of 6, I need to bake so many different sizes!!

These are "personal" Quiches for my children, topped with tomato & parmesan cheese.

This is a 9" pan size Quiche, mainly for the adults.

Cross section of a quarter of the 9" Quiche. Looks yummy yah?

Here is the recipe to share, extracted from "Pastry Cook".

Pastry Crust:
200g plain (all purpose) flour
1/2 tsp salt
90g butter, unsalted
60ml chilled water

1. Sift the flour and salt into a small bowl.
2. Rub or cut in the btter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
3. Add 45ml of the water and mix to a firm dough, adding more water if required.
4. Knead until smooth, wrap in a clear film (plastic wrap) and chill for 20mins.
5. Roll out the dough on a clean, lightly floured work surface and use to line a 9inche loose-based flan tin (quiche pan).
6. Press the pastry firmly into the sides and base of the tin and let it rise above the rim by about 1cm to allow for a little shrinkage during cooking. Prick the pastry base all over with a fork.
7. Preheat the oven to 200C.
8. Bake the pastry for 15-20mins.

As for my fillings, I use 5-6 eggs and add about 80g of whipping cream and 50g of milk. Mix them together and pour them to your fillings.
As indicated above, I cook onions, back bacons, canned button mushrooms, broccoli and sausages before putting them into the cooked pastry crust. Topped them with shredded cheddar cheese.
Finally, pour in the egg and cream mixture slowly over the filling.
Bake them in the oven at 180C for 35-40mins or until the filling has just set.

Baking my Bak Kwa Bread

This is my first time baking breads after my baking course. Not too bad though!

After mixing the dough, cling wrapped and proof for about 15minutes. I need to proof for about 1 hour as it was quite hot today.

Weigh your dough and shape it, then leave to proof again. This time, I proof it in the oven instead.

After 25mins, I rolled it out like swiss roll and placed my cut bak kwa onto it and roll it up.

These are my rolled bread dough with bak kwas.

These are proofed in the oven for about three hours. See how big they have "grown"!

Baking in the oven. Transforming the dough into REAL breads!

These are my blackist breads.

Although it looked blackist, but the taste was really good! It's sweet!

See the cross section of my bread, it has bak kwa pieces inside. Sweet sweet, yum yum!

My Latest Price List

This is my latest Price List, correct as at today.

Preparation of Passion Fruit Mousse Cake

This is the preparation of Passion Fruit Mousse Cake for my brother-in-law.

Using a sponge cake mix, I baked a vanilla cake.

This is Italian Meringue.

Heating up Passion Fruit puree with gelatin.

Folding in Italian Meringue into the Passion Fruit Puree.

This is the Passion Fruit Mousse.

Assembling the cake. Adding the mousse after each sponge cake layer.

This is the final addition. Ready to be frozen.

This is the Passion Fruit Mousse Cake for my brother-in-law, Jon.

This is the cross-section of the Passion Fruit Mousse Cake.

A New Start

This year is a new start to my new baking passion. Beginning January, I attended a Professional Baking course at Creative Culinaire. Although there were 16 of us, but we get to learn lots and heaps from Chef Judy and from one another through our own experience.

At the beginning of the course, Chef Judy said that as the course is a 12-days programme, we either become good friends after that, or become enemies (if we cannot stand one another!) I'm glad we all "graduated" from the course as good friends...or at least no hard feelings! :)

Since then, I've been baking almost everyday. As it was close to CNY by then, I've been baking Almond Cookies and selling them to my colleagues. It was selling like hotcakes. I've also baked some Green Tea cookies to sell.

I'm still practising and exploring new foods.