Wednesday, August 15, 2007

The Giant 80th Birthday Cake

WOW! Was really busy the previous week preparing the pistachio gateaux cake for a close relative who was celebrating her 80th birthday. There were altogether approximately 160 guests, so the cake had to be sufficient to feed everyone, at least a small piece, right?

Birthday was on National Day, same day as Singapore, but difference in the year. : ) Dinner celebration was on the 8th of Aug, Wed.

Day 1

As it was going to be a pistachio cake, started preparing the pistachio nuts on Mon, toasting them to bring out the flavour & grinding them.

Day 2

Tues, made 10 pistachio sponge cakes of 8 inch square, 2 at a time, 1 in each oven. Fortunately I have 2 ovens. Phew! Sliced each cake into 3 to prepare for the filling. Only need 9 cakes, cos fitting it into a square of 3 cakes per side.

Day 3 (part 1)

Then D Day came on Wed. Prepared the pastry cream using dairy cream which has a better taste than non-dairy cream. Used pistachio paste to give an original pistachio flavour as well. Spread the cream on all the cake surfaces & placed them into boxes.

Day 3 (part 2)

Transported 9 cakes to the venue and start arranging the 9 cakes into ONE big square cake. Spread more cream to cover all the cake well & decorated with colourful marshmallows & pistachio nuts. See picture above.

Well, for those of you who are wondering if everyone got a piece of the cake, YES, they did. The restaurant staff were pretty good in their 'division' and there was even some leftovers which went like hot cakes.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Almond Cookies Recipe

Wow! Time sure flies...

Had just done an order for almond cookies & coming up next would be a 'huge' pistachio gateaux for an 80-year old grand dame who shares the same birthday with Singapore. : )

Time now to share the recipe for ALMOND COOKIES

225 g plain flour
180 g icing sugar
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
130 g almonds
90 - 100 g corn oil
1 egg yolk (beaten, to be used to brush over dough before baking)

1. Preheat oven at 1500C
2. Fry almonds over low heat and pound. Leave 30 g as topping.
3. Sieve A and B into a bowl and mix.
4. Add in 100 g pounded almond and mix.
5. Pour in corn oil and knead into dough.
6. Flatten dough and cut with cookie cutters.
7. Brush with egg wash and place almond topping.
8. Bake for approximately 20 - 25 minutes till golden brown.
9. Once cool, keep in air-tight container.


Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Jam on Tarts

Jam on Tarts as one of our friends lovingly calls our Dolly's Glory Pineapple Tarts.

Simple to make but time consuming.

Had an order over the weekend and spent 6 hours making them starting from the dough to the kneading and shaping and of course, not forgetting the baking. Then the cooling period before arranging them into little bottles ready to be sold.

Total count:- 400 dainty little Dolly's Glory

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Yummy Yummy Chocolate


a preparation of the seeds of cacao, roasted, husked, and ground, often sweetened and flavored, as with vanilla.
a beverage made by dissolving such a preparation in milk or water, served hot or cold: a cup of hot chocolate.
candy made from such a preparation.
an individual piece of this candy.
any syrup or flavoring made from this preparation or artificially imitating its flavor.
a dark brown color.

made, flavored, or covered with chocolate: chocolate cake; chocolate ice cream.
having the color of chocolate; dark-brown.

A delicious, mouth-watering piece of sweetened chocolate is a treat that tempts everyone. Not many people can resist chocolate.

Mention the word chocolate and we dream of melt-in-the-mouth chocolate, chocolate nut clusters, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, chocolate truffle, chocolate candy, chocolate fountain, fruits dipped in chocolate and tons more. Whatever it is, chocolate is irresistable to chocoholics, especially good quality chocolate.

Consider chocolate for a quick energy pick up. After heavy exercises and a tough workout, your body is crying out for nutrition. An easy, quick and reasonably priced way of fulfilling this need is to simply savor a piece of chocolate.

How do you show someone you love them? Do you buy them expensive gifts? Spend quality time together? Make personal sacrifices just to see them smile? Dedicate a song to them? Write a love letter or note of encouragement? Become their cheerleader? Those are wonderful things to do but have you thought about giving them chocolate?

Coming up, an easy and simple way of enjoying chocolate that you can make yourself or have a fun time doing with your kids.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

choc rocher & dolly's glory


chocolate rocher

- crunchy flakes with the sweetness of raisins and added crunch of nuts gives this rocher a wonderful texture & makes you yearn for more

$10 per bt

dolly's glory

- common name pineapple tarts

- known as dolly's glory as it resembles dolly parton's glory & tastes as good as glory's (as per my brother) : )

$10 per bt

Eggless pineapple tarts are available too at the same price.

To order, please call 90276873 or 94590038.