Happy 2nd Birthday, “Petite Patissiere”!

I’ve been so consumed by what’s been happening in my life that I’ve completely forgotten to do a celebratory blog post for my website’s 2nd anniversary! (Not that it is crucial but I do like celebrations.)

I’ve been on a blogging hiatus for the month of May, it was an unplanned one but I decided to just let it flow. Some things happened in my life which distracted me from baking on the weekends but it is all good now! 

The “tart” pictured above marks my return in baking on my days off and I’m happy to say that it feels great.

What I can say for now is that you really do have to do the things you truly enjoy to be able to feel motivated and happy about yourself everyday. That’s not to say it solves all the problems. Sometimes courage and timing both need to coincide to enable things to happen and passion definitely makes it slightly easier. 

Happy belated Birthday, PetitePatissiere.com. Thank you for being a great platform for me to share my thoughts and ideas. Thank you for helping me meet one of my closest friends through blogging. 

As for all of you who are reading, thanks for all your support for the past two years! I apologise for my on & off hiatus but sometimes unpredictable things happen in life so I am grateful for your continuous readership! 

I have grown and changed together with my website and I’m looking forward to what the future holds for the both of us. Sounds so cheesy but it is true. 

🙂

Making: Chinese New Year – Lemon Cheesecake (Recipe)

When life gives you lemons, make lemon cheesecake!

I love lemons. It has such a refreshing flavour and it’s also good for your health.

We had a few guests over to celebrate Chinese New Year with us and I wanted to make a dessert for the night. Majority of the guests and my family prefer desserts that are less sweet, so I decided to make a lemon cheesecake for the occasion.

This cheesecake was easy to make as no baking was required. All I had to do was mix the ingredients together, pour the batter into the pan and it was ready to go in 4 hours after setting.

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Making: Dessert Table

I moved into a new place late last year and to celebrate, I had a house warming party and invited some friends and family over for a gathering. My mum was in charge of the savoury dishes and I took over the desserts station. I have never done a dessert table before so I stuck to what I could easily do so that I don’t stress out too much (because moving is already stressful as it is).

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The final dessert table featuring some savoury macarons, a colourful macaron tower, 3 tiers of strawberry tarts, a cheese platter, some fruits and some earl grey praline.

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My Top 3 Patisseries in Melbourne (2014)

Melbourne is jam packed with good and great patisseries. Whether you’re just looking for a casual for a catch up with friends over cake and coffee, or whether you’re looking for a place to eat great pastries, it is not difficult at all to find a decent place but here are my picks for Top 3. 🙂

1. La Belle Miette

Morning Tea at La Belle Miette

Morning Tea at La Belle Miette

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Laduree, Shanghai

Ah, Laduree, the mother of macarons! I was so excited when I heard that Laduree has finally arrived in Shanghai so I made it a point to visit this place before I leave in a couple of weeks time!

I have very fond memories of Laduree, not because they make the best macarons I have ever tasted, but because my very first macaron experience was in Laduree’s London branch. I bought a pistachio and a dark chocolate macaron back then, and I was in heaven. The macarons weren’t overly sweet, and had a nice almond flavour in addition to the chocolate/pistachio flavour. It was then I started paying more attention to these beautiful treats!

Since that experience, I have tried many macarons, good and bad over the years and have slowly formed my own expectations on what good macarons should taste like: crispy shell, chewy centre, intense flavour and not sickeningly sweet. I don’t care much for the colour of the shells – it is the taste and texture that I am looking for.

Other than macarons from other patisseries, I have also tried macarons from the Paris and Singapore store and I have to say, I wasn’t at all impressed with what I tasted, especially given that they’re meant to be one of the best in the world (along with Pierre Hermes)

Lauduree, Shanghai

Lauduree, Shanghai

It is located in the Xuhui district, in Grand Gateway Mall, on ground floor, right opposite Tiffany & Co. What a clever location, it is surrounded by all the luxury brands in the Mall – which probably shares the same clientele as Laduree.

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