You know the thing with baking? It can take you anywhere.
It always starts with an idea, and then it plays out and you never know where it’ll take you until you’ve completed the whole product. This isn’t always the case since baking is a science and everything happens according to plan if you follow a recipe, but if you’re creating something as you go, then it is interesting to see where an idea can take you.
A couple of Sundays ago, I had an idea in mind – I wanted to make a tart. I didn’t know exactly what tart to make but I knew I wanted to make a tart for sure. I played with the idea of making a raspberry chocolate tart because that is a flavour combination that I was familiar with and also had the ingredients for, but as the day went by, my ideas changed and this “Almost There Triple Caramel Tart” was born.
Baking on the weekends is one of the things I enjoy and look forward to every week. Making something makes me happy and I love photographing those treats and finally devouring the pastries I end up making every week.
Work has been very busy lately and it has left me feeling uninspired with my own baking at home. Usually I will have something planned already mid week but not this week. Feeling a little frustrated with myself, I looked through my fridge and freezer for some ideas and saw that I still have a packet of frozen puff pastry!
Frozen puff pastries are extremely easy to work with and can come very handy when you’re feeling a little lazy, or uninspired – like me, today. So I thought, why not make a (cheat) Mille Feuille?
So I really enjoy shopping, any type of shopping excites me and I go crazy if I am in the mood to spend money. The easiest things for me to buy are fruits and snacks. They’re just so easy to grab and go. The colours are usually enticing, flavours exciting and most importantly, if they’re fruits, they are healthy too.
I get shopping crazy sometimes and end up with punnet of fruits in the fridge gone uneaten for days. There’s only so much fruits you can eat without getting sick of them and sometimes, the busy lifestyle gets the better of me and I forget these healthy snacks that are in my fridge.
This weekend, when I opened my fridge I “discovered” week old raspberries and blueberries. They looked very inviting but also expiring, I didn’t want to eat them on their own and didn’t have any yoghurt to go with, so I thought why not whip up some quick sweet pastry tart shells to transform these beauties into tarts!
Soufflé is something that I’ve always wanted to make but never got around to doing mainly due to the perceived difficulty in making them. While I was shopping for baking supplies after my oven was fixed, I picked up 2 small ramekins intending to make soufflé one day and last Saturday night felt like the right time to do so.
Learning from my sort of failed attempt at making a gula melaka chiffon cake, I decided to make this soufflé in the ‘original’ flavour, namely – Vanilla. On a side note, I made another chiffon cake that day as well before making the soufflé, also in vanilla flavour and it turned out really well!
My oven is finally fixed! After months of not being able to make anything at home, I finally baked a cake over the weekend using my home oven 🙂 Baking at home is different from baking at work, it is more personal and I love it!
I have always wanted to try baking chiffon cakes because they’re one of my favourite things to eat. It’s soft, fluffy and usually fragrant (my favourite flavour is pandan). In preparation for this bake, I did a lot of research and read up a lot on the tips and tricks in baking a good chiffon cake.