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Madeleines Ispahan for Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Both Chap Goh Meh (Chinese Valentine) and Hallmark Valentine! :] And to my dearest, you probably are on your way to Zanzibar now and with the spotty connection, you probably won’t see this at all. I’m not even sure if my blog is still part of your feed, considering how dormant it has become for the past few months. Anyway, I hope this will be the

Basic Pâte Sucrée (Sweet Pastry Crust) Recipe

For those of you who are visiting my humble blog for the first time, welcome! You probably have come here because I have shared with you my blog address during the Mayer at Expo fair, and you probably want to get your hands on my tart recipe, which I have shared with some of you but eventually got lazy to list down all the ingredients and steps repeatedly. And hey,

Giveaway winner…and some updates

First, I need to apologize for the belated giveaway announcement. It didn’t strike me that the date I was to make the annoucement would be new year’s eve and I would be rushing around like a headless chicken doing CNY preparation with my mom. So I’m sorry for those who participated in my giveaway…read on below for the results! The past week, I have been a little busy with a

The best buttery laminated pastry ever – Kouign Amann

If you asked me a couple of years ago if I would ever utter the words kouign amann (pronounced as quiee-ah-mahn) in Singapore, I would have thought you’re nuts. But well oh well, with the great number of ‘hipster’ cafes and patisseries and bakeries popping up in Singapore lately, it appears that pastries like this king of laminated pastry has made its appearance in our sunny little island. I might be a bit

Giveaway Results and some Matcha Madeleines

As promised, here are the winners of my strawberry powder giveaway! I know some of you added me on Twitter, but I’m not sure if it’s because of the giveaway or otherwise, but because you didn’t leave a comment as per the ‘rules’, I didn’t include you in the draw. I used random.org to select the two lucky winners but the problem is I’m an IT noob and I have no

Ferrero Macarons for Macaron du Jour

Today’s Jour du Macaron or Macaron Day in France, and a couple of other places around the world. If you’ve never heard of Macaron Day, well now you have. It’s created by none other than Pierre Hermé, in a collaboration with members of the Association Relais Desserts to raise awareness for a charity. This year, the charity is Autistes sans frontiers, or Autism without Frontiers. What happens is that you

Strawberry Milk Macarons and a Mini Giveaway!

I’ve been on a kick to use “all natural ingredients” or ingredients that are as unprocessed as possible. This of course translates to less refined flours and sugars, and more wholemeal flours, non-wheat flours, as well as different forms of sugar, such as molasses. This has also translated into using only ‘natural food coloring’ in my foods, and thus far, I’ve only experimented with red and green, mainly because they

Pink Salted Caramel Macarons for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This post has been long in the making. Like 8 months kinda long. Ever since my first post on macarons more than half a year ago, I’ve been making macarons on and off, experiencing more failures than successes. I’m experimented with technique, temperature, equipment, ingredients and a whole lot of other variables, and have come to the conclusion that macarons are indeed iffy little creatures and having a humid and

Pierre Hermé’s Ispahan Cupcakes

Ever since I anointed Pierre Hermé as my pastry god, I’ve been wanting to try out this particular flavor combination, but didn’t because raspberries were always so expensive and I didn’t want to splurge on them. Well, I’m glad I did because raspberries were on sale and boy oh boy, was my cake ispahan delicious! I really have to thank heavens for the day Pierre Hermé dreamed up of this flavor combination,

Vacherin with seasonal fruit

This is my second recipe from Stéphane Reynaud’s 365 Good Reasons to Sit down to Eat book, as part of the 365 challenge. This was supposed to be made on the 15 July, but is rather belated (again) because I’ve been inundated with lots of work and haven’t been able to blog as much as I would have liked although I still am baking quite a bit. Anyway, I first chose this