2012-09-04

The side effect of baking

I have mentioned in my blog a couple of times that cooking&baking is my 2012 new year resolution. I have started with sweet dessert (Golden glutinous rice balls), deep frying snacks (Sweet potato balls), steamed cakes , baked bread pudding, cup cakes, cake lapis , batik cake, scones, chicken pies, cookies, butter cakes, egg tarts, various fried noodles, pasta.and the list is ongoing. Besides, I also bought a few baking and cooking appliances this year, such as Happy Call Pan, Electric Mixer, and Electric Oven.

The following are my latest attempts in baking.

1.Condensed milk pandan cake (Original recipe from Alice)
120g butter
120g plain flour
1/2 cup sweet condensed milk
40g icing sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp pandan paste
1/2 tsp salt
chocolate chips( I skipped this and replaced with cocoa powder)

Beat butter and sugar til light and fluffy
Add in vanilla essence and salt, beat til thick, add in sweet condensed milk, beat til well incorporated
In low speed, add in flour gradually, mix well
Add in eggs one at a time - around 1minute duration in between
Add in chocolate chips, mix well
Bake in preheated oven of 180degC for 30minutes
2. Pumpkin Butter Cake (Original recipe from Wendy )
200gm sugar
200gm butter
Seeds scraped from 1 vanilla
5 large eggs
300gm cake flour sifted together with 1 tsp baking powder
200gm soft steamed pumpkin flesh (I put in 300gm )
Handful of pumpkin seeds ( I skipped this)

1. Preheat oven to 160/180C. Line a 8 inch square pan
2. Beat sugar, butter and vanilla until light and fluffy.
3. Add in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
4. Add in half of sifted flour, on low speed then beat until well combined.
5. Put in pumpkin and beat until all mushed up.
6. Put in remaining flour and beat until just combined.
7. Pour batter into prepared pan and sprinkle with pumpkin seeds.
8. Bake for 50 minutes or until done when tested with a skewer.
As I put too much pumpkin, the cake had become too heavy to rise higher. Anyway it tasted like kuih bingka. Yummy!
3. Yannie's Egg tarts (2nd attempt) (Ingredients from Lena, Methods from I heart my bakes)
Ingredients for skin:
Butter 190gm, softened
Flour 225gm
Custard Powder 75gm
Sugar 60gm
1 egg (beaten)

Method:
1. Rub butter, flour and sugar with fingers into crumbs. 
2. Add egg bit by bit to form a dough. 
3. Fridge the dough for 30 minutes.

Ingredients for filling:
Boiling water 100gm
Sugar 75gm
Egg 2
Fresh milk 125gm

Method:
1. Preheat oven at 200C for 15mins
2. Dissolve sugar in boiling water, let cool, add egg and fresh milk. Do not beat, just stir and mix.
3. Sift the filling and let the filling mixture rest for about 30 minutes (Note: This is a crucial step so don't skip it)
4. Remove the dough from the fridge. Weigh dough into 20 - 25 gm balls.
5. Flatten with your hands to form a circle.
6. Place into the tart mould (tart mould picture is shown below).
7. Using your thumb, gently mould the pastry upwards.
8. Cut excess pastry using a sharp knife.
9. Prick the pastry using a fork to allow air to escape when the tarts are baking.
10. Blind bake the tart pastry at 180 C for 10 minutes.
11. Cool down for 2 minutes before pouring in the custard until 80 % full.
12. Bake at 180 C for another 15 minutes until the custard is not wobbly when shaken
I usually bake in the evening when my daughters are attending tuition at home. My bakes will become their tonight bedtime snacks, and also their tomorrow lunch box snacks at school. I always be the first one to taste all my own bakes, before I let others to taste it. As a result, I have gained 2 kg this year, albeit I followed my exercise regimen diligently.  Tell me, what can I do to get rid of those calories in my bakes?

47 comments:

  1. Aiyo... who cares about calories? Just wallop those nice things you baked la! wakaka

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    1. Your kids are active and so do you.

      So burn calories, input calories. OK what! :)

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    2. I would look at the weighing scale that I have gained 2kgs of happiness!!! Be happy lah, life is so short.

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    3. yalah, you wallop and then follow Lina to go for marathons around the Taiping Lake Garden~~

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    4. Eat now and think (exercise!) later :D

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    5. Lina can help you wallop off some of the calories

      Ya like Yvonne say. eat now think later

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  2. definetely ahem ahem ahem more ...

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    1. Just look at our glutton and highly sexed SP!!! How he maintains his M sized torso!! I am so jealous la!

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  3. Haha, that's surely the side effects of baking!
    But you go to the gym and yoga right? That should be ok wert!

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  4. easy to gain but hard to lose..how to resist those nice baking?? :)

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  5. It is still good to be your neighbor :P

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  6. i try this pumpkin cake recipe from wendy before . It's turn out just like urs , wet inside and not really taste nice wor .

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  7. Yea...we are always the first one to taste. If no good..sendiri makan.ahahahha

    I think it a great milestones you have achieved Yan!

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  8. u very skinny wor.. no worries la.

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    1. yes.. a lil fat is good..
      jin jin love it.. LOL

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  9. and i wanna say yr egg tart looks so much better than your first batch. Yummy!

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  10. as i say again..
    tea time with fresh bake egg tart and white coffee = HEAVEN...

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    1. I am a coffee and cakes lover!! It connects HELL and HEAVENS!!!

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    2. not necessarily egg tarts, in fact i think any types of cakes or pastries will make a heaven to me~~

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    3. I don't care whether it's egg tart or cakes, as long as I can savour all the goodness and it's FOC!

      I'm such glutton and greedy :p

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  11. lol now you put angry birds as your deco on your egg tart.. kekekeke..
    so now no more ask April or May to give you thumb up? lol

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    1. Didn't you realize the angry birds pictures are drawn by her 2 princesses?

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  12. That's 2kg of happiness that money cannot buy :P nothing is more important that seeing the happy faces of your loved ones when they see those home-baked goodies right? i don't think the 2kg is noticeable on you :)

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  13. Wah...u achieve your resolution this year. I love your egg tarts! 2kg should be no sweat for you since you exercise regularly.

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  14. I am sure you have already achieved your resolution even before end of the year and you have really improved a lot on your baking/cooking skill, despite I yet have the chance to try any of those but from the look of it, already full marks.

    With regards to the 2kg increase, it actually does not make any different in you in terms of outlook but it definitely have made you a much happier person in terms of satisfaction and also family bonding cos they love your cooking/baking.

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  15. I can see "Yannie's Cookery Book" appearing in the bookstores someday!

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  16. i think you have well progress with achieving your 2012 resolution huh?? it seems like you've been baking a lot and getting better with every attempt.. :)

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    1. especially that you are open to comments and feedback, and then you improve yourself with new attempts and get the baking better and better.. this is something i think you deserve a "LIKE"..

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    2. of course by just looking at the photos we can just always comment with yummy.. hahaha!! but we do give our valuable comments on the background of the photo right?? geez~~

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    3. and the latest one!! the angry bird coloring/drawing work done by both your princess!! am i right??

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  17. the egg tarts seem to look more like "egg tart" this round, haha.. remember the last round i commented they look like cheese tarts?? hehehehe~~

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    1. hahahaha, pumpkin cake turned kuih bingka?? well, at least you 真材實料 i bet sure very full with the pumpkin aroma when chewing in the mouth..

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    2. and who cares about those extra calories?? hahahaha, i think you are even happier that others like your cake and they ask you to bake for them more next time?? :p

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    3. first you have your supportive princesses, and then not to forget your 餓鬼 colleagues too!! but you seldom mention about your jin jin in your baking posts one?? :p

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  18. I'm still thinking of your topo cake~~ Those are really delicious! Blame it to the condensed milk you put in it.

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    1. Your egg tart is a successful story. Very nice to go with a cup of green tea. And they are very filling, too!

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  19. Hahaha...but usually the baker will test first then tarak eat punya wor. At least that is the story of me la. I cook but the feel lazy to eat pulak :(

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  20. The tart you made ah really makes me kepunan tart liao

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  21. I am really impressed with all your bakes and makes. Really want to try your condensed milk pandan cake & pumpkin cake and the luo honguo jelly too!!

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  22. I used to love baking cheesecakes (and cheesecakes only) but wonder what happened, I stop baking for almost 10 years eventhough I inherited mom in-law baking "gah chang".. It will not be obvious even if you put on few lbs as you are tall. No worries.. :)

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  23. oh yum!! I substitute applesauce for oil...cuts many calories.

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  24. Hi Yan, eat first, count the calories later. You so slim still can afford to put on 2kg.

    Everything look delicious :)
    Have a nice day.

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  25. you bake, you eat a little and then give it to your friends! let them grow fat, not us!! haha!

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  26. Yan, don't worry about that extra 2 kg. Most important, be happy of what you are doing and I believe your girls + hubby loves the cakes you baked. Continue baking.

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  27. Yan, I heart your egg tarts.

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