Monday, September 1, 2014

Little Thumbs Up : Apple

 Apples from our 70 years old tree 

I'm truly honered to be hosting this month's Little Thumbs Up event  . Thanks to the organizers of this event , Zoe of  Bake For Happy Kids & Doreen from My Little Favourite DIY for giving me this opportunity .  I guess that it’s not a surprise for most of you who are familiar with my blog  that I’ve chosen APPLE as my  theme . Well , I happened to be living in a mini apple orchard & I"m always looking for new apple recipes to use up all my apples especially during autumn/winter . I'm really looking forward to all your apple entries & sharing your recipes  .  There are more than 7000 varieties of apple worldwide  .  They come in many colors & most commonly seen in red, green & yellow  .  Apples are tasty either in baking or cooking .  They are  packed  with vitamin C , B-complex  , good source of  minerals such as potassium, iron & calcium . An apple has only 50 to 80 calories .  Lots of good reason to eat apple everyday . As the old saying goes 'An apple a day keeps the doctor away' . 

Elstar apple from our ochard

***Come join  this fun linky party by simply bake or cook  recipes using apple ,  applesauce , apple compote , apple juice , apple butter or apple cider will be accepted .  Recipes can be your own   ,  from cook books or blogs ( do give credit )  .  You can submit as many APPLE recipes  as you like .

1)      All submission must be current post of this month .

2)     Do display 'Little Thumbs Up' badge in your post .

3)      Please mention this in your post :'This post is linked to Little Thumbs Up event   organized by Bake For Happy Kids with My Little Favourite DIY & hosted this month by  I-Lost in Austen .'

4)      You can link with us at this post from 2nd September untill 30th September 2014 .

Happy baking & cooking everyone 

Apple Rose Tarts
** Do you know that apple tree is a member of the rose family too

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Apple Tart Fine – Tarte fine aux pommes (Gordon Ramsay)

A favourite of our family , this classic French dessert - Tarte fine aux pommes or Apple Tart Fine . I’ve came across this version of Gordon Ramsay on YouTube . A perfect dessert that is so easy to put together with only few ingredients & ready within minutes . Usually I’ll add some ground cinnamon for the topping together with light brown sugar before baking it instead of using a blow torch to caramelized the apples .  But nevertheless this version of Gordon Ramsay were really delicious especially with ice-cream …. YUM !

.***  By the way , I’ll be hosting next month’s Little Thumbs Up event & my theme is APPLE .  This event is hosted by Bake For Happy Kids &  My Favourite Little DIY . So do stay tune to my next post & join the fun linking party which will begin on  2nd September . 

Apple  Tart Fine – Tarte fine aux pommes (Gordon Ramsay)
Adapted from HERE

Ingredients :
 Puff pastry
2 large apples (cored, peeled & finely sliced) I’ve used Granny Smith apples
1 tbsp melted butter
Icing sugar

Method :

1)      Preheat oven to 190°C . Cut the puff pastry into a 20 cm circle  & place it on lined baking tray .

2)      Place sliced apples over the puff pastry by layering them . Brush melted butter over the apples & sprinkle with sugar . Bake till apple turned lightly brown for about 20 to 25 mins .

3)      Remove from oven & sprinkle icing sugar over the tart . Using blow torch to caramelized the apples . Served with ice-cream of your choice . YUM

***To watch how Gordon Ramsay make this tart HERE

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Plum Blossom

I've adapted this recipe from Alan Ooi's cookbook - Mooncake Sonata but not sure if this pastry is considered as mooncake or not . Anyway , we love this flaky cake with homemade red bean filling . I really enjoyed making this mini floral pastries . Hopefully I've more time to make some mooncakes for the Mid- Autumn Festival which falls on September 8th this year .

Submitting this post to Cook -Your -Book # 15 organized by Kitchen Flavours . I’m also linking this post to Little Thumbs Up event organized by Bake For Happy Kids & My Little Favourite D I Y . This month’s host is Domestic Goddess Wannabe & her theme is FLOUR .   I’ll be hosting next month’s Little Thumbs Up event & my theme is APPLE .  So do join in the fun & share some of your favourite apple recipes with us .

 Plum Bossom Mooncake
Red bean filling adapted from My Style Of Recipes

Indgredients :
(A) Water Dough
160g flour
25g icing sugar
50g magarine
75 ml water

(B) Oil Dough
110g flour
70g shortening

(Filling) 300g red bean paste (recipe HERE
1 egg yolk( for glazing)
Some black sesame


1)      Water Dough : Mix ingredients A till well combined . Set aside for 10 mins. Then divide the dough into 10 portions about 30g each & form into balls.

2)      Oil Dough : Mix indredients B  till well combined . Divide the dough into 10 portions about 18g each & form into balls.

3)      Flatten the water dough & place oil dough in the center . Wrap both dough together to form into ball . Using a rolling pin, roll the dough flat & then roll it up like Swiss Roll . Repeat for the rest of the dough .

4)      Then  roll flat again with a rolling pin & roll back up again to form Swiss Roll . Set aside for 10 mins

5)      With a rolling pin, roll flat a portion of dough & wrap red bean paste filling (30g / portion ) Seal the dough by pinching the it securely . Form it into a ball & flatten it  . Cut 5 to 6 ‘petal’ on the dough with scissor & draw a line at each petal with a plastic knife . Brush on egg yolk & sprinkle with some black sesame seeds as shown .  Bake in preheated oven at 190°C for 20 mins or till golden brown .

Sunday, August 17, 2014

North African Egg (Gordon Ramsay)

This is one of our favorite summer weekend brunch , Gordon Ramsay's North African Eggs .  Easy & so flavourful with seasonal juicy tomatoes & capsicums .  I've added 1/4 tsp of chilli powder to make it even more spicier as we love hot spicy food !  Goes great with Basmati rice & salads .... YUM !

Linking this post to Cook Like A Star – Cook Like Gordon Ramsay event organized by Bake For Happy Kids with Piece Of Cake & Eat Your Heart Out .
Recipe from Gordon Ramsay Ultimate Home Cooking  .  To watch this video HERE

Individual dish

North African Eggs (Gordon Ramsay)

Ingredients for 4
 1 onion, chopped
 2 garlic, finely sliced
1 green , capsicumdiced
1 red capsicum, diced
1 chilli, sliced
4 to 5 tomatoes, diced
1 tsp cumin seed
1/4 tsp chilli powder (optional)
4 eggs
Olive oil
Salt & pepper


1)      Add olive oil to a hot pan (medium heat), fry chopped onion & peppers . Stir well , then add in garlic , chilli & cook till soften.

2)      Add in chopped tomatoes & cumin seed . Fry till the cumin seeds are fragrant & the tomatoes are soften . Season with salt & pepper .

3)      Make 4 wells in your spicy dish & crack in the eggs in each well . Cover  &  cook for 5 mins on low heat if you like runny egg yolks .  If not let it cook for few more mins till all the eggs are set .  You can also topped with chopped spring onion & freah chopped coriander . Enjoy 

Family Dish 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Steamed Black Sesame Butterfly Buns

Gosh! Can't believe that I've neglected my blog for more than 2 months !! Sorry for me MIA  but I was really  busy & lazy at the same time  (more to laziness though) . LOL  Time sure flies & it's about time I get back into track  ! So lets begin with this  lovely butterfly shape chinese steamed buns that I wanted to share with you all today  .  I was quite amazed when I spotted this recipe at Recettes d'un Chinoise's blog .  Finally I've made ... Yeah ! Very pleased with the outcome & so very yummy too . 

Steamed Black Sesame Butterfly Buns

Ingredients yields about 10 buns
150g cake or pastry flour (T45)
2g instant yeast
80 to 90 ml of warm water or warm milk
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp ground black sesame
A pinch of salt


1) In a small bowl add warm water & yeast . Stir well to dissolve & let stand till foamy for about 10 to 15 mins .

2) In a  mixing bowl combine flour ,sugar, the salt . Gradually stir in yeast mixture to make a soft smooth dough . Divide the dough into 2 portion & add ground sesame in one of the portion . Knead till well combined . Place in a greased  bowl & cover with damp tea towel or plastic wrap. Let it rise in a warm room till it doubled in size , about 1 hours.

3) On a clean surface , roll both dough into  rectangles, one overlaying the other.
Roll up them up together to form a  a swiss roll &  leave 1-2 cm edge at the end, this will make the antennae of the butterfly (as shown in the picture below) .

4) Cut the roll into 1 cm thick slices . To make the butterfly form, joined or stick  2 slices together as shown below . 

5) Using a chopstick or a skewer to pinch the center to form a butterfly .   Repeat with the remaining dough   & cover with tea towels or plastic wrap in a warm room for 20 mins . Steamed them on medium heat for 15 mins . Serve them warm


** Linking this post to Little Thumbs Up event organized by Bake For Happy Kids & MyLittle Favorite D I Y. This month’s host is Domestic Goddess Wannabe & her theme is FLOUR  .  By the way , I’ll be hosting next month’s Little Thumbs Up event & my theme is APPLE .  So do join in the fun & share some of your favourite apple recipes with us .

Monday, May 26, 2014

Pecan Streusel Coffee Cake (THB)

A delicious classic Coffee Cake with rich pecan streusel that I've baked last week . Love the sweet cinnamon crunchy topping & soft crumb cake . YUM! I've made the full recipe using low fat yogurt & reduced the sugar to 1/3 cup . Turned out great & not overly sweet .  Thanks to Mich from A Piece Of Cake who has sellected this recipe for all of us at The Home Baker (THB) to try out this month . This event is organized by Joyce from Kitchen Flavours & we are baking all the recipes from Lou Shibert Pappas's cookbook - Coffee Cake .  For the full recipe please go over to Mich & more lovely bakes from THB member HERE

 For the full recipe HERE

Monday, May 19, 2014

Avocado Milk Pound Cake

I've bookmarked this recipe from Wendy of Table For 2 for quite awhile  now . Well, 2 years ago to be exact but never get around to make it .  I've never use avocado in bakes before & to be honest I'm not keen of this fruit . But surprising this cake was very rich & tasty . Although the flavour of the avocado is quite subtle but with the addition of condensed milk  gave it a delicious moist creamy taste to the cake . It was not overly sweet & I love the natural green color  .  My family was quite amazed that this is actually an avocado cake .  Well, so do I ! LOL

Linking this post to Little Thumbs Up event hosted this month by  Awayofmind Bakery House . The theme of this month is MILK . This event is organised by  Bake For Happy Kids & My Little Favorite DIY

Avocado Milk Pound Cake

115g butter
50g sugar
120 g very ripe avocado flesh
1 Tbsp lemon or lime juice ( I’ve used lime)
150g condensed milk
200g cake flour
100g all purpose flour
 1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
2 large eggs

1)      Combine avocado flesh with lemon/ lime juice & mash till fine texture . Pass it through a sieve & set aside .

2)      Sift cake flour, all purpose flour , baking powder & baking soda together . Set aside .

3)      Preheat oven at 150°C (fan) / 170°C . Greased & line 2 loaf pans (3x8) 

4)      Cream butter & sugar till creamy & fluffy . Beat in eggs , one at a time & beating well after each addition . 

5)      Whisk in condensed milk till well combined . Fold in half the sifted flour & mix on low speed . Add in the rest of the flour & mix till smooth . 

6)      Mix in avocado puree on low speed till well combined . Pour batter into prepared loaf pan & bake for 35 mins till golden brown .