Monday, August 8, 2011

Oreo Chiffon Cake




When I saw this Oreo Chiffon Cake at Table for Two or More, I know I need to lay my fingers on it. Firstly cos I always wanna try baking chiffon cake again. Secondly is Oreo, one of my favourite baking ingredient (Wendy ever teased me that I should get sponsorship from Oreo heeheehee...). Especially when looking at Wendy's photos making me drooling, and of course also her comment on the cake.


Recipe adapted from Table for Two or More and Cherry Potato


Ingredients :
(A)
65gm oreo (half a regular tube), lightly pulverized together with cream

(B)
5 egg yolks
50gm sugar
60gm milk
60gm corn oil
100gm cake flour, sifted

(C)
5 egg whites
½ tsp cream of tartar or 1 tsp lemon/lime juice
60gm sugar

Method :
1. Preheat oven at 160/180C.
2. Mix yolks and sugar together. Then put in the oil and milk. Then the sifted flour. Combine with a whisk until smooth. (Do not whisk or beat but just combine)
3. Beat egg whites until frothy, put in cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks. Put in sugar gradually and beat until stiff.
4. Fold ¼ of egg whites into (2) and then another ¼ of egg whites.
5. Pour egg yolk batter into the remaining egg whites and fold (no need to be too thorough).
6. Put in pulverized oreos and fold until well combined.
7. Pour into a clean ungreased tube pan (22 or 25cm will be fine) and bake for 45 minutes.
8. Invert immediately upon removal from oven. Wait for it to cool down totally before removing cake from pan.


Verdict?
I need to improve my folding skill, guess I over folded the batter again that caused the bottom part of the cake to become compact. However the upper part is soft and fluffy, indeed very nice.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Lemon Chocolate Muffin with Strawberry Chocolate Chips

                                                                               
It is quite unbelievable that I have been missing from blogsphere for more than 3 months, time flies. My blog is fulled of dust and spider web, I am feeling bad for neglecting it. Even though I have been keep telling myself that I have to "pull" myself up to do some "spring cleaning" but the tiredness just always overrule everything :P.

I am getting tire easily, everyday back to home from work, I will just want to lie on the bed to rest and do nothing, I have stopped baking for nearly 6 months. I will even feel sleepy in the mid of working during the past 2 month, sometimes as early as 11am that I will need a nap for 20 - 60 mins. Luckily my boss and colleagues are very understanding, they are so receptive on my napping that no one will come and disturb me :P.


I am feeling especially guilty towards dear daughter, I have been neglected her during this period. Although she understands due to my tiredness, I cannot provide her my full attention and she is very welcome and look forward for the new member that is joining our family on October. But no matter what, she is still just a 7 year old kid, it is not easy for her to adapt to the changes. She started to behave like a baby, talk like a baby, even her tuiton teacher noticed her changes. She always forgot to do home works and recently, I even received a call from her form teacher that she didn't bring her work book to school for almost a week :(. Had a good talk with her and I will also trying to pay more attention on her, hope things will be back to track soon.

I still have some baking backlogs done before CNY that I will be updating in the blog when I am available. I am definitely still be inactive for the next few months but I will try my best to keep this blog "alive" :P.

Recipe adapted from '爱'生活 My Life with modifications since I want to get rid of the lemon chocolate and strawberry chocolate chips.

Ingredients : Makes 6 big muffins
120g unsalted butter
125g lemon chocolate
10g castor sugar
120g milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
200g self raising flour
60g strawberry chocolate chips

Method :1. Cream butter and sugar with electric beater till light and fluffy.
2. Melt the lemon chocolate and add into (1) and mix well.
3. Add in milk, eggs and vanilla extract, mix well in high speed.
4. Fold in the Sifted flour and mix well. Lastly stir in the strawberry chocolate chips.
5. Scoop the batter in to the muffin paper liners to about 3/4 full.
6. Bake in the preheated oven 180C for 25 minutes or till the tester comes out clean.

Verdict?
The muffin is soft, moist and fluffy, taste more like a cake. It is full of the lemon chocolate fragrant and not too sweet. The pink chocolate chips complement the muffin so well, although a bit sweet when you bite into it. Definitely a keeper.

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