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Paul Hollywood’s Chelsea Buns recipe

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I am not putting the recipe for these here since you can find them here and here. I simply followed everything Paul instructed in the video for these. (I think I am becoming a really big fanboy!) The only difference is the lack of dried cranberries which I substituted for with more raisins and apricots.

The basic idea is to make an enriched dough, prove it, roll it out, put the filling, roll up like you would for a cinnamon roll, cut, second proving, make icing, bake, spread jam, drizzle icing and serve.

The results are mouth-watering. Simply mouth-watering. I mean just look at that apricot jam glaze. So tempting.

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Expresso Butter recipe

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The other night, I ended up in Drury Lane with Sam and she happened to be eating banana bread with expresso butter. That drove me to perfecting my own espresso butter recipe. It’s relatively simple and you can use it for toast, bagels, muffins and whatever spreadable.

INGREDIENTS : 
3 tsp of instant coffee granules
2 tsp of hot water
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
110g of butter (the spreadable type)
1 heaping tbsp of icing sugar

 
RECIPE : 
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DISSOLVE coffee granules and vanilla extract with hot water in a small bowl

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CREAM butter and sugar in another bowl until light and fluffy

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COMBINE the two mixtures
BEAT until smooth
SPREAD IT.

 

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Bread Society @ Suntec City Mall

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Cinnamon Roll x Chocolate Pistachio Pretzel

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From the people who brought you BreadTalk comes Bread Society, a bakery led by artisan baker Chef Atsushi Murata. I think the photos speak for themselves. The bread here is simply mouth-watering. The selection of bread reminds me of Tiong Bahru Bakery but I guess that’s just the whole artisan baker thing going on. They also serve not so commonly seen bread in Singapore such as the brioche, dark rye bread, tarte tatin, cinnamon rolls, pretzel and so much more! As a fan of the Great British Bake Off, these are some of the things you see the bakers bake on the show that you have never tasted before thus, Bread Society does help a whole lot by introducing these to Singapore!

All the bread there are baked on the premise thus ensuring it’s freshness. The bakery is also a cafe and some of the things they serve definitely caught my eye such as the  Salted Caramel Lava Cake and All Day Brunch. I definitely see myself visiting the place far more often in the future and perhaps even working there for a short stint just to gain some skills!

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Cooking With Dad : Chicken Puff Pie recipe

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Normally when I end up cooking with my dad, we tend to have no recipes. My dad’s style of cooking is mainly instinctive so pretty much everything new he cooks is based on his experience and experimentation. Likewise, I do the same. We got it from my granddad. He figured out how to prepare roti prata and fish curry simply by tasting it. He would even come up with his own versions of japanese seaweed chicken (yes the ones you spend $0.30 on in school) after he saw how much my brother and I loved toasting them as sides for lunch.

And so this post is just me preparing chicken puff pie with my dad. Just plain o’ pictures and a tribute to family. Dad did the chicken filling. I did the pastry. Tag-team.

I used two basic pastry recipes for the pie. One for the base and rough puff pastry for the top.

INGREDIENTS : 
(for rough puff pastry)
150 g of plain flour
150 g of butter
pinch of salt
splash of water* (i normally just use just about 20 ml of water?)

(for tart base)
160 g of plain flour
90 g of butter
pinch of salt
2 tbsp of water*

*you normally want just enough water to get it into a dough

RECIPE : 
MIX everything in a food processor
BAKE for 200C for 15 mins for tart shell and 25 mins for puff pastry
USE eggwash for puff pastry’s top.

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It’s great to cook together with your friends and family so please do. There are more tag-team/collab recipes coming up so stay tuned!

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Bananareo Icecream recipe

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Yes it’s banana + oreo icecream!

It’s really simple. The texture isn’t quite like icecream but it does have a smooth consistency. Some people told me to add milk in order to get that icecream-like texture so I will experience with my next batch of bananas.

Maybe this time, I will do a nutella version.

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INGREDIENTS: 
4-5 frozen bananas
6 oreo cookies

RECIPE : 
CUT the bananas
BLEND bananas in food processor
ADD mashed cookies
FREEZE again for at least a day
SERVE

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Vanilla Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream recipe

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Firstly, I apologise for the daily lack of posts. A lot has been on our writers’ minds at the moment so we have been caught up in life. We are working to bring in more authors so thank you for your kind understanding!

Back to the post. I don’t even like cupcakes in the first place but out of all the things my niece, Athena could have requested, she asked for this so I simply used ratios to determine the cupcake and buttercream recipe.

INGREDIENTS : 
(for cupcake)
55 g of  salted butter
55 g of plain flour
1 egg
1/2 tsp of vanilla essence
55g of castor sugar
1 tbsp of milk
1 tbsp of strawberry jam

(for buttercream) 
2 tbsp of strawberry puree
70 g of butter
120 g of Icing Sugar

RECIPE :

(for cupcake)
PREHEAT to 180C
CREAM butter and sugar
BEAT in egg and vanilla essence
ADD milk and jam
FOLD in flour
POUR in muffin tin
BAKE for 10 minutes

(for buttercream)
CREAM butter and icing sugar
ADD strawberry puree
MIX well

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Well, despite that cheeky smile on her face, she didn’t enjoy the cupcake as much as she would have wanted since she expected it to be lighter and more fluffy. Perhaps I should use buttermilk and yoghurt in my cupcake recipe instead.

I know some of you out there are cupcake enthusiasts so do let me know if you have a brilliant cupcake recipe to share!

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Key Lime Tart recipe

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On Your Mark. Get Set. Bake.

I guess I really have been watching too much The Great British Bake Off. After watching Ryan churn out his Key Lime Pie, I was tempted to do something limely too so thus, here you have it. A first collaboration with Sis. Key Lime Tart.

The idea is pretty simple. It’s a simple shortcrust pastry recipe from Eugenie’s Kitchen and the filling from Sally’s Baking Addiction’s Key Lime Pie Squares. Just combine the two.

INGREDIENTS : 

(for filling)
4 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
4 large egg yolks
14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup key lime juice
2 teaspoons lime zest

RECIPE : 

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BEAT cream cheese on high speed until smooth.
BEAT in the egg yolks 
BEAT
in the sweetened condensed milk, lime juice, and lime zest until combined.
POUR
into the warm crust.

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POUR into tart shell and bake for 15 mins (180C)
CHILL for at least 2 hours

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SERVE and consume.

The result turned out to be better than I thought. I have tried eating it cold and warm and I have found that it tasted better warmer. On first sight, it is reminiscent of the traditional portugese egg tart. However it packs a punch with it’s key lime pie filling which surprisingly goes well with the crust.

Perhaps a sweet crust could have been used to help balance out the sourness of the key lime filling. Do you prefer the traditional gingersnaps base and having it served cold? Well. Time to get this sorted.

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