Sunday 14 July 2024

Pompompurin Lemon Bars

 This impromptu bake happened because I had extra egg yolks and lemons lying around!


I had exactly 4 extra yolks and 4 lemons to use up so it's about half the reference recipe I used from Serious Eats.
The only thing was I didn't want to end up having half an egg leftover from a bake that is trying to use up leftovers so I tweaked the ratios slightly to fit a pan size that happens to be slightly bigger than half the pan size in the reference recipe. So everything worked out well!

Although I made lemon bars before in the past over here for a sugar-free version, I prefer this recipe for two reasons. 1. The cookie crust remains crispy even after a few days due to icing sugar used instead of castor sugar. 2. There's no flour in the lemon layer so it's more like lemon custard.

Lemon Bars
Makes about 8 squares in 4x9" tray

Cookie base:
70g plain flour 
35g icing sugar
1/8 tsp salt
1 lemon zest
65g cold butter

🔸Blitz everything in blender until it resembles fine breadcrumbs
🔸Press into loaf pan lined with parchment paper overhanging off the edges for ease of lifting off the pan
🔸Bake at 180C for 22-25 min or until lightly browned

Lemon filling:
190g sugar
2 eggs
4 egg yolks
3 lemon zest
Pinch of salt
160g lemon juice (about 3.5-4 lemons)

🔸Whisk everything except lemon juice in a saucepan. Add lemon juice & whisk
🔸Whisk on low heat for 3 min till warm. Increase to med-low heat. Whisk until 77C & thickened
🔸Pour through a sieve onto baked cookie base
🔸Bake at 180C with foil covering tray. I used top heat only for 20min or until firm to avoid burning the cookie base
🔸Cool uncovered. Refrigerate covered for at least 1-2 hours before cutting into squares.
🔸Decorate with melted chocolate. I used my Pompompurin macaron template so I didn't have to pipe by freehand 🤭

Piping chocolate

I set the piped chocolate in the freezer for a few minutes before carefully using tweezers to place them on the bars.


The bars can be stored in the fridge for a few days.


with love,

Phay Shing

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Monday 8 July 2024

Capybara Chiffon Cakes

 



Capybara chiffon cake tutorial ₍ᐢ•(ܫ)•ᐢ₎ 💕 
Found those capybaras so cute! ❤️ Do they look like they are sitting around the campfire? 🥰 
And this capybara song is stuck in my head 😂 

Video tutorial here

With lots of love, 

Susanne 

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Sunday 7 July 2024

Capybara Yuzu Tea Steamed Buns

It's been a loooong while since I made cute steamed buns! I finally decided to play with dough again because I had some leftover yuzu tea from a kid's chiffon cake class.


Look at how fluffy it is!


The citrusy note was delightful too! These buns pair well with any sweet breakfast spread and they are nice as they are too. My kids love it!

I adapted the recipe from teacher Meiji's book and you can see the last time I tried character bun based on her book over here. Yes it's been a good 6+ years since then. That's why I am out of practice and struggled with working fast enough for smooth surface. I decided to knead the dough by hand as usual which wasn't such a good idea if I wanted the surface to be really smooth. That's despite using cold liquid. If you use a standmixer, please double the amount in the recipe as it is easier for the mixer to handle a larger volume of dough.

I shared the recipe in the caption of my reel but will copy and paste it in the blog for those of you who have difficulty reading captions on Instagram. Please watch the reel to have a view of the process.


Capybara Yuzu Tea Steamed Buns
Ingredients:
(Makes about 7 mini buns)
85g cold yuzu tea*
15g caster sugar
A pinch of salt
1/3 tsp (1g) instant yeast 
6g neutral flavoured oil
150g plain flour
1/4 tsp + 1/8 tsp cocoa powder
Extra water & flour as needed

* Blend 60g of yuzu jam with as much of the rind as you like with 60g hot water. Sieve through fine sieve. Reserve 85g & refrigerate for at least 2 hours before use.

Steps:
1. Whisk first 4 ingredients together. Add flour & 1/4 tsp cocoa powder

2. Knead until dough is smooth & elastic. I hand kneaded but it's better to use a standmixer to work faster for a smoother finishing. Double the recipe if using standmixer. Add water/flour if the dough is too dry/sticky

3. Divide the dough into six-seven portions 30-35g each. Add 1/8 tsp cocoa powder & a little water to the remaining dough to colour it darker brown. Keep any dough that is set aside loosely covered to prevent drying out 

4. Shape the head from the light coloured dough. Place on a piece of parchment. Add the snout & ears, sticking them on by brushing the surface of the dough with a little water

5. Set in a warm, moist enclosed place (35-40C) to proof the buns until they expand to 1.5x original size (about 40 min for me)

6. Steam for 15 min over medium heat. Turn off heat & rest for 5 min before opening the cover. I used wooden steaming baskets to prevent water from dripping onto the buns. You may wrap the lid with a towel if you don't have the baskets

Enjoy while hot! These citrusy buns can be paired with any sweet breakfast spread or eaten on their own. Keep leftovers in the freezer in airtight condition & steam from frozen until hot. They taste as good as fresh!



with love,

Phay Shing

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Sunday 30 June 2024

Brawl Stars Macarons: Stu and Buzz

 I am not a fan of making really intricate and detailed character macarons. But the end result is rather satisfying! These Stu and Buzz macarons fall under this category!



As I age, my eyesight isn't too good so characters with many small details need to be made bigger in order for me to manage😆. I can't make too many as well so I only managed 8 Stu and 6 Buzz in a single batch from my default Swiss meringue method recipe upsized to 200g almond flour.

Piped batter for Stu

Piped batter for Buzz


I decorated with edible paint, royal icing and edible marker with some vodka wash.

Works-in-progress for decoration!

Checkout the awesome feet on the macaron shells!


I filled these with dark chocolate ganache with some gelatin added to provide better stability in hot Singapore. Since these were made for kids, I chose dark chocolate with only 55% cocoa. It's firm at aircon temperature (about 22-24C) and won't melt at 30C non air-conditioned room temperature although it will soften. Please don't leave it out in the sun😆.


Dark chocolate ganache for warm weather
Ingredients:
200g dark chocolate couverture (55%)
100g heavy cream
10g invert sugar (I used light corn syrup)
20g softened unsalted butter
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
3g gelatin bloomed in 12g ice water*

* Use bovine or porcine gelatin. Don't use fish gelatin as it has a low melting temperature of about 24-27C.

Steps:
1. Melt chocolate over double-boiler or in microwave oven 

2. Heat cream, invert sugar and salt until warm (46C). 

3. Melt bloomed gelatin and add to 2 along with vanilla. 

4. Pour 3 over melted chocolate. Stir in one direction with spatula until well mixed. Use an immersion blender if you wish. 

5. Add butter and mix well with spatula or blender.

6. Press cling wrap onto surface of ganache and let it firm up in air-conditioned room temperature (21-24C) for 30min-1h. 

7. Transfer into piping bag and fill the macarons. Let the shells mature for at least 24h with the filling in the fridge before consuming.

You may watch the reel for the process of making these over here:

https://www.instagram.com/reel/C8yABwiyb6h/?igsh=M2xrbHZ5anZzeW16


with love,

Phay Shing



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Sunday 23 June 2024

Old School Iced Gem Biscuits (Updated Recipe!)

 Those of you who followed me long enough will know that 10 years ago I was on a quest to nail the recipe for old school iced gem biscuits. It took me some tries to get something I am satisfied with and bakers who tried my original recipe all agreed it tastes pretty close to the actual stuff from Khong Guan. Click here for the original recipe if you are interested. I decided to tweak it a little and now it's even better!


I also used raw egg whites to make the royal icing the old fashioned way instead of using meringue powder because there have been requests for it. Many people who don't bake regularly prefer not to buy a big portion of meringue powder just to make these. Don't worry, it's perfectly still safe for consumption as the egg whites are going to be cooked.

Here's a peek at the insides!


Please watch the reel over here for the process.

https://www.instagram.com/reel/C8mFFEQycTo/?igsh=MXZoNHJnY2Q0MDhkaA==

What did I do differently this time? I have included milk powder to give these light tasting crisp biscuits a stronger hint of milk flavour. I included a 30 minutes resting time for the dough to relax as well before rolling it out.

Iced Gem Biscuit Recipe

The recipe makes about 110 biscuits. Feel free to use half the recipe if it's too much for you to handle.

Biscuit base:
140g plain flour 
1 tbs (10g) full cream milk powder
2 tsp baking powder
20g icing sugar 
1/8 tsp salt
50g vegetable shortening
50-60g milk or as much as needed to form dough
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Royal icing:
25g fresh egg whites
1/8 tsp cream of tartar or 1/4 tsp lemon juice
120g sifted icing sugar 
1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

Gel/powdered food colouring or flavoured pastes as desired ( I used pandan, strawberry & lemon pastes. Original gems have unflavoured icing or just a hint of vanilla)

Steps:

1. Make the biscuit base. Sift together milk powder, icing sugar, flour, salt and baking powder.

2. Rub in shortening until it resembles fine breadcrumbs 

3. Gradually add milk with vanilla extract added until a ball of dough forms. As long as the dough ball doesn't split when you squish it, it is ready.

4. Wrap the dough in cling wrap. Set aside at room temperature for 30 min

5. Preheat oven to 170C fan/180C.

6. Roll the dough between parchment paper or lightly floured surface until 3mm thick. Dust your rolling pin lightly to prevent it from sticking to the dough if you are not rolling between parchment paper.

7. Cut out the dough with 2-2.5cm round/oval or scalloped cookie cutters. Lay on lined baking tray about 2cm apart. You may use parchment/teflon sheet/silicone mat/perforated mat to line your trays.

8. Bake for 10-15 min or lightly browned. Cool completely before icing 

9. Prepare royal icing. Whip egg whites with cream of tartar or lemon juice until foamy. Gradually add sifted icing sugar and whip until stiff peaks. You may add vanilla if you wish.

10. Divide icing into different colours. You may use gel or powdered colouring, or flavoured pastes to colour the icing. Original iced gems are not flavoured or only mildly vanilla flavoured. I chose to include a little variation in flavour.

11. Use a small open star tip to pipe the icing onto the biscuit base. 


12. Dry in 70C oven for an hour or until thoroughly dry and crispy. If the biscuits are hard or not crisp, you didn't dry it long enough. The drying time here is just a reference so adjust accordingly. Do not be tempted to speed up the drying process by increasing the temperature as the icing may crack above 75-80C. The biscuits should be really light and crisp when baked correctly. 

Storage

Store in airtight condition after cooling completely in the oven. If stored well, it can keep for a few weeks at cool room temperature. Simply pop the biscuits into the oven to dry them out again anytime they lose their crispiness.

Baker's Notes

🔸Use royal icing made with meringue powder if you wish. I used raw egg whites as I received queries over the years about making these without meringue powder but safe enough for consumption

🔸Do not replace shortening with butter if you prefer it crisp, light, with a slight hint of milky flavour but without any buttery notes like the old school biscuits in Southeast Asia. Feel free to use butter instead if that's your preference. Rest the dough in the fridge if you are choosing to use butter 

🔸The secret of making the biscuits really light & crisp is the long time spent in the oven to thoroughly dry out any moisture. This helps to extend the shelf life too!

🔸You may use round cookie cutters, piping tips or cutters with scalloped edges as long as they are about 2-2.5cm in diameter

Tag me on Instagram if you make this! I am sure you will be pleased with the results like those who tried my original recipe 10 years ago! 


with love,

Phay Shing

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Tuesday 18 June 2024

Merlion Kaya Macarons

 To celebrate Singapore's 59th birthday this year, I have decided to have a merlion macaron class with a flavour profile that is familiar to Singaporeans: kaya!


These macarons are flavoured pandan coconut so even eating them "kosong" (plain or without filling) is delicious! Much like eating a chewy version of kuih bangkit! I made sure the filling is flavourful but not too sweet by making the kaya jam from scratch and surrounding it with a beautiful blue pea coloured coconut white chocolate buttercream. My taste testers all unanimously agree this is delish and not too sweet!

Here's a sneak peek at the work behind making these in the reel:

Check-out the lovely feet on the shells!


Check-out the beautiful and delectable filling!

Awesome cross-section of the full macaron shells!

You will learn the basics of Swiss meringue method of making character macarons as well as the plain rounds so beginners may join this class too. I focus on the techniques you need to start as well as venture into making characters. 


The link below has more details about this class as well as registration info:

https://www.bakersgym.com/service-page/merlion-kaya-macarons?referral=service_list_widget

with love,

Phay Shing

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Wednesday 12 June 2024

"Egg on Toast" Cake (Kids baking class)

 I didn't get around to sharing this creation earlier. Oops! This "egg on toast" cake was planned as a fun June school holiday baking class for kids that combines Science and Culinary experience. 

I took the chance to make a Gudetama version as well!


More pictures to show that the "egg yolk" is really more than it seems!





The "yolk" is actually spherified mango sauce, the "egg white" is vanilla panna cotta and the "toast" is vanilla yoghurt cake. I made this creation simple enough that younger kids can handle too as for the most part, this creation involves pouring and mixing.

Watch both versions in action!

Gudetama version:

https://www.instagram.com/reel/C4tpMJQypBG/?igsh=MWl4eXAxZDFncWU1eg==

Smiley egg version:

https://www.instagram.com/reel/C50kb7wSy4T/?igsh=ZXN1d2ZyNzM1eGho


You may have noticed that the consistencies of the yolks appear different. That's because I tweaked the recipe when I made Gudetama to make it more mango-y. It's less bouncy but yummier. That's the version I will be using for the class.

You are still in time to sign up for this class if you see this post before 19 June 2024. It will be a fun and relaxing bonding time with your child! Please click on the link below for more information or to register:

https://www.bakersgym.com/service-page/kids-class-egg-on-toast-cake?referral=service_list_widget


with love,

Phay Shing

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Monday 10 June 2024

Pochacco chiffon cake (blow bubble experiment)

 



Mixing up some Fun with a Cake that Blows Bubbles! 🫧🍰🥰 with homemade edible bubble solution. Reel video here

With love,

Susanne 

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Friday 7 June 2024

"Grumpy's Bath" Macaron Cake

 It's been a long time since I made something out of curiosity and for fun! This project and experiment came about because I was wondering what I can make with the colours of batter for a batch of milk bottle macarons I had to make for a client's baby's first month celebration. The image of Grumpy Bear in a duck floatie came to mind and I started to giggle 🤭. 


I took this chance to experiment with making a 3D macaron tub. Although it would have made things easier if I had a silicone loaf pan, I decided to risk using metal disposable loaf tin wrapped in parchment and disposable paper loaf pans as experiments. So glad they worked!


I used my default Swiss meringue method recipe for making the macaron shells.

Here's the video tutorial of how I made the tub. Please read the captions in the reel for important technical details:

https://www.instagram.com/reel/C7wMvAxSdMg/?igsh=MWt0OWlkeDFua2Yzcw==

I coated the insides of the tub with a thin layer of royal icing to reinforce the thin macaron shell although this is optional. You may coat with a layer of chocolate instead. Did it turn out too sweet? Nope! That's because I filled the macaron tub as well as Grumpy and the duck floatie with a tangy lemon ganache. I included two layers of lavender honey butter cake as well in the tub. All bubble baths can't do without the bubbles so I made the foam out of aerated honey lemon jelly.

Check out some works-in-progress pictures below and the cut cross- section of the tub!

I have a sable cookie stool and some mini meringue duckies in storage I used as props.

I coated the base of the duck floatie with a thin layer of ganache to insulate it from the jelly


My kids loved the tangy macaron cake! It's been some time since they had a just-for-fun bake from me too!

Lemon ganache
(Adapted from here)
Ingredients: 
250g white chocolate couverture 
60g fresh lemon juice
zest of 2 lemons
60g heavy cream

Steps:
1. Melt chocolate over double-boiler or in microwave oven. Set aside.

2. Heat the rest of the ingredients until warm (46C) in a small saucepan or microwave. Don't worry if it looks a little curdled because when milk/cream comes into contact with acid, this happens.

3. Pour warm lemon juice and cream over melted chocolate. Use an immersion blender to blend until smooth and emulsified. Press cling wrap onto surface of ganache.

4. Let the ganache firm up in the fridge for half an hour or overnight in air-conditioned room (22-24C). Transfer into piping bag.

Honey Lavender Cake
(adapted from here)
I baked the cake in the same mini loaf pans I used for piping the macaron bathtubs. I didn't want to grind the sugar with dried lavender flowers because I wanted to simplify things and have less things to wash/set up. So in my adaptation of the reference recipe, I made a concentrated lavender tea instead and replaced the yoghurt with that. I reduced the sugar by a little as well.

Ingredients (3 mini loaves):
50g unsalted butter
45g caster sugar
10g honey
1/8 tsp salt
1 medium egg (about 45g without shell), lightly beaten
75g cake flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
30g concentrated lavender tea*

* Steep 3g dried lavender flowers in 45g hot water for 10 min. Strain and squeeze out as much tea as possible from the flowers. Reserve 30g for the cake.

Steps:
1. Grease loaf pans. Preheat oven to 160Cfan/175C.

2. Whisk together baking powder and flour. Set aside 

3. Cream butter, sugar, honey and salt until pale and fluffy.

4. Gradually add egg and mix until smooth after each addition.

5. Gradually add half the flour mixture by sifting over the batter, mixing well after each addition.

6. Add concentrated tea. Mix well.

7. Add the remaining flour mix gradually by sifting over batter and mixing well after each addition.

8. Pour into loaf pans and bake for 25 min or until skewer comes out clean.

7. Cool in pan for 10 min before tipping the cake out and cooling completely. 

I sliced the loaves horizontally till 1.5cm thick for layering in the tubs. I brushed the cake with a little lemon syrup too but this is optional.


Honey lemon foam
Ingredients:
5g gelatin bloomed in 40g ice water
25g lemon juice
30g honey 
80g hot water 

Steps:
1. Dissolve honey in hot water. Add lemon juice. Mix well

2. Melt bloomed gelatin and add it to honey lemon water. Whisk until well combined.

3. Set the mixture over an ice water bath and gently stir with a whisk for 5min to cool the mixture down and thicken it.

4. Whisk more vigorously to create the foam bubbles.

5. Chill in fridge for 5 min to stabilize the bubbles before scooping onto the bathtub to create the "bath bubbles".

You may watch the video of the process over here in my reel:

https://www.instagram.com/reel/C8BLaS4S8Sv/?igsh=MWJtcHp6Z2NxOXBvdQ==


with love,

Phay Shing

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Tuesday 4 June 2024

Giant Bubble Tea Jelly Chiffon Cake

 


Giant Bubble Tea chiffon cake with jelly that I made for collab with Tastemade. Reel of the making on my IG here. Hope this made you smile! 

With lots of love, 
Susanne 

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Friday 31 May 2024

Sugar-Free Floral Blue China Chiffon Cake II

 I was inspired by floral patterned blue china porcelain for my mum's birthday cake this year as she loves flowers and watercolor painting. Here's what I made, and it's sugar-free!


I made the mini cake version a month ago and shared the detailed recipe there. You may refer to this post for the details.

What I made differently in this bigger version, was to include more but thinner layers. So this cake consists of 5 layers of sugar-free lavender rose chiffon sponge and 4 layers of vanilla rose diplomat cream, along with fresh strawberries and a strawberry-raspberry reduction brushed on sponge layers. I used the same honey lavender jelly coloured naturally with blue pea flowers for decoration at the sides of the cake, as well as wafer paper butterflies at the top and base.

You may see the reel here for the process of piping the batter, painting and assembly of the cake layers:


Just to share a few pictures:

Decorated top layer of sponge

A peek at the insides

Cross-section of a slice of cake 

My family couldn't tell that the cake was made with sugar replacements! They all found it delicious and fragrant, as did my taste testers for the mini cake trial bake!


with lots of love,

Phay Shing

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Friday 24 May 2024

Capybara Yuzu Chocolate Hazelnut Bouchee

 I had lots of yuzu diplomat cream and chocolate hazelnut whipped cream left from making the display set and a few other capybara choux pastries so I decided to make bouchees to use up the filling. Here's something cute and quick to put together that capybara fans will love!



I was inspired by Winnie (Instagram: ohcakeswinnie) to give bouchees a try as to her, it's easier than macarons 

I shared the recipe for making these bouchees in my Instagram reel over here:



If you never had bouchees before, they are light & airy sponge sandwiches with tasty filling. They are also rather quick & simple to put together!

This recipe makes only five-six 5cm capybara bouchees so feel free to upsize the portion.

Ingredients:
1 large egg
1/8 tsp cream of tartar (optional)
1/8 tsp salt (optional)
30g caster sugar 
1/2 tsp vanilla extract or paste
20g cake flour 
12g almond flour (may replace with hazelnut flour)
1/4 tsp + 1/8 tsp cocoa powder
Powdered sugar for dusting (optional)

1. Beat egg whites with cream of tartar, salt & sugar until stiff peaks

2. Briefly whisk egg yolk & vanilla. Fold in gently with spatula until smooth 

3. In another bowl, whisk together flours & 1/4 tsp cocoa powder. Sift over egg mixture. Gently fold until just combined

4. Portion out one heaping tablespoon of batter. Add 1/8 tsp sifted cocoa powder. Gently fold until combined 

5. Transfer light & dark brown batters into piping bags. Pipe as shown in reel. Use a template if you wish for consistent sizing

6. Lightly dust with powdered sugar if you wish (not shown in reel)

7. Bake 150-160C 15 min or until crisp. Adjust time & temperature according to your oven as each one is different

8. Cool completely before decorating & filling. I filled mine with chocolate hazelnut whipped cream & yuzu diplomat cream because I have that on hand but you may fill with any filling of choice like jam/curd with vanilla whipped cream. Refrigerate overnight for the sponge to soften & absorb the flavours of the filling. Best eaten cold

I didn't explain what's the difference between dusting with icing sugar and without dusting before baking in the reel. You can see the difference in this picture below:


The lighter coloured ones were dusted with icing sugar and the darker ones didn't have it. Final texture wise especially after maturing with the filling, I don't find a difference. I prefer to bake the bouchees until they are rigid enough to handle and dry enough because when I leave them spongey like cake, the surface turns sticky very quickly in humid Singapore, even when I dust with icing sugar before baking. The moist, high water content filling will soften the texture to be more sponge cake-like so it's ok to "overbake" and dry out your bouchees until they taste more like light airy cookies when freshly baked if you prefer something that's easier to handle in humid climates.

Just to share more pictures of these treats!






Cross-section looks like a macaron!

Do give this a try as bouchees are really quick to put together (in under an hour!), yummy and you may fill with any filling of your choice!


with love,

Phay Shing

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Friday 17 May 2024

Optimus Prime & Bumblebee Macarons II

 My friend wanted some Optimus Prime and Bumblebee macarons for her son's birthday and I took the chance to challenge myself. Although I made these way back in 2018 over here, I thought of trying the full body versions this time round!


I used my default Swiss meringue method to make the shells.


Checkout the awesome feet on the shells!

I added in the details after baking using edible marker and cake paint from Sweet Sticks.


I filled the macarons with strawberry-raspberry stabilized ganache that is temperature stable enough to stay at room temperature during this heat wave period in Southeast Asia (but don't leave it out in the sun of course!). I packed it with lots of fruit too! To make it temperature stable and safe for leaving it out of the fridge for some time, I made the filling dairy -free.

Dairy-free berry ganache for macarons 
240g white chocolate couverture 
80g berry jam (cook and reduce berries of choice with 10% sugar)
5g freeze dried berry powders
10g light corn syrup
pinches of salt
1/4 tsp strawberry emulco
3g gelatin bloom in 12g ice water
2g soy lecithin added with chocolate to melt (optional)

Steps:
1. Melt chocolate with soy lecithin to 41C
2. Heat corn syrup, berry powder, salt, emulco and jam until warm, about 46C
3. Melt bloomed gelatin. mix with warm liquid ingredients.
4. Add 3. to warm melted chocolate. Stir briefly and emulsify with blender.
5. Press cling wrap to surface, leave at aircon temperature to firm up for an hour or fridge for 30 min. Transfer to piping bag and pipe onto macaron shells



Watch the video tutorial with my tips on how to make macaron shells that are smooth, sturdy and have even feet all around for complex shaped characters like these in my reel:

https://www.instagram.com/reel/C6aL_ykS25e/?igsh=Mjk1MmlmMDUwaDVl


I had feedback that the macarons tasted fantastic, full of fresh berry flavour!


with love,

Phay Shing

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Thursday 16 May 2024

Chocolate Cheesecake Tarts (Classic Chocolate and Sanrio)



Which is your favorite cheesecake tart? Recipe for these no-bake chocolate cheesecake tarts below =) 

I experimented with a no-bake cookie dough as tart crust so that it is easier to shape, and will be teaching the chocolate version at my church APRC’s culinary arts ministry this Sunday. You can watch a reel video here for some steps. 

Dark Chocolate Cheesecake Tarts (by Susanne Ng
Makes 4 

Tart crust 
60g oat flour 
160g oreo cookie crumbs 
80g unsalted butter, melted 
30g honey 

Combine all in a medium mixing bowl. Mix with spatula and divide into 4 (around 70g mixture per tart). Spread and line base and sides of tart case with tart crust mixture. You can also roll out the dough to line the tart case. 

Chocolate cheesecake filling 
160g cream cheese, room temperature 
80g castor sugar 
110g dark chocolate callets (58%), melted 
10g cocoa powder, sifted 
110g heavy cream, chilled  

1. Melt chocolate in microwave (30+20 secs) or double boiler and allow to cool. 
2. Soften cream cheese with spatula, then beat cream cheese with sugar using spatula till smooth. 
3. Whip heavy cream to firm peaks using an electric mixer. 
4. Whisk/fold in half cream to melted chocolate, then whisk all in. 
5. Fold in cocoa powder, then quickly whisk to incorporate evenly.  
6. Whisk in cream cheese mixture till even. 
7. Fill 90-95g per tart (divide into four). Chill at least 15min to set cheesecake. 
        *Best to unmold after 2 hours. 
8. Decorate with gold flakes, or as desired. 

Recipe for the classic cheesecake version is found here (in caption)

With lots of love, 
Susanne





 

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Friday 10 May 2024

Capybara Yuzu Chocolate Hazelnut Chiffon Cake

 My family loves capybaras and the multitude of capybara plushies at home are a source of inspiration for my capybara bakes😆. Here are some simple yuzu chocolate hazelnut chiffon cakes that I made for fun but decided to make it into a kids baking class material!


The sponge is yuzu flavoured and coloured brown with a little cocoa powder. The pudding in the middle is a delicious chocolate hazelnut pudding. The ears and facial features are not made out of fondant, marzipan or modelling chocolate, AND you don't have to make an extra item using more ingredients to make those too!


Find out the secret of the simple hack I use to transform a plain chiffon cake to my family's favourite creature from this class happening during the June school holidays! Please click on this link to register. 


with love,

Phay Shing

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