Friday, May 27, 2011

Panadan Cotton Cake

In the past, despite how busy I was, I still tried to make time for baking.  However, lately, I find myself very lax, I just wanted to laze around when I was not working.  This explains it takes so long to get this post up .. 

Life is very stressful but I think I need to take thing easy.  Today is another Friday, I should break away from work and relax .. and get myself ready for a short break tomorrow ... hurray!!

Something simple and yummy for breakfast for sharing..  recipe modified from Bakericious.

Here you go.. Pandan Cotton Cake ..

Ingreditent: (Two 8" x 3.5" tin)
  • 60g butter (melted)
  • 80g cake flour (sifted)
  • 45g fresh milk + 35g coconut cream
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 6 egg whites
  • 70g caster sugar
  • 3 tbsp pandan juice
  • 3/4 tsp pandan paste
  • some dessicated coconut

Method :
1. Beat the egg yolks till light (abt 1-2 mins), add in pandan juice and paste, milk and coconut cream.  Mix well.
2.  Add melted butter and mix in flour.  Stir till well combined.  Put aside.
3. Whisk egg whites until frothy, add in sugar, continue to whisk till stiff (abt 2.5-3 mins).
4.  Fold 1/3 of egg whites into egg yolk mixture (step 2),  mix well.  Repeat the same step for the remaining 2 portions and gently mix well.
5. Pour the batter into the cake pan, lightly bang the cake pan to release air bubbles.
6.  Sprinkle some desiccated coconut  over.
7. Bake in pre-heat oven at 155-160C for 30-35 mins .8. Invert cake onto a cooling rack till completely cool down. Remove cake from pan for serving.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Happy Mother's Day (II) - An overdue post

Mother's day has passed more than a week yet I am still in a catch up mode of trying to get this post up.  The Singapore General election happening followed by the the overwhelming work schedule last week indeed hit me badly, I totally had no time for anything else. 

I decided to take a day off today given that tomorrow is a public holiday, I really need a longer break, a super long weekend!!  I wanted to fully break away from work for a few days but I doubt I could as I know myself well ... I definitely will end up reading emails and reply discretely but one thing for sure, I have the "valid reason" not to attend all the calls during this break! 

Last weekend was the Mother's Day, together with my hubby's siblings, we did a very simple Mother's day and birthday celebration for my mum-in-law this year. Each of us just brought a few dishes and gathered together at my in-law's place.  I asked my maid to prepare a pot of trotter meehoon, my hubby to buy one braised duck and a dish of sweet and sour pork. Knowing that my brother-in-law would be buying durian, I decided to bake a yam layered cream cake thinking that it's one of the all-time-favorites for the older folks.   

 Although the dinner was simple, hope my in-laws enjoyed!

My younger daughter wrote a poem for me, I was so touched and almost shed my tear! I am so glad that she has grown up and become very sensible and appreciative ... I'm indeed a Happy Mother!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

With the General Election campaign is on its way, we could see a lot of debates and rebuts heating up and this is so far the hottest battles I've ever seen.  I used to be political apathetic in the past but now, with all the social media, I have a more balance view on political topics and am more aware of the social  issues that exist today.  This will be a "watershed election" both for ruling party and the opposition and my area is one of the hottest area in this coming election. I'll be really  excited and look forward to its outcome. 

Mother's day is just a day right after the polling day, I really hope that the polling result will not spoil this spirit.  My family normally celebrates mother's day one week ahead to avoid the rush and crowd.  Therefore, we had this celebration last Sat.  Again, I baked a durian cake for my mum since this is her favorite.

If you are thinking of baking a durian cake to give your mum a surprise, trust me,  this recipe is definitely a good choice.   


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