Pandan Chiffon Cake

I love any type of chiffon cake, they are light, spongy and ohhh soo yummmyy!! I think I have been obsessed making this cake for the longest time. I actually baked 3 this week alone for friends and family that has requested for me to bake it for them.

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It’s is a pretty simple cake to make and to be honest you can have any flavour you want, however this cake is very temperamental so you need to kinda find the right temperature that suits you according to your oven. Some people might say, they are hard to make because they tend to flop or not rise properly. The key is to make sure that your eggs are at room temperature, adjust the heat of the oven (this cake need a low heat so that it rises gradually to avoid collapsing at the end) and make sure you use the exact measurement. The other important thing is you really need a chiffon cake pan with the hole in the middle, I think it’s called angel food cake mould/ pan as well.

If anyone is wondering what is PANDAN, it’s a leave that give out this beautiful fragrant and natural green colour, mostly used in many asian dessert. You could find it in any asian groceries in your country.
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Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

8 eggs
150 grams of sugar
150 grams of flour (shift the flour to make a lighter cake)
100 ml of any vegetable oil
110 ml of coconut milk

5-6 pandan leaves
1 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoons cream of tartar

PS: if you want to change the flavour for example orange flavour you just need to exchange the coconut milk and pandan leaves mixture with orange juice. If you want earl grey tea flavour you would change the coconut milk mixture with a strong earl grey tea with milk and add 1 tablespoon of finely chopped early grey tea leaves in the mixture (use a food processor to blitz it finely). If you want chocolate flavour chiffon cake replace 20 grams of the flour to cocoa powder and replace the coconut milk with normal milk. You get the gist right… well ask me if you need advice for other flavouring.

Preheat your over to 170 degree, if you think your oven is strong then turn it down to 160 and or 180 vice versa but not more than that.

1. Preparing the pandan leaves and coconut milk * you need to blitz the pandan leaves and the coconut milk together with a little bit of water and then strain it to get 110 ml of the green pandan coconut milk. Set it aside.

2. Separate the egg whites and yolk into two big mixing bowls Make sure your bowls are super clean ok, this is important. Make sure you separate your eggs nicely, one drop of egg yolks on your egg whites would mean you can make the meringue form that we wanted.

3. Bowl 1 is the one with egg yolks. In this bowl you mixed together nicely till it’s all smooth the flour, pandan coconut mixture, vegetable oil, and baking powder and set it aside.

4. Bowl 2 is the one with the egg whites, put in sugar and cream of tartar. And then with a hand blender or stand up mixer blend it until you get a meringue kinda mixture with soft peak. Don’t over beat. check out this video if you want a tutorial. The tutorial put the sugar small quantities at a time but you don’t really need too for this recipe.

5. Put in 1/3 of the bowl 1 (meringue mixture) at a time into bowl 2 and mix it evenly, it’s to avoid over blending and making sure that the batter is very light and foamy. Don’t over mix ok, as soon as it’s all mix together put in the pan.

6. Bake it for 45 minutes -55 minutes, make sure it’s on a low heat, if you see your cake is rising to quick turn the oven down by 10 degree ok. Check the cake with by piercing it with a small knife or satay sticks if nothing sticks when you pull it out then its’ ready. If not leave it until your sticks comes out clean. Little note* if you oven it’s too hot your cake might crack on the top so next time you need to decrease your temperature and just bake it for longer.

7. This is another trick that is super important, once your cake is out, turn the pan upside down and let it rest like so until its cool down.

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Make sure you turn your pan upside down this is to minimise the cake collapsing

8. Take out of the pan, it’s normal for the cake to shrink a little  and enjoy it with your favourite tea or coffee!!

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Well I hope you all have a wonderful Easter and enjoy the long weekend!!

 

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Maple Apple and Blueberry Crumble

I know it’s probably a fall dessert, but I have been craving for some warm apple crumble sorta dessert. So after browsing on Pinterest and drooling over them, I decided to do one myself hihihi ^evil grin^

Found this recipe through Pinterest with minor adjustment and it turned out so yummy, my husband and my good friend Priska had 2 serving for lunch. Mission accomplished!

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Ingredients:

4 Apples (any will do)

1 Bucket of blueberries

2/3 cup of maple syrup

1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon

Crumble ingredients

1 cup of plain flour

2/3 cup of brown sugar (I like mine not too sweet)

6 tablespoon of cold butter chopped to small chunks

1/4 cups of rolled oats (optionals)

1/4 cups of chopped walnuts (optionals)

Let’s get started!

1. Mixed your chopped apples and blueberries with the cinnamons, and maple syrup and put in the ramekins or dish that you will used to bake it in. I love my pyrex dish!

2. To make the crumble, put sugar, flour and butter and rub it in until it resembles a crumble kinda of mixture. Add the chopped oats and walnuts and rub it and mix it up well.
3. Put the crumbled on top of the dish, cover it well, especially the edges.

4. Bake it in 180C oven for around 40 minutes, till the crumble is golden brown.

Best served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or custard. You can have around 6 small portion or 4 bigger serving portion with this recipe!

Remember life is sweet when you choose it to be! Enjoy your weekend!

Beautiful Town Called Chartres

Lately my husband and I always tried to do some weekend activities with my in-laws visiting interesting cities or places around Paris. Last weekend we went to Chartres, a city just around 1 hour away from Paris. It’s a cute town with little lane ways, a river and a beautiful cathedral. There’s plenty of antique stores around town as well, plus they have an antique market on the weekend. Definitely worth the visit if you ever come to Paris the second time and looking for somewhere to visit outside of Paris, it takes around 1 hour from Gare Montparnasse to Chartres.

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Have a good week ahead everyone and be thankful with what’ve you got!

Love Your Parents

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Chartres, France 2014

Love Your Parents. We are so busy growing up, we often forget they are also growing old.

I have this little soreness in my heart every time I see an old couple together, I envy them and wish upon my self that I can be like them, together till we are old and wrinkly. But also at the same time remembering my parents, how far I am from them and not being able to just be there for them more often. Time is indeed precious, spend as much time as you can with them, give them attention as we tend to caught up with our own little world.

Buckwheat Cheesy Cookies

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Since I’ve always baked for my friend’s children, I always look for something that isn’t too sweet and if possible a healthier option. So I decided to experiment using buckwheat flour (sarrasin), which in France is use to make the savoury crepes called galette. So what I did was, I replace some of the flour using buckwheat flour and it turn out good. Maybe next time I will try to incorporate more buckwheat flour as it turn out alright.

Here’s the recipe, let me know what you think about making cookies with buckwheat flour!

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour (you can also use 1 cup all purpose and 1/2 of wholemeal to make it even more healthier)

1/2 cups of buckwheat flour/ sarrasin

1/2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper

1 teaspoons of salt ( omit if you use a salty cheese like cheddar)

2 cups of grated cheese

1 teaspoon of mustard

2 eggs (1 for the egg wash for the cookies)

4-5  tablespoon of cold water

3/4 cup of cold butter cut into small chunks

I used a food processor to blitz, but if you don’t have one you can just manually do it.

1. Shift flour, cayenne pepper and salt (optional) together

2. Mixed in the cold butter until it becomes crumbly. If you are doing it manually then rub the butter together with your hands to create the crumbly consistency

3. Beat the egg lightly with the mustard together and then put that in and mixed

4. Add the water until it form a tough dough

5. Knead the dough, rolled out the dough to 1/4″ thick and cut it our using your favourite cookie cutter.

6. Put some egg wash on top of your cookies and sprinkled some cheese on top.

7. Baked the cookies at 200 C for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool it and stored it in airtight container.

I hope you find this recipe interesting, and I hope my little friends will love it too when I bring it to them tomorrow.

Have a nice day!

Obsessed with my waffle machine!!

I think I am completely in love with my waffle machine/ jaffle maker/ grill, well because it’s so easy to use! You can pretty much whip up anything sweet or salty in a flash! I really must thank my sister-in-law and brother-in-law for giving it to us for christmas, the best present ever!

My first try is to actually made this Vanilla Bean Waffle Doughnuts, I got the recipe through Pinterest! Boy it is sooooooo yummy and so quick to do, double bonus!! Here is the link to the website for the recipe!

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Next I made just plain waffles for breakfast with some strawberries, bananas and drizzled with organic maple syrup! The beauty of weekends, you can go all out for breakfast right!

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I made some cheesy waffles too but it was so yummy I forgot to take pictures…ooopss! However I promise I will share my salty waffles recipes in the future!

Anyway enjoy your weekend everyone!

Bookworm Heaven in Paris

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Hello fellow bookworm! I know I have been MIA for a while and I just love the fact that my good blogger friend Pang reminded me that I need to get this blog going again! Thank you Pang for the friendly reminder and I  miss you too btw!

So anyway back to topic, I love to read and even though I have my kindle, I still love to buy books especially second-hand books. There are a few second-hand english book store here in Paris, so here’s one which is quite interesting. I love that they have a variety of genre and it’s just around the corner from Luxembourg garden, a perfect place to read. You can also sell your books here too if you want! I find the old gentleman in the shop quite interesting even though he didn’t talk much, he looks like he has amazing life stories and experiences, I think he might be one of the owner. I wish I could have tea and have a chat with him and exchange stories about living in Paris, that would be awesome right… But anyway I would go back browse for the next book to read.

If you need more information here the link to their website! Support your local bookshop if you can because they are disappearing day by day!

Happy Reading everyone!!

A Girly Getaway: Bukit Tinggi Indonesia

I feel bad for going MIA for these couple of weeks, I was away back to Indonesia for a couple weeks to catch up with family and friends.

I went back to Indonesia minus my hubby, so I had a chance to have two girly getaway with my best friends. Quality time and extensive catch-up, considering we see each other pretty much once a year if we are lucky.

My first trip was to Bukit Tinggi in West Sumatra, it’s more of a culinary journey, feasting on the local cuisine which is one of my favourite Indonesian cuisine. As Indonesia is very diverse, each region, area or even village has their own local cuisine, dialect, traditional clothes, architecture and so forth; that’s why Indonesia is a wonderful place to explore.

I will just let the picture tell the stories but I will post the food journey on a separate post! Enjoy and have a good weekend!!

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My Bestie and I enjoying the rainy weather, it didn’t stop us from exploring Bukit Tinggi

 

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Kampung Cino, which means china town, this is the old railway tracks with the traditional Bukit Tinggi architecture with the pointy roof

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Jam Gadang, The Gadang Clock, one of the main attraction of Bukit Tinggi for reason; located in the centre of the market area

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Traditional and typical Bukit tinggi architecture, adorned with intricate woodworks and pointy roof. There are not many left as modern housing start to fill the city

Old City of Pariangan, still filled with traditional houses

Old City of Pariangan, still filled with traditional houses

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Woodwork

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The green canyon, one of the best panoramic views in Bukit Tinggi, you can see the sunset on a clear day with flying fox/bat flying over the horizon.

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Rice paddies in the country side

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Lake Manijau, we waited about half an hour to for the cloud to move so we could actually see the lake from the mountain

Songket Bukit Tinggi, it's the traditional cloth that is normally use for special events, made from either gold or silver thread! Beautiful heritage!

Songket Bukit Tinggi, it’s the traditional cloth that is normally use for special events, made from either gold or silver thread! Beautiful heritage!

 

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Our travelling companions whom we met at the guest house we stayed in, such an amazing thing to meet people from Germany and France all the way in Indonesia