Saturday, April 27, 2013

Pulled Pork with my 1-2-3-4 bread


Made pulled pork for the first time! :) It was a success! It wouldn't be the most environmentally friendly meal   (because I had to slowly roast the pork in the oven for 8 hours) but it was all worth it! 
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Sunflower Pull Apart Dinner Rolls


If I had to name these, I would call them my "1-2-3-4 bread". LOL. Not a very sexy name but it's the secret to making this bread! Let me explain:
1 tablespoon of yeast
2 tablespoons of sugar
3 cups of warm water/milk
4 cups of flour

Makes perfect bread everytime.
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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Black Sesame Macaron


This is my 4th attempt at making these little bad boys and it's my first time seeing some success! YAY! As usual, I don't have all the ingredients that I need to make these macarons, but I went ahead anyways. Instead of using almond flour, I used black sesame seeds. I read up a lot about these before making them this time! So I made sure that every step I did was accurate. Not mixing too little, not too much. Just right. 
As you can see, not everyone of the cookies came out right. The first batch was baked in a 300F oven, which was too hot for these delicate cookies. So for the next batch, I lowered the heat down to 200F. The cooler oven allowed the macarons to expand upwards instead of sideways and also prevented the cracked tops. YAY! At least some of them came out right! :) 

Added some chocolate spread for the center.

And here you have one good black sesame macaron! I love the taste of it as it's not the usual almond! I love the nutty-ness of black sesame seeds and I think it gives the cookie a cool color without adding any food coloring like most macaroons have! :) I will be making these again! Hopefully with more success! :) This is the second item I made with my KitchenAid! woohoo! 
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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Bouncy Bread!

Beautifully braided bread by K! 


I am very pleased with the results of this batch of bread! :) Very bouncy like the name suggests! :D

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Chocolate Meringue Cake

Start with making two chocolate cakes, one big and one smaller.

Whip up some egg whites into meringue.

Once cake cools, pile on the meringue. I decided to use meringue to cover the cake because it's healthier than butter cream! Plus, I don't own any butter.

Make it look fierce with some spikes!!!

Use meringue to pipe on the birthday boy's name! Happy Birthday, David! I originally wanted the cake to be in the middle of the pan, but the cake fell to one side of the pan when I lifted it up...soooo it gave me the idea to write "David" on the side and add more meringue art!!

I wish I had a kitchen blow torch to do this next step so I get a prettier meringue cake. But it still worked out fine with a hot oven. I had to physically hold the cake up close to the top of the oven to brown the meringue!!! Rotating the cake a few times, holding it side all works!!

This is the first cake that I've made. Plus, it's the first baked good that I made using my birthday present! My KitchenAid stand mixer!!! woohooo!!!! Totally love it!

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Mini Pavlova


Made myself a mini pavlova to end the weekend. I used lemon curd instead of the usual cream and it was just a perfect mixture of sweetness and tanginess!
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Roasted Pork Belly


Crispy skin, moist and tender meat! Just the way I like it! :)
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