Thursday, April 29, 2010

Non bake Cheesecake

This is a recipe that is non bake and tastes superb. Adapted from my colleague Celest, here is my version of it with lotsa fruits on top :) Easy to bake and no frills.

All you need

150g digestive biscuits, crushed
8 tbsp butter, melted
250g Philadelphia cream cheese
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp gelatine, dissolved in 4 tbsp warm water
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup thickened cream
Some cut fruits


1. Mix biscuit and butter
2. Line base and sides of cake tin (about 8") with cling wrap and press the mixture into the base
3. Freeze for an hour


1. Blend cream cheese, lemon juice and gelatine and sugar with a mixer
2. Whip cream until soft peaks form then stir into mixture
3. Remove cake tin from freezer then pour mixture in
4. Spread evenly and chill for about an hour till harden
5. Top with fruits and serve

Verdict: Everyone loves the crusty base :)

Monday, April 12, 2010

Chocolate Sponge Cake (Back to the Basics)

Sponge cakes are very basic cakes. And that's what i like about it!... It doesn't take alot of time, nor require alot of ingredients to bake this, yet you are still able to yield a perfect nice decent product!

I ran out of many ingredients at home that I can't bake something new, creative and different. So back to the basics, I succeeded in baking a Chocolate Sponge Cake!

The only things I had were eggs, flour, oil etc. Sometimes when things in life get too complicated, it's always good to think about back to the basics. Think simplicity, and life would be much much easier!

Sponge cakes have always been my favourite as it is light, easy to prepare and not too sweet for my liking. I chanced upon Amanda's blog for this recipe. It is relatively easy and the outcome is awesome!

All you need:

(A) Egg Yolk Mixture

3 Egg Yolks
50g Sugar
50g Olive oil
1 tsp Vanilla Essence

1. Mix all items together well

120g Self Raising flour
½ tsp Baking powder
½ tsp Baking Soda

2. Sift and mix all flour together then combine with egg yolk mixture.

(B) Cocoa Mixture

30g cocoa powder
120g Warm water

3. MIx items together then add into the first mixture.

(C) Egg White Mixture

3 Egg Whites
¼ tsp Cream of Tartar
60g Sugar

4. Whisk egg whites and cream of tartar till foamy
5. Add sugar then continue whisking at high speed till stiff
6. Finally, fold this meringue into the cocoa mixture gently till well incorporated
7. Bake at 175deg C for 45min.
8. Ready to serve

Friday, April 2, 2010

From Down Under

An old friend of mine who has been living in the Oz came back to town for the CNY holidays. He surprised me with some gifts from Oz - Self Raising Flour and Plain Flour! This is something I would have never expected! Knowing that I bake alot and he was soon running out of ideas while walking along the aisles in the supermarket, he figured this was the most apt for me :)

I remember I once bought a galfriend of mine an instant muffin mix and a muffin baking tray for her birthday. She got all excited! I figured that buying baking stuff for galfriends are the most fun and appropriate things! I'm sure they will love it! (as long as they have an oven) Otherwise a good easy to follow recipe book on chocolate cake would do the job!

Thanks J!