Monday, January 31, 2011

CNY cookies- Pineapple tarts

This is my favourite pineapple tart receipe. Have been making them for the past few years, and the girls seem to like them. Blossom has been requesting them to be packed in her lunchbox for her recess in school.

The receipe, adapted from Oi Lin as follows:

  • 280g butter (cold)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 360g plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 450g pineapple filling (i bought ready-made ones)
  • egg glaze: 1 egg yolk with 5 drops of water


  1. Sift flour (I omitted this step) and sugar. Mix well
  2. Cut the butter into small cubes and add to the flour mixture
  3. Use fingertips to rub the butter into the flour.
  4. Beat the egg yolks and add vanilla essence. Pour them into the butter mixture. Knead to form a dough. Wrap the dough in clingwrap and chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
  5. Pinch about 1/2 tablespoon of pineapple paste and roll into a ball. Similarly pinch about 1/2 tablespoon of dough. Wrap the ball with the dough.
  6. In a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper, place the balls with some spacing in between.
  7. Brush egg glaze over the top of the balls.
  8. Bake in a preheated oven at 190 deg celsius for about 15 minutes

The texture of the tart is really melt-in-the mouth. The smell of the butter when the tarts are in the bake is truly heavenly. We like our pineapple tarts closed as it retains most of the moisture in the tart.

I am submitting this to the Aspiring Bakers #3: My Favourite CNY cookie (January 2011), hosted by J3ss Kitch3n

Wishing everyone a lucky and prosperous Lunar New Year! Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Avocado mousse tart

A light and refreshing tart which I made for a mini celebration at my office (me and Y have our birthdays just 4 days apart). Digestive biscuit base, with a light avocado mousse. Had a story to tell everyone too - when the mousse was covered in clingwrap and placed in the fridge to set, Buttercup accidentally placed a bottle of Yakult on it and it fell through. It made a dent in the mousse but it was too late to salvage anything as the mousse had more or less set.

The next day, tried to hide the dent by 'showcasing' 2 strawberries. :)

All packed up and ready to go!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

OCBC mascots

Bumped into the two OCBC mascots, they could not resist a photo :)

Friday, January 14, 2011

Icing Room II - Angry Bird Cake

For hubby's birthday this year, it so happened that it was also the girls' first day of school. We spent quality time with them having breakfast, lunch and sending them to and fro school.

I asked Blossom if she wanted to decorate a cake for papa, she was very happy to do so - alone (the other two were in school then). Remember the last time they decorated a cake together at Icing Room? It turned out to be a everything-also-pile-on cake. I know it is hard as each of them was an individual with their artistic ideas.

I asked Blossom to decide on what to put on the cake. At first she wanted butterflies coz that is usually a girlie idea. Then she changed her theme to 'musical'. I hinted to her perhaps to have something that papa likes or can relate to, and I know that he is currently obsessed with his iphone app game Angry Birds. She agreed and we started work on it. I drew the outline of the bird from what i remembered and she filled the colours and put in the musical notes.

When we cut the cake at night, luckily the other two didn't make too much a fuss on why jie jie was allowed to decorate a cake. Phew.
Later I checked out the app image. Forgot to put in the tail and the angry furrowed eyebrows. hehehe.

Year of the Rabbit

The Chinese New Year will arrive in less than 3 weeks time. Stalls have put up their CNY ware, some even on Boxing Day. I like the way Chinese like to decorate their place in red (auspicious colour). This was more a recent liking, when I was younger thought it was so 'lao tu' (old-fashioned). Guess age changes our perspective on the things around us. Or I have joined the rank of an auntie. Oops.

Planned to make some CNY goodies. Lots of plans, but usually little time. Here's what I did last week:

Fried crabstick crisps
This was surprising good and addictive and it is such a no-brainer to prepare. Just shred the crabsticks and fry them in oil.

Porkfloss Rolls
I make these every year. My hubby's favourite. It is quite a nice snack, can't stop at two. But it is back straining exercise making the rolls by hand. I'll use frozen popiah (springroll) skins, cut them in four quarters, and wrap porkfloss in them. Then deep-fry. Pardon the non-uniform shape of each roll, after all these years, still have not mastered the technique of making them all look the same. Despite the appearance, these were quickly snapped up, and my hubby offered to buy more porkfloss (hint hint).
Sugared Crisps
Also quite a easy item to make. Just deepfry the popiah skin and sprinkle sugar over them.

Bubbles and Buttercup did volunteer their help with the making of the sugared crisps, here's Buttercup hard at work:

It was a fun bonding time for the 3 of us that afternoon :)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

What a hiatus!

Happy New Year 2011! Time, subconsiously amidst our busy-ness, passes by without our noticing. Ironically, it is only when we stand still and relook back that we alarming realise that it is another year (and my white hair strands coming out) But good things also deserve our notice - my girls have grown (Blossom's height is now at my shoulder).

Didn't realise that it has been such a long while since I last wrote or posted a photo. Lost the passion at some times. Things caught up. Or I was caught up.

Enough of the procrastinating. I have given the blog a new skin and look!

Notwithstanding the above, I have done a few things for my loved ones during the 'hiatus'. Let's rewind the clock :)

Mid-Autumn Festival
Went for a course with my fren L. It taught us how to make the baked mooncake as well as the snowskin one. We had a good time at the course and also during our search for the best mooncake filling that brought us to the east side of the island. I only managed to try the snowskin one at home. I loved the moulds.

Trip to Hong Kong
We went for a short trip over the National Day holiday. The egg tarts were truly delicious!
No creative juices flowed when I had to put down what to bring for my Buttercup's Xmas party in the childcare centre. It was a repeat item (from 2008). But I think the kids liked the colours and the cute edible icing figurines.

Last year i did egg-boats for them:

Cookies for my colleagues:
And Gingerbread men done by my 3 girls:

Ad hoc items:
Avocado mousse tart
I think i overbeat the whipping cream, resulting in the specks on the mousse, sigh. But the taste was creamy, a pity the girls didn't like avocado.
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