A not-so Happy Birthday

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I could lie and say that the above is a fancy update of roti prata, but I won’t. In truth, it’s a no good piece-of-crap choux pastry I ended up making for my husband Z’s birthday last month. Ever heard of Paris-Brest? It’s a French pastry in a shape of a wheel that was created in

Pear Tart

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Something very disturbing is happening. The other day, I had nothing to blog about and mused aloud to my husband Z that I might stop blogging altogether. He didn’t toss back his usual tart reply, which used to always sound something like, “Wow? Really? And I get back my wife?”.  Instead, his eyes were the size of saucers. A look

Galette des Rois

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Like, what happened? How did I manage to make a pastry that grew tumours? This is supposed to be a Galette des Rois, an almond-cream-filled pastry the French traditionally eat around Christmas. Taken from Young Mo Kim’s A Collection Of Fine Baking, this recipe had me making the puff pastry by hand to achieve a monumental 144

25 Random Things About Food

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For four long years, I asked this question every week for a Sunday food column I used to write: What would your last meal be? Invariably, the personalities I interviewed would give some blah answer, like Teochew porridge or their mother’s steamed egg or some such boring throwaway. If I were asked this question, oh-ho-ho,

Green Tea Chiffon Cake

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Go ahead, laugh at my chiffon cake. Say that it looks like an Egyptian pyramid that’s been chopped off and pried open for easier access to King Tut. Because once you’ve had a taste of this cake - complete with that  glob of unmixed egg white on the inside *see it?* – you’re not gonna be

The Ultimate Butter Cake

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Some people eat lots of bread. Some people load up on rice. Yet others just stuff themselves full and hope something sticks. What am I talking about? I’m talking about what food to eat prior to a night of drinking so you won’t get so drunk that you wake up the next morning with your

The ultimate chocolate cake

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I read in a cookbook that some American auntie has this saying: “A sad cake is a happy cake.” Say what? Like how an ugly cake is also a beautiful cake? Or a sunken mess is also a risen sponge? These Americans are crazy. But I take back my words. Now I fully understand what she meant after I made this cake,

Cupid’s Strawberry Cake with cream cheese buttercream

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DO NOT attempt to adjust your computer screen. This cake is really as bad as it looks. Ever since I started this blog last May, I have - only half-jokingly too - tried to project myself as some baking wunderkind on the cusp of conquering the confectionery world. But at the start of this new year, I thought, what the heck, I’m gonna

Milk Chocolate Malt Ball Cake

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HERE’S a question for all you bakers out there. Who do you blame when a cake turns out badly? The cookbook author? For having the balls to charge $60 for a book that contains a dud recipe? The shopkeeper? Because, you know, how could she run out of 65g eggs?! Using 55g eggs will adversely affect your batter’s proportion! Doesn’t

The great American pound cake

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If there’s one thing I’ve learnt ever since I started this baking thing, it’s this: One man’s meat is another man’s poison. Or shall I say, One man’s perfect pound cake is another man’s putrid pound cake. Shirley O. Corriher’s latest cookbook BakeWise, which I reviewed last month for the newspaper, opened with this tantalising

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