All posts filed under: dessert

Matcha Crêpe Cake

We celebrated our anniversary recently, and I made this Matcha crêpe cake as the dinner dessert. I don’t know if it’s age, we spend more and more time together at home. We would make dinner together, open a bottle of wine or two maybe, try different recipes, talk or listen to the music we both love. We celebrate things, just not very loud, I guess. 🙂 Sorry! I got carried away. It happens quite often lately. Back to the cake! I got this 15cm frying pan the other day for 10 dollars. It’s the perfect size for making crêpe cakes. For the batter in this recipe, I made about 18 crêpes. I think I used 15 crêpes for the cake. The numbers may vary depends on the size of your pan and the thickness of the crêpe you make. When you make the crêpe, keep the pan at low to medium heat. It might take a little longer to finish making all the crêpes. However, it will not burn it. Pleae be careful not to burn your fingers, …

Hazelnut Soft Bread

Hey guys. I hope you are having an amazing day. I have a sweet soft bread recipe to share with you today. It looks like my desire for soft bread is still going strong. Last week, I used some hazelnut spread to make this sweet bread as my afternoon snack. When I said it’s sweet, it was actually not that sweet. I am watching my sugar intake. Anyway, all the sweet taste came from the organic honey I added in the filling. It’s just perfect with a cup of tea in the afternoon. Apart from honey and hazelnut spread, I added some cream cheese as well to give it a rich texture. If you like it sweeter, you can add some brown sugar, rice malt syrup or just add more honey. I used a round baking tray to shape the bread into a flower and garnished with some almond slivers. Feel free to use almond flakes if you prefer. The bread can be eaten cold or warm. I prefer to have something warm in a …

Apple Rose Pie

One of our friends had a trip to an apple farm and brought boxes and boxes of apple back. These apples are so good, sweet, juicy and crunchy. Totally my type of apple. Since I got so many in my kitchen, I have been trying all sorts of way to cook/eat the apples when they are still fresh. I use them in my salad, dessert, to cook with pork or make some apple juice. I made these apple rose pies yesterday. It turned out pretty and tasty. I love the way it looks and how simple it can be made. I used some cranberry sauce I made yesterday in the pie. Speaking of the cranberry sauce, it’s from my last bag of frozen cranberries. No more! 😦 Oh, can’t tell you how much I love it! Anyway, I hope you enjoy this post. The Pie is very pretty. I love it as a dinner dessert with some icing sugar and whipped cream! 🙂 Makes 2 6-inch pies INGREDIENTS Firm apples – 5 or 6 (Royal Gala …

Cinnamon Matcha pudding

I pretty much like everything with matcha, tea (of course!), ice cream, or pancakes. Matcha powder is fine powder made from green tea leaves. It has so many health benefits, boosting metabolism, burning calories and detoxifying. I normally get my matcha powder from our local tea shop. I love this cinnamon matcha powder. They also have turmeric matcha and vanilla matcha powder too. I think I will give them a try when I visit the shop next time. The cinnamon gives extra flavor to the normal matcha powder. It’s perfect for brewing a cuppa. I also love to use it in making desserts.These delicious cinnamon matcha puddings are very easy to make. Prepare the day before, leave it in the fridge. They are ready to serve the next day. I serve it with fresh fruits, cream or both. It’s a wonderful treat for myself, my friends, or my guests. Gelatin powder is used in this recipe. Please feel free to use gelatin sheets or agar agar. When I pour the final mixture into glasses, I use a fine strainer to …

Mango Coconut sticky rice

  Mango has been one of my favourite fruits in summer. Lucky us, the summer is the mango season here in Australia. We like to buy mango in a tray which contains 20-25 mangoes. I will store them in my fridge. Then, it’s time to enjoy the heavenly fruit in different ways. I would make smoothies, ice cream, desserts from mangoes. The results are always good with minimum effort. I love mango rice. I remember I tried it for the first time in a Thai restaurant. The combination of coconut and mango flavours are beyond delicious. The texture of the glutinous rice is so lovely. I started to create a simple version of the mango rice at home.  Since it’s the mango season now. I certainly wouldn’t miss the opprotunity to make some mango rice at home. I hope you will like and enjoy this simple recipe. INGREDIENTS Glutinous rice  – 200g Coconut milk – 200ml Caster sugar – 2 1/2 teaspoons salt – 3/4 teaspoons corn starch – a pinch mango – 1 roasted …

Winter melon (white gourd) balls

It has been hot and humid lately. I long for some light dish/snacks to cheer me up in a hot summer day. Winter melon is commonly used for cooking in China. Although it’s a summer fruit, it’s commonly available at the end of the autumn or during the winter. I was surprised that I saw the local veggie shop was selling winter melon slices last week. Certainly, I had to get one. Some facts about winter melon: It is light and healthy. It’s very low in calories and sugar but high in fiber. It contains potassium and vitamin A, B and C, but no cholesterol. It helps with weight loss and swelling reduce. Typically, winter melon is used for making soup. I remember my mom also uses it to stirfry with pork mince. It has really light flavour (almost nothing in my opinion). The best way of cooking it is to cook with some ingredients that have stronger flavour, like pork meat. In this recipe, the cooked winter melon balls are marinated in orange juice over night. …

Baklava

Sorry, guys. I somehow injured my right hand thumb about over a week ago. I haven’t really cooked much ever since, although I have many cooking plans for this month. Anyway, I like Baklava. The only thing stops me from having it is that the traditional one is super sweet. I still remember the one I tried when we visited Istanbul years ago. Super super sweet! Apart from that, I totally fell in love with the buttery and nutty flavor. When I got home from the holiday, I started making my own version of baklava. The homemade baklava suits me and my friends better. It’s not so sweet, but with more nuts mixture and different flavour. I know some may think the process of making baklava is a little bit of tedious. However, for me, it’s like a process of meditation. I would put on some music as well. By the time I finish baking the baklava, the second when I open the oven door, the smell is just sooo amazing. Nothing can compare with that. When you garnish …

Baked custard mooncake

With the Mid-Autumn festival (Moon festival) approaching, I set the mood to make mooncakes since last week. Last year, I didn’t make any mooncakes. Why? I can’t really remember. I could come up with some excuses, but I bet you don’t want to hear it. 😛 The Mid-Autumn festival is really a family holiday. It’s the occasion we celebrate family reunion. When I was a little girl, I remember we would have all family members gathering together for the day and have a big dinner. After dinner, my parents normally would take us out to a fire cracker show and a lantern event to do the lantern riddles. My dad always made a lantern for me for the moon festival, either the traditional type (red and round) or the rabbit shape lantern. Writing all this just brings all my childhood memories back. So much fun we had. I even won a riddle reward one year. Sharing a mooncake is a tradition in our family. My mum would always cut one mooncake into four pieces. Then, we …

Strawberry Pie with love :)

Hubby brought back some strawberries from the local fruit shop yesterday. They are so lovely. I can never resist the pink cute pretty fruit. Then, Tuesday was the Chinese Valentine’s day (Qi Xi). I totally forgot about it. Although he wouldn’t know anything about the Chinese Valentine’s day, I  still think I should give him a pleasant surprise. The problem is that today is Saturday and we have a lot of plans as always. If I decide to do it, it has to be simple and quick, sweet too. Here comes the strawberry heart pie. Easy, simple, quick and lovely. It only takes about an hour to prepare and bake it (well, I have the store bought pastry).  It’s not very sweet, but with soft strawberry flavor. You can serve it very a scoop of ice cream or yogurt. INGREDIENTS strawberry – 500g Sugar – 40g Cornstarch – 25g 1 lemon zest 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon rosewater 3 sheets of pre-made puff pastry 1 egg, beaten icing sugar Heart shape cookie cut INSTRUCTIONS Preheat the …

Mini pithiviers

This is one of my favorite desserts/snacks. Whenever I make it, everyone likes it. It is sweet, but not too sweet. The pastry is so crispy. Perfect to serve as a dinner dessert with your favorite ice cream. Or, it goes well with afternoon tea. Simple and delicious. Good looking too with the golden-brown color and the almond aroma. My mouth is watering now… 🙂 Makes 13 INGREDIENTS Filling 80g unsalted butter 70g caster sugar 1 egg, beaten 1 tablespoon white wine 1 small orange zest, finely grated 70g ground almonds 10g plain flour Pastry 3 sheets of pre-made puff pastry 1 egg, beaten icing sugar INSTRUCTIONS Beat the butter and sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy. Mix in the egg, white wine and orange zest. Mix well. Fold in the ground almonds and flour. Leave the filling in the fridge while prepare the pastry. Preheat the oven to 200ºC. Line the baking try. Use a cookie cutter to cut out circles and place on the baking paper. Spread the filling over the …