Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Pretty pastel macarons

These white choc ganache with lychee filling macarons were actually loose orders from my regular customer  Datin Norehan for a wedding at Raub Pahang last December  .She just only recently send me this photo showing the decoration made by her wedding planner for the macs...I was inspired...

Carrot Cupcake with Walnut

Carrot cupcakes are not only delicious but  is full of carrot goodness. There's 450gm of carrots to every 240gms of flour ,I used brown sugar for better less sweet taste...later adding in orange zest,cinnamon & walnut ...yum

Cream cheese ....adapting red velvet decoration...

Buttercream icing for those who prefer colour

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Pink Cherry Blossom - Coconut Pandan Muffin

 Another cherry blossom theme box...filled with choc chip muffins & Coconut Pandan Gula Melaka Muffins

Use your favourite Vanilla recipe, later infuse the flavour by addiding dried coconut, pandan  emalco & gula melaka...

Friday, January 27, 2012

Choc Muffin - Cherry Blossom Theme

Love these Chocolate Chip Muffins in vibrant cherry blossom decorated box . 

Cherry Blossom flower sticker designed by yours truly

Thursday, January 26, 2012

A simple gesture of appreciation

A simple way of saying thank you to valued customers are by giving them more than what they ask for...I made these yummy XL size macadamia chocolate cookies for one of my regular customers who has been very patient with me..hehe...everyone loves sweet surprises...
XL size...

A pink grossgrain  ribbon & a personal  sticker  to complete the look...

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Orange macaron with dried apricot & choc filling

I am so delighted with these orange macarons taking the shade of mandarin orange...filled them with dried apricot & choc ganache....make your pick...the orange or the macarons..

I'm making 200pcs of these for a chinese friend organizing an open house this chinese new year at her parents place...she contacted me right away when I e-mailed her the pictures ...requesting that I double the original order fearing that such temptation  will not be enough for their guest...she has fallen in love with these macs at first sight...opps ...

Tower of 5 macarons to reach the same height of 2 oranges...

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Welcoming year of the dragon

Chinese New Year is just around the corner and the spirit of giving is in the air. I made these big size chocolate oreo truffle cookies for someone who wanted to send out well wishes to chinese friends at work ..

The senders name is printed on the sticker giving it a personal touch

Proudly ChantiqSweet Treats on the cookie jar

I am also trying out my hands making hampers this season...these are macs,cookies & praline with custom design stickers....

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Almond choc chip -All time favourite

Baking these for CNY hampers...they are ChipsMore size using 15gm cookie dough for each cookie..I must say it is an all time favourite...being home made ,they taste so much better than packed commercial cookies...

The Recipe ( No fail bake) - yields about 80pcs 15gm cookie dough

Ingredient (A)

250gm butter ( I use SCS butter )
200gm brown sugar
1 egg yolk ( the egg white is used for glazing)

Ingredient (B)
250gm flour ( I used low protein flour available at major bake shops)
100gm corn flour
10gm cocoa powder
50 gm almond nibs
50gm choc chip
1 tbs vanilla

-Beat (A) till smooth ( 3-4 mins on a Kitchen Aid)
- add in (B)... ( beat for another 3-4 min)
-then shape them any size you like (I press them flat and added more choc chips)
-glaze with egg whites to make them shine ( you can skip this and the cookie still taste great)
-heat oven for 5 mins and bake for 20 min at 150C ...Woola...happy baking..

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Oreo Truffle Cookie - A must try bake

I am into experimenting recipes this week since my CNY hampers are only due next week and I have the luxury of time when the kids are off to school till afternoon.

2 potential customers are interested to have cookies as wedding favours which is also the reason why I am trying out new bakes...I'd like to introduce something different from what they might have tasted

So today I am on another Oreo recipe quest ,only this time I am using Creamo as they are cheaper and taste almost the same...I improvise it a little by adding milk choc chip and white choc chip I found at Hock Choon supermarker instead of the normal choc chip to see how it goes.

Oreo truffels has this lovely texture & taste when combined with choc cookie , a recipe from Picky-palate ...the verdict....I am lost for words ...they are simply delicious my kids told me they'd never buy cookies from Kedai lagi....ya right...(like that's gonna happen).

Sample of Pretty cookie packaging ( myownlabels.com)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Chocolate Chip Oreo

My kids had been complaining that for the past 2 months I only bake for others and asked me when can I make something for them...So today I decided to try out this new cookie recipe .
Chocolate Chip Oreo...it doesn't get any better than this....recipe is from Picky-palate ( learn step by step tutorial) ...I'm thinking how to introduce this as a doorgift....something different from the normal stuff we have...I know I'd be happy if I get these as a gift ..yumm

Just looking at the outcome made my day...

Monday, January 9, 2012

Hearts on fire chocolates

I had fun making this box of 2o cav choc, they are of various hearts design and different fillings for each design .The use of transfer sheet was lovely ,it creates the fireworks effect on the heart shaped choc.

Double ribbon to enhance the book style box.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Party Princess Brown Birthday Bag

These brown favour bags are not just decorated with custom stickers but also punched with lace borders to give it that girly look as an alternative to doily paper . These bags will be filled with 40gm M&M's , 1 box Nestle honey stars , stickers & 1 pc disney lollychoc. Jannah goes to the same kindy as my daughter and her mom Zara went to the same macaron class I did ...after class she said she'd rather buy them as she's not the type who can tolerate failure...hehe..

Favours in Tin

These tin container make lovely door gifts, it can fit in 3 macarons , 5 aluminum wrap chocolates , cookies and such...I like it for the fact that it is reuseable .

Decorations can be as simple as sticking a sticker to elaborated lace, ribbons & flowers etc...it may cost a but more compared to boxes but you can be almost sure your guest will have it for keeps.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Books on baking

Someone once asked me where did I learn to make cupcakes as she would like to attend class , I told her ..I learn them on my own...mostly through books ..I'd follow every step religiously and most of the time they turn out perfect. One of my favourite cupcake book

is this one here written by Martha Swift & Lisa Thomas of Primerose Bakery.....I never had a fail following their recipe...

Good cupcakes are best with creamy buttercream icing, it
is the best way to enjoy it without the guilt of overly sweet icing ( I see a lot of people scope out pretty icings or fondant.. they are just nice to look at but sinfully sweet to indulge in.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Burgundy Macaron Shells & coarse almond

This was the first time I had a customer who wanted macaron shells only... and it must be in burgundy..with coarse almost ground...so I did not sieve the almond. Kelly said to her it taste better that way...hmm

I was given a flower bud as a guide to the shade she wanted ( the wedding theme was going to be in this shade)....

I made these samples first for her to see if it is ok before proceeding with mass production for her wedding next month.

So this batch here is the closest I can get to the flower shade ( 4 drops red + 2 drops blue + 2 drops magenta)...I was told that she will be making her own filling that contains chocolate & rum, a recipe she got from an Italian friend...(well...I don't do rum nor wine base recipes)

Having tasted these macs....hey they altually do taste great with coarse almond...

New Year Bake - Carrot Walnut cupcake

My first bake morning of 1st Jan 2012 . Carrot Walnut cupcake with orange buttercream top for an english theme engagement . I actually added raisins to the recipe and sprinkle a little pearl sparkle on the butter cream . Fondant flowers are ready made from Bake with Yen..