Thursday, May 31, 2012

Macaron (reject) cookies - There is still hope

This  school holiday season I have been working  with big batches of macaron orders. Most bakes turn  out perfect and  yes I do have rejects. 

Before this I would have just dump all reject shells  into the bin .Yup that's a lot of waste and its a sin (Oh Allah forgive me)

Reject macarons are not  because they don't taste good but just because they don't look perfectly good ( its a cruel world indeed ).They are rejected due to slightly burnt shell , crooked feet , short feet and such but they are in true fact very much edible .

I never calculated how many kg went into the bin and I hate the thought of it knowing they were good almond powder and there are people around the world who are suffering from hunger.My kids are no longer interested in macaron no matter what the flavour . So in the bin they go...

Until last night, my hubby suggested that I should try make something out of the not so perfect macaron shells,so this morning I experimented. 

300gm rejected macaron shell (crushed)
150gm butter
1 egg
100gm plain  flour
1 tsp vanilla
( I need not use cocoa since I was already  working with rejected chocolate macarons)

How to :

- Beat butter & egg 
- Add  vanilla
- Dump in the crushed macarons
- Add flour
- Shape the soft dough anyway you like and bake at 150c for 30 minutes.

So the outcome was ....super yummy crispy cookie!!!...I do not know what to call them but they do taste good and my kids love them...there is crisp and a slight taste of chewy .

This cookie however will never go on sale for they are too complicated to make...why?....cause you need to make macarons first..crush them and bake again...hehe
( perhaps adding raisins and nuts would also be a good idea).

So next time don't throw away the shells....collect them and turn them into another cookie your family can enjoy

They have a crispy outer with a little chewy inner - taste wonderful...

In the world of macaron, only the perfect one gets the attention...but hey there is still hope for the rejects if you only give them a chance....and all you know they may even taste better than those with pretty little feet.

Monday, May 28, 2012

A humble beginning - Looking back from a year ago

It's amazing to think how  time passes by.I still remember how a year ago I had my kids drop post card size flyers into mail boxes around the neighborhood informing people what I had to offer .In the beginning it was just chocolates  ,the bakes only came in a month later .

I remember the 1st phone call ,the 1st delivery the first sms saying"thank you for the yummy bakes you made for me" .

I remember all the trial and errors I had ,the sleepless nights ,being a self taught baker was indeed great fun but it wasn't easy .It must have been the passion that made me going .I invested on books and spend countless hours on the internet for information .Never attended any classes except for one which I thought wasn't that great (youtube was far way better).

My first big order was just 3 months after I started CST , it was 1000 boxes of 4 praline as door gifts ,1000 muffins  and 1ooo pcs of blueberry cheese tarts for a wedding in Shah Alam.It was a lot of work, from investing on equipments ,sourcing raw materials down to the desired packaging by theme. 

It was great exposure , I made baker friends in the process as I decided to sub some of the bakes ,  learn a lot along the way dealing with suppliers , hiring assistance , managing production ,transportation and all.The customer was so  pleased  she sent me a lovely thank you e mail I recall every word , from there on I never looked back and I knew this was what I wanted to do.

Words got around and more orders started to come in from individuals & organizations ( Proton ,Petronas  , RHB,Maybank , Kolej Segi  just to name a few)...I later registered CST as an enterprise  under Cups & cookies Entp.

 I must say that I am proud to be a part of many celebrated moments .

InsyaAllah CST  will be around for many years to come and looking back I am glad I had started the journey..."Cantik" means pretty...and pretty is what CST favors  will  strive to be.

What can be better than baking your own Red Velvet cake to mark a year of sweet bakes .I love using the recipe adapted from Bakerella but with a reduced amount of sugar.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Mad week

If my Fagor oven could scream, I'm sure it would have done  just that by now. It has been a mad mad week, lucky I had a very dedicated and capable assistant Kak me ,with training , she can now make good macarons too..  

Oh oven  did break down last week and I went frantic knowing I had orders lined up . Lucky Fagor's technician was able to come on site the very same day.I only had to change the timer and that cost me almost RM300..Urghh.  

Silver balls on  red velvet...makes it look dazzling 

200 RV ready to go 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Closed for Ramadhan

This post is in respond to the  numerous  emails requesting  for Eid Fitri cookies .

In welcoming the holy month of Ramadhan ,Chantiq Sweet Treats is officially closed  during the fasting month .

Business will resume  as usual by Mid of Syawal. InsyaAllah

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Rose Cake - My new cool bake

Gosh ...I  have been and will be super duper crazy busy with baking and packing until end of June . As for now  I am just out of ideas of what to write even when there is just so much to tell .

                                   Check out this  inspiring Rose cake from Iambaker 

I have  added this Rose cake as a new addition on my menu...  cool huh...and yup my hands are already full with this Rose Cake bake...price starts from RM40 for 1/2 kg...depending on cake...( it's buttercream frosting, not shortening or any of those greasy whips)... 

Like always , with my kids,no amount of cake can last up to a week...

You can have it double tone to give it a lively effect.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Teachers - God's special creation

Why God Made Teachers---By Kevin William Huff

When God created teachers,
He gave us special friends
To help us understand His world
And truly comprehend
The beauty and the wonder
Of everything we see,
And become a better person
With each discovery. 

When God created teachers,
He gave us special guides
To show us ways in which to grow
So we can all decide
How to live and how to do
What's right instead of wrong,
To lead us so that we can lead
And learn how to be strong. 

Why God created teachers,
In His wisdom and His grace,
Was to help us learn to make our world
A better, wiser place. 

Monday, May 14, 2012

Close order May & June


Saturday, May 12, 2012

Pretty Treats in Jars

Perhaps I should  reserve my comments on how sinfully delicious these red velvet cupcakes are . Most of them  who has tried this cake would always come for more.I even have a customer who orders these cake on a monthly basis and  do I wonder  when would  she get tired of it.

Personally red velvets are addictive...just looking at them makes me hungry.

The latest trend now is putting them in jars for easier handling ,they are infact more gorgeous in jars and they make perfect doorgiftrs .You can decorate the jars according to your theme and they are easy for your guest to enjoy or carry home.

Whoever that came up with this idea of cupcake in jars is a genius and I am thankful for the innovation. It is so much more easier to enjoy your favourite cake and creame topping...tak bersepah ,the best part kalau tak habis boleh simpan balik dlm fridge and enjoy the next day...somehow it does taste better the next day..

I was out of jars for this last minute order ,so  a round plastic container which I use to fill in my cookies was just perfect . 

Keep them in the fridge and enjoy them anytime you want...but being this good wouldn't last that long in the fridge.

This coming June  is "kenduri "month and yup our hands are full   .Managed to convince most of my customer to hand out big size  cookies for their guest instead of the normal cupcake favors.Will pack them all  in plastic jars with pretty ribbons and personalized tag/stickers...

A personalized cookie jar  for dear teachers...

Friday, May 11, 2012

Packaging speaks

Taking that extra step to get creative with gift packaging is the perfect way to add a personal touch to any present, big or small. 

Beautifully presented wedding favors bring elegance and style to any celebration.  Present a favor in an elegant jar /box/bag can  change it from a simple gift to a fabulous treat. 

Attaching a custom favor tags to your favors is a great way to personalize your event, and deliver a message of thanks and appreciation to your guests

You can fill this elegant jar with cookies,alum wrap chocolate , dried jelly just to name a few

Another late night work in progress ( excuse the hp quality pic)

These would look great on any table ...simplicity with style...

Mid Night Pop Corn.

Garrett Popcorn hit Malaysian shores early this year with its opening at KLCC and people are making bee lines to get a bite of those pop corn. I must say they are the best pop corn I have ever tasted so far. However their price tag dont come cheap but hey they are worth every dime fav is macadamia that sells at RM18 for the smallest pack ...auch!!

Ok so my pop corn may not taste as great but they are covered with generous amount of caramel  enough to satisfy the sweet tooth..normally make them a night when kids are off to bed...( don't ask me why)
Pop Corn makes great gifts with kids

Packed this way can make them last up to 3 days....the brown bag gives it that cinema effect.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Giant Cookies -Take a few big bites

These giant cookies are 80gm each and is covered with flooding icing. Being this big , you can  actually consider skipping lunch . 

Sister bongsu posing for the  raisin oatmeal cookie

Not so sinful sweet indulgence...any cookie can be made this size and price starts from RM5 each including sticker + clear plastic packaging.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Cupcake in jars

I love the fact that cupcakes in jar can be enjoyed without making a mess when eating the butter cream. Since most of my topping are made using pure butter that could easily melt in hot weather, cupcakes in jars works best  .

How perfect would they be with a little bit of lace , ribbon tied around the jar, you can even have stickers on the cap..decoration options are endless

These work great as favors for any occasion as they are easy to handle The sky is the limit with these jars.  Any type of cupcake works with them!.

It adds so much personality to the cupcake.

Best eaten when cold, taste better than ice cream 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Preserving our Tradition

Bunga Telur use to be a compulsory wedding buah tangan for all the guest . Egg symbolizes fertility ,the beginning of a new life.

However today this tradition is slowly being forgotten . Only selected few are handed out with Bunga Telur, normally close family and the so call important guest.

Time changes and people change with time .However some tradition need to be preserve to remind us of our roots ,tradition & culture makes us unique and we want our generations to come to continue the legacy left by their elder.

I am glad that agar agar kering is still around and orders and inquiries had been flooding in , there are even   pre book orders for 2013 weddings .

Agar agar kering now is  with more style and is given a new breath of flavor ,they can be infused with popular flavors such as strawberry ,orange, lychee etc  ,the original are crinkle cuts  and is only rock sugar & jelly . Things were so much simpler back then.

This mengkuang basket can fit in 60-70gm of dried jelly

Decoration options and endless....its all about budget.

Making them isn't hard but penjagaan dia yang rumit....during hot season , it will take 3-4 days to dry in hot sun .It can also take up to 10 days to dry  if weather is gloomy

Mixture of soft pink and clear hearts

Coconut Crisps -Remembering The Good Old Days

Back in the good old days, I remember enjoying our traditional round coconut cookies which  can easily be found  in stores, they are however a bit dry .

This one however are deliciously light and crispy and it simply melts in the mouth.This recipe retain butter as a principle ingredient since butter really does give cookies that magical richness of flavour. Margerine cannot substitute for butter as their high water content prevents cookies from crisping up satisfactorily

Simple yet can also add chocolate drizzle to the cookie to give it colour ( this customer however wanted original coconut cookie...nothing fancy

These are 20gm each and it fits nicely into the cylinder container

One of my favourite cookie reference book...purchase on my birthday during a short trip to Singapore Kinokuniya