September 30, 2009

Flourless Chocolate Cake

This flourless chocolate cake made not too long ago but I had almost forgotten about it. This is quite unlike me because usually for successful bakes, I would KIV it for photo enhancement and might blog about it later. Hmmm... probably I did not have much memory of this cake because I had happily given it away to my colleagues the next day after baking and left only two or three slices at home. I need to have self-control because my parents are not fans of chocolates. Can you imagine my mum shunning away when seeing thick grooey chocolate?! Whenever I was baking chocolate stuffs, she would go eeee so chocolatety! LOL! I believe her reaction is something all chocolate lovers can never comprehend. :P

I almost forgotten where I took this recipe until I browsed through some of the usual blogs I visit and there you are, Happy Homebaker's chocolate gateau. Unlike some flourless chocolate cake which uses almost just pure chocolate without any flour / very little flour, this recipe is purely flourless but with ground almond/almond meal. It gives a slight fudgy texture, similar to a brownie, yet it won't stick in your mouth. That was how my friend described and I really appreciated that! Not many people actually taste and feel the texture of food. :)

It's a very chocolatety cake but you won't feel the greasiness. Do do try this, especially if you are thinking of finishing up the almond meal before it gets expired. ;)

This is of course for him. :P

September 23, 2009

Marble Cake Again

Yeah, finally I get to squeeze in some time to do a post of a recent marble cake I made. Among butter cakes, I much prefer marble because of its pretty two-tone (sometimes tri-colour) colour. This recipe was from Florence's blog and it's a nice and soft marble cake. Texture was just right. I made it once and somehow it turned out dense and short. Really glad that it turned out well this time.

I hope I have time to post what I've made for the past few weeks. Stay tuned! :)

This oven glove was a gift from my sister-in-law. Bought at Aussino if I'm not wrong. Isn't it pretty?? I can't bear to use it yet!

September 12, 2009

Pita Sandwich

For my first attempt in making a turkish pita bread, my idea was one where the bread would expand during the baking process, leaving a hollow centre so that when you split it into half, you could put in fillings to make a pita sandwich. Instead i got one what was some sort like a flat bread, without a hollow centre. A comment left by Columbus Foodie taught me that there's a difference between a pita bread and a pide. Pita bread is thin walled, hollowed on the inside which will puff during baking; while Pide is a soft (and slightly crusty) flatbread.

Anyway this time i got it right. A pita bread that I was looking for. It's a really simple bread recipe, and puffs up nicely, but the thickness of the crust were all uneven, which i suppose is the way I roll the dough. I'm just too lazy and didnt bother to roll out all evenly.

200g bread flour
5g castor sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2g instant yeast
130g water


  1. Mix bread flour, castor sugar, salt, water and yeast in a large mixing bowl. Using your hands or an electric mixer attached with the dough hook, mix to form a dough. Knead the dough until a smooth and elastic dough is formed. (I used my bread-maker to knead the dough).
  2. Let dough proof for 50 minutes.
  3. Divide dough into 5 equal portions, and shape them into balls.
  4. Roll dough into an oblong shape, about 18-20cm long and 0.3cm thick.
  5. Let it final proof for 10 minutes.
  6. Bake it in a preheated oven at 220°C (if your oven can adjust, orginally is upper heat 250°C, lower heat 200°C) for about 8 minutes.
  7. Split pita bread into half and put in your favourite sandwich fillings.
Recipe Source:孟老师的一百道面包

Prawn salad pita sandwich. Homemade again! Give it a try! Enjoy! :)