Monday, May 25, 2009

Chocolate Marble Cheesecake

Baked this cake for YL for her birthday. She actually wanted a strawberry cheesecake of don't know what sort which I don't have a recipe for. And she didn't have a picture of how the cake should look like. Thus in the end, she settled for this Chocolate Marble Cheesecake from my cheesecake recipe book - Junior's Cheesecake Cookbook

This cheesecake has a digestive biscuit crust which I laid the crust higher at the sides so that there was more biscuits to eat with the cheesecake.

Besides this cheesecake, I made dumplings for this Thursday dumpling festival - 端午节. This was of course with the help of my Mother-IL who did the cutting and cooking of the filling. Cooking the fillings is a lot of work having to cut up all the meat, and other ingredients are cooking them. The Hokkien dumplings needed more effort as each item had to be cooked seperately whereas the Nonya dumplings only needed to cook 1 filling which had all the ingredients in it.

There were quite a lot of ingredients for the Nonya dumpling left as we ran out of rice. So that means that we could do dumplings again pretty soon!

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Mini Mango Mousse Cake

Mother's day is this weekend but my parents were going off for a short holiday so I decided to make some cakes for my mom as well as my mom-in-law last weekend. I did some Kaya Pandan Cake for my mom as I recalled her talking about it some months back. And my mom-in-law wanted a normal Chiffon Pandan Cake. No pictures taken as they looked similar to what I had made before in one of the posting.

Last Saturaday morning, I went to the market to get some water chestnuts. Though my inital intention was only $1 of water chestnut from the vegetable store, I ended up buying $10 of vegetables and fruits from the store owner. He recommended snake beans (蛇豆)to me and told me it was 10 times better tasting than the normal long beans and that I will love it. They looked like long beans but was slightly broader and grossly ugly, with very rough skin. No pictures though as my mom-in-law eagerly broke the long beans into shorter stems ready for cooking. She said that she was looking for this for a long while and also commented that it tasted better than normal long beans. I fried it with sambal chilli and I thought it tasted almost similar to normal long beans and frankly speaking I don't fancy them. I was never a fan of long beans and would prefer french beans to long beans.

Besides the long beans, the store owner recommended mangoes to me. He said that he bought it for own consumption and sold some of the extras. I was septical as the mangoes didn't smell frangrant. But he assured me that they were sweet. So all in all, I spent $10 at the vegetable store instead of $1.

So with the mangoes bought, I made the mango mousse cake and used the recipe I learnt at Creative Culnaire. One quantity of the cake recipe could make about 15 mini mango mousse cakes.
These mini mango mousse cakes are easier to manage and decorate as compared to a regular 9" cake.