Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Longan Peach Cake for CH

Happy Birthday CH!
Another year had pass... and CH is one year older ...
Children look forward to every new age, but we adults dread every upcoming birthday. :)

After doing stock taking of my baking ingredients last week, I am quite glad that my stocks of all sorts were almost used up. Not baking for about 3 months had rendered 2 new bags of floor useless due to bugs infesting in it.

I used up the last bag of sponge cake mix and also some canned fruits to make this cake up. Got to get rid of the carton of whipping cream in the freezer as well. Quite please with the outcome of the cake. The fruits looked a bit dry though as this cake was in the fridge for 2 days before it was taken out to cut and I did not have any glazing jel at home, so I didn't do any glazing on the fruit.

As I won't be baking as much as I used to, I won't stock up too much on ingredients and will only buy what I need.

Last week I was very happy as CH brought back 13 baking books from Taiwan on his business trip for me. It resulted in a 3kg excess baggage and he was fined $50. Thus, there was very little savings for the books bought due to the fine.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Banana Chiffon Cake (High banana content and low sugar)

It hasn't been good past 2 months. Basically wasn't feeling too well and not up to bake anything at all. I only felt better 1-2weeks back and was more or less back to my usual self. I had been looking at making a Banana Chiffon Cake few weeks back and last weekend, the opportunity came when there was a bunch of overripped bananas setting on the dining table screaming 'Use me! Use me!'

I have modified the recipe to make this low sugar and banana filled chiffon cake. The original recipe called for 1 cup of bananas but I threw in all 6 large bananas I had which was about 2.5cups to 3 cups of bananas in total. The cake still baked into a beautiful chiffon cake, soft and full of bananas.

Banana Chiffon Cake
200g cake flour (sifted with 1/2 tsp of baking powder and 1/2 tsp of bicardonate soda)
50g castor sugar
8 egg yolks
6 tbsp oil
2.5cups mashed bananas
8 egg whites
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
100g castor sugar
  • Mix all (A) ingredients together to form a thick batter.
  • Whisk egg white and cream of tartar till 'soapy' stage.
  • Slowly add in castor sugar
  • Whisk till egg white becomes medium peaks.
  • Mix egg whites to (A), mix well but with a light hand.
  • Pour into a 25cm/10" chiffon tin
  • Bake at 160C for about 1hr or till cooked.

Have fun!