Another birthday party then I'm done..for the next 8 yrs, i hope.
This time he will celebrate it with a couple of friends in the bowling center. Still, i have to prepare 3 different cakes. One for the class, one for us and last but not least for the party today. The theme is Minecraft. I did the basic stuff, stickers on the chocolate wrappers, popcorn and bottles.
Salted Caramel Popcorn
2 quart pop popcorns
4 tbsp butter
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup water
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp vanilla extract
Pop popcorn and lightly salt. Mel butter in a saucepan. Add brown sugar and stir until mixed. Add water, stirring constantly bring to boil. It will take at least 5-10 minutes.
Remove from heat and add baking soda and vanilla extract.
Drizzle over popcorn and stir.
Preheat oven at 100 deg C.
Lined baking dish with parchment paper and spread the popcorn. Bake for at least 3 minutes to dry out the caramel.
Store tightly in a container
Do take this away from me ASAP..I can't stop eating!!!
One of my favourite kuih. Been wanting to make this for ages but never really got the courage to do it. Or maybe because I'm scared that I will eat the whole thing without sharing with anybody else.
Bingka ubi kayu or Tapioca Cake, as the name indicate, made from grated tapioca, coconut milk, sugar and bit of salt. It's gluten free and wasn't that difficult to do it (i thought it was until i saw the recipe...duhhh)
Bingka Ubi Kayu (Cassava Cake)
1 kg peeled and grated tapioca tubers
300 g fine sugar
400 ml thick coconut milk
40 g melted butter
1/4 tsp salt
Peel and chop the tapioca tubers, you can grate it or use blender (i used this method, which is much easier and safer for my little fingers). Weigh the grated/blended tapioca.
Place the tapioca in a strainer set over a bowl. Leave for at least 30 minutes to allow juices to drain. Discard the juices, Reserve the tapioca starch.
In a big mixing bowl, add all the ingredients and stir well.
Preheat oven at 170C.
Pour into a greased baking tin and bake for at least 1 hour or until the top is well-browned.
Cool completely before cutting.
N.B: I have no idea how should I credit the recipe to the owner, as no one really owns. It can varies from each person/family.
Please accept my humble apologies if anybody out there think that I took/copy their recipe.
It was his birthday on Monday and he asked me during the weekend if I could make him something nice but guilt free cake, Since both of us in the middle of our diet, I told him happily not to worry about it. Everything under control.
Well, I lied!!! On Monday morning I'm still sitting in front of the lappy looking on Pinterest hi and lo for the guilt free cake..Ah-ah!!! I shouldn't lie!!
Luckily, within an hour, I found the recipe and rush to the nearest shop and get all the stuff. I took the "Last Minute" thing literally I guess.
I can't say how much Pinterest save me..Hey, I got a reputation you know :P
Verdict: The loaf is a quite dense because of the almond flour, bit zesty but not too sharp. Maybe if I could really find Meyer lemon, the taste will be different. Or maybe I could use Yuzu lemon when it's in the season. In all, he's happy man on his birthday.
4 large eggs, separated to 4 yolks and 4 egg whites - room temp
2 lemon, zest
100 g sugar (2 tbsp for egg whites)
170 g almond flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp white vinegar
Pinch of salt
Icing sugar for sprinkling
Preheat oven at 175 C deg. Grease the loaf pan.
In a large bowl, beat together egg yolks, lemon zest, and half of the sugar until smooth.
In a separate bowl, whisk together almond flour and baking powder. Add the flour mixture to the yolk mixture and beat until smooth.
With an electric mixer, beat egg whites, starting on low speed and gradually increasing the speed. Add pinch of salt and vinegar. As the egg whites increase in volume, add loosely the remaining sugar, a little at a time. Continue beat the egg whites until soft peaks form.
Fold the beaten egg whites into the almond mixture little at a time. Gently fold in the rest of the whites.
Pour the batter into a prepared pan and place in the oven. Sprinkle with almond slices and bake for 40 minutes (or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean) .
Remove from oven and let it cool. Dust icing sugar and serve