Friday, December 31, 2010

Raisins & Almond Chips Cupcakes and Choc Chips Cupcakes

Having a gathering with some mommies & their kids later. Decided to bake some cuppies since there will be quite a number of kids around.

  • 230g unsalted butter (soften @ room temperature)
  • 160g sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 200g self raising flour (sifted)
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder (sifted)
  • 100 g chocolate chips
  • preheat oven to 160c
  • beat sugar and butter till pale & fluffy
  • add one egg at a time and mix till smooth.
  • fold in the flour and cocoa powder and mix well.
  • spoon batter into baking cup until about 60% full, spinkle some choc chips on top
  • bake in preheated oven for 20-25 mins
  • remove cupcakes and cool on a wire rack

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Custard Puff

Haven been feeling well recently so was too lazy to do any baking for Christmas.  2 of my nephews came visiting today so I tried out a new recipe.  Custard Puff !!!

Ingredient for the puff:
  • 130g butter
  • 1 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 180g plain flour (sifted)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • Piping bags and nozzles
PS: for the custard, pls refer to the recipe at the fruit tarts tag.

  • Preheat the oven, grease baking tray or place a sheet of baking paper.
  • Melt butter, water, caster sugar & salt in a pot until butter is dissolved.
  • Fold in sifted flour, cook until the mixture form a soft dough (take about another 5 mins)
  • Transfer the hot dough into a mixing bowl, add the vanilla essence and beat it for about 5 mins to lower down the temperature of the hot dough.
  • Add one egg at a time and beat thoroughly for each addition. (make sure the dough does not cook the egg) 
  • Beat until the mixture become smooth batter.
  • Transfer the batter into the piping bag and pipe onto tray.
  • Bake in preheat oven for 20 mins @ 200c, then reduce temp to 160c and bake for another 10 mins.
  • Let the puff cool down on a cooling rack.
  • Use a scissor to slit an opening and pipe in cream or custard.
  • Sift some icing sugar on the puff before serving.