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Baking and HALLOWEEN

31 Oct

Trick or treat…smell my feet, give me something good to eat…. My favorite time of the year was when you see tonnes of children running around the neighbourhood dressed as witches, princess, swordsman and animals in order to get treats. I grew up trick or treating and it was deliciously fun.

I am sitting by here with my bowl filled with candy waiting for the first group of kids run to the door anticipating a large payout of chocolate…yum…. Not too long ago, I was also trick or treating. It was tremendously fun running around the neighbourhood, which was completely decked out in jack o lantern, asking for candy.

Since I am sitting around the computer and waiting for the banging door, I might as well write the next blog. This time it was strawberry friands. Friands were quite similar to financiers. They are mini cakes which when done had a wonderful aroma of strawberry and vanilla. It was a light cake and is the perfect little cake for afternoon tea with friands.

Strawberry Friand (Adapted from here)

125g strawberries, hulled, halved
6 eggwhites
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste ( I used vanilla extract)
1 1/2 cups (225g) icing sugar mixture, plus extra to dust ( I used only 200 g icing sugar)
1 1/4 cups (155g) almond meal (I used pistachio)
1/2 cup (75g) plain flour ( I used pastry flour)
150g unsalted butter, melted, cooled
Vanillin sugar, to dust

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I found it amazingly light. When eaten warm, the cake carried the aroma of berries and pistachio. IMHO, I think this cake would be a wonderful addition to afternoon tea.

Happy HalloweenHappy Halloween

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Refreshing Ice Cream for Warm Wonderful Weather

28 May

Summer is around the corner as literally every beach is adorned with sunbathers, vball players, runners and strollers. The landscape was beautiful as flowers bloomed at every corner, as the water glistened like diamonds under the brilliant blue sky while birds playfully but gracefully glided like kites. What a majestic scenery it was as onlookers took photos that detailed every inch of Vancouver’s beauty. Even the buildings were sunkissed as their white siding reflected the sun’s rays. Soon the restaurant patios and ice cream parlors will be filled with Vancouverites lining up for a refreshing scoop of ice cream treat or a ice cold cup of juice to accompany a wonderful dinner in the summer sun.

As a prequel in anticipation to the smoldering heat, I decided to undust my ice cream maker to make some refreshing ice cream to combat the warm weather.

Keys to Making Ice Cream:
1. Make sure the custard base when cooked does not exceed 82 degrees celsius. The eggs will curdle with the temperature goes higher.
2. A tip from, ” the Perfect Scoop,” if indeed the eggs curdle, beat with a egg beater and strain for a smoother consistency.
3. Liquors have a lower freezing temperature, so if one wants soft ice cream, add liquor into the ice cream base.
4. Add the whipping cream into the custard as the last step, preferably when the custard base has rested overnight.
5. For a richer and smoother ice cream consistency, leave overnight.

French Vanilla Ice Cream
720 ml milk
1 piece Vanilla Bean
150 ml milk
40 g glucose syrup (prevents crystalization) ( I used honey)
8 egg yolks
280 g sugar
450 ml whipping cream

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This was a wonderful recipe. Nothing tastes better than fresh ice cream. It was creamy, smooth and had a hint of bourbon vanilla. Definitely will hit the spot for some hot and sunny weather Vancouver has ahead. Happy Ice Cream Making!!!

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