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Kopitiam Milk Buns

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I have to admit I am really slow in keeping up with the joneses...



not in the social sense, but in the world of 'cyber baking' (wonder whether there is such a term?).

These Kopitiam Milk Buns are all the rage for the past year but I only got to discover it recently. I am not able to keep up with the latest baking trends as I have been spending less time blogging or surfing the net. It doesn't help that I don't own any social media accounts such as facebook, twitter or what have you. I am oblivious to what's 'hot', what's 'current'. Hmmm, actually, I am happy to be a frog in the well, baking the usual old-fashioned muffins, bread and cakes, unwilling to move out of my comfort zone and definitely lacks motivations to try new things (^_^")



I only happened to stumble upon this popular kopitiam milk buns while searching for bread buns recipe that would yield close to those buns which I will always order whenever I have the chance to get my breakfa…

Simple, Special Cakes

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Click on the video above or this link to see the segment on the Fox 9 website.

This morning, I'm headed to Fox 9 to do some "Simple, Special Cakes."

I'm going to demonstrate how to do some of the fancy finishes on cakes that look amazing, and also help to cover up if you're not the best at keeping crumbs out of your icing -- yet.

You can come learn these techniques and some others at a class this spring/summer.
I'll be in White Bear Lake Thursday, April 24 and in Northfield Thursday, June 26.

And if you're interested in my Wilton classes at the Hobby Lobby in Woodbury, check out my schedule of classes here.

Click the Links Below to See:
How To Make a Petal Cake (like Leah's)
How to Make an Easy Ruffle Cake (like Cody's)
How To Make a Ruffle Cake
Community Education Cake Decorating Classes
Wilton Classes in Woodbury, MN

挞入我心

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When I met up with fellow blogger pal Sherlyn to pass her some books which my children have outgrown, she was so kind to give me a batch of her freshly baked egg tarts. I was very touched and was totally intrigued by her cute mini egg tarts. You need a pair of very skilled hands to be able to bake something so exquisite and delectable! Her homemade goodies were so well received by my family that I was inspired to try my hands at making some myself.



I made my first batch of egg tarts using this popular egg tart recipe by heimama (黑妈妈祖传蛋挞). Many thanks to Angel of Cook.Bake.Love who shared her experience in baking those easy and delicious egg tarts in her blog post.



As I wasn't sure whether I would be successful in my first attempt at making the egg tarts,  I omitted the custard powder that is called for in making the crust. Nevertheless, my first batch of egg tarts were a breeze to make and they turned out to be really good. This prompted me to get a pack of custard powder right awa…

Oreo Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Pie

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adapted from here
Ingredients
Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream 20-30 Oreo cookies, crushed 4 tbsp melted butter Hot fudge For garnish: Green M & M's
Directions Set carton of ice cream on counter to allow it to soften while constructing the pie.
Crush Oreos in Ziploc with rolling pin. Add melted butter to Oreos in bag and mix. Press cookie mixture into bottom of pie plate. Refrigerate or freeze crust for about 30 minutes before adding ice cream. Add softened ice cream to pie plate. Freeze for about 30 minutes to an hour. When ready, top with hot fudge, crushed Oreos, and M & M's.

Shepherd's Pie

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I made this for St. Patrick's day and it was so yummy and easy that I'll be adding this to our dinner rotation!
Ingredients 1 pound ground beef 1 can Cream of Mushroom 1 tbs ketchup 1/8 tsp black pepper 1 cup frozen peas and carrots 2 cups instant mashed potatoes (prepared according to box)
Directions Preheat oven to 400. Brown beef in skillet. When cooked, add soup, ketchup, pepper, peas, and carrots to skillet. Spoon mixture into pie plate. Spoon prepared mashed potatoes on top of mixture. Bake for about 15 minutes or until potatoes are lightly browned. Optional: add shredded cheese to top and bake additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Demons in the Kitchen

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So, you know how sometimes you just don't have anything new to share on your blog about baking because pretty much everything you've tried lately as ended up like this:

Or this...

Or this???

Yeah, so, I call that demons in the kitchen. And that's what's going on lately around here.

Even though I did succeed with this:

The icing still isn't right enough for me to share it with you.
But I'm still working. I have a few more ideas coming soon... hopefully.

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just 3 ingredients

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Baking cheesecake is my achilles heel.



My previous attempt at making a Japanese soufflé cotton cheesecake failed miserably. Once out of the oven, it sank, shrank and developed a 'waist'. The texture was more like kueh lapis than cottony soft soufflé! I have since stayed clear of making another such cheese kueh until I saw this lovely soufflé cheesecake baked by Ann of Anncoo Journal.



I was very inspired after reading her post as her soufflé cheesecake requires only 3 ingredients. Even if I were to make a blunder again, I won't feel so bad since I would at most scarify just 3 ingredients. The original recipe was taken from this video recipe by Ochikeron. The clear step by step instructions helps to boost my confidence level too.



Since I have all three ingredients...eggs, white chocolate chips and cream cheese in my fridge, I didn't procrastinate but to bake the cake first thing the next morning. All went well until the cake was removed from the oven. It started to sink, a…

One Million Visits! Thank You!

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I'm really excited that I have hit a big milestone, ONE MILLION PAGEVIEWS on my blog!
Thank you for being one of those pageviews right now!!

It's kind of fun for me to see what are the most popular posts from those million views:

Polka Dots Inside Cake (How-To & How NOT To)
Twin Boys Baby Shower Cake Pops
How To Make Cake Pops
The Great Fondant Comparison
The Cupcake Swirl
Royal Icing Recipe
Banana Split Cake Pops
How to Make a Firetruck Cake
Donut Frosting Recipes
How Long Does It Really Take to Make Cake Pops?
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