Strawberry Cheese Tart

A colleague of mine ordered a flourless orange cake from me for her son's birthday. As she requested to have it decorated with strawberries, I bought two punnets of strawberries and chose the best decoration for her. As I found USA strawberries not as sweet as Korean ones, I decided to "get rid" of the remaining strawberries. Hahaha...

There's not much variety to bake with strawberries. Instead, I cook it into strawberry coulis and make a cheese tart just for my strawberries. To my surprise, the combination was really good, I'm happy with my strawberry cheese tart.
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Recipe for Strawberry Cheese Tart
(Makes for a 9" flan tart)

Almond Tart Crust
57g Ground almonds
142g Plain flour
45g Fine sugar
100g Unsalted butter, cold & cut into cubes
1/8tsp Salt

Method:
1. In a large mixing bowl, add in the dry ingredients. 
2. Add the butter and use fingers to gently rub it into small bread crumbs.
3. Gather the crumbs together to form a dough. Do not overmix them.
4. Place the mixture into a plastic bag, and press it together.
5. Refrigerate for at least 30mins or until firm.

Cream Cheese Fillings
250g Cream cheese
30g Sugar
25g Liv unsalted butter, room temperature 
1 Egg
25g Whole milk
20g Plain flour

1. Cream cheese, sugar and butter until light and smooth. Add in egg and cream until well blended. 
2. Add in milk and mix until well combined. Lastly add in flour and mix until well incorporated and smooth.

Strawberry Coulis
450g Fresh Strawberries, cut cubes
100g Sugar
2 tsp Fresh Lemon juice

1. In a medium saucepan, combine the strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and continue stirring for about 8-10mins on low heat. (Do not stir or boil too long as it will create a lot of liquid).
2. Turn off the heat and let it cool completely before refrigerating.

Method:
1. Remove tart crust from the fridge.
2. Roll it and fit it into a 9" flan pan.
3. Fill up with cheese filling.
4. Bake in a preheated oven of 190C for 20mins, or when the cheese filling start to brown.
5. Remove from the oven and let it cool completely. 
6. Refrigerate the tart.
7. Before serving, topped the tart with strawberry coulis completely. Drizzle the sauce when served.
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Wholemeal Flaxseeds Buns

There are so many bread recipes available in the internet. After learning the process of making artisan breads and breads with high hydration, sometimes, I'm still afraid to handle high hydration dough.

K recommended me to try Victoria Bakes Sesame loaves. It really stayed soft even after a few days due to its high hydration. Then I try again by modifying it into wholemeal buns. It was pretty difficult to shape the bun and I use scraper to shape it. The result was a sweet wholemeal bun. I like it very much too.
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Recipe for Wholemeal Flax seeds Bread, adapted from Victoria Bakes.
(Makes approx. 25 buns)

Ingredients:
680g Bread flour
70g Wholemeal flour
30g Ground flaxseeds
487g Water
15g Salt
8g Instant dry yeast
50g Sugar
150g Milk
90g Liv unsalted butter

Method:

1. Mix all ingredients together (except butter) and knead till the dough comes together.
2. Knead in butter till well incorporated and till you achieve window pane stage.
3. Let it rest for 30 mins, then do a set of stretch and fold. Repeat this once again. After the second stretch & fold, let it rest 20 mins.
4. Weigh out 55g and shape into a ball. Cover and let rest for 10 mins.
5. Roll it out and shape it round again. Let it proof for about 35 mins.
6. Bake in preheated oven of 200C for 15 mins.
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Blueberry Cheese Tarts

Somewhere near my office was a bakery that sells good Blueberry Cheese Tarts as proclaimed by many of my colleagues. However, when I tried it, I seriously don't think it's as good as so many of them claimed. To me, the tart were just ordinary. Wonder what was so good about it.

I decided to try baking Blueberry Cheese Tarts using my homemade blueberry jam. I realised that I'm quite bad at moulding tart shells. I really need some workshop to learn rolling and moulding. The fillings were just enough to fill up the tarts. Truthfully, these blueberry tarts were very good. They were very well received by my family members! tart_blueberrycheese5
Recipe for Blueberry Cheese Tarts, adapted from Irresistible Pastry by Alex Goh.
(Makes 27 regular tarts)

Ingredients:
Sweet Pastry
100g LIV Unsalted butter
45g Icing sugar
1/4 tsp Vanilla extract
1 Egg, small
210g Plain flour

Method:
1. Cream butter, sugar and vanilla and add in egg.
2. Add in flour and mix until well blended.
3. Press it into the tart mould. If not using immediately, refrigerate it until ready to use.

Fillings
250g Cream cheese
30g Sugar
25g Liv unsalted butter, room temperature 
1 Egg
25g Whole milk
20g Plain flour
Blueberry jam or fillings

Method:
1. Tart shell: Press the sweet pastry into the tart mould. Prick some holes onto the pastry shell and bake at 190C for 13 mins or until light golden brown. Leave it to cool.
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2. Filling: Cream cheese, sugar and butter until light and smooth. Add in egg and cream until well blended. 
3. Add in milk and mix until well combined. Lastly add in flour and mix until well incorporated.
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4. Scoop a teaspoon of the cheese fillings into the par baked pastry shells. Place some blueberry jam onto it and swirl it into a marbling effect.
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5. Bake at 190C for 10mins.
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Marble Butter Cake

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My dear friend Doris, likes to tempt me with her bakings. Not tempting me with the eating of the food, but rather, more to inspire me to bake with her yummy bakings.

She mentioned about Nasi Lemak Lover cake and I assumed it was the Marbled Butter Cake. Turned out that she baked the Zebra Cake which was light and buttery, while I baked her Marbled Butter Cake, which was moist and buttery. We both liked the recipe we tried. Heehee.... The butter cake turns out to be really fragrant and moist. Even my children enjoyed it too!
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Recipe for Marble Butter Cake, adapted from Nasi Lemak Lover.
(Makes a 8" round cake)

Ingredients:
250g Liv salted butter, soften
150g Caster sugar
4 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla extract
230g Cake flour, sifted
1 1/2tsp Baking powder, sifted
60g Whipping cream (original was 4 tbsp milk)

1 tbsp Cocoa powder + 1/2 tsp coffee powder + 2 tbsp milk – mix together 

Method:

1. Place the butter, sugar and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until light and creamy.
2. Add one egg at a time, beating well after each addition. After well combine, slightly increase speed and beat for 1min till fluffy.
3. Add the flour and baking powder (sifted together) and beat well to combine, fold whipping cream alternately and combine well.
4. Remove 250g of plain batter and place in another clean mixing bowl, mix well with cocoa mixture.
5. Spoon the two batters, plain and chocolate batter, alternately into the prepared cake pan. Using a skewer, gently swirl it around the mixture in the tin a few times to create a marbled effect. Tap the tin to remove any air bubbles.
6. Bake at preheated oven at 160C for 50-55mins or until a skewer insert and come out clean. 
7. Cool it completely before cutting.
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Banana Coconut Chiffon Cake

I'm into baking chiffon cakes recently. Firstly because I love to eat chiffons, secondly because I want to practice baking chiffon to improve my skills.

I bought bananas for my Banana coconut chiffon by adding desiccated coconut to give an extra texture. I made a boo-boo by adding more baking powder and baking soda than required because I saw the wrong measuring spoon. >_<" This caused my chiffon to have really big holes! \oOo/ Fortunately, the taste didn't compromise much. Very fine banana taste. 
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Recipe for Banana Coconut Chiffon Cake.
(Makes a 9" chiffon tube pan)

Ingredients:
235g Very ripe peeled bananas, approx. 2 large
6 Egg yolks
15g Castor sugar
60g Vegetable oil
105g Cake flour
1⁄2 tsp Baking powder
3/4 tsp Baking soda
1⁄8 tsp Salt
15g Desiccated coconut

6 Egg whites
9g Corn flour 
75g Castor sugar

Method:
1. Blend bananas, egg yolks, vegetable oil and 15g sugar till smooth using a handheld blender. 
2. Sift cake flour, baking soda and baking powder into mixture. Add salt and desiccated coconut. Mix with whisk till completely incorporated.
3. Separately whisk egg whites till frothy. Add corn flour into the sugar and mix well. Whisk till egg whites are foamy. Gradually add in sugar. Continue to whisk till egg whites reach firm peak stage.
4. Add egg whites to yolk mixture in 3 batches. Mix with whisk till almost even after each batch. Scrape down and fold with spatula till just evenly mixed.
5. Pour batter into the prepared chiffon pan. Bake in preheated oven of 160C for about 1 hour, till cake is well browned. [Incidently I underbaked mine and was still wet when I removed from the mould. 1hr should be good.]
6. Remove cake from oven. Invert and leave it till totally cool. 
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Red Velvet Chiffon Cake

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Red Velvet Cake craze has never died off in my family for their birthday request. For the past years, it was those dense sponge cakes which are pretty heavy. This year, my sister's boyfriend happened to be in town and he requested for Red Velvet Cake again. I went online to check if there is a lighter version.

I found a Red Velvet Chiffon Cake recipe and decided to modify it. I used this cake as my sponge cake base. I also modified the usual cream cheese frosting to make it lighter for the chiffon sponge. This cake was very well received by my family members. They liked the light cake texture with the lighter cream cheese frostings. They added that this cake shall be the future RVC for them.
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Recipe for Red Velvet Chiffon Cake
(Makes an 8" round cake)

Chiffon Cake, modified from LY's Kitchen Ventures.
Ingredients:
48g Unsweetened cocoa powder
112g Hot water
68g Buttermilk (64g whole milk + 4g fresh lemon juice)
80g LIV unsalted butter
1/2 tsp Fine rock salt
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
2 tsp Red colouring gel
144g Cake flour
8 Egg yolks, room temperature

8 Egg whites, room temperature
170g Caster sugar
1 tsp Corn flour

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 160C. Prepare two 8" round cake pans. Line the bottom but do not grease.
2. Dissolve the cocoa powder in the hot water.
3. In a small pot over low heat, warm the milk, butter, salt and cocoa mixture to about 60C or until the butter melts completely.
4. Add the vanilla extract and red colouring gel. Stir and ensure everything is mixed thoroughly. Remove from heat. Set aside.
5. In a large mixing bowl, add the flour and colouring mixture and whisk thoroughly. The batter will become slightly thick.
6. Next, add the egg yolks one by one while whisking the mixture. Set it aside. 
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7. Using a mixer on medium speed, beat the egg whites. Mix corn flour into the sugar well.
8. When they turn foamy, add the sugar and flour mixture gradually until soft peaks. Fold 1/3 of the egg whites into the red velvet batter using a whisk. When the mixture is just combined, pour the batter into the meringue and fold well.
9. Pour half the batter into the two pans respectively. Bang slightly to remove bigger air bubbles.
10. Bake for 10 minutes before reducing the temperature to 150C for another 27 minutes. This prevents the cake from burning. DO not open the oven door while baking or the cake will deflate.
11. Check if the cake is done by piercing a skewer through it. The skewer should come out clean. Remove the cake from the oven and invert them. Remove the pans and let them cool completely.
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12. Refrigerate to enable easier slicing.

Cream Cheese Frosting
500g Cream cheese, room temperature
125g Liv unsalted butter, room temperature
120g Whipping cream
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract (I used lemon oil)
200g Icing sugar (I used only 70g as I had ran out of them.)

Method:

1. In a cold mixing bowl, beat whipping cream till stiff. Transfer to a smaller bowl and keep in the fridge for later use.
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2. In the same bowl, combine the cream cheese and butter on medium speed, just until blended. 
3. Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the vanilla and beat until combined. With the speed on low, add the icing sugar in 4 batches, beating until smooth between each addition.
4. Fold in whipped cream. Chilled if not ready to frost yet.cake_rvcc05

To Assemble:

1. Slice each chilled cake into two equal layers. Slice the dome off for decoration later.
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2. Place one cake layer on a serving plate/tray and spread some cream cheese evenly. Repeat this process until all cake layers are stacked.
3. Frost the cake completely.
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4. With the remaining cake crumbs, add in some frosting, mix well and roll into 12 balls (I rolled 11).
5. Topped the balls with some frosting and placed it around the cake as decoration.
4. Chill the cake to set the frosting. Need not thaw before consuming.
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