For the longest time people have been telling me "your starter is not active enough". Yet no one has ever suggest how I could get my starter to be more active. Many thanks to Trevor Jay Wilson's book, "Open Crumb Mastery", I finally understand the science behind an inactive starter and how to rectify it.... Continue Reading →

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It has been quite a while since I last made a sourdough loaf. So I thought I should give pangzhi a little exercise. Since it is a rather quiet weekend, I thought I'd take the opportunity to use up the cheese I got from my recent England trip and bake my breakfast staple. I am... Continue Reading →

This post is a belated Mother's Day post. As I was serving the last days of my previous job (and going out for lots of dinner and drinks from colleagues), it was difficult to find time to make a full fledge Mother's Day cake. Also, I didn't think a cake covered in whipped cream would... Continue Reading →

This must be one of my worst baking weekend ever. I wanted to make some whipped ganache to top this tart, but, boy, I made two batches and somehow managed to screw up both of them. Both times I made a "liquid" ganache, with a 2:1 heavy cream to chocolate ratio, chill it, then whip... Continue Reading →

Pistachio has a very distinct taste. And while that taste is very pronounce when you eat the nuts on its own, it is very difficult to incorporate is successfully into other dishes. After so many attempts on pistachio tarts, I still cannot really say I have found the perfect recipe. But, the salted pistachio praline... Continue Reading →

So I am remaking all my favourite tarts with my new tart rings. Seriously, with these micro-perforated tart rings, making tart shells are almost addictive! My method of lining the tart rings is a little unusual. I'd cut out strips to line the sides. For round tarts, normally just one ling strip. But for rectangular... Continue Reading →

I have been fascinated with Yann Brys’ "tourbillon" technique for the longest time, and have been toying with the idea of buying a turntable, just to try piping this myself. But, that seemed a little extreme. Finally I got a toy pottery turntable off Amazon. 🙄 And I think it sort of does the trick.... Continue Reading →

So I am totally going to go crazy with tarts for the next couple of weeks. Anyway, tarts have always been my favourite pastry, both to make as well as to eat. I wasn't sure how these will turn out as I have never lined a tart of this shape before. And I was really... Continue Reading →

I have been obsessing about micro-perforated tart rings for ages. So when I was in England recently, I bought a bunch of them, and I mean "a bunch"! But, as usual, I'd let them sit around until I finally feel too guilty for not using them. I decided to start with the first of my... Continue Reading →

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