Once you've gotten used to eating homemade desserts, you realise it is so much harder to satisfy that sweet tooth. I have been craving some chocolate cheesecake so I thought I'd do a Blackforest version this time. The base is a baked chocolate cheesecake speckled with Kirsch-soaked cherries. And this is topped with cream cheese... Continue Reading →

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It is not easy to come across recipe books on entremet so I was really excited when Jerome lugged the gigantic L'École de la Pâtisserie book from France. It contained some really interesting recipes too! To be honest, one of the reason I did not try the recipes sooner is that the book's owner didn't... Continue Reading →

I remember my first encounter with snow fondly (the real stuff too, not from snow machines like how they do it in the tropics). Winter was creeping into the quiet town of Oxford, and one night, it started snowing. As I was staying at the top floor of the dormitory, with a roof window, I... Continue Reading →

This is one of my favourite entremet. The multiple flavours and textures makes it a perfect example of how a beautifully balanced pastry should be. Here I got another chance to practice the marble glazing technique. These are done by covering the mousse with red glaze, followed by a drizzle of white glaze and quickly... Continue Reading →

Week 127: Black forest petit gâteau

Practice makes perfect. And I am a long way from perfection when it comes to glazing. So in the spirit of practising, I decided to make a batch of these Black Forest petit gateau and glaze them. Glazing uneven shapes is quite a challenge indeed! I accidentally dropped two of them onto the glazing tray.... Continue Reading →

 The most difficult part of baking a cake for me has always been decorating it. I am not the most creative or artistic person out there, but I just don't like reusing any prior cake designs. I always believe the design of the cake should reflect the recipient, and since I am baking for different... Continue Reading →

 Looks like I have been repeating my bakes a lot lately. But I have to say, I might have just found my new go-to celebration cake. Since this is for an office birthday, I decided to make a large cake, which is double the amount of ingredient of my previous attempt. It was supposed to... Continue Reading →

The other day, over dinner with some colleagues, my boss remarked that it has been a while since I brought my baked goods to the office, and hinted that his birthday is coming. Haha. So French men aren't subtle at all. Since he said he is a very "good French", I decided to go back... Continue Reading →

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