Thursday, December 31, 2009
I always wanted a new oven
Something that is big enough so that i can stuff in a turkey as i will attempt to make a TurDucKen for this years' Thanksgiving with my buddy Zaza.
A convection oven with microwavable function may cost you about MYR1500++. A normal electric oven may cost you around MYR500 for a 40 litre oven. That said, you really must be an expert in controlling the temperature so that the food will not be undercooked or overcooked, or worse, burnt.
Then one day my hubby and i went to Tesco and saw this oven at a second hand store.It was a second hand gas oven and i just fell in love with it the moment i saw it.
The previous owner was a Singaporean who has moved away and i just couldnt resist the luring temptation that the oven has. Bravely, i asked for the price, and to my surprise, after much haggling i managed to get the oven for less than MYR 500! Freaking schteal! hahahaha
So ladies and gentlemen...TurDucKen will be making its debut in 2010! Insya-Allah
Baked these for my nephew's akikah..as a product tester
In short all my cousins liked them very very much...hence the birth of crazycousinscreations..
Please wipe your drool people...hahaha
Choc fudge cake from MYR34.99/kg
cheesecake from MYR 45.99/kg
My favourite kind of cake, all time
How it melts in your mouth, really tempting and make me drool everytime i think of it
But alas....a cheesecake will costs me about RM 6+ plus tax at Secret Recipe
One whole load of cheesecake itself will costs me more than RM60++...with that amount of money I can get two packs of large size baby diapers.
So I decided to make my own cheesecake, and i successfully made it!
By making cheesecake i learnt a new word which is steam baked. One more new word in my dictionary...hahaha
And i have a cheaper alternative from the Secret Recipe cheesecake, i didnt burn a hole in my pocket and i have the whole load of cheesecake all by myself. Furthermore the cheesecake still taste oven fresh even after i had left in it the fridge for 4 days (i strictly forbade my husband from stealing my slice of cake or the will be hell to pay...and it worked..hahaha!)
If you want cheesecake...just let me know and i will bake for you...
Enjoy salivating people!
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Red Velvet Cake
Red Velvet Cake - the origin
The cake which originated from the American South..is definitely without a doubt is very very RED looking cake. it is also known as Devil's Food Cake with red coloring (loosely translated: Makanan Setan Berwarna Merah). It is a Southern specialty and rarely being baked here. Try walk into a bakery and ask for a Red Velvet Cake. I did. In return i got mouth gawking baker looking at me as if i am drugged or tak cukup tidur, or worse, been possessed by devil itself.
So went and search for the recipe. High and Low..but when i look at the list of the ingredients, i was left speechless. Most were unfamiliar to me. Did a little bit of research and honestly the first time i baked the cake, it look awful. Like my cat threw up a ball of yarn on it. A huge red bowl of yarn...sheeshhhh.....!!
It kind off rubbed me the wrong way, until my husband told me to give another try. I am sure glad i listened to him as for the second attempt the cake turn out well. I do know what was the error made for the first attempt, and managed to correct it.
As a result, the cake has been safely eaten by my colleagues at work during a farewell party. Yummy!
Choc Fudge Cake with Choc Ganache
This is how it started
I was stressed out and stumbled into a recipe for chocolate fudge cake and i decided to give it a try, to ease my stress level and maybe, just maybe for my daughter's first birthday i can make her a homemade birthday cake instead of buying from the store.
And man, how it worked...the cake turned out well but i was sceptic. I have a history of baking things which can they turn out either lumpy or stone cold hard. So i decided to give a sample of the cake and post it on my Facebook account. Just for fun. Just to proof that the cake wasnt really that good, and people just ate it and say good things about it, because the love me.
I was wrong. The people DID LOVED the cake. For real!
Then we started to receive orders little by little, and my husband told me to experiment on more recipes. I did. I experimented on the recipes that some are unheard, like the red velvet cake. Return trips were made to numerous cake suppliers, and purchases were made for the baking equipments. My mum started to scold me for making the kitchen a mess, which is a good sign because i rarely use the kitchen as i rarely cook.
And this is how the third batch of my chocolate fudge cake turned out. I gave this cake to one of my friend as a sample as he saw my previous cake on my Facebook account and he wanted to order a wedding cake from me. Me? A wedding cake? that's a new challenge and i accepted it. Wanna know how the cake turn out?