Week 3 of school just ended and it has been mad busy – I’ve hardly had time to keep up with work and sleep, let alone bake! Didn’t manage to participate in this month’s Tuesdays With Dorie challenges, which was a pity because everyone’s Vanilla Chiffon Rolls look so good, yum! To take a look at the creations of all the talented bakers, head over to Tuesdays With Dorie.
The slivers of time I’ve stolen to bake though, have seen more failures than successes, but I’m so blessed still to be learning so much each time.
These are the pretzels I baked with Dino, for our picnic!
I think we added too much baking soda though, and we used a quick recipe which didn’t call for a rise. The pretzels turned out very chewy and a tad too tough!
Lesson learnt: Don’t try and save time, and compromise on quality instead! Good things come to those who wait (flavour and texture really does develop when the dough is rising). This seems like a lesson that can be applied to all the areas of our life as well.
We also made some very delish sandwiches but we had no time to take photos because we really had to chase the sun ~ In the end it was a night picnic but miraculously the sky stayed a haunting purple the entire night :>
I also decided to take up some baking classes at a community centre! Unfortunately it’s only a demo class meaning we usually watch; if we were graded for class part for this class, this would definitely be an A+ for me though ! Feel a little silly asking so many questions sometimes when I’m surrounded by mostly housewives and retirees, but they all seem to find this little uni girl quite fascinating hehe.
During the latest class, we got a recipe for pineapple tarts since Chinese New Year was just around the corner and we even got to get our hands all sticky and oily during class by helping to roll them! Alas, disaster struck, and accident-prone me managed to trip and drop the small box of tarts each of us got to bring home -just- as I stepped on the bus, strewing pineapple explosions all over the front entrance 😥 Sorry bus uncle, he looked really annoyed then. Thank goodness some kind souls came forward to offer me tissues and helped me pick the bigger pieces off the floor as I was really paralysed in shock and embarrassment :((
Hence, on my free Friday, Lin, Benz and I decided to embark on a quest to make more pineapple tarts! (185 to be exact – it filled up about 9 containers!!)
Did some research online from Dino’s assessment of my teacher’s recipe (had a measly 5 pieces after the accident) and modified the recipe slightly. Here are some pictures from that very ambitious day – so glad everything turned out super well!
Wasn’t as ambitious as to make our own pineapple jam though, this pineapple jam from the brand Bake King. Maybe I shall try making my own next year, but the store-bought ones have already set a high benchmark!
Fresh from the oven – it made the house smell sooooo amazing, the aroma of the butter was just intoxicating :’>
Cooling on the racks – Lin’s OCDness meant they must be in straight lines before I could take a photo. I must admit that does make the photo look so much better!
We had some leftover tart crust dough, so we had a lot of fun shaping them cutely, and they’re even more fun to eat!! Pop one of those squares into your mouth for a burst of buttery goodness!
Also managed to extend my local baked good repertoire during one of the classes with Kueh Lapis!
It does take patience to add each layer on one by one, and I can’t wait to try it at home.
Truly homemade when you can see the uneven layers (#tryingtocoveruptheinconsistencies hehe)
It’s CNY Day 2 today, hope everyone’s been having a very Happy Chinese New Year! It’s my favourite festival of all, the time to celebrate familial love and warmth. Looking forward to seeing my cousins again later. And of course, the festivities are so centered around awesome food!! CNY’s truly a time where you forget what it’s like to feel hungry because everyone around you is plying you with food all the time; better get down to exercising real soon~ Have a good feasting week ahead, ^^