kek lapis volume 2


it was time to roll up the sleeves and try again! my first attempt wasn’t exactly a dismal failure, but i was determined to get it absolutely right.

it didn’t help that the ego was bruised, when after my failed first attempt, mum decided to bake one just to show me how it’s done. *tsk* too bad hers was just a tad bit dry *snigger*. then sis-in-law baked a prune version *rolls eyes* (it was pretty good, i must admit).

and i was like- *double tsk* how come suddenly EVERYONE wants to bake kek lapis? huh? it was MY resolution to bake one for this raya.

heh. well. tried again. me no failure. and hey? this time it turned out really nice. really buttery and moist and the layers turned out nicely. doncha think?

(mom thinks its a tad bit sweet. *triple tsk*. i dun care, i think it tastes lovely)

kek lapis volume 2


it was time to roll up the sleeves and try again! my first attempt wasn’t exactly a dismal failure, but i was determined to get it absolutely right.

it didn’t help that the ego was bruised, when after my failed first attempt, mum decided to bake one just to show me how it’s done. *tsk* too bad hers was just a tad bit dry *snigger*. then sis-in-law baked a prune version *rolls eyes* (it was pretty good, i must admit).

and i was like- *double tsk* how come suddenly EVERYONE wants to bake kek lapis? huh? it was MY resolution to bake one for this raya.

heh. well. tried again. me no failure. and hey? this time it turned out really nice. really buttery and moist and the layers turned out nicely. doncha think?

(mom thinks its a tad bit sweet. *triple tsk*. i dun care, i think it tastes lovely)

kek lapis volume 2


it was time to roll up the sleeves and try again! my first attempt wasn’t exactly a dismal failure, but i was determined to get it absolutely right.

it didn’t help that the ego was bruised, when after my failed first attempt, mum decided to bake one just to show me how it’s done. *tsk* too bad hers was just a tad bit dry *snigger*. then sis-in-law baked a prune version *rolls eyes* (it was pretty good, i must admit).

and i was like- *double tsk* how come suddenly EVERYONE wants to bake kek lapis? huh? it was MY resolution to bake one for this raya.

heh. well. tried again. me no failure. and hey? this time it turned out really nice. really buttery and moist and the layers turned out nicely. doncha think?

(mom thinks its a tad bit sweet. *triple tsk*. i dun care, i think it tastes lovely)

kek lapis, love & tragedy


this year, i decided i want to try and make kek lapis or thousand layer cake. it’s a dense, rich, moist cake, that you layer one at a time. one layer, bake, then one more layer, bake- that’s how it got its name- the thousand layer cake.

its a really dense cake, and uses lots of eggs yolks. since this was my first try, i decided to halve the recipe and even then, i needed 15 egg yolks, and 4 egg whites!

such a labour of love it was. i was on my feet for 3 whole hours, baking layer by layer (lost count after 20th layer), making sure that the thin layers didn’t get burnt! it was very tiring.

while baking, i was reminded of an old friend in uni. he was a brilliant soci student, a few years my senior (he’s gone and done a pHd and is a lecturer now) . our families knew each other, his family was distantly related to mine. i was already seeing someone then, but we spent a lot of time chatting. he was such a precious friend to me. i knew from stories my aunt told me, about how good a son he was, that he was good at making kek lapis. one day, bringing it up, i asked whether he’d ever bake me one.

he did. a lovely mocha flavoured kek lapis. it was the most exquisite tasting kek lapis i had ever tasted!

we drifted apart after i graduated, and we’re not in touch any more. today, while i baked. it dawned upon me what a labour of love it was. and it made me wonder about his feelings for me then. i mean- why would he have gone through that much trouble. to prove to me that he could bake it? no- i knew without a doubt that he was able to. maybe he did harbour some feelings for me then. if so, i was quite the goondoo for not noticing it.

*smile*

anyhow, my cake didn’t turn out all that good. i think it was too dense- too much butter, and the layers didn’t show well. but it tastes really nice. but not as nice as that mocha one that was made just for me! =)

kek lapis, love & tragedy


this year, i decided i want to try and make kek lapis or thousand layer cake. it’s a dense, rich, moist cake, that you layer one at a time. one layer, bake, then one more layer, bake- that’s how it got its name- the thousand layer cake.

its a really dense cake, and uses lots of eggs yolks. since this was my first try, i decided to halve the recipe and even then, i needed 15 egg yolks, and 4 egg whites!

such a labour of love it was. i was on my feet for 3 whole hours, baking layer by layer (lost count after 20th layer), making sure that the thin layers didn’t get burnt! it was very tiring.

while baking, i was reminded of an old friend in uni. he was a brilliant soci student, a few years my senior (he’s gone and done a pHd and is a lecturer now) . our families knew each other, his family was distantly related to mine. i was already seeing someone then, but we spent a lot of time chatting. he was such a precious friend to me. i knew from stories my aunt told me, about how good a son he was, that he was good at making kek lapis. one day, bringing it up, i asked whether he’d ever bake me one.

he did. a lovely mocha flavoured kek lapis. it was the most exquisite tasting kek lapis i had ever tasted!

we drifted apart after i graduated, and we’re not in touch any more. today, while i baked. it dawned upon me what a labour of love it was. and it made me wonder about his feelings for me then. i mean- why would he have gone through that much trouble. to prove to me that he could bake it? no- i knew without a doubt that he was able to. maybe he did harbour some feelings for me then. if so, i was quite the goondoo for not noticing it.

*smile*

anyhow, my cake didn’t turn out all that good. i think it was too dense- too much butter, and the layers didn’t show well. but it tastes really nice. but not as nice as that mocha one that was made just for me! =)

kek lapis, love & tragedy


this year, i decided i want to try and make kek lapis or thousand layer cake. it’s a dense, rich, moist cake, that you layer one at a time. one layer, bake, then one more layer, bake- that’s how it got its name- the thousand layer cake.

its a really dense cake, and uses lots of eggs yolks. since this was my first try, i decided to halve the recipe and even then, i needed 15 egg yolks, and 4 egg whites!

such a labour of love it was. i was on my feet for 3 whole hours, baking layer by layer (lost count after 20th layer), making sure that the thin layers didn’t get burnt! it was very tiring.

while baking, i was reminded of an old friend in uni. he was a brilliant soci student, a few years my senior (he’s gone and done a pHd and is a lecturer now) . our families knew each other, his family was distantly related to mine. i was already seeing someone then, but we spent a lot of time chatting. he was such a precious friend to me. i knew from stories my aunt told me, about how good a son he was, that he was good at making kek lapis. one day, bringing it up, i asked whether he’d ever bake me one.

he did. a lovely mocha flavoured kek lapis. it was the most exquisite tasting kek lapis i had ever tasted!

we drifted apart after i graduated, and we’re not in touch any more. today, while i baked. it dawned upon me what a labour of love it was. and it made me wonder about his feelings for me then. i mean- why would he have gone through that much trouble. to prove to me that he could bake it? no- i knew without a doubt that he was able to. maybe he did harbour some feelings for me then. if so, i was quite the goondoo for not noticing it.

*smile*

anyhow, my cake didn’t turn out all that good. i think it was too dense- too much butter, and the layers didn’t show well. but it tastes really nice. but not as nice as that mocha one that was made just for me! =)

fruity salad

mom had a date with some friends to celebrate a teacher-friend. so i was left at home on my own devices, to prepare our iftar meal.

surprise surprise, instead of losing weight from the fast. i’ve managed to add on the pounds! *shrieks*

so i thought i’d make a simple and refreshing fruit salad. helps load up on the vitamin c, fibre and fluids which are so important for the body, when you’re fasting.

try this. it’s so refreshingly simple. you can throw in any sort of fruit. i used grapes, green apples and watermelon. throw in some grassjelly (chin chow), and mix it all up. Serve in individual dishes, and just before serving- pour generaous amounts of soya-bean milk (like from the box is ok- less sugar option please!) over. If you like throw in some mixed nuts (but i cut them out this time, to reduce the calorie count). It’s absolutely delicious and refreshing i promise you!

fruity salad

mom had a date with some friends to celebrate a teacher-friend. so i was left at home on my own devices, to prepare our iftar meal.

surprise surprise, instead of losing weight from the fast. i’ve managed to add on the pounds! *shrieks*

so i thought i’d make a simple and refreshing fruit salad. helps load up on the vitamin c, fibre and fluids which are so important for the body, when you’re fasting.

try this. it’s so refreshingly simple. you can throw in any sort of fruit. i used grapes, green apples and watermelon. throw in some grassjelly (chin chow), and mix it all up. Serve in individual dishes, and just before serving- pour generaous amounts of soya-bean milk (like from the box is ok- less sugar option please!) over. If you like throw in some mixed nuts (but i cut them out this time, to reduce the calorie count). It’s absolutely delicious and refreshing i promise you!

fruity salad

mom had a date with some friends to celebrate a teacher-friend. so i was left at home on my own devices, to prepare our iftar meal.

surprise surprise, instead of losing weight from the fast. i’ve managed to add on the pounds! *shrieks*

so i thought i’d make a simple and refreshing fruit salad. helps load up on the vitamin c, fibre and fluids which are so important for the body, when you’re fasting.

try this. it’s so refreshingly simple. you can throw in any sort of fruit. i used grapes, green apples and watermelon. throw in some grassjelly (chin chow), and mix it all up. Serve in individual dishes, and just before serving- pour generaous amounts of soya-bean milk (like from the box is ok- less sugar option please!) over. If you like throw in some mixed nuts (but i cut them out this time, to reduce the calorie count). It’s absolutely delicious and refreshing i promise you!

banana cupcakes with honey cinnamon frosting

thought’s i’d break out the baking tins this weekend. decided to try this lovely looking recipe from my new favourite http://www.marthastewart.com/

decided to try baking some banana cupcakes with honey-cinnamon frosting. the recipe is really easy-peasy! a beginner could do it, but watch out, the cupcake recipe are for real banana lovers only. the cupcakes turned out pretty interesting- it’s quite dense, with a healthy dose of bananas in them (i’ll probably reduce the bananas when i try this again). It’s almost like a moist banana-bread. If you’re a banana lover, you’d just love these moist luscious cupcakes.

The frosting is really sweet, the recipe asked for just a bit of cinnamon. i love the flavour of cinnamon more than honey, so i loaded on more cinnamon to suit my own tastebuds. It turned out pretty good by accident really, as the bananas i used weren’t actually suitable for baking- mom bought them for banana fritters. They were ripe, but not as sweet as other bananas, a little bit on the tart side. Which worked perfect for me, it balanced off the sweetness of the honey-cinnamon frosting.

All in all, i enjoyed it, i’d definitely try these again!