Baking, TWD

Tuesdays with Dorie: (Jam) Buttons

May 19, 2015

I am a little late posting this for Tuesdays with Dorie. The actual recipe is for nutella buttons but I did not have nutella at home and decided to substitute it with raspberry jam.

nutella buttons baking chez moi

How did I find it? A bit fiddly trying to fill in the mini muffin pans. I was eying the big muffin tin wondering whether I could use that instead – I didn’t as I ran out of batter but it was a tempting thought.

The cake-y bit was very light and nice but somehow the button did not pop for me. Maybe it would have popped more with nutella and the chocolate ganache.

nutella buttons baking chez moi

Do have a look at other TWD-ers attempts at this.

 

Photography, Travel

Wisteria Hysteria at Ashikaga Park, Japan

May 18, 2015

Oh! It was so pretty and the whole park smelled of wisteria!

I had never smelled actual wisteria before and was not a fan of the “bottled” / hand lotion kind. It seemed to smell old – lady-ish. But the wisteria at the park was delicious! I wish I could have bottled it and brought it back!

The guides that we had read mentioned not going during Golden Week. But guess what, we were there, it was Golden Week and we wanted to go. So we headed there really early in the morning – taking a 8-ish train out of Tokyo subway station. A good decision in the end as the park got really crowded later in the day. It was fairly easy finding our way there – partly through asking a lot of train officials directions. Getting to the Ashikaga station, there was a convenient bus by the Ashikaga Park which takes you to the park – about a 20 to 30 minute ride.

We wandered around the park, eating wisteria ice cream (which melted really quickly in the heat). The wisteria and the flowers in the park were the absolute stars of the show. It was a wonderful day out.

Wisteria ice cream @ ashikaga park

Wisteria ice cream – which melted pretty quickly!

wisteria @ ashikaga park

Wisteria hysteria! 🙂

ashikaga park, japan

wandering through the park

ashikaga park

ashikaga park

ashikaga park

ashikaga park

Wisteria!

ashikaga park

We had missed the cherry blossoms but we luckily managed to catch the wisteria in full bloom.

 

Baking, TWD

Tuesdays with Dorie: Crispy-Topped Brown Sugar Bars

March 25, 2015

I have managed to complete two recipes from Baking Chez Moi – yay! Unfortunately I seem to have dropped out completely from Baking with Julia but will try and get back into the groove with that at some point.

I made these crispy-topped brown sugar bars as a birthday present for a friend. Initially I was going to make the classic brownies from Baking from my Home to Yours but when I looked over this recipe, I thought it was simple enough to have a go at it… and it should (hopefully) turn out fine. Worst case scenario – the brownies can be whipped up in half an hour.

Crispy-Topped Brown Sugar Bars

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Baking, TWD

Tuesdays with Dorie: Lemon Madeleines

March 9, 2015

I was (a little, ok a lot) late in posting up the last recipe I baked with the Tuesdays with Dorie group and decided to get a head start on March’s suggested recipes.

Have I mentioned before how much I love that the recipes are not complicated and yet they taste great?

Lemon Madeleines

This week’s recipe was lemon madeleines. Madeleines are quintessentially French – and made popular by Proust, who, as the story goes, used to dip them in his tea.

Lemon madelines

Quintessentially Proust!

Mine turned out with a bump and all! – you should have seen me doing a little jig in the kitchen when I peeked into the oven and saw the golden brown-ness of the madelines and the bumps forming.

They were absolutely lovely eaten fresh out of the oven as I didn’t even bother with the glaze (lack of time again but then again the glaze was optional). I did have some technical issues with my silicon pan as they have developed a curve and some of the batter slipped out and made a mess out of a couple of madelines. Will have to lay out the silicon pan with more care next time – there will definitely be a next time with this recipe!

Do check out the other TWD bakers’ attempts at this recipe: here.

 

 

Baking, TWD

Tuesdays with Dorie: Marquise au Chocolat

March 8, 2015

So. I have been completely lax about updates recently though I have been keeping up with the Make 365 Somethings challenge I set myself. Honestly I have no clue how I have got to 60+ days with that. I can list down a whole lot of things I have never been able to follow through with.

I also managed to bake the Marquise au Chocolat though I totally missed the blogpost deadline for that… so this is me trying to catch up a little bit.

Tuesdays with Dorie Marquise au Chocolat

It was a fairly easy dessert to whip up (something I like about this baking book) and since it’s main ingredient is chocolate, the taste really is dependent on the chocolate you choose to use. There was some talk about raw eggs being used in the recipe but in the end I bought some organic ones and called it a day – I eat cookie dough on a regular basis anyway – salmonella be damned. 7210dbf4e02913af238bdd28f771a47eI think the tricky part about this recipe is finding the correct time to cut into it…  found that I had to wait a little while while it ‘thawed’ so that it would not splinter into (delicious) chocolate pieces which I would then have to eat so that the plate would be ‘presentable’. 🙂

Do have a look through the other TWD bakers attempts: here.