Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Carrot & Pineapple Cake

Jane Austen moment in Persuasion

Chapter 7

She would have liked to know how he felt as to a meeting.  Perhaps indifferent, if indifference could exist under such circumstances.  He must be either indifferent or unwilling.  Had he wished ever to see her again, he need not have waited till this time; he would have done what she could not but believe that in his place she should have done long ago, when events had been early giving him the independence which alone had been wanting.

Carrot & Pineapple Cake
Source from Food Network


For the cake:
4 eggs (room temperature)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/3 cups vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 ½ cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 ½ kosher salt
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup raisins
1 cup diced pineapple
2 cups grated carrots

For The Cream Cheese Frosting:
250g cream cheese ( room temperature)
150 g unsalted butter(room temperature)
1 tsp vanilla extract
100g sugar


1)     Preheat oven to 180°C & grease 2 x 20cm cake pans. Line with parchment paper, butter & flour the pans.

2)     Beat eggs, oil & sugar till fluffy. Add in vanilla extract & stir till all combined.

3)     Sift flour, cinnamon salt & baking powder. Fold in all dry ingredients to the butter mixture. Toss raisins with 1 tbsp of flour. Fold in chopped walnuts, carrots, pineapple & raisins into the batter & stir till well combined.

 4)      Divide evenly the batter in 2 cake pans & bake for 45 to 55 minutes  Leave to cool.

5)     For cream cheese frosting: Beat cream cheese, butter & vanilla till all combined. Add in sugar & mix again till smooth.

 6)     Spread cream frosting on top of the one cake. Place a second cake on top. Decorate cake with some pineapples.


  Bon Appetit



I'm very glad to join in the fun for the  Bake Along event celebrating their first anniversary hosted by 3 amazing bloggers   Joyce from Kitchen FavoursLena of Frozen Wings  &  Zoe of Bake For Happy Kids.   I'm submitting this recipe to  this awesome event!

Iris from my garden


Friday, May 25, 2012

Rose Chiffon Cake

Jane Austen moment in Persuasion

Chapter 7

Captain Wentworth made a very early return to Mr Musgrove's civility, and she was all but calling there in the same half hour.  She and Mary were actually setting forward for the Great House, where, as she afterwards learnt, they must inevitably have found him, when they were stopped by the eldest boy's being at that moment brought home in consequence of a bad fall.  The child's situation put the visit entirely aside; but she could not hear of her escape with indifference, even in the midst of the serious anxiety which they afterwards felt on his account.

Rose Chiffon Cake
Recipe from Malaymui
70ml rose water
70ml canola oil
4 egg yolks
4egg whites
1 tsp rose essence
1 tsp baking powder
120g sugar
100g flour
 20cm chiffon cake pan

For Chantilly cream:
100ml liquid cream
½ tsp rose essence
1 sheet of gelatine melt with 2 Tbs of hot water
10g icing sugar

For crystallized rose petal:
Rose petals
egg white
fine sugar

1) Preheat oven to 180°C. Shift baking powder & flour together & set aside.

2) Beat egg yolks, oil, 20g sugar, rose water & essence till light & fluffy. Fold in flour mixture till combined.

3) Whisk egg white till foamy & gradually add in 100g sugar. Beat till stiff peaks.

4) Fold in ¼ of egg whites into the yolk mixture first , then gradually followed by the rst if the egg whites.

5) Pour batter into an UNGREASED 20cm chiffon cake pan & bake for 30 to 40 minutes.

6) Immediately invert the cake pan & let to cool completely before unmolding it.

7) For the rose crème Chantilly: Whisk liquid cream , melted gelatine, rose essence & sugar till soft peaks & spread it onto the cake.

Bon Appetit

I’m entering this recipe to United Bakes Of America challenge hosted by Cupcake Crazy Gem. This challenge consists of baking a recipe inspired by a state in America & any American bakes! Amazing challenge where I can learn more about lovely bakes from America.

I’m also sending this recipe to Tea Time Treats Blogging Challenge  hosted by Karen  of  Lavender and Lovage & co-hosted with Kate of  What Kate Baked .  This month is Karen's birthday & I would like to wish her a Happy Birthday. Many happy returns of the day, Karen. And the  theme for this month is my favorite, it's all about floral flavours & flowers!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Cinnamon Poached Pear with Almond Cake & Melting Chocolate - Cocottes de poire, crème d’amandes et chocolate fondu

Jane Austen moment in Persuasion

Chapter 6

To hear them talking so much of Captain Wentworth, repeating his name so often, puzzling over past years, and at last ascertaining that it might, that it probably would, turn out to be the very same Captain Wentworth whom they recollected meeting, once or twice, after their coming back from Clifton--a very fine young man--but they could not say whether it was seven or eight years ago, was a new sort of trial to Anne's nerves.  She found, however, that it was one to which she must inure herself.  Since he actually was expected in the country, she must teach herself to be insensible on such points.  And not only did it appear that he was expected, and speedily, but the Musgroves, in their warm gratitude for the kindness he had shewn poor Dick, and very high respect for his character, stamped as it was by poor Dick's having been six months under his care, and mentioning him in strong, though not perfectly well-spelt praise, as "a fine dashing felow, only two perticular about the schoolmaster," were bent on introducing themselves, and seeking his acquaintance, as soon as hey could hear of his arrival.

Poached Pear & Almond Cake With Melting Chocolate  - Cocottes de poire, crème d’amandes et chocolate fondu
Adapted from the cookbook “ Cocotte minus !” from Frédéric Berqué

4 pears ( D’Anjou or Abate Fetel)
1 lemon
1 cinnamon stick
¾ litre of water
100g sugar
10g butter
1 tbsp ground pistachio

For almond cake

2 eggs
80g ground almond
60g icing sugar
100g thick/ double cream

Chocolate sauce

100g dark chocolate
10g butter
1 tbsp water


1)      Combine water with sugar & cinnamon stick in a saucepan over high bring to a boil. Stir till sugar dissolved.

2)      Peel pears & sprinkle them with lemon juice. Place pears in boiling cinnamon syrup & let the pears to simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or till tender. Turn time to time the pears to ensure even cooking.  *The poaching time will vary depending on the variety of pear and degree of ripeness 

3)      For the almond cake:  Beat egg yolks, cream & icing sugar till creamy. Fold in ground almond till well combined.

4)       Beat egg white with a pinch of salt till stiff peaks. Gradually fold in egg white into cream mixture till well incorporate.

5)      Preheat oven to 200°C & grease ramekins with butter. Pour & fill half of the ramekin with almond cream mixture. Place poached pear in the center of ramekin. Bake for 20 minutes.

6)      For melting chocolate sauce: Melt chocolate & butter with water on double boiler / bain marie till smooth texture. Drizzled warm chocolate sauce over the poached pears & sprinkle some ground pistachio.

 I'm entering this recipe to We Should Cocoa challenge hosted this month by Laura of How To Cook Good Food  & co- hosted with Choclette of Chocolate Log Blog. This month's theme is Almond & Chocolate of course.

Aquilegia flowers from  my garden

Friday, May 18, 2012

Blueberry & Raspberry Streusel

Time flies & now we at The Home Bakers are baking the 3rd cake from the cookbook  Coffee Cakes by Lou Siebert Pappas.  Actually this is my 2nd  bake for THB.  This recipe has been chosen by one of the member,  Chaya of Bizzy Bakes

Jane Austen moment in Persuasion

Chapter 6

He had been several years at sea, and had, in the course of those removals to which all midshipmen are liable, and especially such midshipmen as every captain wishes to get rid of, been six months on board Captain Frederick Wentworth's frigate, the Laconia; and from the Laconia he had, under the influence of his captain, written the only two letters which his father and mother had ever received from him during the whole of his absence; that is to say, the only two disinterested letters; all the rest had been mere applications for money.
In each letter he had spoken well of his captain; but yet, so little were they in the habit of attending to such matters, so unobservant and incurious were they as to the names of men or ships, that it had made scarcely any impression at the time; and that Mrs Musgrove should have been suddenly struck, this very day, with a recollection of the name of Wentworth, as connected with her son, seemed one of those extraordinary bursts of mind which do sometimes occur. 


For full recipe please hop over to Chaya of Bizzy Bakes & to view all the lovely bakes of The Home Bakers members please click here. Have a lovely weekend!

Added some raspberries & replace buttermilk to yogurt for this recipe.

Bon Appetit

Flowers From My Garden 

Viburnum Opulus is the Latin name of this plant but over here in France we called it The Snow Ball flower! It does look like a snow ball, doesn't it! LOL

Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Chocolate Malteser Cake


Jane Austen moment in Persuasion

Chapter 6

And I will tell you our reason," she added, "and all about it. I am come on to give you notice, that papa and mamma are out of spirits this evening, especially mamma; she is thinking so much of poor Richard!  And we agreed it would be best to have the harp, for it seems to amuse her more than the piano-forte.  I will tell you why she is out of spirits.  When the Crofts called this morning, (they called here afterwards, did not they?), they happened to say, that her brother, Captain Wentworth, is just returned to England, or paid off, or something, and is coming to see them almost directly; and most unluckily it came into mamma's head, when they were gone, that Wentworth, or something very like it, was the name of poor Richard's captain at one time; I do not know when or where, but a great while before he died, poor fellow!  And upon looking over his letters and things, she found it was so, and is perfectly sure that this must be the very man, and her head is quite full of it, and of poor Richard!  So we must be as merry as we can, that she may not be dwelling upon such gloomy things."

Malteser Cake
Recipe adapted from Nigella Lawson’s cookbook ‘ Feast

For cake
100g sugar
100g brown sugar
4 eggs
175 ml milk
15g butter
175g flour
2 tbsp Ovomaltine/ Horlicks
25g cocoa
1 tsp baking powder
 ½ tsp bicarbonate if soda
2 x 8 inch cake pan

For Frosting:
125g softened butter
250g icing sugar
45g Horlicks
1 tsp cocoa
2 tbsp boiling water
80g of Malteser chocolate


1)      Preheat Oven to 170°C & grease  two 10 inch round cake pan.

2)      Beat eggs & sugar till creamy.

3)      In a sauce pan, heat milk, Horlicks powder & butter but do let it boil.  Stir till the butter is melted. Beat  milk mixture into eggs a little at a time till well combined.

      4)  Fold in all dry ingredients till well cooperated. Divide cake batter evenly between two cake
           pan & bake for 25 to 35 minutes. Let to cool.

      5)  For frosting:  Beat Horlicks, icing sugar & cocoa till well blended.  Add in butter & keep on
           whisking .  Pour in boiling water & continuously beating till smooth.

     6)  Spread butter cream on cake & add Malteser chocolate a round the cake before sandwich them
           together.  Topped the cake with some butter cream & decorate with Maltesser chocolate.

Bon Appetit

The Language Of Flowers - Iris

Iris symbolized wisdom, Fleur-de-lis, emblem of France, valued friendship, faith, hope, valor, my compliments, passion. It is associated with the twenty-fifth wedding anniversary too.

Iris from my garden.