Ham & Cheese Quiche + Ramblings

Wow.. it has been AGES since I updated anything on this site. My attention has shifted from baking to beauty in the past few months, mainly influenced by colleagues. They know so many deals and always invited me to beauty workshops, events and sales. So far, the ones I remembered that I went to were the Shiseido Sale, Laneige Workshop, Estee Lauder Makeover @ Sephora ION, RMK Makeover, Dior Christmas event. All very cool, especially those makeover ones.. I’ve never seen myself in full makeup so it was quite an ‘enlightening’ experience. I also got into skin care – using better products than the minimalist MUJI brand I’ve been using previously. So far I’ve noted significant difference with my skin – smaller pores, lesser redness and break outs.

I ended my baking hiatus during Christmas because I knew I definitely had to bake something for Christmas gathering with friends. Somehow, I didn’t feel like going the sweet route so I went for savory – thus this ham & cheese quiche! I used to be really afraid of making pastries involving cutting cold butter into flour, like pie crusts. Imagine in Singapore’s weather! I imagine everything will melt really quickly. But I think I’ve conquered it this time. The trick is to use FROZEN cubed butter and use a pastry scraper to cut the butter. The butter took sooooooooo long to melt when I used this method. The quiche was really not bad except I made the crust a tad too thick and forgot to add salt in the crust.

Quiche Crust Recipe

Quiche Filling Recipe (Add in your own ham and cheese. Also you may not need that many eggs. I had a lot of leftover and baked mini egg cups using those)

Looking back this year, I think I had a good year. Work-wise, I had great colleagues that I could get along with. Family-wise, we have good relationships and put in effort to meet and bond. Friends-wise, I’m still in touch with them and really excited that some of them are getting married in 2017! Personally, I feel like I improved myself too. I was inspired by vegan Youtubers like Freelee the banana girl (I know, she’s quite a controversial figure) to eat healthy. I am not a vegan but knowing the terrible things animals go through and the effect of factory farming on our planet, I’m actively reducing my meat intake and eating more plants & carbs. I guess this made me healthier and I lost about 7 kg eating less meat and exercising ever so slightly more.

For 2017, I plan to go on with the healthier lifestyle and even exercising more to get better results. I’ll still continue to bake, learn more things and maintain relationships with my loved ones to make the upcoming year fruitful and fulfilling. This hashtag is so overused but I really do think it applies to my life: #blessed.

Here’s me signing off to 2016. xoxo.

Strawberry Crepe Cake

Finally something non-chocolate! I was in an adventurous mood last week and decided to make something that I’m really not confident in- crepes. There isn’t any trick to it – like every other baking recipe, just get every ingredient or utensil you would need prepared before you start to make them. This has helped me to not be flustered easily in the kitchen, and hence make stupid decisions.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yummy chocolate chip cookies that are fragrant, sweet and so delicious. I am really happy with how these cookies turned out. The photo above shows the first batch of cookies – a bit pale and softer. These cookies look great – reminds me of subway cookies soft and chewy. If you like the softer cookie, stop baking them at 15 minutes.

I like crunchier cookies better so I baked my subsequent batches longer – for 18 minutes.

A close up of the first batch cookies – paler and flatter

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Steamed Moist Chocolate Cake

Soft & moist chocolate cake topped with a chewy fudgey frosting. The cake portion was really easy to make. All you need is a pot to melt the butter, evaporated milk, chocolate and sugar. Leave it to cool and whisk the cooled mixture into eggs then lastly fold in the dry ingredients before steaming the cake.

The frosting was the tricky part – during clean up! Making the frosting itself was easy – throw in all the ingredients into the pot and boil the mixture while mixing constantly. Simple. The frosting cooks to a sticky caramel consistency – chewy, pliable and shiny. Like caramel, it’s difficult to scrape it all out when washing the pot. You can just put hot water into pot and the frosting will melt for easier clean up but I’m not thrilled by the extra step.

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Luxury Brownies

These brownies turned out under-baked with a lava centre. They were really difficult to slice even when I left it to cool to room temperature. The sliced lines just joined back together since it’s literally lava inside. I sliced them again after refrigerating them.

These brownies are really rich with chocolate and cocoa powder in them, making them double-chocolatey. I think they taste better when served cold, right out of the fridge. They taste really fudgey and moist.

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Happy 2016!

It’s a new year! I am a little late to talk about the holiday season but I really enjoyed the Christmas and festive gatherings with friends that I gotta blog about them.

I had a Christmas potluck dinner with my ex-colleagues where I contributed a cake. The process of making this cake was really eventful – I took 4 hours!

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