Saturday, February 19, 2011

Time to socialise

When J wrote and invited me to a blogger's get-together, I was delighted. Afterall, though the blogging world is humongous but my contact is limited as my blog is not those high traffic flow type and I really know only limited bloggers.

So when J created an opportunity for me to meet new bloggers, I gladly took up her invitation.

Though I only know two out of the 8 bloggers that were invited, I warmed up to the rest quickly. After all, we all have something in common and that is the passion to bake or cook.

With Lunar New Year festival over, I had a few days to think what I wanted to contribute to this little party of ours.

I flipped through books that I loaned from the library and my own mini collection. There are just too many to choose from that I don't even know what to bake.

In the end, I opted for these Kokken’s Sweet Crust Pie and since I had a bottle of lemon curd, I might as well use it. I also wanted to attempt on blow torching meringue as C had given me this blow torch as Christmas present many years ago but I never really gotten to use it.

So tada …. Here is my Lemon Curd Meringue Tart.

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It was a huge success as it was all eaten or brought home by fellow bloggers. I managed to savour one and thus this explains why this picture is so “lonely”.

Next is a Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake. As it looks so pretty in the book, I just got to try it. This recipe is another keeper.

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We chatted the evening away and enjoying each and everyone's company and food contribution. Now, let's take a glimpse on our feast.

Baking Library

Lemon Cream Cheese Cupcakes

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Brownies

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The Sweetylicious

Mango Cheesecake

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Fried Nian Gao Spring Rolls

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Jelly Hearts

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Sugar and Everything Sweet


Pomelo Salad

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Nom I Must


MeatBalls

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Wen's Delight

Durian Swiss Rolls

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Durian Chiffon

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J3SS's Kitchen


Lemon Bars

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Cathy's Joy

Chocolate Madelines

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Macaroons

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DDL Cupcakes

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Thanks all for a wonderful evening. It was a pleasure knowing you.

Sweet Crust Pastry

What you need:

400g unsalted butter, chilled and cut into 1.5cm cubes
20ml vinegar, chilled (used up all) – but I didn’t on first attempt
100g caster sugar, chilled
170ml water, chilled
665g plain flour, chilled
5g salt

Method :

Mix vinegar and sugar in a bowl. Add water stirring well until sugar dissolves.

Mix salt with flour. Toss butter through flour. Use fingertips to rub the butter into the flour to partly combine.

Turn out floury mix onto a a clean work surface. Sprinkle vinegar/sugar/water mixture over the dough. Use the palm of your hand to smear this mixture away from you across the work surface. Gather into a ball again and repeat the smearing process 2 more times.

Divide dough into 2 and flatten into a thick disc and chill in refrigerator for at least 1 hour. (I left it overnight)

Remove dough from fridge and on a lightly floured board, roll out dough to about 3mm thick. Using a 11cm round cutter, cut rolled dough into individual circles to fit over a 8cm tart case.

Line (5) onto a buttered 8 cam tart case and chill in the fridge for about 20mins.

Blind bake (6) at 200C for 25mins.


Chocolate Mayonnaise Cupcakes with Caramel-butterscotch Buttercream

What you need:

260g plain flour
75g cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
200g castor sugar
2 large eggs
226g mayonnaise
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/3 cup boiling water

Caramel butterscotch buttercream

Method

Preheat oven to 180 degree celcius. Line muffin trays.

Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

Combine sugar and eggs and beat until light and fluffy.

Beat in the mayonnaise and vanilla.

Beat in half the flour mixture until combined.

Add half of the boiling water and beat till batter is smooth.

Add remaining flour and beat till combined.

Beat in the remaining water.

Divide batter and bake for 18 – 22 mins.

Cool and frost with buttercream.
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37 comments:

  1. Edith, glad that the tarts turned out well. I tried to reply to you by email but it bounced back. Looks like there is once again, lots of cakes and sweets :)

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  2. you are fast Edith!! its was my pleasure knowing you too! i had an enjoyable time! thanks for being such a great host!

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  3. Edith,

    you're super fast in posting this up. thanks for hosting the meetup once again. glad to meet up with you once again.its indeed a nice evening enjoying a nice chat with nice food and people =]

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  4. Shirley, nothing beats great food great company. Thanks for sharing that nice sweet crust recipe.

    Jess, pleasure to meet you too.

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  5. Wow, You are fast Edith! Nice meeting you! BTW, are you going to email us our pics? =)

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  6. I'd heard about this gathering from two other friends of ours. Glad that you guys had fun! Yea, looked like desserts dominated the scene. LOL!

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  7. Aiyoh ... miss opportunities to taste all the great foods down here :( Glad that all of you enjoyed the great time.

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  8. edith, thank you for being such a wonderful host! (: is a pleasure knowing you too. i LOVE the two treats that you baked. the lemon taste is so nice and fragrant. im itching to get a torch too! ;D for the choc cupcake, the cake is so moist and yummy! im so going to try it! THANK YOU! (:

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  9. It is so good to know that you guys had a good time together. There were a large varieties of mouth watering sweets.

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  10. hey edith thanks for hosting the gathering, looking forward to our next! i've packed your lemon meringue tarts for my friends, and they finished it within seconds hehe

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  11. this is torture! i wanna try the durian rolls the most!

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  12. Wow... look at the spread..
    Everything looks so good.

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  13. As I am home alone thus able to find time to upload the pictures.

    Cathy, I will email post it in FB. A pity just only afew as we were too busy eating right?

    Pei Lin, wow news travel. Always have fun with like minded people. The chemistry rocks.

    DG, wish you were here.

    The Sweetylicious, my pleasure having you all. Will post the recipes right after this.

    Quay Po Cooks, thanks for dropping by.

    Jean, I am glad you enjoyed my bakes.

    mr. pineapple man, yes the durian rolls were just awesome. We all enjoyed that very much.

    wendyywy @ Table for 2, not only food was good, the company was great as well.

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  14. oh so fun!! can i join next time? :P

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  15. oh so fun! can i join next time? :P

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  16. wowwww. that was a lot of food, and they look super delicious! I bet the event was fulfilling (mentally and physically) :p

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  17. wowwww. that was a lot of food, and they look super delicious! I bet the event was fulfilling (mentally and physically) :p

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  18. I enjoyed myself very much! You are such a wonderful host. Love your cosy home and both of your bakes.

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  19. Fantastic spread... how I hope I could be there :) with good food.....

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  20. Edith, had a great time and thanks for hosting the tea-party. As usual had too much to eat that I totally skipped dinner altogether. Love your tarts and I have to take out my blow-torch to use as well. That's if I can get it work first! Haha!

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  21. Alice, of course. Next round if i am organising it, I will invite you.

    crustabakes, it was indeed alot of food. Some bloggers actually done two or three items. But we had fun.

    Wen, it is my pleasure and am happy to hear you enjoyed yourself.

    olivia, if i am organising it, next round will invite you..

    Jo, my pleasure. I too didn't take dinner.

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  22. Gee, that's really a lot of food!! Looks like I really miss out a lot. It's okay, there's always another chance to meet up with you folks again. :)

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  23. My gosh! I haven't had dinner and looking at all those delicious goodies made me so hungry! Helppp..I am sooo hungry....=D

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  24. And where did u gals get durian this time of the year???? Envy Envy...

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  25. Passionate About Baking, next time I am sure.

    Bake for a Queen, I think Wen's Delight had it frozen from her regular fruit supplier.

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  26. Hello Edith, your cakes are really very beautiful and you are very creative.
    Everyone of the cakes looks like they just melt in the mouth.

    You a graduate of The Swiss Finishing School? Ha ha.
    You are good! Love that durian chiffon cake.
    Have fun, and keep a song in your heart.
    Best regards, Lee.

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  27. Wow, what a fun event...everything looks delicious :-)

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  28. Sounds like great fun!

    Still not used to your new font, I find it rather difficult to read.

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  29. That Lunar Meringue tart sure looks yummy. How much did it cost you to make 30 of it?

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  30. Thanks Uncle Lee, long time no hear from you. Hope all is well.

    Thanks Juliana.

    Blessed Homemaker, I am itching to create a new look for my blog but I already forgotten how I done the current one, LOLz.

    Minnie Mouse Party Supplies, these are for personal consumption and are not for sales. Sorry.

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  31. wowwww. that was a lot of food, and they look super delicious! I bet the event was fulfilling (mentally and physically) :p

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  32. That Lunar Meringue tart sure looks yummy. How much did it cost you to make 30 of it?

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  33. Hello Edith, your cakes are really very beautiful and you are very creative.
    Everyone of the cakes looks like they just melt in the mouth.

    You a graduate of The Swiss Finishing School? Ha ha.
    You are good! Love that durian chiffon cake.
    Have fun, and keep a song in your heart.
    Best regards, Lee.

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  34. Alice, of course. Next round if i am organising it, I will invite you.

    crustabakes, it was indeed alot of food. Some bloggers actually done two or three items. But we had fun.

    Wen, it is my pleasure and am happy to hear you enjoyed yourself.

    olivia, if i am organising it, next round will invite you..

    Jo, my pleasure. I too didn't take dinner.

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  35. I enjoyed myself very much! You are such a wonderful host. Love your cosy home and both of your bakes.

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  36. Edith, had a great time and thanks for hosting the tea-party. As usual had too much to eat that I totally skipped dinner altogether. Love your tarts and I have to take out my blow-torch to use as well. That's if I can get it work first! Haha!

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  37. Shirley, nothing beats great food great company. Thanks for sharing that nice sweet crust recipe.

    Jess, pleasure to meet you too.

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