Hot Out of the Oven…..

Apple-Rosette Cupcakes for tea timeRecently, we were inspired by a recipe based on thinly sliced apples laid out on pastry strips, and rolled into rosette shapes…but before we could say ‘jack-in-the-box’, our cousin Pauline had come up with a pretty variation of the ‘apple rosettes’.

They turned out to be such lovely to look at, and oh so tasty tea-time bakes. Most of all, so easy to put together. Here we share Pauline’s ‘how-to’….. please click on Apple Rosette Cupcakes for more details.

Enjoy…and thank the good Lord for simple pleasures.

Mary

Made with Love…..

The joy one derives from baking is definitely addictive.

It all starts with a play on your mind – first, a vision of what you wish to create in your oven….which triggers your heightened senses – so that you almost ‘smell and taste’ it …(yes, even in your imagination). An assault on your senses. To put it simply.

It activates a call to action which engulfs the whole being……until the desired end-result is in your hands, while the freshly-baked aroma makes its way through the house, gently alerting everyone’s senses to its ‘arrival’. Being the all time favourite of a Kueh Lapis, it calls for a little applause too! 

And the final touch, before it is ready for presentation?  That is very subjective, and best expressed as ‘to each his own’.

For this particular occasion, we chose shades of lavender and purple, prettily contrasted with lemon yellow. Being a particularly auspicious occasion, some (being Chinese and all) might have preferred more reds, but we were happy with our choice (it was the period of Lent when the cake was made). To make up for the lack of celebrative red and gold, we cheered up the look with flowers that complemented  the brightly coloured set of ‘Happy Birthday’ candles. The final hurdle is, watching the looks of sheer indulgence light up the faces of those tasting a slice of your home-made heaven…mmm.. 

With that – the realization of what was first but an image in the mind’s eye – a delightful sense of achievement and satisfaction colours the air, much like the aura of a clear rainbow — until the next baking idea starts the mind on another creative adventure.

For all those who showed interest in this cake, we are happy to say that ‘it was made with love’. Amen.

Mary

Baking for special occasions…

Chocolate, walnuts, cream.......

We used to bake-a-cake-a-day for tea-time, but in true Malaysian style, friends who come a visiting before 4pm, bring along some local treats (as every meal is like a feast of different proportions).  In so doing, the traditional cake-baking has slowly but surely been relegated to only special occasions…(of which there are many).

In the last weeks, Mary’s been busy baking for special orders, filling the house with mouth-watering aromas of newly-baked goodies wafting out of her Kitchen ….

‘Tis also the time for the preparation of Christmas goodies, and I am sure  many will be busy baking for family and friends…may your homes be filled with fun-filled hours of camaraderie (in the kitchen) as everyone pitches in to help…!

Time to stop for today – our Church community friends are coming over soon for a potluck dinner. This time, its a pre-Christmas celebration…. (any reason is good enough for a gathering of friends over a meal).

Cheerio and God Bless….!