A Mont Blanc is a dessert of puréed, sweetened chestnuts topped with whipped cream. The name comes from Mont Blanc, as it resembles a snow-capped mountain
Managed to book the Mont Blanc class for 3 of us. It is the first time that I have Jacinth and Teri together, but I know they will hang out well together because both of them are superb nice people whom I have met in my life 😊 I have always thought that the mont blanc is made with swiss roll and top up with cream frosting, but I was wrong after attending the lesson. Surprised by the taste of the chestnut and felt it is rather unique tasting cake.
Targeting to go for baking class monthly is still achievable so far. Most importantly, I get to meet up with my girlfriends for the session. Checking out on one another and sharing our updates is something rather luxury for a mom since most of our time is focused on our family instead.
ABC cooking studio have been introducing their monthly premium trial class which is very interesting. I think this is also one of the smart marketing tool they use to entice the members to introduce more friends to their studio or to promote more awareness. For the month of September, the special trial lesson is Strawberry Chiffon Roll. This is very popular among my friends as many of them were asking me to referral them to the class. Referral by member for trial class is $28 instead of $35 (UP $48 for walk-in).
Chatted with Mei Fong & Qiu Ling and we managed to form into a table of 4 so that i can book a premium trial class with the instructor. One challenge i have been facing with my favorite instructor is that she is getting very busy with her schedule as many others will opt for her as well. But i must say, those sessions held by her is very enjoyable in my opinion. No pressure and she is very motivating.
I am always grateful that I have meet wonderful friends in life and Teri is one of them. She is my partner-in-crime for baking lessons in ABC Cooking Studio. We decided to make it into a monthly event so that both of us gets to meet at least once a month. To just spend some quality time together and making something that will make us feels proud of it. Lol.
We decided to challenge 3 stars difficulty level and pick to make the Macarons. Always wonder why is it so expensive when we are to buy from the shops when these are just like egg whites and sugar? Well, after this class, it changes my mindset. Macarons are honestly very tedious in making as there are sooooooo many steps to make one bite size dessert.
The thing I like about ABC cooking studio is that it is fuss free. The ingredients are measure to requirement and we do not need to wash the tools used. This shortens the time taken in class since the class duration is about 2 hours only. First thing, we will need to make the meringue by adding egg white and sugar and whisk together. As the portion is 1:1 (1 portion of egg white : 1 portion of sugar) the whisking time is rather long to achieve the stiff peak forms.
Our instructor told us that we will need to dry the macarons first before baking them. Suggest drying in an Air-conditioned room for about 1 hour. It is easy to identify if they are dry and it is by touching the edges of the macarons to feel that slightly hard. We were told not to make macarons during raining days (resembles the bread proofing lesson earlier on too) which makes the macarons harder to dry.
The trial class for JUNE : Cheese and Bacon Fondue Bread. Seems pretty impressive and decided to invite Teri to join me for this girlfriend session. Been a long while since i last met her and we have sooooo much to talk about. The motherhood talk goes endless and i am just so glad that i met this wonderful woman! :)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my Dearest Husband! This year i decided to bake you a cake to celebrate your birthday since we are celebrating at home this time round :D Something small but time consuming as you know i am not well verse in baking yet. Hope you like the cake as much as i do! Thank you for your effort in creating an awesome roof and support for Morris and me. We love you <3
May this special day be filled with love and laughter. One year older and one year wiser.
Have been hearing from my friends about ABC Cooking Studio but just couldn't find time to arrange for a trial lesson. The recent seasonal trial lesson to make a raspberry ombre cake excites me. After speaking to Ferlyn, she invited me to the trial lesson. The Studio is located in Takashimaya Orchard, very spacious and it is open-concept. Classes are a team of 4 usually and there can be several classes running concurrently.
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL THE MAMAS IN THE WORLD! YOU HAVE BEEN GREAT AND AWESOME! Please give yourself a PAT on the shoulder and appreciate yourself! Ever since i promoted to being mother, i understand the difficulty to be working and showering tender, loving and care to the child. Work is important but being there for the family is a priority for me instead.
This year, i gave myself a challenge which is to create a whole cake to celebrate for the event. It is meant as a surprise for grandmaKwan. Chanced upon my colleague's ondeh ondeh cake and decided oh yes, this is what my mama will like. Googled for recipe and decided to adapt bakewithpaw's recipe on the Pandan cotton cake with Gula Melaka Swiss Meringue Buttercream :)
PANDAN COTTON CAKE
Adapted from Butter, Flour & Me with some modifications from Bakewithpaws and followed the method of Jeannie Tay’s Pandan Sponge Cake.
Two 7″ Round Cakes Recipe
174g cake flour or all purposed flour
½ tsp double action baking powder
½ tsp salt
8 egg yolks
106g corn oil
66g fresh milk
66g pandan juice (screw-pine leaves juice), very thick and concentrated juice.
8 egg white
106g caster sugar
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
I actually added grated coconut in gula melaka as fillings to create the ondeh ondeh feel. What i did is to melt the gula melaka and add in pandan leaf while i pan fry the grated coconut. Add in the melted gula melaka to the grated coconut and mix it up! Super yummy! And for the sides, i added salt and pan fry the grated coconut to create some sweet salty taste while eating :D