Pavlova – sweets for my sweets

5 12 2011

I’ve heard this name  several times but never tested,  heard the taste was the most mouth watering of ever and UN-explainable dessert and when you have it, you’ll be out of this world! Really???!!!…..so it’s the best time to try it. hohoho

Pavlova is named as a tribute to a Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova, who toured NZ and Australia in 1926. Actually it is a dessert or after dinner sweet-treat which made of meringue with a crisp crust and soft-light inner (marshmallow-like…..mmmm for me, it tastes better than marshmallow), topping with sour fruits and whipped cream.

I should make it more crunchy and crispy as what the recipe does, but we’re too eager and can’t wait for an hour to have it.

I welcomed this “ms. Pavlova” from my kitchen for our dessert last weekend….whoa!whoa! Unbelievable…… Just imagine an 8″ pavlova gone within ~15 mins by 4 of us!!??? Alhamdulillah, it’s really, really the best and the simplest dessert I’ve ever made and for all my readers out there, i’ll share the recipe here. Try it and you’ll deserve it; or just grab and pay for it at cakeStories  if you are lazy enough to make it……hahaha

Pavlova (modified recipe):

Ingredients:

  • 4 egg whites (XL)
  • 100g of fine granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp of  lemon juice
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract
  • 250ml of whipping cream
  • Fresh fruit (strawberries/ raspberries/ kiwi/ peaches/ blueberries)
  • **** salt & lemon juice used to change the substitute of cream of tartar****

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 275F (140C). Line a baking tray with baking paper. Set aside.
  2. Beat the egg whites on medium speed. Beat until the whites form soft peaks.
  3. Gently sprinkle the sugar into the egg whites, one teaspoon at a time. Don’t just lump the sugar in the bowl and never stop beating the eggs until you finish the sugar. Your egg whites should now be glossy stiff peaks.
  4. Sprinkle the salt on the meringue and fold in gently with a plastic spatula. Add the vanilla and lemon juice, gently fold the mixture again.
  5. Now gently spread the meringue and make a circular base (~8inch)  on the baking tray. Make sure the edges of the meringue are slightly higher then the center so you have a very slight well in the middle.
  6. Bake the meringue for about 1 hour till turn to brownish or egg shell colour.
  7. Before serving, take the meringue out of the oven and remove it gently and place on a plate.
  8. Whip the cream and spread the cream on top of the meringue.
  9. Arrange the slice fruits on top.

 

 

 

 

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Promise is still promise……

21 11 2011

It’s good to be back! Alhamdulillah……now I have to post what I’ve promised….pending photos! Honestly, I’ve just been lazy after waiting for so long to get my pc’s back to normal till my dearest @ my moving ATM ‘light some fires under my ass’ about getting back to work on cakestories blog…..hahaha……

As for now, we’re getting closure to the end of the year, another a month to go but I feel the time is just around the corner…and believe me, deep inside our heart……this is the time to think out from the box….what is our next step towards 2012?? So….watch out! I think, the less i say about all the cakes is better, so enjoys the pics……….

Bday Cakes Chronology….(May ~ July):

July 29th – This is my first pandan layered cake (King’s conf. alike) requested by Mrs.Liza for her daughter’s bday – NurAlis……..i thought i couldn’t make it though it was only a pudding type with layered pandan cake inside, alhamdulillah after searching for the recipe, at last…….here it is…..the only i didn’t put into was the desiccated coconut becoz i hate it too……hohoho!

July 29th – A birthday cake for July’s kids at Al-Husni kindergarten……..another blueberry japanese cheese cake!

July 19th – 2 vers. of chocolate cake ordered by Mrs.Akma for Adam’s birthday celebration……..Moist choc cake & Choc lava cake!…..mmmmm….

July 1st – Another layered cake in baked and steamed version……hoolala…..a butter-pandan-blueberry flavor with kiwi topping for K.Ani – it’s Adam’s bday……10Q!

July 1st – OMG…..It’s NARUTO! 10Q to k.Sham for the order…..this is the 2nd bday cake ordered, but this time his son demanded what he love…..hihihi…..it’s yours Muhammad Luqman – happy bday!

June 30th – A birthday cake for Al-Husni kindergarten….An Orange-coffee layered cake with crunched hawflakes…mmmm…yummy!i love the mango topping…..sluurrrppp…

May 14th – Happy birthday Irfan! A Blueberry Japanese Cheese cake ordered by K.niza for his son’s bday…..10Q! 10Q!

May14th – Dinosaur Egg Muffin again…10Q Kak zah!

May14th – This cake ordered by Pn. Sabariah for his son’s bday….and she prefered a new version cake, so i just baked her double layered spongy cake (Cappucino + Chocolate flavor) with mango filling. Wish u good luck in ur SPM, Arif!!

To be continue………





I’m back!!!!

9 05 2011

Alhamdulillah……I’m still given the strength from Allah Al-Mighty to update again after a long silence…..hihihi….And honestly, I really miss my blogging! And the first word I should say is ………i love u mom, my MIL and to all mothers out there……everyday is mother’s day right? YESS! We’re the super great mothers in the world…InsyaAllah! And TQVM to my dearest hubby and both my adorable kids for the surprise gift……mmmmuuuaaaahh! They really2 make my day!

I’m still thankful as Cakestories still blessed with good, supportive, and nice customers so far….and what surprised me, I got a thank u gift from google last few weeks to help me expanding my reach by promoting my blog! Gosh! that’s really nice to hear and I didn’t expect that there are many fans out there all over the world getting attract with Cakestories……alhamdulillah….and to my dear bakers fren who faced the hardest thing in your life, be patient and believe, Allah is always by your side……and bak kata si Miley Cyrus, There’s always gonna be another mountain……..Amiinn

Before I let u off, enjoy the pending pics …….yuhuuuuu….

May 7th – Cheezy Blueberry (baked cc) + WC + blueberry for Syamimi & Aisyah……Happy Bday! TQ to Pn.Ida/ Raymi for the order. So sorry for the simple deco for them…

Apr 28th – Al Husni (April bday): 3 layer Butter Spongy + Swiss Meringue + Kiwi topping

Apr 19th – 2nd order from Kak Leen for her sis bday, Lily Suria……mmmm she really loves the sandwich choc moist, but this time with double coating choc frost. A bonus for her! TQ

Another sandwich choc moist + ganache + choc frosting + choc flakes……All are chocolates!!!


Apr 15th – Order from Ina (UMMC) . TQ……Hope both cakes really suite for cute Anisya and Yanie!

– Sandwich Chocolate Moist + Ganache + Choc flakes

– Cheezy Blueberry + WC + Blueberry topping

Apr 9th – Both cakes been ordered from Kak Ani for her mother’s belated bday & her daughter, Elya…….TQVM! hope the fruit cake not too sweet for her loving mom….

– Butter fruitcake + haw flakes + cranberries (less sugar) + buttercream

– Cheezy Strawberry + WC + Raw strawberry topping

Apr 1st – TQVM to Kak Syam……choc moist + ganache for her son belated bday – Luqman Arief

March 26th – First order from Kak Leen for her daughter on their family day function at PD…..and alhamdulillah this cake had ‘landed’ safely during their journey with no freeze! – choc moist + ganache + choc flakes





SUPERBUG Vs BRAIN BOOSTER

3 11 2010

Alhamdulillah…..May Allah blesses us with a good strength and health! Caring with regular exercises and good food can improve our immune system, especially to our kids, make sure they really washes their hands properly to avoid a very-very super duper virus now….SUPERBUG! What is Superbug? Super bug is a bacteria of Antibiotic resistant organism as it is identified in 37 people who returned to the UK after undergoing surgery in India or Pakistan. This Superbug is as much powerful that it is resistant to most powerful antibiotics so UK/ British scientists passed a warning that it will appear worldwide. Researchers’ already passing warning about this Super Bug as it will spreads more where the health system is low which is not having adequate medicines/ antibiotics. Even though it considered being extremely infectious in nature, which completely resistant from all antibiotics known at present, we still can avoid this by maintaining our cleanliness.  InsyaAllah…..Stay Clean!!!

Yes!!! Talking about good-quality food, I’ve read a book during ‘long holidays’ last few month….. (Silent is golden rite??), and it’s more about brain food which guide you how to boost your brain power. Throughout life, our brain is the busiest place for receiving, processing, storing and generating all information, thus we need to provide it with the correct combination of nutrients, make it able to think quicker, clearer memory and maintain with brighter outlook! May be I’m the one who ignore it, that’s why I cannot start my blogging before…hihihi……

First, I won’t write much here, someone is going to zzzzz then! I’ll jot few tips on how fruits and vegetables in natural bright colours can boost your brain!

  1. RED PEPPER: The red colour is due to the presence of high levels of beta-carotene – a vitamin A precursor and has 20% more vit.c than the green one.

2. ONION: The yellow comes from anthoxanthins, powerful protectants      against free-radical damage – earliest known foods to be used as a medicine for colds.

3. BROCCOLI: Rich in beta-carotene, also evident in carrots – without it broccoli would be a much lighter green. When buying these, choose the darkest, greenest stalks on display and cook lightly – a cup of cooked broccolis contains more vitamin C than 2 oranges!

4. TOMATO: Coloured red because of the strong antioxidant lycopene.  Pick or pluck the reddest, smallest and freshest only is the best!

5. CARROT: The orange colour comes from beta-carotene, the precursor to Vit.A

Source: Yuvaz.com/

Brain Food by OOna Van Den Berg

mmmm….yummy!!

We still luv these!!!! homemade rojak…..





Faux cakes…..

26 04 2010

As Salam and Hi to all…….it’s only another Monday again…..my last weekend was fulfill to complete these task……….i bought dozens of sponges and another bottle of coloring early in the morning after sending my daughter to school last Saturday, just to create all these faux cakes for my sista’s baby shower! I do really love and enjoy doing this even you have to spend hours coloring and frosting all the mini cakes!! And Alhamdulillah today, i completed all the 30pcs blackforest and pandan mini faux cakes in my messy ‘lab’ – no cooking, no laundry and no cleaning!! Fuhhhhh!….. Look so tempted with red cherries on each toppings!

anyone????? after drying process…………they’ll be in the cages soon!

Creamy frosting cherries huh!





A Birthday Cake

19 04 2010

The first birthday cake which makes my heart beat in speedy.…….full of fruits! A call received from my bf requested a special birthday cake for her loving hubby started all this …and guest, it’s my first order for a birthday cake! Honestly, I did it before just for a family treat and I would never look back, this is the time….she gave me a room to explore my creativity and improving my skills! Thank u Kak Niza and from her comment, they all ‘swept’ the cake without waiting for their dad’s celebration just within a day! hahaha……Lick in good

Another heart shape again, before the makeover……moist and really a fluffy cake!

This is definitely heaven for fruit cake lovers. After fully covered with whipped cream, peaches and cherry tips…..

Tantalize your taste buds huh! Wish I could slice it…mmmmm…





Oh! My Fruit Cake….

19 04 2010

Fruit cakes lovers……I really love fruit cakes, but if I baked this….it would make me in touch coz I do miss my mom, my dad, and of course my sweet hometown…..Both are fruit cake lovers!! Arrgghhh!! The aromas which make my head struggling enough to catch all the memories when my mom baked this in the kitchen…..and this is one of the must ‘center cake’ during Hari Raya. Wish I can fly and bring a piece for them right now!! hahaha……I bought a heart shape pan for a purpose to bake an anniversary cake, but cancelled in the last minute when hubby brought us to dine out that night! Thank u dear!!! And for the first time, I try to fill up my ‘new’ pan to bake a fruit cake last weekend! hmmmmmm…….

– I’m wondering the aromas been sniffed by my neighbour……she sms me just after it comes out from the oven and order this for her loving soulmate! hahaha….An implicit way of marketing!

– Mmmm…yummy! yummy!