[Recipe] Chocolate Pecan and Walnut Tartlets using Oven


Super love these Chocolate Pecan & Walnut Tartlets! The family really likes how the double nuts add wonderful flavours and texture to these otherwise normal chocolate tarts.

Apart from the pecan adorning the top, there are also crushed walnuts at the bottom of the tart too.

Normal pecan tart fillings are made up of brown sugar but I switched things up with chocolate instead. I would rather gain calories from chocolate than sugar.

The sugar level is quite low already (even my mum approves!), so you don't need to adjust it further.

Chocolate Pecan & Walnut Tartlets using Oven
Makes 20 tartlets

Ingredients
(A)
80g baking chocolate (I use Callebaut Chocolate 54.5% Dark Couverture Chocolate)
90g butter

(B)
65g sugar
1 egg
2 egg yolks
20g flour
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt

(C)
50g walnuts, crushed slightly
20 tart shells (I use Phoon Huat ready-made medium size)
20 pieces of pecan halves

Directions
1. Preheat oven at 170 Celsius.

2. Microwave the butter at Medium for 30s to melt it down. Add the chocolate to the warm butter. Combine till smooth. This is (A).

3. Combine (B) in another bowl.

4. Mix both (A) and (B) together.

5. Add some pieces of walnuts into each tartlet.

6. Pour the chocolate mixture into the tartlets. Place a pecan on top.

7. Bake the tartlets in oven at 170 Celsius for 15 min till golden brown. Enjoy!


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[Recipe] Double Chocolate Nutty Brownies using Airfryer


Mention brownies and I think of dense decadent chocolate squares served warm with vanilla ice cream.

These Double Chocolate Nutty Brownies are rich, chocolatey, fudgy and slightly crispy at the sides. Just the way I like it. I added walnuts and cashews into this batch, but feel free to add whatever nuts you have in your fridge.

This recipe is sweeter than my usual ones, but hey - these are meant to be really indulgent. :)

Double Chocolate Nutty Brownies using Airfryer
Adapted from Love and Lemons.

Ingredients:

(A)
▪️ 100g flour
▪️ 50g cocoa powder (I use Hershey's natural unsweetened)
▪️ 1/2 tsp salt

(B)
▪️ 160g caster sugar
▪️ 110g oil
▪️ 30g coffee (no milk, no sugar)
▪️ 2 eggs
▪️ 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

(C)
▪️ 100g dark chocolate chips (I use Callebaut chocolate callets)
▪️ 70g walnuts, slightly crushed
▪️ 70g cashews, slightly crushed

Directions:
1) Preheat airfryer at 150 degrees C for 5 minutes.

2) Combine all (A) ingredients together. Sift and place them in a bowl.

3) In another bowl, combine the (B) ingredients together and mix well.

4) Add (B) and (C) into (A). Mix well and pour into a 6x6 inch lined baking pan. Add a few nuts at the top for presentation.

Pic below shows the batter before the nut toppings are added.

5) Cover with aluminium foil and poke some holes. Bake in airfryer at 150 degrees C for 45 minutes.

6) Remove the foil. Test if it is ready using a toothpick. It is okay if it doesn't come out fully clean. Continue baking for another 5 minutes.

Tips: If you continue baking till the toothpick becomes fully clean, it would end up overbaked and no longer fudgy.

7) Wait at least 2 hours for the brownies to cool before slicing into 9 or 16 squares.

Tips: Use a plastic knife to slice the brownies so that the sides come out cleaner. Wipe the knife after each cut.


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[Recipe] Matcha and Adzuki Red Bean Loaf Cake using Airfryer


Since everyone's going to be at home for the next few weeks, here's another recipe for y'all!

Matcha always goes well with adzuki red beans, so let's bake one such loaf cake for tea time. It is moist and has slightly bitter tinges of matcha. Love it.

I made this cake using Craft Tea Fox's Barista Uji Matcha Powder. Air-flown from Uji Kyoto, these are 100% pure matcha so I don’t have to worry about additives like sugar or preservatives affecting my cake. I use this matcha powder for my own homemade Iced Matcha Latte with Honey too. Pure Hojicha powder is also available from Craft Tea Fox.


Matcha and Adzuki Red Bean Loaf Cake using Airfryer

Ingredients

(A)
▪️ 2 tbs matcha powder
▪️ 140g top flour/ cake flour
▪️ 1 tsp baking powder
▪️ 1/4 tsp salt

(B)
▪️ 60g oil
▪️ 120g sugar
▪️ 120g milk
▪️ 2 eggs
▪️ 1 tsp vanilla extract
▪️1 tin of ready-cooked adzuki beans (drained)

Directions
1) Preheat airfryer at 160 degrees C for 40 minutes.

2) Combine all (A) ingredients together. Sift and place them in a bowl.

3) In another bowl, cream oil and sugar together. Add the remaining (B) together and mix well.

4) Add (B) into (A). Mix well and pour into a baking pan lined with baking paper. Cover with aluminium foil and poke some holes.

Tips: The batter is supposed to be quite runny. Don't worry.

5) Bake in airfryer at 160 degrees C for 40 minutes.

6) Remove the foil. Check that the cake is fully baked using a toothpick. If it doesn't come out clean, continue baking for another 5 minutes.

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[Review] Kroffle Buffet at Walking on Sunshine Cafe


Waking up early on a weekend morning has never been my thing. But after learning that Walking on Sunshine Cafe offers an All-You-Can-Eat Kroffle Buffet at only S$14.90++, we thought... why not?

The Deal at S$14.90++
Kroffles refer to croissant-waffles. Made by cooking croissant dough on a waffle pan to take the shape of a waffle, this pastry base takes on the taste profile and texture of a croissant.

Popularized in Korea, the kroffle is the latest cafe staple that instantly became cafe goers’ favorite food item because it goes perfectly well with their go-to cafe drinks.

Available daily from 9 to 11am on the buffet menu are the following kroffles:
  1. Chocolate
  2. Lime-avocado
  3. Mixed Berries
  4. Cinnamon
  5. Honey-mustard & Cream Cheese
  6. Corn-cheese
  7. Bacon-mash Potato
  8. Garlic & Cream Cheese

Review
We were advised to order four kroffles at one go, as they should be eaten warm.

For a start, we picked the four savouries (items #5 to #8 on the menu).

The Garlic & Cream Cheese was a clear winner for both of us due to the generous servings of crispy garlic chips.

We next proceeded to the desserts, and we liked the Cinnamon and Mixed Berries ones most. Somehow, I still associate waffles with something sweet.

Overall, the croissant dough gave an interesting buttery flaky texture to the usual waffles. Admittedly, having numerous kroffles in one meal may be a bit one-dimensional, so add on a coffee or a smoothie to go with the buffet.

As this cafe boosts Korean origins, he had the Ginseng Smoothie (S$13++) which turned out really well. It provided an energising morning boost, yet was not caffeine-based.

Ambience
Something noteworthy about this cafe is its garden feel. Great for those who like to take photos!

The plants and greenery offered a relaxing feel and I really appreciated that on a carefree weekend.

Overall
The kroffle buffet provides a good alternative for those who prefer a more value-for-money brunch experience. After all, a brunch dish (e.g. eggs benedict) at any cafe would easily set you back by S$20 already.

The 2-hour seating and ambience also allow you to slowly have your food and drinks, while catching up with friends.

Kroffles are available ala carte at S$6.90 per piece. 

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Gluten-free Double Chocolate Almond Cake


I have been trying to cut down on desserts these days, but I really have a soft spot for this healthy Gluten-free Double Chocolate Almond Cake!

It tastes so richly indulgent (surprisingly filling!), yet doesn't contain "nasties" like refined sugar. In fact, no sugar was used at all. Only honey. 

Yes, this is one the reasons why I like baking. At least I can make sure that my family is eating well, while not "depriving" them the joy of eating. :) 

Gluten-free Double Chocolate Almond Cake baked in Airfryer
Adapted from @yumhealth. 

Ingredients:
(A)
▪️ 4 eggs
▪️ 120g honey
▪️ 1 tbs vanilla extract

(B)
▪️ 140g almond flour
▪️ 30g chocolate powder (I use Hershey's)
▪️ 1/2 tsp baking soda
▪️ 1/4 tsp salt
▪️ 50g chocolate chips

Directions:
1. Preheat.
Preheat airfryer at 150 degrees C for 5 minutes.

2. Mix.
Mix all (A) ingredients together.

3. Mix.
Mix all (B) ingredients together. Make a well in the centre.

4. Combine. 
Add (A) into (B). Fold and pour into a baking pan. 

5. Bake. 
Cover the pan with aluminium foil and poke some holes. Bake in airfryer at 150 degrees C for 20 minutes.

6. Check. 
Remove the foil. Check that the cake is fully baked using a toothpick. If it doesn't come out clean, continue baking for another 5 minutes.

▪️  Add almond toppings (optional). 
Do so while the cake is still warm. Spread a thin layer of Nutella and immediately pour toasted sliced almond over the cake.


Serve warm. I added ice cream to go with my cake. So good!

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[Recipe] Chinese Pear and Longan Dessert Soup


Chinese pear and apricot kernels are traditionally known to be beneficial for respiratory health, and I really like how this recipe requires no added sugar at all.

This recipe is simple to prepare and can even be completed during lunch time when you work from home. I have included both the traditional boiling and pressure cooking timings - but of course if you have a pressure cooker too, just use that. It's much faster. Enjoy!


Chinese Pear and Longan Dessert Soup

Ingredients:
▪️ 2 pears, deseeded and diced
▪️ 20g apricot kernels
▪️ 40g red dates, deseeded and chopped
▪️ 40g dried longans
▪️ 2.4 litres water
▪️ 30g wolfberries

Directions:
1) Soak.
Soak apricot kernels in hot water for 30 minutes to soften it.

2) Add.
Add all the ingredients except the wolfberries into a pot.

3) Cook.
▪️Boil: Boil for 30 minutes until the pear is soft.
▪️Pressure cooker: Cook on HI for 10 minutes and do a natural release.

4) Add.
Add wolfberries. Stir. Serve hot.

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[Recipe] Garlic Lemon Prawns using Airfryer


Prawns are a good source of proteins, although I have to admit that I try not to have them too often because of their high cholesterol content.

Whenever I have these, I make sure that I buy the freshest so they are worth my calories (or rather, cholesterol)! Featured here are Spencer Gulf King Prawns from Grand Hyatt Singapore's The Marketplace, but I am sure you can get fresh ones at your nearby wet market too.

These garlic lemon prawns are really easy to cook and I especially love the intense garlic flavours just when I open the airfryer lid. So good! :)


Garlic Lemon Prawns using Airfryer
Serves 2

Ingredients
6 prawns
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 fresh rosemary sprig, chopped
1 tsp mixed dried herbs
1 tsp olive oil
1 slice of lemon
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

1) Prepare.
Remove the head and black vein (intestine). Use kitchen scissors to snip off the legs.

2) Marinate.
In a bowl, mix the garlic, herbs, oil, lemon, salt and pepper. Rub the prawns with the marinates and store in fridge for at least 1 hour.

3) Preheat.
When you are ready to cook, preheat the airfryer at 180 degrees Celcius for 5 minutes.

4) Airfry.
Cook in airfryer at 180 degrees Celcius for 8 minutes. Flip over to check that they are cooked well.

Serve hot and enjoy!

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