Chocolate Lava Cake, Molten Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Volcano Cake...they all refer to this:
A chocolate cake with a liquid chocolate inside. It just flows out when you break it open with a fork. A chocolate ganache is refrigerated until it hardens, then after filling a ramekin or small cup with the cake batter, it is put in the middle and covered again with the batter and then baked. The heat will melt the chocolate inside just enough so that when it is served, it will flow out like lava or volcano.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Ever attracted by the aroma of freshly baked cinnamon buns or pretzels at the shopping mall? It is hard to resist, right? I think those stores are strategically placed, not in the food court, but all throughout the mall so that the aroma can easily reach the shoppers.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
I always wonder how the bakery chef shapes the red bean and coconut baos. Then I came across a chinese cook book that has pictures to show the technique.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
I'm glad that my birthday is in winter because it is the season for chestnuts. Chestnut cream cake is my favorite cake second to chocolate cake. I can't really find a bakery that makes good chestnut cake around my area. It either doesn't have much chestnut in it or the chestnut doesn't taste like chestnut at all : (
I've tried making my own chestnut puree, but it is just too much work: crack open the outer skin, boil the chestnut and remove the inner skin (that's the most tedious part) then puree it...
Monday, December 13, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
I have never been to Japan, but I know that the dairy from Hokkaido is very famous. They have a special kind of beef which can fetch more than $20/pound. Although I don't have the privilege to try the beef, I still can make the bread recipe that derived from Hokkaido ! You can, too !
Monday, December 6, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
This chocolate chiffon cake has been rated the best in my household for a chiffon cake. Light and full of chocolate flavor, this cake can be served plain or with chocolate ganache glaze or whipped cream. Chiffon cake is often preferred over other buttery cakes because it is free of animal fat and therefore much healthier. Whatever way, it is good as a dessert or an afternoon snack.