Mad about Kueh Lapis Spekkoek

June 19th, 2012

           Kueh Lapis

With way too many egg yolks left from baking macarons and teaching macaron classes, I had 4 options on what to do with them:

A. Make ice cream
B. Make creme brulee
C. Make kueh lapis
D. Trash the egg yolks

Option D seemed terribly wasteful, so that was the 1st option to go. Option A and B meant I had to go to the store to get more whipping cream and I really didn’t want to go anywhere in this horribly hot weather we’ve been having this past week.

This meant I was left with Option C and finding a 3 hour window to make the kueh lapis, not an easy task on the weekend when I’d much rather be spending my free time with H and A than slaving away in the kitchen. I was also somewhat reluctant, given how fattening and unhealthful the cake is, what with 20 egg yolks, half a kilogram of butter and lots of sugar.

              Kueh Lapis Sliced

BUT, it’s also been 4 years since I last made this cake, so I went ahead anyway and planned to do it while A was taking her afternoon nap. This would, of course, turn out to be the day that she would nap only a little over an hour. Fortunately, H was around and very obligingly kept her occupied while I baked the lapis cake. Fortunately, I was done at the 3 hour mark.

Straight out of the oven, the cake tasted a little drier than I would have liked. I had placed the baking pan on the oven floor as instructed in my mother’s recipe. It was only later when I was going through my own notes and my previous post on the same cake that I realised I should have placed the pan on the lowest rung in my oven. I was disappointed, but H suggested that I leave the cake overnight. He felt that it would taste better the next day and he was absolutely right! It wasn’t as dry the next day, although I have no idea why being kept in the fridge didn’t dry it out further.

I divided the calorific cake into 4 portions and distributed them among my family. Shared calories don’t count, right?

Macarons, Anyone?

June 8th, 2012

Dark Chocolate Macarons

Set of 6 macarons (3 dark chocolate and 3 raspberry with a raspberry jelly centre) available for purchase, S$15 per set.

Raspberry Macaron

Please email me at csauleng[at]yahoo[dot]com.

Mad about Macaron Classes

May 22nd, 2012

              Chocolate Macarons

Over the years I’ve received many requests for macaron classes and recipes. I’ve taught a few classes here and there, but never really considered teaching as anything more than a way to finance new cookbooks, fancy kitchen gadgets and shiny baking tools.

After a while, I went back to work full-time and haven’t conducted any more classes since, save for the occasional few for baking enthusiast friends.

              Plaisir Sucré Macarons

I’m happy to announce that I’m currently offering individual or 2-person hands-on classes for macarons by appointment only.

Please email me at csauleng[at]yahoo[dot]com for details.