Friday, 16 September 2011

Majulah Singapura!

Yes, I was there during the Presidential Elections. Yes, I was happy to see a wave of change sweep through our neighbouring nation. Yes, it was a wonderful holiday filled with food and family. Yes, I had some lovely food i.e. homemade stringhoppers with curried chicken; homemade roti jala with kheema; perfectly marinated lamb cutlets; gorgeous roast chicken with bacon; melt-in-the-mouth curry puffs; a luscious lemon meringue tart; the largest profiterole I've ever seen; a sublime mixed berry and apple crumble; and last but not least the most outstanding ice-cream I've ever had - Waitrose's Carribean Rum & Raisin - which was boozy, moreish and simply magical.

Here are some photos of food from my holiday (only the ones I bothered to take photos of... hehehehehehe) and a recipe to try.

Profiterole from Food for Thought

Mixed Berry and Apple Crumble from Food for Thought

Coffee Cake and Rock Buns, which I baked

Curry Puff from a shop in the basement of Takashimaya

Coffee Cake

4 ounces self-raising flour
4 ounces castor sugar
4 ounces salted butter, room temperature
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
2 tablespoons of your favourite instant coffee dissolved in 2 tablespoons of hot full cream milk
2 tablespoons full cream milk
  1. Preheat oven at 120 degrees Celsius.Grease and line a smallish baking tin of your preference.
  2. Cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
  3. Add in eggs one by one mixing well after each addition.
  4. Add in vanilla and coffee/milk mixture and beat until just combined.
  5. Gently fold in the flour by hand.
  6. Gently fold in the additional milk by hand until well combined into the cake batter.
  7. Pour into baking tin.
  8. Bake for about 25 - 30 minutes at 160 degrees Celsius or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  9. Remove cake from the oven and let it stand in the tin for about 10 minutes.
  10. Turn cake out onto a wire rack and let it cool completely.