Saturday, October 3, 2009

Jelly Hearts strawberry cheesecake



Hey all! This is my first time trying out the Jelly Hearts cheesecake recipe! Adapted the recipe from many sources (auntyyochana & happyhomebaking). Tweaked it here and there to fit my 7"x7" tin. This is not the finished product yet though! I'm still waiting for the cheese and first layer of jelly to set before adding the rest of the jelly (: Am using raspberry jelly from Tortally because it's the brand I always use and the Cold Storage at Holland V ran out of strawberry jelly :/
Anyway, I'm so excited to taste it! Was a bit critical about the gelatine powder at first. But decided to just add it in. After all, it's my first attempt! Can't criticise me if I fail right? After all, as the Chinese say, 失败乃成功之母! (Which means failure is the mother of success) :D

Will post photos of the end product once it comes out of my fridge! Hahah

Bite me!
Cheryl :D

EDIT:

Here are the photos and the recipe! (:

Strawberry Jelly Hearts Cheesecake (non-bake)
adapted from auntyyochana.com & happyhomebaking



base:
310g digestive biscuits*
140g melted butter

cheesecake filling:
250g cream cheese 10g (1tbsp) gelatine powder 50g sugar 1/2 cup hot water 1/2 tsp vanilla essence

about 20 Strawberries
heart-shaped cookie cutter

jelly topping:
1 box of raspberry jelly 1 cup of boiling hot water 1 cup of cold water



1. Put the digestives in a ziplock bag and roll with a rolling pin till crushed. Melt the butter in a saucepan (do not burn!). Mix the biscuit crumbs & melted butter together and press firmly onto the base of a 7x7 cake tin. Chill for 30 minutes or until hard.

2. Dissolve the gelatin powder in the boiling water in a bowl. Keep warm.

3. With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla essence until smooth & creamy. Blend in the gelatin solution and mix well.

4. Pour the cream cheese mixture into the cake tin on top of the biscuit base. Layer the strawberries on the cream cheese mixture and chill for at least 3 to 4 hours.

5. Dissolve the jelly crystals in boiling water. Add in the cold water after jelly dissolves. Pour the jelly onto the cream cheese mixture. Chill in the fridge until jelly is set before removing from the cake tin. Slice and enjoy! Makes about 20 squares.



*if you like your base more crumbly, increase the amount of digestives used.

Bite me!
Cheryl :D

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Drool fest!

Alright even though I'm nearing my A level exams, I still succumbed to the temptation of baking. Here's a few pictures of what I baked/cooked/ate! Some are from wayyyyyyyyy back but some are pretty recent (:

Yummy eggtarts (recipe courtesy of auntyyochana!)

Gorgeous Chinese New Year (CNY) peanut cookies which I baked with my mom (: recipe was from some website I found but didn't bookmark. Oops.

Uncooked mini shrimp rolls (mom's own recipe! heheh)
Please don't be deceived by it's raw uncooked texture and sight, it tastes fabulous once deep fried! :D Although, they do taste pretty darn good raw if I do say so myself. HAH.

It's a chocolate-rice-chocolate-chip-m&m-failure-icing-coated CHOCOLATE CHIP CUPCAKE! Which doubled as my mom's birthday cake in 2008 :] (recipe courtesy of cupcakerecipe!)
Admitted, it looks kind of amateur and gross. But trust me, the cupcake tastes good! :D

Okay I didn't make these. They were storeboughts! Seriously, Bakerzin bakes awesome stuff! These are just a few pastries that my mom bought to let us try one night. Check out the super nice paperbag!

Look at this cute Hello Kitty mooncake that my mom's colleague made! It was snowskin with lotus paste and some white chocolate inside. It was her first attempt at making mooncakes but I have to say they taste pretty good (: Although I'm not a big fan of mooncakes (because they are bloody fattening! I can save the calories and eat baked sweets hahah!), during the Mid-Autumn Festival every year I try to eat a bit just to appreciate chinese goodies. Sounds like I'm forcing food down my throat? A bit. But they taste alright I guess. Mom bought some hotel's mooncakes which are also snowskin with lotus paste and chocolate this year. Ate them too lol.

Okay i took the photo from here. Didn't manage to take photos of what I ate from BreadSociety - chocolate bagel + raisin loaf. Both taste fab btw (: Am already a huge fan of that shop! It's like the more exclusive version of home grown brand BreadTalk (which btw is the parent company). The chef's a Japanese who apparently is quite famous! Oh and they have a gorgeous logo which translates to a gorgeous paperbag! :D

These pictures DO NOT do justice to what I've been eating and what has been churning out of my oven the past year and a half since I started baking. Just last week, my sister and I made Shepherd's Pie and it was awesome! Okay it could have been way better but I thought it was pretty awesome lol.

Oh yes, ever since the baking supplies shop at Jurong East closed down (why oh why!!!!!), I haven't been able to source for another supply shop. That is until my aunt and Felicia told me about this Phoon Huat store at Holland V. Haven't made a personal trip there yet but since I can get a discount, courtesy of my aunt (TYVM!), I might as well schedule one as soon as possible! Simply can't wait to try my hand at Jelly Hearts! This cheesecake which Felicia baked recently that has this red jelly on top of a cheesecake. I've been longing to bake a cheesecake!! But if I bake it, there's nobody to be my tester :/ Although I know Rinita would love to be my guinea pig (thank you love!) but she might not be coming to school next week and the cheesecake might go bad :/ :/ Sucks. Maybe I could bake a smaller portion... But then again, I don't know the serving size because it kind of varies. Hmm...

Note to self: buy springform tin!!!!

Bite me!
Cheryl (:

First bite

You know how some people on diets say they should eat sufficient food only to live? Well, for me, I live to eat. Mom said it was a privilege since I have enough food and cash to eat what I want, and I don't disagree with her! So I decided to start this blog to capture the finer moments when I bake or cook. It's really awesome to combine many different ingredients and taste to see how they complement or substitute each other (okay I take economics in school to pardon my economic jargon).

This is my first attempt at creating a food blog. Think I'm really going to like it (:
I'll try to upload photos about the delish food I eat and the delish food I bake! Recipes won't be posted since I get most of my recipes from online webs. Will try to credit the recipe to whichever website or blog I take it from.

Bite me!
Cheryl :D
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