SCS Dairy Star Bakers’ Challenge … & a recipe!

Hi everyone, I’m back!

Yes, I know it’s been a really long while since I’ve updated – even after I promised to do so now that I’m back in Singapore for good :/

Truth is, the day after I got back, I started my summer internship. Working full-time hours on the weekdays & trying to spend time for myself on the weekend resulted in me not being able to do much baking. Also, times when I did bake, I didn’t really photograph the food items & just left it for everyone to consumer oopsie daisy!

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Anyway that aside, SCS Dairy (our local butter brand) has recently launched a Star Bakers’ Challenge. Basically the challenge goes for 5 rounds and you need to pass each round to qualify for the next. Needless to say, I decided to join this challenge. It was a little difficult given that the first round was just a ‘free for all’ challenge. Also, I had no idea if they were going to kick anyone out from that first round.DSC_0724

Thus, I decided to create something a little more challenging – just in case other people put up a very tough challenge (which mind you, they did!). As you all know (if you read my blog enough), I’m pretty much a sadist and like to make life really difficult for myself. Of course, the queen of difficult pastries – Macarons!

These were a little bit more complicated than my usual macarons. Instead of having just one filling, I decided to have the middle filled with a ganache & then the outside with buttercream so that when you bite into half, you get two flavours as well as a pretty cross-section.

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Vanilla Bean Ice-Cream

Hi friends!

DSC_0008So last year on my birthday, the sweetest bunch of University friends bought me an ice-cream machine. Okay, I’ll admit that I asked for it (heehee they asked me what I wanted), but they really didn’t need to get it. It was the perfect present – I’d wanted an ice-cream machine since I was young but my mom said that if I ate too much ice-cream, I’d become fat. Also, she said that ice-cream wasn’t healthy and there was no need to have a machine to make our own. Since it was an indulgent food, we could just go out and buy it as and when we wanted to (aka hardly ever).

However, as excited as I was to receive the ice-cream machine, this was the first time I used it. It has been a good 8 months since I got the machine. Oopsie daisy!

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