Saturday, May 29, 2010

Mascarpone Ice Cream

Posted by Nuraini at 7:42 PM 0 comments

Sorry it took me so long to update on this post. I've been busy with a debate competition lately. Atleast it's all over now! :)

So for this recipe, I rate it 7/10. Recipe's here.

Now allow me to describe the process of making this ice cream. As always, I didn't follow the instructions entirely. I cut down the amount of sugar by 20%, so when I cook the sugar and water, it didn't turn out syrupy although I've let it there in the pot for at least 15 minutes. So I just proceed with the still very liquidy sugar syrup. The rest is easy as you just need to put everything in and put the mixture into the fridge.

Since I don't have an ice cream maker, the whole churning process takes a longer time. After the first hour of refridgerating, I took the pot out and stir it with a wooden spoon. You're supposed to use an electric mixer to beat the mixture to ensure that your ice cream turns out soft and smooth. You have to repeat that atleast 4 times. So that'll take about 4 hours minimum. Once you've done with the churning process, store the mixture in airtight container and leave it in a freezer overnight.

My first attempt turned out quite good. Although the texture was kinda rough, as in you can feel the bits of sugar, but the taste was nice. Very creamy and vanilla. And to think I have more left in the fridge! Nurainicious~ :)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Mascarpone Cream Tarts

Posted by Nuraini at 8:23 PM 0 comments
Mascarpone Cream Tarts. I rate this 8/10. Tastes nice. Filling. Looks nice. Easy to make, though time consuming if you don't have the proper equipments and skill. *like me T__T*

My legs are dead tired. This reminds me of the times when I work at Sugarbun fast food restaurant. 8 hours of standing is really tiring. As for today, I've only stood for 5 hours and my legs are begging for mercy already. Poor legs, I'm sorry. T___T

So.. I have an assistant today helping me. My dearest brother. :) I wanted to attempt three recipes so I needed help. I planned on baking Mascarpone Cream Tarts, Mascarpone Cheesecake and Mascarpone Ice Cream. I'm addicted to Mascarpone lately. Haha. xDD

My attempt on Mascapone Cheesecake failed. :( It was horribad and terribad. It even looks gooey and yucky from the pic. It turns out to be something like.. custard. I think this 'cheesecake' is gonna be thrown into the rubbish bin. I doubt anyone would wanna eat this. What a waste. :( The recipe is from here in case you wanna have a try.

My Mascarpone ice cream is still in process. It's still in the freezer. Gonna churn it for 2 more times and let it sit in the freezer overnight. Can't wait to taste it tomorrow! :) Hopefully it'll be a success~ I'll blog about it when it's done.

Now, back to our lovely Mascarpone Cream Tart. I got my recipes from here and here. I can't really remember the details of the preparation stage because I was multi tasking earlier - working on 2 different recipes simultaneously. While my cheesecake base was in the oven, I prepared the dough for my tarts. When I was preparing the mascarpone, I baked my tarts. It was kinda hectic in the kitchen. But we survived!

Sometimes I wish I can have all the proper equipments I need for my baking. This is the only tart pan I have at home. And personally, I don't think its a good one. But I'll just use what I have. :) My tarts didn't turn out too bad. :)

Next is the decoration stage! I put a coat of chocolate on the tart before one big spoonful of mascarpone cream! Yummy~ Then I added a few drops of chocolate on the cream and mix them.

And that's all~ :)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Moist Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Posted by Nuraini at 9:19 PM 0 comments
OMG.. I'm feeling kinda full right now. Those pieces of carrot cake sure are filling! I rate it 8/10.

Made this 6 by 6 inch moist carrot cake with cream cheese frosting for Cyril. With walnuts topping ohhh. :) Looks nice eh? Nahh.. There's still lots of room for improvements. I want those spatulas and "lazy susan"! T___T Gonna wait till I get a job.. T___T

Hmm.. preparing, baking and decorating this cake took me 3.5 hours.. There's still lots of things in the kitchen sink waiting for me to wash.. X___X If you add that, then I suppose you'll need a total of 4 hours. Only beginners will take this long.

For the record, I followed the recipe this time! Only exception: I reduced the amount of sugar. I measured all the flour, sugar, cinnamon powder, bicarbonate soda as accurately as possible with the cups. Also, instruction says to grease the tray with grease *I used butter* and flour.. and here's what I did.

It looks kinda scary and oily huh? Better be safe than sorry. Haha. And next here we have the flour mixture in the tray, ready for baking! ^^

After 35 minutes, I took the cake out of the oven. 30 minutes later, I took it out of the tray. Surprisingly, I could remove it easily from the tray! :) It proves that all the butter works! Haha. While I was waiting for the cake to cool, I prepared the cream cheese frosting.

My previous experiences with butter cream frosting weren't really pleasant. I failed at most times. Nevertheless, I followed the recipe and was really hoping it would turn out well. I used a 9 by 9 inch round tray to bake my carrot cake. So I only got a 1.5 inch thick cake like this..

Next, I put a 6 by 6 inch round cake tray on top of my cake and cut its shape out. Then I started icing it with cream cheese frosting. And voila~! Done~!

Well, my comments on the cake are it's moist and has a rich taste. :) Definitely nurainicious!

Alrighty.. time for me to wash my oily buttery utensils! T__T

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Bittersweet Chocolate Tart with Coffee Mascarpone Cream

Posted by Nuraini at 4:53 PM 0 comments
I baked this tiramisu pie for Mum during Mothers' Day. *risking my study time for exams on that Sunday* Got the recipe from here. I rate it 7/10.

The pie base takes a long time to prepare. If you don't have a food processor, please don't pandai pandai and use a blender like I did. (Though some people say its a good alternative = =) The dough I prepared wasn't really enough for a 9.5 inch tray. I can never get all these inch measurements right. So I ended up with a 6 inch round try instead.

More disasters began. I screwed up all the measurements for filling and topping because I made adjustments here and there. I made too much of them. When my pie crust was done, I can't fill them all in.

Lesson learnt: Stick with the recipe. No matter what.

But nah. I don't really wanna follow the recipe. Why? It's cos I have only limited baking tools and ingredients so it's hard for me to follow the recipe 100%. Gotta use substitutes and whatever I think fits. Keke.

When everything's done, I took my "cake" from the fridge after 3 4 hours. The crust was an epic fail, but the taste was good. Stil edible. So it wasn't a total failure. My Mum loved the coffee taste. :)

I'll attempt this again soon, but this time with a sponge cake base. Some lucky ones are gonna have the chance to taste it. And they are people who play basketball. Haha. :)


Posted by Nuraini at 4:05 PM 0 comments
This is my official baking blog now. :)
I'll try to update whenever I can. Keke. It's gonna be so fun!

Credits to Y2J for the name. It's really a cool name. xD


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