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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Bakery Fair 2015

Bakery Fair is held every other year and I have been to the fair 3 times in a row now. Bakery Fair is held at the World Trade Center in Pasay City, it started January 30 to February. The who's who of the culinary industry is there, there are a lot of manufacturers that held mini demos in their perspective booth showcasing their new products. The are lots of machineries needed for baking and factories. I of course was there to ogle on the latest in the baking industry. I went window shopping for what I would need in my future pastry shop. Good thing though that I was able to drag Emy there, he get to carry most of my loot! After 5 hours of walking around the showroom, he cried uncle and we went in search of food!

My favourite find were these cake decorating books by Sharon Wee and Carlos Lischetti. Actually the night before I emailed Sharon asking about her book, the next day I found out that someone from the Philippines will be carrying her book! Then I saw it at the Bakery Fair eekk!! So excited!!! One of the biggest purchase that I got is The Mat. I've seen (on youtube) and heard so many great things about it that I just have to try it. Stocked up on various colors too! It was way cheaper there. Now that I think of it that is the only purchase that I got at a discount. The other items are just the same price though. Another thing that I'm excited about is the LorAnn Red Velvet Emulsion, its suppose to save you a step when making red velvet cakes. Though admittedly I've read both good and bad stuff about this and I just want to give it a try.

All in all, it was a fun but very tiring and productive afternoon till the next fair.
Monday, February 10, 2014

Midnight Baker is Born

I've been neglecting my blog I know for that I do apologize. I've been quite busy for several months now. I'm dipping my toes in the food world and been taking in special orders for weddings and birthdays. As regular readers of this blog noticed that I love attending baking classes, I even went and got my certificate in baking. I just love baking so much that when I'm in the kitchen it doesn't feel as if I'm doing work. 

I was in this rut that I didn't feel as if my baking is good enough that people would actually pay good money for it. Luckily, I met someone who gave the push that I needed to open up an online shop of some sort thus Midnight Baker was born. I pondered on the name of my would be "shop", I even thought of using the name of my blog Sweet Tooth but then when I ran that idea to some people I found that its sort of hard to pronounce. Finally decided on Midnight Baker because as the name suggest I bake at midnight since I have a day job and this is my sideline for now, I've been actually using the hash tag #midnightbaker in my IG account so might as well use it. 

Hopefully this year I would get more orders.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Sugar Free Blueberry Cheesecake

Merry Christmas Everyone! I know I am days too late but its better than never, right? Anyway, I got way too busy this season amidts all the shopping and baking that had to be done. I somehow neglected my blog. I also got a new hobby that also eats away my blogging time, I'm now into scrapbooking and I'm finding a way to merge this blog with that blog so I'm only maintaining one blog much less hassle for me and I get to update it more often. So please bear with me as I try to decide what to do.

With all the hustle and bustle of the season, I wanted to make something simple and yet delicious and my mind automatically screams cheesecake! I was thinking of making it grand and tall and make a New York Style Cheesecake but I seemed to lucked out since I couldn't find any sour cream! Maybe all the cheesecake makers that sells in the bazaars bought them all. my fall back recipe is my all time fave Blueberry Cheesecake. This cheeseckae looks deceiving because its not as tall as american style cheesecakes but the taste and texture make up for its lack of physical stature.
Since I love blueberries so much, before baking I swirled in some blueberries. Though I think next time I'll make a swirled blueberry cheesecake I'll go with a simple sour cream topping, so as you are eating it you would see the blue berries. Although blueberry lovers would prefer the blueberries as a topping. :)

Since blueberries are not that common here and if I do see some in the market, they cost an arm and a leg and feels like a shame to bake with them. Whenever I get lucky and find them in the market, I eat them all natural :)

My go to recipe is from Tyler Florence

  • 2 cups ground graham crackers
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 2 8-oz cheesecake
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 pint sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 can blueberry topping
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
    In a mixing bowl, combine the ingredients with a fork until evenly moistened. Lightly coat the bottom and sides of an 8-inch springform pan with non-stick cooking spray.
      Pour the crumbs into the pan and, using the bottom of a measuring cup or the smooth bottom of a glass, press the crumbs down into the base and 1-inch up the sides. Refrigerate for 5 minutes.
        For the Filling:
          In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese on low speed for 1 minute until smooth and free of any lumps. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, and continue to beat slowly until combined. Gradually add sugar and beat until creamy, for 1 to 2 minutes.
            Add sour cream, lemon zest, and vanilla. Periodically scrape down the sides of the bowl and the beaters. The batter should be well-mixed but not overbeaten. Pour the filling into the crust-lined pan and smooth the top with a spatula.
              Set the cheesecake pan on a large piece of aluminum foil and fold up the sides around it. Place the cake pan in a large roasting pan. Pour boiling water into the roasting pan until the water is about halfway up the sides of the cheesecake pan; the foil will keep the water from seeping into the cheesecake. Bake for 45 minutes. The cheesecake should still jiggle (it will firm up after chilling), so be careful not to overcook. Let cool in pan for 30 minutes. Chill in the refrigerator, loosely covered, for at least 4 hours. Loosen the cheesecake from the sides of the pan by running a thin metal spatula around the inside rim. Unmold and transfer to a cake plate. Using a spatula spread a layer of Warm Lemon Blueberry topping over the surface.
                Slice the cheesecake with a thin, non-serrated knife that has been dipped in hot water. Wipe dry after each cut.
                Saturday, August 31, 2013

                Day 9: Fried Dough

                Is it Donuts or Doughnuts? However you spell it, it means heaven for doughnut fiends!  Luckily I’m not one of those people. I can easily resist a doughnut unlike cookies or cakes or chocolates! Haha… as you can see I have enough temptation to last me a two lifetimes. Is is so much less finicky than Croissant dough but not less interesting.
                Saturday, August 24, 2013

                Day 8: Buttery Croissants and Danish

                Goodbye Puff Pastry and Hello! Croissants and Danish...

                I made a braided Danish before during one of the monthly challenges in Daring Bakers, if I remember correctly my family enjoyed it but of course I cannot say that it was a success because I have no idea what is it suppose to taste like.