Jul 15, 2009

Finding time

Surprisingly, I still find time to do some baking. Basically, it was to kill 2 birds with the same stone. To bake to try out an ingredient I am selling in the shop, and also to add more recipes to my current trove at the forum. Come to think of it, its more like kill 3 to 4 birds with the same stone! Because the bakes are often sampled by customers at the store to encourage them to pick up simple baking. So much so that a lady told my hubby that she bought a Baby Belling oven just to satisfy her own curiousity that baking is as easy as Gina said it was!

Every week, I will print 4 to 5 recipe notes for free distribution at the store. And will find time to bake 1 to 2 new recipes so that people can try it. I took great pains to reduce sugar, minus leavening agents or essences and use all natural products. And I offered free advice to anyone who comes to my store and ask me about the recipes I have created.

I had a mother who came and ask me for help, to tuition her daughter who is in Secondary Four, doing a project on Cookie baking. Although she said she will pay me, I felt honoured that she felt I could help her daughter, so I did it for free. Giving her 2 to 3 short lessons on baking.

Then occasionally, I had people coming in with a cookbook or a piece of paper which they ripped off from a magazine. Usually its a recipe with a very delicious looking photo. And I will help them to go thru each ingredient, find it and briefly tell them how to go about baking it.

Here's the Chocolate Curls Chocolate Log Cake I did last weekend. Sorry if the photo is very blur. But the reviews were very good. Everyone ask for the recipe.

Chocolate Curls Log Cake
Recipe by Gina Choong

220g butter(unsalted), soften
100g Light brown sugar
2 eggs
200g Cake flour
100g Mini Dark Chocolate curls
50ml Evaporated milk

1. Beat butter with sugar till creamy light. Add eggs, one at a time till well mixed.
2. Add milk to whip. Add flour and chocolate curls and fold in.
3. Pour into loaf tin.
4. Bake in preheated oven 180C for 30 mins. Leave to cool inside the oven for 30 minutes.
5. Slice when its completely cooled.

Goes great with weak tea.