My 1st Baking Class!

~ Posted on Monday, August 30, 2010 at 12:45 AM ~

Last Saturday was my 1st baking class conducted by my 1st SIL. She came prepared with her ingredients and equipments (she even brought a spare portable oven in case the one she gave us recently didn't work). The entire lesson last for less than 2 hours and consists of 3 recipes using oven. 

I'm so sorry there are no pictures taken at all because everything is rushed and I also had to quickly scribbled down the instructions that I managed to remember and also pay attention to my SIL (and also watch out for Ben). So before I forget, here are my notes:

1. Roasted Chicken Wings


* Little bit of honey, soy sauce & thick soy sauce (Can use other types depend on your taste bud)


1. Marinate chicken wings with seasoning ingredients
2. Preheat oven at 190℃ (about 5 minutes will do)
3. Place chicken wings (outer part) onto the aluminium foil on the baking tray.
4. Place baking tray into oven and bake for about 15 minutes
5. After 15 minutes, flip the chicken wings to the other side
6. Glaze the chicken wings with the marinating sauce
7. Bake for another 15 minutes until you see the skin turns golden brown.

2. BBQ Pork (Char Siew)

Ingredients: Pork cut to strips

Seasonings: 1 tsp ginger powder, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tbsp sesame seed oil, 2 tbsp soy sauce, 2 tsp white pepper, 4-5 tbsp sugar, Lit bit of honey, red coloring & thick soy sauce


1. Marinate the pork strips with the seasonings for overnight OR at least 2 hours before start baking
2. Preheat oven at 190℃ (about 5 minutes will do)
3. Place pork strips onto the aluminium foil on the baking tray.
4. Place baking tray into oven and bake for about 20 minutes
5. After 15 minutes, flip the pork strips to the other side
6. Bake for another 15 minutes.

3. Muffins

Ingredients: Pre-mix muffin pack, 2 eggs beaten, 135ml oil, 135ml water


1. Add in eggs, oil and water with the muffin pre-mix into a large bowl.
2. Stir the ingredients well
3. Fill up the muffin cups half way length
4. Bake for 25 minutes at 190℃
5. After that, add in your own choice of decorative (choc chips, icing etc)

I'm sorry if the instructions are pretty blur and not detail enough. I have tried my best to jot down everything but it's really not easy, especially when your teacher is measuring things based on her rough estimation.

And the muffin recipe, although it's using pre-mix, I was told I should start with easy ready made ingredients to get used to baking. And I'm not experienced at all in writing down recipes so I'm not sure I'm jotting down the right words and baking terms or not :P

I hope to be able to take pictures the next time I start baking on my own!

So there you go, my 1st baking class!

List of Things I Need for Baking...

~ Posted on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at 12:40 AM ~

I like making list. It's a habit of mine to make list of something. When I got pregnant, I made list of things to get ready for the baby. When I was few months away from my due date, I made list for my projects and assignments at work to rush off in order to have a stress-free maternity leave.

So, of course, now that I wanted to venture into the world of baking, I have to make a list!  

Else I won't ever get to start anything. Seriously. So here it goes:



Electric/convection Oven

 NEED HELP!!!!!! (Read below for details)

* 22/08 updates: SIL gave me her spare oven! Woohoo!!

Measuring Cups & Spoons

Baking Equipments

To measure dry & liquid ingredients.

Liquid ingredients to use glass cups.

One of the baking book I read advice me to buy a few sets..

(so I don't have to keep washing throughout the recipe)

* 17/08 updates: To consider measuring scale instead of cups.

Mixing Bowl

Baking Equipments

Again, I was adviced to get different sizes:

Large for mixing dough & cake batters

Medium for measuring ingredients

Small for melting chocolate, mixing icing etc.

* 17/08 updates: At least 1 must be heat proof.


Baking Equipments

Essential for sifting dry ingredients to aerate them.


Baking Equipments

* 17/08 updates: Flat surface is better than spoon shaped one.

Flexible rubber/plastic type is useful for stirring, mixing, folding etc.

Wooden Spoon

Baking Equipments

A set of wooden spoons is good for multiple uses.

* 17/08 updates: Use handheld mixer for better results.

Wire Cooling Rack

Baking Equipments

Get one large enough to hold 2 cake layers or get 2 smaller racks.

Allows steam to escape so the bottom doesn't get soggy.

* 17/08 updates: One large wire rack is sufficient.

Wire Whisk

Baking Equipments

Is used to whip air into ingredients.

Oven Mitts and Aprons

Baking Equipments

As long as can withstand the heat, I don't care what design or colors.

* 17/08 updates: Apron is optional, but get THICK mitts.

Baking/Cookie Sheet

Baking Equipments

Buy heavy ones as they don't buckle/wobble & distribute heat evenly.

Pastry Brush

Baking Equipments

Common liquids used with a pastry brush are milk, water & egg whites.

Use a pastry brush to brush marinades over meats also.

* 17/08 updates: Buy those made from synthetic/plastic bristles.

Cake Pan

Baking Equipments

Round tins are used more often than other shapes.

Most useful sizes are shallow 8 inch sandwich tins for ponge cakes,

or 9 inch tins for larger cakes.

* 17/08 updates: Get basic aluminium pans w no non stick feature

Bread Pan

Baking Equipments

May be made from aluminium, stainless steel or glass.

Rolling pin+cover, pastry cloth

Baking Equipments

Rolling pin is used to roll out dough or crush cracker crumbs.

Rolling pin cover is a stretchable "stocking" that fits over the rolling pin.

Pastry cloth is a large canvas cloth on which pastry or dough can be rolled.

* 17/08 updates: Optional items.

Others to get as well...

* 18/08 updates: Baking paper, airtight containers for leftovers,

cake saver,

Others to consider later...

Pie Pan, Pastry Crimping Wheel/Pastry Cutter, Pastry blender,

Cookie cutter, Pie Weights, hand-held mixer, muffin pan

* 17/08 updates: Use heavy beans or rice to replace pie weights.

Now if you noticed, my 1st item which is electric/convection oven = I really need help in this. Right now, I am pretty sure I want a:

* Table top oven cos there's no space for a built-in one

* And hubby wanted one that can do rotisserie as well...

Anyway, I've been looking around a few electrical shops but so far, am still confused and frustrated with a couple of features:

* Oven size - what is the good enough size to get? 30L? 42L? What?

* Window/Door area - I've read somewhere that this is also a factor to consider... don't want to burn my own hands while taking out the tray you know... so, I'm kinda looking for with the door which goes a bit lower than the flat 180 degrees...

* Temperature - I get really frustrated seeing those ovens with buttons that I can't read the temperature level properly.


Baking Equipments

I can bear with this,

cos there's dots on each increments of 10C


Baking Equipments

But with button like this,

How do I tell where is 180C for example??

For any of you reading my post who are experienced in baking and would like to share your opinions and feedback, I would totally appreciate your feedback on my list, things like whether I should forget about getting it, or get this particular brand cos it's good, or any other things I left out in the list and so on. Of course, I'm definitely not the type who goes for any branded products - so, please don't recommend it to me. As long as it's proven good to use, easy to handle and practical, I'll consider it! And I'm going to print out this list when I go shop for it!

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(*Images taken from Google search)

I'm a full-time mummy

Off On A New Adventure!

~ Posted on Friday, August 13, 2010 at 12:25 AM ~

Ladies and gentlemen!

I would like to announce that I'll be embarking on a new adventure (Ok, Ok, my personal project) one of this days, so I'm going to tone down the frequency of my blogging (currently is daily except Sundays).

But that doesn't mean I'm going to disappear altogether... I'm just going to be busier with my own project (no, no, not another blog... I know the last time I mentioned something about being involved in a personal project and the next thing you see is me coming up with my own domain and self hosted website! But for this round, nope, no new blog, so don't worry!)

You see, I've just purchased these 2 books:

This will be the first step towards my adventure into baking world!

I'm so freaking excited! And I'm only armed with this 2 books for now!

(Wait til I get the oven, then I'll be super excited! :P)

I know I have zero knowledge in baking (hence the books duh!) and I know I don't cook for adults much (I do cook for Ben's solids!) so I want to make this work! I've searched around on the Net for more info I can find on baking but there's so many conflicting and not to mention confusing information out there.

I want to know what type of ovens I should get, what are the essentials equipments, ingredients, yada yada yada...

So, these 2 books are going to help me (hopefully!)

Once we get around to purchasing the oven (advance thanks to hubby for the encouragement and sponsor! Hehehehe!), baking equipments and settle down for some easy peasy recipes, I'll blog more about my baking adventures.

Until then, it is back to normal blogging topics about Ben, our family, our life, whatever I came across...

I just wanted to keep you all in the loop about my new adventure!

Wish me luck!