Category Archives: Desserts

Bear Naked Food Double Chocolate Banana Cake

Double Chocolate Banana Cake

 

Banana cake is one of my favorite cakes I would make over and over again, it’s almost an obsession. Over the last couple of years, I’ve experimented with a few different hybrid from the original recipe and this Double Chocolate Banana Cake is the latest addition.

Bear Naked Food Double chocolate Banana Cake

 

Fudgy, moist and loaded with chocolatey flavor, they are incredibly easy to make and guarantee to satisfy any serious chocolate cravings you might have.

Bear Naked Food Double chocolate Banana Cake

 

Bananas are responsible for keeping the cake moist and tender, imparting that deep, rich banana-ish fragrance in the cake. I can’t stress enough how important it is to ripen your bananas to the almost “blackened” stage before using them. In a hot and humid country like Singapore, it took about 4 days for them to reach the desired ripened condition.

Like so.

Like so.

Since Valentine’s Day is coming, I’m freezing a portion for my chocolate-obsessed hubby and that should send him  to a dark chocolate banana bliss on that day. 

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Bear Naked Food sago pearls with melon

Sago Pearls with Melon

 

Tapioca pearls also known as Sago is a popular ingredient in many Asian dessert recipes. Made from the pith of palm stems, these opaque little balls turn translucent when cooked. This soupy dessert is so easy to make and very perfect as a light and refreshing ending to any meal.

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The beauty of this Sago Pearls with Melon dessert is the ingredients are so interchangeable and versatile, there is absolutely no rules when it comes to the types of fruit used. If melon is not your thing, feel free to use mango, pomelo, watermelon, peach, etc.

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Bear Naked Food pistachio cake with Irish Buttercream

Pistachio Cake with Irish Buttercream

 

My Pistachio Cake with Irish Buttercream is this Christmas’ sleeper hit. I was pleasantly surprised by the 100% approval rate when I gave out this cake to my taste testers. While I admit there are many steps to making this cake, it is not as daunting as you would imagine.

bear naked food pistachio cake with Irish buttercream

 

I actually completed this triple layer 8-inch cake over a span of 2 days. Reason being – I started baking them a tad too late in the day and it got pretty dark by the time I finished cooling off the 3 sponges. So I wrapped each sponge with cling wrap and keep them in a cool place. The next day, I continued with the frosting and finished assembling the cake.

bear naked food pistachio cake with Irish buttercream

 

The sense of achievement you get from making this pistachio cake is incredible (or maybe that’s just me). Do not worry if your sponge cakes look a little less than perfect. All will be covered up by the baby-green pistachio frosting laced with my favorite Irish Cream (Baileys). So if you have some time on hand and want to impress your dinner guests over this Christmas, heck or even any other occasions, gather your ingredients and make this today.

bear naked food pistachio cake with Irish buttercream

 

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Bear Naked Food Thai Iced Tea Cupcakes

Thai Iced Tea Cupcakes

 

These Thai Iced Tea Cupcakes are an unusual breath of fresh air from the traditional Christmas bake suspects. Infused with the aromatic Thai Tea leaves, the cupcake has a faint floral fragrance, and is delicately sweet without being overpowering. Did I mention they are incredibly moist too?

Bear Naked Food Thai Iced Tea Cupcakes

 

Don’t be fooled by these dainty-looking cupcakes. They are in fact so easy to put together, I would trust my 5-year-old niece to make them for me. Seriously. If Thai tea is not available, feel free to substitute with Earl Grey, Chai or any type of tea you like.

Bear Naked Food Thai Iced Tea Cupcakes

 

To be honest, they are good on its own but no cupcake is complete without frosting so on they go! The frosting is also infused with what else but Thai tea too. I think I might have went town on the frosting but since they are for Christmas, I think Santa would write off those extra calories on his naughty list. Do you think?

Ingredients:
125 g self-raising flour
100 g caster sugar
125 g unsalted butter
¼ tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt
2 eggs
150 ml milk
2 tbsp Thai tea leaves
2 tbsp Thai tea milk

I got this bag of Thai tea leaves from the Thai supermarket at Golden Mile Complex.

I got this bag of Thai tea leaves from the Thai supermarket at Golden Mile Complex.

Frosting:
180 g unsalted butter
¼ tsp salt
300 g icing sugar
3 tbsp Thai tea milk

Makes 12 cupcakes

The line up.

The line up.

 

 

 

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Bear Naked Food snow capped gingersnaps cookies

Snow Capped Gingersnaps

 

Once again, Christmas is around the corner, time to put on that apron and get busy! I’ve been meaning to try out this Snow Capped Gingersnaps for a while and I’ve finally gotten round to making them.

Bear Naked Food Snow Capped Gingersnaps Cookies

 

These slightly chewy holiday cookies are super easy to make and while they are not as flashy as Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies or Famous Amos, they are delicious. The spices in the cookies are just perfect to put everyone in the holiday mood. Your kitchen will be smelling like Christmas too!

Bear Naked Food Snow Capped Gingersnaps Cookies

Other than brown sugar, molasses is used and if you are not familiar with it, molasses is responsible for keeping the cookies fresh and chewy. I highly suggest not to substitute this ingredient but if you do, you could work with honey or maple syrup. The texture will definitely differ slightly but I’m sure the taste will make up for it.

Bear Naked Food Snow Capped Gingersnaps Cookies

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