Desserts

February 11, 2015

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Bars

While my baby girl (technically she’s turning 14 soon, but still my baby) and I were doing grocery shopping one day, she grabbed a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal and enthusiastically suggested we should make something out of it. Well, that was random I thought. I couldn’t help but to smile a little inside...
February 9, 2015

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream

May I confess? Prior to making this sinfully delicious icy treat, I’ve never eaten Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream before. Chocolate chip in ice cream I get it, but uncooked cookie dough? I’ve heard and seen of it but was just not compelled to try it. Perhaps, I’ve finally outgrown the inner child in me?? Gosh, I hope not...
February 6, 2015

Tiramisu in a Cup

Tiramisu means “pull me up” in Italian. This Italian dessert definitely “pulls” my senses in every positive way. Espresso-soaked Savoiardi (Italian sponge biscuits) laced with a hint of marsala wine, sandwich in between layers of smooth luscious mascarpone cheese, dust with a rich, dark cocoa powder...
February 4, 2015

Creme Brulee

Hubby and I are very resistant when it comes to celebrating Saint Valentine’s Day in restaurants. We cannot fathom out the reason why couples are willing to spend the night dining in crowded restaurants which most likely are serving set menus and rushing through each course because of their fixed dining time. Don’t get me wrong, I do love receiving flowers (note to Hubby: not only on V-Day) and spending this special day with him, at the comfort of our own crib...
January 2, 2015

Dark Chocolate Mousse

2015! First of all, a very Happy New Year to all BNF readers! 2014 was the birth of Bear Naked Food site and I couldn’t have made it without the support from readers and fans like you. So a very BIG thank you as well!...
December 31, 2014

Mini Fruit Tarts

Recently over dinner, father-in-law requested for some mini fruit tarts the next day. I can’t help but to sweat a little. The last time I ate (not make) fruit tarts was like eons ago. They are basically short-crusted pastries filled with a light custard and topped with fresh fruits. I remember having them for quite a bit back when I was a kid. You see, FIL is an extremely amazing man with vast years of knowledge and with that, he has also acquired a very sharp and discerning palette...
December 29, 2014

Coconut Sorbet

This is probably one of the simplest ice cream I ever made. The texture is lighter than the usual custard based ice cream (thanks to the coconut water) and it is really a cross between a sorbet and ice cream. This recipe is perfect for newly acquired ice cream machine owners or novice ice cream makers.
December 26, 2014

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Since the banana cake is such a hit in our household and I've lost track of how many times I made it, I felt I needed to switch things around before anyone gets sick of it. How else could I create this moist and decadent goodness into other varieties? Quick check with google and muffin came up to be on top of the list. To be honest, I’m not a big fan on muffins. They tend to be dense, buttery and I don’t know, just not my type of “cake”. When I made a test batch of these banana chocolate chip muffins, I wasn’t too hopeful...
December 25, 2014

Banana Mango Crumble (PS. Café)

Being an avid dessert lover, I’m surprised I did not come across this delicious combination sooner. I was catching up with one of my besties over dinner at PS. Café and was ready to throw in the white towel after stuffing ourselves with soups, truffle fries, pasta and pies, when she insisted we had to order this dessert. “Okay, just one bite” I told myself. Well, you could guess what happened after...
December 22, 2014

Nutella Banana Upside down Cake

An upside down cake is simply a cake turned over and served upside down. The base is lined with a layer of fruit (usually pineapples) covered in butter and sugar. In case you have leftover Nutella lying around at home (like me) and in the mood for baking, try making this Nutella Banana Upside down Cake, which is an upgraded version of butter cake. If you are not a fan of banana, feel free to replace with mango, pineapple, apple or whatever works for you...
December 19, 2014

Thai Iced Tea Ice Cream (no machine!)

If you love Thai Ice Tea, then you must know the key ingredient used is condensed milk. One of the technique for no-machine ice cream recipes is using condensed milk and whipped cream. Well, life couldn’t get more perfect than this!...
December 3, 2014

Profiteroles

This is one of my all-time favorite dessert to bring to Christmas parties. I fell in love with Profiteroles when I tried them in Italy a decade ago. Profiteroles are basically cream puffs or as the French would say “choux à la crème (shoo ah lah krem) filled with either whipped cream, custard, ice cream, drizzled with warm chocolate sauce on top...
December 1, 2014

Outrageous Chocolate Cookies

There is no other way to describe these cookies except they are insanely good. I’m still on a chocolate-high while writing this (just ate two of them). The ratio of chocolate in this recipe exceeded any other chocolate recipes I’ve ever come across...
November 21, 2014

Watermelon Cookies

Chanced upon this super kawaii ("adorable" or "cute" in Japanese) watermelon cookies recipe while I was doing some research online. My immediate thought was: “Looks so complicated, too difficult to make..don’t think they'll taste good”...
November 18, 2014

Moist Chocolate Cake

I know many people are obsessed with light, spongy, fluffy, chiffon cakes. This recipe is quite the total opposite, so am I. I’m obsessed with dark, rich, moist cake. Oh, and it MUST be chocolate. I can’t think of any other cakes that are dark. Today is my hubby’s birthday, who just turned 30-something today (not sure if he wants me to mention his age here hee hee)...
November 17, 2014

Crème Caramel

Crème Caramel is another of my favorite childhood dessert. I remember helping mom mixing the instant powder (vaguely recall the brand to be White Wings?) into hot water and separating them into small bowls to set in the fridge. Yeah, unlike the “strawberry generation” these days, during my time, we gotta work hard for our meals (haha, okok, maybe a little exaggerated but you get the idea )...
November 14, 2014

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I miss Mrs Fields’ cookies! Those chewy, moist, soft baked gooey cookies are to die for! No, I don’t work for them. I’m only responsible for contributing to their profit margin. Sadly, they are not available here anymore...
November 12, 2014

No-machine Vanilla Ice Cream

I can safely say vanilla is the most universally accepted ice-cream flavor. Notice how pies, crumbles, brownies are always paired with vanilla flavored ice-cream? I rest my case. From my chocolate ice-cream post last month, there were requests for a no-machine recipe. So as promised, here is one using only 3 ingredients! The result of this product is smooth and creamy, giving the machine-churned ice cream a run for their money.
November 7, 2014

Super Moist Banana Cake

What’s the difference between banana bread and cake? They are almost similar except a subtle difference in the taste and texture. Banana bread is not as sweet as banana cake and has a heavier and drier texture. Banana cake, being a cake, embraces the full sweetness of a dessert (of course, you could adjust the sugar level) and is generally lighter and moist...
October 31, 2014

Halloween Edition: Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie

I can’t remember when the last time I celebrated Halloween was. Wait...I remember - 2009 Halloween Horrors @ Night Safari. Both daughter and I were dressed up as a pirate and fairy respectively. Haha, not that crazy but at least we bothered to. Now that she’s in her teens, the last thing she would want is to hang out with her mom. Oh well, I’ve been through that stage...
October 29, 2014

Homemade Ferrero Rocher

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October 27, 2014

Lemon Squares

Robertson’s lemon curd. Does it ring a bell to anyone? It was certainly one of my childhood favorite jam spread (the other is Marmite – I know, I know, some of you are going “ewww”). Sadly, I can’t find the lemon curd here anymore. I still remember collecting all those golliwog batches that we redeemed by peeling off the tokens from the jar labels. I must’ve been about 8 years old? Too long to even remember...
October 22, 2014

Vanilla Sponge Cake

On a scale from 1 to 10, I think the level of difficulty to making a perfect sponge cake is 6/7 (ugh, I can’t decide). Now, don’t confuse this with Chiffon cake. Like its name, Sponge cake has a firm yet aerated texture, similar to a sea sponge, while a Chiffon cake is a very light cake and usually vegetable oil is used instead of butter. You’ll also need a tube pan to make a successful Chiffon cake. Anyhow, that’s another story. Let’s go back to sponge...
October 17, 2014

Homemade Churros

My daughter loves her churros. Whenever we visit Universal Studios Singapore, it is a must-have snack for her. They must be at least 12 inches long? I have fond memory of us queuing at the churros counter, waiting patiently for the staff to fry up those floury babies and rolling them around in a deep tray of sugar-cinnamon mixture. Daughter and I would huddle together and devour the stick of churros efficiently. Ahh…sinfully good memories...