Teh Si Puff Cakes



Teh Si, one of the most common drink we order at the coffee shops. During school term, i used to drink teh almost every morning for a certain period of time. It was so addictive. I love the combination of black tea and milk. Simply love the aroma of teh. I haven came across any Teh Si cakes before this. Seen earl grey or green tea cakes before, but Teh Si cakes? Nah. Tried to google online but can’t find any Teh Si cakes. Indeed an authentic asian flavor, surely worth a try right? I make several adjustments to the original recipe.These puff cakes are very fine and moist. (I call them puff cakes because they look so cute and puffy!) My puff cakes have a strong brown sugar taste. If i were to bake again, i will get  a stronger Teh Si than the average cups  to enhance the flavor. (Maybe Teh Si gao gao?) If you disklike the taste of brown sugar, use light brown sugar. I used dark brown sugar, so i guess the taste is slightly stronger. You can add cinnamon or nutmeg too. I didnt have any so i omitted them.  I’ll be submitting this post to Aspiring Bakers #30: it’s Tea time! (April 2013) hosted by Food Playground. This is my 2nd time participating in Aspiring Bakers. My first entry was Healthier Honey Dew Sago for Aspiring Bakers #20: Asian dessert buffet 10 months ago! Wow, how time flies.

Recipe: (Original recipe adapted from “Cupcakes with Attitude by Benjamin Wong”  Makes 6 medium cupcakes)

Teh Si – 50 ml
Brown sugar – 50g
Butter- 62.5g
1 egg
Cake flour- 75g
Baking Powder- 3/4 tsp.
1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees celsius. Line muffin tray with cupcake liners.
2. Mix cake flour and baking powder. Sift them.
3. Cream butter in an electric mixer for a few minutes . Gradually add brown sugar and continue to beat until well combined.
4. Add eggs and beat until mixture is well plended, light and fluffy.
5. Add cinnamon and nutmug here if you are using, Mix well.
6. Fold in the flour. Stop immediately once all the flour has been incorporated into the mixture.
7. Add Teh Si into the mixture. Mix well.
8. Spoon batter into cupcake liners. Bake for about 18-20 minutes. Remove these puff cakes from tray and place on wire rack to cool. Enjoy!



DSC_1023Look at how moist these puff cakes are. :>


Brown sugar ginger tea

I shall submit this  toAspiring Bakers #20: Asian dessert buffet! (June 2012) hosted by Moon of Food Playground too. Please refer here for more details. Tangyuan Is one of my favourite desert! I have completely forgotten it’s existence until my best friend brought me to eat Tangyuan from 记得吃. One bite and the fillings gushed out. Their tangyuan is served in ginger tea. It’s unusual but I love their ginger tea. The more ginger the better. Another place I often get my tangyuan craving fixed is Mr Bean. Tangyuan+bean curd. 250 calories a bowl and it is rly filling for me.. But there’s tons of sugar in it. However, their quality seem to drop as time goes by. Thick skin n little filling. No longer delicious anymore. Since then, I hardly patronise these shops for their tangyuan. Lazy to travel to get ahballing from Chinatown, I get the frozen tangyuan from the supermarket. The Chinatown brand has pretty decent tangyuan. The skin isn’t too thick and the filling isn’t too little. It’s definitely better than those served in 记得吃 right now. If you are not a fan of peanut soup base for your tang yuan, try this brown sugar ginger tea!! One sip down and you feel your body warming up. Best served during cold and rainy days! (:

-Approximately 5 pandan leaves (cut into small pieces)
-600 ml water
-Several pieces of Sliced ginger (depends on how “spicy” you want your tea to be)
-1.5 tbsp brown sugar (adjust according to yr own taste n preference)
– 6 frozen tangyuan
1. Bring the water to boil in a pot.
2. Add pandan leaves, ginger and brown sugar and let it simmer under medium low heat for about 15 mins.
3. Remove the pandan leaves and ginger from tea, pop in your frozen tangyuan and cook according to directions stated. Usually they are cooked once they rise to the top.

Sesame Chinatown Tangyuan. Okay, the focus should be the SOUP, not the Tang Yuan!! But look at how proportionate the skin and fillings are!!