Friday, April 1, 2011

Aspiring Bakers #5 : Fruity March (March 2011) - Round Up

Thanks to all for supporting Aspiring Bakers #5 : Fruity March event and also Small Small Baker for giving me this wonderful opportunity to be the host of the March event. I got to know more and more talented blogger friends through this event and the entries that I had received are all so fantastic. Beside busying consolidating the entries, I was drooling when looking at all the photos, deciding which to go into my To Bake List and I was overwhelming by too many choices. In total, I received 187 entries (hope I didn't count wrongly :P) and a lot of the blogger friends are being so so supportive that submitted multiple entries, a BIG THANK YOU again to all of you! I also feel so apologetic for not being able to drop any comment in their posts to express how awesome are their bakes/dishes/desserts, thank you all for being so understanding.

Here are the entries for Aspiring Bakers #5 Fruity March, listed in the order of the date submitted. Enjoy!

Lemon Swiss Roll by Zhuo Yuan aka Baker Tan of Baking Library

Orange Cranberry Shortbread by Zhuo Yuan aka Baker Tan of Baking Library

Stewed Banana & Jackfruit In Coconut Milk (Kolak Pisang) by Alice of I Love I Bake

Fruit Custard Tart by Hundred Eighty Degrees

Her blog is still under construction so I shall help her to post the recipe here :

For the base : 200g digestive biscuits 100g butter, melted

For the Base 1. Place biscuits in a zip-lock bag, roll over with a rolling pin 2. Mix the biscuit crumbs with melted butter. 3. Press it firmly with the back of a spoon onto a 8" loose-bottom tart pan. Refrigerate it for use later.

For the Custard : (recipe adapted from rhid-baked.blogspot) 2 cups whole milk 6 large egg yolks 1/2 cup sugar 1/3 cup corn starch (sifted) 1.5 tsp. vanilla extract 3.5 Tbs unsalted butter at room temp and cut into bits


For the Custard 1. Bring the milk to boil in a small saucepan. 2. In a heavy bottomed saucepan whisk the egg yolks together, as well as the sugar and cornstarch until it is well blended and slightly thick. 3. Still whisking stir in around 1/4 of a cup of boiling milk (do this slowly - always adding a small bit whilst you whisk). 4. Keep whisking and pour in the rest of the boiling milk. 5. Put the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to the boil while constantly whisking. 6. Keep boiling for around 1 min, then remove from the heat. 7. Whisk in the vanilla extract. 8. Let sit for 5 min. 9. Add the butter and whisk in until it is well Incorporated (the cream should be smooth and slightly shiny).

To Assembly 1. Pour the custard onto the biscuit base. Smooth the top with a rubber spatula 2. Decorate with desired fruits 3. Keep refrigerated until serving time

Blueberry Cheesy Muffin by Hundred Eighty Degrees

Her blog is still under construction so I shall help her to post the recipe here :

Recipe adapted and modified from Agnes Chang “I can Bake”

Ingredients A : 250g plain flour 1 tbsp baking powder ½ tsp salt

Ingredients B : 60g castor sugar 90g cheddar cheese, grated ( I use mozzarella cheese )

Ingredients C : 1 egg, lightly beaten 250ml fresh milk 60ml corn oil

Decoration :

50g cheddar cheese, grated ( I use mozzarella cheese)

Some blueberry ( not included in original recipe )

Method : 1. Sift A into a mixing bowl and stir in B 2. Beat C in a bowl for about 1 minute till well-mixed. Pour into flour mixture and mix till just combined (do not over-mix, it should remain lumpy) 3. Spoon into muffin moulds lined with paper cups, till ¾ full. Sprinkle top with more grated cheese (mozzarella cheese) as decoration 4. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200 degree C for about 20 minutes till cooked and golden brown 5. Remove and serve warm

Apple Muffins by Stephanie (Musketnuss) of I Really Take The Cake

Banana Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies of Zhou Yuan aka Baker Tan of Baking Library

Chocolate Bottom Banana Cake by Chris of YummyKoh

Peach Swiss Roll by Cathy of Cathy's Joy

Mango Basil Chicken by Veronica Chia of Peng's Kitchen

1-ingredient Chocolate Ice-cream by qiting93 of Misadventures of Fat free Baking

Apple Crumble by Alice of I Love I Cook I Bake

Fruity Bread by Li Ying of Happy Flour

Strawberry Ice Pop 最适合炎炎夏日的草莓冰棒 by Angel of Cook Bake Love

Fresh Fruit Tart by Happy Home Baker of Happy Home Baking

Orange Butter Cake by SSB of Small Small Baker

咖啡可可北海道戚风蛋糕 by Esther of 我的厨房乐园

香蕉核桃蛋糕卷 by Joceline Lor of ‘爱’生活 ~ My Life

Fruit Tarts from Alice of I Love I Cook I Bake

Mango Delight by Yvonne Lee of Muimui25

金柑甘露煮 Candied Kinkan by Alan of Travelling Foodies

Zwetschenkuchen or German Plum Flan by Lisa H. of From My Lemony Kitchen

金橘/Golden Orange Chocolate Truffles by Seok Cheng

Seok Cheng do not have any blog so I shall help her to post her modified recipe here.

Original Recipe taken from: Hand-formed chocolates [videorecording] / Culinary Institute of America ; produced by Philip E. Mill; Originally produced in 2002

Ingredients: 516ml Cream 1020g Dark Chocolate 85g Butter 4 Dried Golden Orange(金橘) [which i bought from Taiwan]

Method: 1. Boil cream together with the dried golden orange (split open into half or more). when boiled, cover and let the cream absorb the orange flavor. 2. Repeat boiling the cream with orange twice or even 3 times depending on how much you would like the chocolate to carry the orange taste. 3. Strain over the finely chopped chocolate. Cover and let sit for 2 to 3 minutes. 4. Whisk gently until cream and chocolate combine (cannot see trace of the cream) 5. Add room temperature, softened butter and whisk to combine. 6. Let the mixture cool in bowl for some time. 7. Using a small size ice-cream scope or melon baller to make small balls of chocolate truffle. 8. You can coat the chocolate balls in some cocoa powder or melt/temper some chocolate and dip the truffle balls in for a hard coating (you can use dark chocolate or milk and white chocolate for a sweeter taste, which will balance the bitterness of the truffle). allow the truffles coating to solidify (if coating with melted chocolate) before storing in air tight containers. 9. Store in cool dry place or in the refrigerator (do not freeze).

Chocolate-Bottom Banana Squares by Siew Hwei of 简单生活,随心所欲,快乐充实

Black Forest Cake by Zhou Yuan aka Baker Tan of Baking Library

Here again, I thank you everyone for making this event so successful, please continue to support Aspiring Bakers! And for the theme of April : Aspiring Bakers #6: Say Cheese! (April 2011) will be hosted by Jean of Need More Noms The closing date is : 30 April 2011. All entries will be complied and posted by 1st May 2011. For more details please go over to her blog here.

p/s: If you have submitted your entry(s) but it is not shown here, do leave me a comment so that I could check it out. Thanks.


  1. Hi Jesslyn! Thanks again for all the hard work in collating all the entries!

    So many delicious fruity bakes and makes from everyone. Well done people!

  2. hi Jess,

    thks so much for being a great host and compiling all the great fruity cookings and bakings that makes me drool :)

    just checking if u have received my email for my 4th submission on the 29th march cos i didnt see that in the list

    this is the link to the posting:
    thks alot! :)

    hope u're ok now - take care ya :P

  3. Jess, this is amazing! I never expected the response to be so good when I first started this event. Cheers to everyone who supported Aspiring Bakers! Hurray!!!

    Once again, thank you for being the host and done so much to consolidate all the entries. :)

  4. omg Jess!! Kudos to you on compiling so much entries! Good job :)

  5. thank Jess for the round up! hope you are feeling better now!

  6. hey! thanks for consolidating, that's a lot of hard work! especially when we have so many entries this month and you're not in the best condition as well. thanks well ya? time for me to work hehe

  7. Hi Jess thanks for hosting and consolidating March Aspiring Bakers event. All the 184 posts are great!!!! So many interesting recipes to try on. Thanks.

  8. So many lovely bakes at one go, thanks for consolidating all the goodies. :)

  9. THANK YOU VERY MUCH JESS! you're a great host (: is a great success with so many entries (:

  10. Jess, Thank you for the hosting. All the entries are awesome, I must visit everyone of them when I'm free.

  11. Wow after seeing the entire list and bookmarking a lot of recipes, I'm sooo hungry. Thanks Jess for the hosting :D

  12. Thank you for hosting. That's a lot of work just to assemble all the submissions. The 'summit' is a good place to draw inspiration from people of similar interests.

  13. Thanks Jess, you are really amazing! It takes a lot of time, effort & patience to compile so many entries. Have a great weekend!

  14. Wonderful round up! Thanks Jess for hosting this great event...

  15. Great job Jess!! I am sure it is a lot of work rounding all this beautiful entries up. Looking forward to April theme :)

  16. Whoah Jess! That's many entries! thank u so much for organising it~!!! =)

  17. Jess, thanks for hosting and the beatiful compilations :)

  18. Wow! What a collection of yummies! Thank you for hosting this month's Aspiring Bakers. Hope you are much better now. Looking forward to this month's Say Cheese!

  19. Wow, so many entries, took me a while to finish all. Well done!

  20. Congrats on the success!! Great job!!

  21. Hi Jess...tks for your effort! :D

  22. Jess,

    Just want to let you know the link to my Blueberry Banana Bread is broken.
    -> Just need to remove the %20 behind.

    Thanks a lot for compiling.

  23. hey. i submitted mine but there is mo entry :/

  24. Wow wow wow!!! So many interesting recipes here. It's a fantastic piece of work and thanks for your effort as well as sharing these recipes with us!

  25. Hi Alice

    Sorry for missing out your entry, I had added in.

  26. Hi Hanushi

    sorry for the error link, amendement done.

  27. Hi Janice

    Can you assist to forward your entry email again so I can add in? Sorry and thanks.

  28. i forward my entry to you already :) is okay

  29. Jess, that's an awesome list of fruity delights! I'm glad I found this blog :)

  30. I have an award for you, please come to collect from my blog :

  31. Hi Jess,
    Thanks for your time to consolidate all the entries. Well done!
    Eileen of Hundred Eighty Degrees

  32. Wow!! Thanks for doing all of that. Everything is so neat and organized; thanks for taking so much time and effort. :) Everyone's bakes and entries look sooo yummy and pretty. Beautiful pictures!

  33. Hi Janice, I didn't recd your email leh, did you send to the correct email address Thanks.

  34. Thanks for all the hard work and effort in compiling all the entries. Now I know where to look if I need to make anything fruity!

  35. oh no this is amazing... i'm lost for words at the many great cooks and bakers out there. Thanks for the compilation! It wasnt easy I'm sure... with so many entires. :)

  36. hi jess, this is incredible! i must also have to take some times and look at each and every one of them. great job, jess!!

  37. Jess,

    I have an award for you =]


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