I must sheepishly confess that this blog really has become an ‘inter-semester’ space. This semester was one of the most challenging and the thought of blogging was sadly displaced. Seeing that 2016 is drawing to a close (extremely quickly), it might be apt that writing be added to my the new year’s resolutions list.
As a peace-offering for neglecting this space, I propose a special recipe of sorts on the eve of beginning a three-week internship. Granola bakes are my go-to therapy when I find time in semester, but more so when the storm of law school has cleared and the holidays have arrived. There is something rewarding about the strengthening aroma and warmth as the timer ticks away on my beloved toaster oven and the droplets of granola crunch into gift boxes (if not a cereal bowl). Essentially, #granolaislife.
After each semester has come to an end, I instantly enter kitchen/baking mode while trying to organize numerous meetings with my dearest but ‘long-time-no-see’ friends. Believe it or not, I was an avid violin student for the twelve years which span from primary to the end of high school. Over this time I both Mumma and I formed a strong bond with my teacher. Each holiday I look forward to morning teas with her and her son, the cutest kiddie one will ever meet!
This meet up, Mumma and I were pondering upon the numerous morning tea options we could provide… Muffins from Cre Asion, Devon…. until…..through the gift of photo uploads Facebook, we decided to take the challenge and bake our own Pandan Chiffon Muffins. My Singaporean background means I have grown up with this distinctive and unique Asian flavor which I love so much.
A quick round up of ingredients, perhaps a secretive purchase of an electric whisk and an hour or two in the kitchen resulted in my first batch of Pandan Chiffon Cupcakes*. My heart was mildly fractured when I was unable to achieve the airy consistency of chiffon and troubleshooting led me to realize that I had made the rookie error of beating insufficient air into the egg whites. <face palm>
Nevertheless, due to the integration of fresh pandan leaves the flavor made up for this and the denser ‘kueh**-like” texture was rather enjoyed at our morning tea. It was a catch-up that we were all reluctant to end, however the challenge to create the perfect or rather ‘better’ chiffon still weighed heavily in my mind.
That afternoon Pandan Chiffon: Take 2 began. The final result was as I had hoped for but alas I am no chiffon expert. Visually it looked much better and the distinct Pandan aroma blanketed the kitchen. Might I say that ‘practice makes … almost perfect’!