Sunday, January 30, 2011

Pineapple Tarts from Crust n Flour


No special reason to purchase our last tub of pineapple tubs from Crust and Flour Bakery Cafe but it happens to be a gift from some events.

Our last pineapple tart entry for the year is from Crust and Flour Bakery Cafe and this is a typical type of tart you will find in most households during Chinese New Year visiting.

The most outstanding part about this is the huge ball of pineapple jam and after eating truckloads worth of pineapple tarts, it gives us the impression that factory-made or pre-packed pineapple jam are usually sticky and chewy, thereby making the pineapple filling of Freshly Baked the most outstanding.

butter cookies

Before we end off, we realize most would have define a good crust to be a buttery one but not knowing how to define a buttery taste, we baked a batch of cookies that uses only flour, egg yolk, icing sugar and butter.

The pineapple tarts that resemhles closest to what we have in our oven is Mirana (Note: not 100%) and it seems that most has replaced butter with shortening (of varying degree), thereby lacking the fragrance that butter often provides. The other thing we observed is that butter is not the component that makes the crust attain a melt-in-your mouth effect but rather a texture that is closer to a shortbread. In other words, most of the available pineapple tarts in the market are not made 100% butter and that oil or shortening has been introduced.

Crust n Flour Bakery Cafe
164 Bukit Merah Central #01-3625
Tel: 6272 0105
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Pineapple Tarts from Hans

Pineapple Tarts from Hans

Hans made it into our list of pineapple tarts this year as we have eaten these tarts year round (i.e. These tarts are available throughout the year, sold at $4.20 for 10 pieces).

Apart from selling 30 pieces in a container at $13.80, these tarts are also available at $6.80 in a bag with 15 pieces or the standard take-away pack of 10 pieces at $4.20.

Note that the take-away pack of 10 pieces is smaller in size and our vague impression is that those tasted better than the ones sold in 30s.

In terms of appearance this one probably trumps all the ones we have eaten. Each tart has a nice golden glaze over the top.

Before our pineapple tarts spree, this has always been an alternative to desserts when we lunch at Hans and personally, we can finish all 10 in a go.

However, we were pretty surprised that comparing these back to back with the rest, we were a little disappointed. First impression does make it slightly similar to Mirana but the subsequent few rounds of comparison will make one notice the thicker crust and the chewier filling. In fact, the tart crust tasted closer to a butter cake and is slightly oily.

Though Freshly Baked by Le Bijoux, Mirana Cake House and Crystal Jade seems to be more outstanding, Hans definitely taste better than BreadTalk and Bengawan Solo (not blogging it as we had them in office). For its convenience and pricing, this would be above average in our humble opinion.

hans CNY 2011

Han's Cafe and Cake House
Various outlets around Singapore
For Enquires call 6438 2488
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Mirana Pineapple Tarts

Pineapple Tarts from Mirana

I noticed through our pineapple spree, our parents actually prefer the open filling for its appearance being closer to a tart. In addition, the ancient version (which I haven't even seen before) is supposed to be in the form of a tartlet.

Between open or closed, it depends on whether one's preference inclined closer to the crust or the filling and for those who love buttery crust. Mirana Cake House ($14.00 for a 500gm tub) is one that is highly recommended on the internet.

Among the pineapple tarts we have tried this year, the crust will melt in your mouth. The fact that the tart left little traces of oil on the fingers, I guessed that is the niche. Butter as the main ingredient.

However, the filling falls short on expectation for its chewy pineapple filling. Personally, we prefer our pineapple tart to be more fibrous and less chewy.

Mirana Cake House
1 Raffles Place
#B1-05/06 One Raffles Place (Former OUB Centre)
Tel: 6533 8302
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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Pineapple Tarts from Crystal Jade

4 days more to Chinese New Year Eve and surprisingly, my pineapple carvings have led my tummy to munch more pineapple tarts from 5 different places.

After finishing the tub purchased from Freshly Baked by Le Bijoux, I am pretty curious to find out that has a good crust and while passing by Crystal Jade, My Bread, the poster of their Chinese New Year goodies caught my attention.

Fortune Bo Lo Pineapple Tart

With the "Best Seller" screaming right into my eyes, the packs of 8s caught my attention and these aren't cheap as a pack of 8 cost $8.50. What makes is interesting from most is the top of the tart as it is the same "cap" that a 菠萝包 (i.e Pineapple Bun) will have.

For those who are not familiar with these buns, the top is made to resemble like a pineapple and shares a similar dough as sugar cookies.

Fortune Bo Lo Pineapple Tart

The entire taste is very close to a cookie as the top is crunchy and sweet. Although the filling is hand-grated like Freshly Baked by Le Bijoux, the filling is miminal to leave an impression.

Something different from a conventional tart but may disappoint alittle if you are looking for good pineapple filling. As for fans for pineapple fans, this might be something interesting to serve during Chinese New Year.

Crystal Jade's Pineapple Tart

Crystal Jade offers a mooncake-like packaging where the tarts are packed in 8s. Probably to emphasize on fortune and wealth since 8 sounds like 发财 (rich) while pineapple in Hokkien (i.e. Ong Lai) is similar to 旺来 (welcoming wealth).

Anyway, these packs are sold as individual, 2s (Double Happiness Pack) or 4s (Happiness Quartlet Pack).

Crystal Jade, My Bread has several branches, listed on their website.
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Friday, January 28, 2011

Cream Cheese Macarons

Okok, I know I have been blogging on Hilton Singapore lately but trust me, I have bought these macarons on 3 occasions after trying them at the Christmas Media Event.


Slightly on the moist side, these macarons are intensely flavoured with Clavados Calvados and the texture is simply fabulous. Not the conventional buttercream and the shells are meaty with a nice crisp crust.


A box of 9 is priced at $24.21 (i.e. $2.69 each). Durian lovers will not want to miss out Hilton's macarons. According to a friend of mine, those are highly recommended too.

Checkers Deli
Hilton Singapore
581 Orchard Road
Singapore 238883
Tel: 6730 3392

Operating hours - 11:00am - 9:00pm (daily)
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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Cornflake Cookies

As mentioned, the wedding preparation has left our kitchen idling for too long and since Chinese New Year is coming in less than 2 weeks time, this makes it a good excuse to mess up the kitchen before spring cleaning.

After attempting Rasa Malaysia's Sweet and Sour Pork, I have been visiting her website for some easy recipes and Cornflakes Cookies caught my attention for the short preparation time and minimal ingredients required.

Corn Flakes Cookies 2

Recipe (For approximately 80 bite-sized cookies)
200 gm butter
150 gm sugar
2 eggs
300 gm all-purpose flour
120 gm cornflakes
1 tsp vanilla essense
30 gm corn flour

1. Beat butter and sugar till pale and creamy
2. Add vanilla essence
3. Stir in the lightly beaten eggs
4. Fold in the flour mixture including corn flour
5. Scoop out about 1 teaspoon of the cookie dough and roll it into the crushed cornflakes
6. Transfer them to a baking tray lined with parchment paper
7. Bake for 23 minutes at 180°C or till golden brown

Corn Flakes Cookies 1

A very simple recipe to follow and the fun comes with crushing the cornflakes and rolling them into cute little balls. Taste-wise, sweetness is just right with nice crisp cornflakes as the coating though we felt that the dough is a little bland and dry. Not sure would it be a better bet to use rub-in method and throw in some almond powder for better texture.
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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Baked and Eaten II


A change in the packaging with the familiar logo which Charmaine has designed. Charmaine has put her passion to the next level, optimizing her brownie recipes. The changes are definitely positive and we would say we love her brownies more.


The same flavours as the previous round (i.e. Walnut Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Cranberry and Swirled Cheese Cocoa) but this time round, it is the texture that outshines. The texture is closer to a soft chocolate bar and is easy on the tummy, making us finishing 3 brownies in a row. Sweetness is right and chocolate truffle lovers will like its smooth and rich texture. A brownie that taste good without even the need to be warmed up or served with ice-cream.

Baked and Eaten operates from a licenced kitchen studio "Whisk and Fold" at
778A North Bridge Road
Singapore 198786
Tel: 9781 4169
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Orchard @ Hilton

Pardon for the absence of entries lately as we realized that our 过大礼 was earlier than expected so for the past few weeks, it had been window shopping for bedsheets and the required items, settling our wedding invitations and of course, gown fitting.

Among the backlogs we have, one of the items we have ordered in the earlier part of January is a log cake we have blogged about it earlier on.


Chef Christophe from Hilton Singapore is kind enough to make a Orchard log cake for me to share with my family and friends and this cake deserved an entry on its own.

A 1kg Orchard is priced at $60+ and note that this is not available off the shelf but a special request I have made to Chef Christophe and if you managed to get him to make this for you. You simply will not regret.


A good non-chocolate cake is often hard to find and this is going to capture your attention if you fancy the combination of apple and cinnamon. Luscious baked apples with a hint of orangey zing are the star of this soft vanilla log.

The apples were baked in low heat for 10 hours to caramelize, hence providing a very nice sugary fragrance but yet not overly sweet. Fresh Granny Smiths and caramel are later throw in for the added crunch and tanginess; a perfect marriage with the vanilla calvados mousse with a fantastic base. The base which the cake sit on is actually made of caramel fudge, finishing the taste with a medley of texture and flavours.

I know there are a couple of new patisseries which I have not blogged on but I simply cannot resist the temptation Chef Christophe has put up.

Checkers Deli
Hilton Singapore
581 Orchard Road
Singapore 238883

For reservations, orders and enquiries, contact
Tel: 6730 3392
Fax: 6732 2917

Operating hours - 11:00am - 9:00pm (daily)
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Monday, January 24, 2011

CNY favourites: Pineapple Tarts & Kueh Lapis

Freshly Baked by Le Bijoux has been recommended by some of my readers but our visit has been shelved aside due to our busy schedule. Within walking distance from Somerset MRT, this place was bustling with lots of people on a Saturday afternoon and it seems that their breads are very popular among the Caucasians.


No sign of their recommended macarons but their pineapple tarts and kueh lapis caught my attention. Priced at $20.80 per tub, the fibrous tangy pineapple filling is definitely different from the usually sweet ones I have tried. Normally I would have paid more attention to buttery base rather than the filling, this time it was the pineapple filling that stands out as it is hand-grated.

Haven't eaten enough pineapple tarts to justify a strong recommendation but this is definitely the better ones I have come across. Well, Le Cafe is sold out for the New Year and I am not sure should I risk a few more inches for Mirana pineapple tarts since the recommendation is made by a reliable source.


I have always fancy the oily type of kueh lapis and hence Smiling Orchid has always been my favourite. Freshly Baked's Kueh Lapis on the contrary is not oily but yet the taste of it is not compromised. In fact, Yuan gave it a thumbs up over Smiling Orchid and like the pineapple tarts, I have not tried popular names like Fullerton Hotel (said to be the hotel's signature) and Layer_S (recommended by the 50 yummiest cakes) to jump into conclusion.

Freshly Baked by Le Bijoux
57 Killiney Road
Singapore 239520
Tel: 6735 3298

Operating hours:
8am to 8pm (Mon to Fri)
8am to 6pm (Sat)
8am to 2:30pm (Sun)
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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Metrocakes CNY Collection 2011

The Fortune Cracker

While most Chinese New Year goodies or gifts are shaped in the form of a koi, MetroCakes surprised us with a gigantic fire cracker. This Fortune Cracker ($98.80) may sound pricey to most but do keep in mind that delivery of the cake has been taken care of and that most 3D cakes are relatively expensive for the amount of icing sugar used and workmanship.

Some time back, we purchased angry birds cake toppers and these sugary characters are priced at $45+.

So as a Chinese New Year gift, this does sound attractive as apart from the lovely appearance of this cake, beneath the fondant is a moist, dense and rich chocolate swiss roll. A remake of their log cake.

The Fortune Cracker 2

The characteristics of MetroCakes' creations often inclined towards rich flavours with a dense yet moist sponge so one can expect that this chocolate mousse with a slight orange flavour to be acceptable by chocolate fans.

Treasure Cove

The Treasure Cove ($68.80) consists 2 dozens of orange flavor cupcakes customized to welcome the Year of the Rabbit. Like all cupcakes, the top layer of icing sugar is more for decorative purpose rather than for eating. The niche of this creation is the convenience of cupcakes. No hassle to cut and divide. Moreover, with designs ranging from the Fire Cracker, Rabbit, Red Packet, Mandarin Oranges and Yellow Clover, this serves as a perfect cooperate gift or an item for potluck. Taste-wise, the slight orange taste complements nicely with the not-so-sweet and not oily cake, making it a good twist to the conventional Chinese New Year goodies.

Special thanks to Cerissa for the complementary cakes.

774 North Bridge Road
Singapore 198742
Tel: 6294 9929

Operating Hours:
10:30am to 7pm (Mon to Fri)
10:30am to 3pm (Sat)
Closed on Sundays & Public Holidays
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