My baking principles

Recently, a couple of my friends who are not mad about baking like I am have been sharing their recipe woes with me. “How do you always get that fluffy texture in your cheesecakes?” “Why does my cake taste so dense?”

So without further ado, I am going to share 4 baking principles I abide by no matter what I bake.

1) Always, always, always sift all your powder ingredients.

Even if it is 1tsp of baking powder. It might seem like I am assigning you extra work to do that does not seem necessarily important but I’m not.

Sifting your ingredients creates air them and it helps to get rid of lumps leaving you a smooth, velvety texture. Now who wouldn’t like that? If you don’t have a sifter at home, you can just whisk your ingredients using a rotary/balloon whisk.

2) Cream your butter and sugar long enough for at least 3 to 5 mins.

Doing so, will create wonderful pockets of air and make your final product feel light and airy. Not like bricks. Enough said.

3) Never, ever, ever, ever, overload your batter.

Alternate your wet and dry ingredients in thirds. Do not crush all that wonderful air by dumping everything into the mixing bowl all at once. Just like how humans need time to produce their best work, so does your mixer need time to produce the best results it can.

4) Use ingredients only at room temperature

If you store your butter, eggs, milk etc in the refrigerator, I would advise you to take the butter out at least an hour earlier before baking. It is okay to set out your eggs, milk, cream etc at least half an hour earlier before baking.

Using ingredients at room temperature will make your batter not so dense and also make it easier to mix your ingredients in the mixer.Imagine, if you did not set out your ingredients, and your mixer did not mix the ingredients well enough, you might find a chunk of butter while enjoying your treat. Totally gross.

Now that you know my secrets, go ahead and bake up a storm in your kitchen and let me know how was your baking extravaganza/marathon/adventure was. Have fun!

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My grandfather

He was a very simple man. he was friendly to everyone he met. He was very religious and pious.

I may not have been close to him early on in life.  But in the last year I became vert close to him. He preached about religion and life.He may not have been an educated person but the knowledge he had about religion was tons more than I could ever hope to have.

He told me to work hard in life and never touch haram things. He told me to always have trust in God. And told me that whatever was written in my destiny would happen.  

Yesterday, when I went to NTUC, it felt so different. I was dragging my feet. All his memories were coming back to me. 

When I was a bit more younger, say in primary school or early secondary school, my grandma and I would go NTUC together. When Nana came back home in the evening, I would give him updates. He would then jokingly say to my Grandma ” arrey, what did you buy? You always go and spend my money in NTUC”. He was very fun to be around. 

He loved Grandma a lot. I once remember when my he was leaving for work, Grandma came to the door to see him off. My nana joked saying that “your nani is only tall enough to reach my beard. Your nani’s mother (my great- grandmother) was also short” 

It has been three days since you passed away but it feels like 3 years. It feels as though you are standing in one corner watching us. Everytime I pray, I ask God to give us strength to pull through. I pray that He gives us the capability to do something that will makeyou proud. 

I can’t take this but I am forcing myself to be strong for the sake of everyone else. Oh God, give us the strength and courage