Gluten Free Rice Flour Biscuits – Attempt to pipe a cartoonist version of Mr Lee Kuan Yew using cookie dough.

Freshly and Lovingly Baked on : 8th Aug 2015

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I think hard and long at every available moments this week as to what I should be baking for Singapore’s Jubilee Year Celebration. We are 50 years old! I thought about baking a Singapore flag, I thought about baking a SG50 logo. I thought about the outline of Singapore. I thought about the various bake goods I can use to express those ideas. Somehow, I am limited by my skillset. I firmly believe that you are your greatest challenge. I been trying to outdo every bake. But this time round, it seems like my technical limitations is not allowing me to fully exploit some of the ideas that I have.

Anyway, limitations aside, I remain grateful to the one that has made it all happen. Today, I am baking “him” again. But this time round, it is a cartoonist’s version of him. I saw it on the web and do not know who is the cartoonist in question so I am not able to give him the credit for it.

In such a bake, I would usually use royal icing to pipe the faces. However, this time round, I am using the same cookie dough to do so. So here goes:

240g Rice Flour (sifted)
100g Icing Sugar (sifted)
1 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
1 Egg
100g Unsalted Butter


Cream the butter by whipping it fast with a mixer. Then add in the icing sugar slowly and incorporated it well. Next, add in the vanilla extract before adding the egg. Combine these ingredients well and then add in the rice flour batch by batch until it all come together. The dough will weigh about 485g. Take out 435g of the dough and roll it out flat with thickness of about 5 mm. Rest it in the freezer while you work on the 50g of dough that is left behind.

Additional ingredients required for the piping dough:
3.5 Tsp Fresh Milk
1/8 Tsp Charcoal Powder

Add in these additional ingredients into the dough and ensure it is all well incorporated. You do not need to put this piping dough into the fridge since we need it soft.

Once you are done, take out the rolled out dough from the freezer and you can start cutting it out with a round cookie cutter or whatever shape you desire. Once the cookies are cut out, rest them in the freezer for another 5 minutes before baking them in a preheated oven of 180 degree for 10 minutes.

However, if you like to pipe with the cookie dough, then take the cut out cookies from the freezer after it has rested for 5 minutes. Pipe whatever design that you like onto it. Once the designs are piped, return the finished products to the freezer for another 5 minutes.

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Once that is done, bake it as per above instructions.

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Once baked, take it out from the oven and let it cool 2 minutes before removing them from the bake tray. Cool completely before storage. ;) I know it does not do the cartoonist version of Mr Lee Kuan Yew any justice but I am happy with it. I am happy to be able to create my own cookie dough for piping purposes too!

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Super soft dinner rolls and I like them to look like 3D pandas!

Freshly and Lovingly Baked on : 2nd Aug 2015



This bread recipe was touted to be from a baking school in Taiwan. I got it from a baking group which I am rather active in and decided to give it a try. I must say the proofing time has been a huge turn off because it requires 2 hrs 45 minutes. I did not attempt to tweak this recipe but to try it in its original form to see what is the craze all about.

Instead of making it into a regular bread roll shape, I have decided to replicate this very cute panda soft toy which I have acquired in Japan many years ago. I am not able to find any panda soft toy as cute as this! And I wonder if I can make an edible version of it. The shape is a tad tough to achieve so I did some modification to it and hope it turns out cute!

Lets begin off by making the dough first since it is going to take a long proofing time!

300g All Purpose Flour
18g Milk Powder
42g Granulated Sugar
4g Salt
4g Instant Yeast
150g Water
30g Whole Egg
42g Unsalted Butter


Mix all the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl before adding the wet ones (except butter). Knead it till its smooth and elastic before adding the butter and ensure all the butter are incorporated into the dough. Let it proof for 2hr and 45 minutes.




Here is what I did to shape it:

Divide the dough into 5 X 90g, 2 x 50g. Rest them for 10 minutes before rounding it and drop the 5 x 90g doughs into the baking pan. Do ensure that the baking pan is well greased.



Take 1 of the 50g dough, mix 1/2 Tsp of Charcoal powder into it and knead it well.

The eyes and ears are made up of the charcoal dough. The eyes are made of of 2.5g dough. Round it up and flatten it before slicing it into two. The ears are made of 2.5g dough. Round it up and flatten it as well before slicing each dough into 2. Position them as shown. As for the nose, it is made up of 7g of the original dough each. Simply round it up and position as shown before flattening it onto the main dough. The little black dot on the nose are not weigh. Simply pluck up a bit of the charcoal dough, round it up and position it as shown. The tiny “legs” are made of 5g dough for each panda. Actually, the whole process of shaping the dough took me 45 minutes. By then, the main dough would have already did it second round of proofing.




Otherwise, if you do not want to shape it the way I did. You can simply divide the dough into equal weight before rounding them up and let it did a second round of proofing for 45 minutes.

Then bake these in an oven that has been preheated at 175 degree for 10 to 12 minutes!



After baking thoughts:

The dough is a tad too soft to sharp easily so do remember to flour your hands before attempting to do so. If you are simply making dinner rolls, you can give it an egg wash before baking.

I do love the texture! It is really soft! However, I think the taste can be enhanced. If you are looking to make this dough, you might want to consider wrapping some ingredients with it. You can consider hotdogs, luncheon meats, salami etc.

I know these edible pandas did not do my soft toy any justice. I have failed to give them “cuteness”. However, please do look past that and appreciate my efforts! Please please please! ;)




Garlicky Goodness!

Freshly and Lovingly Baked: 21st Jul 2015



I have not been having any interesting inspirations for a long time. BFF wants to learn how to bake garlic bread and she does not have a mixer at home. I went “Great… -_-“”  ‘. The last time when I actually knead a bread by hand is a very distant memory and I am wondering if I can still remember how to! So to test it out, I have decided to do this bake without using the mixer and solely use my cute little pair of hands to knead instead. It has been nerve wrecking because I hate to fail in a bake. Nevertheless, off I went to shop for the garlic and I bought a huge bag! I figured I can use the excess garlic as prop. ;)

This bread base uses an existing focaccia bread recipe. I think focaccia will be perfect as the basis for savoury bake. I really wanted a garlic bread that can be garlicky on its own and so I incorporated a lot of garlic elements to accentuate the taste. If you do not want too salty a bake, you can do away with the salt in the sprinkles, I like my savoury bake tasty!

The initial concept is to make it into a big rose so that I can tear each “petal” apart as the family dig in. I wanted to name this bake “she loves me, she loves me not” as we tear each “petal” apart! However, the  “petal” fused together while baking and hence it is no longer apt to name it “she loves me, she loves me not”. It was disappointing since the concept was rather exciting for me. But well…… thou shall not cry over spilled milk!

And here goes:


235g Bread Flour
1.5 Tbsp Garlic Powder
15g Minced Garlic
30g Olive oil
4g Instant Yeast
5g Salt
4g Granulated Sugar
130g Water

1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 Tsp Italian Herbs
1/2 Salt


Mix the minced fresh garlic with the olive oil and let it sit for a while.

Add in the flour, salt, sugar and yeast into the mixing bowl and combine it well before adding the garlic olive oil and water. Mix it up before kneading it till it passed the window pane test.



Let it did its first proof until it doubled in size. Once done, knead out all the air pockets. For this bake, I roll it flat into a rectangular shape before slicing it horizontal and vertical into smaller rectangles. Then I placed one piece of rectangular dough half way on top of the first one and keep repeating the process till I get a long “string”. Once that is done, I roll it up starting from one end of it. Then placed the rolled up dough onto the desired bakeware and let it did another round of proofing for 30 minutes.



Before baking, I brushed a layer of olive oil onto the dough and scatter the sprinkles onto the dough. Bake it in a preheated oven of 220 degree for 30 minutes. I tent the bake 20 minutes into the process to avoid excessive browning.



The LOVE we have for you Mr Lee Kuan Yew will forever be in our heart.

Freshly and Lovingly Baked on: 29th Mar 2015

Overstacking love

Love in jar

All eyes were glued to the TV as we watched the funeral procession. A family united as we sat and talk and remembered LKY over cakes and coffee. Mom made a very wise comment today when she responded to why some media think we are living under dictatorship with no freedom. She said that she has never feel more free. Worries of robbery, snatch thefts, rape and etc made travels outside Singapore a bit out of comfort zone for her. She said that whenever she is out travelling, she has to guard her handbag. When she walks on the streets, she has to always change how she hold her bag. The bag must never be facing the road. She can never leave the bag open because pickpockets are rampant.

She cannot meet her friends late after certain hours at night because the streets are generally not safe for most then. She cannot wear too low cut for fear of attracting unwanted attention ( I mean my mom is still quite a fetch at her age).

Freedom is about the ability to go out anytime you want without fear of getting rob, rape or harass. Freedom is about the ability to wear anything and not resulting in you getting rape or hurt. Freedom is about the ability to let your guard down and be as at ease with no fear in a place. Freedom is about the ability to work hard and get rewarded base on your merits.

As I listened to her, I never knew this wisdom of her. Everything make mighty sense! She nudged at me whenever I turned my attention to my hokkaido milk dough. I will always look up and smile at her saying “yes mother, I understood and I totally agreed.”

Everyone seems needy today but my Hokkaido milk dough is more urgent. I decided to make it into love shapes to tell Mr Lee that our love for him will always take a permanent residency in our heart. Memories are short and I wish Singaporeans and those who live and love Singapore as much as we do to always remember our founding father and work hard to maintain his legacy. The emotion and patriotism will mean nothing if we all go back to our usual way of life after today.

Recipe made 6 loves

285g Bread Flour
30g Cake flour
30g Milk Powder
5g Instant Yeast
4g Salt
53g Whole Egg
50g Whipping Cream
125g Fresh Milk

For the filling:
20g Organic Sesame Seeds
10g Granulated Brown Sugar
5g Milk Powder


Mix all the bread ingredients into the mixing bowl. Knead the dough until it reaches window pane stage. Then let it proof until double in size. While waiting to let it proof, do the filling. Simply grind up all the ingredients together and set aside.

Once the proofing is done, punch it down and give it a light knead. Then divide the dough into 100g per piece. Round it up and let it rest.

As shown:

Resting raw loves

I have include here the shaping instructions. In these pictures, the shaping are done on a previous dough that I have made. So do not for once think that the hokkaido milk dough above will turn out pink! ;)

Roll it out flat with a rolling pin:

Shaping 1

Smear the sesame seeds filling onto the rolled out dough:

Shaping 2

Pinched it tight as you rolled up the sides:

Shaping 3

Flip up the other end of the elongated dough and fold over:

Shaping 4

Side view:

Shaping 4 side

Then slice through along the line shown below:

shaping 5

You will then open up and viola!

Shaping 6

Once the shaping is done, let it rest for 30 mins. Then brushed these loves with milk and bake it in a preheated oven of 170 degree for 15 minutes.

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Raw one love

Baking in the oven:

loves in oven

Once it has been baked, take these out and allowed to cool completely before devouring it!

The texture!

Love texture

love texture 2

Sir: It has been a privilege to live in your era. Mourning for Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

Freshly and Lovingly Baked on : 28th Mar 2015

LKY plain

Word LKY and Flag

I was rather emotional learning of his death. Growing up in Singapore has been a perfect life for me. I have never know poverty nor fear living in this country. Interestingly, Mr Lee Kuan Yew has been my idol since my younger days. I wonder why. As I looked back, I knew it is because of the gratitude and the beautiful life that he has created for me that caused the younger days infatuation to this man I have never met.

I am fortunate to be born into a family where everything are provided for. I have the chance to travel to quite a number of places at a very young age. As I look back during the years of travel, I remember that each and every time when I landed in Singapore’s changi Airport, I will always be so glad and happy that I am finally home to this place where I can let my guard down and be as free as I can be.

As a teenager, I am a rebellious girl who loves to party. Very often then not, I will end up drank. I know that each and every time, I will be sent home safe and sound by the taxi driver. Complacency has been granted to me by Mr Lee Kuan Yew. I owe my life of safety during the reckless time in my life to him.

I remember this incident in Shenzhen when I am in my teens. I was sipping coke happily and walking across a big bridge. One little chinese girl came over and tug at my dress gently asking, “Big sister, can I have a sip of your coke please?” Those words struck hard and deep in me. I literally lost my joy that very moment. I lost it not because that I have to give up my coke. I lost it because I never knew poverty to this extent. Beggars were rampant in many of the cities which I have visited. Many were begging for food and monies. In Singapore, beggars are not allowed. I totally understand the foresight and the rational only after I have travelled to those lesser privileged cities where beggars populate the streets. In a country that relied a lot on tourism, it is impossible to have beggars populating the streets. I totally get HIS rationale.

Why are there laws to prevent car from exhuming smoke? In many countries which I visit, I see how polluted their cities are. The black smoke that came out from every vehicles in those cities makes you amazed by the foresight of this man. As I watched the many series of speeches that he made, I began to understand this great man even more. The more I listened, the more I felt very regretful and sad that he is gone forever. Singaporean has suffered irreplaceable loss.

I remember that I only voted once in my life thus far. That vote was given to PAP. I will continue to vote for that party as long as I am not raptured.

Thank you Mr Lee for your wisdom that has made Singapore a wonderful home for me. Wherever you are, I hope to meet you after my death. I did not have a chance to bow to you when you are alive, I hope I have the chance when I see you in heaven one day. Thank you Mr Lee. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

These macarons are dedicated to you Mr Lee as I mourned your death.

There are no recipe for these macarons as it did not turn out as good as I want it to be. You can use my past macarons and royal icing recipes in this blog.

Everything here is done free hand. I copied the black ribbon design and traced it onto the baking paper. I have attempted to draw his face but it is really tough since I am hardly artistic!

This is the baking paper template where I pipe the macaronage onto:


LKY Rib and Flag

LKY rib with words

Lky flag Side