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Ho ho ho!!!

It’s that time of the year again, my favourite time of the year. :)

Months ago, the gfs asked if i’d be doing granola gift packs for Christmas.. because they’d love to order from me — makes their life much easier you see. Need not to brainstorm what to buy for colleagues and friends! Hurhurhur. And i thought, Why not?

Thanks to another nice friend, the idea of Rocky Road Granola was hatched. Woot! I’ve always wanted to attempt granola with chocolate because of some customers’ feedback. Now, i don’t only have Chocolate Granola, but i’ve got chocolate + marshmallow granola!

After a couple of hours having my thinking cap on and another few more in the kitchen, may i present you..

Maameemoomoo’s Rocky Road Granola!

The granola is made with generous amount of Valrhona Cacao and a couple of dashes of my very, very precious 2 year old homemade vanilla extract, made with only the best – fresh and plump vanilla beans which i managed to secure from Madagascar itself just 2 weeks after it was harvested! (i used Grey Goose vodka by the way *wink*)

The result?

Crisp, chocolatey granola.

(can i say healthy too? because it is! i experimented with just 3 tbsp of olive oil and tiny bit of honey so, it’s really unbelievable healthy (!!) — your waistline will thank you for this, especially during this particular festive season! The thing is, whenever one mentions, healthy food.. it’s usually associated with yucky food. sigh. but can i assure you, that this one here is so not (yucky)?)

If you like dark chocolate, you will LOVE this. It’s not sweet, slightly bitter due to the Dutch cocoa used (think dark chocolate!). The sweetness comes in white fluffy form (read : marshmallows!) and more chocolate –> 46% milk chocolate sticks. Of course, if you’re anything like one of my testers who has got ultra sweet tooth, you’ll want to add 1/2 tsp of honey into your milk or yogurt. Otherwise, if you’re like my boys and i, we love it the way it is. ;)

What i like most about it?

The chocolatey milk i get there after. BEST!

RRG X’mas Gift Pack

Size : Small
Price : $8.80
Min order : 2

First bake : 8th December 2012
Last bake : 22nd December 2012
Last collection : 23rd December 2012

What to expect for the packaging : You’ll be in for lovely surprise! (gotta trust me on this *wink*)

To order

1. email me ~ maameemoomoo@gmail.com
2. text me

To avoid disappointment, please email me as soon as you have worked out your to-give-list as i have limited days to bake during the 2 weeks, best by 8th December. Thank you for your kind understanding!

Pick up points

1. Yew Tee Mrt
2. Hillview / Hume Ave area
3. Little India on Sunday
4. Town area on weekends
5. Contact me

For orders above $120, there will be complimentary delivery to one location.

* 10% of the profit goes to Club Rainbow Singapore. :)

Seriously?

You won’t wanna miss this one here. ;)

(but if you do, there’s always Beep who’ll happily devour whatever that’s left behind… That boy, he’s gotta be my biggest RRG fan! HAHA!)

Thank you!

xx

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Truth be told, i cringed when i saw the tarts.

How horridly ugly! :(

When i first made them, it was for a mini hi-tea at my place with 2 thick skin but nice foodie friends who insisted (well, almost) on coming over for my desserts. The date — you won’t believe it but it’s true, was set over Instagram!

I didn’t have proper photos to blog about it then. As usual, (my) food photos taken indoor are totally hideous. I know i’m not that fussy over my ugly photos sometimes, but i decided that these tarts were worth a second shot and so, second attempt it is.

The first time i made these tarts, the consistency of the ganache wasn’t fantastic. I sorta made a mental note not to use the same recipe, same method for these tarts again.

When i made them again yesterday, i decided to give the recipe another chance except that this time round, i thought of boiling the cream first before pouring it over the chocolate (was using the Chocolate Truffle way). Little did i know that, this latest method used was exactly the same method as the recipe instructed. *facepalm* I’m such a clown. No wonder the ganache, again, wasn’t fabulous! I like my ganache smooth and silky.. not rugged and rustic looking like this. :(

I thought my tarts were extremely ugly.. nothing like the gorgeous photo i remember from DH’s magazine.. but guess what? I was wrong. Lol!

After i told another 2 gfs (who wanted to try these tarts) that they were totally unappetizing looking, i went to search for the magazine to scrutinize the photo to see what the difference but boy oh boy, the tart in the magazine was exactly the mirror image of mine! La lil la..

So.

I didn’t screw up after all. HEhehehehehe!

Salted Chocolate Caramel Tarts

(makes 6)

150g all purpose flour
50g cocoa
80g icing sugar
pinch of salt
125g unsalted butter, cold and chopped
3 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon iced water

Filling and topping:
1 cup dulce de leche
125g single cream
175g dark chocolate chopped
sea salt flakes, for sprinkling

Method

1. Place the flour, cocoa, icing sugar, salt in a food processor and blitz to combine. Add the butter and pulse until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. With the motor running, add the egg yolks and vanilla, then the iced water and process just until a dough starts to form. Transfer to a large piece of plastic wrap and bring the dough together with the tips of your fingers. Shape into a disk and wrap in the plastic. Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
2. Lightly butter 6 x 8cm tartlet pans. Divide the pastry into 6 parts. Between two pieces of lightly floured baking paper roll each piece of pastry into a rough circle then line the pans, removing the excess pastry. Prick the pastry with a fork then freeze for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F.
3. Butter the shiny side of a piece of aluminum foil (or use nonstick foil) and cut roughly into six squares; place the foil squares, buttered side down, tightly against the crust. Bake the crusts for 10-15 minutes longer or until cooked through. Cool completely in the pans.
4. Divide the dulce de leche between the pastry cases and, using the back of a spoon, spread evenly. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

5. Place the cream in a small saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat, add the chocolate and stir until smooth and glossy. Spread the tartlets with the ganache and refrigerate for 2 hours or until set. Sprinkle with salt to serve.

Note : as you can see from the above picture, i used different tart case sizes, so i’ve got more than 6 tarts.

(recipe from Donna Hay Magazine, issue 62)

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Earlier on, i totally screwed up 2 portions of chocolate crust (i doubled it, aiyo!). I blitzed the dry ingredients with egg yolks and whatnots without the butter! What a bummer. But I persisted and kept my fingers crossed as i add in the butter after the ice water. The result? I got a dough that is wetter than a brioche dough!

Not just that i tell ya. The entire dough was sandy-like-feel! However, i refused to throw it away and these were the bakes that i managed to come up with — mini and giant chocolate truffle tart, spiked with Baileys, with the screwed up dough. Heh. Absolutely fugly, but good. Very good. PHEW!

The subject says it all. :)

We had so much fun!

First, it was the ice slide at Sentosa’s 40th birthday bash…

Though the slide wasn’t as smooth as expected, the boys didn’t seem to mind at all. It was their first ice slide!!

After the birthday bash, we proceeded to Sentosa’s Port of Lost Wonder, which was just next to where we were. The boys’ practically went bonkers. Grin. Yeah, this mommy doesn’t bring them out to man-made places that much. Terrible isn’t she? Hurhur.

Truth be told, i wasn’t keen to join the boys, not under the scorching sun especially. But after boy2 gave me his ultimatum, i had no choice but to strut my stuff amongst the daddies and mommies. HAHA!

Luckily, i went prepared – brought my swimming costume!

Being a mother of 3 boys, there’s certain invisible ‘guideline’ to my dressing.

For this outing of ours, beegeenee is definitely a no-no. Heck, i don’t even wear beegeenee to begin with(!) , though i do own quite a number of sets. :P

When i first laid my eyes on this retro-looking swimwear a couple of months ago in Melbourne, i knew i had to get it. I totally adore the cutting.. and i love how well the piece could holds its shape, in case of ‘tie-came-loose’ accidents. I do a lot of piggybacks in the water with the boys you see.. so, yeah.. best kinda swimsuit for me.

Best of all? It was on sale! Woot!

Before i got dragged into the water by the sulky boy2, i was totally chilling out there on the dry side by myself.

But you know what?

I was pretty glad that the boy forced me in, because, believe or not, it turned out rather enjoyable! The boys held my hands wherever i went. I was like their.. ahem, princess or queen if you must (i rather princess still. LOL!) Showing me this and that and we went on the scary slides for some nth time! I screamed of course and they laughed their heads off.. It was really fun lah. So mommies, if you’re anything like me, lazy + hate scorching hot sun + dislike getting wet (laps in the pool excluded), get off your bumbum please. Take my word for it.. and you’ll be rewarded with abundance of laughter and wonderful memory. ;)

Just before we left, i noticed this particular daddy and i couldn’t resist snapping a photo of him with his children and children’s mates. They were hilarious. What an amusing, delightful, pleasurable sight to behold.

The dad was out of this world sporty! The kids, they were all over him, laughing, shouting… So heartwarming. :)

After POLW, we went on the explore a tiny bit nearby.

On the way back..

.. story telling time!

Meanwhile, look!

It’s Gia Gia and Jiak Jiak. Lol!

http://youtu.be/VjVTA-EazKw

http://youtu.be/VconD1csK00

On the news, “Two “pandas” were spotted on Sentosa last week! Much to the delight of guests, the pandas were seen boarding the Sentosa Express and the beach tram. They also visited Palawan Beach for a picnic, Koufu Food Court for local desserts and Rasa Spa at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort for a relaxing bamboo massage”.

Thank you, Sentosa Island for the memorable Saturday!

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