These days I’m practicing to cook Japanese food for a change. While reading some cook books and searching the web for beginner recipes, I stumbled upon Maki-san’s highly recommended blog Justhungry.com. I especially liked her Kasutera (かすてら) recipe, a slightly sweet Japanese style sponge cake with a light honey flavor - A perfect match for afternoon tea.
Recently while shopping in Muji Department store, I stumbeled upon a cake mix for a cake made entirely of crêpes and cream. When I saw the picture on the packing I could just imagine biting into the fluffy and creamy cake in my mouth, so I decided to give it a try. The result was quite nice, however I thought “No need for a cake mix - I can do that myself”, so this weekend I gave it a try.
It’s fall time again and just like every year, we have an abundance of apples. There are few things better in the fall for using up apples than an apple cake. Here is a personal favorite.
P.S. Best apples for baking in Shanghai can be found in Carrefour.
If you’re looking for a good Tiramisu in Shanghai, you can either go to Milano or Da Marco - or just do it yourself! The required Mascarpone cream can be found either at City Shop or Carrefour - or again, do it yourself. Have fun impressing your guests!
The classic American style cheese cake as you can find it in most Shanghai coffee stores. You can change and improve this recipe in a number of ways, for example by adding fruits to the filling. Enjoy!
Talking about Austria, what’s coming to your mind? Red Bull? Arnold Schwarzenegger? Ever heard of “Linzer Torte”? It doesn’t give you wings, neither can it protect you from crazy machines from the future, but boy - it tastes great in winter!
Winter in Shanghai is long, wet and cold. Vitamines are known to prevent you from getting a cold. So let’s wrap those vitamines in a delicious cake!
The special part about this recipe is the fluffy sponge which you will definitely succeed in preparing on the first try - Your mom will be impressed by your new mad baking skills!
1 pack of dry yeast: 5 RMB (City Shop)
1 pound of wheat flower: 6 RMB (any local brand)
Fresh bread baguette for breakfast: Priceless!
After some messing around with the ingredients, it finally worked: Presenting my first self-baked bread baguette in Shanghai. Bake them on Friday evening, freeze them and enjoy them the whole weekend!
This Italian desert is also known as “Bellini mousse”. Use fresh peaces and cool Prosecco wine in summer to prepare this wonderful finish for a romantic dinner - for example for Chinese Valentine’s day (七夕节).
We already successfully delivered the proof that Westerners can indeed cook curry. Today, we’ll even deliver one more! A very light and variable summer recipe for all curry lovers - consider it as kind of “base recipe”. Add other spices / vegetables / etc. to your hearts content!