Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Banana Coconut bread

Banana coconut bread made with non fat Greek yogurt and honey.

Hashtag healthybakes.
Hashtag ideal- bake- to- take- to- a- family- potluck!

Coconut Banana Bread
recipe adapted from the boot
2 very ripe bananas, mashed
2 very ripe bananas, mashed*
1 cup whole wheat flour**
2/3 cup coconut flour***
1/2 tsp baking soda
pinch salt
1/4 cup honey
2/3 cup plain Greek yogurt****
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract

*my bananas weren't too ripe. 
**used AP flour instead
***used extra fine coconut flour for mixing in and medium cut for top
****used Chobani's non fat plain Greek yogurt

1. Preheat oven to 350F and oil or line a loaf pan.
2. In mixing bowl, combine flours, baking soda and salt together.
3. In another bowl, beat eggs with yogurt and honey.
4. To eggs, add mashed bananas and vanilla extract.
5. Slowly pour wet mixture into dry and mix until just combined.
*I stirred in some chopped walnut at this point.
6. Pour into prepared loaf pan and sprinkle about a tablespoon more coconut flour on top.
7. Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden. 

pre bake

post bake

Definitely a very healthy bake! I took this with me to my family's Chinese New Year potluck and my health conscious aunts liked it. For me, I think I would have liked a more indulgent dessert. I was anticipating a creamy coconut note, but the coconut taste in this was very subtle and almost non existent. That aside, this recipe took no time to put together. No special techniques needed. Simple mixing. 

To boost the coconut flavor next time, I would try using a coconut flavor yogurt. And I would probably use a regular yogurt instead of Greek. I keep tasting something sour-y in my banana bread or I may just be too sensitive. Not a fan of Greek yogurt at all :/

Taste: 3 stars out of 5 
A lightly sweetened banana bread. Missing the coconut I want.
Texture: 4 stars out of 5
Moist all around. No crusty edges. Sturdy to be cut into small pieces. 

Next post: black sesame cookies
In the oven: white chocolate pistachio blondie

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Coconut Meringue Lemon Curd Tart

Good news! Good news! The expiration date on my lemon curd is May 6th which is about 3 months away. Woohoo. More lemony stuff.
Here's numero dos!

a very successful..

Coconut Meringue Lemon Curd Tart
Crust recipe here

After the crust is pre- baked and cooled, I simply spooned over the lemon curd and baked until the filling set a bit (about 15 minutes at 250F). Whipped up 2 egg whites with coconut flour, sugar and salt to taste. Popped it back in oven at 400F until the whites get golden brown.


my pie weight


The crust, as always, was buttery and delicious! It baked up very well (best ever) this time. I think chilling it in the pan for a longer time really minimized the shrinkage. The lemon filling was very sweet and balanced well with the savory crust. The meringue would have been tastier if there was more coconut flavor. But it added a nice airy-ness to the tart. And of course, the beauty-ful presentation(:


post- more yellow

failed attempt at pipping

solution (;

Mini // my sample bite

Taste: 4 stars out of 5
Anything on that tart crust guarantees a 4 star!

Texture: 4 stars out of 5
Meringue needs improvement.

Coming up next- Banana coconut bread with no butter, no oil& no sugar! #healthybakes

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Lemon curd filled vanilla chiffon cupcakes

Happy 2014! Another year of baking(:

After a miserable attempt at cheesecake brownies over NYE.. I have decided to 

Keep Calm and Bake On

I blame it on the recipe though. Really, there's no rising agentss?

so dense..


I love my job atm. Grabbed some pre-made lemon curd, and I was overwhelmed with the different ways to bake or incorporate them in my baked goodies. Lemon tart? Lemon cookie? Lemon cream in cream puffs? To boost my confidence back up from recent disaster, I resorted back to something basic and that I am familiar with- chiffon cake. I have made plenty successful flavored chiffon cakes but never a plain vanilla one. Came across this pretty straightforward recipe and gave it a try. 

To make it more share-able, I made 24 mini cupcakes and a mini tube cake with the remaining batter.

Vanilla Chiffon Cake 
- recipe from Kirbie's cravings
- makes one 10'' tube pan

1 3/4 cup AP flour, sifted
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar (*used a bit less)

1/2 cup vegetable oil
6 egg yolks
3/4 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla extract

6 egg whites
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
3/4 cup sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. Combine flour, baking powder, salt and 1/2 cup of sugar in a bowl and mix.
3. Add oil, yolks, milk and vanilla extract and beat until smooth.
3. Beat whites and cream of tartar in a separate bowl until frothy.
4. Gradually add 3/4 cup of sugar and continue beating till stiff and shiny peaks.
5. Fold egg whites into yolk mixture 1/3 at a time until no white streaks.
6. Pour batter into lined cupcake pans or ungreased tube pan.
7. Bake for 60 minutes (15 mins for mini cupcakes) or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
8. Invert and cool in pan.

The cake turned out decent. I was expecting more of a fluffy and lighter cake since it's titled as a chiffon cake. It wasn't as dense as a sponge cake but definitely not as airy as I have liked. I cut down the sugar a teeny tiny bit and the sweetness was good. The cake base has a subtle egg flavor and pairs pretty well with the acidic lemon curd.

For the mini cupcakes, I hollowed the center out with the back of a piping tip and just piped the lemon curd from a ziploc bag. If I had more time, I would probably add a meringue or a lemon buttercream on top to make it more fancy(:

Taste: 4 stars out of 5
nice sweetness balance with the perfect ratio of curd to cake in the mini cupcakes

Texture: 3 stars out of 5
would prefer more airy and light cake