24 Oct 2009

baking bug strikes

The baking bug has stuck again! After a week of "study" and no baking, I had an urge to use my newly acquired baking tins. I had plans to make tuna and vegetable triangles, but I ended up making a tart as well, since I had lots and lots of filling :)

Very basic ingredients used as you can see (and I only used 1 egg). Added some other ingredients from the fridge and freezer and tadaa...

A golden flaky tuna and vegetable tart! I was so happy with the colour of the tart, I was literally jumping for joy! The trick here to achieve a golden tart/ pastry is to brush beaten egg on the tart prior baking (like with any other pastry) and continuing to brush it when baking time is mid way and prior taking the tart out. I brushed it with egg about 3-4 times as the first brushing gave it a light gold colour only.

Had extra filling, so I decided to make tuna triangles as well. Well finished my stock of rolled puff pastry at least. It has been in the freezer for a month.

Under the flaky pastry

Gave half of the tart away to my neighbour, since she always brings food over for us :) It's time to return the favour.

Tuna and vege triangles

Well also had some shortcrust pastry in the freezer so I gave it to my sister to muck around with it. She decided to make tarts with kaya and raspberry jam. (The left one is mine as I had to show her a demo)

Had a packet of brownie box mix and decided to use it too. To me, using box mix is now taboo, but decided to "make up" for it by adding jersey caramels and chocolate chips on top.

(This is a crap photo - not enough lighting) The results!

Jersey caramels

Despite the SURPRISE Chinese SAC, today was very fun, especially spending my entire afternoon in the kitchen baking away.