Category Archives: Dessert


Baklava in the Pan

The Turkish delight! The one that keeps me craving night, after night, after night! After night!

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Wedang Ronde

We were in Yogyakarta end of January this year, me and my NCC fellows. We got to do a cake decorating demo promoting our books in Solo, then took the advantage of time and place by taking further trip to Yogyakarta. It was our last day, we drove to Alun-alun and spent the whole afternoon having Wedang Ronde, cycling around, giggling unstoppably along the process 🙂

Wedang Ronde is a Javanese dessert, one of the pride of Yogyakarta: glutinous rice balls stuffed with sweet peanut paste, floating in a hot and sweet ginger tea. Wedang means hot. But this dessert can be enjoyed cold too, although uncommon.

Classic, refreshing, nostalgic.
Damn good.

Here is the recipe taken from the upcoming book of Fatmah Bahalwan & NCC Team, which is the 4th installment of 60 Foolproof Recipes series: Drinks & Dessert. So this is kinda a sneak preview.
Wedang Ronde
Food styling by Citra Anggraini Kusuma & Nadrah Shahab
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A Red Afternoon

Glossy from the Top
I have been knowing this dessert for quite long and loving it for its simplicity and complexity at the same time. Simple in your hand, complex on your tastebud. Almost everybody will frown the first time: balsamic vinegar with strawberries? Ya-ha! Not me though. The first time I read about this, it tingled me so hard I ran to the store and got the vinegar i never had any clue before. And it turned out so beautiful i loved it at once. Yada yada yada, it was another love at first bite.
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As Simple As Apple Pie

Vanilla Custard

The end of the year like this is the perfect time to slow things down a bit. Looking back to what we have done, instead of looking forward to what we want to do. Be grateful for how far we have gone, instead of worrying of how far more we can go. Grab a cup of hot chocolate and cuddle up on the sofa. With a good book, favorite TV program, the loved ones, maybe a simple sweet nibble, life couldn’t be more satisfying.

The other day I kept left over apple filling from the last private baking class I taught. It was a cold and windy day and I needed something to balance the grey cloudy afternoon. I was exhausted from the last two weeks of nonstop this and that and the fatigue seemed like coming to stay. I opened my freezer and found a stack of filo pastry from.. last year, I guess? Haha. So I took them altogether, the filo and the apple filling, let them come into room temperature and assembled them in a small dish. It turned out to be one hell of an apple pie. And by hell, I mean wonderfully delish.

When you use filo pastry for apple pie, usually an apple strudel will come into your mind. This is just the same, except that it is not *yea, i’m crazy like that*. I didn’t roll the filling inside the filo, I layered them like baklava. That makes them.. what? Layered apple strudle? Apple baklava? No-rolling apple strudle? No-nuts baklava? This is killing me. I’m going back to: apple pie.

What’s best to go with it? I say nothing beats vanilla custard! Yup, homemade vanilla custard you made from scratch, which.. *wait for it*.. I happened to have on hand from the same private class. You can make it thick as cream or a little bit flowing as sauce. It will be just as good. A dollop for a square and you got yourself a world class dessert.

Onto the recipe. Actually this is dead simple it is hardly a recipe. You just layer the filo, brushing with melted butter in betweens, mix the filling and pour, layer the rest of filo, brush the top with yolks, bake. Simple. Right?… No? Ok, here is the recipe.

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A Citrusy Idul Fitri

In the Pot
Rain, rain everyday. Been like 5 days in a row now. How amazing that in the end of this Ramadhan, when I thought I wouldn’t be interested in doing anything other than listening to the sound of the pouring water, I ended up with these beautiful things. Two jars, one filled with candied lemon peel, another one with lemon jelly. All homemade. Easy breezy to make, I didn’t even realize making it.
In the Jars
Funny thing, I’m actually in the middle of writing a post about how taking food photos is now no longer fun for me anymore. How I miss my old times doing simple personal food photo session and how I might not be able to do it anymore for the next, what, 4 books? Yet, here I am. Doing just what I fear the most I wouldn’t be able to do. Isn’t human’s mind a mystery? *now the writing can wait*
Back to the citrus. I always have at least a big bag of lemons in my fridge. I have a glass of lemon water every morning, it constantly breaks my heart to throw away peel after peel after peel, every morning. So, one cloudy day, I started collecting them up in a container. I had no clue as to when I would have the time and energy to make something out of it. Today turned out to be one of those days of rarity. When there is no planning, no thinking. Happy day.
Out of the Jars
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