Sunday, August 14, 2011

Pure Magic at Pantry Magic Kuala Lumpur!

 Have I managed to get your attention yet? And oh... wipe that drool off your mouth now... haha!!

If you're like me, you'll be mesmerised at what's in store at Pantry Magic Kuala Lumpur, located in Jalan Telawi, Bangsar which opened its door just over 2 weeks ago. I am so so glad Pantry Magic is here in Kuala Lumpur! It is definitely a first of its kind here in town.

Entering the store, I didn't quite know where to start looking..everything looked so good and each utensil, each pot, each spatula was calling my name to give them some attention! It was as though I was lost in my fantasy world! Honestly, it was a bit embarrassing... I think my mouth was wide open gawking at the items in the store!

Thank God the ladies of Pantry Magic did not mind! Meet the three lovely ladies behind Pantry Magic Kuala Lumpur - sisters Farah and Tania, and their childhood friend Eisya. They were all so nice and welcoming and did not mind when I asked if I could take photos for this blog.

The trio at work - Eisya baking some cookies; they were for the customers! Farah behind the counter and Tania stacking  a set of colourful porcelain mixing bowls (which yours truly got a set for herself!)

Tania and Farah described themselves as passionate cooks whose project three years ago was to convert their childhood friend, Eisya into one! And that they did successfully!

The three of them then decided to share a business together, and after looking around, applied to be a Pantry Magic franchisee about a year ago.

Tania said, "We generally love cooking and meeting people and want to share our passion and spread the love!" Believe it or not, the trio uprooted themselves from Perlis to Kuala Lumpur to live out their dreams.

"If you want to be successful, you have to take risks and have to make sacrifices," said Tania.

Well, one thing is for sure - I really felt their genuine love for the art of cooking and baking at the store! I will let the pictures do the rest of the talking. Enjoy!

tea towels in various gorgeous designs

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Red Velvet and Double Chocolate Macarons

I love the stark contrast of the bright red and white of these Red Relvet macarons. Don't you?

With just a hint of cocoa and deep red colouring for the shells, with luscious cream cheese filling, these red velvet macarons are a show-stopper!! Definitely not for the faint-hearted!

Below are some Double Chocolate macarons, a favourite among many (my fav too!)

Macs oh! macs... can't live with them, can't live without them! :D

Monday, August 8, 2011


I listed Pavlova as one of my to-do bakes for 2011 earlier this year, but I never got around to baking it... until I received an order from my favourite customer (ehem ehem tersedak tak you!) for a Pavlova for her hubby's birthday! I was excited but scared at the same time!

I did not have a recipe for Pavlova, so I went to my to-go site when looking for recipes or simply inspiration for bakes - Joy of Baking. It looked simply enough and I whipped it up while waiting for another customer to come collect her Red Velvet cake.

Click here for the recipe.

The recipe says to spread the meringue on the baking paper, but I knew mine was going to be a mess if I did that... so I cut a huge hole in my plastic piping bag and piped the meringue around the earlier drawn circle. I filled up the circle with the remainder of the meringue and tidied it with more piped meringue... they looked like clouds in my dreams!

photo below of the piped meringue before it went in the oven...

After about 70 minutes in the oven, it was done... but I kept it in the oven with the door ajar until it was ready to be garnished a few hours later.

Below is the final product, with dollops of whipped cream and fresh strawberries and kiwis. Thanks for the order, Soraya!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Baking with Dorie: Crème Brûlée

Crème Brûlée is French, and any French dessert must be good, oui?

These are absolument renversant - absolutely amazing!

Cream, milk, sugar, vanilla and egg yolk makes one creamy and satisfying dessert!

This month's Baking with Dorie bake was chosen by BWD founder Grapefruit. Take a peek at her beautiful Crème Brûlée, recipe included here.

For me personally, Crème Brûlée is an icon for desserts! It's been on my to-do list for ages and I'm glad Grapefruit chose this recipe for BWD.

I wish I had a blow torch to play around with, but I didn't - so I used my broiler to caramelise the sugar. I didn't get a thick layer of burnt sugar but the crunch was there!

I wish I took better photos, but these were shot at 5am this morning and I don't have good lighting in the house! Can't wait to have some for iftar later!

Monday, August 1, 2011


Kueh Raya? Heheheh... we've only been fasting for a day and here I am presenting you with an Eid cookie nominee!!

I love these cookies, or more aptly, sables. They have a deep chocolatey flavour and sandy in texture. I make them all year round - kids absolutely adore them and I dare you to stop at just one!

As in the previous year, I am taking (small) orders for this cookies, but I think your family will appreciate it more if you make them yourself to bawak balik kampung! Go here for the recipe. They are also known as World Peace Cookies - I wrote about them here.

So, what are you waiting for? Go make some today!