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Monday, June 25, 2012

Sakura cookies 桜花饼& Giveaway, and a warm bloggers gathering

I was so happy when i spotted this preserved sakura (桜花漬(おうかづけ), selling in a small shop in Kyoto (will provide where to get these in the later post, no time to sort out the information)..One of the item i was planning to use this beautiful sakura is to make a swiss roll. But when i saw dailydelicious posted her beautiful Sakura cookies, i just could not wait and immediateky try it out..I also brought this cookie to a bloggers gathering yesterday, they all just love it.

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They just look gorgeous!!

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Sakura cookies
(recipe source: adapted from Dailydelicious with minor changes)

90g unsalted butter, room temperature
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1/4tsp vanilla extract
A pinch of salt
1 egg yolk
120g cake flour
20-30 Preserved cherry blossoms (Sakura)

Super fine sugar, for sprinkle on top of the cookies

1. Preheat the oven 200 °C
2. Put the salted Sakura in a bowl, cover with enough water, leave it for 2hrs or more, to reduce the salt from the Sakura.
3. Drain the Sakura and discard the water. Also very lightly squeeze the water using finger.
4. Beat the butter with salt until soft, add the granulated sugar and beat unto light in color add the vanilla extract and egg yolk, beat to combine.
5. Pour the flour into the bowl, mix it well. Cover with plastic wrap and put in the fridge for 1 hour.
6. Line the baking sheet with baking non-stick paper or Silpat.
7. Roll the cookie dough until 3-4mm thickness, cut with cookie cutter.
8. Place on a prepared baking sheet, and put Preserved cherry blossoms on each cookie.
9. Reduce the oven temperature to 170°C.
10. Put the cookies into the oven and bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown, sprinkle with superfine sugar immediately.
11. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 15 minutes then let it cool completely on a wire rack.
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IMG_4203 I bought extra pickled sakura, and I would like to giveaway to my readers who currently residing in Malaysia and Singapore only (sorry to other country's readers because the distance and postage cost)..To enter, just leave your comment in this post and closing date is on this Friday 29th June 2012. Please identify yourself if you are under Anonymous. Two winners will be selected by
Gift will be sent using normal post delivery.
Good luck !!


A warm bloggers gathering

Yesterday i just attended another bloggers gathering. Why this time i said this is a warm gathering, because i feel so warm and feel so good when chatting with them. Even that was my 1st time meeting them, but like i know them long ago. Our gathering started with enjoying nice dessert in the shopping mall that connected to the hotel. Helena from Perth, five of them (Eileen, Angie, Mandy, Joceline and Casey) came from Penang, MYME and Vernice all the way from Singapore and Shan from Puchong..After taken dessert, we were heading to the hotel room as Helena taught us on how to make decoupage. After this, we were out for shopping a while and took dinner in one Chinese restaurant..After dinner, we went back to the hotel room to celebrate Mandy's Birthday. Too bad, I have to leave early because next day is schooling day and rest of them continue to have fun..

Who are they?

6. 恩空间 (Casey)
7. 最爱的 (MYME) Irene
9. 珊言慧语 (shan)
10. Helena's best fried from Melaka
Everyone was so hard working making their own decoupage plates.
See the end result, all these plates look so beautiful after added the flowers and fruits print..My plate is the one round with orange flowers


Mandy celebrated her Birthday (sorry Mandy for this poor quality of photo)..

See so many lovely gifts that they gave it to me..Even Jane not joining, also tumpang Helena to pass me some chocolate and fruit candies, Thanks Jane..Every gifts that they gave me is with much consideration of what i like, i really feel so touch to receive all these gifts..I was even surprised that MYME gave me the small metal cups (with holes) as she noticed my comment left in a post that posted by Jane who using the same cups to make paper steamed sponge cakes, I was so touch 好感动 !
**Eileen, i just noticed that your special chili can not seen clearly in this photo, sorry girl..I going to make steamed yam cake tomorrow and enjoy with your chili sauce, also with a cup of tea using Helena's beautiful tea cup ^_^..


Thanks to all 美女, I hope to see your all soon..

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