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Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard

If you’re a fan of cooking and baking programmes on TV, you might just have heard of masterchef Eric Lanlard the Cake Boy. His TV programme, Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard, is currently on BBC Lifestyle (StarHub channel 432). I love this channel btw, as the focus is on British cuisine and cooking styles.

So it was kind of surreal to meet Eric up close and personal when he was in Singapore several weeks back. Eric is also a twice winner of the prestigious Continental Pâtissier of the Year at the British Baking Awards and has baked for likes of The Queen Mother, The Beckhams, Claudia Schiffer and Madonna. In Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard, he imparts invaluable skills to his audience by sharing tips on how to produce cakes and desserts that are not only glamorous but absolutely delicious.  Eric is also the founder of luxury cake boutique, Cake Boy in London.

We learnt to bake Eric Lanlard’s signature Dark Chocolate Moelleux at the Masterclass held at ToTT. The best way to learn how to make cakes is to just roll up your sleeves and get down to doing it! Watch the programmes first to see how the experts do it, but don’t forget to do the actual baking! Baking with the experts is very much different from reading recipes via a cookbook because very often, the experts drop hints learnt from the school of hard knocks, which are seldom shared in generic cook books! Trust me, I’ve gone to baking school so I know.

Before i show you Eric Lanlard’s version of his Dark Chocolate Moelleux, you have to view mine first.

365days2play's Dark Chocolate Moelleux cake

Now tell me, is this not a cake that you would love to eat???? Smile Smile

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Tiong Bahru Bakery

Is now also open at Raffles City Shopping Mall. No need to brave the long queues in Tiong Bahru or a long walk from the Tiong Bahru MRT station. Now you can sample Tiong Bahru Bakery products in the air-conditioned comfort of the basement of Raffles City.

Actually, this visit to the Raffles City outlet was my 1st visit ever to Tiong Bahru Bakery. I was quite surprised to find the sit-down area practically empty when I was there around 7-9pm on a Sunday. A number of people were doing takeaways though. I’d heard mixed reviews about the place but most people seem to at least agree that their croissants are damn good. Read on and you’ll be able to find out if I agree. Meanwhile, check out the photos of the place. It’s sprawling! It’s in the basement, opposite Din Tai Fung, at the site that used to be Aerins.

BTW, did you know that Tiong Bahru Bakery is owned by Spa Esprit? They are the people behind House @ Dempsey and they also own/co-own many dining establishments like 40Hands, Open Door Policy and Skinny Pizza.

Tiong Bahru Bakery (7)

Tiong Bahru Bakery - Cakes and Pastries (3)

Tiong Bahru Bakery - Cakes and Pastries (8)

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Honey Whole Wheat Pound Cake

I was suddenly made aware that I have a truckload of flour still in my possession after the last supermarket shopping spree. I can never stop myself from buying baking items that are on discount. Trouble is, I tend to go on these shopping sprees towards the end of my baking mood period (when the supplies are running low), and by the time I have purchased the goods, I’m out of the baking mood! I’ve probably chucked out more expired flour in all these years, than the savings I’ve made buying them on discount!

Anyway, thankfully, I’m back in my baking mood again, and just in time too. I’ve got like 5kgs worth of whole wheat flour to use up! The fastest way is to bake a cake, as that uses the most amount of flour at one go (not to mention butter and sugar…)

I chanced upon this lovely recipe for Honey Whole Wheat Pound Cake from Joy the Baker and decided to do just that, with some modification. I’m pretty glad to say that despite my initial fears, for whole wheat products can turn out to be so different from white flour, the cake is pretty darn good! I can’t even tell that the cake has been made with whole wheat flour! It just has a more “loafy” and nutty texture, which I’m sure you must have come across even with white flour. This is delicious cake that is HEALTHY, can you believe that????

Honey Wholewheat Cake (2) I had to slice off the burnt bits, hence the uneven top…


  • 2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour (I used 2 cups wholewheat, and 1/4 cup white cake flour)
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 170gm butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs (separated)
  • 1 cup buttermilk (I used 3/4 cup milk)

Instructions (all done by hand as I hate having to wash the electric mixer):-

1. Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together in a small bowl and set aside.

2. In another bowl, whip butter, sugar and honey until light in colour and fluffy. Stir in the vanilla extract and egg yolks. Give it a few more good beats.

3. Add the dry ingredients from step 1 and the buttermilk into the butter sugar mixture, in parts. Mix lightly each time.

4. In a 3rd bowl, whip your egg whites until you see soft peaks. (Skip this step if you want a denser cake) Fold them into the mixture from step 3. Do not beat.

5. Transfer your batter to an oiled loaf tin and pop it into a preheated oven of 180 degrees celcius. I used a 11x22cm loaf tin and the batter was filled nearly to the brim. If you have a slightly bigger tin, use that.

6. Bake for approximately 1 hour. Be careful not to burn the top especially if you’ve used a smaller loaf tin.

Honey Wholewheat Cake And voila, the fruits of my labour!

The cake has a loafy texture akin to banana bread. It isn’t a rich and moist type of cake so don’t be expecting that. If you want to turn it into a decadent type of cake, I suppose putting chocolate ganache or frosting would help loads. But for me, if I want a decadent and rich cake, I’ll make a decadent and rich cake. This cake suits me fine for days when you just want some cake, without feeling like you’ve sinned a lot. Goes really well with a glass of cold milk too!

Farmers’ Market at Loewen Gardens Dempsey

Jun 6, 2010 @ 14:38

Here are the photos of the new Singapore farmers’ market organized by The Pantry. It is also the largest farmers’ market in Singapore as far as I know. Contrary to my fears, the farmers’ market is very much like the farmers markets you see in NZ, UK and USA. They had lots of stalls selling fresh produce, artisan breads and jams, brownies, cakes and muffins of all colours and sizes. Go hungry, because there are lots to sample and how else can you tell whether what you’re buying is good?

My only grouse is that most of the items on sale are more expensive than what I am used to when I visit the farmers markets overseas. This is undoubtedly because a lot of the premium ingredients have to be shipped from overseas.

Despite the initial drizzle I’m glad I did make it to Loewen Gardens in the end. You can see the roads are wet, but it’s fine because all the stalls are under tents. In fact, it was pretty cooling even though it was noon. I had a wonderful time taking in the vibrancy of the place as well as taking photos.

For such an “off-the-map” location by Singapore standards (you really need a car to get here or risk walking uphill for at least 20 minutes?), the market was pretty crowded. Most of the people there, be it customers or stall-owners were Caucasian. I wonder if this is because Singaporeans are not interested in Farmers’ markets. Does the average Singaporean even know what a Farmer’s market is? Or is just because the farmers’ market was the brainchild of a Caucasian woman, and the word-of-mouth has yet to spread to the locals? Whatever the reason, it’s definitely a treat to spend a Saturday morning at Loewen Gardens whoever you are.

The Pantry - Inside

Inside The Pantry cafe. I love how the goodies are stacked on the counter top in full view.

The Pantry close up shot of muffins

Closer shot of the muffins. Now tell me you can resist this and I’ll tell you you’re lying!

The Pantry - Scones

Scones from The Pantry

Wild Honey baked goods and jams

Wild Honey – They sell jams and loaves of cakes here. They also have a cafe at Mandarin Gallery along Orchard Road.

Wild Honey baked goods and jams close up shot

Close up shot of the Wild Honey goodies – According to their facebook page, they were selling brioche breads, granola, jams and honey, doughnuts, chicken pies, tea breads etc The stuff is not cheap. We tried their delicious jam and wanted to buy some but it cost $18 per bottle! The tea breads cost $15 I believe!

Zenxin stall

Zenxin – Zenxin is also available at Shop & Save. In my opinion, Zenxin sells the cheapest organic produce in Singapore.

Unnamed organic vegetables stall

Imported Organic vegetable seller

Unnamed fruit stall

Another stall selling organic veggies and fruits

The Pantry Baked Goods

Baked goods and artisan breads. No more generic Gardenia or Sunshine for me.

Open air cooking of paella

Open air cooking of Paella (seafood rice dish) $5 per serving


MadzChef – Baked goods of all sorts

Freedom Eggs

Freedom Eggs from Chews I believe– No more battery hens. About $2.50 for half a dozen

The Pantry's alfresco area<br />

The Pantry’s Alfresco area for you to rest after a hard day’s marketing, or to watch the shoppers haggling

Farmer's Market kids playing

The little ones can be amused at the painting area, or the trampoline

More pictures below and directions on how to get to The Farmer’s Market

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