Monday, January 17, 2011

Parent & Child Cooking Class

 The Cooking House at Desa Sri Hartamas

 Parent & Child Cooking Class - Petit Cakes
16th Jan 2011 from 3-5pm
RM100 per pair. Additional RM50 charged per additional child/adult

First up, we watched the demo on how to bake the butter pound cake. Really simple recipe. This is something beginner cooks can do easily.

There were over 10 pairs of mommies & kids. Most of the kids were girls too. Pic above shows demonstrator pouring the cake batter into the cake tin.

The recipe calls for 175g of pure butter - we used Anchor pure salted butter so no need to add salt to the batter already. Add 100g of sugar or less if desired. A mixture of brown sugar can also be used. Then mix the butter and sugar together until it's pale & fluffy. Then add 3 eggs one by one into the batter, mixing after each addition. After that, half a teaspoon of vanilla essence goes inside the batter.

Next comes the 'snow'! Sift 120g of plain flour with one third teaspoon of baking powder. Sift half of the quantity then fold before sifting the rest of the flour in. Lastly add 2 tablespoons of milk. Lined the baking tray & pour in the batter. Bake in a pre-heat oven 165 degrees celcius for 20 minutes. Insert a skewer inside the cake & it should come up clean.

While waiting for the cake to bake, all the kids were given a cake box and crayons to decorate.

Once the cakes are ready, use a round mould or cutter to cut the cake and stack them up on each other.

We then watched another demo on how to prepare the cream. Pour 1 cup of whipping cream and whip the cream until stiff.

 Spread it on the cake and decorate it with M&M's and jellybeans

At this point, Larry & Marissa came along and joined the class briefly, as it was almost 5 o'clock already. Evan happily ate all the sugar decorations in the bowl.

We munched on the butter cake & it was delicious! We brought back 5 of our creations! Whipped cream needs to be refridgerated though. Another alternative is to use buttercream which is sweeter. To make buttercream, just combine butter and sugar together. Then the cake can be kept at room temperature.

Overall - very informative, practical hands-on class for the novice baker - just like me & Evan.

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