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X Melissa


X Melissa
 
Home Town: Kent, Washington, USA
Living In: Central Region, Singapore
Member Since: Apr. 2010
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Dessert
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I've been making a mess in the kitchen since I could reach the flour in the cupboard. Now I'm all grown up and baking at least once a week (and leaving less messes in the kitchen). I'm currently working towards becoming a pastry chef and bakery owner.
My favorite things to cook
Everything involving butter, flour, and sugar. Though I would consider myself a decent cook, I am a baker at heart. Cookies, cakes, bread, scones, muffins, pies... I love them all.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My parents are both from Manila and have always had the magic touch in the kitchen when applying well-guarded family recipes. When I was growing up, I adored helping my dad hold the cheese cloth to strain the leche flan mixture and the smell of chocolate rice and bacon on a Sunday morning. I can't wait for the next holiday when my mom and I sit down and roll lumpia together, hours before friends and family arrive.
My cooking triumphs
My most beautiful creation to date would have to be Emeril's almond roca cookies.
My cooking tragedies
I sometimes forget an ingredient here and there. My latest tragedy was an attempt at Smitten Kitchen's yellow cake and I forgot to add one cup of flour. Heh. Oooh.
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Chocolate Cream Pudding
Absolutely lovely, rich, thick and creamy pudding. I used flour as a substitute for cornstarch (2F:1C), 1/3 more unsweetened chocolate and 1/3 less sugar and it came out wonderful. Definitely keep whisking and scrape with a rubber spatula throughout. I took the advice of tempering the yolks by adding a bit of the warm chocolate mixture and whisking before adding it back to the pot. Perfectly smooth. I'm surprised more people don't make pudding from scratch. It's so simple and the result far exceeds the amount of work put in. X Melissa

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Reviewed On: Apr. 19, 2010
Chinese Restaurant Almond Cookies
I haven't ever had Chinese almond cookies before, but I gave this recipe a try and thought they came out well. Changes I made: I substituted butter and shortening for the lard and used 2.5 tsp almond extract and .5 tsp vanilla extract. I tried it both with and without the egg wash and they come out beautifully either way. I think the extra extract helps the coloring. I shared these with my boyfriend and several friends and they all loved them. They now have a reputation as dinner ruiners fresh from the oven. These are good cookies, tasty but without the wow factor, hence the 4 out of 5 stars.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 14, 2010
 
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