Posts Tagged ‘3 ingredients’

When was the last time you had a real, face-to-face, no holds barred conversation with someone?

One where you’d completely lost track of time?

One where you could keep going for hours and feel the lightness of only minutes having passed you by?

One where the next morning, when you try to remember what you spoke about through the night, all you can recall is a warm feeling.


It’s a magnificent thing – being able to talk about just anything with someone in a fearless, honest and crazy way.

Knowing that nothing you could possibly say would ever result in judgement. That exquisite feeling of being bound by nothing – just indulging in an unrestrained spilling of words.

Swimming in and out of a million different ideas and stories with someone.

Being wrapped up in their lives and minds for a moment, and letting them step into yours.

It’s so beautifully detailed and intricate in some ways, and yet so simple at the same time.

Throw a slice of cheesecake like this one into the mix and you will probably make a friend for life.


A spoonful of this fluffy cheesecake will make you feel like you’re eating a piece of light yellow cloud.


Using just 3 ingredients also makes this a super simple dessert to put together without having to run to the store.

There is something about its delicate, pale yellow, billowy surface that just relaxes me. Do you feel the same? :)


3-ingredient Japanese Cheesecake

Recipe from: Happy Home Baking

Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 30 mins, plus cooling
Serves: 6-8


120 g white chocolate, broken into pieces (I used Meji – a Japanese brand)
120 g cream cheese, softened
3 eggs, separated
sprinkles (optional)



1. Line the base of a 7-inch round cake tin with parchment paper and grease thoroughly. (I used brown paper parchment.)
2. Place the white chocolate pieces in a double boiler, and stir until melted and smooth. Add the cream cheese and mix until incorporated. Remove from the heat and mix in the egg yolks.


3. In another bowl, whip the egg whites until stiff and then very gently fold into the chocolate-cream cheese mixture.


4. Pour the mixture into the cake tin and place on a baking tray. Fill the tray with some hot water – it can come upto half the side of the cake tin. Bake at 170º C for 15 minutes and then reduce the temperature to 160º C for another 15 minutes. Then turn off the oven and leave the cheesecake inside for a final 15 minutes. Let the cheesecake cool completely before removing from the tin. Cut into slices and top with sprinkles if desired.


Simple is always best. Now grab a friend, make some cheesecake, crack open a bottle of wine and let the words flow :)

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Very often I’m asked: What do you do with everything you bake? Do you eat it all yourself?

Dear person who thinks I’m a dessert-inhaling monster, this post is for you.

I love baking. But you already knew that about me.

Here’s what I love more: happy people eating and (usually!) appreciating what I’ve baked.

When I bake something, I usually taste it, photograph it, and then put it into a big box to share with the happy people I work with.

The cookies/pies/cupcakes/tarts are tasted and I receive critical feedback, big smiles, bakery-opening advice, and general happiness in return.

It’s lovely sharing good food with wonderful people.

This is what happened when I handed a few people a peanut butter cookie on a dreary Monday afternoon. I call it the peanut butter cookie effect. (How very scientific of me, I know. Aren’t you proud Mom? :)) Take a look.










If that’s not happy-making I don’t know what is!

Also happy-making- My aunt just sent me my Advent chain presents. Every year for as long as I can remember she gives me 25 presents – one to open every day from 1st December to Christmas. How amazing is that? I love her.
Take a look at the heap!

Advent chain presents

Now for some happy news for you all, my darlings.

The awesome folks over at Hilton, Mayur Vihar have some discount vouchers they want to give you!

Here’s what you could win:

1. 15% discount on the Sunday Brunch at Cafe On 3, DoubleTree by Hilton, Mayur Vihar
2. 20% discount at Roadhouse Bar and Grill, DoubleTree by Hilton, Mayur Vihar
3. 20% discount at Infinity, Hilton Mayur Vihar

To win, just leave me a comment telling me what’s your favourite thing to cook/bake during Christmas. So simple, no?
Entries will be accepted till 9th December, 2012. 3 winners will be announced right after.

Oh and if you’re in the mood for those delicious flour-less peanut butter cookies, made with only 3 ingredients (crazy, right?) that everyone is smiling about, then here’s the recipe :)

3-ingredient flour-less peanut butter cookies
Recipe (slightly adapted) from: Laura’s Sweet Spot

Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 8 mins
Makes: 24 medium cookies


255g creamy peanut butter
225g caster sugar
1 large egg


1. Preheat the oven to 180º C and line two baking trays with parchment.
2. Mix the peanut butter, sugar, and egg together in a bowl. Scoop out tablespoons of the cookie dough and roll between your palms to form rough balls. Place on the baking trays and then gently press down on each ball with the back of a fork (twice) to form criss-cross lines. Make sure there is enough space between each cookie, as they expand a bit while baking.
3. Bake for 8 minutes and then leave on the tray till completely cool before eating. This is important because the cookies are too soft to handle when they’re hot.

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