Bought a packet of Premix Tirimisu recently and tried it on Tuesday.
The premix consist only the powdered cheese that you rehydrate with water. You are still required to make the syrup from scratch, make the sponge base if you are not using store-bought ladies fingers, and whip up some fresh cream to be mixed into the rehydrated cheese.
In the end, I wondered if this qualifies to be called a premix as the amount of preparation needed is no different from a regular recipe.
Anyway, this tirimisu passed the test. Tastes good and no one would have been any wiser if you want to proudly declare, 'Hey, I MADE this MYSELF'.
The whole week zoomed by rather quickly and on Friday, I started on my Advance Cake Decorating class.
It was so much fun to be creating roses and chrysanthemums etc just by a mere squeezing of the icing cone. However, I still cannot get the hang of the correct pressure to apply as the edges of all my flowers came out jaggered:
Roses: This is the first flower we piped that evening. Surprisingly, all of us could managed it quite well at our first attempt. As the rose is the most common icing flowers to appear on decorated cakes, we will have to practise this every week till we perfect it. Showed the picture of the rose to my friend and she says it looked like a cabbage. Possibly the edges are too jaggered.
Apple Blossom: The second flower for the night. Supposedly easier, but none of us could do it well as the rose.
Sheep: Ha! Look at his eyes. Seems to be bulging out. Perhaps he has an overactive thyroid gland.
Chrysanthemum: Lovely isn't it but we have been 'cautioned' against icing this on our cakes. Why? Just look around the wreaths at a funeral wake. Need I say more? We are learning the chrysanthemums more for the technique than anything else.
Fantasy Flower: Looks more like the top of a coconut tree to me.
Finally, to round off the week, made two Steamed Pumpkin MeeSuah Kueh, one for home and one for a gathering. This is a prize winning recipe by a Malaysian lady using MeeSuah (flour vermicelli), shredded pumpkin, minced pork, chinese mushrooms and fragrant dried shrimps. Tastes like a cross between a yam cake and a pumpkin cake.