Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Durian, Episode 2

Gee.. I hadn't realise it'd been so long since I posted anything until Jane actually asked if my bakings were coming along fine. =X

You people must be thinking that I just totally busted my "new year's resolution" of wanting to post more recipes etc etc..Well, aren't resolutions meant to be broken? So, that's why you make them? no? =p

Work's keeping me busy busy, not because I have loads to do but because working hours just sucks up 3/4 of your waking hours. Coupled with recipes to try, CNY and orders, I'm starting to feel that 24 hours is seriously not enough. Not that I wish a day had 48 hours for I would have collapsed before the day even ends. This crazy schedule landed me sleeping at past 1, sometimes even past 2 in the morning and poor D had to suffer with me =X Not to mentioned, I baked through the night till 5.30 AM one Friday to deliver my dad's company cake the next day. The story, of which, I'll leave it to another post..

Now, concentrate.

I have a love-hate relationship with durian. They're so pungent they make thinking there's a leaky gas tap around the house, yet they can be oh-so alluring when that creamy yellowish flesh melts in your mouth and slides down your throat and what you have left is the smell in your mouth that lingers for hours, sometimes making you beckon for more.. I'm not one who truly appreciates eating the fruit itself, but I must admit that my knees go weak when I have a good durian dessert.

Most durian desserts are mixed with cream or added with some other ingredients which to durian purist, is crap. But for people like me? It's perfect. The cream tones down the otherwise sharp, pungent taste yet preserving the unique taste and smell of a durian. As such, how could I say no to a workshop that covers a variety of durian related dessert? Most of all, what lured me to signing up what a durian chocolate truffle cake. I was instantly reminded of Spike-D from Big O.

The workshop was pretty relaxing and the pace was ok, and the recipes taught were elegant yet simple. I haven't found the time to re-create any of the recipes at home as im still in the midst of racing against time.

Verdict? A pretty comprehensive workshop as I learnt some other techniques and learnt how to handle fruits in bakes. As for the taste, you either love it, or hate it.


Honey Bee Sweets said...

Good to hear from you again youfei! Glad that work is keeping you busy, hope everything goes as planned for you...not to mention your NY resolutions, heehee. Nice looking durian cake btw. Seems like durian season is always on nowadays, isn't it?

Passionate About Baking said...

Wow Youfei! Really took you that long to put up a post. But then again, one is better than none! I like your pictures. Did you photoshop them? :p I'm very bad at pictures and editing them. I'm so glad you enjoyed the workshop. I finished the cake within 2 days. Heehee...

youfei said...


Thanks so much for dropping by and your well wishes! =) The cake was deocrated by the workshop instructor, i'm not that pro la..hahaha

Hi Jane,

Yes, it took me so long..and there's supposed to be a post before that, but i cant find the pictures! Hmm I don't photoshop my pictures. I use picasa to do minor adjusments cos i like my pictures to have a 'warmer' feel. i brough it to a friend's place right after and we polished everything! His son (less than a yr old) was addicted to durian! hahahah

Pei-Lin@Dodol and Mochi said...

Hey, you finally updated your blog!

The cake looks beautiful ... Think I'm not up to this level. LOL!

Well, as much as I'd love to use durian in my baking ... I can't because my family gets overheated easily with durian! So, we try to eat less of it. Hahaha ...!

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