Saturday, January 23, 2010

Baking time... for commercial purpose

It seems that wherever I go these days, the boisterous chinese new year songs could be heard. I'm not a great fan of these 'clanking' music and I no longer look forward to this yearly festive season compared to when I was a kid. Other than the fact that my biological clock is ticking away furiously, the other reason is mainly because I used to collect angpows and now, I am distributing angpows instead. So, you can't fault me for showing less enthusiasm, can you? But there is one thing that enthuse me perfectly which is the notion of "all play and no work". There is much merriment throughout the day and sumptuous spread of food can be expected. I have been baking my own cny cookies since the very first day I own an oven. I can remember vividly it was a Pensonic brand, one that I could afford at that time. I was experimenting various cookie recipes and nothing came out right the first time. My passion in baking (and probably my reluctance to admit defeat) drove me on and my efforts did pay off. This year, I have decided to put my time into good use by selling some variety of cookies to friends or whoever are interested. I baked my first batch of pineapple tarts today, right after I got home from office. Boy, what a rush for me. By the time I completed the entire process, I felt like my back was about to split into two while my shoulder was about to crumble to thousands of pieces. Unlike baking for leisure, baking for commecial is putting some strain and stress in me as I want my tarts to not only look beautiful but to taste heavenly as well. For Christ's sake! I'm selling to no strangers but to people I know instead. No doubt I was fatigue after baking for approximately 3 hours but it was all worth it. I am not talking about monetary alone (of course monetary plays a part lah). I am talking about self satisfaction. I was filled with a sense of euphoria at the product that I made with my own bare hands. Hubby came home just in time to witness the last batch of baking and he wasted no time in taking some pictures of me in action. Okaaay... I look dishevelled and my hair is unkempt. But what do you expect from a woman who had earlier on accelerated 90kph to beat the horrendous traffic in order to rush home to bake and had been baking for nearly 3 hours? Anyway, the tarts came out nicely and I hope friends will order more of my other cookies rather than tarts coz tart is really a tedious affair. Here are some pix I am sharing. Enjoy ! (watching) Penned by Rachel


hanson said...

can try using the cookies press for squeezing out the dough.

Rachel & Chong said...

nah.... there ain't no cookie press for this particular shape.