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10 Baking Hacks to Make Your Life a Breeze

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10 Baking Hacks to Make Your Life a Breeze

Baking can be a delicate affair – especially when half a cup of butter could be the difference between a show-stopping cake and a kitchen disaster. So make your life a breeze with these 10 baking hacks carefully selected by us that’ll make you feel like the best baker in the neighbourhood!

1. Get icing sugar from regular sugar!

Time for the finishing touch of dusting icing sugar over your baked goods – but you only have regular sugar! Don’t worry, you can just use your regular sugar by putting it into a food processor and blending at high speed until they reach the consistency of powdered sugar.

Get the Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus Processor for a portable and hassle-free appliance to do just that!

2. Juicy lemons in 10 seconds!

Need to get juices out from your citrus fruits as one of the ingredients? Instead of getting cramps squeezing them with your hands, simply pop them in the microwave for 5 to 10 seconds to get the juices flowing!

3. It just won’t come off!

Trying to add in honey or molasses into your baking mix but it just won’t come off your bowl or spoon? Just coat them with a non-stick cooking spray first! It’ll come right off and the ingredients you measured will be super precise!

4. Cut Perfect Slices of Brownies!

Always making a crumbly mess when cutting brownies? Run your knife under hot water for several seconds, dry it, and watch how cleanly your knife cuts through them! Pop them into your fridge to keep them fresh and re-heat your brownies when needed and you’ll be getting perfect slices of all your baked goods in no-time!

5. Make Instant Buttermilk!

If you want to make soft and fluffy pancakes, you’ve got to use buttermilk! Not many of us keep buttermilk readily available in our fridge, but here’s a hack to make instant buttermilk from just regular milk and lemon juice! Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice (or vinegar) in a 1-cup measuring cup and fill the rest with milk. After letting it sit for 5 minutes, you’ve just got a fresh batch of buttermilk!

6. Have the hazelnuts peel itself for you!

It can be a nightmare getting the flaky skins off hazelnuts – especially when you are making some delicious homemade Nutella cream!

To make it a cinch, roast the hazelnuts in an oven until hot then place them in a damp kitchen towel and gently rub. The combination of heat and moisture will let the hazelnut peel itself for you!

7. Control the temperature of your eggs!

You are baking happily when the recipe suddenly calls for room temperature eggs – oops, guess who forgot to take out the eggs an hour beforehand? Fret not! You can regulate the temperature of your eggs back to room temperature by immersing them in a bowl of hot (but not boiling) water for 5 to 10 minutes!

8. Ripen Bananas Quickly!

Here’s a time-accelerating trick for those who want ripe bananas without the hassle of waiting for them to ripe naturally!

 Place them on a baking sheet and bake them at 300°F for about 40 minutes – you’ll get perfectly ripe bananas for you to use in your delicious banana bread and cakes!

We recommend this Jamie Oliver Non-Stick Baking Sheet that is both sturdy and reliable!

9. Get perfectly flaky biscuits and crusts!

The key secret in getting those perfectly flaky biscuits and pie crusts is making sure pieces of butter are evenly distributed inside your dough. The best way to do this is to use a cheese grater and grate the butter into the dough for easy stirring!

The Boska Stainless Steel Trio Formaggio Cheese Grater is perfect for the job!

10. IG-Worthy Cakes with a Floss!

Ever wondered how pastry chefs achieve getting those perfectly sliced cakes in their photos? It’s simple! Get unscented dental floss from any local convenience store! A taut dental floss slides through soft and doughy items with much better precision than any standard kitchen knife!

5 Recipes for the Perfect Brunch.

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5 Recipes for the Perfect Brunch

The holidays are just around the corner and it’s the perfect excuse for everybody’s favourite meal; that one meal that combines a hearty breakfast and a wholesome lunch – BRUNCH.

While showing up at one is easy, hosting one on the other hand, really takes some grit and courage (Ugh, those fussy poached eggs!).

Fret not, with this 5 easy-to-make recipes from us, hosting brunch will seem like a breeze! 😉

1. Vanilla Waffles 

For our entrée, let’s start with some fluffy home-made Vanilla Waffles!  Crispy on the outside, moist on the inside, topped with vanilla ice-cream and sweet maple syrup. The perfect way to kick-start any brunch.

Looking to maximise kitchen space while rolling out perfectly shaped waffles? Try the Cuisinart Vertical Waffle Maker; no mess, fuss-free and easy to clean!

Recommended Cookware: Cuisinart Vertical Waffle Maker

2. Poached Eggs with Smoked Salmon and Avocados 

Next up, delicious smoked salmon topped with perfect poached eggs served with some mashed avocado goodness. There’s nothing like a dish that is both Insta-worthy and delicious for brunch, and this easy-to-follow recipe does just that! Be prepared though, your friends will start hounding you to teach them how to make this!

Psst, sometimes we cheat by using the Nordic Ware Egg Poacher Pan which makes poaching eggs ridiculously easy.

Recommended Cookware: Nordic Ware Egg Poacher & Omelette Folding Pan

3. Ham and Cheese Quiche

Say Cheese with Quiche! Sink your teeth into this decadent savoury pie that is loaded with generous slices of ham.  Show off with this classic savoury pastry that originated from Germany and you’ll be turning your brunch to the next level.

Not a fan of ham or prefer something lighter? Swap them with baby spinach, cherry tomatoes or even smoked salmon! You really can’t go wrong with this, especially not when we’ve recommended you the perfect cheese grater below!

Recommended Tool: Boska Stainless Steel Trio Formaggio XL Cheese Grater

4. Croissant 

Bonjour! Our next addition to the perfect brunch will be this classic French staple. Nobody can resist buttery croissants that are fresh from the oven, and this simple recipe teaches you exactly how to do it!

Knead your dough in style with our Jamie Oliver Rolling Pin, made from solid acacia wood with contoured handles that provides superior grip.

Recommended Bakeware:

Jamie Oliver Acacia Rolling Pin

Silpat Silicone Non-Stick Pastry Mat

5. Matcha Souffle 

Soufflé and brunch are a Matcha made in heaven! This stunning recipe highlights the different layers of aroma in Japanese green tea leaves. Truly a dessert to behold!

Serve them in our Lava Soufflé Pots and you’ll have yourself a winner at any brunch table!

Recommended Bakeware:  Lava Cast Iron Round Soufflé Pot

That’s not all! For the month of November, we have a ton of cooking & baking classes just for you, exclusively at ToTT Store!

From Dim Sum Classics by Chef Michele to Love for Macarons by Chef Lin Weixian, roll up your sleeves and get ready to wow your friends and family!

Full class listing available here.

 

ToTT 8th Anniversary Special – 5 interesting things to do this October!

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5 interesting things to do this October!

ToTT Store celebrates its 8th birthday this October with a line-up of fun-filled activities just for you!

1. ToTT Atrium Sale

For the first time ever, ToTT Store will be having its first atrium sale at Century Square Shopping Mall from 5 to 11 October 2018, 10 am – 10 pm daily. Come down and shop your favourite kitchenware brands WMF, Tefal, Scanpan, KitchenAid and SodaStream! Exclusive deals definitely not to be missed!

Click here to find out more!

2. Meet Your Favourite Kitchenware Brands

ToTT @ Century Square will be converting its 1,100sqft cooking studio into an exclusive pop up market where you can shop and learn more about your favourite kitchenware brands on 12 October 2018, 6 – 9 pm. Shoppers can expect live product demonstrations and exclusive deals during this event too!  What’s more, this event is complimentary! So come on down with your family for a fun night out.

3. Food From The Heart Classes

For the third year running, ToTT is once again bringing back its popular charity baking classes in collaboration with Food from the Heart. Participants can sign-up for a variety of baking classes every Sunday in the month of October, where they will be taught how to bake delectable Rustic Pot Pies, melt-in-the-mouth Egg Tarts or even Quiche Lorraine from scratch!

Half of everything baked will be donated to Food from the Heart, a non-profit voluntary food distribution programme that channels surplus food to those in need.

For a token registration fee of $38, each participant will receive a ToTT cookbook and learn how to bake these delicious treats!  Interested participants can sign up here!

4. Anniversary 1-For-1 Classes

For the entire month of October, cooking enthusiasts will be able to bring a friend and enjoy 1-For-1 classes including Thai Street Food by Chef Shih Er, Tasty Italian Dishes by Chef Michele Ow and Luscious Strawberry Shortcake by Chef Philia.

That’s right! Spend quality time with your friend and learn these delicious recipes at just $88 for the both of you. Interested? Click here to sign up now!

5. Spin The Wheel

Spin the wheel at ToTT @ Suntec and stand a chance to win amazing prizes! Don’t miss the chance to win incredible prizes from Jamie Oliver Oven Gloves (worth $30.90) to our grand prize of a Grant Uno Sous Vide Controller worth $281.90!

Simply shop at ToTT @ Suntec from 27 September to 28 October with a minimum of $100 in a single receipt to participate!

That’s not all! Enjoy amazing deals and discounts throughout our entire anniversary month, including lucky draw prizes worth over $1,200!

Click here to find out more!

 

Bake with Your Kids – 6 Baking Recipes Under 30mins!

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6 Baking Recipes Under 30mins!

School holidays are just around the corner! What better way to spend time with the kids than to have a fun baking session together? We’ve selected 6 hassle-free and easy recipes that takes less than 30mins for you to share with your children!

1. Rocky Road Peanut Clusters

These addictive morsels of Rocky Road Peanut Clusters only require FIVE ingredients and are made in the microwave! A delicious sweet treat for everyone to enjoy! Be warned, once you start, you can’t stop!

Recommended Bakeware: Jamie Oliver Non-Stick Baking Tray

2. Dutch Baby Pancakes

Forget regular pancakes! This super fluffy, super moist Dutch Baby Pancakes are perfect for those lazy Sunday mornings when you want to do something extra special for breakfast! Not a fan of blueberries? Go with strawberries or even cobbled peaches as toppings!

Recommended Bakeware: Magisso Ballon Whisk

3. Cheesy Pull-Apart Garlic Bread

Here’s how to make gooey, cheesy, garlicky pull-apart bread, one step at a time! Addictively buttery and cheesy with each piece bursting with fresh herb and garlic flavours!

Recommended Bakeware: Mye Wooden Round Pizza Board With Handle

4. Banana & Raisin Cinnamon Muffins

Get wowed by this simple recipe that will fill your kitchen with the aroma of cinnamon and baked bananas. In just 3 simple steps, and less than 30 mins get ready to bond and bake these tasty treats with your children! Perfect for tea parties!

An easy to make recipe that combines delicious creamed banana batter with a healthy and flavourful cinnamon mix.

Recommended Bakeware: Jamie Oliver Non-Stick Muffin Tin

5. Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Feeling peckish and looking for a kid activity this school holiday? Grab your mixing bowls, spatula and get ready to bake these Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies. A perfect teatime snack for the children as they wash it down with a glass of cold milk!

Recommended Bakeware:  Jamie Oliver Balloon Whisk with Acacia Wood Handle

6. Classic Waffles

A popular snack worldwide, waffles can be eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Here’s our version of classic waffles – fluffy, moist and tasty. Serve it with your favourite ice-cream, topped with chocolate sauce, whipped cream or icing sugar!

Recommended Appliance: Cuisinart Vertical Waffle Maker

That’s not all! For the month of September, we have a ton of Junior Chef Classes just for you and your child! From Handmade Pasta & Molten Lava Cake by Chef Michele to Ice Cream Cone Cake by Chef Phillia, roll up your sleeves and get ready for the time of your life with your kid!

Full ToTT Junior Chef Class listing available here.