Get inspired this festive season with all-new season of Bake with Anna Olson!

To be honest, being a food lover I wasn’t really gifted with the gift of cooking or baking for that matter. All I want to do is eat, sleep and repeat. haha. I’m kidding. It was because I was too time strapped before that I haven’t really spared some time to learn new skills in the kitchen.  However I have that insatiable desire for me to learn and practice more until I eventually perfect a skill and since it’s the holiday season and I’m on vacation this is the perfect time for me to eat and be merry! Or learn a new skill and be merry! 🙂 

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Learned how to make these cute Coffee Latte Art last week! 🙂 Yas to new skills! 🙂 

Thank you to Google , You tube and to our TV Screens which feature entertaining lifestyle cooking shows. We can all be our very own Master Chef’s/ Martha Stewarts in our kitchen.

With that being said, This December, Asian Food Channel treats viewers to a brand new season of Bake with Anna Olson! Anna Olson will take viewers on a tasty journey starting with baking basics working all the way up to masterclass level recipes. Join her as she shares her personal tips and tricks, all picked from her library of all things baked and help you become a whiz in the kitchen! Whether it’s a savoury soufflé, a creamy pie or a plate of decadent pancakes, Anna will always have the perfect recipe to sweeten up your day.

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Someday I will soon be whipping up these desserts from my kitchen! 🙂 

Satisfy your sweet tooth with Anna’s Swiss Meringue Gem:

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So since it’s the holidays! I’m sharing with you the recipe on how to make those sweet and delectable Meringue Gems! 🙂 Here goes:

Swiss Meringue Gems 

Recipe courtesy of Anna Olson

Yield:  4 dozen

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Difficulty Level: Easy

INGREDIENTS:        

Meringues

  • 2 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 6 tbsp granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp lemon juice
  • Pink food coloring paste

Toppings

  • 250ml whipping cream
  • 3 tbsp icing sugar, sifted
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 48 fresh raspberries

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 95 °C and line 2 baking trays with parchment paper.
  1. Place the egg whites with the sugar and lemon juice in a metal bowl and whisk.
  1. Place the bowl over a pot filled with approximately 2.5cm of simmering water and whisk the whites constantly until they are warm to the touch.
  1. Using an electric beater, or pouring the warmed whites into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whip attachment, whip the whites on high speed for about 4 minutes or until they are glossy and hold a stiff peak when the beaters are lifted.
  1. Use a toothpick to add a little pink coloring paste and stir in by hand.
  1. Spoon the meringue into a large piping bag fitted with a medium star tip. Pipe a dot of meringue on the underside of each corner of the parchment paper. This will stop the parchment from lifting up as you pipe. Pipe little rosettes (about 2.5cm) across the trays, leaving some space between them.
  1. Bake the meringues until they are dry, but not brown at all, for approximately 30 to 1 hour and 10 minutes. Cool the meringues on the baking tray.

Chef’s tip: If you find the meringues still soft after cooling, return them to the oven.

  1. To make the toppings, whip the cream in a bowl until it holds a soft peak.
  1. Fold in the icing sugar and vanilla.
  1. Fill a medium piping bag with the toppings and pipe a little cream on top of each meringue. Top each with a single raspberry. Serve within 2 hours

Happy Baking! 🙂 Stay tuned to her channel for more of these sweet trear recipes 🙂

Note: The meringues can be made up to a week in advance and stored in an airtight container, but the assembled gems should be enjoyed very soon after being topped.

Catch Bake With Anna Olson season 3, premiering on 16 December, Friday at 9pm, only on Asian Food Channel, available on:

Platform Channel Code
SkyCable 22 (Analog)/ 248 HD
Dream Satellite TV 27
Cignal 62
Destiny Cable 71 (Analog)/ 22 (Digital)

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