We can't resist our sweets, even more so when these western bakes have been given a delectable Asian twist. Thankfully, we have no shortage of homegrown bakeries who continue to satiate our sweet tooth with imaginative creations ranging from pandan burnt cheesecake, mango calamansi tart to coffee gula melaka chiffon cake. Here are some of our favourites this year.
1. Pineapple Financier
She’s known for her acting chops but local actress Jeanette Aw made a serious name for herself in the pastry scene with the May opening of her patisserie Once Upon a Time. The Le Cordon Bleu-trained pastry chef offers her signature pineapple financier, which she created during Chinese New Year. It’s a hybrid of the quintessential financier “fashioned like gold bars” and is one of her favourite festive snacks. Though Aw is understandably cagey about the recipe, she reveals that she uses “good-quality butter” that is browned to release a beautiful and nutty aroma. Soft inside and crisp outside, the almond cake perfectly complements the “surprise element” of pineapple jam at its core made from scratch and mixed with ground almonds to offset the sweetness with some nuttiness. Buy here.
Once Upon a Time | 35 Hamilton Road #01-04 S(209204) | 8781 9093 (Whatsapp messages only)