Poh´s Kitchen Episode 1.Recipe: Orange chiffon cupcakes with orange blossom scented cream

Orange chiffon cupcakes with orange blossom scented cream

Now this is the new idea for my blog. I have felt much uninspired in my cooking adventure. Ya know, laziness is certainly a factor. So, here it is, the new challenge for my new year: I will find a cooking show, old or new, review each episode and cook/bake something out of it.

Sound good? Of course the major requirement is the show is interesting enough to sustain my interests. At the moment, it is Poh´s Kitchen, produced by ABC . Onto the first episode of the show, which premiered last Wednesday. (Scroll down for information on the series and where to watch).

This episode is the opening for a new series, and I think the first 10 minutes or so is a bit forced. Basically, it gives a chance for Poh to talk about her art gallery and connection with food. Sounds like a segment of Master Chef to me. *yawn*

But things get better and Poh is much more alive in the kitchen. She met up with pastry chef Emmanuel Mollois . I adore these two together. Poh was quirky and wild, untamed in her cooking approach whereas Emmanuel was disciplined and very French.

They went for sweet stuff, naturally. Poh put a Western spin on the orange chiffon cake by slicing it in three parts and fattening it up with lots of cream , hazelnuts and chocolate ganache. Emmanuel, on the other hand, turned to a French classic – croissants. Not your normal plain one, but with almond pastry cream (more butter!). If you have to run 30 mins for each plain croissant, I wonder how much harder we have to work out for this version?

Thought on the episode: Poh is lovely. I like her sense and style (her dog is so cute, yes?). The guest chef for this episode is a really good choice, since his sense of humor complements Poh´s style greatly. The editing of the show is not that good but forgivable. All in all, a refreshing cooking show, which brings out the fun of the kitchen.

Recipe: Now, the almond croissants look delicious. I was turned off by the labour intensive work involved though. (Of course, I can just buy ready-made croissants, but I doubt that they will make it to my tummy first before I even reach home). So I chose orange chiffon instead.

Chiffon cake is no stranger for some of us. It is so popular in Asia, especially the green pandan one. Having packed my chiffon pan somewhere, I decided to bake chiffon cake in a form of cupcakes, and filled them with orange blossom scented cream. The inspiration is from Hokkaido chiffon cakes, which were very popular among Asian bakers last year, especially those from Taiwan. They are best served chilled. Excellent on those hot summer days (or anytime, actually).

Recipe note: Use the brown paper cups if possible since they “hold” the cake batter. Remember to bake the cupcakes in a slow oven, so they will not collapse so much after cooling down.

Orange chiffon cupcakes with orange blossom scented cream

Orange chiffon cupcakes with orange blossom scented cream

Mixture A
5 egg whites (at room temperature is best)
75g caster sugar
Mixture B
5 egg yolks
7 tbs coconut milk
5 tbs vegetable oil
75g caster sugar
5 tbs orange juice
1 tbs orange zest
150g self raising flour, sifted
Mixture C
150ml full cream
2-3 tbp castor sugar
1 tsp orange blossom water

Preheat oven to 150C (not fan-forced).

Beat egg whites with an electric mixer till soft peaks. Add sugar one tablespoon at a time a beat thoroughly. Set aside.

In a separate bowl whisk egg yolks with caster sugar till fluffy. Add coconut milk, vegetable oil, orange juice, zest and self raising flour and whisk until combined. Gently fold the egg whites into the yolk mixture 3 batches.

Pour into cupcake cases (see recipe note). Bake 30-35 mins @ 150C. Test if the cake is done, then cool completely.

Beat cream with sugar and orange blossomwater until soft peaks. Put cream into a piping bag. Use a small knife, cut a cross through the centre of each cupcake, and fill with cream.
The cupcakes are best served chilled.

Verdict: I love the concept of the cream-filled cupcakes. Love the filling. The cake does not collapse, so it´s nice. I am not a big fan of Poh´s chiffon batter, it feels heavier than the normal one I bake before. But it holds up batter in cupcake form, and tastes nice, so I won´t complain much.

Where to watch Poh’s kitchen?

~ In Australia: ABC1, 6.30pm every Wednesday.
~ Streaming: the two latest episodes are available here. I am one episode behind on recap, but good things take time! :)

21 Responses to Poh´s Kitchen Episode 1.Recipe: Orange chiffon cupcakes with orange blossom scented cream

  1. MeetaK says:

    chiffon cakes/cupcakes are so wonderfully indulgent i love the fact that you used the flavors of orange in this!

  2. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Those cupcakes look lovely and must be so frangrant!

  3. budisakty says:

    Very interesting article, and fun to read. The information provided by you is very good,is very excellent. I got good knowledge from your summery.

  4. Little Corner of Mine says:

    Your orange chiffon looks good. I like Poh's smile.

  5. Anh says:

    Meeta, I love the orange blossom water, it's so wonderful.

  6. Phuoc'n Delicious says:

    Hey Anh! I really enjoyed Poh's show as well. I wanted Poh to win because I knew she would go much further than Julie but oh well.. But I wished Justine made it into the finals though..

  7. Sarah, Maison Cupcake says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog and introducing me to yours. These cupcakes look really pretty in these patterned wrappers.

  8. shaz says:

    Great to se you back on the blog Anh! Chiffon cakes are one of my childhood favourites, never tried to bake them at home yet…cupcakes sound like a great idea.

  9. bittersweetblog says:

    Yum, looks deliciously citrus-y! And you're making me wish I could watch this program over here in the US, too. 😉

  10. Tangled Noodle says:

    This is fantastic idea for you blog! And it's a wonderful opportunity for those of us who don't get to see some wonderful cooking show and food personalities here in the US. Of course, the treats you highlight are an added bonus! 😎

  11. neil says:

    Poh is such a natural; love your description, quirky, wild and untamed, the very qualities that cost her the masterchef crown, or is that tiara?!!!

  12. Faith says:

    I love your new idea for your blog! I've never seen this show, but it looks fantastic and I'll have to check it out! I can just imagine the lovely scent of these delicious little cakes!

  13. Ju (The Little Teochew) says:

    Hi Ahn!! So good to hear from you again! Happy New Year :) I know these cupcakes … I remember reading somewhere that they have been rage in Taiwan for a while already. 😉

  14. Manggy says:

    Great concept, Anh, and great photos too :) Any other shows on the line? Revisiting Jamie's America perhaps? :)

  15. Elle says:

    Haven't watched this show but followed the links…love her sassy style! You lovely cakes look light and delectable Anh…I'm imagining the orange blossom fragrance!

  16. thepastrychefathome says:

    Right now I wish I lived in Austrailia so I would watch this show!!

  17. Megan says:

    These sound and look so refreshing and delicious! I love trying new cupcake recipes-this one definitely sounds like something I'm going to have to try soon :)

  18. Cathy says:

    I missed the show so I'm happy to see your review Anh, love it

  19. Yenie says:

    Hi Anh, I came across a while ago when searching for Vietnamese bloggers in Sydney (and there are not many out there). I really enjoy your blog and your photos are amazing.

  20. pixen says:

    Thanks Anh for the links…:-) Watching them right now 😀

  21. Lauren @ Delicateflavors says:

    I've been on the cupcake kick and this recipe is wonderful. The show also looks great and I will be watching them ASAP! Thanks for sharing :)

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