Gluten Free Apple Strawberry Cake & Cookbook Giveaway!

November 19, 2012 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 30 Comments

As mentioned in my previous post, the Nutriplus Pastry Competition and baking demos were held in conjunction with the launch of the cookbook Think Out Of the Shell Volume II . If you have not read about my experience in the Pastry Competition, do head over the post now (oh shameless self promo here) Continue Reading →

Apple Starfruit Spiced Crisp

October 30, 2011 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 8 Comments

I love fruit crumble, especially my Apple Pear Cranberry Crumble, but not loving the butter in the crumble topping. So every time I made them crumbles, I tweaked the recipe bit by bit until I have this combination – Butterless Spiced Crisp. I use the name crisp because it gives the dish an elegant ring to it.

Making tons of granola got me thinking crumble and granola is almost similar. So why not substitute butter with olive oil to make it crispy? Other tweaked ingredients are substituting with half rice flour and sprinkles of spice. I think I’ve become a spice addict – especially cumin & cardamon, any food that I sprinkle with spices seems to give them an extra kick.

The crisp is quite easy to put together, can be made days in advance and keep in the fridge. Sprinkle them over any seasonal fruits and bake when you want to serve them. This time I use apple and local star fruits that were ripe and juicy. As the name suggested, the name star fruit must have come from it’s shape – when it’s cut cross section, it looks like a star. Continue Reading →

Apple Pear Cranberry Crumble

July 15, 2011 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 0 comments


A while back, i bought some huge over ripe pears that were on sale at my neighbourhood supermarket. Not knowing what to do with them, i went online searching. That’s my usual behaviour – buy ingredient first, then search for recipes and try out immediately. Yes, you might not find it impractical, but to my surprise, my ad hoc cooking turns out some delish results and also new learning experiences. As i scout the search results, i only click to read the ones that makes my heart goes Yea that’s easy and delish!

The recipe Apple pear cranberry crumble caused my heart to skip a beat and goes Yea this is the one! The recipe is easy yet the dessert looks like restaurant quality and it does impress friends at dinner parties 🙂 I use Gala Apples (Red Sweet & Sour) instead of Granny Smith because i don’t quite like Granny Smith (my personal preference). You can use different varieties of apples of your choice. The sweet soury taste of the apple blends perfectly with the sweetness of the pear. A tip to shorten the preparation time: I skip the peeling of the apples & pears, I just cored and cut into chunks. They taste good with the skin too. Continue Reading →