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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Happy New Year, Everyone!

Happy New Year, everyone! Wish you all lots of luck and joy, great health and success! Hope you have had a great new year holiday with your loved ones, family and friends!

It took me a while getting back to blogging. After my family trip was over and they all left last week, I was spending time cleaning up the house, taking good rest, and settling back to my old life. While these three things were accomplished, I realized it was about time to make new year resolutions, something I hadn’t allocated my time for due to the trip. It was about time to plan for my life in 2011!

I was glad that my family members were all happy with the trip. We had time exploring the beautiful mountain resort at Phuchifah, the relaxing beach resort at HuaHin, engaged ourselves in the intensive shopping marathon - something of which Bangkok is well known for, and most of all indulged in Thai cuisine. And with T’s presence in the trip, my family had learnt more about Thai culture. Can’t wait to have another trip with them next year!

Makes 15 scones

1.Yellow Plum Scones
Prepare: 2 inch cookie cutter

- All purpose flour > 300 g
- Baking powder > 2 tsp
- Salt > ¼ tsp
- Lemon zest > 4 tsp
- Milk > 100 ml
- Whipping cream > 100 ml
- Dried yellow plum – cut into chunks > 100 g

- Prepare a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
- Preheat oven to 225 C.
- Combine all purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. Sift into a big bowl.
- Add in lemon zest, milk, whipping cream, and plum chunks. Mix well into a dough.
- Dust table top with a bit of flour. Spread dough on it and roll into a sheet with thickness of 1 cm.
- Use cookie cutter, cut dough sheet into circles. Place these circles into the prepared baking tray.
- Bake at 225 C for 15 minutes.

2. Passionfruit Sauce

- Passionfruit juice > 125 ml
- Passionfruit flesh with seeds > 1.5 tbsp
- Granulated sugar > 3 tbsp
- Corn flour > 2 tsp

- Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Stir until corn flour is fully dissolved.
- Cook and stir continuously at medium heat until mixture is boiled and thickened.
- Pour into a bowl. Cover with cling film.
- Refrigerate until cool and serve with scones.
- Serve also with cut orange segments.


  1. Happy New Year to you too, Kris! Nice to hear that your family had a blast! I'm sure they enjoyed the beaches and the food, oh and ofcourse the shopping.

    Those scones looks so good esp. right about now, reading your blog w/o bfast=;)

  2. Those scones look delicious!
    I hope to visit Thailand soon! I love thai cuisine and it sounds so interesting. Top destination on my travel list ;).

  3. Happy new year!
    I wish you all the best!

  4. I love that you did the scones bite-size, like a cookie. The tea-time photo looks so opulent with that big bowl of passion fruit. They're really hard to get fresh around here, but passion fruit puree could sub in nicely.

    Happy New Year to you!

  5. Happy New Year and best wishes for 2011!

    Those scones look lovely!



  6. Happy New Year to you too - lovely recipe! I will be giving this a try very soon ;0)

  7. Graziose le foto e deliziosa la ricetta, ciao

  8. Happy New Year, and all the best to you and your familly....

  9. So glad you had a lovely holiday, Kris! Happy New Year to you too.
    Scones with dried fruit is a perfect way to start of the blog year. I've never baked with dried plums, but these look wonderful.

  10. Davvero favolosi questi scoones! E meravigliose come sempre le foto.......

  11. Mmmm delicious!!!
    Mglòria from Gourmenderies

  12. This really is quite lovely. I am new to your blog and once I digested this entry I began to browse through some of your earlier posts. I'm so glad I did. I really love the food and recipes you feature here. I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  13. Happy new year Kris! I have to get back to blogging too!

  14. Happy New Year to you too! Thanks for your lovely comment on my crepes. It sure would be great in a sweet version, was thinking about that just the other day!

  15. Happy new year! Love the combination of flavours you have going on with these scones and sauce!

  16. all these fruits look intoxicating. nice! Happy new year to you, too!

  17. Happy New Year Kris.. I know you must be miss them already. Hmmm.. just wonder if you bake for them too..

  18. Dried yellow plums? How interesting! I have never heard of these! I love reading food blogs to learn about the different foods in other parts of the world. Thanks for sharing! Happy New Year! Sounds like you had a wonderful trip with your family!

  19. so pretty! i am jealous of all the wonderful fruits you use...must incorporate them more into my own cooking, but i know they will never be the quality you find in Thailand!

  20. Happy New Year, Kris! Glad you had a fun holiday with your family! Your scones look delicate and delicious! I've never had yellow plums or passion fruit; I'm probably missing out!

  21. Happy New Year, my friend! Though we've missed you, I'm so glad to hear that you took the time to get rested and readjusted after your family left. Sounds like a wonderful trip and just how one should spend the holidays. These scones are beautiful with delightful flavors. Love the look of that passionfruit sauce and only wish I could find some of those fruits fresh around here!

  22. Wonderful scones! What a marvelous idea with the fruits! Exquisite!
    Happy New Year to you Kris, looking forward to seeing more of your fabulous creations!!!

  23. Happy New Year KKris! Hope this year bring you happiness and peace.

    BTW, the scones are delicious!

  24. This is such a lovely recipe. The food and recipes you feature here are always great. I don't
    comment often, but I wanted you to know how much I enjoy visiting your blog. I hope the new year brings you health and happiness. Blessings...Mary

  25. Hi there Kris, stumble upon your blog and OMG! They are fabs. and make me 'blushing' as I, a woman rarely do baking as for me they seems complicated and need so much TLC. I do cooking, roasting, bbq and so on though and post them on nomads cooking. Last but not least, HAPPY NEW YEAR to you too :)

  26. Hi Kris! Happy new year!^^ I've been little lazy after my trip to Vancouver, Canada to see my family.
    By the way, your photos are always perfect! I bought a canon EOS rebel camera last Christmas, but I have a issue about lighting. My photos are either too dark or too bright... Do you use special lighting? I think it's hard to have good photos like yours with natural sun light indoor...

  27. They sound and look divine! I have never put fruit other than raisins and dates in my scones but will certainly branch out more after seeing yours

  28. Those scones look simply awesome, Kris. Not sure I can find dried yelllow plums locally, but probably in NYC easily. I would never want to make these with anything but yellow plums unless red p-lums dried red! Great Happy New Year treat, my friend!

  29. ton assiette est gourmande et tentante bravo
    bonne soirée