2020 Wrapped: What Did People Bake the Most?
It’s 2021, and while we can’t wait to bid 2020 goodbye with a little too much enthusiasm, it has been the year where you, your oven and your kitchen grew that little bit closer. While you stayed home and missed the opportunity to travel the world, visit friends and families, and savour delicious baked goods from around the world, it sure didn’t dampen your make the best of the situation and become that skilful home baker you were always destined to be. So don’t go thinking: just how much flour did I go through this year? (The answer is: a lot) Instead, with the upcoming year full of quality time to spend with your kitchen again, think of what you loved to bake, what you want to make this year, and whether you have a community of people celebrating just the same recipes as you. Here are the top 5 recipes our readers just loved in 2020.

Sourdough Loaf

Ah, the good old classic. Sourdough is the ultimate form of bread making. It takes a lot of patience, planning in advance, and many attempts for the perfect loaf. But that also makes the result that much more satisfying for novice home bakers. What are you waiting for? Get started on a starter now!

Puteri Ayu Pandan

Working from home during those warm tropical afternoons definitely gets you restless and craving a yummy snack now and then. It’s no wonder this fragrant pandan-infused mini sponge cakes made the list! Easy to make, perfect for snacking, and a nostalgic favourite of Ramadan bazaar lovers.

Kuih Tapak Kuda

Chocolate-y, fluffy, and delicious. This all-time favourite Raya treat was a hit with our home bakers in 2020. It’s no wonder, when you can switch up the chocolate filling for hazelnut cream, coconut cream or anything you prefer. This is a perfect way to show off your creative baking chops and make a dessert that is truly one-of-a-kind.

Basque Burnt Cheesecake

This oozy creamy-centred dessert trend kicked off mid-2020 after it first appeared at Olivia Restaurant and Lounge. As creative home bakers quickly made inventive interpretations of the dish, some struggle with achieving a perfectly caramelised top and flowing centre. Here’s our guide to making the perfect Basque Burnt Cheesecake.

Ondeh Ondeh Cookies

This traditional dessert bursting with sweet gula melaka has become such a classic in Singapore and Malaysia that it has evolved into a flavour used in cookies, cakes and other sweet treats. There’s just something about the refreshingly sweet coconut taste that goes perfectly with the complex sweetness of palm sugar that makes it so well-loved. These Ondeh Ondeh cookies offer an indulgent bite-sized treat, reinvented for fans of the classic kueh.