Christmas Sweet Treats @ Butter Tree

For my entire 29 years of life, I have not thrown Christmas party once. But this year, I’m hosting one and yes, I’m decorating my first Christmas tree as well! I’m actually very excited about it; just think about food, decorations, ambiance, laughter of friends at the dining table….

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Oh, by the way, if you haven’t plan what to get for our Christmas dinner (especially dessert), may I pique your interest on Butter Tree?

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Butter Tree (Ara Damansara and Happy Mansion) are the new additions to the group who also manage Food Foundry and Huckleberry Cafe. While Food Foundry focus on casual dining and Huckleberry on cafe-style, Butter Tree gears more towards bakery and pastries. Their Happy Mansion outlet is located at the same spot where 6 2 10 Nasi Lemak and Grill used to be.

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So, back to their Christmas goodie offerings. For this festive season, all Butter Tree, Huckleberry and Food Foundry outlets are preparing a variety of sweet treats starting from 1st December 2011 until 1st January 2012 (one whole month) and they are ONLY available for pre-orders (one week in advance would be ideal). There would be Christmas-themed cookies, such as (from picture above, top to bottom) The Nutcracker (chocolate, banana and walnut cookie), Carabells (cookie with crushed salted cashew nuts and drizzled with caramel) and Gingerbread Mans Land (honey gingerbread cookies. Cookies will be sold as a ‘scenery’ with buildings, angels, snowflakes, crescent moon etc.)

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These might not look pretty but they taste pretty good. These pistachio cookie with chocolate ganache filling, dipped in a smooth layer of dark chocolate are known as Dark Prince. Sweet outer casing with a chewy texture – definitely something good to keep a kid’s mouth busy on the dining table!

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If cake is in your menu, you might want to get this on your dining table, the Jack Frost. Chocolate-hazelnut cream encased by buttery, vanilla sponge, then topped with roasted almond flakes and creamy frosting – this baby has our highest vote for the day! The vanilla sponge was moist and fluffy, paired together perfectly with the heavenly hazelnut-milk chocolate cream filling. The freshly roasted almond flakes lend a crispy texture to the cake.

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Last but not least, we have Sugar Fairies, which are soft vanilla cookies with raspberry-white chocolate cream filling. The cookie took us by surprise as it crumbles very quickly as soon as we got it onto our hands. The raspberry filling has a nice tangy-sweet combination of flavour but we found that it was slightly too sweet to our liking. We gave our feedback on this, and hopefully, they will look into the matter immediately.

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All the above items are ONLY available for pre-order, where it would be best to pre-order one week in advance to avoid disappointment. For pricing, kindly refer to their FB page HERE. You could pick your orders from any of the outlets listed below:

  • Food Foundry, Seksyen 17
  • Butter Tree, Seksyen 17 (Happy Mansion)
  • Butter Tree, Ara Damansara
  • Huckleberry Cafe, Bangsar Shopping Centre
  • Huckleberry Cafe, Pavilion KL

Check out what My Story and Eat Only Lar has to say.

Butter Tree
BG-1, Happy Mansion,
Jalan 17/13,
Seksyen 17,
46400 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor.

Tel: 03-7831 2237 (Ara Damansara’s outlet)

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Lucky Dessert, Sunway Giza

We are lucky indeed, when Lucky Dessert (發記甜品), one of the most famous dessert brand which originates from Hong Kong has finally made its way to Malaysia in October 2010.

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Established in year 1998 starting from a small countryside shop in Sham Tseng, Lucky Dessert has expanded over the years into 8 outlets at most of the prime locations in Hong Kong. The name might be unfamiliar to our local market but it is one of the well-known dessert chain in Hong Kong. LD Global Sdn Bhd, the master franchise of Lucky Dessert decided to bring the brand out of Hong Kong for the very first time last year and opened its first overseas franchise at Sunway Giza, Petaling Jaya. Nondescript and simple, the interior is decorated with a palette of maroon and brown. There is a non air-conditioned corner for smoking patrons.

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Wide selection of desserts to choose from (people with sweet tooth will be spoilt for choice), divided into different categories, such as fruit-based, traditional hot favourites, shaved ice and non-liquid type. Their best-sellers are the durian and mango based desserts. For durian lovers, it is almost a spontaneous act that one must have their Trinity Durian Delight (thick chunks of durian meat coarsely pureed with sago), Durian Wrapz and Durian Roll. They uses only D24 durians and are sourced from local supplier (while mangoes are sourced from Philippines), which yields a nice balance of sweetness and durian flavour in each mouthful.

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The Banana Krisp is something we have never seen in Malaysia before; the banana was wrapped in a thin layer of sheet and then baked to perfection. The skin which resembles phyllo sheet retains its crispiness even if you left it at room temperature for some time.

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For shaved ice, try the Chocolate Shaved Ice, which was surprisingly served in a flat dish instead of a bowl. Lucky Dessert insisted that they use imported chocolate for this item. It wasn’t too sweet but every spoonfuls were bursting with cocoa taste. It melts fast in our local hot weather, so it’s best to enjoy it immediately.

As for hot dessert, try their unique Lucky Purple Rice or Lucky Chestnut. The purple rice is finely blended into thick consistency, paired with sweet corn kernels, yam cubes and finished with a swirl of coconut cream. Definitely something new that is not available at other places.

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New on the menu: Lucky Dessert is putting up combo sets for one person and two persons respectively starting 1st April 2011. For Combo 1 (one person), there will be 3 items (glossy, chewy glutinous rice balls with crushed peanuts, mango/durian pancake and one hot dessert (choose from any hot dessert selections). For Combo 2, there will be 5 items (glutinous rice balls, mango/durian pancake and rolls, Trinity Durian Delight or Trinity Mango Delight and one hot dessert.

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Verdict: Lucky Dessert indeed did not compromise on the quality of the ingredients used in their desserts, which is good news for those who go for quality. We were ensured that no additional colouring and preservatives are used here and all their hot and cold desserts are prepared fresh daily.

Lucky Dessert 發記甜品
C-11-G, Sunway Giza,
Jalan PJU 5/14,
Kota Damansara,
47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Tel: 03-6148 3798

Web: http://www.luckydessert.com

*Yiling said that there are some hit and misses.

Chocolate Peanut Buttercup – A Slice of Heaven

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It’s been quite some time since I last tasted Just Heavenly‘s cakes. They have now branched out to several outlets under the name A Slice of Heaven over the years. When they did a small contest on Facebook to promote their latest creation, the Chocolate Peanut Buttercup cake few weeks back, I took part on it without putting much hope that I will win…. and ta-dah, I did win! Okay, they chose 10 winners based on the correct answer and I was one of them. The reward – a RM50 cash voucher to buy their creations and I used it for Jack and Xavier’s double birthday celebration.

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JHP’s cakes are always decorated in a “minimalist” approach – no fancy decorations are required (best of all, those “decorations” can be eaten!). Available in three sizes/weights; cupcakes, 6 inch and 9 inch, it is made of moist chocolate fudge cake coated with roasted, creamy peanut butter frosting and decorated with black and white chocolate chips.

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The birthday boys (and guests) loved it loads. It’s a perfect harmony of sweet, salty, savoury and rich – a slice of heaven indeed! A bit sinful, but who cares? :p

For a full address and contact number listing of their outlets, click HERE.