Birthday girl and Sugar nest with creamy yoghurt filling

My birthday thought and an unusual dessert.

Sugar nest with creamy yoghurt filling


I am officially one year older tomorrow (11 Aug). Initially, I wanted to prepare an “about me” post, and tell you how I feel about this occasion. Nevertheless, the fact is that I am left wordless. Perhaps it´s because birthday is no longer a really joyful occasion as you get older? So instead of thinking about my own birthday, I redirect my thought to some of my loved ones whose birthdays are in this very month. It might be strange but most of my best friends were born in the same month as me. Back to the time when I was at school, August used to be the month of presents and birthday parties. I want to send the warmest birthday wishes and hugs to all of them. However, these three individuals are in my heart.

My father: need I say more? Happy birthday, daddy!

Sister NHA: Her name is exactly like mine and our birthdays are only a few days apart. We have never met in person, but we have shared a lot of our thought in life, together with the girly love for makeup and nail polishes. She´s like an older sister to me.

Thuc Hien: This girl has been my best buddy since year 7. We have seen each other grow up, shared the laughter and tears. Recently she has become a mother! I cannot be happier for her.

As for myself, I think those photos will tell you exactly who I am and what I want (essentially)! ;)

Panda loves cookbooks


I have never baked a proper cake for my birthday. I just don´t feel special if I do. But this year, I do manage to create something unusual for the occasion. Sort of a tartlet with the crust is a sugar nest. The filling is creamy yoghurt and raspberry sauce. It´s kind of fun to break the crust at the table and mix them with the yoghurt. The flavour is clean and refreshing. The texture is creamy and crunchy. Presentation wise, it has the `wow´ factor´, too. Simple yet fun, elegant and flavourful. I like it that way.

I come up with this sugar nest after a failed experiment a while back. It´s not hard, but require a bit of patience and practice. The nest is extremely fragile and easy to break. Step 1-2 can be done ahead, but the final baking and moulding should be done on the day.

Sugar Nest


Instruction for the sugar nest – I made 6 tartlets (and broke a few more) and still had quite a bit of sugar powder left. I would not recommend reducing the amount here though. Left-over sugar powder can be stored nicely until required.

Ingredients: 100g fondant, 150g glucose

Instruction:

1. In a saucepan, melt the fondant and glucose over medium low heat. Continue to boil until the mixture registers 150C with a candy thermometer. Pour over a baking tray which has been lined with baking paper. Cool.

2. Break the sugar mixture and put in a food processor. Process until you get fine powder. Set aside.

3. Preheat oven to 150C.

4. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Use a template to get a circle around 15cm in diameter. Generously sift the sugar onto the baking paper. Lift the template out, bake the sugar until set but not burnt (1 min). Take out, and quickly “peel” the sugar nest and mould it using the bottom of a thin glass/bottle (see pic). (To peel the sugar, it´s best to use a knife to lift off the edge a bit before carefully peeling out).

5. Store the case apart from each other until ready to serve.

Sugar nest - the making


Filling: Thick yoghurt, mixed with a few tbps of heavy cream. Add some raspberry source/jam and fresh fruit on top. Serve immediately.

38 Responses to Birthday girl and Sugar nest with creamy yoghurt filling

  1. Johanna says:

    happy birthday anh – hope it is a good one – sending you a virtual big slice of cake

  2. Gloria says:

    Happy birthday dear! I love it! and I love cook books too! and I love your panda is cute!!! xxGloria

  3. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Happy Birthday! I also heart cookbooks! What fabulous gifts. I love my Turquoise book…

  4. ChichaJo says:

    Happy happy birthday!!! A big hug and many warm wishes on your special day!

  5. MyKitchenInHalfCups says:

    Well a very happy birthday Anh!

  6. lois says:

    Anh, Happy B-day to you!

  7. Faith says:

    Happy birthday! I hope it's a wonderful day! Those sugar nests are lovely, very delicate and elegant! I heart cookbooks too ;)

  8. veron says:

    Happy Birthday, anh! And yes, loving cookbooks here too!

  9. bittersweetblog says:

    Happy birthday! What a beautiful treat you've made for the occasion. :)

  10. Susan says:

    Happy Birthday, Anh! I love birthdays no matter what the age of the celebrant.

  11. Mishmash ! says:

    Heyy…Happy happyyy b'day :) have a great time….

  12. Julia @Mélanger says:

    Happy Happy Birthday. Hope you have a good one. Love those sugar nests. So delicate. And I'm with you about cookbooks. Can't get enough! :)

  13. NQN says:

    Happy Birthday! Hope it is filled with love and laughter and many cookbooks :)

  14. KJ says:

    Happy birthday to you!! I am so impressed with your sugar nest. What a fabulous creation. So pretty and elegant!

  15. Nags says:

    Just realised we share a b'day :) Hope you have a good one this year!

  16. MeetaK says:

    happy birthday anh! a lovely dessert to indulge in on your b-day! hope you have a great day!

  17. Sophie says:

    Happy Birthday!! I love cookbooks too!

  18. Halifax says:

    Awww, very sweet of you, sis. Happy birthday, and don't worry about the number :-) Put on some TSS and go say hi to the world all over again, lol. Or the sugar net will do

  19. Palidor says:

    Happy birthday to you, your friends and family! Very cute sugar nests.

  20. Nicisme says:

    That sugar nest really does have the wow factor!

  21. smallkitchenbigideas says:

    The sugar nests look amazing!

  22. Cakebrain says:

    Happy Birthday! I think your sugar nest is so gorgeous! It's definitely delicious-looking!

  23. Anh says:

    Thanks all for the sweet birthday wishes. I had a wonderful day indeed!

  24. the chocolate lady says:

    pretty!

  25. Elle says:

    Happy birthday Anh! Another cookbook fan!! Hope that is is a very special, wonderful year for you. Once of the things that is special about birthdays as we get older is that it means we are still around to enjoy and be enjoyed by others. As your birthday tart shows, you have a wonderful spirit and esthetic to share…sweet and very pretty.

  26. Kalyn says:

    Happy birthday Anh! I love cookbooks too! Hope you're having a great time on your birthday.

  27. Mandira says:

    happy birthday Anh :)

  28. Callipygia says:

    Hope you had a great birthday and tons of cookbooks! Your sweet does look refreshing, pretty, and feminine- like you! Here is to being one year wiser…

  29. Cookie baker Lynn says:

    Happy birthday, Anh. Wishing you a wonderful year filled with love, sweets, and cookbooks.

  30. shez says:

    Happy Birthday! Those sugar nests sound like they'd be so much fun to eat (though your dentist may think otherwise).

  31. Lucy says:

    How did I miss your birthday?!!

  32. Dharm says:

    Happy Birthday Anh! My Wife's birthday in on the 10th so now I'll always remember yours!! Big hugs and smooches!

  33. shaz says:

    Happy Birthday!! Those sugar nests look absolutely beautiful…have a great day! (when my daughter was younger, she told me, "Mum when i grow up I want to be a panda and eat bamboo!")

  34. Megan@Feasting on Art says:

    happy birthday. Such a beautiful sugar nest!!

  35. Little Miss Baker says:

    Happy Birthday! Your photos and blog is incredible! I love it :)

  36. Y says:

    This is a little late, but better late than never, I hope.. Happy Birthday!! :)

  37. Manggy says:

    Oh come on, you are too modest :) What about me– I'm getting older and MORE single, if that's possible, lol! :) Happy birthday! We wanna celebrate YOU!

  38. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Happy (very) belated birthday, darling!

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