Jeanette Aw and fans join forces to bake for charity

A total of 400 muffins were baked and distributed to three charity organisations to commemorate Jeanette Aw’s 38th birthday

Jeanette Aw bakes with fans for charity during her birthday celebration
Jeanette Aw bakes with fans for charity during her birthday celebration
20 Jun 2017

Jeanette Aw bakes with fans for charity during her birthday celebration

Photos: Hype Records Singapore

Jeanette Aw and members of her fanclub, Jeanius, spent a good five hours toiling away in the kitchen last Saturday. Their gathering, held at The Eureka Cooking Lab, morphed into an impromptu ‘Master Chef’ baking class, with fans learning the ropes of baking from Jeanette, a self-confessed avid baker.

In an e-mail interview with Toggle, Jeanette shared that this was her first time teaching at a baking session and her fans had to constantly “remind” her to tell them the ingredients she was adding and their respective quantities. She decided on making oatmeal raisins muffin as it was a healthier option for the kids at the homes and an easy recipe for fans to follow.

“It was kind of stressful,” she recounted, adding that the first two batches didn’t turn out ideal due to the oven temperature and baking time. But once that got sorted out, they “moved along really well.”

The 37-year-old shared she scoured the internet for several recipes and tweaked it herself, through trial and error, before deciding on the final recipe.

“I think I baked them around 10 times, 10 separate batches, or maybe even more,” she said. “I had to make sure the sweetness was perfect, that it was moist enough, and after I got it right, I had to make sure it would be consistent. So I guess I made the recipe my own eventually, and before I shared the recipe and sent out the muffins, I had to make sure they would be perfect."

The result? A whooping 400 muffins were donated to the lucky receivers at three charity organisations, Gracehaven, The Haven and Willing Heart, accompanied by a copy of Jeanette’s book, Somebody to Love.

We catch-up with the actress about her upcoming movie and directorial plans, go-to baking recipes, and plans to open a brick-and-mortar shop (so that folks like us can get a taste of her much-raved about baked creations too). Read on for more!

Jeanette Aw bakes with fans for charity during her birthday celebration
Jeanette Aw bakes with fans for charity during her birthday celebration
20 Jun 2017

Jeanette Aw bakes with fans for charity during her birthday celebration

Toggle: What is your favourite go-to recipe when you just want to spend time in the kitchen?
Jeanette: I don't have a go-to recipe when I want to bake. I kind of go by feel, like what I feel like having, or some new recipe that I want to try out. Sometimes, my friends and colleagues will request for particular cakes and stuff, and if I feel up for it, I'd do it. But there has been quite a few of them asking for my Quiche… haha. I'll get down to that when I have more time on my hands.

What is your most popular (or crowd favourite) creation that is favoured by friends and family?
Favourite? There are quite a few actually. Quiche, the crumble cake, cheesecake, lemon blueberry cake. My recent cheesecake has been quite a crowd pleaser.

How are preparations coming along for your movie shoot in Japan?
Preparation's good. We'll be doing the filming in Singapore first, with the Japanese stars coming over. I'm looking forward to it, it has been great working with Eric (Khoo). You'll see some of my sketches in the film too! I think that's all I can say (insert smiley emoji).

When will production begin for your directorial debut project and what is the estimated release date for it?
I'm planning to shoot my own short film in September. I've got my entire team ready. Working on the finer details now, it's a steep learning curve but I'm enjoying every moment of it. I would say, you'll all be able to see what I have probably end of the year.

On a more serious note, we’ve seen and heard so much about your baked goods from your co-stars, are you working on or planning on opening a dessert shop so that we can finally have a taste of it too?
On a serious note, YES! I am planning for something concrete. But (it’s) still really in the initial stages, so do give it some time! I'll definitely inform everyone once I have everything confirmed (insert smiley emoji).

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Jeanette Aw bakes with fans for charity during her birthday celebration
Jeanette Aw bakes with fans for charity during her birthday celebration
20 Jun 2017

Jeanette Aw bakes with fans for charity during her birthday celebration

Jeanette Aw bakes with fans for charity during her birthday celebration
Jeanette Aw bakes with fans for charity during her birthday celebration
20 Jun 2017

Jeanette Aw bakes with fans for charity during her birthday celebration

Jeanette Aw bakes with fans for charity during her birthday celebration
Jeanette Aw bakes with fans for charity during her birthday celebration
20 Jun 2017

Jeanette Aw bakes with fans for charity during her birthday celebration

Jeanette Aw bakes with fans for charity during her birthday celebration
Jeanette Aw bakes with fans for charity during her birthday celebration
20 Jun 2017

Jeanette Aw bakes with fans for charity during her birthday celebration

Jeanette Aw bakes with fans for charity during her birthday celebration
Jeanette Aw bakes with fans for charity during her birthday celebration
20 Jun 2017

Jeanette Aw bakes with fans for charity during her birthday celebration

Jeanette with her Jeanius fanclub members
Jeanette with her Jeanius fanclub members
20 Jun 2017

Jeanette with her Jeanius fanclub members

Jeanette with her Jeanius fanclub members
Jeanette with her Jeanius fanclub members
20 Jun 2017

Jeanette with her Jeanius fanclub members

Happy 38th birthday, Jeanette!
Happy 38th birthday, Jeanette!
20 Jun 2017

Happy 38th birthday, Jeanette!

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