California Raisins "Raya Fiesta" @ Berjaya University College of Hospitality

Just recently, I was involved in a baking competition organized by the Raisin Administrative Committee (RAC) hosted at Berjaya University College of Hospitality. It's in conjunction with the "Raya Fiesta", which saw celebrity chef Anuar Draman showcase his delicious array of California Raisins bakery and dessert creations. 

California Raisins "Raya Fiesta" @ Berjaya University College of Hospitality
California Raisins "Raya Fiesta" @ Berjaya University College of Hospitality


Now I'm not an experienced cook, or baker for that matter, but it was with great excitement that I went for this event. My first foray into baking some muffins. Anyway, the event is aimed to create awareness on nutrition, and versatilities of using California Raisins in a variety of pastries and desserts. Raisins are perfect for home cooked meals, especially to be used for buka puasa this Ramadan. 



Raisins, and more raisins
Raisins, and more raisins
California Raisins, the healthy snack
California Raisins, the healthy snack


During the event, before our bloggers baking competition began, we were introduced to celebrity chef Anuar Draman, where he shared his tips and recipes to make some very wholesome and tasty baking creations. Chef Anuar Draman's creation that morning include the delectable California Raisin Almond Puff, California Raisin Chocolate Layer Steamed Cake, Walnut California Raisin Cookies, and a couple more yummy bites. 

Celebrity chef Anuar Draman. Pic credit: elanakhong.com
Celebrity chef Anuar Draman. Pic credit: elanakhong.com
and we're all set to bake, after a quick shot with the mascot and face of California Raisin
and we're all set to bake, after a quick shot with the mascot and face of California Raisin


After the chef's demonstration, we went off with our paired blogger to kick start the baking competition. It was a pit of skills, one which I obviously did not have, but I do have a recipe which together with the partner of the day, we managed to produce our masterpiece, the California Raisin Mufins! Check out some of the photos taken during our baking competition.


A rather unflattering angle of me at work
A rather unflattering angle of me at work 
It's time to bake these babies
Voila! Our end creation, the California Raisin Muffins
Voila! Our end creation, the California Raisin Muffins

There were multiple teams of bloggers each with their creations, hustling and bustling in the big kitchen trying to complete their creations within the allocated time. I was just glad my muffins came out good, without being underbaked, nor overbaked. The judges were very critical too, of each and every baked offerings. 


Let the judging begin
Let the judging begin
We didn't win, but hey, it was all good fun
We didn't win, but hey, it was all good fun 
One for the album
One for the album


It was indeed a fun and memorable experience, where we enjoyed baking our creations, all thanks to California Raisins. Each of our masterpieces had these raisins incorporated into its recipe, one way or the other. The California Raisins "Raya Fiesta" @ Berjaya University College of Hospitality was a success, and here's to more of these events organized in the near future! 


27 comments :

  1. A must-have for our Sarawak's own daging masak hitam.

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  2. Oh great event! Love raisins as my snacks.

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  3. Ligo raisins! All time childhood's favourite snacks for the 80s & 90s babies!

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  4. Love raisins! But can't bake coz never touch it for years already

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  5. I remember eating lots of this when I was younger. The mascot looks so creepy though. XD

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  6. I love raisin - my all time snacks! Too bad the Ligo raisins market price is getting higher and higher >.<

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  7. It's great that you joined this competition! Life experiences wins you a lot more of what you need...really.. ^^

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  8. Raisins are good. Usually i like to add them to my oat porridge, make it taste better ;)

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  9. chef Isaac, what were you and Ivy doing with the muffin batter? LOL Was it really thick until it's hard to stir?

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  10. whoa not bad wor!! lai give me the recipe!!

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  11. Seems very 'gan jiong' while making the batter. xD

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  12. looks more than delicious!! :)

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  13. i love raisin but i cant bake well..good job you too..

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  14. Looks like a helluva fun event.. I know I love raisins and have encouraged my kids to eat them too... congrats to the winners.... wish I could have tasted those dishes...

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  15. I love raisin~ I always have it as my snacks~
    You guys enjoyed so much during the event~

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  16. It was definitely a good experience to try out baking and join this competition! Raisin can have many range of baking style =D Kudos to both of you!

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  17. The raisin had recall my childhood, my bro and sis love it so so much. They will get one pack of this everyweek.

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  18. Its a nice experience ya ~ I want to try to do so..I like to eat raisin muffin..Can you do some for me??haha

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  19. I live raisin a lot! Okay.. Now i am craving for it... :\

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  20. Fun event! Baking in group leads to great bonding. The raisins will taste very nice in the cakes.

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  21. it's ok didn't win, the experience of it sure looks fun now can bake for the kids too

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  22. California raisins is always my favourite brand of raisins. Been eat it since I was a kid.

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  23. Craving for our banana raisin muffins, will bake more in future :)

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  24. You can start baking for the kids after this Isaac. Another title to your belt.

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  25. It was definitely a memorable experience. Interesting how we can incorporate raisins into many dishes

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  26. Never know you can make muffin. Ivy look so excited in the picture.

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  27. Waaa... Isaac can cook also. Pls make some cupcakes this Christmas can ah.

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