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Dark Chocolate Cake Recipe.

June 9, 2008

This dark chocolate cake recipe from all recipes was fabulous. Next time I’d remember to take the pastry chef’s comment on beating the egg yolks and whites separately with some of the sugar – I’m sure this would make it more fluffy. In addition, I would take Sherene’s advise and use melted dark chocolate instead of cocoa powder and boiling water. Hey at least I used the best Hershey’s cocoa powder, haha.

Each step was done from scratch with love. Baking makes me feel at ease and happy. 🙂

The measurement of butter and the cocoa mixture cooling down.

Empty cupcake holders, waiting to be filled with chocolate goodness. 😛

The sugar glistering amongst its butter friend, just before getting better acquainted with each other.
 

More measurements of the flour mixture and egg.
 

Tadah, out came 50 mini-cupcakes. Moist and delicious. For those who have tried this (you know who you are), I hope you’ve enjoyed it!
 

p/s: I substituted the vanilla essence with Starbucks’ toffee nut syrup.

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Barley Drink Recipe.

February 22, 2008

For us Chinese, we believe that the barley drink has a cooling effect, which is generally good for sore throats and fever.

Barley Drink (Serves 6)

Ingredients
1 cup of uncooked barley
1 cup of preserved sugared winter melon (糖憬瓜)
2 tbsp rock sugar (also known as rock candy)
10 cups of water
3 strips of pandan leaves (tied into a knot to release the flavour)

Directions
1. Wash the barley and soak it for 5-10 minutes with some water if you prefer a less cloudy drink.
2. Mix the washed barley, pandan leaves and 10 cups of water into a medium-sized pot and bring to a boil.
3. After the barley has turned semi-soft (about 10 minutes later), add in the rock sugar and winter melon.
4. Boil for a further 10 minutes, cool and it is ready to drink.

I love having this drink. 🙂

Fruit Muffin Crumble Topping Recipe.

February 21, 2008

As promised in my previous post, here is the recipe I use for all my fruit muffins. It really brings so much more flavour and texture to the muffins. It is for anyone with a super-sweet tooth.

Fruit Muffin Crumble Topping Recipe (For 12 muffins)

Ingredients
3 tbsp of unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup packed brown sugar (I prefer slightly course brown sugar)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour

Directions
1. In a bowl, mix all the ingredients together and mix it with your finger tips (as it is the coolest part of your hands and it will prevent the butter from melting too quickly). Mix till a crumble consistency is achieved.
2. Sprinkle over un-baked muffin, before placing muffins into the oven.
3. Enjoy a delicious muffin(s) with tea!

I also mentioned that I had my fair share of problems while baking muffins. My muffins would sometimes turn out like rocks and have large holes in them. I did the following to solve this.

  • I added less egg.
  • I added less liquids.
  • I avoid over-mixing my muffins by mixing the wet & dry ingredients with my hands, instead of a wooden spoon or electric mixer.

However, somehow my banana muffins always don’t turn out as well as I would like them to. They aren’t that moist. Any tips?

What If You Only Had These 12 Ingredients In Your Kitchen?

February 19, 2008

My previous helper did not cook at home and hence my kitchen always had too little ingredients for me to whip up any dish. However I always managed to get creative, sometimes with the help of additional items (a quick visit to my Shop & Save supermarket, a five minute walk away).

What would you cook if you only had these 12 ingredients in your kitchen? (Assuming in any reasonable amount)
1. Apples
2. Butter
3. Chicken Meat (Any part)
4. Chicken Eggs
5. Garlic
6. Fresh Mushrooms
7. Chocolate
8. Rice
9. Flour (Any type)
10. Herbs & Spices
11. Pasta (Any type)
12. Sugar

I would cook these two dishes:
1. Herbed Mushroom & Chicken Pasta
2. Apple Crumble

1. Herbed Mushroom & Chicken Pasta

Ingredients
Butter, Garlic, Mushrooms, Chicken, Herbs & Spices and Pasta

Directions
1. Marinate the chicken (cut into small pieces) with Herbs & Spices for an hour in the fridge before cooking.
2. Boil pasta till al dente with some salt – I’m assuming there’s always salt in the kitchen! 😉
3. Mince garlic and cook in butter till lightly browned.
4. Add in chicken and fry over low heat.
5. Add in sliced mushrooms and continue to mix till it softens.
6. Add more Herbs & Spices/Salt to taste.
7. Mix in the cooked pasta and serve.

2. Apple Crumble

Ingredients
Apples, Butter, Flour and Sugar

Directions
1. Pre-heat oven to 180 °C.
2. Slice and core the apples.
3. Rub flour, sugar and cubed butter together till it resembles breadcrumbs.
4. Place apples into a bowl and sprinkle over some sugar and incorporate it lightly with your hands.
5. Butter a baking dish and place apples in first, followed by the “breadcrumb-looking” crumble.
6. Bake in oven for 40 to 50 minutes until you see the apple browning and the crumble looking gorgeously golden brown.

I didn’t use any eggs or rice. As for the chocolate, I would probably eat it on its own at a later time. 🙂

What would you cook if you only had these 12 ingredients in your kitchen?

Peanut Butter Frosting With Chunks of Nuts Recipe.

February 17, 2008

I love peanut butter, especially those with chunky peanuts in them. I am so glad I do not have Arachibutyrophobia (fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth). Here’s one of my favourite frosting recipes. I use it for my chocolate cupcakes, it is always a perfect combination.


Source: Wikipedia (Sigh, I couldn’t find a photo of the frosting I made)

Peanut Butter Frosting (Serves 6)

Ingredients
3 tbsp butter, softened to room temperature
1/3 cup chunky peanut butter
1 tbsp milk, or as needed (add this gradually till you achieve your preferred consistency)
3/4 confectioner’s sugar

Directions
1. Place butter and peanut butter into a medium bowl and beat with an electronic mixer.
2. Gradually mix in the confectioner’s sugar till it starts to get thick.
3. Add milk and mix well until all of the sugar is mixed in and frosting is thick and spreadable.
4. Beat for at least 3 minutes for it to get fluffier.
5. Spread onto cake.

Anyway if you’re really into baking with peanut butter, here are more recipes for you from Skippy.

Here is one weird fact I found from another blog about peanut butter. You cannot really find it in the UK except in certain specialty stores. Is this really true?

Baked Dijonaise Salmon, Your Quick Solution To A Home-cooked Valentine’s Day Dinner.

February 14, 2008

All you folks out there who’s planning to cook for your special someone tonight for Valentine’s Day, do not fret if you cannot think of what to cook. Here is my solution for you – Baked Dijon Salmon (pronounced as Sa-Men). The original recipe was retrieved from All Recipes. I rate this recipe 4.8 over 5 stars. Please ignore all the bad reviews on the All Recipes site, because my salmon always turned out perfect and I want you all to be able to impress others with this simple recipe. I’ve cooked this dish for my family, friends and boyfriend on previous occasions. All of them enjoyed it very much.

I’ve changed the recipe servings (for two) and made other slight changes to the ingredients.

Baked Dijonaise Salmon (Serves 2)

I could not find a photo of the salmon alone, so please focus on the photo on the upper-left hand corner. 🙂 Note: These salmon fillets were huge, don’t worry if your fillets are much smaller.

Ingredients
2 tbsp salted butter, melted
2 tbsp Dijonaise (I use the Master Food brand, available at leading supermarkets in Singapore)
2-1/4 teaspoons honey (add more if you like caramelized honey)
2 tbsp dry bread crumbs
2 tbsp finely chopped walnuts
2 tsp chopped fresh parsley OR 2/3 tsp ground parsley (Using the ratio of 1 part ground: 3 parts fresh)
2 salmon fillets
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 180°C. (Vary it according to how fast your oven usually cooks fish)
2.
In a small bowl, stir together butter, Dijonaise, and honey. Set aside. In another bowl, mix together bread crumbs, walnuts, and parsley.
3.
Brush each salmon fillet with honey mustard mixture, and sprinkle the tops of the fillets with the bread crumb mixture.
4.
Bake salmon for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until it flakes easily with a fork. Season with salt and pepper, and garnish it according to your Valentine’s preference.I hope this is useful to someone out there.

Happy Valentine’s Day & Friendship Day every one, may this be a blessed day for all. 

Extremely Rich & Moist Chocolate Cake Recipe.

February 8, 2008

Warning: This recipe is not for any chocolate lover, it is only for those who would die without the existence of chocolate and its goodness.

This is one of my favourite chocolate recipes, I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do. Here is the recipe for this luscious cake. I will be posting the icing recipe and display the finished cake, so do look out for it.

Extremely Rich & Moist Chocolate Cake (Serves 6)

Ingredients
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup white sugar (You may reduce this if you prefer it not to be too sweet)
2 small eggs
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup milk
1 & 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
A pinch of salt

Directions
1. Preheat oven at 175°C, grease and flour 2 cake tins with cocoa powder.
2. Sift flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt into one bowl.
3. Cream butter and sugar with electronic mixer, until light and fluffy. Beat eggs in very slowly, one by one. Stir in vanilla extract.
4. Combine in flour mixture alternatively with milk, mixing until incorporated. Pour into the 2 cake tins.
5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or when a skewer comes out clean when poked into the middle of the cake.
6. Allow the cake to cool in the cake tin for 10 minutes before removing it to cool completely on a cooling rack.

Please note that the oven temperature and baking timing varies across ovens. Results for this cake will depend on the relationship you have with your oven. Here are some photos to guide you along.

The cake mixture waiting to be placed into my oven.

One layer of the cake cooling off on the cooling rack.

The 2 layers waiting to be iced.

Watch out for the rest of this post, for the icing recipe and finished cake.