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Been feeling rather moody, grumpy and tired today. Although told ToyBoy I didn’t feel like cooking dinner, but suddenly just had a huge craving for chocolate and I remembered this recipe that I’ve used before. Its a very moist chocolate chip cupcake and I can’t remember where I found this recipe.

So whilst ToyBoy is cooking us dinner (boiled soup, stir fry cabbage and pan fry burger pattie), I made us chocolate cupcakes for dessert. Perfect team work isn’t it? :p I know, our dinner isn’t exactly gourmet, nor does it fit to any theme. We were walking around BIG at Publika, saw the beef patties and was really tempted. Then ToyBoy decided he wanted soup. So he got some vegetables and ikan bilis (dried anchovies) to make our chinese version of instant soup.

Here’s a shot of ToyBoy busy at work with our dinner.

 

My cravings satisfied. 🙂

xoxo

ToyGirl

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ToyBoy frequently travels outstation for work and he always buys some local delicacy back for me, such as tau sa peah from Butterworth (it tastes much much better than the popular Penang Island ones), or otak-otak from Muar, or freshly made fishball from Yong Peng. This trip, he came back with bananas so I made banana cake which is his absolute favourite cake.

I Googled for a recipe and found one by Amy Beh on kuali.com

This recipe allowed me to try whisking egg whites till stiff. Yah I know I know…you must be thinking what?? I like to bake but have never whisked egg whites??? :p

I chose to try this recipe out of the rest that Google generated mainly because the ingredients are what I have on hand. Some recipes call for dry milk powder and some called for condensed milk.

ToyBoy’s verdict: Yummy!

But honestly, the cake is just a little too crumbly. May be the egg whites not whisked till stiff enough. It actually became a bit runny after I’ve added it to the batter. Is it supposed to do that? Will definitely try this recipe again. Next time, I’ll use 1 1/2 cups of mashed bananas instead of 1 cup.

Supper time!!

xoxo

ToyGirl

 

 

 

Although I make lots of wheat free biscuits, cakes and muffins for Barkery Oven, I’ve not tried one for human palate. And I was craving for biscotti, so I searched through my usual wheat free baking sites. I found one where the recipe has all the ingredients I had on hand.

Baking with wheat free flour is quite tricky. The dough is REALLY sticky. Hence you see the peaks in my log in the picture above. A chat with my fave baker friend and chef tells me that I need to sprinkle more flour onto the dough. I guess will try that next time.

Another point to note also is that the biscotti after baking, is more crumbly and dry compared to biscotti made with plain flour. So I couldn’t slice them thin. But, I do like the chunkiness of the biscotti coz I think its nicer to dunk into coffee. So this is just my personal preference.

The recipe is adapted from Girl Cooks World . Actually, if you look at her blog post, you’ll notice her biscotti log is smooth before baking, whereas mine was sticky and a yucky mess. Will have to try this out till I figure out why.

* 1 cup superfine rice flour
* 2/3 cup chickpea flour
* 1/3 cup potato starch
* 1 cup sugar
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
* 1/8 teaspoon salt
* 2 eggs
* 1 Tablespoon Amaretto
* 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1 Tablespoon butter, at room temperature
* 3/4 cup whole, toasted almonds, roughly chopped

I replaced sorghum flour with chickpea flour. Also, since I didn’t have almond extract, I used 2 tsp of vanilla essense instead. Hmmm…maybe chickpea flour has a different consistency compared to sorghum flour. I’m still not able to locate sorghum flour in KL.

But either way, these have been quite yummy for me. I love my biscotti with coffee in the mornings. 🙂

xoxo

ToyGirl

I had a craving for chocolate cake last Friday. So I made this from joyofbaking.

Why weird? For starters, it doesn’t have any eggs. Secondly, on the first day of eating it, both ToyBoy and I agreed that the cake lacked a certain something. Not quite satisfying. So we each had a slice. Then I covered it and kept it in the fridge, thinking who to offload it to.

The next day, I took the cake out of the fridge to let it come to room temperature in the morning. Around noon, I cut myself a slice. Guess what? The cake tasted SO MUCH Better!! The texture became more of a moist chocolate cake.

This cake took us 4 days to finish, and believe me, it tasted more and more moist and chocolaty day by day. Weird right?

xoxo

ToyGirl

p.s. The picture above is bad…I know…so I played with it using iPhone app call Pixlomatic. :p

I would like to introduce Daisy – a new addition to our household.  She is a gift that was generously given to us by our closest friends. She weighs 5kg. She is the color of a creamy yellow, like smoothly beaten eggs with a dash of milk. She has brought me so much joy and fun ever since her arrival, I can’t even begin to count my blessings.

OK. Daisy looks a bit naked and incomplete here without her metal mixing bowl. Its chilling in the fridge right now with some left over Salty Sesame and Chocolate Chip Cookie dough.

I made some Salty Sesame and Chocolate Chip Cookies found on my favorite baking site www.joythebaker.com

I know I’m not the greatest photographer. My pictures come out looking blurry coz my hand shakes. 😦

Anyway, I love reading joythebaker’s blog and be inspired by all the baking that she does. She’s even got a book published!

This cookie is really simple. I won’t bother to retype the recipe here. Just click on the link before the picture to get the recipe straight from her site.

General consensus for the cookies: YUMMY!

xoxo

ToyGirl

Last week, I had the itch to bake something and ToyBoy wanted a chocolate cake. So I searched through Nigella Lawson’s website. I always use her website when I want a recipe. I’ve tried several and they always work. Plus point for amateur bakers like me. I’ve tried various baking recipes from different websites and 7 out of 10 of them turn out bad.

The entire mixing of the batter was done in a deep pan on the stove with almost one can of guiness (which I finished off). I must say, guiness is definitely not my favourite drink. But the guiness chocolate cake, turned out VERY moist and fluffy with hardly any hint of guiness in it but also very crumbly.   

This cake may be decorated with cream cheese frosting. But I didn’t bother with it. You can find the recipe here. It was a huge cake (23cm round cake) that took us an entire week to finish. I ended up eating it for breakfast, lunch, tea and supper. ToyBoy only ate it for a few days. That’s why took me so long to finish!! Definitely not craving for another cake after this one.

xoxo

ToyGirl

 

For the past week, I’ve been doing quite a bit of baking. Baked three types of biscuits. Well, more like, baked two types, the last one’s still in the refrigerator chilling. Coz I’ve run out of containers to keep the biscuits.

When it comes to baking, I love baking biscuits coz I LOVE eating biscuits and ONLY the imported kinds. Which is becoming a bit of an expensive ‘addiction’. So baking’s the best way to go. I get more for every ringgit spent. Must be frugal a bit lah, so that I can spend more on…erm…clothes? hahaha

First bake was a dog biscuit which I’ve sold to my first customer (woo hoo!!).

Chicken & Rosemary Biscuit – 200gm for RM25.

Ingredients are fresh chicken breast, flax seed, rye flour, olive oil and chicken broth

I use rye flour, which is a wheat free and gluten free flour coz my dog has skin allergies. Last year, when I started baking dog treats for him using plain flour or wholemeal flour, his skin turned red with rashes! Had to bring him to the vet to get it treated. The poor thing. So now I’m a lot more careful with what I feed my dog.

I’ve been dabbling in baking my own dog treats. Kinda like a new hobby that hopefully can become a money earner for me. However, I’ve also been rather inconsistent. Sometimes bake. Often times, too lazy. Hence, nothing’s come of it. :p

Second bake was a White Cheddar Shortbread.

This is a recipe that I got from a blog called Vegetable Matter . These turned out rather good. VERY RICH. So rich that every piece I munch on makes me feel like I’m putting on kilos!! And unfortunately, ToyBoy isn’t too keen on all that cheese. So I’ve been eating them alone.

Third bake was chocholate chocolate chip cookies. I love chocolate. Especially chocolate chip cookies made with quality chocolate that are rich and not too sweet. Will post this up once I’ve baked them. Which is after I buy some new containers. ^0^

Have a good weekend everyone.

xoxo

ToyGirl