Showing posts with label baking. Show all posts
Showing posts with label baking. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Baking at 10

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as in at 10 pm. Mica whose on school vacation is into baking. Her requests to bake at past 10 pm sometimes gets into me but yes I am a mom who would not forsake her children request to learn so yeah we were mixing and folding batter at suppose to be bedtime. And note I am awake since 6:30 am which means by 10 pm I am already a zombie. To add up to that, the little guy seems to be so enthusiastic about her sisters qualms of me not diving into their fits tugs me forcibly into the kitchen. Pulling and pushing and wet kisses and big hugs is how they entice me to pull out the ingredients from the pantry.

What did we bake? Banana and Nutella Muffins

If you want to make a batch of 12 of your own banana nutella muffins you will need
1 3/4 cup of flour (better if you have self raising flour)
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup melted butter
3 ripe bananas
1 tsp vanilla extract
nutella - depends on how rich you like your muffins


Pre-heat oven to 180C or 350F. Line your baking pan with muffin liners. In a bowl mix flour, sugar and salt and in another bowl add eggs, butter, vanilla and mashed bananas. Tip wet mixture to dry mixture and fold. Divide mixture into twelve cases half full. Add warmed nutella in each batter in the case and swirl. Swirling is the fun part for the kiddos but be sure not to turn the whole thing chocolatey. Do this for all and then pop it into your over and bake for 20-25 minutes. Stick a toothpick in the middle of the muffin and when it comes out clean it is done. Let to cool down and serve while still warm


The little helper can't wait and was telling me to take the semi cook muffins out of the oven and look there he was after I serve it on the table. It was still hot that's why he could not touch it but boy he was the first to taste it.

Trivia: Nutella is a brand name of hazelnut chocolate spread.
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Look who's baking!

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Mica is trying her hands on baking and she's baking here her favorite walnut chocolate chip cookies. Ingridients and procedure are Mommy's Cookbook

She watches All For Kids and Lindsay-the little chef is her favorite. With my supervision, she made these cookies herself. Please have some :)

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Perfect cinnamon rolls

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My family loves cinnamon roll, I love it too especially while its cooking in the oven and the aroma of cinnamon fills the air. It is best for breakfast with coffee and for mirienda too.

I've baked cinnamon roll many times and I have almost perfected it by now.  I used to get disappointed when I burned it or it gets undercooked and in one time I even forgot to add the baking powder in the dough. I smiled at myself when I look back as I try to learn this basic recipe. I am a mother trying hard to learn baking and it is an achievement, small it maybe but it's very fulfilling to look at my family savouring what I have prepared for them. So now that I am confident about this recipe, I am ready to share it with you.


For the dough:

3 cups all purpose flour
1 packet yeast
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup milk-scalded
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
flour for dusting

For the filling:
1/ cup butter - allow to soften in room temperature to be spreadable
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon powder
1/3 cup crushed roasted peanuts or cashew nuts
1/3 cup raisins

Dough:

Mix all the dry ingredients before adding water, scalded milk and oil. Mix to form a dough and then add little water if its too dry. Kneed the dough and set aside for an hour to allow it to rise, you may wrap it with cling film or cover it with cloth.

Mix brown sugar and cinnamon powder and set aside.

After an hour, take the dough and kneed it in clean surface with a little flour for dusting. Form the dough into a rectangle shape, spread the butter atop the dough, then the sugar-cinnamon mixture, spread crushed nuts and raisins. Carefully roll the dough one side first then the next until you have a log. Cut the dough evenly and place in a baking dish/tray covered with wet parchment paper making sure there is space between each roll to allow the rolls to rise further. set it aside and leave for half to an hour before baking in a preheated oven set at 175 degrees Celsius for 30-45 minutes or until its cooked.

The cinnamon roll fresh from the oven is already a treat but if you like to make it extra special then you can top it with some caramel sauce. For the caramel sauce, I used butter, condensed milk, nestle cream and granulated sugar. Mixed together in a pan medium heat until its thick.

This method works for me. I went into trial and error before I had the perfect cinnamon rolls. It does needs practice and patience.
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Wednesday, December 07, 2011

the joys of baking

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These are my freshly baked homemade cinnamon rolls, baked it with my darling mica last night.

While preparing our baking needs, mica asks me of a particular question as to how to delete friends from facebook. I wondered why? I jumped into conclusion that she must have had a bad day at school and I am guessing that it is about her girlfriends.

I hugged her tightly and make face to make her smile and then I asked her if she is sure she wants to delete some friends and what if after some time they kiss and make up? She thought about it for a while and changes the subject of our conversation."Every mother is a great chef", she said to me and even I heard it the day before, it is like a beautiful song ringing in my ear and then another hug before we proceed with baking.

"Baking makes me feel super happy", she said again, in hearing this, I thought that it is not the baking that made her feel happy but the companionship, an undivided time, a bonding moment of a mom and daughter. It is a special moment that I would want her to remember about us when she grows up.
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