Sunday, July 26, 2009

Chocolate cake-bread (no-bake)

I've always been intrigued by no-bake recipes, somehow the words 'no-bake' always attracts me. No-bake cheesecakes, cookies etc. It gives me the feeling that it's much easier than baking recipes hehe... Well, I have to say that not all of them turn out right though.

This teaches me not to just pick any random recipe from the web from unknown sources or sites which cannot be trusted, they don't give a ^%%$ about whether your bake turns out right or not! After all, you wouldn't want all your pain & sweat to go down the drain or right into the bin right!

Anyway, that is one of the reasons why I started this blog, to share recipes with friends who share the same passion as me. And all recipes that I've posted in this blog have been tried & tested by me, that is why every recipe is only posted once I've tried them out, always accompanied with a photo of the finished product. I've learned through the hard way, now I want my friends not to follow my footsteps :)

Ok back to this recipe, this chocolate cake actually makes use of bread, you can opt for white or wholemeal, it's entirely up to you. Choose a chocolate which you like to eat out of hand. So you can actually say it's more of a chocolate bread. Very interesting texture, extremely easy to make. Easy to satisfy any chocolate cravings you've been having ;)



Chocolate cake (no-bake)
Recipe from here

Ingredients:

6-8 slices of bread (shredded)
60g unsalted butter
120ml cream
3 tablespoon rum (use more if you want a stronger flavour!)
200g chocolate

*I used a loaf pan, line pan with aluminium foil, extra on the sides to lift up the cake easily later

Method:

1. Double boil butter & chocolate to melt
2. Once melted, remove from heat, stir in cream & rum
3. Add in shredded bread
4. Mix to combine (it'll be fairly thick)
5. Scoop into ready lined mould, press hard into mould
6. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
7. To remove, just lift up aluminium foil.
8. Cut & serve, enjoy! :)




Mix in cream & rum into melted chocolate + butter


Toss in bread and mix to combine

Press hard into mould

Friday, July 17, 2009

Onde-Onde

Was flipping through my home economics 'bible' one day and saw a onde-onde recipe, read through the ingredient list and the steps, it looked easy to me, I told myself I must try it one day! So once I got hold of the ingredients, another friend of mine, Joanne, also made onde-onde, and her recipe was very similar to the one in my home econs bible :) Will share this with you! Thanks Joanne :)




I ended up getting more sweet potatoes and grated coconut, so I increased the ingredients in the recipe to yield more onde-onde :)

Onde-Onde Recipe

Ingredients:

400g steamed sweet potato
400g glutinous flour
6 tbsp water or more (I didn't measure how much water I used, just eyeball it, add a little at a time to form a dough)
1 tsp canola oil
chopped pieces of gula melaka (or call palm sugar)
freshly grated coconut (add salt)
1 tsp pandan essence

Directions:

1) Steam the sweet potato until soft.
2) Mash the sweet potato in a bowl, add in the glutinous flour slowly, water, oil & pandan essence.
3) Knead till a dough is formed. You can add more water if the dough is dry or add more flour if the dough is wet and sticky.
4) Chop gula melaka into bite size pieces. (avoid wet)
5) Divide dough into 20g each and wrap in the gula melaka. (I just picked up a small pc of dough to create a ball which is bite sized then fill in chopped gula melaka)
6) Put the wrapped balls into a big pot of boiling water.
7) Fish them out when the ball floats (once it's cooked, it'll automatically float up!)
8) Toss them on to a plate filled with grated coconut and coat all around the balls.
9) Serve and eat!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Yummy Easy Breakie

Made this simple and easy breakfast one fine morning when I wanted something quick and yet satisfying.


I took out slices of bread, slabbed on a thick spread of peanut butter, layered banana slices, topped with a slice of cheese, sprinkle of raisins and a dash of cinnamon. Placed it in the oven to toast for around 10 mins, till cheese melts!

A heartwarming and comforting breakie to start my day!

mmmmmmmmmmmm

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Bananas & Rum dessert



Here's one nice spoonful of the dessert for ya :)

Bananas & Rum Dessert
(makes 4)

Ingredients:

2 large bananas
2 tblsp of rum
1 pot of plain yoghurt
handful of raisins
4 tblsp orange juice
2tblsp sugar
dash of cinnamon powder
1 packet of sponge fingers

Method:

1. Slice bananas into medium thickness
2. Mix in rum, orange juice, sugar and raisins, soak for a while
3. Layer sponge fingers at the bottom of glass
4. Spoon bananas mixture on top
5. Layer another layer of sponge fingers, followed by bananas mixture again
6. Scoop a dollop of plain yoghurt on top and sprinkle with cinnamon powder
7. Put in fridge for 30 minutes or more to settle and let all the flavours mingle :)
8. Eat!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

My new HOT babe!



I am very happy to own my very 1st oven, hopefully we'll serve each other for years to come! It's an Elba 42L electric oven, managed to squeeze this buy within my budget after I redeemed Jusco vouchers :)

Have baked many stuffs with it, but I'm still familiarising myself with this oven, like 'getting to know you', orientation stuff... I used to bake in a conventional oven, it's a microwave oven too. So this electric oven has more functions to it such as top/bottom heating elements, different rack positions etc, all these will matter if your bake turns out well or not.

Anyway, I can't wait to experiment more recipes with my new HOT babe!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Strawberry Yoghurt Muffins

Baked these strawberry yoghurt muffins with leftover strawberries from my Tiramisu.

It turned out really nice and moist, with strawberry chunks in every bite. The almond flakes added an extra crunch, it was nice and toasted on top.

I bought some tart moulds from Jusco the other day and was thinking of trying out muffins in these moulds since we always use paper liners or muffin trays. Since I don't have a muffin tray, I thought using these moulds will create a pretty muffin with its fluted sides.

Original recipes uses blueberries, and since I wanted to use up my strawberries, I substituted the blueberries with them.



Fresh from the oven

Nice mouthful of strawberry chunks

Experimented baking muffins with these moulds

Strawberry Yoghurt Muffins
Recipe from here (thanks Florence)

Ingredients:
(A)
145g self raising flour (sieve)
1/2 cup fresh blueberries or more (wash and dry with paper towel) I used strawberries

(B)
1 egg (lightly beaten)
55g sugar
60g melted butter
2 tbsp milk
120g plain yoghurt
1/2 tsp vanilla essence

Method:
1. Mix (A) together.
2. Mix (B) together in a mixing bowl.
3. Pour (A) into (B) and mix everything in 5 strokes.
4. Spoon batter into muffin tray lined with paper muffin cups up to 85% full.
5. Bake at 190C for 20 minutes - 30minutes or till cooked.