Sunday, August 31, 2008

Very Yummy Brownies

Thanks Brenda for sharing her favourite brownie recipe with us. I bake this for a "house-warming" party tonight.

Here's the recipe.

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 1/4 cups white sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup melted butter
4 eggs

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Grease and flour a 9x13inch baking pan.
3. Mix together flour, baking powder, sugar, cocoa powder and salt. Stir to blend.
4. Mix in 3/4 cup melted butter and 4 eggs.
5. Mix thoroughly. Spread batter evenly into prepared baking pan.
6. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in preheated oven.
Cool completely in pan before cutting into 2 inch squares.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Horlicks Doggie Cookies

Today I made fifty-four Horlicks Cookies for my children to eat. The recipe was featured in The Sunday Times, creation of Ms Irene Yip, a trainer at the Chef's Secrets cooking school.

This is so fun! All the cookies look so different. The expression and the shape of the doggies. My daughter said some of them are "fat" and "round".Photobucket My son ate about 6 cookies and my daughter ate about 8 cookies. They like it very much and so do I.Photobucket

Horlicks Doggie Cookies

Source: Recipe from Ms Irene Yip, trainer at the Chef's Secrets cooking school.

180g butter
80g Horlicks (original flavour)
200g top flour
25g cornflour
25g milk powder

100g chocolate chips
Koko Krunch

I add 1 tablespoon of castor sugar to the recipe and make into a dough.
I use Chocolate rice for the eyes.

1) Sift the flour, cornflour and milk powder.
2) Cream the butter and Horlicks for 3 minutes at low speed. Do not overbeat.
3) Add the sifted flour and beat for about one minute to form a dough.
4) Divide dough into 10g each. Embed 3 chocolate chips into each piece of dough and roll into a ball.
5) Insert 2 pieces of Koko Krunch to form the ears and 1 chocolate chip as the nose.
6) Bake at 140 degC for about 25 minutes. (I bake at 155 degC for about 15-17 minutes)
7) Cool before storing.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Cupcakes for Teacher's Day

Just bake these vanilla cupcakes for my daughter's School Form Teacher, Miss Seet. They are going to celebrate Teacher's Day tomorrow morning. The cupcake is soft and yummy! This is a very good recipe and hope you will give it a try.Photobucket

Billy's Vanilla, Vanilla Cupcakes
(Makes about 30 cupcakes)

1 3/4 cups cake flour, not self-rising
1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (I use Top Flour)
2 cups sugar (I add 1 2/3 cup)
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks = 250g) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
4 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon
pure vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 165°C. Line cupcake pans with paper liners; set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine flours, sugar, baking powder, and salt; mix on low speed until combined. Add butter, mixing until just coated with flour.
2. In a large glass measuring cup, whisk together eggs, milk, and vanilla. With mixer on medium speed, add wet ingredients in 3 parts, scraping down sides of bowl before each addition; beat until ingredients are incorporated but do not over-beat.
3. Divide batter evenly among liners, filling about two-thirds full. Bake, rotating pan halfway through, until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 17 to 20 minutes.
4. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat process with remaining batter. Once cupcakes have cooled, use a small offset spatula to frost tops of each cupcake. Decorate with sprinkles, if desired. Serve at room temperature.

Billy's Vanilla Buttercream
Colored sprinkles, for decorating (optional)
(Makes enough for 30 cupcakes)
1 cup (2 sticks = 250g) unsalted butter, room temperature
6 to 8 cups confectioners' sugar (icing sugar)
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter until smooth and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes. With mixer on low speed, add 6 cups sugar, milk, and vanilla; mix until light and fluffy. If necessary, gradually add remaining 2 cups sugar to reach desired consistency.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Sugee Cookies

Recipe shared by Jam (M4M)
Sugee Cookies
(makes about 85 cookies)
250 butter
150g sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
Sieve together:
200g plain flour
150 semolina
50g ground almonds (or cashew nuts)
Mix the butter and sugar till creamy.
Add in the vanilla essence follow by the flour, semolina and ground almonds mixture.
Shape the dough anyway you like and bake in the preheated oven at 165 deg C for about 20 - 25 minutes.

Kimchi Pancake

Kimchi Jeon (Jun)
1/2 cup of Kimchi, chopped
50g Enoki Mushroom, chopped
1 sprig Chives, chopped
1 sprig Chinese Celery Leaves, chopped
1 cup plain flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
2/3 cup milk
Beat the egg and add the milk in a mixing bowl.
Stir in the flour and mix all the ingredients above.
Heat the frying pan with a tablespoon of cooking oil.
Pour 2 tablespoon of batter onto the heated pan and use a metal spoon to spread the batter.
Makes three 15-cm round pancakes.

Banana Chocolate Chips Muffins

1 large banana
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
60g butter or magarine, melted
170g self-raising flour
120g castor sugar
120g chocolate chips (I use white chocolate chips with some dark chocolate chips)
Mix the egg, milk, melted butter and mashed banana in a bowl.
Add the flour, sugar and chocolate chips and stir gently.
Do not overmix. The batter should be lumpy.
Fill the muffin cups with batter till 2/3 full. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 deg C for 20 minutes or until the muffins are in golden brown. Serve warm or cold.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Baked Oreo Cheesecake

Source: Recipe from "Kraft"


30 pieces of OREO Sandwich Cookies (less the cream), finely grounded
1/4 cup butter, melted

Line 9x5 -inch baking tin with foil (I use 18 cm round cake tin), with ends of foil extending over sides of tin.
Add butter to the finely grounded Oreo cookies; mix well.
Press firmly onto bottom of prepared pan.

16 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 cup sour cream
2 eggs
1 cup coarsely chopped Oreo cookies (less cream)
Some Oreo cookies, quarted for decoration

Preheat oven to 325°F.
Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add sour cream; mix well.

Add eggs, one at a time, beating just until blended after each addition. Gently stir the chopped cookies into cream cheese batter.

Steam bake for 45 min. or until center is almost set. Cool.

Refrigerate 4 hours , or preferbly overnight before serving.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Chewy Chocolate Chips Cookie

I always like to make cookies as it's very easy to prepare. I found this Chewy Chocolate Chips Cookie recipe written on my little note book.
Early this morning, around 8am. I took out a block of salted butter (Golden Churn brand) from my fridge and let it soften in room temperature.
My son is in the kitchen with me, he's busy opening the cabinet drawers and played with my trays and whatever he can find in the kitchen.
I measure the flour and sugar and the rest of the ingredients.
Everything is in order, then I preheat the oven at 165 degree C.
At the mean time, I mix the sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl.
Add the eggs and vanilla essence and stir gently. Once the mixture is well mixed, I add in flour with baking soda and chocolate chips and make it into a dough. It's very easy! All I need is a table spoon and scoop the dough and roll it into a ball about the size of a 50 cents coins.
I flatten the balls slightly, and gently. make sure the unbaked cookies is well spread on the baking sheet (I place a piece of baking paper, so I don't have to use flour or grease the tray).
The baked cookies will expand and bigger.

After 16 minutes, the aroma of the chocolate filled the whole house. I rotate the tray while the cookies is still in the oven for about 12 minutes, so that the cookies are evenly baked. I have to do this because my oven is not those built-in type.

Here's the recipe.

Chewy Chocolate Chips Cookies
(makes 60 cookies)

2 cups plain flour
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

150g salted butter, softened
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup fine sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 egg
1 egg yolk

1/2 cup dark semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Mix all the ingredients above and bake in a preheated oven at 165 deg C for about 16-18 minutes. Cool the cookies on the wire rack and store in an airtight container.
Serve with cold milk.