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Chocolate Chip Cookies Craze

I don’t know about you, but I just love chocolate chip cookies. I could really eat them every single day.

When I was younger, while I didn’t have any romantic idea about having the dream wedding or a happy family, I’ve always known that if I ever have either of them, I want to be able to bake the best chocolate chip cookies.

Butterless chocolate chip cookies

 

Because of this I have been trying many recipes; some traditional ones that are passed down in my family from mother to daughter and some I improvised from the ones I found on Google.

Today, I tried (yet again) to make these butterless chocolate chip cookies.

Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against butter. In fact, I love them so much I usually use in a lot of my cooking. It’s just that I ran out of butter and I still want to bake.

These cookies may take a little longer to make because there are several extra steps than the usual simple recipes, but it’s worth it because I made about 75 pieces of cookies (1.5″x1.5″) around 2pm and now it’s 10pm and not a single piece left!

Here’s how.

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Simple Vanilla Cupcakes

I’ve been baking for a few days on end now.

First, it was Sophea’s Barbie cake to Damien’s forest-themed cake. It was really fun that I get to bake again after so long. Sure, my piping skills a little rusty, but I’m sure with more practice, it’ll come back again. Ahahaha. I’m considering selling my baked goods again, like I used to do when I was 18. My kids are a lot bigger and more independent now that I think it’s possible for me to squeeze in a few cake orders here and there.

For tea yesterday, Sophea wanted some cupcakes. Well, she has been asking for cupcakes for several days now. I didn’t want to make anything fancy nor do I have that many ingredients left so I whipped out this super-simple vanilla cupcakes.

Simple vanilla cupcakes

 

Here’s how!

 

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4-Ingredient Steamed Cake

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 30 – 40 minutes

 

My kids have been pestering me to bake them a cake. I would if there was anything to bake because I haven’t done grocery shopping for baking for weeks.

Then I remembered my mom’s go-to cake when she has very limited ingredients.

So I whipped up this steamed cake that only needs 4 ingredients

Simple steam cake recipe

4 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup fresh milk
1 1/2 cups flour

1. Beat eggs and sugar
2. Add in fresh milk a few tablespoons at a time
3. Add in flour a few tablespoons at a time and beat at low speed in between
4. Steam on high heat for 30 – 40 minutes or until skewer comes out clean

*You may add a few drops of vanilla essence, if you want

As you can see, I split the batter into two so I can marble them, but you can do it any way you want really.

Simple steam cake recipe

Let me know how it went for you if you try this recipe!

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Make Your Very Own Teething Biscuits

Preparation: 2minutes
Cooking time: 1minute

 

I went to the store today to get formula for Eros and Sophia.

I saw Farley Rusks’ teething biscuits that Mohen always get for Eros and thought of getting it for Sophia since she loves to chew almost everything now from pillow to rubber toys to my mobile phone to her blankie.

Then I remembered seeing a post on my Pinterest about making your own teething biscuits for your teething babies and figured I give it a go instead of buying it off the shelf.

It takes less than 5 minutes and Sophia loves it! I love how it was something I made for her and not a manufactured baby food.

Ever since I’ve become an SAHM, I do pay more attention to the food I give to Sophia. When I was working, I didn’t really have time to prepare homemade food for Eros so we ended up buying a lot of manufactured baby food for him.

All you need is a slice of bread and your baby’s favorite spread.

Here’s how you make your very own homemade teething biscuits for your baby.

Cut the crusts off a slice of bread.

Flatten the bread with a rolling pin. Or if you’re like me and couldn’t really be bothered with all the fancy kitchen utensils, you can flatten them with your fingers! Just make sure your fingers are, of course, clean.

Then I spread the flattened bread with Heinz Vanilla Custard dessert. She loves to eat this on its own so I thought she would love it on the teething biscuits too.

You can put any spread you want – applesauce, blueberry jam, honey or even squished banana. Just remember to spread it very lightly because it’s just to give the teething biscuit flavor.

Roll the bread as tightly as you can and pinch the end to seal it.

All you got to do now is pop the bread into the microwave. Set it to high and microwave for about 50seconds. It should come out hard but if it’s still soft, just heat it up for another 10seconds.

It would be piping hot when it comes out from the microwave so let it cool off on a rack for about 5minutes.

Once cooled, the bread should be rock hard and ready to be nibbled by your teething little monster!

Here’s Sophia enjoying the teething biscuit.

Here’s Eros with Sophia while she munches away.

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Chocolate Quick Fix

Preparation time: 3 minutes
Cooking time: 2 minutes +

 

So I’ve been having this (really) sweet tooth for this pregnancy.

I feel like gobbling down any sweet stuff all the time – cakes, cookies, ice creams, chocolates, marshmallows and even just plain sugar!

It’s crazy because I know too much sugar is bad and too much sugar during pregnancy is really bad.

I was made to take the MGTT (meal glucose tolerance test) blood test last week because I was gaining too much weight too fast. I haven’t got the result yet but I’m not surprise if I have gestational diebetes.

I’m not surprised because I’ve been experiencing the tell-tale gestational diabetes symptoms which are, frequent urination, increased hunger and increased thirst. Of course being pregnant does make you want to pee all the time but I’ve been pregnant 3 times so I can pretty much guess that this time around the frequent urination is not so much because of my baby pressing on my bladder. Plus, frequent urination during pregnancy (usually) occurs during the first and third trimester.

So anyway, to satisfy my sweet tooth for today, I made this quick chocolate cake that you can make it by putting it in the microwave.

Sure it’s not your good ol’ granma rich chocolate cake but it’s good enough if you’re looking for something chocolatey that is easy and quick to make. It takes about 2 minutes preparation and about the same time to get it ready in the microwave.

Here’s what you’ll need:
5 tbsp sugar
4 tbsp flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/4 tsp baking powder
3 tbsp milk
3 tbsp oil
1 egg
Vanilla essence

– Mix all the dry ingredient in a large coffee mug
– Add the rest of liquid ingredients and stir well with a fork
– Put it in your microwave. Set it on high for 2 – 2 1/2 minutes

*Depending on your microwave power. You can insert a skewer in the cake to make sure the cake is done. When the skewer comes out clean, your cake is ready!

Quick fix for chocolate craving!
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Simple Sugar Donuts!

Preparation time: 1 hour 30 minutes

 Cooking time: 30 minutes

 

My kids were sleepy because of the lazy weather today.

So while they were napping, I was wondering what to do. I was toying with the idea of making another art project (there’s this quote canvas art that I’ve been wanting to do), finish the quilt pillowcase I’m sewing or make some dessert.

I’m thinking of baking cinnamon rolls but it was not something I want to start doing in the middle of a lazy afternoon. But I did feel like having something sweet (I crave a lot of sweet stuffs and anything with almond with this pregnancy!) so I thought, why not sugar donuts?

It has been a while since I have those simple sugar donuts and not those fancy schmancy donuts with buttercream and glaze and chocolate filling or custard cream and all.

So I made me some sugar donuts today and when my kids woke up from their nap, Eros enjoyed these donuts so much I’m tempted to make them again tomorrow!

Here’s what you’ll need:

500g flour (4cups + 2tbsp)
6g yeast (if one pack of yeast is 11g, you can use half of it)
1 tbsp condensed milk
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
275ml water (90z)
Icing sugar for dusting

– Mix salt and condensed milk into the water. Stir well until condensed milk is fully dissolved
– Add yeast to flour
– Pour in the oil and rub it into the flour. Make sure all lumps are gone for the finer the flour without lumps, the fluffier your donuts will be
– Add the milk mixture into the flour and knead. The dough will be extremely sticky at this point but don’t worry. Get the excess flour off from your hand with a spoon
– Leave the dough uncovered for about 20minutes*
– Knead the dough and balled up into small portions to the size of a golf ball
– Flatten the balled up dough to about 1/2 inch thickness
– Punch a hole through with a bottle cap (I used a milk scoop for my kids’ formula. I cut the handle off and use the scoop to punch a hole through the dough)
– Cover the donut dough with damp towel and let rise for 30minutes*
– Deep fry the donuts in enough vegetable oil until golden brown
– Roll the donuts in icing sugar to coat it before serving

*I live in a warm country where the weather is humid all year long.

I read in a cookbook once that in colder countries, you may need to let the dough rise for a slightly longer time. I can’t really say how long you need to let it rise for this recipe but I think an extra 5-10minutes wouldn’t hurt?

Homemade sugar donuts – so fluffy and soft you’ll love it!
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Graham Crackers Chocolate Cake – No bake, No flour cake!

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes

 

My sisters have been asking me to make this cake every time they talk to me.

It’s made from Graham crackers and lots and lots of chocolate and the best thing about this cake is, you don’t have to bake it that it’s almost fool-proof (you gotta get the measurement right or otherwise you’ll be having chocolate pudding instead!).

Here’s how and since I don’t have any of those fancy schmancy camera or gadgets, my photos don’t look like they just came out from a food magazine.

But hey, try this and you’ll love it! It’s especially great for a movie marathon dessert.

You’ll need:

250g / 1 cup butter
2 cups Graham crackers, break into chunks, not too crumbled
4 eggs
6 tbsp (or more if you really love chocolate!) cocoa powder
A can of condensed milk
Vanilla essence

1. Whisk the whole can of condensed milk with the eggs in a large bowl
2. Add in vanilla and stir well
3. Fold in the cocoa powder and whisk until a thick mixture is achieved. Try to break any lumps of cocoa powder as much as possible without overbeating the eggs
4. Melt butter over medium heat
5. Pour in the chocolate mixture and cook with a whisk to ensure no lumps are formed. Keep whisking until mixture thickens
6. Turn off heat and put in the crackers
7. Mix well until chocolate crackers are fully covered in chocolate
8. Pressed into baking tray and refrigerate overnight (size of baking tray depends on how thick you want the cake to be)

Best served chilled!