Posted in Home Made, Motherhood

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.

Posted in Home Made

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!

 

Posted in Home Made

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!

Posted in DIY, Home Made, Motherhood

My Go To Homemade Bread

Steaming pot

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Rest: Total 2 hours (2 rest sessions)

 

For the past few days, the baking spell has taken over me.

I love baking and pretty good at it. But sometimes I don’t bake for months on stretch. However when I start, I will usually bake every other day for weeks!

Two days ago, my kids and I made our go to homemade bread. This is my foolproof bread dough recipe that was taught to me by my grandmother, who has now passed away. I now teach my kids so that they too will remember this when they grow up and hopefully, they too will teach their kids.

I love this bread recipe because it’s simple and very easy to make. The best thing is, there is no need for fancy bread maker. You can just use a hook kneader to  your stand mixer, or if you’re a Puritan like me, you can knead it by hand. I always prefer kneading dough by hand because I love the feel when it starts to come together.

You can either bake this bread on its own or you can add in literally anything you like.

I’ve added orange extract with orange zest in it, I’ve added almond extract and mixed nuts, I’ve put in chocolate chips, I’ve added dried herbs like oregano leaves and rosemary into it, and I’ve also made them into cheese buns where I put in lots of cheese in the middle of it.

Here’s the recipe and I really hope you’ll try it!

A
1 cup warm water
1 packet of yeast (11g)
>> Mix until yeast is dissolved and let to rest until mixture is bubbly (about 30 minutes)

B
1 large egg (beaten)
2 tablespoon butter / margarine
2 tablespoon condensed milk/milk/water/buttermilk
3 tablespoon caster sugar
½ teaspoon salt
3 ½ cups flour

1. Mix B together to form crumbly dough.
2. Add in A gradually and slowly knead into pliable dough.
3. Knead until soft and smooth (about 10 – 15 minutes by hand).
4. Cover with warm, damp towel and let rest for 30 – 60 minutes*.
5. Once dough is raised, punch in the middle to let the air out and knead lightly for several minutes.
6. Shape into balls and arrange in a greased baking tin. You can also just put the whole dough into a tin if you want to make a big loaf.
7. Cover with warm, damp towel and let rest again for another 30 – 60 minutes*.
8. Preheat oven to 160˚C.
9. Before baking, brush with butter / margerine.
10 Bake for 30 – 40 minutes until turned golden brown (based on your oven capacity).

*The longer you rest the bread, the fluffier it is.

You can also brush the bread dough with egg wash so your bread top crust is golden brown.
Egg wash:
1 large egg
2 tablespoons of water
A pinch of salt
-Beat all ingredients together and brush on buns before putting it into the oven

Ready to go into the oven!
Done! It’s soft and fluffy. This one is oregano-cheese bun, where I add in dried oregano leaves into the dry ingredients and insert grated cheese into the dough before I ball them up into buns.
Posted in Home Made, Motherhood

Foolproof Sugar Cookies Recipe

Preparation time: 30 – 40 minutes
Cooking time: 15 – 20 minutes

I made some sugar cookies last night.

This recipe is something of my own mix because I’ve been trying several sugar cookies recipes around to see which one I like best. In the end, I made my own mix using the things I like best from each recipe.

I filed it under my Domestic Tab and you can find it here – Simple Sugar Cookies.

For this recipe, I’ve tried changing the normal butter to vegetable butter (in my effort to be a vegetarian) and it tastes just as great. So I guess these cookies are vegan-friendly too!

Posted in Home Made

Sweet Corn Custard Pudding

Preparation: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 15 – 20 minutes

 

This was one of my favorite desserts when I was little.

I guess you can say that it’s a traditional dessert because my mom told me that her mother, who was of course my grandmother, used to make for her when she was little.

And when I posted this photo on my Facebook, a lot of my friends remembered having this when they were little. It was nice to see such a simple dessert can invoke so many memories among my friends!

This is the easiest no-bake sweet corn pudding and you can eat it with whipped cream, ice cream or even on its own.

Here’s how you do it:
1 cup canned sweet corn
1 cup custard powder
3/4 cup sugar
3 cups water
1 1/2 cups evaporated milk
Vanilla essence

– Mix all ingredients in a deep saucepan or a pot. Give it a few good stir
– Place saucepan or pot on medium heat and with a wooden spoon, stir continuously to break up any lumps
– After about 5 – 7 minutes, the mixture should start to thicken and collect at the end of the wooden spoon
– Bring heat to the lowest and continue to stir until all liquid is gone. Mixture should turn into a really thick goo by now
– Turn off heat and stir for a few more minutes to release hot air
– Press into a mold or a serving tray. Leave to set and cool for about 1 -2 hours
– Pudding can either be eaten after it’s cooled or you can choose to refrigerate it overnight. (I love it chilled because it goes well with the whipped cream!)

*The trick to working with custard powder is to continuously stir in one direction. You want to make sure the pudding comes out smooth by pressing any clumps with the back of the spoon while stirring
Posted in Children, Home Made, Motherhood, Parenting

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.