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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!

Posted in Children, DIY, Home Made, Parenting

DIY Play Dough

Preparation time: 5 – 15 minutes
Rest: 1 hour

I’ve pinned the recipe to this DIY play dough on my Pinterest for ages, but I’ve never really gotten around to doing it. One of the main reasons is that because I don’t want to mess it up and end up throwing out a batch of flour.

However, the other day a friend posted on her Facebook on how she made it for her daughter and it turned out great. Finally, I decided I should try it.

And I really should’ve done it a long time ago. My kids were literally occupied for 3 hours straight!

If you ever doubt it, I suggest you try it right away because it really is that easy and yes, foolproof.

DIY play dough

Here’s what you need:

1 cup of flour
1/4 cup of fine salt
1 cup of warm water
Few drops of food coloring

1. Mix the flour and salt
2. Make a well and add the warm water. Drop in a few drops of food coloring depending on how bright or pale you want the color of the dough to be
3. Mix everything into a dough with a spoon until you get the right texture

I love to bake and I love kneading dough with my hands. So what I did was, halfway through, I took out the dough and knead with my hands. If you’re accustomed to baking pies or bread, just knead as you would with a bread or pie crust dough.

Dust your work station and knead. You can sprinkle with flour as you go if you find the dough to be too sticky. Once you got the right pliability, you can let it rest.

Note: The dough will be stickier than the store-bought Play Dough because of the hot water. Don’t worry too much about it because once the dough cools, it will be exactly (if not better!) than the commercial product.

DIY play dough

Storage: My friend advised me to keep it in a Ziploc and put it in the fridge so that’s what I did. I kept the dough in the fridge at around 7pm and now it’s almost 3am. I just checked the dough and obviously it’s hard, but the great thing is that it’s not crumbly. So I guess I will have to take it out for a few hours before I let the kids play with it.

I also tried to wrap it in cling wrap just as I would when I’m resting my cooking dough in the fridge. It works just the same if you don’t have a Ziploc. And if you don’t have a cling wrap, I sometimes use this trick: Use any groceries shopping plastic bag, put the dough in and tightly twist the bag around the dough. I then tie it with a strong rubber band to seal it in. Works just the same as wonderful!

Cleanup: This is surprisingly really easy. The kids dropped bits and pieces of the dough onto the floor and it sort of hardened up. But just by rubbing my toe on it, I was able to sweep it off the floor and it doesn’t leave any greasy mark behind. I dusted the table on which they played the dough with corn starch. There were dough on the table sticking to the table even with the starch, but using a damp cloth, I was able to wipe them all away because the dough just dissolved.

After all this, I will never buy the commercial Play Dough. Ever again. And yes, I’m still kicking myself in the rear for not making this dough sooner. Hahahaha.

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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.
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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!

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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