Brownies

Brownies

Need something really sweet .. ok, not that super sweet, it’s reasonably sweet! So it’s brownies!

It’s tough to get ingredients during this CB, flour is out, sugar is out. I make a trip to PH during on 1st May to get some ingredients and is lucky to get some, but no choice had to take double portion of all so I didnt have to make frequent trips. On another note, I’m happy to replenish ingredients as it mean I’ve been baking! almost 3 times a week to put food on the table for breakfast or tea time. Use some good old recipes and tried some new ones too!

Did a search for brownies and most needed brown sugar which I cant find AGAIN! So glad to find one using normal sugar. I had no Valrhona chocolate so I used Bakeway dark converture chocolate and the brownies turn out decent!

I also love the new pink ceramic dish that I’m bringing in lots of them now. Check out http://www.facebook.com/shopnbake for pretty bakewares and kitchenwares!

Recipe adapted from
https://wendyinkk.blogspot.com/2010/11/triple-chocolate-brownies.html

Ingredients:
166g Dark Chocolate (I used converture)
66g butter
66g sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
40gm plain flour
66g chocolate chips
Handful of toasted almond nibs

1. Preheat oven to 140/160C
2. Place dark chocolate and butter into a mixing bowl over a pot of hot water.
3. Stir gently to melt the chocolate and butter.
4. Remove from the hot water pot and add in sugar and vanilla extract.
5. Add in eggs and mix well.
6. Sift in flour and mix well.
7. Put in 2/3 of chocolate chips and almond nibs and mix well. (I forgot and add in all!)
8. Bake for 25 mins or until skewer comes out clean.

Notes:
– Rem to oil the baking tin.
– Overbaking will give you a more cakey brownie.

For now, the craving is fixed!

 

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Rock Buns

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I hope everyone is safe and well. Within the short 2 weeks of circuit breaker in Singapore, we all begin with work from home and home based learning. We all begin learning to wear a mask once you step out of the house, sanitise your hand and at home, start cracking our head planning what to cook, what to eat. You no longer have the luxury to just pop by market or supermarket as and when you like to buy just one item. You are suppose to stay at home! The sad state is seeing empty shelves, not able to get the brand you usually used and while you attempt not going out, you cant get a delivery slot.

So much said, yesterday our PM just announced the circuit breaker extended so another 40 days to go. Bring out all your to~do recipes and bake! Take this opportunity to try new recipes and of coz bake for your family. Well, cakes are now not essential items so what could be better than baking it ourselves. It doesnt like a bad idea afterall!

Rock buns are not new! That’s a recipe in one of the Home Econs text book donkey years ago. I forgot how easy it is to make and how good they are till I saw someone baking it.

Recipe:
(makes approx 20 pieces)
(A)
200g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
100g butter

(B)
100g sugar (*note)
100g raisins (*note)

(C) Mix together:
1 egg
3 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla essence (*note)

Method :
1) Sift flour and baking powder, add salt. Rub in butter till fine breadcrumbs.

2) Stir in (B), followed by (C). It should feel a little sticky, but not wet (like muffin).

3) Scoop a tbsp of batter and drop on lined baking pan. Bake in preheated oven 185C ~ 190C for about 15 to 20 mins (last 5 mins I increase temp to 200C for better browning)

Recipe courtesy of Fong Kitchen

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It’s the time of the year again!

It’s been a year, I hope I am not just updating once a year! I do miss the times where I have the time and focus to try out new recipes, take pictures and write about it.

Many fellow bakers has since stop blogging and moved on to Instagram/Facebook but not me, this is THE place where I document down my baking journey. It’s THE place where I look back and see how and where I have been.

Enough of that cos it’s the Lunar New Year again and no excuse not stepping into the kitchen and start baking! Morever this year I have new toys to play with!

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These are new moulds that I brought in this year, not your usual size of pineapple but each weigh auspiciously 28g. I love the moulds, they are easy to use and this improved version allow you to adjust the height of the mould. I also like how they can be take apart to wash.

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I’ve just open a new round of orders (New designs added too), take a look at ShopnBake and place your order today. Not forgetting the moulds is suitable for making both baked and snowskin mooncakes!

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Salted Egg Yolk Butter Cookies

It’s been a long long while, huh?
No new bakes hence no new post too. It’s been good old butter cakes and fruit cakes.

I did kept myself busy with lots of crochet work thou. Did scarves, beanies and blankets for charity donation – a hobby that you dont sweat over it.

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Planning small portion bakes this year, do miss those days which I bake in quantities. I enjoyed the planning and baking process.

Kicking off this year with Salted Egg Butter Cookies. Have heard much about Jenny’s Butter Cookies from HK, I’ve not tried it personally yet. This cookies is not too crumbly on the outside, slight crunch and almost melt in the mouth. And definitely simple with just 3 types of flour and just icing sugar.

I have baked a batch without salted egg using SCS butter but feel that it just lack the punch of butter, probably Golden Churn Tin packaging will do the job much better.

Recipe largely adapted from
http://bakingmom80.blogspot.sg/2015/11/copycat-jennys-bakery-cookies-version-2.html?m=0

I adjust the proportion of butter and icing sugar and added salted egg powder.

Ingredients
120g butter
35g icing sugar
45g plain flour
30g bread flour
25g rice flour
25g Salted Egg Powder, I used Knorr Brand

Method
*preheat oven at 160C

1. When the butter is semi-soft, using hand whisk, whisk together with sugar until fluffy.
2. Fold in sieved flours and salted egg yolk powder until well combined.
3. Transfer to piping bag and pipe out desired shapes onto lined baking tray.
4. Bake at 160C for 16mins.

Notes:
I baked at 160 degrees for 20 mins and find them too brown so do watch your own oven temperature.

 

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Gula Melaka Pandan Kaya

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It’s indeed been a long long while. While baking have really slow down and it’s always the usual aka family’s favourite like butter cake, fruit cakes etc so that somehow does not call for a blog post.

Nevertheless, I’ve finally made some kaya! absence of the real Pandan leaves thou cos it’s in the evening I decided to prepare for the next day breakfast.

3 eggs
100g gula melaka
100g caster sugar
350ml coconut milk
1tsp Pandan Paste

  1. Chop up the Gula Melaka and together with caster sugar, whisk them into the eggs till sugar melts.
  2. Add in coconut milk and mix well.
  3. Double boil the mixture over another pot of hot water and use a whisk to stir throughout 1 hr.
  4. The kaya will gradually thicken up, reduce to 1/3.
  5. Cool till slightly warm and use a handheld blender to achieve a smooth texture.

This will give you a medium size tub of Kaya. I usually separate the Kaya into small containers so you can keep them longer.

 

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