Category Archives: baking

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup butter

1 cup white sugar

1 cup packed brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 pinch salt

1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon

3 cups quick cooking oats

chocolate chips 1/2 cup

chopped walnut 1/2 cup

1. In a big bowl, cream butter together white sugar, and brown sugar.

2. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla.

3. In another bowl, combine all the dry ingredients: flour, cinnamon, baking soda, oats, and salt.

4. Add dry ingredients into the creamed butter mixture.

5. Fold in chocolate chips and nuts.

6. It’s better to chill the dough in the fridge for about 1 hour before baking.

7. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C.

8. Roll the dough into small balls, and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets.

9. Bake for 10-12 mins or till the edge becomes golden brown color.

Oven- roasted Sweet Potato

I really miss winter in my hometown. Sweet memory of roasted sweet potato and candied fruit on the stick. The traditional kind of roasted sweet potato is done by a simple and crude oven made from a big iron container. The stall owners would separate  the container into 2 parts. One is to be filled with charcoal  and the other one is for the rack to put the sweet potatoes. Freshly-roasted and oil-dripping sweet potatoes are hidden there.

It’s quite easy to make it at home with oven. The thin type is easy to cook and will taste better.

Preheat oven to 230 Degree C.

Put sweet potatoes into the oven and bake for 40-50 mins. Flip in the half way.

Small Honey Buns

When I was in high school, this honey bun was very popular. I remember that we needed to start our morning lesson at about 6:30 AM. We studied for about 1 hr by ourselves. Then at 7 AM, we had 1 hour to rest and have breakfast. Actually 1 hour isn’t enough for most of the students to finish their breakfast before 8 AM, since there were so many lining in the school canteen. So to save more time, some students chose to buy bread in the store instead, which is very convenient. My friends and I usually bought this honey buns. The best part is the crispy honey and sesame bottom layer.

Ingredients:

bread flour 200g

sugar 25g

egg 1

honey 10g

vegetable oil 10g

yeast 2 g

milk 70g

salt 1 pinch

  1. Add yeast into warm milk. Stir a bit and let it rest for 2 mins.
  2. Beat egg into a big bowl. Add in sugar, honey, oil and salt. Mix well.
  3. Add flour into the egg honey mixture.
  4. Add in milk while stirring the flour.
  5. Knead everything into a dough. Keep kneading for about 20 mins.
  6. Put dough in a warm place. Let it rise 2 times big.
  7. Knead the dough and press the sir out. Cut it into 8 smaller dough balls.
  8. Cover the dough balls with plastic and let them rest for 5 mins.
  9. Flatten dough into oval shape. Roll from one end to another.
  10. Cut in the middle.
  11. In a small bowl, mix 1/2 tbsp flour, 1/2 tbsp sugar and 1/2 tbsp white sesame. Prepare a little water in another bowl.
  12. Dip the roll into the water first. then the white sesame with the cut side down.
  13. Brush baking pan with oil. Arrange them into the baking pan.
  14. Let them rise again till about 1.5 times big.
  15. preheat oven to 180 Degree C.
  16. bake for 15 mins.
  17. In a bowl, add in 1 tbsp water and 1 tsp honey.
  18. Brush honey water onto them. and bake for another 5 mins.

Look at my ugly buns.  🙂

The crispy white sesame bottom is exactly what I want.

Orange Loaf Cake

It’s a super easy cake to make and full of orange flavor.

Ingredients:

orange 1

eggs 3

sugar 100g

vegetable oil 70 ml

vanilla 1/2 tsp

flour 250g

baking soda 1/4 tsp

baking powder 1 tsp

 

Preheat oven to 170 Degree C.

  1. Cut orange into small chunks and remove the seed.
  2. Put orange into a blend and blend till into paste.
  3. Beat 3 eggs in a bowl. Add in sugar and vegetable oil. Mix well.
  4. Add egg mixture into blender and mix with orange paste well.
  5. Pour the orange egg mixture into a big bowl. Add in vanilla. Mix well.
  6. Sieve in flour, baking powder and baking soda. Combine them.
  7. Brush loaf pan with butter and dust with flour.
  8. Pour batter into loaf pan.
  9. Into the oven and bake for 40 mins.

Cool down and cut into slices. The orange cake smells incredible.

Thumbprint Cookies

 

Ingredients:

butter 130g

sugar 50g

egg 1 (separate egg yolk and egg white)

vanilla 1/2 tsp

flour 130g

salt 1 pinch

3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts

1/2 cup jam

 

Preheat oven to 180 Degree C

  1. Cream butter with sugar till light and fluffy.
  2. Add in vanilla and egg yolk. Mix well.
  3. Add in flour and salt. Blend till just combined.
  4. Make balls with 1/2 tbsp batter. Place them in fridge for about 15 mins to let them get firm.
  5. Whisk egg white till light.
  6. Roll balls in egg white, then chopped nuts.
  7. Press with thumb to the center depth of each ball.
  8. Fill the center with jam. I used strawberry jam.
  9. Into the oven for 12-15 mins.

Walnut Cake with Chocolate Glaze

Preheat oven to 180 Degree C.

Walnut 1 cup (toasted and finely chopped)

eggs 3

sugar 1/2 cup

flour 1/2 cup

baking powder 1/4 tsp

 

  1. Beat egg with sugar with  electric mixer for 6-8 mins. It will become like mayonnaise.
  2. Sieve in flour & baking powder. combine them.
  3. Fold in 1/4 walnut.
  4. Divide batter into 2 baking pans. And into the oven for 25 mins.
  5. Place cakes on rack to let them cool down.

 

Frosting:

1/4 cup butter (softened), 1 cup icing sugar, 1/2 tbsp milk.

Beat the butter with electric mixer till very light and fluffy. Add in icing sugar 1/3 each a time. Blend well. Add in milk at last. Mix everything well.

Make frosting into 2 part. Add 1/4 walnut into one of them.

Syrup: 1/2 cup warm water, 2 Tbsp sugar, 1 1/2 maple syrup. Mix well.

 

Place one cake upside down. Brush it with syrup. Spread the frosting (with walnut) onto it. Then put the other cake upside down over it. Brush it with syrup too. Spread the other frosting over the top and side of the cake. Sprinkle the rest chopped walnut over the side of the cake.

Chocolate glaze:

3 Tbsp milk, 30g chocolate. Heat in microwave till chocolate melts. Cool down to room temperature.

Pour the chocolate over the top.

Garnish with walnut at last.

The cake is super. It is a bit complicated as I did the frosting and glazing this time, which I never did before. That’s why I think this cake is a bit complicated. And you have a lot of washing to do after that. 🙂

Both my husband and I love the cake. 🙂

Double Chocolate Cookies

Ingredients:

butter 110g

chocolate 120g

vanilla 1 tsp

eggs 2

sugar 220g

flour 125g

cocoa powder 60g

baking soda 1/2 tsp

salt 1 pinch

Chocolate chunks 200g

 

Preheat oven to 165 Degree C

  1. Melt chocolate and better over low heat till completely melted and mixed together.
  2. Remove melted butter from heat and cool down.
  3. Add in vanilla.
  4. Beat eggs and sugar in a bowl till light and fluffy.
  5. Add egg & sugar mixture into melted chocolate.
  6. Mix all dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, cocoa powder, and salt) in another bowl.
  7. Add dry ingredients into melted chocolate and make it into batter.
  8. Fold in chocolate chunks.
  9. Drop 1 tbsp batter onto the baking tray.
  10. Into the oven for about 13 mins.

 

 

Crunchy outside but chewy inside.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Ingredients:

3 bananas

butter 130g melted

2 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla

flour 1 3/4 cup

sugar 1 cup

baking powder 1 tsp

baking soda 1/4 tsp

cinnamon powder 1 tsp

chopped walnut 1 cup

chocolate chips 1 cup

 

Preheat oven to 180 Degree C.

  1. Mash bananas in a bowl. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
  2. Add melted butter into banana and mix well.
  3. Add in sugar and blend well.
  4. Sieve in dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon powder and salt). Mix till just combined.
  5. Add chopped walnut and chocolate chips into the batter.
  6. Use a spoon or ice cream scoop to drop batter into muffin pan with 3/4 full.

https://flic.kr/p/2gY9iYL

Into the oven and bake for 20-25 mins.

Yum!

Prawn Pizza

 

For the pizza dough, please check:

https://foodrecipe33.com/2018/04/10/double-cheese-pizza-with-homemade-pizza-sauce/

The prawns I used are very big, so I remove the head and shell, then cut prawn into halves.

  1. Heat a pan, add in 1 tbsp oil. Fry prawn head and shell. Gently squeeze prawn head with spatula. Then take all the shell and head out.
  2. Fry prawns with the same pan. Just fry each side for 1 minute or 2. Set aside for later use.
  3. Still the same pan, saute 3 chopped cloves of garlic. Then add in pizza sauce. Stir fry till prawn oil and sauce are completely combined.
  4. Brush fried sauce onto pizza dough. Sprinkle cheese. Spread prawns over it. And top with cheese again.
  5. Into 200 degree oven and bake for 10 mins.

https://flic.kr/p/2h6Lk5F

Very nice pizza.

Carrot & Walnut Cake

Ingredients:

flour 1 cup

cinnamon powder  1 tsp

salt 1/2 tsp

baking powder 1/2 tsp

baking soda 1/4 tsp

brown sugar 1/2 cup

white sugar 1/4 cup

eggs 2

vanilla 1/2 tsp

vegetable oil 1/2 cup

grated carrots 1 1/2 cup

finely chopped walnut 1 cup

 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 Degree C.
  2. Cream vegetable oil with brown sugar & white sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Mix well.
  3. Sieve all the dry ingredients (flour, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, baking powder) to avoid any lump.
  4. Add dry ingredients into oil & sugar mixture 1/3 at a time, to make sure they are well combined.
  5. Finally add in grated carrot and walnut. Mix well.
  6. Into the oven and bake for 20-25 mins. Check with toothpick. If it comes out clean, then the cake is done.

https://flic.kr/p/2gLUou8

Very simple and the cake is really good.