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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.

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. 🙂

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!

Walnut Banana Bread

Banana is one of my husband’s favorite fruit. But sometimes, He forgot to eat them, and banana got ripe very quickly. So I would use them to make smoothie or cake or bread.

This summer when we went back to my hometown, we brought so many walnut back. My mom just cracked them and store the shell-removed walnut in 2 large containers. My husband likes walnut, so he adds some in his yogurt. Yet, we still have a lot. So I tried to bake something with walnut and banana.

Ingredients:

Bananas 2

butter 1/2 cup

white sugar 1 cup

eggs 2

vanilla 1/2 tsp

flour 1 cup

baking soda 1 tsp

salt 1/2 tsp

cinnamon powder 1/2 tsp

chopped & toasted walnut 1 cup

 

  1. Preheat oven to 170 Degree C.
  2. Cream butter and sugar together till light and fluffy.
  3. Add in 2 beaten eggs and vanilla. Stir well.
  4. Add in mashed bananas. Mix them together.
  5. Sieve in all the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon powder. Mix till combined.
  6. Butter spray the loaf pan. Dust it with flour.
  7. Pour all the batter into the pan.
  8. Into the oven for 50-60 mins. Check with a toothpick. If it comes out clean then it’s done.

Let it cool down for a little while.

Cut it and you will find it’s very moistened and firm.

Full of walnut and banana flavor. Very nice!

Healthy Bean Soup

It’s a soup made of different kinds of beans. It’s very healthy.

There was a period of time, I cooked regularly. My husband’s grey hairs became much less. Recently, I decided to cook it again.

Main ingredients are beans. I measured with my own hands.

Ingredients:

A handful of Red beans

A handful of Kidney beans

A handful of red kidney beans

Half handful of Barley

Soak all the ingredients above for overnight. Barley belongs to cold food, so it should’t be used less.

When cook it, also add in

Half handful of black sesame

Half handful of walnut

6-8 red dates (cut a bit)

Some Chinese yam (Huai Shan, peeled and chopped)

Black sesame is good for hair. Walnut is good for brain. Red dates are good for skin.

Put all ingredients in a deep pot. Pour in enough water, cos it will take at least 2 hours.

My husband hates the beans. He just eats walnut, Huai Shan, drink the soup and leave all the beans. So I put a lot of water into the pot. Otherwise, the soup will be very thick. Of course, if you are Ok with it, you can add less water.

I cooked it for 3 hours. If you want it to taste sweet, you can add in sugar.

Cinnamon Walnut Coffee Cake

It’s been a long time for me to do baking since last time. Recently, my husband starts to have coffee almost everyday. Why doesn’t he have coffee before? That’s because he’s afraid he would be addicted to coffee. But why he drinks coffee now? That’s because he cannot resist the attraction of coffee. Yeah, I know sometimes my husband is so complicated and contradictory.  Sign~

Since he picks up the habit of drinking coffee, baking a coffee cake sounds a good idea to me.

Ingredients:

chopped walnut 1 cup

brown sugar  1/4  cup

cinnamon powder 1 tsp

flour  1 tbsp

coffee 2g (I didn’t intend to add coffee. Just that my husband heard I was going to bake a coffee cake. He lent his coffee to me very generously. Yeah, he didn’t know coffee cake is to be served with coffee, not made from coffee.)

ALL THE FIVE INGREDIENTS ABOVE IS TO FOR TOPPING AND FILLINGS. Mix them well in a bowl and set aside.

For the cake:

butter 1/2 cup

sugar 1 cup

vanilla  1 tsp

egg 2

baking soda 1/2 tsp

baking powder 1 tsp

salt 1/4 tsp

flour 2/3 1 cup

plain yogurt 3/4 cup

preheat oven to 180 degree C.

  1. Cream butter with sugar till light and fluffy.
  2.  Add in vanilla and eggs (one by one).  Mix well.
  3. Mix baking soda, baking powder, salt and flour in a bowl.
  4. Add 1/3 dry ingredients into butter, then 1/2 yogurt. Add the rest dry ingredients and yogurt alternately. Mix well before adding.
  5. Spread 1/2 batter into the baking pan. Sprinkle around 1/3 walnut & cinnamon mixture over it.
  6. Add the rest cake batter, and top with the rest walnut & cinnamon mixture.
  7. Into the oven for 40-50 mins.

https://flic.kr/p/2c9xKqM

Very nice.

Carrot Cake ( with Pineapple & Walnut)

I found this great recipe about carrot cake:

http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/why-i-joined-zaar-carrot-cake-73825?ref=amp&ftab=reviews

I baked carrot cake before. It was good.

https://foodrecipe33.com/2016/09/13/carrot-cake/

I tried this new recipe and I loved this one. Very moist and taste better. Pineapple also improves the texture. My husband also likes it very much.

Ingredients:

1 cup flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup sugar ( I cut the sugar, because I don’t want it to be very sweet and also the canned pineapple I used were sweet).

1/2 cup vegetable oil ( I used canola oil)

2 small eggs

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 cup shredded carrot ( I also chopped them to make them shorter)

1/2 cup chopped walnut

1/2 cup chopped pineapple

1. Preheat oven to 175 degree C.

2. In a bowl, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugar.

3. Add in oil, egg & vanilla. Mix till smooth.

4. Fold in carrot, walnut and pineapple.

5. Pour batter into greased baking pan.

6. Bake for 45-50 mins.

You can also do the frosting. But I’m too lazy to do that. And plain cake is good enough for me. :p

Walnut Bread

Original recipe:

http://www.xiachufang.com/recipe/100571333/

I followed this recipe but changed a little.


Sourdough:

Bread flour 58g

Whole grain flour 58g

Water 71g

Yeast 1/2tsp (original recipe is 1/16tsp)

Mix all the sourdough ingredients. Let it rest for at least 2 hours. Original recipe said let it rest for overnight. That’s why I increased yeast to 1/2 tsp.
Walnut paste:

Walnut 50g

Water 50g

Honey 40g

Melted butter 20g

Salt 1 pinch

Blend all these ingredients in blender till paste.
Bread ingredients:

Bread flour 306g

Whole grain flour 34g

Water 145g

Salt 8.5g

Yeast 2g

Mix all the bread ingredients together into a dough. Let it rest for 30 mins.

Then fold in sourdough and walnut paste. Mix well into a big dough. Let it rise into 2 times big.

Preheat oven to the highest.

Knead it and press the air out. Let it rise again for another 40 mins. Cut the surface with pattern you like.

Turn oven to 230 degree C.  Put in 1/4 cup water and let the water steam arise. Put bread dough into oven. Bake for 15 mins. Then take the water out and bake for another 25-30 mins. If the color too dark, cover with foil.



My husband and I love this bread very much.

Banana Walnut Cake


I baked it according to this recipe:

http://www.food.com/recipe/starbucks-banana-walnut-bread-384181

But I changed a bit.
Ingredients:

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 egg

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup olive oil ( original recipe said vegetable oil)

1/2 tsp vanilla

3 mashed banana

1/2 cup walnut

1/3 cup walnut

1. Preheat oven to  170 degree C.

2. Mix flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl.

3. Blend egg, sugar and olive oil in another bowl.

4. Combine flour mixture with egg mixture. Blend well.

5. Add in vanilla and mashed banana.

6. Fold in 1/2 cup walnut. ( I just put walnut in a plastic bag and roll it with a rolling pin).

7. Place batter in baking pan.

8. Sprinkle 1/3 cup walnut on the top.

9. Bake for around 50 mins, till toothpick comes out clean.



It tastes really great.