Sunday, November 23, 2014

CHOCOLATE CAKE W/ CHOCOLATE FROSTING

Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Frosting



Am so excited to share my  first experience making this Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Frosting. This is a wonderful recipe made from scratch and  truly easy to put together.

Chocolate cake w/Chocolate Frosting can be made with or without egg.  Besides sour cream as an egg substitution, you can use banana or pureed fruit.

Please check the cake after 40 minutes of baking since  the oven varies from one another. I have used an easy chocolate frosting that you can prepare  really quickly but chocolate ganache  or  butter cream work too.

Chocolate Cake w/Chocolate Frosting



CHOCOLATE CAKE W/CHOCOLATE FROSTING
Serves  :  8

1 3/4 cup plain flour
1/2 cup melted butter
3 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 cup milk
1 egg or 1/4 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla essence

CHOCOLATE FROSTING

3/4   cup condensed milk
2 tablespoon melted butter
1/2 cup cocoa powder

Melt the butter in small saucepan, using medium heat, add in condensed milk and cocoa powder.  Stir until thick  remove from heat

Chocolate Cake w/Chocolate Frosting


METHOD

Preheat oven  @ 180 C and great 8 in cake tin.

Sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder and baking soda.

Mix in sugar, make a well in the center, stir in melted butter, milk, lightly beaten sour cream or egg and vanilla, stir until well incorporated.

Spoon  batter onto prepared pan an bake for 40-50 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Sit in pan for  10  minutes before transferring onto rack to cool.

Place cake on a plate, pour the  chocolate frosting over the cake. Enjoy...



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Sunday, November 16, 2014

CINNAMON ROLLS

Cinnamon Rolls from scratch


My family really  missed my yeast bread that I have regularly served during weekend. Although have baked all type of yeast bread but not this Cinnamon Rolls made from scratch.

This is no fail recipe, it can be made with or without egg.  If you prefer them with egg, reduce the milk to 3/4 cup and add an egg.  The rest, follow the same recipe below.

You can add more to the dough like nuts,  raisins or just leave them simple. Feel free to ice these Cinnamon Rolls but we love them without it.


Cinnamon Rolls from scratch


CINNAMON ROLLS
Yield :  12 rolls

2.5 cups all purpose flour
1.5 tablespoon sugar
1.5 teaspoon instant yeast
3/4   tsp salt
3 tablespoon butter softened
1 cup warm milk
*  If adding  an egg, reduce milk to 3/4 cup

FILLING

1/4 cup butter melted
1/4 cup brown sugar
1.5 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl

DIRECTIONS

METHOD FOR  ROLLS

Place flour and yeast in a mixing bowl.

Combine  butter , milk, sugar and salt in a separate bowl, stir well.

Now add the milk mixture to the dry ingredients, forms into soft dough using a mixer or by hand.

Transfer dough onto floured surface and knead by hand until smooth for 10 minutes.

Place dough  into oiled and covered bowl, let rise until double for 1.5 hours.

Punch dough down, roll out dough into rectangle about 10 x 14 in.

Brush  the dough with  softened butter leaving  1 in bare edge along one long side.  Spread filling evenly over the dough . 

Starting with long edge, roll up dough into a tight cylinder, pinch seams to seal.  

Using sharp knife, equally cut into 1 in thick slice.  Place  dough, seam side down  in a baking  pan. Let sit for 45 minutes, towards the end of rising time, heat the oven @ 190 C.

Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown, transfer onto rack to cool. 


Cinnamon Rolls from scratch


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Sunday, November 9, 2014

PINEAPPLE UPSIDE DOWN CAKE

Pineapple Upside Down Cake


Am craving to eat a cake and first thing to do is to check what I have in my pantry.  Found a can of pineapple cubes so this is the time to bake Pineapple Upside Down Cake.

This cake looks complicated but actually it was super easy.  In fact you can use any of your favorite plain cake.  Preferred my cake to be less sweet since it has a sweet topping.

Normally Pineapple Upside Down Cake uses pineapple ring but  I made  it using pineapple cubes and really happy it turned out fantastic without sticking to the bottom of the pan.

Reserve 1/4 cup of the syrup before draining.   After draining the pineapple,  use a paper towel the squeeze out the excessive liquid



PINEAPPLE UPSIDE DOWN  CAKE
Yield   :  8 servings

CAKE

1 1/4 cup plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4  tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup pineapple syrup
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
75 g butter
1 egg or 1/4 cup sour cream

TOPPING

454 g pineapple cube/slices drained
1/4 cup butter
1/2  cup brown sugar

Pineapple Upside Down Cake


METHOD

Melt butter in a skillet, add brown sugar, stir until sugar is melted.

Pour butter mixture onto 8 in pan, arrange pineapple on top of sugar mixture in concentric circle.

Sift flour, baking powder and baking powder.

Beat butter and sugar until  creamy. Add salt,  vanilla and  an egg if using,  fold  in 1/2 of the flour, mixed well.

Mix in pineapple syrup, milk and balance of flour, stir until well incorporated.

Spoon batter over pineapple topping and spread evenly.  Bake in preheated oven at 180 C for 40-50 minutes or until a skewer  inserted comes out clean.

Cool in pan for 15 minutes.   Invert a plate over the pan and invert the  the cake onto the plate.


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Sunday, November 2, 2014

NUTELLA POPSICLES

Nutella Popsicles


One of the frozen  treats that the kid will  enjoy is popsicle.  Making them in your own home was so much fun especially  when you get your kid involves in this activity.

There are tons of recipes for pospsicle to choose from, whether you want egg free, without ice cream maker, fruity or  no cook types.  For the start this Nutella Popsicles  is my choice, only 3 ingredients and egg free.

The preparation was super easy, just dump all ingredients in a blender, process until smooth.  In case you do not have a blender, make use of a whisk to blend.

I made mine without popsicle mould by pouring the mixture onto  a goblet and covet top with plastic wrap.  The quantity  can easily  be doubled or tripled as per your requirement..

Nutella Popsicles


NUTELLA POPSICLES
Serves   3

3/4  cup cold milk
1/4  cup condensed  milk
2 tablespoon nutella spread

METHOD

1.  Place milk, condensed milk and nutella in a blender.   Process  until  well  mixed.

2.  Pour mixture onto popsicle mould / other suitable container and freeze for  4-6  hours or overnight.

3.  Cover top with plastic wrap if you do not have a lid before freezing.

Nutella Popsicles


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Sunday, October 26, 2014

ROCK CAKES

Rock Cakes Eggless


It has been more than 2 decades  I have eaten these Rock Cakes, made them in my Home Economics class.   Using basic ingredients of butter, sugar, flour and raisin you can transform these into your favorite by adding chocolate chips,  other dried fruit, nuts, spices or zest  but  I prefer to stick to the basic recipe

In the past we used the rubbing in method but now I change the way you prepare these  Rock Cakes by  mixing  the  melted butter in the dough.

My house was filled with fantastic aroma while baking these  little treats.  They are crunchy outside but soft inside

Rock Cakes Eggless


ROCK CAKES
Yield  30

1 cup self rising flour
1/2 cup castor sugar removed 2 tablespoon
60 g melted butter
1/4 cup milk
3/4 cup raisin
1 tablespoon or more  water if needed


METHOD

Preheat oven  @  175 C.

Combine flour, sugar and  raisin in a mixing bowl.

Make a well in the center, add milk and  melted butter, stir gently to combine, if still crumbly add a tablespoon of cold water.

Drop heaped tablespoonfuls onto baking tray, allowing room for spreading.

Bake 10-15 minutes until firm  to touch.

Let sit in the tray for 5 minutes before transferring to wire  rack.

Store in an airtight container.

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