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Food overload

This week has been a fairly decent week with food. Abused the oven a little and decided that I had to learn how to cook a decent alfredo sauce.

supposed clones of the FA choc choc chip cookies

supposed clones of the FA choc choc chip cookies

Started off the week by deciding on a recipe posted on this blog, about cookies tasting like Famous Amos cookies. You know..there are loads of these recipes floating around the internet and it was hard to sieve out what sounded credible and what wasn’t. The quantity she posted sounded reasonable (there were recipes stating that you could get over 200 cookies). I wasn’t about to spend my Sunday morning making amendments to make lesser cookies. =P So I gave it a shot.

I tested two cookies first before I went ahead to bake the rest. I found that they were quite sweet, which wasn’t surprising considering the amount of sugar that went in. I had added about 1/2 cup of dessicated coconut as recommended by some other sites, to make it taste more like the ones from Famous Amos. I also added about 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder to give it the chocolate colour. The cocoa powder seemed to take the edge off the sweetness, which made the cookie a little more-ish without it being too sweet. Putting it in the fridge to harden it a little seemed to help give it a little bit more of a shape than a flat gooey one.

Guess this would make a decent Xmas gift to hand out this year! Bonus, Ollie gets the offcuts haha.

Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie

It was Daddy Ting’s birthday on Tuesday, and I wanted to sort of bake him something that meant something to us. I remembered that we have raved about the key lime pie at Morton’s both in Singapore and in Houston. So I thought I would bake him that, though finding key limes here in Singapore would be interesting.

I found some large limes at NTUC and decided that they were a better choice that the tiny ones that we would use for sambal stingray. I mean, how many of those tiny ones would I have to squeeze to get decent juice for the pie?? I also had no idea how big key limes were and basically hoped for the best with the 6 limes that I had in that packet. Haha. I scoured around the internet for a recipe that seemed easy and would not send my blood sugar way up high. I quickly decided on this recipe from the BBC GoodFood website. Look, I have no qualms about using any recipes from the BBC GoodFood website or any of their printed magazines. I have used several of their recipes and have been happy with the results. No questions asked! Heh.

It turned out not that way I would have envisioned it, like the one from Morton’s, a more yellowy coloured filling but it was tart enough, with a hint of the condensed milk. Very light filling. The pie crust was a bit of a fail. I used digestive biscuits which I did not have enough off and ended up using Ollie’s Cheerios to supplement the shortfall. Haha. Hey, it kinda worked okay. I was looking around the house for something that I could replace with and Cheerios was the closest. I’m sure Ollie didn’t mind.

Cinnamon Raisin Muffins

healthy cinnamon raisin muffins

healthy cinnamon raisin muffins

Can it be true?? There are such muffins? Haha.

Ever since I had some delectable cinnamon raisin loaf over the weekend, the kind where the bread is soft with raisins scattered in between, and a crusty layer of delicious cinnamon sugar scattered on top of the loaf. It was even better when I toasted it and spread a generous layer of butter over the hot toast. Yum!

I spent this morning scrounging the internet for a decent recipe that would recreate that vision again. Alas, the ones I came across were a cinnamon swirl bread. That can’t do! I almost turned to using a 湯種 (water roux) to make the bread but I knew the effect just wouldn’t be the same. Bah. Guess I can only be satisfied with a muffin.

I came across a picture of some really awesome looking muffins, with the right kind of crumble on the top. mmM..any kind of muffin with a crumble is my kind of muffin. How can anyone resist a mix of flour, brown sugar, rolled oats and butter on top of a muffin?? Hahha. I am such an easy person to please. Make it nice and crispy thankyouverymuch. So I clicked on the magic link and was led to this recipe for it. Ollie loves it, especially the top of the muffin *grumbles*.

It is not very sweet despite the amount of sugar I added, and it is somewhat crumbly in my opinion. That is the only downside to it, it does make eating it a little messy. I only had 1/2 cup of wholemeal flour, so I substituted the other half with all purpose flour and that seemed to work fine as well. Now we have this sweet treat for breakfast and snacks for the next couple of days. Sure as hell will save me paying for another loaf of bread that we wouldn’t want to eat over the weekend. =D

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fluffy

had a craving for cinnamon rolls yesterday. and I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

the kind of where you can almost imagine you smell it. *wistful* and I remembered the shop that sold many different kinds of cinnamon rolls, Saint Cinnamon, which is no longer in Singapore. I remembered walking through Wisma Atria and the smell wafting at the entrance towards Wisma outside the Orchard MRT Station.

mmM…so, I started on my mission to find a cinnamon roll recipe. I had baked them once before and they were okay. They’ll satisfy the craving, but not for long cos it just wasn’t the same. Found a recipe on the BBC GoodFood UK website, and I thought this was it. I mean, it’s the GoodFood magazine. Surely I can’t go wrong.

Searched a little more, and came across a forum for Singaporeans who had a passion for baking bread, whether by hand or using the breadmachine. I was up till 2am reading the various posts, and advice on how to improve the texture of certain kinds of bread *impressed*. It was quite a good read. Made me feel really amateur about my baking and cooking (I don’t even trial and test in an organised way, more like a hit and miss kinda testing).

Anyways, I came across a link to a blog via the forum, Happy Home Baking, had a look around, and then ah-hah!, saw a recipe for cinnamon rolls that I could be very happy with. Bookmarked it, and tried it out this morning.

Pasta for Lunch, Cinnamon Rolls for Desert

ohhh boy. Talk about addictive. I deliberately had a small bowl of pasta, so that I could have some room for dessert (you know, all that multiple small meals thing). But it was soooo good (i.e., not too sweet, but gorgeously fluffy) we finished about half of the rolls between Donald, my in-laws and myself. And I made about 20 rolls! Yikes.

It definitely would be something that I would be happy to bake again. But I’d have to be really creative about the flavours. This time, I made:

1) double chocolate chip (milk & white);
2) raisins & walnut; and
3) plain

I’ve got some dried fruit in the fridge, so would be interesting to see how it turns out. Maybe try some with lavender flowers or matcha flavouring. mmM..

Right. Off to sneak a nap in. Only had 5 hours of sleep last night. *yawn*

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