Orange Chocolate Chips Muffins

What do I do when I discovered there were oranges in the fridge and chocolate chips as well? Ah hah!!! idea pops up and the mood is ON …. yeahh that’s right, the baking mood was triggered precisely at that moment and the outcome?

Orange Chocolate Chips Muffins!!! πŸ™‚

Ready to eat! …. Orange Chocolate Chips Muffins

Got this recipe from allrecipes

Turns out good and delicious! A recipe worth keeping indeed!

Ingredients:
2 cups of flour
2 tsp of baking powder
1 tsp of baking soda
1 cup of chocolate chips (can have more if you prefer)
1/2 tsp salt
6 tbsp butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tbsp orange zest
1/4 cup orange juice (freshly squeeze)
1/2 cup plain yogurt (or buttermilk)

Before baking in the oven….

Method:
– Preheat oven 170 degree C.

– In a medium bowl, mix flour, semisweet chocolate, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

– In a separate medium bowl, cream together margarine and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time then stir in the orange zest, orange juice, and buttermilk. Pour into the flour mixture, and mix just until evenly moist. Spoon batter into muffin cups.

– Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Let muffins cool in the pan on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes before removing from the pan.

Mixed nuts Florentine Cookies

Mixed Nuts Florentine Cookies

I had the luxury of eating this wonderful nuts cookies last year during the Eid celebration and thanks to my niece for sharing this recipe which has now been in my keep as one of my favourite cookies πŸ™‚

The recipe itself is easy to do but the only thing I would grouch is the price of the florentine flour. It is not cheap …. for a 500g packet, it cost about $11. No wonder seller are selling it by grams.

The premix florentine flour

Anyway, since CNY is coming up soon, I had decided to bake this cookies for my department colleagues. I think I will also do this for the coming Eid celebration in June. Its cheaper to do on my own than buying from outside since it cost more to buy.

Here’s the recipe for the Florentine Cookies.

Mixed Nuts Florentine Cookies

Ingredients:
200 g Florentine flour
100 g sliced almonds
100 g pumpkin seeds
100 g sunflower seeds
a pinch of fine salt

20-30 pcs of alumium mould
Note: I prefer to use ths method cos its easier to peel off the cookies and it looks nice in round shape, but you could do it other ways, just google the internet and you can see other methods.

Mix all ingredients together

Method:
– Bake the nuts separately in the oven for about 4 mins at 150 degree C.
– Pour the florentine flour into a big bowl and add the pinch of salt. Mix thorougly.
– After the nuts are cool, add them to the flour and mix well.
– Up the oven temperature to 160 degree C.
– Scoop a spoonful of the mixture into the aluminium mould, spread them firmly and place the moulds into the baking tray.
– Bake for about 8-10 mins (depending on your oven), until it looks golden brown (not too brown alright)
– Take off from the oven and let it cool for about 2-3 mins before pushing it out from the moulds.

Using the alumium round moulds … I find it easy to use this method

Note:
1. You have to be vigilant while making these cookies as they cook very fast.
2. To peel from the mould, just turn the mould upside down onto your palm and using your other hand, press the back based of the mould.

Cool the cookes and keep them in an airtight container.

Crunchy and yummy … πŸ™‚

 

Minced Beef Stew

Today, the R mood (rajin) overshot a bit …. hahaha…
For brunch, I baked homemade Artisan Bread and ate it with minced beef stew which I cooked early this morning.

The bread I made last night, after proofing for 2 hours, I put it into the fridge and before I began to cook the stew, I took out the dough and knead them, and then proof them again … after which they went into the oven. The recipe for the bread can be found here.

So today, fresh homemade bread and stew awaits us πŸ™‚

The beef stew with the bread

I love the stew, easy to cook and tasty too! Would have made it more spicy but if I did so then my youngest daughter will not be able to eat it and so… “shrug” … more important it still tasted good πŸ™‚

Minced Beef Stew

Ingredients:
600 g minced beef
3 big potatoes – cut into small pieces
1 carrot – cut into small pieces
2 stalks of celery – chopped thinly
1 stalk coriander leaves – chopped
3 green chillies – sliced (add more if you want it more spicy)
4 onions – diced
4 garlics – chopped finely
1 tsp of Oregano leaves
2 tbsp of chili powder
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 big fresh tomato – diced
2-3 tsp cumin powder
1 cup of tomato sauce
salt, pepper and sugar to taste
2 cups of water
2 tbsp of cornflour (add a bit of water to mix)
a little bit of oil

Method:
– In a medium pot, add a little bit of oil.
– Add in the minced beef, stir fry for about 5 mins.
– Add in the onions and garlics. Keep stirring for another 5-8 mins.
– Add in all the other ingredients except for cornflour.
– Let the stew simmer till potatoes and carrots are cooked.
– Once the carrots and potatoes are soft, add the cornflour. Stir well.
– Taste the stew and do any adjustment to the taste as required. At this point, sometimes I would add either more tomato sauce or salt and pepper etc.
– Off fire and serve hot with either bread or rice.

Taco cups

Taco cups
This easy to make taco cups are simply delicious!!! I made them today and serve them to my eldest daugther and her friend who had came over to our house to work on their school project. The girls simply raved about the taco cups … Lala, my daughter’s friend even asked for the recipe πŸ™‚

A BIG Thank You to all those peeps out there who had shared this recipe over FB…. πŸ™‚

these disappeared in a flash …. the kids could not get enough of them! πŸ™‚
I had tweaked the recipe a bit to suit my taste though hehee …

Here’s my version of the taco cups:

Taco Cups

300 g minced beef
1/2 grteen capcisum – diced
2 big tomatoes – diced
2 stalks of coriander leaves – sliced thinly
2 red chillies – sliced thinly
2 slices of cheese
1 packet of tortillas (I used Mission brand tortillas)

Seasoning:
2 tsp of Chilli powder (more if you like it hotter)
2 tsp of Cumin powder
2 tsp of Garllic powder
a dash or two of dried oregano leaves
black pepper powder to taste
salt to taste

the fillings ….
Method:
– Preheat oven to 180 degree C.
– In a large skillet, brown the minced beef. Season with all the seasoning. Off fire and transfer to a big bowl.
– After the beef has cool enough, add the other ingredients such as tomatoes, capsicum, chillies and coriander leaves. Mix well.
– Cut flour tortillas into a square shape and cut further into 4 smaller equally sized square pieces.
– Grease muffin tin with a bit of olive oil or cooking spray.
– Line each muffin cup with a tortilla sheet.
– Add 1 tbsp of the taco filling. Top with a small bit size of cheese.
– Then add another layer of the tortilla sheet, press down and add 1 tbsp of filling and cheese.
– Lightly brush the top edges of the tortilla with olive oil.
– Bake 18-20 mins until golden brown.

Note : Best to serve while its still warm (cos that’s when the side crust are still crunchy)

Oats and Bananas Breakfast Cookies

The whole house smells good … hmm … yumss!!! I simply love the smell of oats and bananas that’s coming out from the oven right now. Alhamdulillah, it’s really great to be at home and be able to do a bit of baking πŸ˜‰

Oats and Bananas cookies

I am now in the midst of baking the “breakfast cookies” shared by “Spend with Pennies”. It’s suppose to be a healthy breakfast cookies but I choose to bake it for a teatime instead πŸ˜‰

I opt out of using choc chips since I do not have them in the house. The cookies are the kind that is soft and since no sugar are added, thus, they are not sweet yet I like the taste … thanks to the bananas, raisins and oats.

A BIG PLUS point is that this recipe is so simple.

Mix all the ingredients together….

Breakfast cookies

3 bananas – mashed
2 cups – quick cooking oats
1/3 cup applesauce
1 egg
1/4 cup almond milk
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or any other nuts
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)


Method:
– Preheat oven to 190 degree C.
– Mix all ingredients in a large bow till well combined.
– Place a tablespoon of the mixture onto a parchment lined pan (or you can just use non-stick baking pan) and gently press with a fork.
– Bake for about 15-18 mins or until lightly browned.
– Cool completely.

No crust quiche

No Crust Quiche

I baked these no crust quiche early dawn before getting ready for work. Hubby loves them and so do my colleagues πŸ™‚

It’s a very easy recipe and depending on your quiche mold, you can easily get about 8 pieces, based on the recipe below.

No Crust Quiche


Ingredients:
2 chicken sausages – diced
1 big onion – diced
1/2 red capsicum – diced
1/2 green capsicum – diced
1 tbsp butter
4 tbsp of milk
6 eggs
1 cup cheddar cheese – grated coarsely
1/2 tsp of salt
1/2 tsp of ground black pepper

Method:
– Preheat oven at 200 degree C.
– In a saucepan, melt the butter and saute the onions, capsicums and sausages for about 3-4 mins. Off fire and let it cool slightly.
– In a bowl, combine the eggs, milk and cheddar cheese and the sauteed ingredients.
– Add the salt and black pepper and mix well.
– Spoon the mixture into muffin cups or quiches molds
– Bake till cook for about 10-15 mins in the oven.

Note: I baked my quiches using aluminium molds but if using muffin cups or molds, do grease them a bit before adding the mixture.

Maple Dates Muffin

Maple Dates Muffins

There are still a few boxes of dates at home and since I feel like baking something … I decided to bake this Maple Dates Muffin … a recipe I had from Chef Siti’s recipe book.

It’s simple enough to make and I like the taste of it … not so sweet even with the maple syrup. My youngest said “not bad” after first tasting it and then she ends up eating 4 of it hahahaa…. πŸ™‚


Maple Dates Muffin

Ingredient A:
180 g of plain flour
50 g of instant oats
2 tbsp baking powder
50 g corn flour
1/4 tsp of bicarbonate soda
1/4 tsp salt

Ingredient B:
125 g butter
60 g sugar

Ingredient C:
2 eggs

Ingredient D:
100 g maple syrup
225 ml natural plain yogurt

Ingredient E:
80 g diced dates
20 g diced almonds

Method:
– In a mixing bowl, beat Ingredient B till light.
– Gradually add in Ingredient C, beat for about another 4 mins.
– Add in Ingredient A and D … bit by bit and mix well.
– Scoop batter into muffin cups.
– Sprinkle Ingredient E over the top.
– Baked at 180 degree C for 15-20 mins or till muffins are golden brown.

Baked Blueberries Donut

I got this recipe via Facebook, originally posted by Alinah Ali. I decided to try it out since a few months back I had bought a donut mould baking tray. The funny thing is that when I had finished making the batter, and had already poured into the donut mould, I suddenly realised that the tray could not fit into my oven hehee… so I quickly empty the tray and transfer the batter into a different baking tray.

The donut shape tray

Alas, my intention to have perfectly baked donut could not materialised huhu…. Such a pity!

So my donut became regular cupcakes instead πŸ™‚

My “not donut shape” baked donut hahahaa…. nevertheless, we love the taste and texture of it πŸ™‚


Anyway, this is the recipe:

Baked Blueberries Donut

Ingredient A, mix well:
150 g caster sugar (or 2/3 cup)
2 cups of flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

Ingredient B, mix well:
2 eggs (I used 3)
2 tsp vanilla essence
1 cup of low fat vanilla yogust (I used plain yogurt)

Ingredient C:
500 g blueberries

(I used a mixture of fresh blueberries and raspberries about 60 g in total, I added 2 tbsp of sugar to be coated to the fruits)
I alsoΒ addedΒ a handful of Β chocolate chips as requested by my youngest girl πŸ™‚

Method:
– Grease the baking tray with butter (I used olive oil)
– Add ingredients A and B and mix well using a whisk.
– Add in ingredient C and mix well.
– Pour into the baking tray and baked for about 12-15 mins in the oven or till cook at 180 degree C.

Apple Pie Masayu


Finally the baking mood strikes after a long hiatus and today I was in the mood to bake Apple Pie πŸ™‚

This recipe was shared by a friend of mine and this is the first time I’m trying out her recipe but I did not use brown sugar since it was not available at home and so I replace it with red sugar instead and I did not make it in a 9-inch pie pan but into 4 small pie pan and 1 rectangular pie dish. Also the original recipe used kuih lapis powder, since again I do not have it, I substitute it with mixed spices powder instead.

Apple Pie Masayu

Ingredients:

For the crust (makes two 9-inch pie crusts)

260 gm plain flour
1/2 tsp salt
225 gm butter, chilled and cut into cubes
1/2 cup of cold water (I used about 1/4 only)

Method:
– Combine flour and salt in a mixing bowl. Rub in the butter until the mixture becomes coarse bread crumbs.
– Stir in the cold, a little at a time, kneading it until the crust mixture forms a ball.
– Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour in the freezer.
– Sprinkle flour onto rolling surface. Roll dough out, then divide in half.
– Roll each half to fit a 9-inch pie pan. Place crust in pie plate, pressing evenly into the bottom and sides.

Filling:
8 apples peeled and sliced – (I used 6 apples)
Lemon juice from 1 lemon
1 tbsp white sugar
1 cup of brown sugar
2 heaped tbsp flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder or mixed spice powder
2 tbsp butter
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp milk

Method:
– In a large bowl, toss the sliced apples with lemon juice.
– Combine sugars, flour, cinnamon or mix spice powder. Add to the apples and toss well to coat.
– Fill pastry lined 9-inch pie pan with apple mixture.
– Drop blobs of butter and place second crust on top of the filling, cut slits on top of crust to vent. Seal the edges of the crust with a fork or by hand.
– In a small bowl, beat the egg yolk and milk. Brush the mixture over the top crust.
– Bake at 200 degree C for 15 mins. Reduce heat to 180 degree C and bake for about 40-45 mins or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly,
– Cool for an hour before serving.

The Return of Chocolate Mint Cupcakes

Chocolate Mint Cupcakes!

Oohhh … It’s been sometime since I post anything here…. hahaa thanks to being busy with other stuffs right now πŸ˜‰

Finally, today I did spent time baking after a loonngg break πŸ˜‰

Thanks to the order placed by my sister for a wedding ….I re-visit baking Chocolate Mint cupcakes!Β  The recipe can be found here

The cupcakes all ready within their plastic containers πŸ™‚
A plate just for me … Yeayyy!!! πŸ™‚

Mmmm …. my favourite! I baked extra so that I could enjoy stuffing myself … am not even going to think of all those calories hahahaa πŸ˜›