Monday, March 31, 2008

Bigger IS Better...

... when it involves Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies.


Count the Chocolate Chips.

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

140g butter
130g sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
200g plain flour + 1 teaspoon baking powder
150g plain chocolate chips
150g white chocolate chips.

1. Preheat oven to 180C/170C fan forced. Line baking sheets with baking paper.
2. Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy. Add in egg and vanilla, mix well.
3. Sift in flour and baking powder, mix until combined, do not overmix. Add in chocolate chips and stir till evenly distributed.
5. Drop rounded heaped tablespoons of dough onto the prepared baking sheets, bake for about 15-18 minutes, or until a nice golden brown. Remove from oven and leave cookis on the sheet for a few minutes to set, and then cool completely on a wire rack. The cookies will harden as they cool.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Easter Snow Sunday.

Happy Easter Everyone!

I know I'm pretty late but I have a good excuse. Will elaborate further down the post.

Anyway here's my Easter contribution.

Orange Dark Choc Chunk Cupcakes with
Chocolate Buttercream topped with
overly sweet sugar eggs.

Jia En loves the Orange Dark Choc Chunk Cupcakes.
I do too.

My decorating still needs work.

And I still adore this straw bunny.

Anyway, the reason why I'm writing my Easter post so late.

Meet the new man in my life.

Hmm well maybe not man.
Snow man/woman/person? Hmm...

Labour of love.

Ahhh. Snow. Bliss.

A happy Easter indeed.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Easter approaches...

Chocolate eggs are everywhere!!!! *Drools undignifiedly*

I adore this straw bunny.

Personalised eggs at Thorntons.

At the local Sainsburys.

Toblerone Egg.. I want thee...

Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy (belated) Birthday Mun Mun!

I know, I know, I've been an absolute bum about blogging lately. Baking's more interesting.

That and I have my uh, other addictions. =P

Anyway, the photo below says it all.

Choc Dark-Choc Chunk Cupcakes
Orange Dark-Choc Chunk Cupcakes.

Hope you had a wonderful time dear!

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

I spy... PIE!!!


And now I shall bombard you with pictures of pie.

Ok so maybe it's not the most perfect-looking pie.
But I think it's a pretty good success for a first attempt.
And it is pretty!
I will aim my rolling pin at anyone who says otherwise.
I would aim the pie, but it tastes too good.

Unbaked pie.

And if I want to nitpick, the pie is actually a tart.
A French Apple and Almond tart, according to the recipe.
But I choose to call it my fist pie for now.

Pies are meant to be eaten.

After being admired.
Have I mentioned that this Particular Pretty Pie Pleases me?
Ran out of Ps. Too tired to think now.
Am also starting to sound lame.
Stop gushing about your pie, woman!

And this folks, is another example of how telivision influences me. Been watching too much Pushing Daisies lately. Its a series about a pie-maker who can bring dead people back to life. But only for a minute without consequence. Good stuff.

Damn good looking pies too.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

For the kids of all ages.

Because no sane peson, young or old, can resist a batch of gigantic, colourful cookies.

They're just fun!

Giant M&M cookie recipe.

125g butter, softened
140g golden caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
200g self-raising flour
150g m&ms (approximately, add more if you like, I usually do. Bright colours make me happy =D)

1. Preheat oven to 190C/170C fan-forced. Line cookie sheets with baking paper.
2. Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla extract, mix well. Mix in flour. Toss in m&ms and stir till they're evenly distributed throughout the dough.
3. Drop rounded tablespoons of dough well spaced apart on baking sheets. they will spread to about double that size during baking.
4. Bake cookies for about 10-15 minutes, till they're a light golden brown. Don't worry if they seem slightly soft when they come out of the oven they should harden upon cooling. And this is a large, soft cookie anyway.
5. Leave cookies to cool on baking sheets for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Colourful cookies bring out the kid in everyone.
University students included.