Month: July 2018

Banana oatmeal cookies

I’ve been waiting for the prices of bananas to drop so that I can use it for my baking. I’ve never liked to eat bananas – I just hate the texture and also the taste of it. But strangely, when you put it into cakes and cookies, I’ll eat it. I guess I’m one of those people that don’t make sense. I did a lot of baking over the weekend. My friend had a genius idea of making vegan macarons. I never knew that you could froth up chickpea water. Making these vegan macarons was so tedious! We had to reduce the chickpea water, cool it, froth it, pipe it – and honestly, it does not taste like the real deal. After spending 3.5hr in the kitchen, we concluded, never again are we going to make vegan macarons. So back to this banana oatmeal cookies that I made yesterday morning – I was so grateful that this recipe is fuss free. Oh and it’s vegan and refined sugar free too! It is like a healthy breakfast …

Mini pavlovas

Who knew that making pavlovas is an art. It took me two failed attempts before I finally understood the concept behind this interesting dessert. What makes a perfect pavlova is crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. It should also instantly melt in your mouth. I am never a fan of pavlovas but I’ve got to admit that it tastes pretty darn good! I’ll be sharing a couple of tips to make the perfect pavlova. It is important getting the recipe right – as you know, I do not follow recipes. I have this habit of reducing sugar and butter and substituting things that quite often, it turned out to be something different. I’ve managed to reduce 50g of sugar from the original recipe. Anything more than that, you’ll lose the nice crispy glaze of the pavlova. So here are some handy tips: Make sure that there are no egg yolks present in the egg whites – this will prevent the egg whites from foaming Whisk the egg whites first until …

Nutella swirl brownies

Brownies are one of the easiest cakes to bake. My first attempt at baking was actually a brownie and it turned out delicious that my friends loved it and kept asking me to bake for them. Because it is almost impossible to go wrong with brownies, it was such a confidence booster that I thought – hey, I’m really talented at baking for an amateur. That was five years ago and since then, I’ve been the crazy girl baking away whenever she feels like it. Today, I’ll be sharing with you this Nutella swirl brownie recipe. This was my second attempt at the recipe because the first attempt was not fudgy enough and needed more Nutella. Also due to the cold, my Nutella hardened up making it difficult to swirl into the brownie. So the second time round, I microwaved it which made things a lot easier. One good thing about this recipe is that it does not require the mixer, which means less washing up! Hurray! Also, it is so easy to make that you …

Maple sticky buns

Bread making is now my latest fascination. I had a bread maker back in Singapore and it was handy. All you need to do is to throw all the ingredients in, set the timer and leave it to bake. But it does take away the fun of making a bread. I’ve made bread a couple of times, mainly hot cross buns over easter and it’s really not that hard. It does take a bit of patience waiting for the first rise and then knocking it down and wait for the second rise. But if you have the time, why not? So today, I’ll be sharing one of the recipes that I found on Donna Hay again. It is a burnt butter and salted maple sticky bun recipe. I made it on the first attempt and it was a huge success. I loved it so much that I ate two rolls when it straight out from the oven. When I left it for my housemate, it was all gone in an afternoon. These buns reminded me …