Showing posts with label Chocolate. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chocolate. Show all posts

Monday, 26 May 2014

Chocolate Banana Kugelhop vs Wholemeal Apple Tea Cake

Chocolate Banana Kugelhop vs Wholemeal Apple Tea Cake
For the month of May, our baking collaboration with Bake King features two healthy tea cake recipes such as Chocolate Banana Kugelhop and Wholemeal Apple Tea Cake. These cakes are made with less sugar; without butter, oil or eggs which are great for those who are concern with their waistline or carbs intake. And most important these cakes are very easy to prepare and they are naturally sweeten using real fruits which are added into the cake.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

[4 Recipes] Overnight Oats (隔夜燕麦) - Part II

Like most people, I always thought that eating oatmeal is something boring and tasteless which often given to us when we are not feeling well. But recently after trying these "overnight oats" for two weeks it totally changed our perceptions about oats plus it definitely has transform our usual daily breakfast into something more appetizing and nutrition. 

And just to warn you these overnight oats are very addictive and you can hardly stop with just a bowl! Moreover they are also very versatile which you could create many different flavour out of it by adding a little bit of this and that. Below are three quick combination which we love and I hope they suits your taste buds too.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Japanese Dark Pearl Chiffon Cake - 日式黑珍珠戚风蛋糕

Japanese Dark Pearl Chiffon
Being a chiffon cake lover, I am always excited to explore new flavour so when I saw Eileen's Japanese Dark Pearl Chiffon photo on my Facebook timeline. I immediately bookmarked the recipe because of its unique name plus the use of "dark chocolate" as one of the key ingredients.

Just to share this recipe was initially from Aunty Yochana website many years ago and bakers who tried all shared good review on it even till now. This recipe is slightly different from the chocolate chiffon cake which I made previously because it had a richer taste and moist texture which similar to those Japanese Souffle Cheesecake.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

[Valentine's Bakes] Chocolate Flourless Cake and Chocolate Raspberry Tart

[Valentine's Bake] Chocolate Flourless Cake
One more day to Valentine's Day and I am sure most of you have already prepared or going to get some lovely gift(s) for your dearest. But if you are still looking for quick and easy valentine's day recipes; here we have a ready in 30 minutes (including preparations and baking) Chocolate Flourless Cake recipe for you.

To prepare this cake, you can easily get the "heart-shaped pan" from Daiso like what we did then grab some good quality of Dark Chocolate (I bought the Cadbury 70% dark chocolate) and Strawberries and  you are ready to make one.

Friday, 20 December 2013

[Christmas Bake] Cranberry Almond Shortbread And Christmas Donuts

Christmas is just another 4 days from now and I am sure most of you are busying with the festive bakes such as Christmas Fruit Cake, Fruit Mince Pie, Gingerbread Man, Christmas Stollen and etc to share as gifts for friends or serve them together with the festive feast. Here with our recipe collaboration with Bake King, we have another two Christmas Bake ideas which might comes in handy for your last minutes bake too.

Shortbread is one of my favourite cookies to enjoy with a cup of freshly brewed tea and in order to make some good quality of shortbread it is very important to use quality butter and pure vanilla extract to enhance the taste. Furthermore you can have different flavour and texture by adding cocoa powder, espresso powder or lemon zest plus a small amount of cornflour to the all-purpose flour to achieve that melt-in-your-mouth shortbread.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Recipes Using Samsung Smart Oven (MC32F606) - Part II

I have shared Part I of my Samsung Smart Oven MC32F606 recipes last week, featuring some of its cooking features to prepare quick meals such as "slim fry" chicken mid-joints, baked pumpkin rice, grilled salmon, etc. And in this Part II recipes post, I will be featuring some sweet treats such as chocolate chips muffins, apple chips and homemade yogurt which utilises the Convection and Auto Fermentation features of the oven.


DOUBLE CHOCOLATE CHIP MUFFIN


Can you believe that these muffins are baked using Microwave Convection Oven just by looking at the image above? I am quite amazed by how beautiful these muffins turned out to be with soft and moist texture, plus oozing melted chocolate chips, and a layer of thin crust on top.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Fall Recipes Using Pumpkin For Halloween

Halloween is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries which falls on October 31. Although we don't really celebrate Halloween through the traditional trick-or-treat party but for the past three years I have being sharing some Halloween Themed Recipes during this time of the year. For this year instead of the usual savory dishes I decided to bake some sweet treats (cakes) for our afternoon tea.

And since Pumpkin is one of the most common ingredients for Fall recipes, I decided to use it to make my favourite Pumpkin Cheesecake (mini version) and Pumpkin Chia Seeds Chiffon Cake.


MINI PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE


I am always attracted to pumpkin pie whenever it comes to autumn season but to be frank till dates I still have not try to bake one of this yet. And instead of pumpkin pie, this Fall season I decide to go easy on something small which can be served together with the afternoon tea. So in the end, I choose to bake Pumpkin Cheesecake in small cupcake size and top them with melted 70% dark chocolate plus some extra roasted caramelized pumpkin cubes.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Baked Mini Matcha Donuts

Two weeks ago, I saw one of my blogging friend Nami (JustOneCookBook) she made some really  mouthwatering Green Tea Donuts that triggers my craving for baked donuts. So last week after getting a new bottle of Matcha (green tea) powder and digging out my mini donut tray which hidden somewhere in the storeroom. I made some matcha donuts too!

Assorted Mini Donuts (recipe) that I made 2 years ago using Blueberry Yogurt.
I still remembered a few years back when there was a donut craze in Singapore where you can find queues everywhere outside donut outlets like Donut Factory. And during that time I even followed the craze and baked donuts with assorted toppings like what shown above.

Monday, 2 September 2013

[4 Recipes] Quick and Easy Meal With Bosch MSM6 ErgoMixx Hand Blender

With a new gadget; Bosch ErgoMixx Hand Blender added to  my kitchen pantry recently, I decided to work on a lunch menu to test out its features and functions on blend, process and whisk. And in this post, I will be sharing four recipes using those functions which I am quite happy with the end results.

Actually before using the hand blender I did a Google search on it's review; and I am pretty distracted with some of the negative reviews on it's universal cutter and blender. But all those worries are gone after I test out the blender with the recipes shown below and I am glad that now I can easily hand small amount of ingredients using this reliable blender.

Above is my set of Bosch MSM6 ErgoMixx Hand Blender which you can reader more on it's features and function in my product review post here.


BEETROOT AND POTATO SOUP


Beetroot is a "powerful" root vegetable which contains potassium, magnesium and iron as well as vitamins A, B6 and C, and folic acid which is good for the body. And I have also shared a few recipes using beetroot like ABC Power Cake which we all love. In this post I prepare a thick soup with beetroot, carrot and potato using my new Bosch hand blender and surprisingly the soup turns out great with a smooth texture and fragrance aroma from the bay leave (don't worry there is no raw beetroot taste at all).

To enjoy the soup, we top it with a dollar of Greek Yogurt (or you can use sour cream) and serve it together with some rustic bread which makes it a great hearty dish during cold days.


(Serves: 2  |  Preparation: 10 minutes  | Cooking: 30 - 40 minutes)

Ingredients:
  • 2 Medium Beetroot (250g)
  • 1 Small Carrot (100g)
  • 3 Medium Potatoes (250g)
  • 1 Small Brown Onion, diced
  • 1 Bay Leave
  • 1 Teaspoon Olive Oil
  • 1.5 Cup Chicken Broths
  • 1 Cup Water
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • Some Sour Cream / Greek Yogurt, optional

Method:-
1. Peel and dice beetroot, carrot and potato into small cubes. Set aside.

2. Heat oil in a saucepan, add onion and carrot, cook on low heat for 3 minutes till onion is tender.

3. Add in beetroot, potato, bay leaves and chicken stock. Bring to boil and simmer for about 30 minutes or until beetroot is tender.

4. Remove from heat, take out the bay leave and use Bosch ErgoMixx Hand Blender to process the mixture on Speed 8 till smooth then season with salt and pepper.

5. Ladle soup into serving bowls, top with some sour cream and pepper. Serve warm with bread.



SESAME CHICKEN MEATBALL


This Sesame Chicken Meatballs makes it a great party/finger food for both Adults and Kids. It's super easy to prepare and you can even do a spicy version by adding 1 bird eye chilli and a stick of lemon grass to the existing ingredients.

In the past even though my family loves meatball, patty and etc, I don't usually prepared them at home because my existing Bosch food processor is way too "huge" to minced 150g of chicken breast or pork fillet. But now with my light weight hand blender everything seems like a breeze and I can easily prepared my minced meat within a minute or two (depending on the texture that you want).

(Make: 15 - 18 meatballs | Preparation: 10 minutes | Cooking: 15 minutes)

Ingredients:
  • 150g Chicken Breast Fillet, diced
  • 1 Teaspoon Fish Sauce/ Light Soy Sauce
  • ½ Teaspoon Sweet Chilli Sauce
  • 1 Teaspoon Lime Juice
  • 1 Teaspoon Ginger Juice, optional
  • 1 Teaspoon Fresh Rosemary
  • 4 Tablespoons Sesame Seeds
  • Oil for Deep-frying

Method:-
1. Using the Bosch Ergo Mixx Universal Chopper, place diced chicken, fish sauce, lime juice, ginger and rosemary in the provided container together with the blade and process using Speed 6 till almost smooth.

2. Remove the paste and hand roll about ½ tablespoon of the mixture into small round shapes.

3. Next coat it with sesame seeds and place on plate while repeating the rest of the chicken mixture.

4. Deep-fry meatballs in batches, drain well and serve with extra sweet chilli/tomato sauce.


PUMPKIN AND SWEETCORN PANCAKES


Pancake is the easiest dish to prepare if you are looking for a quick breakfast idea. You can either make it sweet or savory by adding in different ingredients like cheese, bacon, carrot, tomato or even plain. Here with the help of my hand blender (balloon whisk), I can easily prepare my favourite (serve 1 - 2) wholemeal pancake without the need of taking out my electric beater.

Other than making corn fritter, I also like to add fresh sweetcorn kernels into my wholemeal pancake for that extra crunch and natural sweetness. For this recipe, you can swap between pumpkin or sweet potato depend on your preference and their availability in your pantry.


(Serves: 2 | Preparation: 10 minutes | Cooking: 15 minutes)

Ingredients:
  • 100g Cake/Wholemeal Flour
  • 3g Baking Powder
  • 50g Pumpkin, finely chopped
  • 50g Sweetcorn Kernels
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 20g Brown Sugar
  • 15ml Grape Seeds Oil
  • 120ml Milk
  • 1 Egg White
Method:-
1. Using the Bosch Ergo Mixx Hand Blender Balloon Whisk beat egg yolk with brown sugar till thick and creamy.

2. Slowly whisk in oil and milk then stirs well in between till combined.

3. Next add in pumpkin, corn kernels and flour mixture, mixed well and set aside.

4. With a clean balloon whisk attached to the hand blender, whisk egg white on Speed 6/8 till stiff peak.

5. First fold in 1/3 of the whites into the flour mixture and stir till combined then follow by remaining whites and stir till no trace of white found.

6. Heat up a lightly oiled frying pan, pour ¼ cup of the batter for each pancake and cook until it is golden brown on both side.

7. Remove and keep warm, continue with the remaining batter.

8. Serve pancake with maple syrup or honey together with butter.


CHOCOLATE BANANA TOFU MOUSSE
(Eggless version)


Love this "Eggless and Sugarless"  Chocolate Mousse dessert to bits as it's very different from the normal chocolate mousse recipes which requires cream, eggs and sugar. Here cream is replace with "tofu" whereas egg and sugar is being replace by "banana" for a light and healthier version with natural sweetness mainly from banana and chocolate.

If  using "raw egg" is an issue for you (I usually avoid recipe using raw egg) to avoid making chocolate mousse for the kids, perhaps you would like to try this version by using banana and tofu which I am sure it will be a much healthier dessert to prepare for the whole family.


(Serves: 4  | Preparation: 10 minutes  | Chilling: 1 - 2 hours)

Ingredients:
  • 200g Pressed Tofu
  • 300g Ripe Banana
  • 160g Dark Chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extra, optional
Method:-
1. Rinse and drain pressed tofu on kitchen paper towel.

2. Melt chocolate in a double-boiler over a pot of simmering water or microwave in a heatproof bowl for 1 minute on HIGH. Stir mixture till smooth and set aside.

3. Place banana, tofu and melt chocolate into the provided tall beaker, use Bosch Ergo Mixx Hand Blender and process the mixture on Speed 6 till smooth.

4. Transfer the mixture into small sterilized bottle jars and keep in the fridge for about 2 hours till firm.

5. Serve with whipped cream or berries.

With the four step-by-step recipes above featuring different functions of the new Bosch MSM6 ErgoMixx Hand Blender I hope it will be of some help for those who is keen in getting a hand blender for their kitchen. Friendly speaking this hand blender do come in handy if you are working on small portion of ingredients especially for "baby/toddler" food or quick dishes like mashed potato, cream soup, pancake, muffin and etc. For more recipe ideas using Bosch kitchen products you can visit their recipe site @ http://www.bosch-home.com.sg/recipe-home-page.html


*All recipes and opinions expressed in this post are my own and there is no monetary compensation received.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

[Wordless Wednesday] Double Chocolate Loaf Cake Recipe



*For Double Chocolate Loaf Cake:-
- 100g 70% Dark Chocolate, roughly chopped
Add half add into the batter and use the remaining for toppings.





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