Wednesday, May 23, 2012

chocolate madeleines

i made madeleines. yesterday. chocolate ones. i didn't make the original ones because i didn't have any of those zesty fruit things to zest and mix in the batter plus i just bought this book by donna hay and saw the recipe and thought that since it looked easy enough, why don't i just give it a try, right?

and plus, the wife was coming over and i had nothing to whip up at the very last minute, so...

i was a bit scared, of course, since it was my first time baking these tiny cakes. i always had the impression that they would be the french version of our 'kuih bahulu' you know?
you can read more about the madeleine, here.
as for what i think about this particular version of the madeleine is that this one is a bit too dry to my liking, but then again, it could be my fault entirely what with this being my first time and all. but, fear not, i will attempt this again, but this time with the original recipe, complete with them zesty fruit things in the batter. hehehehe...

so, anyone interested in this chocolate madeleine recipe? yes?

let's go!!
you will need:

2 eggs
75g caster sugar
50g all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoon cocoa powder
60g butter, melted

the how to:

1)  preheat the oven to 180°C

2) in a medium sized bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar till combined.

3) sift in the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder over the egg mixture.

4) then in goes the melted butter and proceed to fold the ingredients till everything is mixed.

5)  spoon the mixture into a pre-greased madeleine tin, about two-thirds full.

6)  bake for 10 minutes or till the madeleines are set.

* i used a mini madeleine pan, so i got about 29 madeleines.

psst, guess what? they taste vanderful with a dollop of cream cheese frosting. can get the recipe here. ;-)

luck luck you guys!!

recipe taken from Donna Hay's Simple Essentials - Chocolate.
madeleine information courtesy of wikipedia, thank you!
image of donna hay's book, taken from, thank you!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

so, i knitted a scarf

behold, the Woven Cable Scarf.

i knit for a few reasons. most of the time it's either because i am travelling or because i have a certain someone on my mind. hehehe...the scarf is already on its way and i hope the recipient of the scarf will like it. kalau tak...simpan jelah...hehehahaha!!!

i usually get my patterns from this wonderful site called it's a very useful site for beginners or experts, tak kisahlah. i took this pattern from this website would you like me to repeat the pattern here? takyahlah kot, kan? for those who are interested, i used the 141g Red Heart yarn in Camo.

okay then, enjoy your weekend and i must get back to the other scarf i am working on and this time it will be in a pair for a wonderful mom and her cute lil daughter...sapalah agaknya ek? ;-)))

Monday, May 07, 2012

triple chocolate oreo chunk cookies

oh my. oh my. oh my. oh my. oh my.

i can go on and on and on and on and on...and on... :-p

i haven't been able to think about anything else ever since i saw the cookies here which then led me here. seriously folks...i have been thinking about this recipe for the past 3 days. but because i've been a bit *ehem* occupied, i had to put it on hold till today. TODAY, of all when the day and weather was actually really conducive for vegging out and napping and just doing nothing else...i was watching tv....and knitting (yes, i've started knitting again, and you know what that means, right? eh, you know ke? i oso don't know...aiyer...i'm straying from the topic at hand.) where was i? oh yes, i was watching tv and knitting and all i could think of was the recipe...and so, i cannot tahan already, had to go and say hello to the oven.

preparation was easy peasy because i had everything at hand.

i'm sure you guys would want to know what the taste is like, right? well, it's blardy (hehehe...pardon my french) delicious!!!! the cookie seriously reminds me of a store bought (i tamau mention which storelah...bukan dia bayar i buat endorsement pun, kaaaan???) cookie. haaaaa...only....*jengjengjengggg* (ada je 'only'nyaaa) it's a tad too schweeeeet for my liking. i've already reduced the amount of sugar, but looks like i'm going to have to reduce them some more.

so? anyone interested with the recipe? you want? here goes. as usual, since i'm such a nice girl, i've taken the effort to change everything into metric. kenapalah they all ni tak suka metric? seme orang dah start pakai metric kot???

okay, okay, mak temah tak membebel dah. time for the recipe.

oh, by the way, if you use an ice cream scoop with a 4cm (about 1 ½") diameter you will get 68 cookies. so, what are you waiting for homies? get on with it!!!

you will need:

312.5g all purpose flour (2 ½ cups)
1tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
50g dutch processed cocoa (¾ cup), i used nestle toll house cocoa
227g unsalted butter at room temperature (1 cup)
225g granulated sugar (1 cup)
200g light brown sugar (1 cup)
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla
150g chopped white chocolate (1 cup)
150g chopped semi-sweet chocolate (1 cup), i used dark chocolate
100g oreos, or about 10 pieces of oreos, or 1 cup of chopped oreos

the how to:

1)  pre-heat the oven to 190°C.

2)  sift all dry ingredients together, set aside.

3)  cream the butter, both sugars till smooth and then add the eggs one by one.

4)  next in goes the vanilla and mix till blended.

5)  slowly add in the flour mixture. mix till the flour disappear.

6)  then stir in the chopped ingredients. (i didn't use Giant for this)

7)  drop by rounded tablespoons. (i used my ice cream scoop - smallest size)

8)  bake for 8-10 minutes. DO NOT OVER BAKE, capische???

9)  remove from oven and let sit for 3-5 minutes.

i totally blame technology for my ugly handwriting. :-p

recipe source: , thank you!!!

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

i thought i

taw a puddy tat.. i did! i did!!! remember that line? okay if you guys remember that line then you and i are from the same *ehem* era...BUT! if you don't know what i'm talking about, then...errr...then, there's always hoccay?

i received a special request to make these with white chocolate. so being one always up to any kind of challenge (we are still talking about me, right? miahahaha) i accepted the challenge. *macamler susah sangat senah oiiii....tukar jelah cengklatnya* but instead of spongebob, she wanted tweety bird edible image to be on top of the chocolate. little did i know that the challenge would be to look for these edible images of the (once) famous tweety bird. dah pupus dah. i went to five bake shops but none had them, luckily there are people online that can print them on edible sheets. hah!

so, dearest orel, i hope that special someone love these and that you guys will have a blast celebrating her birthday. :-) eh, you want me to sing ah? :-p