Friday, June 29, 2012

coconut & cranberry cookies

there were many reasons why i had to think a million times before baking these cookies. A MILLION!! (i am using CAPS and you know i don't like to use CAPS)...okaylah, maybe NOT a million, but close to a million. okaylah, maybe not even close to a million, but there were a lot of reasons. okaylah...maybe not that many of a reason, maybe just three. haha!

one, i have never, NEVER (my my...aren't we generous with our CAPS today...) NEVER baked anything with coconuts because...i don't know...coconuts....cookies...somehow i feel that they don't mix well, you know? when i think of coconuts, i'll think of santan. there.

two, i have never tried anything, NEVER tried anything with cranberries. the only other time i had anything with cranberries were the time i had the cranberry scones at CBTL. that was the only time and it was just a so-so experience. i liked it...but i didn't like it enough to repeat, you know?

three, i DON'T LIKE separating eggs. seriously, i HATE (again with the CAPS) separating eggs. while i was prepping the ingredients for these, i was actually seriously contemplating of using a whole egg in this recipe. who would know, right? but then again, in the name of experimenting, i decided to just separate the dayum egg already, just for that ONE yolk. and...because i'm not that good at separating eggs...i ended up cracking three eggs instead of the only one yolk required. so, guess who'll be having omelette for lunch? :-p

okay, okay...fine. i'm sure you'll want to know what i think of the cookies, right? well, to me it is something definitely new. the texture is semi chewy and semi crunchy, i think the desiccated coconut had something to do with it. it's a taste that i'm going to have to acquire, i think. BUT, one change that i will make, should i decide to bake these again, is that i will definitely increase the amount of cranberries. as i was scooping the cookie dough onto the baking sheet, i could see a few sorry pieces of cookies lacking the cranberries, you know. so, i had to do what any (in)sane baker would do, i went to the fridge, got more cranberries out and just sorta stuck 'em into the dough. sad...but true.

will i be making these again?...mmm...only if i can find egg yolks sold separately in the market...or, what the heck, i'll just use a whole egg and see if there are any difference in the  taste and texture. hey, all in the name of experimenting, right? ;-)

alrighty folks, here be the recipe:

you will need:
225g butter, softened
140g caster sugar
1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
2 tsp vanilla extract
280g plain flour
pinch of salt
40g desiccated coconut
60g dried cranberries

the how to:

1)  pre-heat the oven to 190C° (i set mine at 175°C) and line two baking sheets with baking paper, or parchment paper.

2)  put the butter and sugar into a bowl and mix well with a wooden spoon. (i used my Giant because hand no work no more), then beat in the egg yolk and vanilla extract.

3)  next in goes the flour that has been sifted with a pinch of salt into the butter, sugar and egg yolk mixture.

4)  after that mix in the coconut and cranberries and stir until thoroughly combined.

5)  scoop up tablespoons of the dough and place in mounds (i don't know why in mounds) on the prepared baking sheets, spaced well apart.

6)  bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, until golden brown.*

7)  leave to cool on the baking sheet for 5-10 minutes, then, using a palette knife, carefully transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

*i baked mine for only 9 minutes and they were done.

**if you use a 3" ice-cream scoop you will get around 40 cookies.

luck-luck guys and lemme know how these turn out!

recipe source:  Cookie Jar by Parragon Books Ltd.

Monday, June 18, 2012

abang punya...

he arrived when i was 12. i became an aunt that day. i didn't know what it meant until i saw this cute little baby and was immediately in love!

today, he will become someone's husband and soon i will become someone's grandmother...s**t! i mean, YEAY!!! got to drill into head or etch in laser that one is no longer THAT young anymore. haha!

to the boy who changed my whole view on kids (gosh, i used to HATE kids waaaay back when) who is now a man, congratulations abang. i'm sorry i cannot be there for you today, but my prayers are with you. good luck aaaand...harap-harap, sekali lafaz jelah iyerrrrrrrr miahahahaha!!!!!

i lebiu, muah!!!

Friday, June 15, 2012

melting moments

what an appropriate cookie to bake at my current state of mind. maybe i really should rename this cookie the melting point melting moments. hahaha!! not making any sense? oh well... :-p

so, what does one do when one's robot abandons one at the very last minute? especially since one has a VERY important procedure to go through? ooh-ooh-oohhhh!!! i have the answer! me! me! pick me!!! come on!! okay, the answer bakes!!! ta-dahhhh...

a friend of mine gave me this recipe book recently and this particular recipe caught my eye. mainly because it looked really nice did not require any eggs. None. Na-da. Zilch. Zero. Nan ado...okay, okay, you got my drift.

i had everything in the kitchen and thought, why not.

my take on these though is that it tastes more like butter cookies but the texture is really to die for. the name, i guess, explains it all. the moment it goes into your mouth, it disappears. i kid you not. the next time i make these though, i would love to add a little bit more icing sugar to see if the taste would be exactly as how i imagined it to be.

SO! ready for the recipe? let's go homies!!!

you will need:
350g unsalted butter, softened
85g icing sugar
½ vanilla extract
300g plain flour
50g cornflour

the how to:
1)  preheat oven to 180°C.

2)  line to baking sheets with baking paper.

3)  place butter and icing sugar in a large bowl and beat until light and fluffy, then add in the vanilla extract. 

4)  sift in the flour and cornflour and mix thoroughly.
5)  spoon the dough into a piping bag with with a large star nozzle and pipe cookies onto the prepared baking sheets, spaced well apart.

6)  bake in the pre-heated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. leave to cool on the baking sheets.*

*i baked my first tray of cookies for 15 minutes at the recommended temperature and they burnt. so, i adjusted my baking time to 10 minutes.

give it a go and lemme know, okay?

recipe source: Home Baking, A fantastic collection of 80 recipes for delicious home-baked goodies - Paragon Books Ltd.

Thursday, June 14, 2012


we both cried at the airport. she for her own personal reason and i, for mine.

there's nothing much that i can say, but i always find solace in these few surahs. let me share them with you guys.

"And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to As-Sabirin (the patient ones, etc.)"
~Surah Al-Baqarah 2:155

"And seek help in patience and As-Salah and truly it is extremely heavy and hard except for humbly submissive to Allah."
~ Surah Al-Bawarah 2:45

"For indeed, with hardship (will be) ease. Indeed, with hardship (will be) ease."
~ Surah Ash-Sharh 94: 5-6

InsyaAllah. :-)