Thursday, May 31, 2012

Choc banana squares

I realise that I make a lot of recipes using banana! hehe! Ever since there was a shortage of bananas here - due to flooding/cyclones, I realise how much I missed bananas!! I love bananas! I eat them almost everyday and I love using them in cooking ^^ Or just to top off pancakes or waffles.. Mmmmm~~

Anyways saw this recipe for Chocolate-Bottom banana squares on Small small baker and it looked DELICIOUS =D I loved how there were 2 layers~ and cut into little squares for a bite size snack!

Chocolate banana squares
Recipe adapted from Smallsmallbaker
113g butter
60g caster sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla essence
3 bananas, slightly mashed
180g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarb soda
1/2 tsp salt
25g cocoa powder
2 tbs milk

1. Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
2. Add egg, vanilla essence and mashed bananas. Beat until creamy.
3. Sift flour, baking powder and baking soda together and fold into cake mix. Mix well.
4. Divide cake into 2 equal portions. Add cocoa and milk to one portion.
5. Pour chocolate batter into lined cake tin first and spread evenly.
6. Pour plain batter on top of chocoalte batter and spread evenly.
8. Bake in pre-heated oven (180oC) for 25-30 minutes or until skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
square for you!
If I had chocolate chips, I would sprinkle them over the top ^_^ But these were still a yummy and simple snack to make :)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Orange and poppy seed cake - a classic bake

I finally got around to baking one of the classic cakes on my to-bake-list.. the orange and poppy seed cake! After my orange and poppy seed muffins, I wanted to look for a good recipe for a cake version and stumbled across this one after googling many recipes!

It's funny that it came from an "Australian Rules Football Star" =p I think it was a recipe book made for charity :) so here it is~ his original recipe was for orange AND lemon but I didn't have any lemon xD

Orange and Poppy seed cake adapted from (

1/3 cup poppy seeeds
1/4 cup milk (60ml)
125g butter, softened
1 cup caster sugar
3 eggs
zest of 1 orange, grated
2 cups self-raising flour
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup orange juice (60ml)

1. Mix the poppy seeds and milk in a small bowl and leave to soak.
2. Preheat oven to 160oC. Grease a round cake tin (or a bundt tin).
3. Beat butter and sugar until pale and creamy using electric mixer. Add orange zest and eggs one at a time, beating well after adding each egg.
4. Add flour, milk, orange juice and poppy seeds and mix until just combined.
5. Pour into cake tin and bake for 40-45 minutes or until skewer inserted into the middle of cake comes our clean.
6. Cool in tin before turning onto wire rack.
Inside of Orange and poppy seed cake~ nice and fluffy ^^
You can choose to ice with cream cheese icing but I found it tasted nice just like that =) I like this recipe because it's simple (because I think meant for kids ^^)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Ooo Ooo Ahhh Ahh MONKEY BREAD!

When I first saw this recipe, the name caught me! Monkey Bread.... what a strange name? What is it? It's not shaped like a monkey.. do monkey's eat it? hehe.. so I wikied it and found out the reason why it is called monkey bread! Firstly because the bread looks like a monkey puzzle tree (who knows what that looks like =S) and secondly because of the way you eat the bread is similar to monkeys - pulling apart each piece. It was a cute name and the photos from Dailydelicious looked too good to resist!

So here is the recipe for:

MONKEY BREAD (recipe adapted from Dailydelicious)

240g plain flour
60g self raising flour
7g (1 sachet) yeast
20g caster sugar
pinch of salt
1 egg yolk
175ml warm water
20g butter

40g melted butter
40g walnuts
70g brown sugar
1 egg white

1. Mix egg yolk and water together.
2. Place flours, sugar and yeast in a bowl and mix to combine. Add salt and mix again. Pour egg and water mixture into the bowl.
3. Mix ingredient together and knead to bring to form a dough. Add more water if dough is too dry. Knead dough for around 2 minutes until it is elastic.
4. Add butter and knead the dough for around 10-15 minutes until dough is soft, pliable, smooth and slightly shiny.
5. Place dough in lightly oiled bowl and allow to rise in a warm place until double in size (1 - 11/2 hours).
6. Place walnuts and brown sugar in a food processor until powdery.
7. Preheat oven to 180oC and grease tube pan.
8. Take dough out of the bowl and deflate by lightly touching it.
9. Cut dough into 30 pieces and roll into balls.
10. Dip balls into melted butter, nut mixture and egg white, then place in prepared pan.
bread balls --> melted butter--> nut mix --> egg white
Bite size pieces! YUM!
11. Let dough rise (40-50minutes) or until double in size. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Cover with aluminium foil if top of bread becomes too brown.
Pull apart bread~~ like a monkey xD
The bread turned out nice, soft and sweet and nutty ^^ I think next time I would put some filling inside the bread balls such as jam or chocolate, just for a nice surprise :)

Friday, May 4, 2012

Wedding event baking~ Special guest: Debby from Bluebakeblog!!

Hi everyone!! I'm so happy that I got the chance to bake with DEBBY of bluebakeblog =) So she is my special guest for this blog entry today!
It's been just over a month since we baked for her cousin's wedding - but only now that I blogged about it =_=" It was really fun to bake for an event! Debby had a really good idea to make cookies on a stick using her Milo Doggie Cookies recipe but instead of making dog faces, we made bride and groom faces! =) It was a bit of improvisation.. but hey! that's what baking is all about! Being creative and trying new things~

Baker Debby in action~~

So I'll just share the recipe with all of you or you can visit bluebakeblog =)

Malt Bride & Groom cookies

180g butter, softened at room temperature
80g malt
200g cake flour
25g corn flour
25g milk powder
Chocolate chips
Chocolate sprinkles
Milo cereal (duo - so white and brown colours ^^)

Ingredients and equiipment all ready to go~~
1. Preheat oven to 140oC. Line baking trays with baking paper and set aside. Soak wooden skewers in water.
2. Sift cake flour, corn flour and milk powder.
3. Cream butter and malt for ~3 minutes. Do not overbeat.
4. Add in the flours and beat to form a dough - it may be easier to just mix with a spoon if you don't want flour all over your kitchen floor xD
5. Divide dough into round balls around the size of a 20c piece. Place on baking tray and decorate with chocolate sprinkles (for eyes and mouth) and milo cereal for hair. Just BE CREATIVE! Insert skewers into cookies.
6. Bake for ~25 minutes. Leave to cool on wire rack.
Its the groom! he is happy ^u^
The brides~
Cookies on a stick~~

Baking with friends is so much fun! hope to do it again some time :)