Sunday, November 30, 2008

Vanilla Light Cheesecake

I tried this receipe and everything turned out well except last min, i realised that i can't use a springform pan for water-bath baking! upsetting..when i found water at the bottom of my cake! Thankfully, with my quick thinking (hahahaha), i put the cake back into the oven for a few mins and everything turned out better, still too moist but at least edible. But after putting it in the fridge, the next day, the cake tasted quite good actually..not perfect like i wanted it though..

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Checkered Cookies

My very first attempt to make something so was ok, except that i think our weather here is too hot for cookie dough sometimes. Maybe the 30 mins in the fridge should be like an hour in the fridge since the cookies melted too fast under the heat and spread 'out of shaped'..hahahaha..instead of what i thought it would be a rectangle?

Monday, November 24, 2008

Blueberry Muffins

This recipe calls for fresh blueberries which i did use but i don't know if i put in too many blueberries or that the oven temperature was not hot enough or that i over-stirred the batter? I know muffin batter has to be lumpy but do i leave the lumps like that with the flour still in bubbles or what? I don't really know. Anyway, the muffins end up tasting ok but i am just disappointed that it didn't raise up very much and that it doesn't look that the ones in Starbucks..hahahahaha..

I don't really know also why the inside of the muffin is so soft - maybe i put too many blueberries?

Roast Chicken

Today, i roasted a whole chicken for the very first time and i am really happy to report that it was such a great success!! Yippe!! The meat was soo juicy and the vegetable which i initially thought was burnt wasn't and tasted great! I got the recipe from Chef Michael Smith - and i am a fan of his show "Chef at Home", but somehow i can't find any of his cookbooks here though! Have to order them online via

I've no photos of the chicken i roasted cos my 'photographer' was out and about shopping and when she got back, she just wanted to eat the chicken. Anyway, she took what's left over of the chicken though from her plate..LOL!... I know it's disgusting..but here's the pic..

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Vanilla Cupcake with Oreo Icing

Tried this variation on my own following the basic vanilla cupcake receipe. I wanted to add raisins but didn't have a ny in stock, so I added chocolate chip instead. Turned out quite ok.

For icing, i place the crushed oreos into the basic cream-cheese icing and it tasted kind of like McFlurry Oreos.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Hershey's "Perfectly Chocolate" Chocolate Cake

The recipe for this Hershey's "Perfectly Chocolate" Chocolate Cake can be found on their websitehere. Or it can also be found on the back of Hershey's cocoa powder box.  

I think this is a fool-proof recipe for any first timers like me!  Because of the great quality of the cocoa powder, it is impossible to make any mistake if you follow the recipe correctly.  Actually i forgot to add the vanilla extract in the batter, but later made it up for the extra batter i used for my mini-cupcakes. However, i can't really tell much difference between the cake and cupcake cos i all can taste is the great chocolaty taste! LOL!  

This recipe is prefect for any chocolate lovers like moi!  :D  

note: is there a way to make sure the cake rise evenly and not just the centre higher? i must go do some research! if anyone knows, please lmk too!  

ps: i know i didn't do a good icing job..hahahaha..not easy to ice on a mini cupcake..that's my excuse :P 

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Followed a recipe from one of my cookbooks and turned out pretty well. :) I used Nestle Mini Chocolate Chips which turned out quite well. Originally wanted Hershey's, but couldn't find them in the supermarket that i went earlier.

This recipe uses only egg yolk and doesn't 'spread' a lot when baking - perhaps that's why it is also softer and more crumbly in texture? *shrugs*..i! Must try other recipes first before i know the difference i guess in others, i guess!

Baking? Food Blog? Hmmmm...

After stumbling upon Anna's blog..i feel so motivated to bake! LOL! Plus i just got a new oven, so i wanna do some baking - but i am only a beginner in baking (i don't normally bake anything - only cook!) :D. Thus, i deleted all my previous boring posts and i think i will start a new blog detailing my attempt at baking! Even disastrous ones..hahahahahha!

I did bake cookies & chocolate cake this weekend. Will blog & post pics of that later.. The cookies & chocolate cake both didn't turn out *phew*...esp. my very first time! :P

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