Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Gingerbread Man - Recipe @ Home

At time I'd like to get a little adventurous with food... and to avoid myself from feeling boring this Christmas I've decided to make Gingerbread Man!

- Ingredients -
3 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1 large egg
2/3 cup unsulphured molasses

- Method -
In a large bowl, sift or whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, and spices. Set aside.
In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and molasses and beat until well combined. Gradually add the flour mixture beating until incorporated.

Divide the dough in half, and wrap each half in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least two hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside while you roll out the dough.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of about 1/4 inch. Use a gingerbread cutter to cut out the cookies. With an offset spatula lift the cut out cookies onto the baking sheet, placing the cookies about 1 inch (2.54 cm) apart. If you are hanging the cookies or using as gift tags, make a hole at the top of the cookies with a straw or end of a wooden skewer.
Bake for about 8 - 12 minutes depending on the size of the cookies. Small ones will take about 8 minutes, larger cookies will take about 12 minutes. They are done when they are firm and the edges are just beginning to brown.

Remove the cookies from the oven and cool on the baking sheet for about 1 minutes. When they are firm enough to move, transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

If desired, you can press raisins, currants, or candies into the dough for eyes and buttons while the cookies are still warm. Otherwise, confectioners frosting can be used to decorate the cookies. You can also use the icing as a glue to attach candies, raisins, and sprinkles.

*note: It looks very dark compared to the ones you can buy outside cos' the molasses I used is very dark in colour and I added quite a lot to make sure it taste good! The Gingerbread Man of this recipe would turn out slightly softer, unlike cookie.

Enjoy! ;)

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas cooking @ Home

I've been having family gathering marathons for Christmas this year (*actually every year). So guess what? I FORGOT TO BRING MY CAMERA!!! T___T *sobs* so yea... I missed all the good photos of whatever-it-is during Christmas!

Oh well, I still stand a chance to take photo of food that was serve one of the days. Usually you'll get to eat during Christmas... or sometimes during special events such as Birthdays... or... uhm... that's all I guess =p

Chicken Pie
*Family's favorite!! Made by mum.

Roast Chicken Thigh
*with garlic & olive, seasoned with salt & pepper.

Baked potatoes in cream
*this is something no one would ever want to miss! it taste so good it worth every inch of fat gained =p

BBQ Chicken Sausage wrapped in Bacon
*Simple, yet great!




just ignore me for a moment while I get disappointed with myself *sobs*

Stay tuned!! Next update would be a baking recipe! Gingerbread Man!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Basic Aglio Olio - Recipe @ Home

Another day of being alone at home without anything to eat for dinner. It's raining and I couldn't go out! =(

Like what I'll usually do is just have couple of plain biscuit and that's it for dinner! Oh well, sometimes I do whip up something I can find it the kitchen. Hehe... since I've not blog often why don't I cook today?

Here's what I made~

Nice Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Speghettini / Angel Hair
Salt & Pepper for seasoning

Slice garlic n shallot and dump into "Cold" extra virgin oil. cook in very low heat for 15mins. While doing that, boil pasta too. Season the oil before tossing Hot pasta. You might want to add a little crushed chili for extra kick!

Tada!! You're ready to eat!

Enjoy! ;)
*Credit to my Chef friend Daniyal Goh for sharing me this recipe =)
Visit his blog here ---> Daniyal Goh

Monday, December 14, 2009

Merry Christmas Everyone!! *hearts*

Yay! I got rid of my previous blog header image and replaced a Christmas header!! ^^

Anyway... I hereby wish u guys a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!! Be sure to spend some time with your love ones or maybe friends... It's a get together season! Prepare your presents soon cos' Christmas is around the corner~ I don't mind if anyone of you wants to give me a present too *shy* Hehehe! just joking k... =P

Cheers! =D

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Milo Ice Cream - Recipe @ Home

I bought an Ice Cream Maker!!! Finally ♥~ It's not very popular to use an Ice Cream Maker to make your own Ice Cream at home. Maybe cos' Malaysia is just waaaaayy too hot. Oh Well, I'm just too disappointed about the ice cream sold in the market right here. Flavor is limited... quality is hardly up to standard... *sigh* So I'm making my own ice cream~ Yay!!

- Ingredients -
1 1/2 cup Milk
1/4 Sugar
200ml Cream
3/4 cup Milo
2 Eggs

- Method -
In a medium saucepan, mix milk and milo. Warm until foam forms around the edges. Remove from heat.

In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks and sugar until frothy. Gradually pour the warm milk into the egg yolks, whisking constantly. Return mixture to saucepan; cook over medium heat, stirring with a wooden spoon until the mixture gels slightly and coats the back of the spoon. If small egg lumps begin to show, remove from heat immediately.

Pour the mixture through a sieve or fine strainer into a bowl. Mix cream into the custard. Cover, and chill for several hours or overnight.

Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker, and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions. Transfer to a sealed container, and freeze until firm. If the ice cream is too firm, place it in the refrigerator until it reaches the desired consistency.

Add any topping like almond flakes or chocolate rice as desired. And lastly ENJOY!! =D