Monday, July 28, 2014

Chocolate Chips Muffins

This is another straight forward and simple recipe I tried the other day. This can be prepared with minimal fuss.

Found this recipe on Cookpad. I am not sure if it is similar to Starbucks muffins like the recipe owner mentioned, but the muffin is certainly soft and buttery.

I often find that muffins are so easy to put together that there is really no reason to buy from shops :p of course unless you are really not into baking.

- 210g cake flour
- 90g unsalted butter
- 60g sugar (I used dry demerara sugar)
- 2 eggs
- 160g fresh milk
- chocolate chips, as much as you want :p (original recipe uses Dars chocolate)
- 2 tsp of double acting baking powder
- 1 tsp vanilla paste (original recipe uses 3 drops of vanilla extract)

I modified the method slightly as I do not own a microwave oven.

1. Melt butter (This is what I did: Place butter in a small bowl, then, add some hot water in a bigger bowl.  place the small bowl into the bigger bowl). 
2. In another bowl, beat eggs with a whisk until foamy.
3. Add sugar and beat for about 3 mins.
4. Pour melted butter into eggs and sugar mixture. Mix well.
5. Add milk and stir.
6. Add vanilla paste and stir.
7. Sift cake flour and baking powder into mixture.
8. Using a spatula, fold the flour in using a cutting motion until there is  no trace of flour. As of all muffin recipes, do not overmix.
9. Fill muffin cups, add chocolate chips when half-filled, and more when it is 70% full.
10. Bake in preheated oven at 180 degC for 30 mins. Please adjust timing according to your oven as each is different.

Happy baking! :)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Flapjack / Rolled Oats Bars / Granola Bars

These days I have been spending more time reading up on lunch box recipes and cooking. Thus, had neglected baking. I was not inspired to bake when I think of the amount of washing up I have to do after that. Found this recipe which looks easy and minimal washing so I went ahead to make a batch.

After researching on the web, it seems like flapjacks, rolled oats bar and granola bars are the same thing. They are perhaps called differently depending fron which country you are from.

Here's the recipe, thanks to  My Wok's Life for sharing. I also referred to Jamie's step-by-step recipe when I made them. A picture speaks a thousand words, the photos are very helpful.

- 70g butter
- 60g brown sugar (I used unrefined dark brown soft sugar)
- 60g golden syrup
- 170g rolled oats (I used organic rolled oats)
- about 1 tbs of ground peanuts

1. Line a 8" x 8" square pan with baking paper.
2. Preheat oven to 180 degC.

1. Put butter, sugar and golden syrup in a heavy bottom saucepan. Melt them in low heat.
2. Stir with a wooden or silicone spatula to combine the ingredients when the butter starts to melt.
3. Once the butter has melted, turn off the heat and add rolled oats and peanuts  into pan.
4. Mix them well.
5. Transfer the mixture to the square pan and press down with a spatula or metal spoon.
6. Bake for 25 mins. Please adjust baking time according to your oven, original recipe stated 20 mins.
7. Once baking is done, leave flapjack to cool in pan for 10 mins before cutting into squares with a knife. Leave flapjack to cool completely in pan. Store in air-tight container.

The texture of these flapjacks is chewy. I would prefer a crunchy texture, will try again next time to see how that can be achieved. Nevertheless, the taste of these flapjacks is very good, it does remind me of caramel popcorn. It is easy to put together so don't hesitate to try this recipe if you have some rolled oats onhand.