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Recipe: Good Ol’ Carrot Cake and Happy Easter!

HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!

Today is the most important day in the church calendar for all Catholics because Jesus is risen from the dead! This also signals the end of the Easter Triduum which marked the days of Jesus’ passion and resurrection which began on Maundy (Holy Thursday). Easter Sunday is therefore a celebration of the very essence of our Christian faith because we have a God who willingly became a man on earth to die for our sins and rose again 3 days later.

And this brings me to my bake of the week- Good ol’ healthy carrot cake filled with fruit, made sinful by the large dollop of cream cheese frosting and topped off with a Cookies N Creme Easter egg for the occasion.

I never quite understood the tradition of Easter eggs. I only knew that I used to look forward to Easter egg hunts that IJ would plan for us on Easter Mondays back in primary school. We would head downstairs to the canteen and common areas at our stipulated timings cohort by cohort to search for the Easter eggs the teachers had hidden for us. The winners would then be rewarded with chocolate Easter eggs. Unfortunately I was never one of the lucky few :(

And now that I am all grown up, I can buy my own chocolate Easter eggs but alas, it’s never quite the same. I think next time if I ever do have my own kids, I’ll plan Easter egg hunts for them every Easter Sunday and that will be our own special way of celebrating Easter- that is of course after attending mass!

Recipe: Browned Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Coconut Cookies

Finally a baking post and some quick updates from me!

No I have not been lazy and simply eating out. I missed bake of the week last week as I was down with a nasty cold which left me sneezing profusely and a runny nose that refused to stop for 4 days consecutively so I was not about to go near the oven and spread my friendly germs around.

Apart from that, I’ve cut my hair! Like really short… first time since I was 10 when it is at a length which cannot be tied. I was forced to cut it because of the massive amounts of hair I have been dropping every single day due to the sickness and the side effects of all the meds Ive been taking so goodbye to my long straight hair and hello to my new short bob! New hair for new beginnings. I actually do love my new hair. Feels so light and refreshing and dries so quickly after washing. It was funny how I was trying to grab hold of my hair after shower to squeeze it dry but there was nothing to grab hold of.

So that’s all from me…

And back to my bake of the week!

I decided on an oatmeal cookie this time simply because I missed oatmeal. I picked up the oatmeal habit back in Adelaide where cold mornings were made a whole lot more comforting with a bowl of warm oatmeal with a dash of cinnamon and some baked apples. And the container of quick oats sitting on my kitchen table was just too convenient. Furthermore, ever since I tried the ‘browned butter’ concept for my Browned-Butter Chocolate Chip Brownies with Cream Cheese Filling, I really wanted to use it again and so this recipe was born- Browned Butter Oatmeal Cookies! Throw in some dark chocolate chunks and coconut bits for the added crunch, this cookie is destined for great things.

I would advice using an ice-cream scoop if you want bigger cookies but I used my tablespoon measuring spoon because I liked the cute little rounded shape it gave. Sorry for the lopsided one on the far right. If your cookies are the same size as mine, this recipe will probably yield 16- a number just nice for the family. Double the recipe if you want to give them to friends as well.

Recipe: Coconut Macaroons

This is one of the easiest and fastest to make recipes requiring only 4 ingredients and 10 min prep time + 15 min baking time so everything plus washing up takes less than an hour! Best part is that it is a crowd favourite and in such bite sized pieces, it’s a convenient party food that I usually make :) And this is my most revised recipe with a tinge of pandan flavouring.

Recipe: Gluten Free and Vegan Flourless Double Chocolate Cookies

So little MP has been looking forward to my return only because he misses my baking. I feel so loved. LOL! He has been pestering me almost every day ‘Jie Jie..when are you going to start baking?’ But he stopped asking after mum told him that I was still sick. However because he has been studying tirelessly for his PSLE papers, I thought it would be time to reward him esp since his ‘favourite’ Chinese paper is tmr :) My first attempt in three months..gosh I really missed baking :D:D:D

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp ground flax seeds + 3 tbsp cold water OR 1 egg if you dont need it to be vegan
  • 1/2 cup dried shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup almond butter/peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup Almond milk or coconut milk or soy milk (use less if you want chunkier cookies!)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 190C and line a baking sheet with parchment or a non-stick mat.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the ground flax and water. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (coconut, brown sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt).
  4. In a medium sized bowl, mix together the wet ingredients (flax egg, almond butter, almond milk, vanilla).
  5. Add wet to dry and mix well until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips
  6. Spoon the dough onto the baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches apart as they spread out a lot.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 190C. Cool on baking sheet for about 10 minutes. Makes about 12-14 cookies depending on how large you make them.

Tips:

  • Scoop out the batter with a spoon but dont flatten it, leave it in a ball as it will flatten by itself during the baking process
  • Let the cookies sit for a couple of hours first (if you can resist) so it will become crisp on the outside and gooey in the middle! :)

And that’s my very satisfied little boy :) Dont worry mum didnt let him finish the whole plate or he wouldnt be able to sit for his last two papers! Hee

Recipe: Banana Coconut Loaf

Decided to make something coconut because mummy loves coconut and she really really liked the coconut puffs that I made for her 2 days ago! :) So I decided to combine her 2 favourite ingredients- banana and coconut to make this! :)

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed (3/4 cup)
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    3/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut

Directions

  • Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 180 C.
  • Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
  • Whisk together bananas, butter, sugar, egg, vanilla, and 1/2 cup coconut in a large bowl until combined well, then fold in flour mixture until flour is just moistened.
  • Divide batter among lined muffin cups or loaf tin and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup coconut.
  • Bake until muffins/loaf are puffed and golden, about 25 minutes.
  • Allow muffins/loaf to cool slightly before cutting and serving!