Spun Candy Making Class

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Last weekend we decided to attend a candy making class at Spun. Spun Candy is a UK based company. They opened their first store in Covent Garden London during the Summer of 2013. Since then they have grown across the UK and the Middle East. Each Spun Candy collection is vegetarian, full of natural fruit flavors and completely handcrafted.

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The store in Oman offers a few classes but I think the UK store offer more options. We opted for Children’s Masterclass. This class is designed for kids from 6-17 years old. But since there were no other Malaysian kids to join us, we did it as a family. The Children Masterclass for 6 to 10 people cost RO 7.5 per person. If you only have 5 people joining the class, they will still run the class for your but the cost will be higher.. about RO9 per person.

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Two members of staff took us into the little area away from the shop to make the candies. First they make sure we washed our hands and dried them. Then we put on hair nets, apron and gloves. They pointed out that the  station was hot and always remind us to be careful. The station needs to be hot as they want to make sure that the candy remain soft and pliable.

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They allowed us to mix colours up, knead and pulled the warm candy to bring out pretty colour. They showed us how to make lolly pops, heart shaped lollies and candy cane.

To make lolly pops, first…you need to make 2 medium size candy balls of different colours. Roll out the balls into thin rope. Stick them together with water and then twirl each end in the opposite direction so the twisted candy looks like a rope. Then you roll them in to one thin candy rope and cut the long piece in roughly in half. Roll the candy rope in upon itself to make a spiral and flatten out the round shape. Then you stick a lollipop stick into the candy.

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They also showed us how to hand craft roses from candy, make some fantastic faces and make our names from the sugar. We had a fantastic time as a family.

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I love the apron.. too bad that they wont allow us to bring back one hehehe.

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A great experience for kids and adults too. The class lasted for about 90 minutes.

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Haqeem joined us for 30 minutes and then decided to just lie down on the bench and chill hehehe.

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The best part of the whole thing is, the kids get to keep all the candies that they made. I’m gonna make sure Aina and Nurin bring back some of those candies back to UK… can’t afford to allow the small kids eat all those candies. Dr Mike will be cross at me should he knows about this hehehe.

Deep Chocolate Sour Cream Pound Cake

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Assalamualaikum and good morning to everyone where ever you are. Muscat is very quite at the moment.. all my friends are still in Malaysia enjoying their summer holidays. Cant wait for them to come back. Would love to lepak2 and kopi2 talking about everything under the sky. Thank you for making my life interesting friends… and just to let you know.. Chatime and Costa miss us very much hehehe. Come home soon please!

Last weekend we attended a candy making class at Spun in Avenues Mall. It was fun. I will tell you all about it in my next posting. Okay.. as for now, let me tell you something about this fabulous cake. To tell you the truth.. I have been wanting to make this cake since last year but the word ‘pound cake’ made me a bit skeptical. You see.. I love a soft and moist cake and the word pound kinda suggested that the cake would be dry and hard.. so I keep on pushing the recipe down my baking list.

What make me decided to bake it? Well.. Bisous A Toi’s last IG posting made me change my mind. She baked it in a very lovely bundt pan.. and not all cakes can be baked in a bundt pan, it has to be of certain texture. Since I have a bundt pan that I have bought loooong time ago and never been used.. I decided to  give this recipe a chance. And… I am so glad that I baked it. The texture is soft and definitely moist. My kids told me that even though the texture is different than my normal chocolate cake but it is a good kinda different… yeayyy!

This is where I took the recipe from.. Bisous A Toi blog. Rima is one of my favourite blogger.. love her cakes and recipes. May Allah bless her always.

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Ingredients

1.5 cups (181g) all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (57g) cake flour
1 cup (92g) Dutch-processed cocoa powder
2.25 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1.5 cups (340g) unsalted butter, softened
2.5 cups (500g) granulated sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup (242g) sour cream
Method
  • Preheat the oven to 150C. Grease the inside of a 10-inch Bundt pan generously with butter and then dust with flour. (I baked mine at 160C and next time I am gonna dust it with cocoa powderso that it would not have white spots on the cake)
  • Sift the flours, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • In a bowl of an electric mixer, using the paddle attachment, beat the butter at medium speed until very creamy, about 2 minutes. Gradually beat in the sugar. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat until the mixture is well-blended and light, about 4 minutes.
  • At medium speed, beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.In a small bowl, stir the vanilla extract into the sour cream. At the low speed, add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture in 3 additions, alternating with the sour cream mixture in 2 additions and mixing just until blended. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top.
  • Bake the cake for 65 to 75 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool the cake in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Then invert the cake onto the rack and let it cool completely.

Butterscotch Chocolate Chip Brownies

Assalamualaikum all. We are in the middle of 3 months summer break at the moment. Kids were on leave since mid June and the school will only resume end of August. I was actually looking forward to days not having specific things to do.. days that I can just chill around the house… well after I month of doing nothing, I kinda miss my normal routine sending kids to school and attending some classes myself. How I wish the weather is not this hot.. at least we can go to the beach and relax. With the temperature well above 46C.. we would be ‘ikan kering’ kalau dok bercanda di pantai hehehe.

If it is up to me, I would be trying all the recipes that I have accumulated for the past 9 months but I am worried that with  no activity what so ever, my kids will be unrecognizable by the end of summer due to all the cakes and other sweet stuff. So.. I am trying to just bake once a week. And… the winner for this week is this Butterscotch  Chocolate Chip brownies. Recipe was taken from I am Baker blog and thank you for such a simple yet delicious recipe. This recipe is not huge, so if you have big family like me.. it will disappear the moment you put them on the table hehehe.  Maybe.. I can bake again this week since this recipe only yield 9 normal size brownies hehehehe.

Okay.. let me show you want are needed..

Dry Ingredients
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 100g butterscotch chocolate chip
Wet Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter melted, then cooled
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Sift together all dry ingredients except chocolate chip in a medium bowl.
  2. Melt butter and set aside to cool slightly.
  3. Add two eggs and vanilla into the bowl and stir gently.
  4. Pour the melted butter into brownie mixture and mix until just incorporated. Add in the chocolate chips.
  5. Spread batter in a prepared 8-inch square pan and bake for 20-22 minutes at 350 degrees.”

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P/S: At the very moment I am writing this post.. there are only 2 slices of brownies left hehehe. Well done girls!

Red Velvet Layered Cake

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Assalamualaikum. Hopefully it is not too late for me to wish everyone Eid Mubarak. Ooppss.. some people maybe angry with the phrase that I use here.. Eid Mubarak.. hehehe. Why don’t I use Selamat Hari Raya? Perlu ke use arabic phrase? Melayu dah lupa their root ke? Well.. I don’t care what people say. If everything need to use the Malay words.. then every time I want to say Alhamdulillah, I need to say Terima Kasih Allah? Hmmm.. I don’t think so kan? Hehehe.. just saying.

Anyway.. this year is our 1st time celebrating Eid in Oman. Sedih? Sedih la jugak but I am grateful that even though we were celebrating Eid away from family and friends.. our daughters Aina and Nurin are with us in Oman to celebrate Eid. They were back from UK couple of days before Ramadan. As my other half said “.. the sense of completeness fills the heart..”hehehe. As usual.. the Malaysian Embassy did their Raya Open House on the first day of Raya. We did our own open house the next day… invited few families… dapat lah merasa suasana raya tu.

As for this cake.. I made it yesterday.. the cake is moist and delicious. Not that difficult to make.. took me a little over 2 hours from start to finish. Amount of eggs and butter used were very minimal except for the cream cheese.. it uses 500g. Quite a lot for just 3 layers of it. Anyway.. worth the effort and definitely a recipe to keep. The recipe was taken from here. Enjoy and happy baking peps!

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Ingredient  for Red Velvet Layer:

  • 250g Butter
  • 5 Grade A Eggs
  • 235g Flour*
  • 2 tbsp Cocoa* (* sift together)
  • 175g Caster Sugar
  • 150g Condensed Milk
  • 1 cup (135g) Mixed Berries Yogurt or 1 cup of buttermilk
  • 1 tsp Ovallette
  • Red Coloring 

Ingredient for cheese layer:

  • 500g Cream Cheese
  • 3 Grade A Eggs
  • 120g Caster Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Essence

Method:

Red Velvet:

  1. Beat butter & sugar until fluffy. Add in ovallette, egg one by one while continue beating until smooth.
  2. Add in condensed milk & mix well.
  3. Add in flour mixture* gradually & combine with slow speed. Add in yogurt or buttermilk and red color; mix well.

Cream Cheese:

  1. Beat cream cheese & sugar until smooth and combined.
  2. Add in egg and Vanilla Extract and mix until combined.

Baking:

  1. Preheat oven to 170 to 190C… grease 8″X 8″ baking pan
  2. Weigh the red velvet batter and divide it by 9 ( the number of layers..mine was about 155g per layer)
  3. Weigh the cheese batter and divide it by 3 (the number of layers.. mine was about 141g per layer)
  4. Place the greased baking pan in the preheated oven for 1 mins. Then take it out and pour 155g of red velvet batter into the batter and bake it for about 6-7 min.
  5. Repeat the process for red velvet batter for another 2 layers.
  6. Now pour the cheese layer. bake until cooked.
  7. Repeat the whole process.. it should be 3 red velvet layers, 1 cheese layer, 3 red velvet layers, 1 cheese layer, 3 red velvet layers, 1 cheese layer.

Rainbow Cake 2

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May and June were the 2 most stressful months for me for the last 4 years and it has not changed much for this year. Having said that, I think I have learn to let go certain thing over the course of these 4 years and I think I am more relaxed this year with the whole exam thingy… lucky for Sofea. For some of my friends who have kids taking IGSCE exam for the first time, I can see how stressful this must have been for them.. looking at them took me back 5 years ago when Aina took her IGCSE hehehe… breathe in breath out Mummies!

As of last saturday Sofea has completed 12 papers and she still has 4 more to go. Last 2 papers gonna be English and they will be conducted during Ramadhan… I hope I can have an IGCSE/A level stress free for the next 3 years as Jasmine will only take her IGCSE in 2020 insyaallah.

Unlike in Malaysia where there are tons of tuition center around, here.. to get additional help outside school is very difficult. The teachers are not willing to do a paid tuition classes because of the law but they always do extra lessons after school.. just that sometimes those extra classes are not enough. Besides that, there are no practice questions being published like the one in Malaysia that can hep the kids to do extra work.. they only rely on the questions given by the teachers and also the past papers. I remembered when I was doing my SPM… my days were filled with doing sample questions just to familiarize myself with different type of questions. Here.. you only rely on teachers and school .. sigh!

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Enough with that.. okay.. what can I say about Rainbow cake… hmmm this cake I baked for Haqeem’s birthday quite sometimes ago. It was quite sweet for my liking, but my kids absolutely loved them. It was a hit among some of my friends and I have baked this cake more than 5 times for the last few months. If you have time, do try and bake this cake as the kids would definitely love the taste and not to mention the colours. For this cake I used Swiss buttercream frosting as it is not too sweet and it will compliment the cake. The recipe was taken from Diva can Cook.

Ingredients:

  • 2½ cups white granulated sugar (you can reduce the sugar to 2 cups as I think the cake is a bit sweet)
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Food coloring: red, yellow, blue, green
  • Swiss buttercream
Methods
  1. Preheat oven to 160 C.
  2. Generously grease and flour 6 (9-inch) cake pans. I only had 3 pans so I had to bake in two rounds.
  3. In a large bowl cream together sugar and butter.
  4. Mix in eggs until thoroughly incorporated.
  5. Mix in vanilla extract, buttermilk and heavy cream.
  6. Mix in half of the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  7. When mixture is combined, mix in the rest of the flour.
  8. Divide the batter into six bowls (I weigh the batter and divide them by 6)
  9. Add food coloring to each bowl to create a vibrant red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. (see note on how to make colors)
  10. Pour each colored batter into the prepared pans and spread out into an even layer. (layers will be thin)
  11. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until center is set.
  12. Remove from oven and let cakes cool in the pan until pans are warm enough to touch.
  13. Run a spatula around the edges of the pans to loosen the cake and then very carefully remove the cakes from the pans.
  14. Place on a cooling rack and cool completely.

To assemble

  1. Place the violet layer down first and frost.
  2. Followed by the blue layer, green layer, yellow layer, orange layer and finally the red layer. (frost between each layer)
  3. Frost the whole cake.( I did the naked cake style.. )
  4. Slice & serve!

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

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Last Wednesday and Thursday the kids’ school was closed because it was raining heavily in Muscat. We, Malaysians actually looking forward to rain as it remind us of home.. the sound of the rain and the after rain smell.. aah.. makes me miss Malaysia even more. Unfortunately here, it doesn’t happen a lot but whenever it rains and pours, a lot of places will be flooded, wadis will overflowing and many lives will be lost as people refuse to listen to the authority and stay away from the wadi crossing. Wadi crossing is very dangerous as the current is very strong and can sweep a 4X4 car in seconds. This wadi crossing can be found everywhere even in the city and if it rains cats and dogs.. the road that go thru this area will be flooded. So, for the kids’ safety, the Ministry of Education decided to close all schools on Wednesday and Thursday. Below are some pictures taken from Times of Oman..

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So.. since there was nothing much to do.. I decided to whip up something that was on my to do make/bake list for a long time. Come to think of it.. the girls have been asking for this before Aina and Nurin left for UK.. so.. definitely more than 6 months. Honestly I don’t know why I didn’t do sooner as the recipe was very easy… maybe because of the MALAS mode hehehe. Anyway, the recipe was taken from recipegirl blog and maybe next time I will make the chocolate chip cookie dough brownies like her.

Okay, here is the recipe…

Ingredients:-

  • 3/4 cup salted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Methods:-

  1. In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to combine butter, brown sugar and white sugar.
  2. Mix in milk and vanilla.
  3. Mix in flour just until combined.
  4. Stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Refrigerate until the dough is quite firm. Ready to eat.

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Kids love eating this cookie dough with ice cream.

Kek Lapis Lengit Rainbow

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Is this my first posting in 2016? ..and it is March already? Well.. time surely flies when you are having fun hahaha. Whatever it is I surely want to say Alhamdulillah.. thank you Allah for all the good and the bad things that came my way in 2015… things that make you sad the most is actually a blessing.. coz Allah is giving you a chance to  cry and beg for His mercy and guidance.. to make you closer to Him. Kalau happy memanjang, doa lepas solat tu baca macam baca script aje.. tapi kalau time susah tu.. doa dgn penuh emotion.. betul tak?

So.. my very first posting this year I want to start with something sweet, colourful and fattening hehehe.. just look at the amount of butter that it uses. Whatever it is… this cake is truly worth trying… moist and delicious. Thank you to Rima Bisous A Toi for sharing the recipe. You can checkout the original posting here.

Moist and to die for..

Ingredients
(A)
700g eggs – abt 12 eggs
450g sugar
18g Emulsifier
1/2 tsp vanilla paste – i didnt hv so i substitute with use 1/2 tsp of vanilla essence
1/2 tsp milk paste – i didnt hv so i substitute with use 1/2 tsp of vanilla essence
(B)
325g low protein flour – i use normal flour

(C)
400g margarine
300g butter (or butter substitute) – i used 700g normal Lurpak butter

(D)
1/2 tsp spekkeok powder
purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and red colour paste

Method

  1. Preheat oven 160C.. grease 8″ baking pan
  2. Whisk butter till creamy – put aside
  3. In another bowl, whisk ingredients A until fluffy.
  4. Add ingredients B – beat again until blended. Add ingredients C – beat again until blended
  5. Weigh your batter and divide it by 13 (the number of layers)
  6. Part 1 (equivalent to 7 layers) – add spekoek powder
  7. Part 2 (equivalent to 6 layers/divided into six bowls) – add colour paste to each bowl
  8. Once ready.. pour about 164g of spekkeok batter (plain batter) into your baking pan and bake it for 10mins..
  9. Change your oven setting to grill mode and pour in purple batter.. this is how the layer should be.. plain – purple – plain – blue – plain – green – plain – yellow – plain – orange – plain – red – plain.
  10. On the last layer bake it using grill mode until brown changing it to bottom heat and bake a further 5 to 10 mins.