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..
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…
- 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
- In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to combine butter, brown sugar and white sugar.
- Mix in milk and vanilla.
- Mix in flour just until combined.
- Stir in chocolate chips.
- Refrigerate until the dough is quite firm. Ready to eat.
Kids love eating this cookie dough with ice cream.
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.
700g eggs – abt 12 eggs
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
325g low protein flour – i use normal flour
300g butter (or butter substitute) – i used 700g normal Lurpak butter
1/2 tsp spekkeok powder
purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and red colour paste
- Preheat oven 160C.. grease 8″ baking pan
- Whisk butter till creamy – put aside
- In another bowl, whisk ingredients A until fluffy.
- Add ingredients B – beat again until blended. Add ingredients C – beat again until blended
- Weigh your batter and divide it by 13 (the number of layers)
- Part 1 (equivalent to 7 layers) – add spekoek powder
- Part 2 (equivalent to 6 layers/divided into six bowls) – add colour paste to each bowl
- Once ready.. pour about 164g of spekkeok batter (plain batter) into your baking pan and bake it for 10mins..
- 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.
- On the last layer bake it using grill mode until brown changing it to bottom heat and bake a further 5 to 10 mins.
My homemade cek mek molek
Kids are on winter break, weather is superb and the other half is working… totally no fun hehehe. Looking forward to tomorrow tho.. taking a short trip to Musandam since it’s gonna be a 3 day weekend. My other half and his bike buddies gonna ride and I am gonna drive with the kids. Hopefully I can stay awake for this 5 hours drive. Being told that the scenery from Muscat to Musandam is breathtaking.. looking forward to the scenery but not the driving part. Insyaallah it will be fine as my other half said that he will stop every 2 hrs for stretching but knowing him.. we most probably will make more stops.. why? Well.. he loves photography.. so he definitely will stop to take pictures. Biiznillah.. I will share some photos and also write the driving experience to Musandam in future posting.
Enough with the blabbering.. lets look at this lovely kuih. Cek Mek Molek .. direct translation will be Beautiful Lady. This is a traditional Kelantanse kuih and is very similar to kuih keria except that this kuih has the sugar on the inside instead of the sugar coating on the outside. This kuih only has 3 ingredients; sweet potato, flour and sugar. Normally if you buy from the stall.. the amount of sugar inside this kuih is almost none.. come on people.. this kuih will never be cek mek molek if there is no sugar inside. I know that sugar is expensive but I don’t mind paying a bit more for a good amount of sugar in this kuih. Well.. my mum always say.. “if you not happy with the quality.. make yourself.”.. hmmm I dont mind making them when I am away from home but if I am in Kelantan.. my MALAS sickness always kick in hehehe. So.. today I’m gonna share with you the recipe for this cek mek molek.
- 400g sweet potatoes
- 100g flour
- Boil the sweet potatoes till tender. Drain and let it cood slightly
- Mashed the cool sweet potatoes and add in the flour. Mix until it forms into a pliable dough. Note that the amount of flour stated is a rough estimation.. please add or reduce as required.
- Take a small portion of the dough about the size of a ping pong ball and flatten it. Put 1/2 tsp of sugar in the middle and fold the dough to cover up the sugar and form it into a long oval shape.
- Heat up some oil, deep fry until golden brown
Tak leh makan banyak2.. nanti kencing manis hehehe
I sometimes make it in larger quantity so that I can freeze them. If you want to make a frozen cek mek molek, I would suggest you fry them half cook, let them cool, put in a ziplock bag and place them in the freezer.
Waffle with whipped cream and blueberries
Breakfast is one of the things that really stress me out. It has to be quick and at the same time can appeal to your kids appetite especially very early in the morning. I hate it if I made something and it is left untouched by them… and normally if they do that, the next morning they will have cereals for breakfast hehehe. I know I know.. I am a terrible mother. Don’t have to state the obvious…
Normally I do make things that they love in advance and freeze them such as rissoles and murtabak filling, so in the morning, I just need to fry them or assemble a mini murtabak for breakfast. So.. this waffle was made to see if it is worthy enough to make it to the breakfast table hahaha. I made the whole batch last week and it yielded about 16 small squares of waffles. I freezed a few squares and last weekend I reheated them up using the toaster and the waffle iron. Both turned up to be okay but my preference is still using waffle iron. I am pleased to tell you that this recipe is good enough to be another frozen food items in the freeze hehehe.
Belgium style waffle iron
Oh.. if any of you guys are wondering about the taste… I give 2 thumbs up for this recipe.. crunchy and lovely. Recipe was taken from Taste of Home with a little twist of my own.
Crunchy.. just the way I like it
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3-1/2 tsp baking powder
- 2 eggs, separated
- 1-1/2 cups milk
- 1 cup butter, melted
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp red coloring
- 1/2 tsp vinegar
- cream frosting, sliced fresh strawberries or syrup
- In a bowl, combine flour, sugar and baking powder. In another bowl, lightly beat egg yolks. Add milk, butter, vanilla, vinegar and red coloring; mix well. Stir into dry ingredients just until combined. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; fold into batter.
- Bake in a preheated waffle iron according to manufacturer’s directions until golden brown. Serve with cream cheese frosting, strawberries or syrup.
Look at the colour.. love it
Wrinkled top chocolate brownies
It has been almost 6 weeks since Aina and Nurin left for UK. Everyday we talk via whatsapps and at least 2 times a week we do video call via hangouts. They update us about everything … last week we even did a video call while they were choosing their winter jackets just because they wanted our opinion on the jackets hehehe.. Some might say that we are too involved but who cares… we will always be here to give our opinion when asked! To tell you the truth, I think the girls are lucky to have a very caring dad.. always there to give opinion asked or not hehe. I sometimes lambat tengok message.. selalu terlepas keretapi in giving opinion. You should see him talking to the girls on the way to the airport… nasihat nasihat and more nasihat. My mum said she has never seen such a concern father… well, it was not easy for us to let them go especially we have never been apart. May Allah protect them always.
Sending them to UK was a good move.. why? When they were with us here they rarely cook but alhamdulillah now they have been sending us the photo of dishes that they made and I am so proud of them. Last night they made lasagna and it looked pretty delicious hehehe. Last week Ein made truffles and a couple of weeks before Aina baked Red Velvet Brownies… well done girls, Umi and Ayah are so proud of you two. I guess living away from home forces you to cook and bake things that remind you of home…
Okay.. back to our recipe today.. chocolate brownies kedut… quite famous sekarang kat Malaysia. I simply have to try it to see what the fuss is all about. Verdict? Yummy and totally worth it. Very chocolaty and will satisfy all the chocolate lovers out there. The recipe is taken from blog Azlita Masam Manis. Please try if you have the time.
Happy Baking people!
- 400 g bittersweet chocolate – chopped
- 150 g unsalted butter
- 100 g brown sugar
- 100 g sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 100 g self raising flour *
- 30 g cocoa powder * (* sifted)
- Melt chocolate and butter in double boiler.
- In another bowl, combine eggs, brown sugar, sugar and vanilla using whisk.
- Pour egg mixture into the chocolate mixture and mix well.
- Fold in the flour mixture and mix until just combined.
- Pour the batter into greased and lined 10″X10″ baking pan.
- Bake at 160C for 30 mins then off the oven and let the brownies sit in with door ajar for another 15 min.
Soft and gooey texture… just the way brownies should be.
My homemade Red Velvet brownies
Assalamualaikum and a very good day people. Hope life is treating you well. It has been a while since my last posting.. I believe that 16 March was the last time I update this blog. Honestly.. have not been baking much for the last 7 months… life took an unexpected turn and wiped out all my mood for baking.. Well.. there are things that are beyond your control and there is nothing you can do to prevent it.. so, redha aje la as they are tests from Allah. I am taking the approach that these tests are signs that Allah loves you.. He wants to pull you close to Him and always remember Him. May Allah grant me patience.. Ameen.
Well..just a little update on what had happened during the last 7 months… my 2 girls left for UK to further their studies last Sept. Aina is doing her Bachelor Degree in Mathematics for Business and Finance at Portsmouth University and Nurin is doing her Foundation in Law at College of Portsmouth. The process of applying for the visa, accommodation and other stuff were really challenging .. it really made my other half and me appreciate all the government had done for us dulu. In sha Allah if I have time, I will try to write the whole experience and guide/tips for parents who want to send their kids to UK.
Hmmm what else happened???? Aaaa.. we were fortunate enough to be Allah’s guest for the Hajj baru ni.. Alhamdulillah. Honestly there were times that I have lost hope to go for hajj this year but my other half keep on telling me to dua and ins sha Allah he said if Allah wants us to be his guest, He will give us the way and means to go. The schedule for us to leave for hajj clashed with the schedule for Aina and Nurin to leave for UK… I was really patah semangat but alhamdulillah, Allah sent us a friend that offered his help to take care of the girls once they arrived in London. Thank you Kazan and Angah for doing this.
Orait.. lets look at the recipe that I want to share today. This is the 2nd time I baked this brownies and my girls love them very much. This recipe is taken from here.
Made yesterday and this morning tinggal 5 slices aje
- 1 cup All-purpose Flour*
- ½ tsp Baking Powder*
- A pinch of Salt* (* combined)
- 2 oz Bittersweet Chocolate – chopped
- 113g Unsalted Butter – diced
- 1¼ cups Castor Sugar
- 1 tbsp Red Coloring
- 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
- 1 tsp Vinegar
- 2 large Eggs
- Melt chopped chocolate and butter in microwave and stir to mix.
- Add in sugar using a rubber spatula.
- Add in red coloring, vanilla essence and vinegar; stir to combine.
- Add in eggs one by one while stirring.
- Add in flour mixture* and stir until just combined.
- Pour brownie batter into greased and lined 8½” baking pan.
- Bake 170C for 35-40 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let cool completely.
My first Kek Lapis Sarawak
Never thought in million years that I would be able to make this cake but thanks to Kak Faezah, I managed to produce this lovely cake and believe it or not the children finished it in 2 days. Kak Faezah gave us (..a bunch of lovely ladies..) a crash course at her house about a month ago and when I saw the way she made it.. I told myself.. I don’t think I can do it because I am not a very patient person. Having said that, there a times that you need to push yourself and believe me.. it really paid off. In sha Allah.. will be making many more of this type of cake hehehe.
Look at those layers…
I had asked Kak Faezah if I can post the recipe and she totally said YES.. Thanks again kak. May Allah repay you for your kindness and generosity. Here is the recipe..
- 500g butter
- 1 tbsp condense milk
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp golden syrup
- 250g caster sugar
- 150g flour
- 6 tbsp ground almond
- 1 tbsp custard flour
- 1 tbsp ovellate
- 6 whole eggs
- 19 egg yolks
- 1 tsp layer cake spices/spekkeok (you can add a bit more but I do not want my cake to have too much “rempah” taste)
- Pre-heat the oven to 180° C. Line a 9″ X 9″ square tin with baking parchment and grease your baking tin well.
- Cream ingredients A until pale and fluffy. Set aside.
- Place all ingredient B in a big mixing bowl and beat at high speed until very fluffy and tripled in volume.
- Add mixture A into mixture B and mix well.
- Pre-heat your greased baking tin in the oven for few minutes. This will make it easier for you to spread the batter as the batter will spread/melt nicely in the hot baking tin.
- Pour 100g of batter into your prepared pan, spread with a spatula and bake for 3-5 minutes or until the top is nicely browned.
- Remove your pan from the oven, switch to top heat/grill only.
- If you see any air bubbles on the cake, poke them with a toothpick and flatten the layer with a spatula or fondant presser.
- Brush each cooked layer with butter before adding the next layer.
- Pour 80g of batter into the hot tin and grill it until it is browned. Each layer has to be fully cooked before another layer is poured on it. Timing is important to end up with a moist layer with nicely browned crust. The colour of the crust should be medium brown. Mine took about 1 min 40 sec for each layer to cook.
- Repeat the process (pour batter, grill, press) until you’ve used up all the batter. Once the last layer is browned, switch off the top heat/grill and set the oven to 180° C. Cover the top layer with aluminium foil and bake for another 10 minutes using only the bottom heat.
- When done, remove the cake from the baking tin and invert onto a cooling rack. Let the cake cool completely before slicing.
Seeing the thin layer of this cake put a smile on my face.