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.
Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Muffin
Kids are on winter break and the weather outside is cold, windy and at times raining… so apa lagi kerja Umi dia kalau tak baking ha ha ha. Oh… correction… Aina baked this muffin last night and half of them were gone within the hour. This is the second time we baked this muffin, it is extremely fluffy when it is still warm. The kids love them because it is soft and chocolaty. Thanks to Rima for sharing this recipe.
Almost gone in less than 24 hours he he he
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/3 cup baking cocoa
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/3 cups buttermilk
- 1/3 cup butter, melted
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups dark or white chocolate chips
The buttermilk gives the muffin a soft and moist texture
- Preheat oven to 190°C/400°F – Line at least 18 muffin tin cups.
- Mix the flour, brown sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a large bowl using a whisk.
- Mix the eggs, buttermilk, melted butter and vanilla extract in another bowl. Use the same whisk to whisk them together.
- Stir the dry ingredients into the wet until just mixed.
- Fold in the white chocolate chunks.
- Fill the muffin cups until almost full (if you want them to achieve a proper muffin top)
- Bake in oven for 14-18 minutes until cake tester inserted into the muffin comes out clean.
- Cool for 5-10 minutes in pans before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
My Almost Famous Amos Choc Chip Cookoies
This week is the kids final week of exam and I find myself more eager than them that the exam is coming to the end. Apa taknye… almost all fun activities have been put on hold just to make sure that their study time won’t be affected. Despite “no fun activities being declared”, yesterday we went shopping for boots! It felt soooo good to be able to just go out and have a look at some boots…. Everybody wanted to buy one but decided not to buy straight away after just looking at 2 shops, well… except for Jessy. She wanted hers ASAP just because the juniors are having their Mufti-Day this coming Thursday. Hai… stylo mylo betul budak ni!
Heard of this Mufti Day before? Well, honestly, I only knew about this Mufti day when my girls started schooling here in Kuwait. According to Wikipedia, Mufti Day (also known as Uniform-free Day, Casual Dress day) is a day where students go to school in casual clothing instead of school uniform. In return, students are usually required to make a small donation which goes to a chosen charity or school fundraising effort. In NES the junior students need to pay KD 0.500 each at least a week before the day. Even though they are wearing casual clothes, class will proceed as usual… this is not end of year party because they just started schooling last September but it is the last day of 1st semester.
Alright… since it has been months since my last posting, here is something sweet to start with… Almost Famous Amos Choc Chip Cookies. Recipe was taken from Rima’s blog and I have baked this cookies a couple of times this year. Love it!
- 250g unsalted butter,softened
- 200g light brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp coffee oil (this is the one that gives the cookie its distinctive fragrance, I didn’t add coz I don’t have it in my pantry)
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup oats,processed to bits in a chopper (i used cornflakes)
- 1/4 cup ground almonds
- 1/2 cup of your favourite nuts,chopped finely (optional… I tak letak as kids do not fancy nuts in cookies)
- 1 pack of Nestle Tollhouse semi-sweet chocolate chips OR chocolate chunks
- 300g self-raising flour (i used plain flour with 1/2tsp of baking powder)
- If you have coffee oil, make sure you do this step at least 2 hours before,or the night before; beat the egg with the vanilla and the coffee oil to infuse or you can do this the night before,refrigerate it then bring it to room temperature before baking.
- Preheat oven to 160C.
- To the softened butter,beat in the sugar and the salt to combine. Beat in the egg and stir in the processed oats,ground almonds,optional chopped nuts and the chocolate chips / chunks. Sift the flour and fold it in,this dough will not be too stiff but not too wet either.
- For small cookies,place half-tsp of the dough,spaced slightly apart on the cookie sheet and bake for 9 to 10 minutes. (mine take about 12-15 minutes)
- For large cookies, place rounded tbsp of the dough spaced apart on the cookie sheet and bake for 20 to 22 minutes.
- Cool completely and let it sit overnight in an airtight container,this is for the flavour and fragrance to develop further.
Low Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies
Assalamualaikum and a very good morning to all the beautiful people out there. Hope that life is treating you well but should your life is going down hill at the moment, always believe that will always be a rainbow after the rain… if you have faith in GOD insyaallah He will help you get thru the difficult time.
Not bad for a low fat cookies…. betul ke low fat ni????
Low Fat cookies??? Seriously??? Ha ha ha I found this
recipe on the internet and decided to give it a try since almost everyone that I know are dieting including me kah kah kah. Am not sure if this cookies is really low fat but why not bake it since my kids constantly reminding me that I haven’t been baking for them for quite sometimes.
This cookies is the chewy kind of cookies, so do not bake it more that specified time or else it will be hard. How do I know this? Well… trying being smart la kononnya… I decided to bake 1 tray of the cookies couple of minutes longer and what I get was a good cookie when it was hot but kinda hard when it completely cooled. Luckily it was the last tray and only half full….
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup caster sugar
- 60 g butter (softened)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 egg whites
- 1 cup plain flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- chopped chocolate/chocolate chips
Haqeem’s favourite cookies
- Heat oven to 190C.
- In a medium mixing bowl mix sugars, butter, vanilla, and egg white until well mix .
- Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir in chocolate chips.
- Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet. Cool on wire rack.
The recipe yield about 30 cookies…