Choc Lava Muffins

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just saying the name makes me drool – LOL!

i’m not an expert on baking but i can really vouch that this recipe is the easiest ever! it has NO EGGS and no need for mixer.

Pei Chyi gave me the recipe from joyofbaking. Makes for 12 big muffins, here goes:

1 1/2 cups all purpose FLOUR

1 cup granulated white SUGAR

1/4 cup unsweetened COCOA POWDER, sifted

1 teaspoon BAKING POWDER

1 teaspoon BAKING SODA

1/4 teaspoon SALT

1/3 cup unsalted BUTTER, melted

1 cup warm water

1 tablespoon lemon juice (or vinegar) – i ‘optioned’ this out as i didn’t have any on hand

1 teaspoon pure VANILLA extract

Dark choc Kisses/just any chocolate of your preferance

1. Preheat the oven to 180*C.

2. Mix all dry ingredients together and stir.

3. Mix all wet ingredients together and stir.

4. Mix dry and wet ingredients together and stir till well blended.

5. Prep the papercups in the muffin tray. Spoon 1 tablespoon of batter into the papercups and (this is the part that makes the cake delish!) then, put 1 chocolate kiss in the middle of the cup, and spoon some more batter till it’s 3/4 full.

6. When all is done, bake for 20mins in pre-heated oven or till the cake springs back when lightly pressed. i try inserting a toothpick into the cake to check.

it’s so easy, i kinda love making it more than eating it! ๐Ÿ™‚

** me so proud ** ๐Ÿ˜€

HAPPY BAKING!!ย 

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2011 already!

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wow!! it’s already July and i’ve not posted anything for year 2011 as yet! last i checked it was still January.ย since i’m more relaxed today, which is sooo unusual, thought i’d take this time to quickly write some updates. (also because i was reminded by Claire G when she talked about her new blog that mine’s growing molds now :P)

my status was changed from SAHM to WAHM (Working At Home Mom) after CNY thanks to a good buddy who was willing to hire me to work online at home as a Customer Service for the company she’s managing. i started right after the hols, and so far, the pay has brought about a whole lot of difference to our monthly budget – in all things, He knows and He provides.

work is easy peasy, just a matter of time – what with housework, cooking and baby-sitting. the last one taking the most of my time. so when the kids nap in the afternoon, that’s my official worktime. and ever since Arielle started going to pre-school (8am – 12pm), i’ve had more quality time with Ashton during the morning hours, and sometimes read a chapter of a book before he gets up. THIS is luxury!!

Ayl has left the Sony family and joined Digi (communications company) in mid-May. he’s had to travel to Shah Alam everyday which makes 2hours of travelling to and fro every working day. sometimes, he gets home only at 8pm and that meant, more time for me with the kids… wwweeeee…. [note the sarcasm].

will write more when i’ve got more interesting things to post other than the boring everyday housewife blabber; though i do wonder if there ever will be anything more exciting than watching Ashton drool *sighs* ๐Ÿ™‚ till then…

 

 

The No Knead/Machine Bread

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tis a season to be baking, falalala la la la la… Blessed Christmas & Happy New Year!! how are you enjoying the festive season this year?

i found this bread recipe online and have been happy baking my own bread for a few times now. it’s sooooo easy i couldn’t believe it at first. this recipe fits my schedule as a SAHM perfectly; little mess (so i don’t have a lot of washing up to do) and little time (not more 15mins work on it). check it out.

Ingredients:

3 cups of bread flour/all purpose flour (bread flour is preferred as it has higher gluten)

1/2 teaspoon dry active yeast

warmish water (too hot and you’ll kill the yeast, too cold you won’t activate the yeast)

1/2 teaspoon salt ( or as much as you prefer, i usually like my bread a little more salty)

1 teaspoon sugar (optional)

Other Optional Ingredients would be Wholemeal flakes, seeds, nuts, raisins… etc.

Steps:

1. MIX all dry ingredients together in a big bowl. I mix mine in a cooking soup pot so that i can use the cover to cover it instead of a cling film or wet towel later on. Best tool to use for stirring would be a big wooden/plastic fork.

2. Slowly ADD in Water; STIR until all ingredients become a ‘shaggy’ dough. NOT too much water until it becomes a batter, but it is still OK if the dough is slightly more wet.

3. COVER – for 4 hours to let the yeast work; for the dough to rise. no less than 4hours, it’s OK if it’s more.

**4. After the dough has risen, PREPARE the baking dish. i lay it with a sheet of baking paper and turn on the oven. Set it to 180*C. then, remove the dough and with your hands, mash it ONCE, shape it and place it into the baking dish. This is the time to add any nuts or seeds or raisins or garlic on the dough.

**5. Let it REST for another 30mins.

note: ** important points

6. Put dough into oven and BAKE for 20 – 25mins covered. if you prefer a more crispy crust, bake uncovered for 5 more mins.

that’s it. hopefully your’s came out as good as mine did with my 1st try. Happy Baking!

Random at Nov 1

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i’ve been thinking and thinking of what to write for the past few weeks now and i really can’t think of anything. it’s either i’m too busy, or it’ll take too long or i’m just plain lazy. haha….

i kinda realized something last night as i was ironing Ayl’s working shirts… i’d rather do ironing than babysit. LOL! i know! funny huh? but i rather enjoyed the peace as i was steaming the clothes away – no one clambering over me, scratching and pulling and screaming and demanding. kinda like a ME-time that i needed though it was still a chore.

i recalled talking to Angela about some of the ‘favourite’ house chores we have and frankly, i quite like doing the dishes, mopping and ironing. (don’t ask me why, and NO i won’t go to your house to do it for you LOL!!) what i hate most is taking out the garbage and dusting!

ever wondered what your fav housechore is? ๐Ÿ™‚

Update 29/Sept

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Ash’s teething now at 11months; he gave us a REALLY REALLY hard time these past few days and nights. i checked and 2 teeth are coming out from the upper gum; must be so painful for him. we slept at 2am for 2 nights, but not before having to endure his loud crying and whining. it was really such a trying time for all of us; whatever we did was wrong – he just couldn’t stop crying. on Monday night, i didn’t know what else to do and i was tired, so i just let him lie on our bed and cry. there were no tears, just a lot of loud whining and tantrum throwing.

Thank God it was over yesterday (thanks to those who prayed), and today his fever was gone and his temperament was much much better. at the least, i didn’t have to carry him everywhere i went, which made it easier for work around the house.

Any of you know any effective home remedies other than teething gel to soothe the ‘gum-ache’? it got so bad that we ended up rubbing some DOM (brandy) on his gums, coz we heard that rum helps but we didn’t have any so… (shrugs) that was the next best thing. that was Sunday night, and on Monday night, I took a full shotglass of DOM, just to spike the milk (well, MY milk) but he was so caught up crying and whining that he didn’t take the bait. hahaha…