Category: kitchen

Eggless Cookies for Chemps!

Do your kids watch YouTube? I’m sure they do. I think kids nowadays are born with an inner instinct. Using iPads and smart phones is like second nature to them.

Anyway, Chemps is a fan of this baking show on YouTube Β called Nerdy Nummies. Two years ago, she happened to chance upon an episode where the host was baking My Little Pony cupcakes, and she’s been hooked ever since. So when I saw her interest, the kitchen blondie me thought, mehhh.. why not, let’s bake some cookies (sayang anak punya pasal).

Nerdy NummiesRo, from Nerdy Nummies, Chemps’ fave baking show on YouTube

Our first cookie baking adventure started off with a recipe shared by my friend Shila. She’s amazingly talented at all these creative baking stuff so when she shared her recipe, I figured it can’t go wrong. Alhamdulillah the cookies turned out great!! We even decorated them with colourful royal icing. Chemps had a blast baking the cookies and icing them and was real happy when I packed her an entire pack to share with her school friends.

first baking adventureShe bakes!

Unfortunately, I forgot about her allergy to eggs. So not long after kneading the dough, the skin around her eyes became dry, flaky and red. Pretty soon more areas on her face, hands and legs started getting red and itchy as well. Her eczema flared thanks to the eggs in the recipe.

Chemps was a real champ though, as always she didn’t complain at all about her itch, and was just thrilled that she made cookies like in her favourite baking show.

So taking the experience as a lesson learned, when she next requested to bake cookies, I opted for an eggless recipe. I was quite weary as to how the cookies would end up looking and tasting since there are no eggs involved to hold everything together but Alhamdulillah they turned out great! Chemps was so happy, she couldn’t stop munching on them the moment they cooled from the oven! Success!!

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Yaayyy!! We made eggless cookies!!
animalsAnimal cookies!! nyaaammm nyam nyam!

Best part was, no itching! Yaaayyy!!

So to all you i-can’t-eat-eggs people out there, give this recipe a try!

What you need:
3 cups of flour
1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt200grams of butter (softened at room temperature)
1 cup of caster sugar
4 1/2 tablespoons of milk (any fresh milk will do)
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups of flour
1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt

How to make it:
Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together into a large bowl and set aside.

In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until it’s smooth and fluffy. I don’t have a fancy mixer so I used a hand mixer, no problem, it gets the job done πŸ™‚

Once the sugar-butter mix is of satisfactory texture, add in the milk and vanilla and beat until combined.

Then, in batches of half cups if you may, add in the flour-bakingpowder-salt and mix well by hand until combined. If your dough is good enough to be rolled into a ball, you’re done! Try not to knead it too much or your cookies might end up tough.

Next, roll the dough out to about 1/4 of an inch thick, cut them out with those fabulous cookie cutters you have stored somewhere in your kitchen and place them in pans on ungreased cookie sheets. Don’t worry about placing them close together as the cookies don’t seem to spread out or puff out so much.

Pop them into the oven at about 175C-180C for around 10 minutes if your cookies are on the thin side, or longer if you made yourself a batch of those fat thick ilovemycookiessolid kind. Your cookies should end up still light in colour but browning around the edges. If you end up with a completely brown cookie, then cut down the oven time for the next batch.

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Let them cool on the tray for around 5 minutes and then transfer them onto a cooling rack to cool completely before popping them into your mouths or keeping them in an airtight container.

Enjoy!

Chempedak bakes cookies!

Over the last two weekends, I made chocolate chip cookies! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, they are the only type of cookies I know how to bake. Don’t judge me.

Anyway, first round, I got Alisha to help. She assisted by dumping in the flour and other ingredients, but after that, she was more interested in washing my baking utensils. “Eee…ditty Mommy! I wash ok? Jap eeehhh… I wash for you”

Extremely helpful πŸ˜€ I had to do minor cleaning up after that.

Thankfully my cookies turned out great. I nearly passed out from the delicious smell and not being able to indulge but I made my sister test out a piece from almost every tray, lol! She wasn’t fasting that day. My mother-in-law gave the best compliment when she said “Eh, hang buat kat aku untuk raya?”

Good enough to serve her guests! Whee!!

So the following weekend, I set out to make another batch. Realizing that my Chempedak found chocolate chip cookie baking a total bore, I decided to let her make her own cookies instead as I kept busy with mine. Along with my sister, they made Nutella cookies!!

One cup of flour, one cup of Nutella and one egg was all I needed to keep them occupied hehehe πŸ˜€

Β Dumping in the flour, Nutella and egg mix

Flattening the dough

Her first encounter with cookie cutters

They bake ’em cookies!

Decorating her cookies, a very delicate and important process to Chemps

Decorations done!

Pop ’em into the over for 8-10 minutes

Cookie complete!

πŸ˜€

The happy month of October :)

It’s almost the end of October and so much has happened since my last post. Yes my dear readers, I do realize that I’m updating only once a month but I can’t help it, year end is one of the most busiest times at work, so please bear with me until I manage to complete my KPIs πŸ˜€

On the 15th of October, my dearest husband received his scroll after successfully completing the Chartered Islamic Finance Professional (CIFP) programme. I was proudly clapping my hands with much enthusiasm as his name was called and he walked on stage to shake hands with the chancellor. It was an emotional moment for me indeed. All his late nights, hard work, cold sweat, gastric attacks, exam fevers and everything that came along with it was all worth it in the end! Congratulations my love!

With the handsome graduate πŸ˜‰

The next day was my mother’s birthday! This year, instead of buying her a birthday cake like always, my sister and I decided to chance it and baked her one instead. We took a leap of faith and made her a simple one-layered red velvet cake. This is our fourth attempt and we honestly weren’t sure that it would turn out even tasting like cake (yes, we’ve had three failed attempts at making red velvet!).

Sitting well in the oven

Alhamdulillah, the cake turned out great!!

It smelled good and looked good too! After convinced that the cake was edible, I iced the cake and my sister with the help of the ever-so-eager Chempedak decorated it with star-shaped sugar sprinkles.

The two cake decoraters busy at work

Looking very pleased after they were done!

A slice of our red velvet success πŸ˜€

The next day we sang Mama happy birthday and gave her presents. She loved them alright πŸ˜€ When we were in Lake District, my mother fell in love with two decorative doorstoppers in the shape of owls. Unfortunately she didn’t buy them as she was concerned about luggage weight. So with heavy heart, she left them at the shop. I somehow managed to hunt down the person who made those owls and had them shipped here for her birthday! The look on her face when she opened her presents was priceless πŸ™‚

Mama with her presents!

Then I received the first photobook that I made of our trip to Europe (which I have yet to finish writing about, argh!). It turned out absolutely wonderful!! I only made one book with some pictures as I wasn’t sure how well the outcome would be (mahal kot kan, nak buat sesuka hati takut tak jadi pulak, heheh) but since it turned out fantastic, I’m on my was to making another one with the rest of our pictures! WHee!!! πŸ˜€ I highly recommend you Doodlers to make your own photobooks using Photobook Malaysia’s software (the software’s free for download). Check it out here!

Next exciting event was Alisha’s school concert! Last year, she didn’t perform and only made a special appearance during the joget lambak session, hehehhe. This year though, she’s part of the performance! Their theme was On the Farm and my little Chempedak along with the rest of the two-year-olds were dressed as little baby cows. It was soooooo adorable. Too bad Alisha was a bit overwhelmed by the whole thing, she froze on stage and even came down with fever! Sian betul.

Can you spot my dancing cow?

So that pretty much sums up my happy October. As mentioned, I am currently racing against time to chase my KPIs, so this little Doodle space is going to go a bit quiet until I’ve managed to get my numbers.

Till then, toodles my Doodlers!!

Lots of hugs,
Twiggy