.:: { Kitchen } Tiramisu ::.

Today I’m sharing a super easy tiramisu recipe which I made today. I searched high and low for an easy eggless tiramisu and this one was adapted from the recipe on savioardi’s biscuit packaging. I chose this because it called for the just the right amount of ingredients and I would not have any leftover. I tweaked it a little bit to adjust to my liking and what I had on hand and the end result was delicious. I love that the cream wasn’t too sweet and the Baileys hit the spot.

Tiramisu

1/3 cup instant coffee granules

500 ml boiling water

3 tbs Baileys / Kahlua / Tia Maria ( or more! )

600 gr heavy cream

250 gr mascarpone

1/3 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

500 gr savioardi

Cocoa powder and shaved chocolate

1. Dissolve coffee in the boiling water, set aside to cool. Add liqueur.

2. Whip the heavy cream and set in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.

3. Cream together the mascarpone, sugar and vanilla. Fold in half of the cream to lighten, then add the rest.

4. To assemble, dip savioardi in the coffee mixture, lay in the bottom of the pan. Spread half of the mascarpone and cream mixture. Dust with cocoa and shaved chcoolate. Repeat for a second layer. Set in the fridge for 2-3 hours, or overnight. Dust with more cocoa and shaved chocolate.

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.:: { Kitchen } Nigella’s Christmas Morning Muffins ::.

Christmas Morning Muffin

Taking care of a newborn means I have less and limited time to spend on other stuff including baking treats. However I still wanted to make something special for Christmas. And this recipe is just what I need to celebrate the season. The spices, the cranberries, the clementines, everything about these muffins screams Christmas.

The original recipe calls for demerara sugar for the topping, but I made streusel instead coz I always think streusel-topped muffins are extra special, and Christmas is just the occasion for special treats.

Christmas Morning Muffins

250 grams plain flour

2 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

100 gr caster sugar

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

2 clementines, zested and juiced

approx. 125 ml milk

75 ml vegetable oil

1 large egg

150 gr dried cranberries

 

Streusel topping:

40 gr butter

50 gr plain flour

45 gr caster sugar

1/8 tsp cinnamon

 

1. Make the crumble topping by mixing flour and sugar together then rubbing in the butter with your fingers until it has a crumb like texture.

2. Preheat oven to 180′ C.

3. Thoroughly mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl, except sugar and dried cranberries.

4. In another bowl, beat sugar and wet ingredients until sugar has dissolved.

5. Add the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients and roughly combine them. Add dried cranberries and mix in very carefully so as not to break up the fruit.

6. Fill in paper cases 2/3 full then sprinkle the crumble mixture on top. Bake for approximately 25 minutes.

.:: { Kitchen } Almond Coconut Granola ::.

This granola is my latest addiction. Lovely golden brown, crisp and sweet-but-not-too-sweet granola, with the addition of coconut chips which I’m also crazy about lately. I love having it with a cup of milk, topping it some dried cranberries. Morning, made.

Almond Coconut Granola

Almond Coconut Granola

4 cups rolled oats

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup oil

2 tsp vanilla extract

a handful of sliced almonds

a handful of roasted coconut chips

dried fruit, optional

  1. Mix rolled oats, brown sugar, salt, maple syrup, oil, and vanilla extract. Fold the mixture together with a rubber spatula until all of the oats and almonds are thoroughly coated.
  2. Turn the oat mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and spread into a thin, even layer.
  3. Bake until the top is lightly browned – about 30 minutes, stirring the oats halfway through. Add sliced almonds and coconut chips, bake for another 15-30 minutes until crisp.
  4. Cool, add dried fruit and store in an airtight container.

.:: { Summer Treat } Nectarine Mango Smoothie ::.

Summer is just ’round the corner and though I’m not a huge fan of the hot weather, I love the plentiful seasonal fruit that starts popping out in the markets – stone fruits, mango, mandarins, oh I can’t wait until it’s lychee season! Recently I fall back in love with my juicer and blender in an attempt of a healthier lifestyle, and this peach mango smoothie is a great way to celebrate this awesome fruit season and makes for a refreshing and satisfying breakfast.

Nectarine Mango Smoothie

 

Nectarine Mango Smoothie

200 ml milk
100 gr vanilla yogurt
1 cup diced frozen mango
2 yellow nectarines
a dash of vanilla extract

Blend all ingredients and enjoy!

.:: { Kitchen } Green Tea Madeleines ::.

Green Tea Madeleine

Madeleine is a delicate little sponge cakes originating from France. It has a soft and light texture and makes perfect accompaniment for an afternoon tea. I’ve researched a lot of recipes and finally combined a few to make these, and I’m happy to report it successfully rises to create a hump, which apparently is the distinctive characteristic of a perfect madeleine. It has a unique shape of sea-shells so a special mold is a must. Considering how easy it is to make these delicious cakes, it is a such a great investment. Definitely going to bake more and play with different flavors.

Green Tea Madeleines

85 gr butter
3 eggs
1 tbs milk
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbs matcha powder

1. Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat, set aside to cool.

2. Beat eggs, milk and sugar until pale yellow.

3. Sift flour, baking powder and matcha powder, whisk all together to combine.

4. Fold dry ingredients gently until just combined. Add the melted butter and fold until well incorporated.

5. Refrigerate batter for at least 1 hour, or overnight.

6. Coat madeleine pan with butter, and dust with flour.

7. With a cookie scoop or 1 tbs measuring spoon, scoop batter into the center of each mold, do not smooth out the batter – it will spread out by itself in the oven.

8. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until slightly golden around the edges and centers look set and slight hump has appeared. Allow to cool for a few minutes, and transfer to a cooling rack.

9. Dust with confectioner’s sugar before serving.

.:: { Kitchen } Fudgy Double Chocolate Brownies ::.

Fudgy Double Chocolate Brownies

Everyone has their own preference of the perfect brownies. You may like it cakey or fudgy. For me, the best brownies are the rich, chocolatey, fudgy kind. And this ticks all the right boxes. So good and such a guilt pleasure! It’s hard to stop at one slice!

Fudgy Double Chocolate Brownies

Fudgy Double Chocolate Brownies

160 gr dark cooking chocolate, chopped
115 gr butter
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs
1/4 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1 tbs coffee
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1. Preheat oven to 170 degree Celcius.

2. Melt the chopped chocolate and butter with a double boiler method. Remove from the heat.

3. Whisk in the granulated sugar into the chocolate mixture, add the eggs, one at a time, whisking until smooth after each addition.

4. Whisk in cocoa powder, coffee, and vanilla extract.

5. Gently fold in the flour. Pour into greased and lined baking pan, then bake for 40-45 minutes.

6. Let it cool, and dust with cocoa powder.

.:: { Kitchen } The Ultimate Chocolate Cookies ::.

The Ultimate Chocolate Cookie

Utterly divine. That’s how I would describe these cookies. What I love most about them is the rich, deep, dark chocolate taste. If you’re a big fan of chocolate, you might like this. Be warned though, these are very addictive.

This is one of my favorite recipe of all time. When I think of chocolate cookies, I’d think of these guys right here. I learned to make these cookies many years ago and have been making these a lot ever since. I haven’t made these in a while coz I didn’t have my own cookie press, but I finally caved in and decided to get one for myself. And you know what, surprisingly it’s not easy to find something when you actually need / want them! It took me a while to finally found one but I’m so glad I finally did. Keep your eyes peeled for more spritz cookie galore, I think I will be making lots more of them in the near future!

The Ultimate Chocolate Cookie

The Ultimate Chocolate Cookies

150 gr butter
1 egg
100 gr confectioner’s sugar
1/2 tsp vanillin crystals
125 gr plain flour
25 gr powdered milk
50 gr Dutch-processed cacao powder

1. Preheat oven at 150 degree Celcius.

2. In a bowl, combine flour, milk and cocoa. Sift.

3. In a separate bow, beat butter, sugar, vanillin crystals and egg with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually stir in flour mixture and fold until well combined.

4. Fill cookie press with dough and with desired disks, press cookies onto greased cookie sheet.

5. Bake cookies for about 25-30 minutes, transfer to a cooling rack.