Stove Top Oatmeal

There is something soothing about having hot oatmeal in the morning rather than cold overnight oats. I would rather stand over the stove for a few minutes than store a mason jar in the fridge overnight for breakfast. Overnight oats are all the rage for health nuts and really trendy. I’ve tried making those before but I don’t think they taste as nice as freshly cooked oatmeal porridge.

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Bourbon Banana Bread

I was back from Bali last week and wanted to bake something really simple since I was quite tired. I had stomach upset for a week and was feeling unwell those days. Instead of beating up meringue and making chiffon cakes, I decided to go with making a quick bread.

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Japanese Dark Pearl Chocolate Chiffon Cake

I’m trying out other types of chiffon cakes since I was successful with the previous matcha one. I have chocolate and cocoa powder at home so I decided to make a chocolate one. This came out really rich as there is quite a lot of chocolate required in the recipe! It used about half of my packet of Ghirardelli 60% cocoa chocolate chips.

Side note: I bought a cake stand from IKEA. It was really cheap as compared to what you get in other kitchen appliances/utensils stores. It makes my bakes look so pretty! *squeals*

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Matcha Chiffon Cake

If you followed me on Instagram, you would know what I have been trying to bake a respectable chiffon cake for the longest time. The first few times I’ve tried with a recipe from Okashi which, somehow, I did not have any luck with. I consulted a colleague who was good at baking chiffon cakes and she recommended me a recipe from DessertzHouse. I tried that recipe out (4th time I’m baking a chiffon cake) and finally I dare say I got a pretty good looking cake this time.

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Chocolate Almond Cookies

These are some misshapen but delicious chocolate butter cookies. I love making slice and bake cookies like these. You can keep a log of cookie dough in your freezer and slice a few pieces to bake whenever you want some cookies. Voila fresh cookies warm out of the oven!

My cookies got a little out of shape because I shaped the cookies a bit too large and decided to slice them twice. Once to form a large slice and second time to cut that slice into half. That’s why the cookies have a mixture of straight and blunt edges. I think it prefer it smaller, easier to pop into your mouth!

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Chewy Coconut Macaroons

I bought quite a few cookbooks and have never tried any recipe in them because of procrastination. I decided to try this recipe from one of those books for a simple coconut cookie as I found an online baking event with the theme this month being coconut. I may be a regular participant for that event as it seems like quite a good way for me to motivate me to bake frequently.

Without further ado, my first entry to ‘Little Thumbs Up’. These are American coconut macaroons, different from French macarons made with meringue and almond flour. These were chewy, coconutty, fragrant and light. This were also a breeze to make!

This recipe turned out good, I’ll be definitely trying more from the same book.

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Double Chocolate Banana Bread

I revisited this recipe with a friend’s little sister last week as a quick afternoon baking project. This recipe from Smitten Kitchen has never failed me in the four times I’ve made this. The results were always chocolatey, moist and filled with banana fragrance. It’s also very simple to make – just mix dry ingredients with wet ingredients until just combined. Be careful not to overmix though, as with all quick breads, as overmixing can cause the end product to be dense and hard.

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