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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Bacon and Mushroom Quiche

This is my first attempt at baking a quiche.  My hubby and kids love quiche.  When they first ate this, it was baked by my sis and since then, they fell madly in love with it.  Sometimes when we have family get together, special request from my family to my sis, is to bake this.

Since they like its so much, I decided to make one a couple of weeks ago and yup, it's a hit!.  The recipe is taken from the link here.  I did however, adjusted the ingredient to our taste.  Basically, all the main ingredients are there.  I do hope you will try this as this is really good.





Tasteful and delicious!



Thursday, May 1, 2014

Coffee and Chocolate Chunk Muffin



It's May 1st and it's LABOR'S DAY!   
HAPPY LABOR'S DAY TO ALL!

Today is the first public holiday after FT's Day which was on February 1st.  Three whole months of dry season.. in my context, the 'dry season' refers to no public holiday!  

So, you can imagine how I look forward to today.. just like the flower welcome the rain after a dry spell.     Such a welcome break from the rat race world!  Even just a day makes a whole lot of a difference.  Well, tomorrow back to work but tomorrow's Friday! Yay!

Since I'm contented and happy today, I made this wonderful muffin.  Coffee and chocolate makes a sophisticated (if you can call it that) flavor.  I love coffee and I love chocolate.. so this is amazingly yummy for me.  And you know what, I'm also feeling generous and shall bring some for my colleagues tomorrow.  I bet they will have a satisfied smug in their faces after eating this.

If you are mad about muffins, you should get the recipe book which this recipe comes from, which is called exactly that.. 'Mad About Muffins' by Diana Bonarparte.
 For the batter:
285g plain all purpose flour
15g instant coffee powder or granules (I used espresso as I like it strong)
1 tbsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
170g light muscovado sugar
2 eggs
100g milk
190g double (heavy) cream
100g butter, melted
150g plain semi-sweet chocolate (70% cocoa solids), roughly chopped

Topping:  40g demerara sugar

1. Pre-heat oven to 180dC.  Line muffin tray with muffin cases.
2. Sift all the dry ingredients into a large bowl, stir well.
3. Combine eggs, milk and cream in medium bowl and mix together with a fork, try not to thicken the cream.
4. Mix in the melted butter.
5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and gently stir with a large metal spoon until just moistened.
6. Fold in the choc chunks into the batter.  Spoon batter into prepared cups to 3/4 full and top with sprinkling the demerara sugar.
7. Bake for 25 mins or until risen and done. Transfer to wire rack to cool.




Absolutely satisfying with a cup of hot black coffee!