Lemon Bread Recipe

I’ve been obsessed lately with lemon flavoured baked goods. One problem though, I’m not a great baker… so I found a really easy recipe for lemon bread. One that I can’t really go wrong with. First of all I never knew grating lemon zest would be so difficult! I think I should have done it before I squeezed the juice out and then I had no baking powder so I used baking soda instead. I think that might be why it didn’t rise very much. Also I didn’t scrape the bowl properly while mixing so there was some butter that was still unmixed at the bottom. Learning from my mistakes here! Did I also mention that I failed at microwaving the butter to soften it? I was trying a new function on it and now I know not to use it. =_________=

Lemon Bread

Lemon Bread

As you can see here, it’s very flat. =( It also lacked lemon flavour because I didn’t use enough lemon zest. However, there was still some lemony flavours there!

Lemon BreadIt was nice and moist though but a lot more dense the next day. I fixed that by popping it in the microwave (my favourite kitchen appliance!). You can find the recipe here if you’re a fan of lemon bread! I still need to make lemon bars and lemon cookies and lemon brownies and lemon pie… I’ll let you know how that goes. =D

Lazy Cooking: Making A Mug Brownie

I previously tried to make a mug cake but it didn’t turn out so well since the recipe did not call for enough sugar so it was rather tasteless. =(  Then I looked for a better recipe and I decided to use one from babble.com after a quick google search. It seemed like it would work and it had enough sugar in it so I gave it a try.

Mug brownie from Babble.com

Tada! Okay obviously this is what their picture looks like.

Mug brownie

Here is my less appealing version… yes it ain’t pretty and I didn’t have a smaller microwaveable bowl. See presentation really matters right? There should be a meme for this… Anyway, it tasted pretty good and the recipe said to microwave for around 30 seconds first and when I did it still looked a bit too moist and gooey but after another 10 seconds it wasn’t as great so I should have stuck with 30 seconds. Oh well at least I can say it was a success this time! Also it was sweet and chocolatey enough this time!

Have a great weekend everyone! Enjoy the sunshine! =D

First Mug Cake Attempt

I’ve always loved seeing posts about mug cakes or mug brownies and there just seem to be so many versions out there! There are like coffee mug cakes, s’mores mug cakes, Nutella etc. and they all just looked so lovely and delicious! For a lazy person like me who had lots of dessert cravings, mug cakes seemed like the perfect solution. I finally decided to try one and here’s my result.

mug cakeYeah okay NOT so lovely and delicious… not at all >< Texture wise it was quite soft and similar to sponge cake so that was good. However, it was rather tasteless. It mostly tasted like peanut butter. I used this recipe and it was definitely not sweet enough for me. The recipe calls for one tablespoon of sugar but it probably needed three and some more cocoa powder too. It could have been more moist too. I can see that adding toppings and decorations would help the presentation a lot since it doesn’t look too appetizing right now… or maybe it’s just my cake. =( I didn’t have any chocolate chips so I didn’t add that and I also happened to run out of peanut butter too so I only had one tablespoon. As luck would have it, I ended up substituting baking soda for baking powder because I couldn’t find the baking powder in my kitchen. These all might have an effect on the mug cake but maybe I shouldn’t use recipes that are “quick and easy”. Maybe the more complicated recipes will have better results. I was also surprised that the cake filled up the whole mug! They look a bit small in pictures. Especially compared to the picture on the website I used. However, fear not! I shall persevere until I make the perfect mug cake! Or maybe even a mug brownie. I found recipes for the top 25 microwavable desserts. Apparently you can make microwave carrot cake and banana pudding and even Turkish Delight (Narnia anyone?). If you have any recipe advice for me, feel free to leave a comment!

 

Brunch Time: Ham and Egg Cups

Good afternoon! I saw this great and super easy recipe for ham and egg cups on Pinterest and I decided to make it for my family. It’s pretty much fail-proof! Get the recipe here!

ham and egg cupsTada! Not too bad right? Although they never turn out quite like the way you see it online. I tried to poach one for my mom but overcooked it oops! She still liked it though! :) I was a bit overzealous with the seasoning as well and I decided to add  bacon pieces. ;)

Have a great weekend and enjoy the sunshine!

 

President’s Choice Chocolate Caramel Pecan Squares

Last time we had a bake day, my friend brought some chocolate caramel pecan squares from  Superstore to ensure that we had a fail proof baking day. Unfortunately we were too stuffed from other goodies to bake it so I ended up bringing it home instead. Just thought I’d share what it looks like! I really like pre-made pastry doughs etc. like Pillsbury. It makes me feel like I made something delicious with a lot less effort! Yes I admit I’m a bit lazy… I just like eating hehe ^^” I love how the package says “Baked by You”.

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I’ve never tried a President’s Choice ready-to-bake product before!

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The dough! I can see a lot of pecans in it already. It looks a bit funny because I left it out too long and it says keep refrigerated oops ><

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The finished product! I love the smell of freshly baked goods. This one had a distinct caramel aroma. I swear my oven is super powerful or something because if I follow the bake times on the package it’ll burn and I always have to take it out earlier. I know it doesn’t look that great here but it tasted really good! Not too sweet with pecans in almost every bite. There was also less chocolate than I expected but it was already pretty sweet. The caramel wasn’t dripping out or anything but the flavour was definitely there. Of course it didn’t look as good as the picture on the package but I was very satisfied with this and I would definitely consider buying other President’s Choice ready-to-bake products. They’re probably cheaper than Pillsbury too! It’s a win-win situation!

Bake Day Over Winter Break

My friends and I decided to bake at a friend’s house near the end of the holidays. This is becoming somewhat of a tradition now! And of course our baking gets better every year ;)… I hope. There were a lot of goodies that we wanted to make but they had to be fail proof as well!

Our first item of business: chocolate chip muffins! =) Recipe here.

IMAG0302Making the batter!

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Okay the recipe only asks for half a cup of sugar so it wasn’t sweet enough for us so maybe I’ll probably adjust it to one cup next time. Also I think we might have undercooked it a bit but it was still ok!

IMAG0314Next we made Pillsbury Crescent Rolls! I love Pillsbury stuff it’s always easy to make and tasty too and these were no exception. Ok ours were rolled up weirdly but trust me they’re very buttery and soft. I’ve also been browsing Pinterest a lot lately and I noticed a lot of innovative recipe ideas for crescent rolls such as adding chocolate and marshmallows or ham and cheese. Check out this Pinterest account for more ideas!

PS. we got the reduced fat kind ;)

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Finally we made banana chocolate chip bread! It is recommended that you use really ripe bananas for this but ours weren’t quite there yet and apparently mashing them and leaving them to sit for ten minutes will give them more banana flavour!

IMAG0305Mushy bananas! Yeah doesn’t look that appetizing right now… we also decided to add cocoa powder to make it even more chocolatey!

IMAG0315Tada! I’m so proud of us =’) In my haste I forgot to take a picture of the whole thing oops but it was super light and moist and fluffy. I thought it would be a bit more dense. And you could taste the banana and chocolate flavours although I think we might have overdone the cocoa powder a bit. Not that I’m complaining! =D

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I’m totally going to make this again sometime!!! Thanks to Chef John for the recipe which can be found here. He also added walnuts but we skipped that.

The day was a success and we stuffed ourselves with lots of yummy baked goods =)

Making Pies! :)

In case you didn’t already know I’m a huge fan of Chef John from Foodwishes! So for my holiday potluck I decided to make his pies: chocolate pecan and apple. I’m not usually a pie person but the recipes seemed easy enough and tasty too. When I went to buy pecans they ran out of the small packages and I didn’t want to buy a bigger package of pecans that I’m not going to eat anyway so I substituted walnuts instead. Also I thought about making banana bread but Safeway didn’t sell any ripe bananas… so that didn’t happen. I also bought pre-made pie crusts which made the recipe even easier.

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Tada! Here’s the finished chocolate walnut pie! I know it doesn’t look that great but it tasted good! The crust browned a bit more than I would have liked though. Here’s the recipe!

IMAG0277Close up! This was after it had cooled for an hour if you leave it for a few more hours it’ll be even more solid. The first time I made it and it didn’t cool it was really hard to eat because the inside wasn’t solid enough and the nuts didn’t stick together. Or I guess you can always refrigerate it.

IMAG0279My beautiful apple pie! Ok not that beautiful…I had to make the top crust from scratch which was harder than I thought and I made it too thick oops and I should have baked it longer than 1 hour because the apples could have been softer. Not bad for my first time though! :) I also didn’t have a pastry blender so I had to cut in the butter with a fork which took forever… >.>

Pie Crust Recipe

Apple Pie Filling Recipe