Thursday, 21 September 2017

Healthy Baked Broccoli Patties


Broccoli has cancer preventing and anti-inflammatory properties that are beneficial to our health. They are also excellent sources of Potassium, Vitamin C, K, fiber and other vitamins.  Health researchers recommend eating ½ cup of broccoli everyday to reap maximum benefits but of course eating too much of the same kind of food can be rather uninteresting. Although broccoli is one of my favorite vegetables, sometimes eating them in its usual form “ quarters/ florets of broccoli on my plate” can be quite boring.  So I decided to turn to something different that makes it more pleasing to the eye – patties!

Burger patties, potato patties, fish patties- you have heard them all so why not broccoli patties. And because they are so easy to prepare, you wouldn’t mind making a big batch of them and keeping them over a few days. It can be eaten as sides to a meal, replace your “Bread” for breakfast or as a healthy on the go snack. Here’s my version of a guilt free nutritious power packed snack.


Baked Broccoli Patties ( Yields 9 2” patty)


Ingredients


200g Broccoli, fresh
½ onion (finely chopped)
1 egg
30g finely grated parmesan cheese
30g cheddar cheese ( I omitted this but if you like a cheesier taste, you can throw this in)
1tsp Italian herbs ( Or more if you like a stronger taste)
Salt and Pepper ( to taste)
1 tbsp vegetable oil

Steps


1) Preheat oven to 200Deg Celcius.

2) Wash Broccoli properly and cut into small pieces.

3) Heat a pot of water till boiling and cook broccoli pieces in it for 1.5-2mins.

4) While cooking, prepare a bowl of ice cold water. After 2mins, blanch the cooked broccoli into the ice water to stop the cooking process.

5) Drain the broccoli on paper towels to remove excess water

6) Chop broccoli finely into small bits and place in a bowl

7) Chop Onion finely and saute in skillet with oil until soft and transparent ( About 5- 10mins). Set aside to cool.

8) In the same bowl that contains the broccoli, add parmesan cheese, onions, salt and pepper (To taste), Italian herbs, egg. Mix well together.

9) Line a cookie sheet with non stick baking paper.

10) Shape Broccoli mixture into 2” Round patties.

11) Place on baking sheet and bake for 15mins. Remove sheet from oven and flip patties over and bake for another 10-15 min till golden brown.

12) Eat hot or slightly cool.


Enjoy your guilt free snack since it’s so healthy!

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Moist & Fluffy Banana Poppyseed Bread


Banana Bread, Banana Cake, Banana Muffins, Banana Pie, Banana Ice cream. So many variations of desserts that you can play around with using this sole ingredient the-- Bananananannan. I live in a country where getting bananas is as easy as 123. It’s everywhere. Thanks to the tropical weather.

Although it can be so easily found, it takes some patience to let them ripen to the desirable stage. When the bananas have fully ripen, its skin would have turned almost black with dots and you can practically smell the sweetness by standing a foot or two apart.. Now it’s time to make some banana bread.

We love our banana bread. We love it even more so if it’s fluffy and moist. It’s also a MUST to add poppyseeds into the batter whenever we have our hands on some. I find myself pretty lucky because I always have a constant supply of poppyseeds thanks to friends who travel abroad and remember me…. Sometimes I feel so loved!! I chance upon this banana recipe from Averie Cooks. It’s adapted from one of the famous Flour Bakery in Boston. The bread turned out incredibly fluffy and moist. If you follow my Instagram video, you can see me squishing it... with my fingers.


Not before long, I popped them in my mouth- end of story. You can serve them warm with a scoop or two of your favorite ice cream, spread some butter, wait for the butter to melt and seep through those holes in the bread ….. so gooodddd.. Or if you’re adventurous ike me, I like to slab them up with a king kong style peanut butter from Mayvers ( Oh how I dig this brand of PB). YEAH. Peanut butter makes everything taste better. Agree? Hmmm

So the bottom line is this cake is so delicious. I’ve made quite a number of banana bread and this one is definitely one keeper recipe. The addition of poppyseeds add a little texture and crunch to the cake. Most of the recipe calls for baking them in a bigger loaf but I’m so used to my mini loaf pans that I simply cant bake without them. This recipe yields 4 mini loaves. They make perfect mini dessert gifts or tea time snack for your guests. Enjoy! Do tag me on Instagram should you try out your own! Would love to share how it went! Yay


Flour's Famous Banana Bread 


2 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
3 medium/large ripe bananas, peeled and mashed (about 1 1/2 cups when mashed)
2 tablespoons Greek Yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tbsp poppyseeds


1) Preheat oven to 350F/ 175C. Grease and line 4 mini loaf pans with baking paper.

2) In a bowl, add the eggs, sugar, and beat on medium-high speed with hand mixer until smooth, well-combined, and mixture is golden yellow in color, about 4 to 5 minutes.

3) Slowly drizzle in the oil. Don’t dump it all in at once. Beat at medium speed until incorporated, about 1 to 2 minutes.

4) Add the bananas, greek yogurt, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until combined, about 1 to 2 minutes.

5) Add the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, poppy seeds and beat on low speed until just combined, about 1 minute.

6) Split batter among the 4 mini pans and bake 30-40 mins or until a toothpick inserted in the center crack comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs but no batter.



Other Banana Bread Recipes you might love: 








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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Mc Queen CARS Themed Cake


Yup it's another Mc Queen car cake to the collection. This is the xxx times a customer requested for this theme! I'm amazed how kids nowadays still love their CARS!! Even at such young age :) 

Hope you have a Blessed Six birthday Kayden! 

To view more CARS / Lightning Mc Queen cake designs --> Check out my Customised Cake section! 


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Friday, 15 September 2017

Top 10 Easy Fall Desserts


Apple Pecan Cheesecake Pie


Salted Caramel? Caramelised Apples? Pecan ? Cheesecake? Pies? Cookies? Digestive Crumbs? Whattt whatt? YES This Pie/ Cake consists of all the ingredients mentioned above. Are you getting excited already because I SURE AM.. THIS PIE IS DELICIOUS!! I guarantee you a sugar overload ( In a good way)



Dutch Apple Pie


Dutch people love their appletarts/ pies. After trying Winkel's famous pie in Amsterdam, i was motivated to recreate my own and I'm pleased to share this amazing recipe... Because in my opinion, it's pretty close and that yummy!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the crust!! Not to mention that cinnamon apple filling with a little bite. 




Moist Pumpkin Spice Brownies with Speculoos Drizzle


Super Moist Pumpkin Spice Bars with cinnamon brown sugar crumb topping (SUPER YUMS!) Bring up a notch by drizzling some Speculoos Sauce over. 






Healthy Banana Applesauce Cupcakes (Suitable for Babies)


No Refined Sugar added to this cupcakes! Sweetness derived from bananas and homemade applesauce. Yummy for adults looking for a healthier treat and suitable for babies! 




Pear Frangipane Tart


Poached Pear and fragrant Almond Frangipane Tart baked till golden brown! The best Fall Dessert to share and make for your family or guests. 





Orange Cranberry Cake


Can you Smellll it now? I'm sure you can as soon as you bake these addictive orange loaf cake with fresh cranberries. 




Orange Cranberry Cookies


Orange + Cranberries are a match made in heaven! The smell that lingers in your kitchen after baking these is marvellous!  




Purple Sweet Potato Chiffon Cake


Light and Fluffy Chiffon Cake with bits of this healthy purple sweet potato that is so good for your body! 




Speculoos Cookies


Are you ready to welcome this Spetaculoos season- Fall? I exSpect it to be aweeesomee! With just 3 ingredients, you can whip up this yummy cookie!



Chocolate Speculoos Rice Crispies


You'll need Chocolate. Speculoos. Rice Crispies. It's that simple. Great for parties, tea snacks 



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Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Moist Pumpkin Spice Cake


A great way to celebrate fall and the holiday season is to bake a pumpkin spice related dessert. Though we pretty much experience one season all year round here, it’s pretty cool to be baking alongside other bakers around the globe who experience fall.

Plus it’s interesting to see the amount of pumpkin related creations that pop up during this period. I had my fair share of savoury pumpkin dishes but never really tried a pumpkin pie before. Ok maybe I did once but the taste was not particularly memorable.


While I was laying on my bed and scrolling through my Instagram feed, I was bombarded by the amount of pumpkin pies and cakes post. From that day on, I decided I will attempt my very own pumpkin cake. 


This cake is baked in a square tin so when cut up, it resembled more of a brownie/bar/cake slice- more pieces means more love being shared around. But the bottom line is, it is super moist even after 2 days.


Pumpkin Spice Bars ( Makes a 6” square tin) - Adapted from Sally


Crumb-Topping


30g Cake flour
30g unsalted butter, cold
50g dark brown sugar ( I found the crumb topping too sweet so next time will reduce this by half)
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon


1) Mix the flour, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon together in a bowl.

2) Cut in the cold butter using a pastry blender or a fork.

3) Mix until crumbly. If too wet, add more flour


Cake bar

1 cup (125g grams) cake flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/2 cup (122 grams) pure pumpkin puree ( I use Libby's pure pumpkin)
1/4 cup (50g grams) dark brown sugar
1/4 cup (60 ml) vegetable oil
1/8 cup (40 g) pure maple syrup
1/8 cup (30ml) milk


1) Preheat the oven to 175 deg celcius.

2) Grease a 6” square pan with cooking spray and set aside

3) Whisk the cake flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves in a large bowl until combined.

4) In another bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, brown sugar, oil, maple syrup and mix until just combined

5) Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Do not overmix the batter.

6) Pour and spread batter evenly into 6” pan. ( Batter will be quite thick).

7) Spread the crumb toppings on top of batter and press down slightly

8) Bake the cake for 25-30 mins until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

9) I melted some Speculoos butter and drizzled them on top of the cake.

10) Cut into slices to share with family or friends.


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Monday, 28 August 2017

Get Blooming with Flowers from A Better Florist



Are you looking for a gift to send that special someone on occasions such as Birthdays, Anniversaries, Mother’s Day, Engagement, Weddings etc? Why not send them some flowers πŸ’ ? The flowers from A Better Florist are sure to brighten anyone’s day!  When I first visited their website, I was amazed at how easy it is to navigate around and choose the perfect bouquet for the occasion. I was welcomed with a vibrant array of flower choices that I found it so difficult to decide on a favourite.


The flowers are sourced directly from the flower farms in Cameron Highlands. So you can be rest assured that their flowers are of freshest quality when it reaches you. Each arrangement of flowers is unique and beautiful. They believe that sending and receiving flowers should be easy, affordable and beautiful. That is why they offer express flower delivery. This 90 min express delivery service is available daily from 9-6pm.  You can send a bouquet of fresh flowers to anyone anywhere in Singapore on the same day. Phew* If you forgot someone’s special occasion, this could actually prevent those “OMG I forgot moments”. Did I also mention that delivery is free!

Flowers are customisable for weddings, bridal bouquets, office events, parties etc. Just tell the lovely staff your preference and they will do it however you like! YAY who wouldn’t like personalised services after all!

Giving flowers is so much easier now with A better florist. It’s no wonder that they were rated the Top Flower Delivery Company in Singapore and one of the Top 10 best florist in Singapore. Besides providing delivery services in Singapore, they also have presence overseas. They are voted one of the best florist in Hong Kong. Their floral game is also pretty strong in Dubai.

What are you waiting for? Why not send some love around! I’m sure the person at the receiving end will be smiling as soon as he/she receives the flowers. πŸ’—πŸŒ»πŸŒΉπŸŒΊπŸŒΈ

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Red Velvet Cookie Cups



These cookie cups were inspired by the legendary Dominique Ansel who invented the cronut which caused snaking long lines in New York City.  Everyone not only wanted to buy one, they wanted many..... Now Now Ring a bell? 

Nevermind if you don't because he did it again, spamming the world with his latest creation. The one invention that I knew I had to do when I first set my eyes on it- The Cookie Cup. 

The cookie cup is basically an edible cup made out of cookie. The interior of the cookie cup is drizzled with a little chocolate so when it hardens when set, creating a sturdy base when the milk is poured into the "cup". How innovative. You now can skip the step of dunking your oreos in milk because you can have it both in one bite. Ahhh



The recipe is so simple and uses the basic ingredients like all cookie recipes. Only difference was the recipe uses shortening rather than the usual butter. While shortening tends to yield a flakier texture, it tends to lose out on the buttery aspects. That's why they all say when in doubt, add butter ;)) 


Of course you can adjust the butter to shortening ratio to determine how your cookie would turn out. 50-50 would probably be the best bet. I have not tested that out yet as this is my first time using shortening in a recipe ( other than my MMF which practically spams that) so I decided to use 100% shortening. I added in a little butter oil to compensate for the "buttery taste". The smell was fantastic. 


No Cookie Cups this time round as my cup was in the mood to hold other ingredients rather than milk. I made a shallow base cookie cup with a little red gel because Im so addicted to red velvet :) Topping wise ~ time to let your imaginations run wild. To Be Continued :) 



INGREDIENTS ( Adapted from Pop Sugar) 


For the cookies:

1 cup shortening
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light-brown sugar
1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup mini chocolate chips
Red gel ( a drop at a time depending on how red you want your cookie to be)

DIRECTIONS

1) Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease the mini moulds

2) In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and brown and granulated sugars. Add the egg yolk and vanilla extract, and mix until completely incorporated. Gradually add the flour and salt, and mix until completely incorporated. Add the mini chocolate chips, and mix together until evenly distributed. The dough should be a little crumbly at this point.

3)Form the cookie shots inside the molds, making the walls of the cookie shot about 1/4 inch thick. Chill for 20 to 30 minutes before baking.

4) Bake for about 20 minutes or until the cookies just start to brown. Remove from the oven, and let cool completely.


Do comment in the post below or tag me on Instagram: @sherbakes if you attempt your very own. Would love to share your joy in baking adventures
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