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One Egg Chocolate Cake

27 Sep

oneeggcake2These were the simple, but magical words I typed into the Google search engine. I was mad that there was only one egg left in the fridge, and that the butter was salted and not unsalted. Luckily, this led me to discovering what is sure to become one of my favorite chocolate cake recipes. It’s fluffy but moist, sweet but not too sweet, and just chocolately enough.

I didn’t have golden syrup (seems to be a British thing), but if you do, go for it.

Here is the recipe, word for word from this lovely lady: http://www.food.com/recipe/one-egg-chocolate-cake-212511?scaleto=12.0&st=null&mode=us

One Egg Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 12 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 drops vanilla essence
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 34 cup milk

Directions

  1. pre-heat oven to 190 degrees Celsius.
  2. grease a 20cm round cake tin and line base with baking paper.
  3. melt butter and syrup in a small saucepan.
  4. pour melted ingredients into a small bowl.
  5. add egg and sugar, beat well.
  6. sift cocoa, flour and BAKING POWDER together.
  7. fold sifted ingredients and essence into egg mixture.
  8. dissolve baking soda in milk.
  9. fold into egg mixture.
  10. pour mixture into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched.
  11. leave in tin 5 minutes before turning out onto wire rack.

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Banana-Date Cake- inspired by grandma

6 Sep

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It’s so weird to be back! Equally weird to see that many of you, whom I used to follow, are still posting regularly. I guess I’m the only one who fell off the wagon. For two years.

I still reference this blog sometimes for recipes. That’s what happened today, I looked up Cold Asian Noodle Salad because my mom requested it for dinner. I, shamefully, have not cooked much for months besides quick quesadillas and sandwiches. I bake on a monthly basis though. Baking always came easier to me than cooking. Plus, there’s that sweet tooth.

Med school has kept me busy. I didn’t have a summer. Spent 6 weeks studying for my board exam, day and night, and thankfully passed. I started my third year in July with my clinical clerkships, or rotations. I work in the hospital for free (actually my tuition goes towards paying for my experience) and learn the skills of the trade as I “rotate” through different specialties. So far I’ve finished one month of orthopedic surgery and one month of family medicine (FM). I’m starting my next month of FM on Tuesday (thank god for Labor Day holiday!). I’m loving it so far. Minus the almost 2 hours of commuting daily and the exhaustion when I come home.

Anyway, on to the reason I’m posting today. I wanted to share and catalog this recipe for a Banana-Date cake. I watched my grandma make it last month when she came to visit us, and tried to replicate it as closely as I could. I was too lazy to take notes so I had to try making it a couple times before it came out right. Essentially, free-handing it. I looked at other recipes for dense cakes like this to make sure my flour to baking power ratio and number of eggs was okay. This time it came out very well so I’ll stick to this recipe from now on! Continue reading

M&M cookies and chocolate cake- the stuff of dreams

14 Sep

Why hello there!! I did not in fact fall off the face of the earth. I have just been busy with medical school. It’s kind of life consuming. I just finished my first set of block exams for my first semester. (Block exams are like finals. We have them 3 times a semester. Yep…) I have only been in school for 6 weeks and yet it feels like it’s been a lifetime. Last night I slept for 12 hours, to make up for my sporadic sleep schedule during the past week or so. The latest I stayed up to study for a test was 4am. I couldn’t help it, there was just so much to learn! I had 4 major exams and thank god I passed all of them (and passed them well) and was able to enjoy my weekend. All I have been doing is sleeping, eating, and watching TV. Oh, and baking, of course! I wanted to whip up some cookies for my wonderful study partner who helped me survive the torment of 10 hour study days. 

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These cookies are amazing. Perhaps the best I have made yet. And very, very easy to prepare. I found the recipe here. The secret ingredient is Jello vanilla pudding mix. Who would’ve thought! It really improves the texture and makes them melt-in-your-mouth yummy. I also liked the use of mini M&Ms and mini chocolate chips, they mix into the batter better than the normal-sized ones.

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I also made a chocolate cake (called Texas Sheet cake) from a recipe in Joy of Cooking (below). AMAZING, AMAZING chocolate cake. Not too fudgy, more like a cocoa flavored cake. Makes sense since the only chocolate ingredient I used was cocoa powder. 🙂 Very moist, very delicious.

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Neither of these recipes are low fat or low sugar. They are kind of fatty, but not overly sweet. Sometimes, you just have to treat yourself (and your friends)! It beats going to the bakery. At least I know what I put in my sweets! Fresh ingredients, and some of them are organic too. Makes me feel good.

Back to the daily grind on Monday, but for now I am going to savor these sweet moments (haha, I am so funny, and corny) and kick back and relax. Hope you all have a lovely weekend!!

Double-Chocolate Cupcakes

11 Jan
Rows of chocolate- just what I love!

Rows of chocolate- just what I love!

These are soooo awesome! They are moist, fluffy, and light at the same time- quite amazing. And very easy to make. I watched the movie No Reservations in the background (really fun movie complete with an awesome Italian soundtrack that’s perfect for when you’re in the kitchen) and whipped these up in a snap.

Thank you Kim for the recipe! You now have two pingbacks from me. 🙂 I will no longer have to resort to boxed baking mixes when I am craving a good ol’ chocolate cupcake.

So, my friends, give these LOW FAT cupcakes a shot- you will not regret it! Continue reading

Christmas Sugar Cookies

24 Dec
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Iced with buttercream and whipped cream frosting- yum!

Christmas sugar cookies have been on my to-do list since who knows when, and yesterday, my friend Michelle and I churned out a bunch of these from scratch! It was tons of fun, although we were both scared when the recipe called for 2.5 sticks of butter. I guess it comes with the territory of making traditional, holiday season cookies! The recipe came from Joy of Cooking- one of the best cookbooks out there, honestly. Continue reading

Peanut Butter Cookies

23 Dec
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A hefty plateful, with many more on the side

Peanut butter cookie time! (Yes, I have that “peanut  butter jelly time” song stuck in my head…) 

I absolutely had to make these cookies yesterday, because I had been watching the Food Network for two hours. I looked around the house for some sweet treats, but found nothing. Cookies don’t survive very long in our house (if we even buy them, that is).  So, it was up to me to make up for the dearth of baked goods… Continue reading

Lemon-Orange Muffins

25 Nov

A really quick post about muffins…  These ones were amazing! Light, fluffy, and tender. I made them this past Thanksgiving and everyone loved them. They are very simple both in terms of preparation and taste. The hardest part is perhaps zesting the orange and lemons. There is not much going on in terms of fat either. You could even cut the oil down to 1 tablespoon and it would be fine.

Here is the recipe below… I skipped the candied zest part for ease of preparation, and anyway I’m not a big fan of that stuff. This is from Cooking Light Way to Bake, a book that has proved to be useful for making quick and healthy baked goods.

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Give it a shot and let me know what you think 🙂  I really enjoyed eating these over Thanksgiving. I also made two sheets of Jello and served that as dessert with whipped cream. Did you know they came out with a new Mango flavored jello? It’s pretty awesome.