Monday, February 28, 2011



It was long time before I had the courage to bake my first sourdough bread. It's the sense of accomplishment that comes with it when you make something all by yourselves from scratch.

Made the preferment the night before, next morning added the rest of ingredients for making pizza. It 's almost the same method for regular yeast bread but this takes longer time to rise.

For topping, you can use your favorite or check here . These are fantastic, much softer than regular pizza. Will definitely try other types of bread with sourdough!

Yield      10 rolls

1 C water
1 C all purpose flour
1/2 tsp instant yeast

Place all ingredients in a medium size glass bowl, stir with wooden spoon and let sit in a covered bowl for 4-16 hours  in warm and draft free place. Use as directed.
Source    :     The Fresh Loaf


1 1/2 C all purpose flour
All the above pre-ferment
3/4 tsp salt
4 T oil
1-3 T water


Mix flour and the starter with salt, add in oil. Gradually add water until a dough is formed.

Knead by hand for 8 minutes until elastic. Place in a covered and oiled bowl until double for 2-3 hours.

Roll out dough into rectangle, spread with filling, roll up jelly roll style, cut using sharp knife into 10 rolls. Leave for 1 hour. Towards the end of raising time, preheat oven @ 190 C.

Bake for 20-25 minutes in a preheated oven. Remove and cool on rack. Ready to serve.

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Friday, February 25, 2011



A quick and delicious cookies that uses rolled oat and cocoa powder. This Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies is very simple and easy to make.

These are healthy, fiber packed, indulgent and delicious! Another tip, you must let them sit about 5 minutes in a pan after baking since they tend to break and still very soft before transferring them onto rack to cool. They are crunchy outside but chewy inside, great for morning tea or afternoon snack too.

Yield       27 cookies

3/4  cup  all purpose flour
1  cup   rolled oat
2  tablespoon  unsweetened cocoa
1/2  cup  butter
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4  cup  brown sugar
1/2  cup  chocolate chip
1/2 tsp vanilla extract


Preheat oven @ 170 C. Sift flour, cocoa  and baking powder.

Cream butter, vanilla, salt  and sugar until well combined.

Stir in  flour, sugar and cocoa, mix in oat and chocolate chip. Mix well.

Roll into small ball then flatten slightly and place onto baking pan.

Bake for 10 minutes. Leave on pan 5 minutes before removing onto rack to cool.

Store in airtight container when completely cool.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011



What was your favorite bakes on Valentine's Day? There were breakfast, bread, cookies, bars, cupcakes, tarts, pies and candy all over the places to celebrate this occasion. In this case. I've turned this butter rolls into heart shape using sweet bread dough. Used ready made red bean paste for the filling since this is special request from my son. Other stuffing such as chocolate spread, strawberry or even kaya (egg jam) works well too.  They are wonderful for everyday or for special holiday dinner. You can  make the dough ahead of time and bake the rolls just before the dinner is ready. It uses straight forward method,  easy to prepare and  add a special touch to any meal.

For shaping, roll out each ball into oval shape, spread the filling then fold into 2, again into quarter. With sharp knife, slit the center of  folded roll half way through, spread open to get heart shape. It was time consuming but had so much fun shaping them for the very first time. These are fantastic rolls,  light buttery taste and so soft.

Yield   12 rolls

2 C all purpose flour
1/4 C warm water
4 T softened butter
1/2 T dry yeast
2 T dry milk
1 T sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 C warm water
1 tsp sugar
red bean paste or other
filling of your choice


*   Mix together  yeast, 1 tsp sugar and 1/4 cup of warm water in a bowl and for 10 minutes until frothy.

*   In a mixing bowl, put in  water, salt and yeast mixture, stir well. Add in dry milk, butter and 1 cup of flour, beat until smooth.

*   Add the remaining flour, forms into a dough.

*   Transfer onto floured board and knead for 10 minutes until elastic.

*   Keep in a covered and oiled bowl until double about 1-1 1/2 hours.

*   Gently punch out dough  and divide into 12 ball. Roll out into oval shape and stuff with filling, roll up the dough. shape into half of oval shape. Fold again into quarter. Using a sharp knife cut through the top portion and shape into a heart.

*   Repeat with the remaining dough.

*   Leave for 45 minutes. Heat the oven @ 180 C towards the end of raising time.

*   Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven, brush top with melted butter and transfer to rack to cool.

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Monday, February 21, 2011



This is created out of the leftover we had from cooking fried spaghetti. Instead of dumping them in a freezer I thought why don't we created another easy dish we could enjoy.

If you are not spicy person, you can easily removed the chili powder and green chili used, just sprinkle a bit of pepper will do the trick. They were surprisingly, really good! Such a perfect meal, I'll be making them often. .


1 C boiled spaghetti/macaroni
1 Onion chopped
1 Tomato chopped
1 tsp chili powder or to taste
3 green chili chopped
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp garlic paste
1/4 C corn flour
1/4 C gram flour
salt to taste
milk to mix
oil for frying
2 T coriander leaves chopped


*   Place pasta, onion, tomato, green chili, ginger, garlic and a tablespoon oil in a mixing bowl.

*   Mix corn flour, gram flour, salt and chili powder with small amount of milk, stir until well combined.

*   Add corn flour mixture to the pasta, mix well and forms into thick batter. The consistency is same as regular pancake batter.

*   Heat 1 teaspoon of oil, pour 2-3  tablespoons of batter into flat pan, fry until both side turn golden brown. Drizzle more oil if required.

*   Complete with the rest of the batter.

*   Serve warm with tomato/chili sauce. 

Friday, February 18, 2011



At times fruit cake may taste awful especially the mass produced ones but a homemade version can be truly delicious. Generally fruit cake contains a mixture of fruit and nut. If there are certain fruits you don't like, you can always include more or another, some of your favorites.

This recipe makes  quite a moist cake which is not as heavy as a traditional fruit cake. The best part, it is incredibly easy to prepare. Besides sultana and dates, it can easily replaced with chocolate chips, dried apricot, cranberries, dried pineapple or even dried papaya. Feel free to pick and mix to create a cake that's perfect for your family.

Yield    One 7 in loaf

1 C self raising flour
1/2 C brown sugar
3/4 C hot milk
100g butter
3/4 C dates
3/4 C sultana
flaked almond
1/2 tsp vanilla extract


*   Soften dates and butter in hot milk. Allow to cool. Preheat oven @ 170 C and grease 7in pan.

*   In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar and sultana. Pour in dates mixture and vanilla  into the dry ingredients. Mix well, pour into prepared pan.

*   Sprinkle almond over the top and gently press into the surface.

*   Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

*   Cool on pan 10 minutes, transfer on rack to cool.

*   Slice to serve.

Thursday, February 17, 2011


Pizza Rolls Recipe @

Everyone loves pizza. Have you tried  Pizza Rolls? These rolls taste exactly as regular pizza but the only difference is that it comes in rolls with a filling of your choice. They are practically great for parties, snack or lunch box.

Home made rolls give you the ability to choose what goes into them so no preservatives or mystery ingredients.  Pizza Rolls  also make a wonderful appetizer, perfect for parties or any occasion.

Mine is very spicy since my kids love them but you can omit the chili paste altogether if you're serving small kid. For filling you can opt for mushroom, bell pepper, olives, pineapple, pepperoni, ham just to name a few but for vegetarian version just minus the meat. These are best pizza roll ever!

Monday, February 14, 2011


There are so many ways to cook mutton. Each and every Indian states has its own unique recipe to boot. The spices used play a vital factor to how it will taste.

Now I'm using mutton but can easily substituted with beef or lamb.  It is way more healthier since use of oil and coconut is kept to a minimum. Beside cooking on stove top, you can also use your pressure cooker, cook  up to 4-5 whistles. Adjust the spice level according to your taste. Have added a tablespoon of chili powder to the original recipe. Do you know the difference between lamb and mutton?

Lamb    :     A sheep than is less than a year old. Slaughtered between the ages of 4-12 months, very tender
                   and little fat

Mutton  :     Older sheep, has much stronger flavor, tougher meat, considerable amount of fat

Despite of the changes, this recipe is a keeper, won't feel bored to cook it again and again. Marvellous!

Saturday, February 12, 2011


Milk Cookies Recipe @

These are perfect cookies for any occasion, whether you're looking for something elegant to serve with your coffee/tea or fun activities with your kid.

Milk Cookies  is not only so easy to make but the cookies retains its shape even after baking. Made using rubbing in method with just a few ingredients and you'll be amazed how this cookies turns out.

 If after adding butter, the dough is too soft to handle, you can add a tablespoon or two flour until soft pliable dough is obtained. Topping is optional and  choice is yours. Keep a close eye on them in the oven as they are easily browned.

These cookies are fantastic, rich  buttery texture and so soft. They are sure to bring a smile to everyone's face.  Milk Cookies  are great for Easter too. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


Raisin Bread Recipe @

I have baked several types of sweet bread but not this classic ones. Since I had all the ingredients in hand, without further delay I mixed the dough using rapid rise yeast. You can also use active dry yeast but this requires a step that you have to activate the yeast by dissolving the yeast and sugar in warm water, leave for 10 minutes or until frothy before adding them to the dough. For instant yeast you can directly add to the flour.

These were incredible !  So glad  Raisin Bread  was a huge hit with my family.  Just eat on its own or slather with butter for your breakfast or in between snack.

Monday, February 7, 2011


Potayo Kachori  Recipe @

Kachori is a famous spicy fried snack of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan also various  parts of India. It is made of two parts, the pastry and the filling. The filling varies from one region to another, either stuff with mong dhal, onion, gram flour, potato even the sweet kind.

The dough is filled with the filling, shape into a ball then flatten lightly by hand then deep fried until golden brown. If you're a fan of spicy dishes, this is a perfect and delicious snack to munch with. Do adjust the spice level according to your preference.

Saturday, February 5, 2011


Date Loaf 

I have a habit of adding fruit or vegetables in baking simply because it is healthy and also to clear whatever in access at my pantry. This is what I'.m going to show you how to whip up a delectable dessert or snack that is moist and flavorful using dates..

Firstly remove the stone then chop the dates into larger chunks, so it is visible.(mine are too small you can't  see them at all).    Chopped nut can be added too if you want.  A nice smell  fills  the entire kitchen when baking this cake. So pleased with the result, great texture and wonderful taste.

Yield   :   One loaf

1 3/4 C all purpose flour
3/4 C sugar
1/4 C butter
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 C chopped dates
1 1/2 C boiling water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt


*   Soak dates in boiling water, add in the butter and let sit for 20 minutes. Preheat oven @ 170 C and grease 7 in pan.

*   Sift flour, soda, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl.

*   Add in dates mixture to the flour, add vanilla extract , stir well and pour into prepared pan.

*   Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

*   Cool on pan 5 minutes, transfer onto rack to cool.

*   Slice when completely cool.Photobucket

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


Maharani Chicken Recipe @

Maharani Chicken is one of  the recipes by Asmah Laili. She is former popular DJ turned cookbook author and her recipes always seem to work not only for me but those who had tried her recipes. I have altered slightly to suit my taste and you should do so if you want a milder gravy.

Here, meat curry powder is used or you can also use your own combination of coriander powder, aniseed, cumin, chili powder and turmeric also I double up the tomato puree. Maharani Chicken It is so tasty and excellent with flavored rice, flat bread or even bread.