Monday, May 30, 2011


Vegan Banana Pancake Recipe @

Vegan Banana Pancake  is a wonderful breakfast to start your day. By adding mashed banana to the ordinary pancake, you have created a flavorful and delicious meal. You can make perfectly good pancake without milk or even eggs.  Vegan Banana Pancake is adapted from here produces a light and fluffy pancakes. Originally it uses strawberry but I have substituted them with banana.
Vegan Banana Pancake Recipe @

Friday, May 27, 2011


cookies recipe @

After going through a few of  the  cookbooks, randomly selected this unique cookies to bake. It uses tapioca flour, mashed banana and banana chips, on top of that it does not use any leaving agent.

This egg free dough was so easy to handle, adding banana made them really moist and pleasant to munch with.  Also added a tablespoon of instant coffee in place of banana essence.  They are absolutely delicious with subtle hint of banana in them. They cooked beautifully in the oven despite using very low temperature @ 120 C..

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Have been itching  to try my hand at monkey bread for sometime but what I had baked today is a special bread using ricotta adapted from here. Instead of shaping them into a loaf, halved the recipe and  turned them into monkey bread. I went for 7 in round tin instead of bundt pan.  Make sure you grease you pan generously because it tends to stick..

So glad I did, it was so inviting in its gooey deliciousness  when you invert it and place onto a platter. As soon as it was out from the oven,  my children started to devour them non stop!


3 and 1/4 C  all purpose flour
1/2 C  warm water
1  TB  instant yeast
2  TB  softened butter
3/4  C  whole milk ricotta
1 1/2 tsp salt

1/2 C  melted butter
3/4 C   brown sugar


Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and forms into soft dough or use your stand mixer.

Transfer dough onto floured board, knead for 10 minutes until smooth.

Place dough onto oiled and covered bowl, let rise until doubled for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Grease your pan. Divide dough into 4 balls. Pinch each ball into 5 of 1 in ball. Dip each ball with melted butter then coat with brown sugar.  Stack the balls onto greased pan.  Let rise for 1 and 1/2 hours in a warm place. Toward the end of rising time, preheat oven @ 190 C.

Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden brown. Cool on pan 5 minutes, invert on a plate to serve..

Linking to  Yeastspotting 5-27-11 
                 Bread Baking Day 40 

Monday, May 23, 2011


Zucchini Banana Bread Recipe @

Everyone love banana bread but have you tried zucchini and banana bread combo?  In my case, I never tasted zucchini before so this is my first time tasting them.

Zucchini Banana Bread  was not difficult to make and grating the zucchini is not a problem at all. It tasted really good too and very moist due to the over ripened banana I had used. What a clever way to eat your veggie and fruit in a single bite.

Zucchini Banana Bread Recipe @

Friday, May 20, 2011



Never made pasta from scratch, pretty curious how pasta is made. After searching the net for the recipe, I had chosen this Eggless Pasta by Allrecipes with addition of olive oil. It is simple but the hardest part is shaping them without pasta machine. Anyway, managed to get it done. Used a combination of all purpose flour and semolina flour for the dough.

Drying your fresh pasta is the perfect way to preserve it for later use, ensure the pasta is dry enough that it does not stick together when placed in an airtight container. Properly drying your pasta will avoid a sticky pasta disaster, you can hang them on your cabinet door lined with towel or place them on lined  baking sheet.

Sadly unable to snap any photo showing the process since my camera battery went flat but have a look at the dough after 10 minutes of  kneading below. Though not perfectly shaped but it is quite delicious after adding spices and vegetables.

Adapted from Allrecipes

1  and 1/2 C all purpose flour
1/2 C  semolina flour
1/2 C   warm water
2 tsp  olive oil
1/2 tsp of salt


Combine both flour, oil  and salt in a mixing bowl.

Gradually add water  to form into soft dough. Knead by hand for 10 minutes. Keep covered for 30 minutes.

Divide dough into 4. Roll out each ball  into 1/16 in thick on a floured board using rolling pin or use pasta machine, roll up the dough jelly roll style.  Cut log into small roll. Unroll the dough  into long strands. Make sure to coat them with enough flour.  Drop them in salted boiling water for 2-4 minutes until the pasta begin to  float.   Drain and cook them as per your taste. Hang them on the rack for 1 hour or more for later use Store fresh pasta in a an airtight container up to 4 days in a refrigerator or in a freezer for 1 month.

Makes       4 servings

4 C  cooked pasta
1 Onion chopped
3 cloves garlic mince
3 green chili sliced
1 tsp chili flake
4  tomato chopped
1/4 C basil leaves chopped
1/2 tsp sugar
salt to taste
2 TB olive oil
Diced tomato for garnish
Extra basil leaves for garnish


Heat the oil in a pan, fry onion until translucent. add garlic and cook until fragrant. Add in green chili, tomato  and chili flake, fry until tomato turns soft.

Pour in pasta, salt, sugar and basil leaves, stir until well combined.

Remove from heat,  garnish with diced tomato and basil, serve hot.

Linking to Monthly Mingle - Fresh Pasta

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Yogurt Bread Recipe @

I had baked yeast rolls before but never with yogurt. This is my first experience using them. Well, not much difference with other rolls, Yogurt Bread was easy to handle.

These rolls require longer time to rise but nevertheless, they are fantastic and so fluffy! My children devoured them in no time and  never fails to get  appreciative comments from them. You can shape Yogurt Bread according to your likeness either into round or as a loaf.

Yogurt Bread Recipe @

Monday, May 16, 2011


This Potato Salad may be simple but it has plenty of flavor from mayonnaise, sweet corn. potato and lemon juice.  It is perfect for potluck or cookout activities. Potato salad can be flavored in a variety of ways with or without vegetables.

You can tweak this recipe by adding spicy sauces, boiled egg or even mustard. Best potato salad  is made  by experimenting  with different ingredients as you put it together This is a quick and easy way to enjoy your salad less than 20 minutes.

Saturday, May 14, 2011


lemon cookies recipe @

These sweet and buttery  cookies are always a favorite for not only you can tailor the shape but also dress them simply with granulated sugar or decorate them with your favorite frosting. They  can be kept  for several days in an airtight container. Adding corn flour ensures it has soft texture. Use softened butter and not easily spreadable ones for easy mixing.

These cookies are divine! They were delightful, crisp and crunchy on the outside but soft in the middle, full lemon flavor. Also great for parties and  as a gift too.

lemon cookies recipe @

Yield    :    36 cookies

1  cup all purpose flour
1/4  cup  corn flour
1/2  cup  butter
1/4  cup + 2  tablespoon  powdered sugar
1   tablespoon  grated lemon rind
1 1/2  tablespoon  lemon juice
1/4 tsp  salt



Combine flour, corn flour and salt in a mixing bowl.

Cream butter and sugar, add lemon juice and lemon rind..

Gradually add flour to the butter, forms into soft dough. Preheat oven @ 160 C.

Pinch dough and shape into small balls or roll out dough 1/4 in thick  and cut out shape using a cookie cutter. Place onto baking sheet.

Bake cookies for 30-35 minutes or until lightly browned.

Transfer and cool on rack.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011


All along I have baked regular pizza topped with tomato based sauce and looking for something simple without any meat or cheese so this recipe is really fits my requirement. It uses simple ingredients and the main item is potato which must be sliced paper thin using a mandolin if you have.

Have sprinkled  little bit of chili flakes but this is optional. Despite its simplicity, it turned out amazing and tasty. My children gave this pizza  the thumbs- up  and we intend to bake them often.

Yield    :    2 - 12 in pizza

3 C  all purpose flour
2 tsp rapid rise yeast
3  TB oil
1 tsp salt
1 C plus 2 TB lukewarm water
1/4 C  olive oil for applying on top


2 large potato thinly sliced
1 tsp salt
3 TB olive oil
2  onion sliced
salt and pepper
2 tsp fresh/ dried rosemary
100g  parmesan / mozzarella  cheese (optional)


Place water, yeast and salt in a mixing bowl. Stir and mix in flour until a soft dough is formed.  Knead by hand for 10 minutes or use your stand mixer. Place dough in an oiled and covered bowl, let rise for 2 hours.

Slice potato thinly using mandolin or sharp knife, Place in a bowl, sprinkle salt and cover with water for 1 hour. Drain and pat dry. Combine potato, olive oil, salt. black pepper,  rosemary  and onion  in a bowl.

Preheat oven @ 190 C. Divide dough into 2 balls. Roll out into round and place onto baking sheet. Lightly coat with olive oil,  cover with potato slices  and cheese (if using).  Bake for 15 minutes until the edges are brown. Serve hot.

Linking to Yeastspotting 5-13-11 

Monday, May 9, 2011


Photobucket Savory Poli  Recipe @

Spicy poli is an Indian flat bread stuffed with savory filling  Normally it uses vegetable such as mushroom, potato, bean  or  carrot.  It is famous in a state of Gujarat and Maharashtra. They are best serve during breakfast as well  as a  mid afternoon snack.

When preparing the dough, it must has a right consistency that is very soft and pliable so shaping is so much easier using your hand.

Savory Poli Recipe @

Friday, May 6, 2011


Eggless Chocolate Brownies Recipe @

Baked these Eggless Chocolate Brownies as requested by my son. I choose eggless version,  had used chocolate chips instead of dark chocolate and added chopped almond. You can also use walnut or pecan, omit them altogether if you are allergic to nuts.

This is the best Eggless Chocolate Brownies recipe ever, the results were amazing and loved by everyone, truly moist with deep chocolate flavor!

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011


Photobucket Butterhorn Rolls Recipe @

I love to bake my own bread and buns, it  is really challenging and satisfying. Most butter horn rolls found on the net used heavy dose of shortening/ butter.

Now I had baked them using reduced fat, these Butterhorn Rolls  turned out light, tender and buttery. Might try to stuff them with cheese or chocolate for my next project.

Monday, May 2, 2011


If you enjoy Chinese food, you have definitely eaten Chinese fried rice. There are so many recipes out there with different ingredients. This simple dish is very  popular in many parts of the world. It can be cooked according to your taste and availability of items from your pantry.

For non spicy version,  you can reduce the chili paste used. Have added cauliflower and peas but carrot, french bean, capsicum  or mushroom are best alternative. You could  add  more vegetables or may be throw in some chicken or prawn if you want.  Even without those it is so tasty,  fulfilling  and a great meal on the go..

Serves    :     4-5

2   C  cooked rice (leftover rice is perfect)
1/2 C peas
1/2 C carrot finely chopped
1/2 C  cauliflower/ french bean sliced
4 spring onion chopped
3 T cooking oil
3  cloves garlic minced
1 tsp ginger minced
2  T  chili paste
1/2  tsp ground pepper
1-2 T vinegar
salt to taste
extra spring onion for garnish


Heat the oil, fry garlic, ginger and spring onion for a minute. Add chili paste, fry until fragrant.

Add in vegetables, salt, pepper  and sprinkle with water, cook until vegetable is cooked.

Now add the cooked rice, stir until well coated with the spices. Add the vinegar and more salt if required.

Remove from heat. Garnish with chopped spring onion, serve hot.