Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies (modified)

Last Christmas, i had a surprise from my aunt who resides in Los Angeles. She handed me a rectangular box nicely wrapped with a Christmas Gift Wrapping paper. After saying thank you to her, the inner child personality in me urged me to quickly unwrap the gift. After the tearing and shredding of the wrapping paper, aha! This was what greeted me and left me smiling the whole night! OMG! Thank you so much auntie!!!

Last Monday was a public holiday for KL and Selangor. However i woke up extra early that day and thinking, is not picking me up for at least the next 5 hrs...why not bake a batch of cookies and offer some to next door neighbor (felt guilty coz they gave us some homemade CNY goodies but i remained lazy and did not bake anything for anybody). After 2 hours of enjoying my breakfast, i started baking the cookies.

I wanted some chocolate and something oaty. Found this recipe from the book that my aunt gave me. It was easy and ingredients were kept simple: butter, brown sugar, sugar, eggs, flour, melted chocolate, rolled oats and chocolate chips.

I do not have any cooking chocolate, hence i used the cocoa powder instead and i also replaced the chocolate chips with chopped Hershey chocolates. I also added a packet of almond nibbles into the cookie dough. 12 minutes after dropping the teaspoon size cookie doughs on the baking tray, i had my first batch of freshly baked chocolate oatmeal cookies. After cooling them down, i popped one of the cookies into my mouth. My my was heavenly tasty. I'm sure my neighbors will luv it. True enough, the next day, my neighbor was commenting how tasty the cookies were and jokingly suggested that i can even sell a small container of the cookies for RM28 during CNY. Hmmm....probably that would be my side income for year 2010???? Oh well....if only i have the time.

I managed to get 4 full small tubs of chocolate oatmeal cookies that day. I gave a tub to my neighbor, a tub to my bb, a tub for my colleagues and a tub for myself and family.

Anyway, if you guys are interested, do check out the Amazon website for the recipe book. Meanwhile, i will try out a few more recipes and will randomly post some of the recipe which i think it's too good to just keep it to myself in this blog soon. So stay tune!!!

Marble Cheese Chocolate Cake

I was confused. How am going I to name the product? Marble Cake? nope coz it contains cheese. Marble Cheese Cake? nope, coz it's not entirely a cheesecake per say. How about Marble Cheese Chocolate Cake? Ha! gotta be this because it's a chocolate cake base but with some cheese for the marble effect.

My cousin and cousin sis in law invited my family for CNY open house party on Chor Mm (30th January 2009). They were way too generous as they invited all of my other relatives as well and food was solely sponsored by them. I felt shy..because i was not only eating, but i was taking money (ang pows) from them too. So i offered to bake a Cheese Brownie for them initially. My plan turned sour as at the very last minute, when i checked my kitchen's cabinet, i had only about 20 grams of cocoa powder left!!! Mom was suggesting me to replace cocoa powder with Milo instead...=.=

Mom....Cocoa powder is unsweetened....and Milo is too 'milky' for my recipe. SO i ransacked my recipe books....hoping to find something with cheese and something that can utilize the 20grams of cocoa powder. Ha! Found it! Anges Chang's Baking Made Easy book!

Verdict: Oh one really gave me a comment...i did not eat a single slice of the cake because of my irritated throat...but i guess it was a good catch on that night because the cake was pretty much whacked by the entire Wei clan.

CNY Goodies

Happy Chinese Moo Moo Year everybody! Did you guys have a yummylicious reunion dinner? An ultimate celebration on the 1st and 2nd day of new year? You guys sure did!

As for me, *sob sob*....I had watery porridge from Chor Yat till Chor Mm. How about that? It all started on the night of CNY eve. I felt a lump in my throat...but didn't give much thoughts to it. So after reunion dinner, i went over to my grandpa's house and continue munching on cookies. Half an hour later, my bb came and took me to his cousin's house to gamble. Heaty food + non stop yelling and shouting during gambling made me a sick dog for the next 5 days. I had throat infection, fever and voiceless.....! So lessons learnt, go slow on CNY cookies before the festive begins....don't greedily gobble down the food like me.

Anyway...sad stories finished....let's share what have i contributed for CNY. My fellow blogger friend, JenJen, has been writing a lot of CNY food posts. The minute i saw her homemade MOMO (melting moments), I just couldn't take it anymore. To the hell with my painful throat, i took out my 'ka chang' (ingredients & utensils) and start baking. You won't believe how easy it was to make the MOMOs. It took me slightly over an hour to make 2 containers of the MOMOs. And believed it or not, the MOMOs were gone in just a snap. It was so good and so addictive! Even better than those pineapple cookies! For avid fan of melt in mouth cookies, please click the link above...100% no regrets.

Next, please join to welcome the ultimate labour of pain but damn worth trying Horlick Layer cake. I've been longing to try out this recipe (courtesy of Jen Jen also) a year ago. However, lame excuses got in my way (weather too hot...will sweat a lot if i stand too long in front of the stove; i'm too fat now...maybe later;....bla bla bla bla) and so the day of making the layer cake postponed till this year's Chinese New Year. It wasn't hard to prepare...and it wasn't hard to make it's the long steaming process that is making me go cuckoo....Hahaha....but like Jen said, the 4-5 hours labour of pain will not fail you. It's yummy, moist, no words to describe. The cake smells like coffee, taste like Horlick on the first bite, coffee on the second bite and gone into your's so delicious that you just can't wait to dig in the next piece again and again.