Saturday, November 7, 2009

Black and white

Have not been baking for a long time .... cannot remember for wat reasons .. but here I am, with two recent bakes done last week and last last week.

The first is an easy Banana Chocolate cake from 手拌式蛋糕by Kevin Chai. I had very ripe bananas (so ripe that they fell off from the "don't know what to call". :-) . I am not sure if I failed or suceeded (but I baked it more than the time required), because the inside of the cake is so moist (or should I say wet) that it almost look like mud cake, or those super fudgy brownie? You see and you tell me.
The cake rises very well in the oven and it requires "tent-ing". However, after I removed it from the oven, it sank after a while. As it is a loaf cake, and I do not have a oven thermometer (my oven is very temperamental, haha) so I am worried that it will not be baked. With the aluminium foil tent, I purposely let the cake bake another 15 minutes more than the required time, so I hope the "wetness" is normal. Anyway my kids love the cake, I do too.

Look at that sunken "face".

Shortly after this bake, I remember my parmesan cheese is expiring soon, so I dig out the recipe that I had prepared long time ago ( I knew I would not be able to finish that tub before the expiry date). I followed the recipe and has Mini Cheese cupcake done with my girl in a morning. Pretty fast and fuss free, but the recipe isn't really complete because I did not jot down the temperature that I should bake the cupcakes in, so I just use any reading. Anyway, the parmesan cheese has passed its "Best Before" date (not expiry date), but I still went ahead to do it .. and eat it too! Its yummy, but oily. When they are in the oven, there are already alot of oil oozing out. My kids also love these and requested me to bake again. Look at the molehills.
and this "sunflower"
and the yummy inside.

I think I should learn from Happy Home Baker .. use more pictures, less words, esp when my command of english isn't very good. Now I am so tired to write in mandarin .. so this post will not have the mandarin part.

Here is the recipe.

Banana Chocolate Cake

90g SR flour, 90g plain flour
1/4 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp bicarbonate soda
1 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder, 170g butter
1 tbsp corn oil, 150g chocolate
100ml hot water, 80ml milk
170g brown sugar, 3 eggs
200g banana flesh (sliced)

1. Grease and line 10cm by 32 cm (4 by 13 inches) baking tin. Preheat oven to 170 degree celsius.
2. Combine flours, baking powder, soda and cocoa powder in a mixing bowl.
3. Melt butter, oil, chocolate, hot water and milk over low heat. Remove from heat, combine with brown sugar and eggs.
4. Stir egg mixture into flour mixture together with banana slices until well blended.
5. Spoon batter into prepared tin. Bake in oven for 40 - 45 minutes or until cooked. Stand for 10 minutes and turning on to wire rack to cool.
6. Decorate with decogel, banana slices and chocolate chips.

I have forgotten where did I get the mini cheesecake recipe from, so if anyone wanted it, do email me and I shall share it with you.

Now I really need to zzz...


serena said...

Everything looks good when you have not baked for a long time.....
As long as kids love it, it doesn't matter.


sherlyn said...

Ya i do not mind as long as the kids like it .. but only worry that it is not properly, fully baked. :-)

sweetieadeL said...

Hi Sherlyn
Moist Banana chocolate cake is also nice!


sherlyn said...

Thanks sweetieadel. I have just finish quick browse of your blog. Wow, you can cook and bake well. I also like to cook besides baking. Thanks for visiting my blog. I never knew there would be others who reads my blog besides my friends.
By the way, I add myself as a follower of your blog. :)
Hope you will visit my blog once a while to give me advices :)

sweetieadeL said...

No problem Sherlyn. I will add u in my blog too, so I can visit your blog often.

sherlyn said...

Wao, you are night owl too? :) you can add me in FB if you do use. "sherlyn lui"

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