Friday, January 28, 2011

Pecan Pear Cake

Still manage to lose weight before summer comes ! (SUMMER BIKINI is WAITING !!! yuhuuu..) but I still have someone (or two) who craving with sweetest stuff, so don't be surprise that i still baking and take a lot of pictures :D simple yet healthy choice like this (maybe) ^grin^ :


3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/4 cups canola oil
2 tsp vanilla
3 medium pear (i using anjou pear), peeled and chopped about 3 cups
1 cup pecans , toasted

For Serving (optional)
Whipped cream
Pear slice

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 13x9x2 inch baking pan, set aside.

In very large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon ; make a well in center of mixture and set aside.

In medium bowl, combine eggs, oil and vanilla, stir in pears and nuts.

Add egg mixture in the well in flour mixture, stirring just until moistened (batter will be thick). Spread batter in the prepared pan.

Bake for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for at least 1 hour. Serve slightly warm or warm temperature . If desired, top each serving with whipped cream and a pear slice.

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Banana Cupcakes with Honey-Cinnamon Frosting

Another recipe you can make from left over banana ! Don't throw your ugly banana let's just make cupcake, and if you aware to loss weight like I do, you can bring some of your cupcake to your kid school and share with the teachers .. believe me they will love it .. See, you are not only loss weight but make people happy too *Let, me make confess this cupcake is so delicious... ^_^

Banana Cupcakes with Honey-Cinnamon Frosting
Recipe : Martha Stewart

Makes 12
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (about 4 ripe bananas), plus 1 whole banana, for garnish (optional)
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a standard 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Make a well in center of flour mixture. In well, mix together butter, mashed bananas, eggs, and vanilla. Stir to incorporate flour mixture (do not over mix). Dividing evenly, spoon batter into muffin cups.

Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of a cupcake comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan; cool completely on a wire rack. Spread tops with Honey Cinnamon Frosting. Just before serving, peel and slice banana into rounds, and place one on each cupcake, if desired.

Honey Cinnamon Frosting
1 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tablespoon honey
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat confectioners' sugar, unsalted butter, honey, and ground cinnamon until smooth, 4 to 5 minutes


Monday, January 10, 2011

Coconut Marble Cake

Do you have a new year resolution ? Did you already break your a new year resolution ? Well, some people still make a new year resolution every year, and how many of them passed it ? I bet every one has at least once a new year resolution.

I'm not so organize people who always make notes , and I know I couldn't or even forget what is my goal last year ? What I know is today I lost 5 lbs. *I did Dora's Dancing* :DD ... and still long way to go, since I already have number on my mind . Hopefully I can reach it. And another promise i made to my self is to be more patient behind the wheel. *gosh, can't you believe that I got ticket for speeding right before Christmas.. it was suck !! $100,- is gone !! - no more speeding, no more reckless..please !

OK, than enough about me ! Now lets back to the kitchen :))

What I remember is, this is already 3 times I bake Coconut Marble Cake during 2 weeks, surprised me is my daughter loves this cake very much. Pretty simple and yet delicious, lets try ..

Coconut Marble Cake

Recipe Ingredients
1 1⁄2 sticks (3⁄4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 1⁄2 cups sugar
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
4 large eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup coconut powder
1 cup coconut milk
2 tsp coconut extract
1⁄2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cups sweetened flaked coconut, finely chopped

Chocolate Drizzle: 1⁄2 cup semisweet chocolate chips melted

Garnish: toasted coconut

Recipe Preparation
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 10-in. (12-cup) bundt pan.

2. Beat butter, sugar, baking powder, coconut extract in a large bowl with mixer on high 3 minutes or until fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each. On low speed, beat in flour in 3 additions alternately with coconut milk in 2 additions, just until blended, scraping sides of bowl as needed.

3. Melt chocolate chips in a medium bowl in microwave as pkg directs. Cool slightly, then stir in 1 1⁄2 cups batter until blended.

4. Stir coconut into remaining batter. Spoon 2 cups into prepared pan. Drop spoonfuls of chocolate batter into pan, leaving spaces between each dollop. Drop spoonfuls coconut batter between chocolate batter. Repeat, alternating batters, with the rest. Run a knife through batters to marbleize.

5. Bake 55 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 15 minutes before inverting cake on rack to cool completely.

6. Scrape melted chocolate into a small zip top bag. Cut a tip off 1 corner and pipe chocolate over cake; sprinkle with toasted coconut.

Planning Tip: Can be made up to 5 days ahead. Store covered at room temperature.