Friday, December 31, 2010

Sweet Tooth..

May this new year bring many opportunities to your way,

to explore every joy of life

and may your resolutions for the days ahead stay firm,

turning all your dreams into reality

and all your efforts into great achievements.

Happy New Year everyone

Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays ..

One day my daughter said, 'Mom, when I grow big i will learn how to cook and bake like you' Oh.. she melted my heart :D - well, since we have a long holiday weekend, I asked her to bake together.. and she really enjoyed the baking process.

And here we go, the one of her favorite holiday cookies, Stained-Glass Sugar Cookies ! Pretty easy to make and bring smile to her face , what a great combination !!

And for all my beloved friends :
May the joy and peace of Christmas be with you all through the Year.
Wishing you a season of blessings from heaven above. Happy Christmas

Stained-Glass Sugar Cookies

Recipe Ingredients
3 sticks (1 1/2 cups) butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp each ground ginger and vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
4 cups all-purpose flour
About 50 assorted colors Life Savers or Jolly Ranchers hard candies, each color crushed separately

Recipe Preparation
1. Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl with mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy. On low speed beat in next 5 ingredients to combine. Gradually beat in flour until blended.

2. Divide dough in half; shape each into a 1-in.-thick disk. Wrap and refrigerate 30 minutes, or until firm enough to roll.

3. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets(s) with foil; coat with nonstick spray. Have ready a star cookie cutter.

4. Meanwhile prepare your crush candies . Pick out all the red and blue candies from your bag of Jolly Ranchers Unwrap them and put them in separate Ziploc bags. Using a meat mallet, crush the candies into little, bitty pieces .

5. rolled the dough, cut large star shapes out of it. cut out about six big stars first

6. Using a smaller cookie cutter , remove a star-shape from the center of each large star.

7. Fill the small star-shaped holes with the pieces of the hard candy. It's OK if there are a few gaps. They will fill in when the candy melts.

8. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the edges of the cookies have just started to brown and the candy in the center has melted and smoothed out.

9. Be sure to allow the cookies to cool and the candy to harden before transferring to a wire rack to cool thoroughly

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Welcome December ..

Oh gosh.. already December ? i just wanna say 'welcome December' and in a couple weeks is gonna be a new year .. !! hmm .. what I've done so far *grin*

Today is my birthday. I’m already more than 40yo . *well I told you the number just stop at 40 and since than I won't count it anymore LOL. So after getting on the scale first thing this morning and than I rushed looking at the mirror ,looked how much wrinkled on my face now .. NO ! I'm not upset and don't need any botox or facelift, I just feel blessing and wish I will always healty to see my daughter grow big. And the next thing to do is start baking birthday cake ... that was so hilarious !! birthday girl baking her own birthday cake . oh well, you will never now who will knocking my door soon .

Just a simple white cake , and turn so perfect unless felt disappointed with the weather, too dark , too cloudy, too cold!!! so I couldn't take a good picture this time.. oh well

Vanilla Cake with white frosting and dry sweet coconut

1 and 3/4 cups cake flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3 large egg whites
3/4 cup whole fat milk
1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temp, cut in cubes
3/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp vanilla bean extract

Grease and line two 6 X 2 inch round cake tins. Preheat oven to 180 C. Sift together the dry ingredients except the sugar and set aside.
Whisk together the egg whites and milk in another bowl and set them aside. In the 3rd bowl, beat the butter till it softens and add the sugar bit by bit and beat together till it has lightened in colour and fluffy in texture.
Now alternately add the milk/egg mixtures with the dry mixture. Give it a good stir and equally divide between the 2 tins. Bake for about 20-30 mins till the knife comes out clean.

Butter cream Frosting
1 stick salted butter – room temperature
1 stick unsalted butter – room temperature
1 cup shortening
1 tablespoon Clear Vanilla extract
2 pounds confectioner’s sugar (powdered sugar, 10x)
4-6 tablespoons very cold cream

Cream the butter and shortening in the bowl of an electric or stand mixer. Add the clear vanilla extract and combine well. Begin adding in the sugar and mixing thoroughly after each addition. After all of the sugar has been added and mixed thoroughly, begin adding the very cold cram… one tablespoon at a time, combining very well after each addition (mixer on medium-high to high speed) until you reach the desired consistency.

Decoration :
Dry sweet coconut
white chocolate
peppermint candy

ooh.. did you see my table decoration ? well, we didn't celebrate Christmas but i always love to have some decoration around my house. i got those branch from my backyard and painted with white paint and hanging some Christmas decoration that I've got from dollar store.. no high price but they are come so great. :)