Friday, December 2, 2016

Chocolate Chip & Peanut Butter Banana Bread

TGIF! Let's have a slice of hearty chocolate chip and peanut butter banana bread to start this beautiful  Friday morning! hehehe I'm too generous with the chocolate chips, as you can see that the loaf is literally covered with it. But I like it this way! ^0^

Ripen bananas ready for use in baking

Steps by steps process : cream butter and sugar, beat in eggs, stir in vanilla and peanut butter, mix in mashed bananas, sift in flour and mix, stir in milk and finally fold in chocolate chips. Pour batter into lined pan, top with more chocolate chips if desired and bake for 160 deg cel for 60mins. 

  • 250gm plain flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 60gm butter, room temperature
  • 90gm fine sugar
  • 60gm brown sugar
  • 180gm creamy peanut butter
  • 2 large bananas, mashed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250ml milk
  • 1 cup chocolate chips 

  1. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until combined.
  3. Beat in egg. Mix in peanut butter and vanilla and beat till creamy.
  4. Mix in mashed bananas.
  5. Add in flour mixture and fold in alternate with milk till batter is smooth. Fold in chocolate chips.
  6. Pour batter into lined loaf pan and spread out evenly. Scatter over extra chocolate chips if desired.
  7. Bake in preheated oven at 160 deg cel for 60 mins or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  8. Cool in pan for 10 mins before unmoulding onto wire rack to cool completely.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Chewy Fruitcake Cookies

These are the bottles of rum soak fruit (raisins, currants, mixed peel, cranberries) which I have prepared two years ago! Below picture was taken two years back whereby the dried fruits were freshly soaked in rum. You won't get such vibrant colour after soaking it for two years ok! ^0^ Therefore I've added some freshly chopped dried apricots, glaced cherries into the cookie dough so that they will look prettier! 

Oh we really love this fruity cookies! The cookies are not only eye candy but also extremely tasty. This will be great alternative for gifting besides the usual rich fruit cake!  I believe family and friends will be delighted to receive this festive looking cookies. 

Ingredients (approx. 20 cookies)
  • 180gm plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 125gm unsalted butter
  • 70gm fine sugar
  • 50gm brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 150gm dried fruits (mixture of rum soaked mixed fruit, dried apricots, glaced red and green cherries)

  1. Sift plain flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon powder. Set aside.
  2. Using a electric whisk, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. 
  3. Add in egg and vanilla and beat till well combined.
  4. Add in flour mixture, in 3 batches, beat until just incorporated. Do not overmix.
  5. Fold in dried fruits. Using a ice-cream or a spoon, drop dollop of batter onto lined baking sheet, leaving 2" space in between as the cookie will spread. Sprinkle some diced apricots, chopped red & green cherries on the top of the cookie dough.
  6. Bake in preheated oven at 180 deg cel for 12-15 mins until lightly brown.
  7. Cool on baking sheet for 5 mins before transferring onto a wire rack to cool down completely before storing. 
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