I don’t claim to be a master chef, but I do love sharing a good recipe when I find one! These chewy chocolaty cookies were a huge hit with my friends & family, and they have lasted for days! I followed this recipe, with the following modifications.
- I cut the sugar down by 1/4 cup. I could probably cut it down by a full half cup next time. They’re very sweet, which is not necessarily a bad thing!
- I used 1/2 semisweet chocolate chips & 1/2 white chocolate chips.
- I chilled my dough for about 30 minutes before rolling them into balls and sticking them in the oven. Without this step, I never would have been able to make 45 perfectly even cookies.
For our New Years Eve party, my sister and I baked and decorated a simple vanilla cake with icing and fondant. We modified the recipe slightly by adding a pinch of salt and increasing the milk to 3/4 cup. The cake was a huge hit, and the party was awesome after a week of sickness :)
I wish all of you a very very happy 2013, filled with family, friends, and fortune :)
My mom made this pineapple upside down cake with the help of my sister and myself for a Christmas gathering last weekend. My mom has used this recipe throughout our childhood, and it’s always been a huge hit. If you expand the second image, you can see the recipe that we used, straight from my mom’s old recipe book.
For the Christmas season, I decided to give myself a french manicure. I had a lot of fun using nailpolish to decorate my thumb with a snow flake.
For my fun Christmas sight, I thought I’d attach this picture of my friend’s dog Caeser. Christmas isn’t only for humans it seems!
In the 7 days leading up to Christmas, I will be posting 7 fun Christmas creations! For the two Christmas parties I had last weekend, my sister and I made two marble cakes using THIS recipe, replacing unsweetened with sweetened cocoa powder and cutting the sugar by 1/4 cup. They were delicious, albeit a little pale in comparison to the other fancy desserts at party #2.
Two years ago, I spent Christmas and New Years in India. It made me realize how much I absolutely love the Christmas season in Toronto. To appreciate all the effort people put into bringing magic into the city, I’ll try to post a picture of a fun Christmas sighting each day.
Here’s a little Toronto for you to enjoy. This the rotating Swarovski tree at Eaton Centre. There are no words to describe how awesome (or expensive) it is.
I hope everyone has a fabulous Halloween, and that all of you do not get too hyper after eating all that candy and chocolate! The free coffee at McDonalds is probably not going to help either :P.
This past weekend, a group of us went over to a friends house for a potluck Halloween Party. A couple of my friends came over before the party to help my sister and I bake cookies and prepare a few dishes. We made this recipe with a few modifications. We replaced white sugar with brown sugar, and replaced the egg with a tsp of cornstarch and a tbsp of water. (We have a few egg allergies in the family, so whenever we buy a carton of eggs, we end up throwing half of them. We’ve been cooking egg free for over a year now!) The cookies ended up looking a little boring, so instead of adding more sugar on top, we sprinkled a few Oreo Crumbs after 5 minutes of baking. These cookies were a huge hit, and I’m going to be baking another batch or two for my office potluck this Thursday.
One of my friends dressed up like Dr. Doofenshmirtz from Phineas and Ferb. 10 minutes before we left for the party, we realized that his costume would not be complete without a Platypus. I had some old construction paper, so we decided to ‘whip up’ a 10 minute Platypus. (Though I haven’t watched the cartoon before, the Phineas and Ferb Music videos are amazing!!)
I hope all of you had a wonderful Navrathri season, filled with Golu’s and Garba. I also hope everyone had a great Dussera/Vijaya Dashimi.
Though Navrathri/Diwali season is one of my favourites, we invariably end up with way too many apples for one family to finish, which is why my sister and I decided to make Apple Crisp. We made it twice; Once during the big Navrathri weekend, and again last weekend when ‘apple season’ was over. This recipe makes the absolute BEST apple crisp I have EVER had (Even store bought), and it literally evaporates from the kitchen.
If you like apple crisp, and even if you don’t, you definitely MUST try this out. It also helps if you have poor unsuspecting friends visit- They make great apple peelers.
I got the recipe from this link: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/apple-crisp-ii/detail.aspx, and with several modifications (More ‘crisp’, less sugar), this was the recipe I used:
- 10 cups all-purpose apples, peeled, cored and sliced
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 cup quick-cooking oats
- 2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1.5 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Place the sliced apples in a 9×13 inch pan. Mix the 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 tablespoon flour and ground cinnamon together, and sprinkle over apples. Pour water evenly over all.
- Combine the oats, 1 cup flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and melted butter together. Crumble evenly over the apple mixture.
- Bake at 375 degrees for about 40 minutes.
( I personally like a lot of topping, but if you don’t I would suggest using 1.5x the original ‘crisp’ quantities)
Instead of baking more Scones, I decided to use the frozen blueberry’s to make THIS blueberry oat bar recipe. I only modified the recipe by cutting down the sugar to 1 cup. It was such an AMAZING recipe, and these bars turned out FANTASTIC! I just couldn’t get enough of them, and I’ll definitely be making this recipe over and over again.
Also, the same day I baked these, I decided to bake portabello mushroom pizza’s as a snack. For my pizza’s, I cut the stem off the portabello mushroom (After wiping, and NOT washing them since mushrooms soak up water) and rubbed the cap with a bit of olive oil and placed them top-down on the pan. I baked it plain for 10 minutes. I then added a layer of pasta sauce, a lot of spinach, some sun dried tomatoes, and feta cheese. I put that in the oven for another 25 minutes. Though they tasted good, the mushroom base didn’t seem baked enough for me. Also, for those of you vegetarians who haven’t prepared portabello mushrooms before, they smell a lot like meat, and the dark scales under the mushroom are a mess. I don’t think I’ll be making those at home anymore, and I’ll stick to eating portabello mushrooms (Which I do love) at restaurants!
Two weeks ago, a friend came over and we baked Blueberry Scones, adapting from THIS recipe. I have to give my friend credit for finding this. It has no cream, and barely any sugar. It’s pretty healthy, AND its delicious.
One disclaimer- Frozen blueberries apparently leak a lot of juice, and yes, our scones were blue. With the lemon glaze, it even looked alive. But they were SUPER delicious!
We changed the recipe by using 2 cups of whole wheat flour. For the glaze, we squeezed an entire lemon and added sugar until it was the consistency of tomato soup. We definitely did NOT add a full cup of sugar into the glaze. If I were to redo it, I would increase the amount of sugar in the batter, and decrease the sugar in the glaze. Without the glaze the scones had no sugar in it, and I have a pretty big sweet tooth. The glaze made an amazing impact on the taste though.
Overall, they were a hit, and I still have some blueberries left, so I will definitely be whipping up another batch pretty soon.
After a coworker made these amazing S’mores cookies using this recipe from the domestic scientist , I also decided to give them a try!
I used the suggestions to push the marshmallows into the cookie batter after putting them on the cookie sheets, and using half of the recipe. I modified the recipe slightly by using 72% cocoa dark chocolate instead of regular milk chocolate. Since this recipe is already very sweet, I would definitely recommend doing that!
One thing I had difficulty with, was that the chocolate melted in the oven, so I had to refrigerate the cookies before peeling them from the cookie sheet. However, they were still amazingly chewy, and definitely my favourite cookie recipe to date!
This is the cookie dough placed onto the sheet with Marshmallows pushed in. I am always amazed when people make their cookies into perfect circles.
These are the cookies half done in the oven. I had three trays going at a time.
And MOST importantly, the final result!!