Domestic disaster: charred muffins.

The last time I checked, it was okay to bake using Toblerone. I was so excited to try out Nigella’s raspberry and white chocolate muffins using blueberries, and I was pretty sure they would be one of the best muffins I’ll ever make. But… Something went terribly wrong. They were supposed to go under “Favourites!”, but now they’re going to “Flops”

I love white Toblerone so much, I can eat them with pancakes. What a pity that the muffins turned out disastrous 😦

Honestly, the batter looked so promising! That was a hell lot of false hopes.

Right from the moment I set the pan in, there was a burning smell, which I casually dismissed. 20 minutes later, they came out of the oven charred. I tried some of them, and the muffin tops still tasted good. The muffin itself wasn’t too bad, but the unsightly carcinogenic parts were a huge turn off, and in my mum’s words, “a health hazard!” There goes my Toblerone 😦

I’m going to try this again though, but only after some read up. Next time round, I’ll use baking chips and make sure they’re way hidden and away from the top so they won’t burn. I confess that I was greedy enough to add 10 additional grams of Toblerone and left them in relatively large chunks. Some of the submerged white chocolate chunks actually oozed out from the muffin tops, leaving a huge black mess on the muffin tray. Le sigh! Any advice anyone? Time to pull up my (baking) socks!!

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Thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies

I hate how ugly my cookies are!! It’s time to invest in better brown sugar. The recipe called for melted butter but I was too chicken to use that, lest I ended up with a greasy puddle. My cookie ended up being thicker in the middle, and not very chewy 😦 I’m gonna try it out with melted butter again. Think my dad’s gonna flip when the electricity bill comes this month.


Taste wise, they were quite good, but not yet perfect! My best choc chip cookies thus far are the ones made using William Sonoma’s recipe, and with nuts! Those are crunchy, but absolutely divine. I’ll have to continue hunting for the perfect chewy choc chip cookie recipe, something that will yield cookies similar to that of Subway’s! That probably involves a lot of butter and sugar, so I’ll have to make them after my Napfa test!

Next up on the list,

Dulce de leche cheesecake bars!
Carrot cupcakes!
Compost cupcakes!

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PB choc chip muffins with cream cheese filling

I confess: I’m addicted to muffins! Everytime I go mad about something, I have to have it at least once a day. In primary school, it was fishballs drenched in chilli, then it was Subway, ThaiPan (almost every Victorian would rave about their butter squid) and now, muffins.

I used to synonmise muffins with cupcakes, associating them with sugar and air, so I never bothered having one. Last December, I had one of my first muffins on the airplane, and the second one in Melbourne.

Before you dismiss it as uninteresting, I have to tell you that SIA serves good food and of course, muffins.

And this, the first and best cranberry muffin I ever had. I got it at the cafe of some Koala park in Melbourne, and all I wanted to eat on the trip after that were muffins.

Some of the blueberry muffins I did the other day were under-baked (my friend said the centre tasted like mochi, so remember to keep to the full 20 minutes!), so I had to do some better muffins to make it up.

You do see some cream cheese peeking at you don’t you! My mum said the cheese was sour and didn’t complement the PB, but imho, cream cheese goes well with everything! Just make sure that the cream cheese batter is sweet enough and not sour, and I suppose it’ll taste good!

I reduced the amount of chocolate chips because I am truly and utterly sick of chocolate. So there you go, a few hidden morsels!

These muffins are like cups on sin, so you shouldn’t eat more than 1 in a seating or your butt and thighs will never forgive you! And for the record, I missed school today not to bake, but because I was genuinely unwell (okay, slightly unwell)!! Gonna maintain full attendance for the rest of this month, I promise!

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Chocolate pancakes

Guess who woke up at 430am in search of food a few days back? Dinner the previous night was a hazelnut latte at coffee bean, which i didn’t enjoy 😦 I am a true blue Starbucks fan, nothing beats a green tea frappe! Because I had so much time before school started, I decided to do chocolate pancakes. They were supposed to come with chocolate chips and sauce, but because it was breakfast, I left those out.

The texture and flavour were pretty good, but something was missing. Maybe they would have tasted better with bananas, but the batter started getting moldy by the third day before I could make a second batch. The verdict? Plain buttermilk pancakes are still the best!

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Death by chocolate

A few weeks ago, my secondary 2 clique got me a dark chocolate truffle cake from Royals cafe on my birthday. It was so darn good that I, despite not liking ganache, couldn’t stop. I would probably have bought the truffle cake instead of risking failure in the kitchen, but things are different now with a food blog.

Oh wait, why is there a feather on my egg?!

That’s not whipped cream, it’s 3 egg whites whipped with sugar!

While it was cooking, I toyed with the idea of doing a ganache. The recipe didn’t call for that, but I was afraid the cake would look plain. True enough, it turned out looking plain. But it was so, so, so decadent on the first bite, I knew the ganache had to go.

I was supposed to bake it in a round tin, but… you can’t cut off the sides to try without ruining a round cake! I had about 2 mouthfuls and then decided it was more than enough. Unless you’re a die-hard chocolate fan where repercussions are secondary, it’s hard to not feel guilty. It looks like a brownie, but the truffle has a melt-in-your-mouth texture. Or at least that was how it tasted a moment ago when it came out of the oven.

I’ll be bringing this for my food party with the Twitter mates tomorrow, hopefully Jonathan would take better pictures. Baking with an Iphone is very handy, but not when it comes to pictures. I’m getting sick of chocolates of any kind and I’m swearing it off for a month; good old plain sugar cookies are way better!

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