Cakes and Cookies, Desserts

Biskut Dahlia (Malay Butter Cookies)

Eid is round the corner. And so I decided to bake another cookie I havent tried. These Malaysian cookies called Dahlia are so easy to make but I had such a horrible time pumping the dough out. They are beautiful, though and melt in your mouth.

I followed popular Malaysian YouTube Che’ Nom for this recipe, but I think I might try other recipes. Though they turn out soft, they were too soft and powdery in my mouth. But they do look so gorgeous and I am sure, look pretty in my pink Pyrex canister. Even though I have no idea who will be visiting me this year, given the stringent measures here we have to eliminate COVID.

The ingredients are so easy. 250g softened butter, 1 cup of corn flour, 1 cup of powdered sugar, 1 cup of custard powder, 1 egg yolk, and 2 cups of plain flour. Actually, for the flour the advice was not to add all in but to eyeball how much you need to form a soft dough.

So after mixing the ingredients above, this was my soft dough. It was a beautiful dough.

This was the device I bought for ‘beginners’. One can use a star nozzle and a piping bag but that apparently takes practice. But this was not easy either! Obviously, I am a novice when it comes to all things cookies.
The device is so small, that after three pumps, we had to refill it with dough. And this recipe, as with other recipes for this cookie I am sure, produces few cookies. For this recipe, we got 79 cookies exactly.
The chocolate chip center makes it so pretty!
The flower petals stay intact!
Ready to be bottled and filled in the pink canisters next week!

Check out my Eid/Raya table next week when I fill my canisters with cookies, crackers, nuts and more! Who’s coming over to my house, now? lol. Die, pandemic, die. I curse you for ruining my Eid for two years in a row.

Cakes and Cookies, Desserts

Butter Cake

Growing up, this was the only type of cake that I would get regularly. It’s very Singaporean or Malaysian to have butter cake as a snack or tea during small scale functions.

This butter cake recipe I got makes for a wonderful soft cake! The next time I make this, I’m going to mix some butter with Dutch butter. Find out more when I experiment with Dutch butter soon!

The recipe is so simple but made even more simple if you use a stand mixer with the whisk attachment. The original recipe is here and it’s the best one online.

Ingredients:

250g butter, softened (I used salted)

200g caster sugar

5 eggs

240 g cake flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

50 ml milk

Beat the butter and sugar till pale, creamy and fluffy. Then gradually the eggs, one by one. Add vanilla. Slowly add the dry ingredients in two batches. And then the milk.

Pour into lines well greased pans and bake at 160 Celcius for about an hour.

Look at how creamy the cake batter is!
Cool it on a rack. Next time, I’m going to use a square pan.
Beautiful soft butter cake for tea time. Simple pleasures.
Bread and Batter, Cakes and Cookies, Desserts

Anna Olson’s Anything Muffin

This has got to be the healthiest recipe for muffins I’ve ever used. However, when she said ‘anything’ she meant dried fruits, as in ANY dried fruits. My kids wanted chocolate chips instead so the healthy level just went down a few notches.

But really, this recipe is good but I couldn’t follow it completely. 1. She said not to use Greek yogurt but that’s all I had so I did. Turned out fine. Her recipe called for 124g of yogurt but my tub is 140 and you know, waste not! She said she only semi milk with 1 to 2 per cent fat. I couldn’t open a new packet just for this so I used what I had in the fridge, full fat. There’s no sugar except maple syrup, calling for half a cup. But my bottle could only give out to 1/4 cup so I added another 1/4 cup of honey. I used chopped walnuts and chocolate chips for the ‘anything’ filling.

Wait. Did I just make unhealthy muffins using her healthy recipe? 😱

No matter. The kids loved it and now there’s only 5 left of it for today.

Before the oven
I saw these cute sticks at Daiso and bought a pack
Healthy unhealthy muffins. Yums!
Cakes and Cookies, Desserts

Lemon Blueberry Loaf Bread

Yes, another lemon loaf but this time with blueberries. I used this wonderful recipe here at Jo Cooks but not exactly…

I only used 1 cup of fresh blueberries instead of 1.5 as in her recipe. I think a half cup more will result in too much blueberries and yo won’t be able to taste much cake! So one cup for me works fine because I can still cut into the cake.

Also, I added lemon paste. About one teaspoon of it and did not soak the cake in lemon syrup. The lemon paste added that lemony zing without me soaking in the entire cake with lemon sugar. Other than that, I think her recipe makes for a very good loaf!

Makes for a wonderful treat. I scattered some flowers tea on top.
This is for two batches.
Cooling cakes. Yes, I made one loaf to bring over to my 90 year old Grandma. 😊❤️
Quite thickly glazed though not fully.
I can’t imagine more blueberries covering the entire cake. I want to taste lemon cake too!
My slice 😋

Cakes and Cookies, Desserts

Banana Walnut Muffin

I had bananas that were just begging to be baked. And so I made banana walnut muffin after last week’s trip to Starbucks made me eat one of their banana walnut muffins again.

My recipe:

1. 200 g salted butter

2. 3/4 cups brown sugar

3. 1 egg

4. 2 tsp vanilla essence

5. 2 cups self-raising flour

6. 3/4 cup walnuts

7. 3 large ripe bananas

And for the topping:

Mix 3/4 cup of finely chopped walnuts with 2 tbsp sugar

Steps:

In a mixer, cream butter and then add sugar. Add egg. And then the vanilla.

Then slowly add the dry ingredients, just to mix.

Spoon into muffin liners and then top with the walnut mix and bake till brown

Too much sugar. Next time I’ll cut down on the sugar.