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Friday, November 28, 2014

Reduced-Fat Chocolate Cake

Last Wednesday was Najib's birthday. Najib is Suryani's youngest brother. Hahaha... macamlah korang kenal siapa Suryani dan Najib kan? Tak apalah, saja nak cerita. Mama kan peramah! When I wished him Happy Birthday via whatsapp, he had asked me for a cake. I told him, cake is not healthy, don't you think so? Hahaha... Najib is very particular with his food intake eversince he joined the Jom Kurus programme. That programme really worked for him not only because it is a good programme but also because of Najib's determination and effort that he had put in. Well done Najib. Keep it up.

That afternoon, after my sister went home, I googled for a recipe under HEALTHY CAKES (does this really exist? Hahaha). I came across plenty of recipes. Ooooo they do exist!!! Hahaha. Chose this one because I have all the ingredients at home except for the raspberries. So I whatsapped Suryani, if she wants to go to Pasar Malam. Didn't mention to her about me baking the cake. She said yes, to my relief. After work, she dropped by my place and we went to the pasar malam and bought some mangos. So that explains the mangos on top of the cake.

Made slight changes to the recipe though. And I must say that the fat in the cake that I've baked is not totally reduced! Hahaha...

Posted by MamaFaMi
Source : Liz Macri

Ingredients :

1/2 cup reduced-fat milk (I used low fat milk)
1 1/2 cups caster sugar (I wouldn't mind reducing it to 1 1/4 cup)
120g reduced-fat margarine spread (I used buttercup)
1/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
2 eggs
Fresh raspberries, to serve (I replaced with mangos)

Chocolate icing :

1 cup icing sugar mixture
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
20g reduced-fat margarine spread
2 tablespoons boiling water

Method :

1. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Grease a 6cm-deep, 20cm (base) round cake pan. Line base and side with baking paper.
2. Place 1/2 cup cold water, milk, sugar, spread, cocoa and bicarbonate of soda in a saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to medium-high. Bring to the boil. Remove from heat. Cool for 15 minutes.
3. Add flour and eggs. Whisk until smooth. Pour mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted in centre comes out clean. Stand cake in pan for 10 minutes. Turn cake, top side up, on a wire rack to cool.
4. Meanwhile, make icing Sift icing sugar mixture and cocoa powder into a bowl. Add spread and boiling water. Stir until smooth. Spread over top and side of cake. Top with mangos. Serve.

Note :
I find the icing a bit too sweet. But the mangos did balace the taste.

Have a nice day!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Sweet Buns ConviBake


Just a short update today as I am not feeling too good today. Had headache since yesterday night. But alhamdulillah when I checked my blood pressure today, it is just slightly higher than my normal reading, nothing to worry... (ha ah..nak sedapkan hati sendiri! Hihihi...). Maybe I just need a bit of rest after a hectic one week I had been through. Busy but no complaints. I enjoyed it. :)

Yesterday, my darling little sister came to fetch my mom. So I cooked and baked for her somethings to take home. Didn't bake for her any cakes as she is now good in baking. Thanks to Laura Vitale. And oh, because of Mak Chu too, I was hooked to this Laura. But I am not obsessed to Laura as Mak Chu is *OMG* *OMG* Chill dear sister, you can't have EVERYTHING that Laura has okay. Just make do with whatever you can grab hold of. Chill bebeh!

One of the things that I made for her to bring home are these lovely sweet buns. Made this using the leftover sweet bun premix from Golden Republic Malaysia Sdn Bhd. This time round, I just made it plain and finish it off with some coarse sugar sprinkled on top.


SWEET BUN (ConviBake Premix)
Posted by MamaFaMi
Source : Golden Republic Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Ingredients :

500g ConviBake Sweet a Bun
11g instant dried yeast (I used Saf Instant)
210g chilled water
1 tablespoon margarine (I added)

1 teaspoon milk powder
a bit of water
coarse sugar

Method :

1. In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a dough hook, mix the flour and yeast.
2. Turn the mixer on, low speed. Pour in the water a little at the time till the mixture is incorporated. Add in margarine.
3. Turn the speed up to medium and keep kneading till a soft and shiny dough is formed. Roughly about 10 minutes or so.
4. Remove the dough from the bowl and onto your working sheet. Let it rest for 10 minutes.
5. Divide the dough to about 36g each. Should get about 20 buns.
6. Make the dough into round balls and arrange in a well greased baking pan (8" x 11").
7. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and let it rise till double the size.
8. Brush the top of the buns with mixture of milk powder and water. Sprinkle with some coarse sugar.
9. Bake in a preheated oven at 200 C for 15 minutes or till done.
10. Let it cool for 5 minutes. Remove onto wire rack to cool. Enjoy. If there are any leftovers, keep in an airtight container.

Have a nice day!