Showing posts from March, 2014

Cookie Bars

When making cookies, sometimes I just spread the dough in a cookie sheet instead of form it into balls. It would result in moister, denser cookies.

Just like how I prefer my cookies done: a bit crunchy on the edge, but very soft and slightly under baked in the center.

Or bake them in fun-shaped-single-serving molds, enough to satisfy a little cookie monster.

Juna's 4th Birthday Cake

When it comes to making birthday cake, I always do the simplest way of decorating. I even created my own frosting using whatever I could get near home. It was a mixture of whipped cream, plain yogurt, confectioners' sugar, shredded processed cheddar cheese, and a bit of lime juice. Oh, I think I also added a few tablespoons of sweet condensed milk. The frosting tasted delicious, only the texture was too soft. But it was enough for covering the cake plainly. Then I let him top the cake with his favorite sprinkles. Simple, yet enough for making him happy. Kids are easy to please, aren't they?
By the way, the cake was red velvet.
(Not) Red Velvet Cake
Okay, okay, it is not visibly red. But it's natural. I used pure beet juice from fresh beets and not a single drop of food coloring. Out of curiosity I made two batch of cake using two different recipes, with more beet juice and less cocoa on the second batch, but it still resulted in brown color. I googled about it later and fo…

Spinach & Ricotta Ravioli From Scratch

Once I've successfully made my own homemade ricotta cheese I can't wait to turn it into ravioli or lasagna. I choose ravioli this time. Lasagna would be on my what-to-bake list. 
For the pasta dough I use 100 grams semolina, 100 grams all-purpose flour and 2 eggs. Mix all together, knead until smooth, then roll out the dough as thin as possible.  
The pasta sheet is ready to be filled!
For the filling I mix ricotta with steamed spinach and egg yolk, then seasoned with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Add grated parmesan if you have it handy. Spoon the mixture into the pasta sheet, make spaces. 

Brush the spaces with egg white, then cover with another sheet of pasta. Press between the filling to seal the sheets together. Cut into rectangles and you're done!

To serve, boil the ravioli for about five minutes, drain, and serve with your choice of sauce. I think they are best served with homemade marinara sauce. 
For more detailed instructions check out these links below.
How To Make Fr…

The Best Strawberry Pie

This might not be the best looking strawberry pie but I must put it here because it's delicious. Whenever I made strawberry pie before I always poured the strawberries right into the crust without cooked them with sugar first. Which resulted in very sour pies. So I tried different method this time and am not disappointed.

This small pie is gone in no time. Gotta make it again very soon.
Best Fresh Strawberry Pie Recipe

Homemade Burger Buns

Delicious as it is, even without filling

King Arthur Burger Buns Recipe

Fermented Cassava Cake With Cheese

My breakfast this morning :9
Fermented Cassava Cake With Cheese Recipe

Homemade Ricotta

I was on the spirit on making everything homemade lately that I decided to try to make homemade cream cheese too. That, or the fact that it's nearly impossible to find store bought cream cheese anywhere near home.

I asked a friend who had made homemade cream cheese for tips, then continued my research on google. I found many different ways to make it. As always, I chose the simplest way. Just like my friend told me how to do it. Thanks, @PitraMoeis!

This is how I did it. Heat some pasteurized milk (NOT UHT. Fresh milk would be better if you have it handy) until about 40 degree Celsius. Add some freshly squeezed lemon/lime juice. You will need about 1/4 cup lemon/lime juice for 1 liter of milk. Stir, let it sit for a while until it curdles.

Line a strainer with cheese cloth (you cold also use clean tea towel) and set the strainer over a bowl. Pour the curdled milk into the strainer, very slowly. Let it dry. The longer you let it dry, the more solid the cheese would be. I did as the…