Baking #92: Malted Banana Chocolate Chips Muffins

Aloha! Happy Sunday! Chinese New Year is just around the corner. This day next week will be the day we celebrate the eve of CNY 2016. Sister decided to come home one week earlier instead of arriving on the first day of CNY as originally planned.

Another thing to look forward to is our sibling’s holiday trip to Bangkok in less than two weeks time. It is going to be a short trip but I think it will be my much needed holiday trip as I did not go anywhere after coming back from Taipei last year. Still thinking if I should plan a trip to Singapore for this mid year.

Anyways, I did baking this afternoon. Felt lazy to do so but I have a bunch of bananas and loads of eggs to clear. Intended to bake Banana Chiffon Cake at first but realized that the Cream Of Tartar was way expired.

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A peek of the ingredients that I used but all dry ingredients were mixed and sifted together.

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Malted Banana Chocolate Chips Muffins (adapted from The Domestic Goddess Wannabe)

Ingredients:
Yields 16

  • 1-1/2 cups bananas, mashed *365g, two medium and two large bananas*
  • 1 cup fine granulated white sugar *85g*
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil *melted unsalted butter*
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups plain flour
  • 1/4 cup malted milk powder *Horlick*
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips *100g semi-sweet chocolate chips*

PS: Highlighted in red were my modifications from the original recipe.

Directions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix dry ingredients – plain flour, white sugar, Horlick, baking soda and salt together. Sift and set aside.
  2. In another large mixing bowl, mix wet ingredients – mashed bananas, melted butter and eggs together.
  3. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and pour in the wet mixture. Mix until well combined and be careful not to overmix the batter.
  4. Gently fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Scoop batter evenly between muffin liners and bake them in a preheated oven of 180 degree Celsius for 20 to 25 minutes or until an inserted cake tester comes out clean in the centre of a muffin.
  6. Transfer muffins to cooling rack to cool completely.DSC09737

Removed the muffins from the baking tray and let them cool completely on the cooling rack.

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So, this was how the Malted Banana Chocolate Chips Muffins looked like on the inside. Texture was extremely soft and bursting of banana flavor and aroma. Chocolate chips complimented the bananas well but I think I would reduce the quantity next time as it was too sweet for me.

Expecting parents to complain the same thing later on when they tried on these muffins. However, the taste of malted milk powder/Horlick was subtle in my opinion as the bananas pretty much covered the taste of Horlick. Just realized that I baked these muffins under 160 degree Celsius when it should be 180 degree Celsius. No wonder my muffins looked pale in color. LOL! But the muffins are still delicious.

This recipe is definitely a keeper for me as it serves as a good hand gift. Bananas muffins can never go wrong. Who doesn’t like bananas, right?

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22012016 / Secret Recipe, The Mall

So, I went The Mall yesterday evening after work to buy hair shampoo and conditioner as my current ones are running out. Can’t decide what to eat so settled with Secret Recipe as Hot Point was crowded and I saw no vacant table.

The server introduced me to a couple of their promotional set meals but nothing took my fancy. But I still get settled with one of the promotional sets for B$8.80 which comes with a Minestrone Soup, Grilled BBQ Chicken / Thai Green Curry Chicken and Iced Lemon Tea.

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This was the promotional set which I was talking about. Quite a good deal, I would say. Contemplating between Thai Green Curry Chicken and Grilled BBQ Chicken but decided to go for the latter as coconut milk is high in calories. LOL!

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All Day Promotion | B$8.80

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Minestrone Soup

Perfect soup for a cold weather but the weather was nowhere near cold yesterday evening. It tasted quite good for me, slightly sourish from the pureed tomatoes to boost your appetite. Not the kind of soup for you if you are no veggie lover.

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Grilled BBQ Chicken

Came with a huge chunk of boneless chicken thigh with BBQ sauce poured all over it, a portion of fragrant rice and whole kernel corns. I love that the chicken was juicy and tender but I didn’t like the sauce. It was too sweet for my liking. Perhaps I would request the sauce to come separately next time.

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Iced Lemon Tea 

This was not bad as it was not extremely sweet but portion was too much and I ended up like finishing one quarter of it only.

Secret Recipe
Unit 1.28 & 1.33,
The Mall,
Gadong,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-2457123

Baking #91: Blythe’s Blueberry Muffins

I went home straight after work on Tuesday evening. Didn’t feel like going out for shopping on that particular evening. Mom asked me if I wanted to join her and Dad for laundry washing machine shopping but I declined as I felt like staying home to do some baking!

Decided to try this Blythe’s Blueberry Muffins as I had all the required ingredients in my fridge and kitchen. The original recipe did not include crumb toppings on the muffins but I self included them with the leftover crumbs which I had from Banana Crumble Muffins.

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Blythe’s Blueberry Muffins (adapted from LY’s Kitchen Ventures)

Ingredients:

  • 125g unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 125g full cream milk
  • 225g all purpose flour
  • 175g caster sugar *120g fine brown sugar*
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 300g blueberries *frozen blueberries*

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients – all purpose flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt together. Sift and set aside.
  2. In another large bowl, mix wet ingredients – melted unsalted butter, eggs and milk together.
  3. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and pour in the wet mixture. Mix until well combined and be careful not to overmix the batter.
  4. Gently fold in the frozen blueberries.
  5. Scoop batter evenly between muffin liners and bake them in a preheated oven of 180 degree Celsius for 25 minutes or until an inserted cake tester comes out clean in the centre of a muffin.
  6. Transfer muffins to a cooling rack to cool completely.

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I received mixed reviews on these muffins. Most of my colleagues did not like the crumb toppings which I added from the leftovers of the crumb toppings from my previous bake of Banana Crumble Muffins. They didn’t like that it was too sweet and buttery in taste.

Some liked that the muffins were well packed with generous amount of blueberries but some thought that the blueberries were too much and could not get much of the muffin texture. I personally liked more blueberries in my muffins. That way, the muffins won’t be dense as the blueberries sort of give moisture to the muffins.

Sweetness level was perfect for me as I reduced the sugar quantity and I used brown sugar instead of white caster sugar. And that explains why my muffins were brownish in color rather than light in color.

Do try this recipe if you are a big fan of blueberries. I am sure you are gonna love it as much as I did. This recipe is definitely a keeper for me. The only downside is that you will need a lot of blueberries. Blueberries ain’t exactly cheap here in Brunei. xD

Review: Piato Bistro, Miri

As mentioned in my previous blog entry, I was in Miri yesterday for a day trip to run some errands. I was in Miri early in the morning and stayed at the airport for approximately two hours before Alan picked me up to drop me off to meet Ing for breakfast.

Initially, Ing suggested that we try a place called D2D Bistro but I was not keen on having Nyonya Laksa. My stomach has an extremely low tolerance when it comes to Laksa due to the coconut milk used to make the broth. Don’t wanna end up looking for washrooms for the entire day as the washrooms in Miri ain’t clean enough for my liking.

Since I rejected Ing’s recommendation for D2D Bistro, she asked me to choose a venue. I chose Piato Bistro as I was craving for an English breakfast. Well, not exactly the authentic kind but close enough kind would be more than enough for me.

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Yeah … That’s what we do – Let’s EAT!

Without further ado, let me show you what Ing and I had for breakfast yesterday morning. Portion was too big so I ended up having a light lunch with Alan but starting to get hungry around 3 in the afternoon. LOL!

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Hot Lemon | RM2.50 & Hot Honey Lemon | RM3.00

Hot Lemon for me and Hot Honey Lemon for Ing. Nothing special about our beverages just that I personally find my Hot Lemon not to be sour enough despite I had crushed the lemon slice. Prior to serving my Hot Lemon, they had added sugar into the hot water.

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Ham & Cheese Croissant | RM9.80

Ing’s choice of breakfast. I intended to order this in the first place but decided not to when Ing suggested that she wanted to order this. She did not have much comment on this Ham & Cheese Croissant of hers apart from the pork bacon being overly salty to be eaten on it’s own.

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Big Brekkie | RM25.90

It’s rare that I will eat such a heavy meal for breakfast. But ever since I started dieting, I will eat more for breakfast. That way, I don’t gain much weight as the food that I took for breakfast will be burnt throughout the day.

My Big Brekkie comes with two slices of toasted wholemeal breads. They offered quite a variety of options for their bread. They have Bruschetta, Whole Grain, Wholemeal, Plain, Croissant and some other which I could not remember.

Mushroom was from the canned ones, sauteed with salted butter. Egg wise, you could choose sunny side up, omelette, scrambled or poached. I had mine poached, exactly like the eggs in Benedict. Unfortunately, I did not like my poached eggs. The egg whites tasted rubbery in texture to me and I think I could taste vinegar on the egg whites.

Sausage was homemade. They serve pork sausage too. The one I had was Hot & Spicy. According to the waitress, their Hot & Spicy sausage was mild in terms of the spicy level. However, it was pretty spicy for both Ing and I. Both pork sausage and bacon were salty for my liking. They had to be eaten together with the toasted bread.

If you wondered if I finish off the entire plate of food, no I did not. I only managed to finish half of the platter and shove the rest to Ing. Thank goodness I have a friend who could share my food with or else the money paid will be gone wasted.

Verdict: To be honest, I quite like the place. It is small in size but cozy enough to pull off as a brunch cafe. Customer service was good in my opinion. Food was served quite promptly after ordering. Food quality was okay in my opinion but there are still spaces for improvements. I didn’t like the fact that they added too much salt in their food. But I do not mind returning again next time.

PS: Piato Bistro is a non-Halal cafe as pork is served. 

Piato Bistro
Lot 2455, Ground Floor,
Boulevard Commercial Centre,
98000, Miri,
Sarawak
Tel: +6-085415003

Of Random Things #68: Miri Shopping Buys

Was in Miri for a day trip yesterday as I had to run some errands at MAS counter at Miri Airport as the counter in Brunei had been shut down since months ago. Hence, the nearest counter would be the one in Miri. Decided to go down yesterday as Ing was convenient for a meet up.

We met up over breakfast and some shopping before she goes out to do her Amway stuffs while I met up with Alan for lunch. I tried myself some clothing at the boutique shops in Imperial Permaisuri City Mall. It used to be me wandering around boutique shops aimlessly while Ing tried on clothing. However, it was the other way round this time round.

Ever since I started losing weight, I started to take an interest back in fashion again. LOL! So, let me show you what I had tried on and bought.

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PADINI Concept Store | RM39

I took an L size for this dress as I could not find an M size on display. It fitted my body perfectly without feeling tight around the waist. The fabric texture is completely stretchable. When I first tried it on, Ing said it looked nice on me. Well, I thought so too as the length was good enough to carry off as work attire.

Pair it with a piece of cardigan, you are good to go and looking formal and neat enough. When I showed this picture to Sister, she said it looked like a costume for a nurse. *wtf* And Kaylie said it looked like a dress for a waitress. *double wtf*

Both colleague and Mom said this looked nice. Sister finds this dress design to be rather oldish than trendy. However, if you had been following the trend lately, fashion trend nowadays had gone way back to the 80’s.

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DEES | RM89

Tried this on but without buying it as I find the price does not justify with the quality. B$30 for that quality was kinda out of mind. But if you want something elegant and yet casual at the same time, this was good enough.

I liked this dress as it kinda showed my body figure in an M size. But what I don’t like was the plunging neckline. But Mom could always fix it up with some kind of buttons though. Colleague and Mom didn’t like this black dress but Sister and Ing preferred this over the blue dress.

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1-Day J&J Acuvue Moist | RM110

I used to be a contact lens wearer but not often anymore as I preferred eyeglass over contact lens nowadays. But I still wear it sometimes when I feel like it especially when I am on a holiday whereby I need sunglasses.

Rather than buying monthly contact lenses, I now wear daily disposable ones. That way I don’t have to worry about my contact lenses from being contaminated or whatsoever. I am currently using Focus brand but I still prefer J&J over Focus.