Baking #104: Banana Oreo Muffins

Baked some Banana Oreo Muffins this morning with the recipe which I had kept in my iPad archive for quite some time. I had bought a tube of Oreo months ago but never gotten around to try out the recipe until this morning.

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Banana Oreo Muffins (adapted from Honey Bee Sweets)

Ingredients:
Serves 16

  • 220g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 180g fine granulated white sugar *150g*
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 medium sized bananas, mashed *4 bananas*
  • 110g plain flour
  • 110g cake flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 50ml buttermilk *50ml full cream milk and 1/4 tsp fresh lemon juice*
  • 100g Oreo, crushed to crumbly texture
  • 16 mini sized Oreo *optional, for garnishing*

Directions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add dry ingredients – plain flour, cake flour, baking powder and baking soda together. Sift and set aside.
  2. In another clean mixing bowl, cream butter and white sugar together for approximately two minutes until light and fluffy.
  3. Add in eggs one at a time and making sure that the egg is well mixed in the batter before adding the next egg.
  4. Add in mashed bananas and vanilla extract, mix well.
  5. Add in half of the sifted flour mixture and beat on low speed, followed by milk and the remaining half portion of flour mixture. Mix until well combined and be careful not to over mix the batter.
  6. Gently fold in the crushed Oreo.
  7. Scoop batter evenly between cupcake liners and bake in a preheated oven of 175 degree Celsius for 20 to 22 minutes or until an inserted cake tester comes out clean in the centre of a muffin.
  8. Leave the muffins to cool in the muffin tray for about 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a cooling rack.

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This was the outcome of my Banana Oreo Muffins. The texture was surprisingly soft, light and fluffy. The texture was very much alike sponge cake. Albeit two sticks of butter were used, the muffins were surprisingly not heavy with butter taste but slightly greasy though.

I showed Jia these two pictures over Skype this morning and she asked if the muffins were sweet. I am sure the first thing to come to mind for majority is whether the muffins would be sweet since they were loaded with Oreo and bananas. But honestly speaking, these muffins were mildly sweet.

For your information, I ran out of buttermilk so I used an alternative method for buttermilk. I read from baking blogs that you can always make your own buttermilk at home. But baking end results may not be as good as using store bought buttermilk. It’s not a big deal for me, desperate time calls for desperate measure. LOL!

Singapore 2016 (Part 2)

I have decided to do an entry for We are the Furballs (WTF) separately. But in the meantime, I am just gonna blog about the second part of my Singapore trip. Came back for almost a week and I am still not done with my Singapore blog entry.

After our early dinner at Brotzeit in VivoCity, the four of us went separate ways. Both Sister and I returned to hotel to refresh ourselves as I wasn’t feel that well in the afternoon. Had been having migraine when it had been more than half a year since I had one. Andrea went home too to shower while Patrick stayed in the city centre for some cuff link shopping.

The four of us met at Bugis MRT Station before heading to We are the Furballs (WTF). I think WTF deserves a separate blog entry as I wanna show you how cute the puppies are! After our pet “bonding” session at WTF, the four of us met up with King for supper at Ah Chew Desserts.

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Finally got to try Ah Chew Desserts after so many years. Patrick and Andrea intended to bring me to Ah Chew Desserts couple of years ago but we ended up at Ji De Chi Desserts when I saw that the queue was super long. It was a Saturday evening and everyone stayed out late hence the queue was longer in comparison to when we were there two Sundays ago.

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This was our first round of supper. We had two rounds as we stayed there for like two hours before leaving. Gosh, we had so much to catch up on. The only regret we had was no group picture was taken.

Both Andrea and King had Mango Sago. Sister and I shared Durian Sago with Mango & Pamelo while Patrick himself had a bowl of Black Sesame Paste.

By the time we were heading home, it was 12:30AM. The three of them took cabs home while Sister and I decided to walk back. It was a good 20 minutes walk to burn some calories. It was not much but it somehow made me feel better. LOL!

Both Sister and I did some free and easy window shopping on Monday morning as Patrick and Andrea were working. We had our breakfast at Wild Honey, Mandarin Gallery instead of Forty Hands.

WILD HONEY, MANDARIN GALLERY
333A Orchard Road, #03-01/02 Mandarin Gallery, Singapore 238897

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As mentioned in my previous blog entry, both Patrick and I wanted to try Wild Honey on the day when I arrived but the waiting list was horrendous and we both ended up at Tonkatsu by Ma Maison instead. So, I would suggest going there on a weekday instead of weekend unless you do not mind waiting.

The cafe was only half occupied when we arrived some time before 10AM. So, we got normal table instead of high table.

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Latte | S$6

The good thing about Wild Honey is that you could choose full fat or skimmed milk for your coffee. I chose skimmed milk, of course. To be honest, most of the cafes in Singapore which I had been to do not provide milk options.

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Brain Booster | S$9

It wasn’t this little when served. Sister took a few sips before I managed to get some snaps of the beverage. This was beetroot juice if I am not mistaken.

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Raw Coconut Birche | S$15

This is a gluten free breakfast dish. I did not have an accurate food description as I did not snap a picture of their menu. From what I gathered, there were desiccated coconut, cubed mangoes, coconut flesh and fresh blueberries.

I wasn’t at all keen when this was being served to us. But after taking a few bites, I realized that it was not as bad as I thought it would be. It was quite tummy filling if I may say so. This cup of breakfast is filled with healthy goodness!

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Tunisian | S$24

Sizzling pan of spicy shakshouka (tomato, onion, red pepper, chili), studded with Chorizo sausage, crowned with two fried eggs, signature brioche & Israeli salad

This Tunisian dish is a signature dish of Wild Honey. It was highly raved in the food reviews which I had read before going to Wild Honey. I was completely sold with the spicy shakshouka but disappointed with the brioche. It wasn’t as good as I thought it would be. The Israeli Salad was pretty good though.

After our breakfast at Wild Honey, we walked to ION Orchard for some window shopping. By 1:30PM, I was low on blood sugar and I can feel the dizziness in me. We decided to find some lunch before moving on as I could not function properly when I am low on blood sugar. I can feel my legs being wobbly. Asked Andrea for recommendation of a good Vietnamese place around ION Orchard and she recommended me NamNam Noodle Bar situated at Wheelock Place.

NAMNAM NOODLE BAR
501 Orchard Road, #B2-02, Wheelock Place, Singapore 238880

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Sugar Cane Juice | S$3.50

This was a glass of good and refreshing Sugar Cane Juice and it has a slight distinctive taste of lime too! What’s special about NamNam Noodle Bar is that they use biodegradable bamboo straw instead of the usual plastic straw. It is so much eco-friendly compared to the plastic straw.

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Pho Chicken | S$9

We did not want to have a heavy lunch. So, we decided to share this bowl of Pho Chicken with some appetizers. Our Pho Chicken came with sliced chicken and spring onion. The soup base was good but tad bit salty for our liking though. Seeing this made me crave for a good bowl of Chicken Pho too! Perhaps I should make another visit to Pho Hoa Restaurant soon?

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Crispy Vietnam Street Snacks | S$4.50

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Vegetarian Southern Rolls | S$5.50

We continued our window shopping right after our lunch where I bought a pair of Clarks shoes. We headed back to the hotel to pack our purchases into our luggage and I took some time for a shower before heading out again. Sister and I had an early dinner of economy rice as I am feeling low on blood sugar again.

Dinner with the gang was at Ramen Keisuke Tonkatsu King. No food picture was taken as we were all famished by the time we were seated. We waited for an hour to be seated as they do not allow us in unless everyone in our group are present.

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My first try of Meiji Yoghurt and it was really good. Smooth in texture but sweet though. Fairprice was having a promotion for Meiji Yoghurt at four for S$3. So, Sister and I bought two each. I had Strawberry Yoghurt while Sister had Aloe Vera Yoghurt.

So, this basically summed up my Singapore trip. I will do a separate blog entry on We are the Furballs (WTF) as mentioned in my post earlier on and V Hotel Lavender, Singapore.

Singapore 2016 (Part 1)

Hi! It has been a few days since I last blogged (not that I blogged often lately). LOL! I just came home from Singapore yesterday afternoon around 2:30PM. Both inbound and outbound flights were full. But thankfully, I still managed to get front aisle seats.

When I was younger, I preferred window seat so I could watch the sky view from my window pane. But over the past few years, I preferred aisle seat so that I could go to the washroom easily. And most importantly, I could leave the aircraft faster after it landed.

Anyways, this post will cover on my Singapore trip. I am unlikely to do separate blog entries of the cafes which I had visited while in Singapore as I don’t think I have the time and mood to write. So, I might as well cut myself some loose and do it all at once.

After coming out from the aircraft, first thing to do is definitely joining the queue for Immigration clearance. I chose the lane which has the least Chinese tourists. Immigration clearance usually takes longer when it comes to Chinese tourists.

The Immigration Officer who checked my passport had to look at my face twice to verify. The picture on my passport was a lot different compared to my current facial feature. Not that I underwent plastic surgery or what. But I lose a lot of fats on my face and so did my double chin. The Immigration Officer said: “You loose a lot of weight” before stamping on my passport. LOL!

Upon immigration clearance, I went to the designated belt to collect my luggage. Thank goodness my luggage was already on the belt when I arrived. Hence, it didn’t take long on the luggage part. Looked for Belt 34 to find a Changi Recommends kiosk for the collection of my prepaid MRT Card as well as my rental pocket wifi device.

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This is Changi Recommends kiosk. This one is located at T2 Arrival Hall, opposite Belt 34. You can find them at selected places in T1, T2 and T3. I got mine from T2 as that was where RBA flight lands and takes off.

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I bought these from Changi Recommends for S$12 each. I only bought one in the first place but Patrick said he wanted one too. According to him, some places offer special promotion if you pay with FlashPay.

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This was the pocket wifi which I rented from Changi Recommends for S$10 per day. The charge starts on the day you collect and until the day you returned the device. Say you collect on 09/04/2016 and return on 12/04/2016, the chargeable rate will be S$40.

A deposit of S$200 in the form of authorization hold of credit card will be required. So, do make sure you have a credit card with you as they do not accept debit card for authorization hold.

Click here if you want to know about this Singapore WiFi Router Rental.

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The staff at Changi Recommends apologetically told me that they ran out of pocket wifi so he had to collect from another terminal. Waiting time was approximately 15 minutes. So, I used the waiting time to take selfie. Loves how my camera managed to “beautify” my skin so well.

Patrick picked me up from the airport and we headed to the hotel for check in. Sister flight from Shanghai was delayed for two hours as there was some military training on the sky. She only arrived around 6PM. So, Patrick and I headed out for lunch without her.

Lunch was supposedly at Wild Honey, Mandarin Gallery. No reservation was made beforehand and average waiting time was 30 to 45 minutes. Both of us were starving at the time and we decided not to wait and went ahead with Tonkatsu by Ma Maison.

TONKATSU BY MA MAISON, MANDARIN GALLERY
333A Orchard Road, #02-35/36 Mandarin Gallery, Singapore 238897

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Katsu Don | S$21.80

Deep fried pork loin topped with egg and special soy sauce

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Up close view of my Katsu Don. If you ask me if I liked what I ordered, I am gonna say I preferred Patrick’s lunch over mine. This pork loin of mine has a taste which I didn’t like. I consumed less pork since 9 months ago when I started dieting.

I gave half of my Katsu Don to Patrick as the portion was too big for me. I wasn’t even halfway through when I felt full. What’s so special about Tonkatsu by Ma Maison is that there is free flow of Miso soup and cabbage salad.

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Chicken Katsu Set | S$21.80

Deep fried tender chicken cutlet

Like mine, Patrick’s lunch also came with shredded cabbage salad and miso soup. As for the rice, you can choose between white or brown rice. The chicken cutlet was extremely juicy and tender but fattening!

It rained when we came out from Mandarin Gallery. Hence, we used the underground bypass to get into ION Orchard from Takashimaya. Patrick wanted to go for dessert at Llao Llao but I was too full from lunch. And furthermore, frozen yogurt is not my cup of tea anyways. So, I told him to wait until Sister comes. Sister is a big fan of frozen yogurt.

Sister headed straight to the hotel by taxi from Changi International Airport. I had made a reservation with CreatureS for Saturday afternoon for their Durian Cake. As Sister flight was delayed, I had no choice but to cancel the reservation.

SHUFFLE BISTRO BAR
3D River Valley Road, #02-03, Clarke Quay, Singapore 179023

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Dinner was at this place called Shuffle Bistro Bar. Andrea and Patrick brought me there when I visited them both few years ago. What’s so special about the place is that they have live band performances on every Monday to Saturday evening. For your information, they are close on every Sunday. The place could be very crowded on weekends. So, do make your reservation beforehand to avoid disappointment.

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This is the band performing on that evening. They sang mostly English songs on the first quarter of the evening but Chinese songs for the requested ones. For your information, live band performance only starts at 8PM.

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Selfie of Sister and I. My camera focused on her face but not mine. Ended up my face was being blurry. LOL! Guess my camera wasn’t on Portrait setup but Macro at the time. LOL!

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Lemon Lime Bitters | S$15

Angostura Bitter, Lime Cordial & Sprite

Sister ordered this in the first place but I exchanged mine for hers as I did not like the strong taste of rum in my Pina Colada. Guess I am not a cocktail drinker afterall. LOL! Mocktail drinks are more my cup of tea. LOL!

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Pina Colada | S$16

Rum, Malibu, Coconut Cream & Pineapple Juice

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Ceasar Salad | S$10

Romaine lettuce tossed with homemade dressing topped with egg, Parmigiana cheese and crispy bacon 

There were croutons in the salad too! This portion of Cesar Salad was good for two and the dressing serving was too generous! We should have requested for no dressing, or at least dressing in a separate platter.

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Sauteed Mushrooms | S$8

Fresh button mushrooms with garlic and white wine

For those who like button mushrooms, you will definitely like this. Both Sister and I enjoyed this dish. If you do not like the taste of white wine, fret not! The taste of white wine is completely non-existent for me. I am no wine drinker so I would say this dish is completely safe if you are allergic to alcohols.

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Beer Battered Fish & Chip | S$18

Deep fried dory fillet with waffle fries, garden greens and tartar sauce

Both Sister and I enjoyed this too and she had more of this than me. We liked it that the dory fillet was juicy and tender. According to Sister, this was far better than the well known Fish & Chips she had in the UK.

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Shuffle Wings | S$14

Deep fried chicken wings marinated with Asian herbs and spices

We were full to the brim way before this was being served to us. In conclusion, we ordered too much for two. Albeit this being one of the highly recommended dishes at Shuffle Bistro Bar, we find this average tasting only. Think we should have gone for the Honey Wings instead.

Click here for a full version of Shuffle Bistro Bar food menu.

We headed to Kbox Cathay Cineleisure for a karaoke session after dinner. It was three hours per session but we did not make full use of the three hours and left the venue like 2.5 hours later. We were both knackered and decided to return to hotel to rest.

LOLA’S CAFE
5 Simon Road, Singapore 545893

Met up with both Andrea and Patrick the next day for a whole day outing. The four of us met up at Paya Lebar MRT Station and took the subway together to Kovan MRT Station for breakfast at Lola’s Cafe.

We had only intended to start our day outing at 12PM in the first place. But when Andrea saw my planned food itinerary, she told me that she was interested to try Lola’s Cafe too. So, we met up earlier just to try Lola’s Cafe.

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We arrived Lola’s Cafe like fifteen minutes past 10 and the cafe was half crowded. Thankfully, there was a table vacant which could fit just nice for four! If we had arrived slightly later, we would have to wait for tables.

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Cappuccino | S$5
Flat White | S$5
Latte | S$5
Piccolo Latte | S$4

Our choices of beverages for breakfast. I ordered a Latte for myself which I find the coffee taste to be lacking but too milky for my liking. The cafe smelled so heavenly of coffee beans when you stepped in. But surprisingly, the taste of coffee in their caffeinated drinks ain’t strong at all.

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Lola’s Full Works | S$17

Honey baked ham, honey bacon, pork sausage, sweet cherry tomato confit, scrambled eggs, toasted rye bread, garden salad & balsamic dressing

Sister and I shared this as we do not want to stuff ourselves crazy since we are heading to Wheeler’s Yard for lunch later. Sister finds this breakfast spread to be slightly expensive given the portion.

I loved how sweet the sweet cherry tomatoes confit were. They were extremely juicy and sweet! The baked ham and bacon were sweet too as they were glazed with honey. Pork sausage was one of the best which I had tried by far. Scrambled eggs were so so for me. It tasted bland but milky. But it was one thing which wasn’t sweet on the platter. However, we were being given toasted white bread instead of rye bread. Hmm …

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Breakfast Butter Croissant | S$15

Butter croissant, scrambled eggs, pork ham, honey bacon, cheddar cheese, honey mayo, garden salad and balsamic dressing

Both Andrea and Patrick ordered the same breakfast dish. It looks and sounds good too! Sister and I did not go for this as the portion seems small for two. And furthermore, we are not so into croissant at the moment. Andrea and Patrick both seem happy with their breakfast choice. And I saw that majority patrons went for this breakfast dish too!

How to get to Lola’s Cafe:
Alight at Kovan MRT Station and walk to Exit B. Walk straight to the traffic junction of Upper Seragoon Road. Cross the road and walk to destination. Approximately 3 to 5 minutes of walking distance depending on how fast you walk.

For your information, Lola’s Cafe is closed on every Monday. Click here if you wish to have a full view of their menu.

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Andrea, Patrick, Sister & I outside Lola’s Cafe while figuring out how we should head to our next destination after breakfast session at Lola’s Cafe.

WHEELER’S YARD
28 Lor Ampas, Singapore 328781

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Mandatory shot at Wheeler’s Yard!

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A paparazzi shot by Sister. LOL! What I made out from this picture was that my hair color was extremely dark in color in comparison to Andrea’s. A lot of my friends had commented that my hair color was a lot darker than usual. Well, I colored it black few months ago when my hair started to go unhealthy brown color.

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Got this picture as my recent profile picture for a few social media platforms. It is not my most natural look but it is better than nothing. Loved how my legs looked “skinny” here in the picture albeit it’s not so skinny in real life. LOL!

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Wheeler’s Yard does not charge service charge on top of your total bill. Hence, everything is self-service from placing order to collection. You will be given menu, proceed to Cashier counter to place order and then you will be given this buzzer like in the above picture. When your food are ready, this buzzer will vibrate. Go to the collection counter to collect your food.

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Did a flat-lay picture for these foods. Not exactly artistic in look but it will do. LOL!

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Shrooms Aglio Olio | S$17.90

Sauteed assorted mushrooms, tossed with garlic, chili flakes, cherry tomatoes, parsley & white wine

Sister and I ordered this to share as she had also ordered a dessert. The portion was big for two given if you are not in starving state. You can choose either spaghetti or fusilli for pasta choice. I chose spaghetti because I thought Aglio Olio goes well with either spaghetti or linguine. This is only my preference and it is not experimentally proven yet. LOL!

Love this pasta as it has what I love in one dish! It may be a little bit spicy for those who doesn’t take much spicy food. And slightly greasy for me too. All in all, this was a good pasta dish.

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Apple Crumble with Ice Cream | S$9 & Mocha | S$6

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Homemade Buttermilk Waffle | S$13.90

Served with vanilla ice-cream, banana slices, caramel sauce and walnut pieces

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Andrea & I

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Patrick, Andrea & I. This was our first group picture together since three years ago, which was the time when I visited them in Singapore before this.

After lunch at Wheeler’s Yard, the four of us took Uber to VivoCity for some shopping spree though we came out without much apart from bulging tummies. LOL! The four of us shopped together in the first one hour and went separate ways on the second. I did not buy much from VivoCity apart from an umbrella from Esprit.

LLAO LLAO
HarbourFront Walk #02-133, VivoCity Singapore 098585

By 4:30PM, all four of us were tired from all the walking and thinking of finding a place to sit down to rest our legs. Sister was craving for a good cup of frozen yogurt. So, we suggested Llao Llao since Patrick had been talking about Llao Llao the day before.

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Instead of being pronounced as lao-lao, it was pronounced as yao-yao. Not sure how accurate it was but that was what Andrea told us when Patrick kept on calling it lao-lao. I wonder if Llao-Llao is coming to Brunei anytime soon.

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We chose medium size which could accommodate three toppings. Could not decide what to choose for toppings and ended up with dark chocolate sauce and two portions of strawberries.

The dark chocolate sauce was good! Best paired with both strawberries and frozen yogurt. However, the texture of the froyo was more like sorbet to me. All in all, it was good even for someone like me who is not keen about froyo.

BROTZEIT
1 HarbourFront Walk #01-149/151, VivoCity Singapore 098585

While we were digging into our froyo in hand, we were discussing about where to go for dinner. Can’t seem to decide so we narrowed down by cuisine choice. There were Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, German and so on. Sister chose German and VivoCity happened to have Brotzeit. So, we had an early dinner at 5PM since we are meeting King for dessert later on.

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Nurnberger | S$18

Pork sausages with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut

My first taste of sauerkraut was few years ago when Andrea and Patrick brought me to Magma German Wine Bistro on my first Singapore visit. I did not like the taste at all. But surprisingly, this sauerkraut from Brotzeit was not bad and I kind of liked it.

The texture of the mashed potatoes was smooth but not the creamy kind. The pork sausages were good but I stopped myself with one piece only. It was only Patrick, Sister and I who ate the pork sausages.

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Kasespatzle | S$22

Bavarian homemade Spatzle with assorted melted cheese and crispy onion rings

Andrea’s choice of dinner to gain some pounds. I only had about two bites of this as I did not like the melted cheese. The pasta was cooked al dente, This was just not my cup of tea as it was kinda sickening when you had too much.

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Rosti | S$5

Patrick’s choice of dinner. Nothing to shout about this platter of Rosti. I think I preferred the Rosti from Marche more than this. One thing for sure, it was too oily for my liking.

I think I am gonna stop for now as it is taking me days getting here and I am not even done yet. I will continue the rest on some other days. Hope you are not falling asleep as you read on.

Baking #103: Dangerously Dark Chocolate Muffins (Revisited)

Doing some last minute blogging before I hit the sack. I had finished up majority of the packing but left some for tomorrow. Baked some Dangerously Dark Chocolate Muffins for Andrea, Patrick and Sister tomorrow.

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Dangerously Dark Chocolate Muffins (adapted from Bear Naked Food)

Ingredients:
Yields 22 mini muffins

  • 160g semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 120g unsalted butter, melted
  • 240ml buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 170g self-raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 70g unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 190g fine granulated white sugar *150g*
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. In a clean mixing bowl, mix dry ingredients – cocoa powder, self-raising flour and baking soda together. Sift the flour mixture and stir in chocolate chips until they are all evenly coated. Set aside.
  2. In another clean mixing bowl, beat eggs with white sugar until thick and pale yellow in color. Pour in buttermilk, melted butter and vanilla extract. Whisk them all together until smooth.
  3. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and pour in the wet mixture. Stir well until batter is moistened.
  4. Scoop batter evenly between muffin liners and bake in a preheated oven of 170 degree Celsius for approximately 15 to 18 minutes or until an inserted cake tester comes out clean in the centre of a muffin, unless you hit a chocolate chip.

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This was how my muffin was looked on the inside. It was filled generously with chocolate chips, Did not bother reducing the quantity for chocolate chips as I am pretty sure my friends can take chocolate chips well enough. LOL!

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All packed and ready to be given as homemade hand gift during our meet up. LOL! Hopefully, they will like my muffins.

Baking #102: Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins

Woke up earlier this morning to bake these Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins for my colleagues. Will be baking another batch of Dangerously Dark Chocolate Muffins for Andrea, Patrick and Sister this evening.

Not going to write a lengthy blog entry today as I am running out of time at the moment. Did some packing yesterday evening and will be doing some last minute packing tomorrow morning before heading to the airport.

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Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins (adapted from The Domestic Goddess Wannabe)

Ingredients:
Yield 13 large size muffins

  • 250g all purpose flour
  • 100g fine granulated white sugar *70g*
  • 39.3g cocoa powder *40g*
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips *150g*
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 50g dark brown sugar
  • 360ml buttermilk
  • 113g unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. In a mixing bowl, mix dry ingredients – all purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt together. Sift and stir in chocolate chips until they are all well coated. Set aside.
  2. In another clean mixing bowl, beat eggs with white and brown sugar until thick and pale brown in color. Pour in buttermilk, melted butter and vanilla extract. Whisk them all together until smooth.
  3. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and pour in the buttermilk mixture. Stir well until batter is moistened.
  4. Scoop batter evenly between cupcake liners and bake in a preheated oven of 190 degree Celsius for 20 to 22 minutes or until an inserted cake tester comes out clean in the centre of a muffin, unless you hit a chocolate chip.
  5. Allow the muffins to cool in the muffin tray for 10 minutes before removing them to cool completely on a cooling rack.