Recent giveaways ….

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Here’s a sneak peak into what I’ve been upto this week …. sadly, didn’t have any of these myself but the smile I got from the lucky recipients made it all the more worth it!

First up on the list was this pink-themed Marshmallow Kit Kat Cake for lil’Roshaney who turned 5 … what’s a birthday without extra goodies though right? So found these adorable jars with a pink lid, and filled them up with candies to give along with the cake. Happy Birthday Rosh, gimme a high-5! 🙂

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Marshmallow KitKat Cake

Next up on the to-do list was an attempt to cheer up a friends little one who had been under the weather lately. What better way to do that than to bake a giant chewy chocolate fudge cookie … Hope the adorable cookie monster shared this one with his siblings as their face lit up too at the sight of this scrumptious cookie!

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Giant Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie

Now that it’s weekend here in Dubai, time for me to bake something for myself and my Mr. Time to browse your wonderful blog posts to get some ideas then ….Drop me a line of all your favourite baking blogs … would love to have a look! 🙂

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And then there was one!

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Who wants the last piece of Chocolate Chip Scone left on the plate? Just take a look at those chocolate chips melting in there …. mmm mmmm!

This quick bread recipe is the perfect breakfast item, but I prefer to make it as a tea time snack as that’s when I crave for something sweet. It can be made in all kinds of flavours, and I had given Mr. Bakealogue two options to choose from today … Chocolate Chips or Blueberries! As he contemplated over the choices given, I just stood there trying to use telepathic powers to make him say ‘Chocolate Chip!’ … and failed miserably … kinda! He actually said ‘blueberries’ and then just as I made my way to the kitchen, heard him say ‘lets just have chocolate chips instead!’ … woohoo! Thank God it was a quick recipe to make before he changed his mind again … haha! The most important thing to be careful of while baking these scones is to avoid over-mixing the dough. To help achieve that, avoid using an electric mixer or food processor for the very final step (have marked that out in the recipe), and just use your hands instead.

Chocolate Chip Scones

Chocolate Chip Scones

The original recipe belongs to ‘Joy of Baking’ Website. But I have re-written the recipe in my own way.

Recipe as follows:

Ingredients: 
All Purpose Flour: 2 cups
Caster Sugar: 1/4 cup
Unsalted Butter (cold and cut in small cubes): 113 grams
Baking Powder: 1 and 1/4 tsp
Baking Soda: 1/4 tsp
Vanilla Essence: 1 tsp
Buttermilk: 1/2 cup – 1 cup
Chocolate Chips: 1/2 cup

Method: 
Pre-heat your oven at 200 degrees Celsius. Line your baking tray with parchment paper.
In a bowl, sift and add all the dry ingredients i.e all purpose flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda.
Add the cubed butter to the dry ingredients and mix with either your hands or in a food processor until it resembles bread crumbs. I always do this step in a food processor as it’s much quicker and consistent throughout.
Add the chocolate chips to the above mixture and mix with the help of your hands.
Mix the buttermilk and vanilla essence in a cup.
Final step: Slowly add to the dry ingredients a little at a time until all the ingredients are well-combined and form a dough.
Add a little flour to the counter top, and place the dough on top. Roll out the dough into an approximately 8″ circle. Cut into equal wedges.
Transfer the wedges to your baking tray. Brush the top of each scone with milk.
Bake in your pre-heated oven at 200 degrees Celsius for approximately 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
Transfer the scones to the cooling wire rack after they have baked and allow to cool slightly.

Congratulations! Your Chocolate Chip Scones are ready to add to todays calories! 😀

 

Time to use the leftovers!

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Whose ready to have some Banana & Blueberry bread with a cup of tea? This just happened by chance today, as I had some over-riped banana’s and blueberries left to use … so put it all together with a few other ingredients and what do you get? Ta-daaa ….

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Banana & Blueberry Bread

The original recipe belongs to ‘Joy of Baking’ website. But I have tweaked it a little bit to suit my own taste and re-written it my own way.

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Sliced Banana & Blueberry Bread

Ingredients:
All Purpose Flour: 1 & 3/4 cups
Baking Powder: 1 tsp
Baking Soda: 1/4 tsp
Caster Sugar: 1/2 cup
Brown sugar (packed): 1/4 cup
Cinnamon Powder: 1 tsp
Bananas (mashed): 2 (large)
Eggs: 2 (large)
Unsalted butter (melted): 1/2 cup
Vanilla Essence: 1 tsp
Blueberries (fresh): 1/2 cup
Walnuts (chopped): 1/4 cup

Method: 
Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Line the base of your loaf tin with parchment paper and grease the sides.
In a bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients i.e. all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, caster sugar, and cinnamon powder. Add the blueberries and mix together with the help of a spoon or spatula.
In another bowl, add and mix all the wet ingredients i.e. mashed bananas, eggs, unsalted butter and vanilla essence.
Carefully add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients bowl. Fold the mixture with the help of a spatula just until all the ingredients are well-combined. Be careful not to overmix.
Pour the batter in to your loaf tin, and bake in your pre-heated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for approximately 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.
Allow the bread to cool completely before removing from the loaf tin.

Congratulations! Your Banana & Blueberry bread is now ready to be enjoyed with a cup of tea. 🙂

Is it spring already?

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Don’t think I can ever get bored of making these! Feels like spring in the Bakealogue kitchen, but not quite outside yet .. 🙂 Gotta love how complicated these look but are ever so simple to make! Don’t believe me? Have a look at the tutorial yourself …. Got no excuse but to try these out now! 🙂

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Marshmallow Flower Cupcakes

Here’s a step-by-step instruction on how it’s all done ….

Marshmallow Flower Cupcake tutorial

Weekend Dinner!

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If you’re anything like me and prefer simple recipes for dinner, then this Spiced Chicken Roast recipe is for you! This was dinner last night accompanied with some roasted potatoes, cous cous salad and bread. Perfect for all you busy bees out there as it’s just a case of marinating a day before and shoving in the oven 2 hours before din din the next day … I personally thought the ingredients and amounts mentioned were just right (am not a fan of very spicy food) but by all means spice it up or less according to your own taste buds …

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Spiced Chicken Roast

Ingredients:
Chicken (with skin) – 1 kilo
Cayenne Pepper – 1tsp
Paprika – 1 tsp
Salt – 1tsp
Dried Thyme – 1tsp
Garlic Powder -1tsp
Black Pepper – 1 tsp
Lemon (sliced) – half
Olive Oil – to drizzle
Method:
Before you start, dab the chicken with tissue to make sure it is dry.
In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients except olive oil and lemon.
Drizzle a little olive oil over the chicken.
Now add the spices to the chicken amd spread well with your hands making sure all of the chicken is well marinated.
Place the lemon inside the chicken cavity.
Allow the chicken to marinate overnight or at least for a few hours.
Pre-heat your oven to 190 degrees Celsius.
Place the chicken to your baking tray and allow to cook for at least an hour and 30 minutes (or more depending on your oven).
Allow the chicken roast to cool for approximately 10 minutes after taking it out of the oven.

Time to get back in shape … kinda!

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Hey there! It has been way too long and you guys have probably gone skinny in my absence … time to get back in shape now with some Fudge Brownie Cupcakes with Peanut Butter frosting 😉 … Ready? Now take a deep breath … and note down the recipe 😀

Fudge Brownie Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

The original recipe belongs to ‘Sally’s Baking Addiction’ website. But I have tweaked it just a little and explained it in my own way.

Serving: 8 – 10 cupcakes

Ingredients for the cupcakes:
Unsalted Butter (melted): 113g
Light Brown Sugar: 3/4 cups
Cocoa Powder (unsweetened): 1/2 cup
All Purpose Flour: 2/3 cups
Baking Powder: 1/2 tsp
Eggs (large): 2
Vanilla Essence: 1 tbsp
Salt: 1/4 tsp

Ingredients for the Frosting: 
Unsalted Butter: 75g
Peanut Butter: 1 cup
Thick Cream: 1/3 cup
Milk: 2 tbsp
Icing Sugar: 1 cup Read the rest of this entry

Whose up for some gossip?

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Whose up for some gossip then?:D Today was an afternoon well spent not just gossiping with my old school friends, but also at a cafe that happens to be called Gossip Cafe & Desserts. Catchy name isn’t it? That’s what actually tempted me to try out the place at Box Park (Dubai), as I was initially headed somewhere else. Well, I’m certainly glad I did, coz it ticked all the boxes I look out for when visiting a cafe … Ambience? Very cosy .. Friendly staff? Definitely .. Helpful staff? Very … Dessert variety? Gained calories just by going through the options … Dessert taste? Deeelicious, or at least the Date & Toffee Pudding I tried definitely was … Pricey? Just a tad, but certainly not if you’re sharing the dessert .. Will I go back again? For sure! Still have to try their ‘Ultimate Dessert’ which the staff highly recommended! It’s not just desserts by the way, as they have other options too for the ones with the missing sweet tooth ;). So fix a date with your besties and stay up to date with all the gossip at Gossip Cafe & Desserts located at Box Park, Dubai.

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Gossip Cafe & Desserts, Dubai