Honey Cupcakes! Buzz….

Just a little update on what I have been baking recently…

Well, I have not been baking an awful lot this past few weeks but what I have baked was honey cupcakes! I did it for a friend’s birthday and a little treat for my family and I!

Who doesn’t love honey?? It’s sweet, sticky and yummy! So I thought why not bake it in a cupcake! It adds flavour and fun to it. So I google and found a lovely recipe for honey cupcakes!

It is a rather simple and classic recipe which I love. Not those complicated and complex recipes!

The cake was moist and tasty. It looked very simple and rustic. It wasn’t fancy nor rich.

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HONEY CUPCAKES 
a recipe by Lauren Kapeluck
{makes 1 dozen cupcakes}

For the cake:

1 stick butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 12 cup muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  2. In medium bowl mix together dry ingredients: flour, baking powder and salt, set aside.
  3. In small bowl mix together wet ingredients: buttermilk, honey and vanilla, set aside.
  4. In bowl of stand mixer cream butter and sugar on medium speed until combined.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time beating well after each addition and scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
  6. Gradually add the dry and wet ingredients, alternating starting and ending with dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  7. Using ice cream scoop fill cupcake liners about 2/3 full.
  8. Bake for 18-20 minutes.
  9. Let cupcakes cool in pans for 5 minutes, then remove to wire rack to finish cooling.
  10. Once cupcakes are completely cool, ice with Honey Cream Cheese Frosting.

I left the frosting out as I thought the cupcakes were already very sweet!

There you go! I hope you enjoyed this recipe and thank you for reading! Till next time, Good Luck and Have Fun!

 

Exams…

As you may already know, I am currently in secondary school, graduating year. The year so far was filled with quizzes, tests and assignments. At this point of time, I have mastered the skills of procrastination. One skill I have yet to master is the skill to enjoyment in studies. After about 7 years of study, I sadly admit that I still do not find the joy in studying. I am still doing the necessary studies for the sake of doing it. However, I cannot say I did not get anything out of it. For example, I would not have learnt about the history of Venice if it is not for my subject, Social Studies.

For the next 2 months, I would be facing with endless examinations, both national and internal. I would be putting my all in this exams, therefore there may be an irregular posting on this blog. If I come across a good opportunity to blog, I most definitely would. However, there would be days when I am worn out and busy, and that’s when I seek your favour and tune in another time for a blog post. I do hope you would understand where I am coming from! Thank you for your understanding and your patience.

Pei Gee. Xoxo.

A Pizzeria at home!

About 2 weeks ago, I had a crazy craving for pizzas! But I did not want the pizza to be a take-out or a delivery. So I made my own! I did not buy ingredients specially for this pizza making, I merely used what I had at home! It is fast, easy and fun!

It was my very first time making pizza at home, therefore I feared that the dough might not rise correctly but excited at the same time. I got my recipe for the pizza dough in a cookbook I bought months ago, so I guess it was meant to be for making pizza now…? Oh well! Let’s just get to the recipe for the pizza crust! I did the dough a night before and let it to prove overnight in the fridge, covered. I did so as the next day, I could just roll out the dough and assemble my pizza!

Pizza Dough

Ingredients

  1. 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  2. 4 cups all-purpose flour
  3. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  4. 1/3 cup virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  5. 1 1/2 cups warm water

Methods

  1. Pour warm water into a bowl. Sprinkle the yeast over the water.
  2. Combine the flour and salt in a mixing bowl
  3. With an electric mixer on low speed, drizzle in the olive oil until just incorporated
  4. Stir the yeast/water mixture
  5. And drizzle it into the flour/oil mixture until the dough forms a ball
  6. Drizzle a little olive oil into a clean bowl. Toss the ball of dough in the bowl and turn over to coat in oil
  7. Cover the bowl with a moist kitchen towel and set in a warm place for 1 to 2 hours, or cover with plastic wrap and store in the fridge for up to 2 days.
  8. When you are ready to use the dough, cut the dough if you want a personal pizza and stretch the dough with your hands.

Throughout the whole process, I used my hands as I wanted to feel the dough and control the amount of oil added.

I had everything I wanted on my pizza ready before I rolled out the dough. I used tomato sauce which was actually for pasta, but it worked perfectly fine on pizza! I sliced some fresh mushrooms, diced bell peppers of yellow, green and red colour, halved cherry tomatoes and the most important ingredient, shredded mozzarella cheese.

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I wanted to have some protein in my pizza therefore there was an addition of bacon!

IMG_5603 I made a pesto pizza as well, however if you are not a herb person, stick with the tomato sauce. I top the pesto pizza with fresh arugula.

IMG_5607 All my guilty pleasures! It was indeed a satisfying meal and I cannot wait till the next time I do pizza at home again! No more delivery and take-out!

I shall end my post here. I really hope that you have enjoyed my post and hope that you would give this recipe a try as it was delicious and cheesy and Mmmm, MAMAMIA! Till the next time, Good luck & Have Fun!

(Got my recipe from the cookbook: The Pioneer Woman Cooks, Pizza Crust. )

Racial Harmony Day, 2014.

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As a student in Singapore, I celebrate different kinds of festivals from different races and religion. Chinese New Year (traditional Chinese holiday), Hari Raya Puasa (A religious holiday celebrated by the muslims), Deepavali (A Hindu festival) and last but not least, Christmas. I’m a Chinese and I am made to bond and forge friends who are of different race and religion. And I believe such friendships are rather extraordinary. You do not get to learn to speak Malay if you do not linger around Malay friends, you would not be very familiar from where curry or spices are from if you do not get to know a Indian cook!

As for me, I can proudly say who I am today is hugely influenced with the different races and religion I encounter. I would not have found my love for Indian food if my parents are not friends with Indians. I would not have learn about  Ramadan* or a baju kurung* if I did not meet a good friend who is a muslim.

Therefore this brings me to the topic of this post, Racial Harmony Day. Our school , or I can say most schools in Singapore, celebrate Racial Harmony Day annually. It is whereby my school allows students to dress up in ethnic costumes for the day. And on the day of the celebration, everyone in school would be exquisitely dressed. It is a rather stunning sight.

And for me, it is sadly my last year to celebrate Racial Harmony Day as I am graduating. So my friends are I agreed to dress up!

RHD girls

 

Practically most of my classmates dressed up as well!

RHD Boys

 

I spent Racial Harmony Day 2014 quite simply. It was no fancy affair but an enjoyable one. From borrowing the ethnic costumes from my friend to exposing myself to different types of ethnic costumes I do not see much outside. Overall it was worthwhile.

There you have it! I truly hope you enjoyed this post and I shall see you next week!

*Ramadan- The ninth month of the Islamic calendar; Muslims worldwide observe this as a month of fasting. Fasting means to abstain from eating and drinking (including water) during daylight hours.

*Baju Kurung- A traditional Malay costume which loosely translated as “enclosed dress”.