|Baking with heart (Pic source: Google.com)|
I forgot when was the last time I baked at home. It seemed like ages my toy had been left abandoned at the corner of my kitchen table, so did the pastry equipments. Many ingredients had also expired and could not be used.
If you know me well enough, you should know that I am the type of person who would do things seasonally, depending on mood. After some time, it stops. Hahahaha.. :D
My hubby had complained enough of mentioning all things I bought and used only in the beginning, and then, left behind :P
On 12.12 sale, I happened looking at the muffin or Cupcake mold tray sold online together with the paper. It had been long time that I wondered if I could make it my own.
|Cappuccino and orange muffin from 7-eleven in Melbourne|
Talking about muffin, I loved eating muffin that I bought from 7-eleven store in Melbourne. It was big, delicious, and cheap (AUD$2 per piece when you bought with their $1 cappuccino!!!). My favourite was orange! Such a bargain right???
Without thinking much, I ordered it right away and a week later, it came right into my house door :)
|Dadadaraaaaa....... my new toy :D|
On the same day, I browsed Youtube searching for the muffin recipe. The first that appeared was Chocolate Chip Muffin Easy Recipe.
Well, who did not love an easy way??? I clicked it right away. Then I clicked few more as comparison (to find the easiest hahahaha.....)
I bought the ingredients at supermarket and started making it after reaching home.
Well, for the first try, the result seemed not bad. The taste was there (as I used good ingredients for the butter, chocolate chips, flour, etc.) However, the shape was a bit out and colour was so much dark.
|My first chocolate chip muffin with Dalgona coffee :)|
Then I realised where the mistake came from (on colour side). I did not remove the tray from inside the oven. It made the position of my mold tray slightly higher and easily burnt from the top heating part from inside the oven.
Anyway, I tasted it happily for the afternoon break with hubby-whipped Dalgona coffee.
Few days later, I tried making the orange muffin. Again, I browsed Youtube and found the easy recipe there.
Just nice there were 2 big orange inside the chiller, perfect ingredients for the day!!! It was easier too. I multiplied the ingredients into 2 and made 11 muffins from it.
First time came out from oven, the shape was still not right.
|My first time odd-shape orange muffin :D|
Hmmmmm.... could not be!!! I followed the same ingredients and steps as per shown in Youtube, and yet, the results were unlike shown there. So something must be wrong somewhere!!!
Well, there is always lesson from everything that we do in life. And like everything else, practise makes perfect. I found out that the setting of the oven was not right. The heat was not set from up and down, but going sideway. That was why the shape became like that!!!
I tried my second tray with the up-down setting, and voila!!!
|After setting it right!!! Yassss!!!!|
Were they beautiful like me??? Hahahaha.... No more uneven colour and it came out round shape :) Taste was good too!!! The orange flavour was there. Yummy!!!
And today I made the chocolate chip muffin again. The result was much better from the first one. The taste was equally nice.
|Christmas home baked cake gifts :)|
I packed it into the ice-cream container and decorated the cover on my own hahahaha.... (saving the money from buying the Christmas card) and gave it as a Christmas gift :) I hope the receivers will like it :)
And after long day of shopping ingredients and baking, I had finally my me-time to enjoy what I made :)
|Me-time with home-baked chocolate chip muffin :)|
Hmmmm.... it was nice, perfect having it in going-to-rain evening :)
In my opinion, it was not difficult in making it. No mixer was required as the nature of the cake itself did not required over-stirring process. Ingredients required were also easy to get. Recipes were easily followed and obtained from Youtube.
I am not into the icing thing on top of the muffin or cupcakes, and prefer to keep things simple with its own flavour inside. It can be a perfect gift to people as well :)
So, if you wonder if you too can try, I am sure you can. You just need an oven to bake it. Happy trying if you decide to try!!! And I will make more next time when I have time and let others tasting it too :) Be patient ok? :)