Mango Salsa Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

My first time making salad- yey for me! I hope I did well and I think I did well for a first time..haha. I just combined different recipes I found on the internet hoping it would taste good. The salsa became a little sour but the vinaigrette with the lettuce was really delicious! If you're into vegetable salads why not give it a try?

Gingerbread House Decorating

I was thinking of a fun activity for the kids for the Holidays so I thought why not decorate Gingerbread House! But instead of Gingerbread, we will use Graham Crackers for less effort hehe. I found this easy to follow instruction on how to assemble the house here - How to Make Graham Cracker Gingerbread Houses. This site also has a recipe for the royal icing that will glue the house as well as glue the decorative ornaments the kids will use. I only halved the recipe and it was enough(actually there was more left) for the 3 kids plus me :)


Double Chocolate Cookies with Almonds and Choco Chip Cookies with Walnuts

Made these babies for my friends at work. I was trying to find an easy recipe for chocolate cookies with double chocolate ingredients with a deep chocolate-y flavor, since I still have semi-sweet chocolate bar and I want to use my cocoa powder. As usual I used the recipe from allrecipes.com. You can find it here - Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies.


Simple Wedding Cake

I had a co-worker who got married about 2 weeks ago and another co-worker of mine who also bakes asked me if I would like to bake a wedding cake with her so that the cake will be our wedding gift to the newlyweds. I said sure why not! So one Sunday, I went to her house so we could bake the cake.

The cake was a Chocolate Cake with Cookies and Cream Frosting. We initially had a problem with the frosting coz it didn't set. She used ganache but the white choco chips + all purpose cream didn't set. I didn't know what happened but we decided to add Oreo cookies so that the cookies will add volume. We refrigerated it for awhile then thank goodness it finally set!

Lemon Bars

Easy recipe with easy to find ingredients, this lemon filled recipe will surely be a hit for all those who love lemons like me! By the way, I halved the recipe and baked it on a 8x8 square pan.


Lemon Bars

Ingredients
Makes: 36 bars
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups white sugar
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 lemons, juiced

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. In a medium bowl, blend together softened butter, 2 cups flour and 1/2 cup sugar. Press into the bottom of an ungreased 9x13 inch pan.
3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until firm and golden. In another bowl, whisk together the remaining 1/12 cups sugar and 1/4 cup flour. Whisk in the eggs and lemon juice. Pour over the baked crust.
4. Bake for an additional 20 minutes in the preheated oven. The bars will firm up as they cool. For a festive tray, make another pan using limes instead of lemons and adding a drop of green food coloring to give a very pale green. After both pans have cooled, cut into uniform 2 inch squares and arrange in a checker board fashion.

Mini Kababayans (Filipino Muffins)

This could have easily been a success if I just achieved the shape of the hat I was aiming for. I don't know why mine wasn't shaped just like the ones I see on the net, but I quickly had the answer. Well it's because the recipe where I got it also didn't had the hat shape. It was also like mine with a round top. I guess I would try this another recipe where the muffins has a more bump and more prominent and really shape like a Mexican hat.

Taste wise, this is delicious, soft and not too sweet. The kids loved it that I saved it for their morning snack at school the day after :)

Fudge Brownies

I missed baking brownies! It's been ages since I last baked brownies. I don't know why, but I guess I really wanted to try something new, something I haven't baked before that's why baking brownies pretty much took a backseat and completely forgotten.

Well not anymore! I think I found a perfect brownie recipe c/o Bake Happy's Chewy Fudgy Brownie Recipe From Scratch! I really like the taste of this brownie recipe. Fudgy, chocolate-y with a hint of coffee in it. Well what could you ask for?

Brazo De Mercedes

Yey at last I was able to make this again after a long, long, loong time! I was really intimidated to make this because the first time I tried this, it was a disaster! Basically it's the meringue that would make this a success or a disaster. The filling's just easy to make so you have to pay extra attention on making the meringue coz just like I said, if you did not follow the recipe, chances are the meringue will not bake properly.

Batman Fondant Cake

Made this cake for my co-worker's son's birthday. Just a simple cake with a Batman design. The boy really liked Batman so she said to make him something from Batman. I was just disappointed with the blue color coz I didn't achieved the bright royal blue that I planned.

Special Ensaymada

I'd like to share with you again another recipe from Marie Tayag of Bake Happy Manila, "Special Ensaymada". What I like about this recipe is the outcome of the bread because it's very soft and light. It's also very tasty. You must really be patient when making this because as you all know, baking something with yeast requires patience and time :)

I gave these ensaymadas to my friends and they all liked it! They say I must sell it to them but maybe this coming December I will :)

Recipe to follow... :)

Cheese Bars

Another recipe that I got from Bake Happy Manila courtesy of Yshie's Sweets. I love the subtle taste of the cheese coz it's not overpowering and just right and not too sweet. I don't know why they say that it's too sweet coz there's 2 cups of sugar here. I think it's just right but hey if you wanna lessen the sugar then do so.

Lengua De Gato

These thin cookies are really to die for cookies! It's main ingredient is butter so don't settle for "pretending to be butter" ingredient or else you won't get an authentic Lengua De Gato taste that you want.

When I was baking yema cake for orders, I always had extra egg whites that I don't know where to use at. Yeah, I heard about lengua de gato but I guess I really didn't paid much attention to it coz I thought it's hard to make. Boy, I was wrong! In fact, it is so easy to make.

I got this recipe from Bake Happy Manila FB page courtesy of Ms. Marie Tayag. If you have time, try this recipe too, you won't regret it :)

My Sister's Birthday Celebration

My eldest sister celebrated her birthday by spending it together with the whole family at a private resort in Pansol, Laguna. I planned on baking a fondant cake for her, but she said she really wanted to taste my yema cake so since it's her birthday and yema cake is much easier to make than a fondant cake, I gladly baked it a day before we went in Laguna.

All of our family and friends loved my yema cake :) They said it is not too sweet and the chiffon cake was so soft and light. There's even a minor boo boo because we forgot to bring our cheese grater that's why the cheese toppings are so big! Anyway, the birthday celebrant requested if I will bake it again for her to take in the US! Of course I said yes :) I think the cake is not even enough for all of us since we just had one slice each...haha



Hannah's 8th Birthday

At last I was able to make my very own doll cake for my daughter Hannah. Since I don't have a doll molding pan to use for my cake, I bought a doll pan for 450 pesos. I think it's expensive but since I don't have a talent for shaping a cake to make it into a skirt and I still plan on making doll cakes in the future, hopefully for orders next time, I think it's a good deal :)

Anyway, I hope the doll pan is much taller coz I still added a layer of cake at the bottom. But overall I think I did good, well not perfect but my daughter loved it so I'm happy. By the way, I bought another doll for the doll cake coz the doll included on the doll pan I bought was ugly..haha :)


Homemade Glazed Donuts

Ok so this post is another long overdue post that I planned on publishing few months ago. I am just so busy with everyday life that I can't even visit my own blog anymore nor answer pending comments with queries...sorry :( Whenever I use the internet, use recipes when baking, I just use my phone coz I am so lazy to even open my laptop.

So I promise myself to publish my pending posts one at  time. So one of these is this recipe.

I really love Krispy Kreme donuts...a lot! Whenever I'm at the mall, I always stop by at Krispy Kreme to buy their Glazed Donuts. I promise myself to make ala Krispy Kreme donuts at home. It turned out it wasn't even half as close...haha! I don't really have high expectations, I am just craving for donuts and I don't wanna go out to buy(lazy me). Anyway, these donuts are fried and done in about an hour or so depending on how many donuts you made. Turned out the donuts are soft and delicious!
I adapted the recipe here: Homemade Glazed Donuts

Shakoy (Twisted Donuts) Recipe

Shakoy or another term for it is Bicho Bicho, is a delicious merienda for Filipinos since I can't remember when. Ever since I was little, I remember my mom buying these from our neighbor and in just a short period of time, it's gone just like that!

I was trying to find an easy recipe for me to follow. I haven't always use my yeast so I thought it's perfect to use it for this recipe. Then I found The Sweet Cuisinera and her recipe was really easy to follow. You can click her blog site to take you to her recipe.

Love love love this for merienda! I love to dip it in sugar then straight to my mouth. Best of all, it's really easy to make :)

Celebration Cakes

Hi guys! How are you all doing? Been busy with a lot of stuff that I can't even update my blog here. I just did a fondant cake for my cousin's daughter's 1st birthday and before that, my niece's 7th birthday cake. I will share with you the cakes I made :) Still needs lots of improvement but I hope I soon I will be able to master this craft.

My next project is for my daughter's 8th birthday and my sister's birthday this July. Wish me luck! :)




Red Velvet Cupcakes for Valentines Day

My daughter requested for red velvet cupcakes and since a friend ordered red velvet cupcakes too on Valentines Day, I decided to make also for my family. I had leftover fondants from previous projects I made so I thought why not add a simple flower on top of each cupcakes. I searched on youtube the easiest flower or rose tutorial I could find and I found one and it's really easy. I just needed more practice coz I am not quite happy with the finished flower fondant. Bu they said it's cute but when they tried eating the cupcakes they just removed the flower toppers and never ate it...haha. But it's ok coz it's really for decoration purposes only.

Churros with Caramel and Chocolate Dipping Sauce

This is the second time I made Churros or Mexican Fritters as what it's sometimes called. The first one had a very sticky dough and hard to pipe so I tried a different recipe with a softer dough and so I found a recipe from Martha Stewart's site Churros Recipe. This one has an egg so it has a softer dough but what I like is that I had an easy time piping it and frying it on the sauce pan.

Besides the chocolate dipping sauce, I also tried dipping it on a caramel sauce and it was delicious! I just bought the caramel sauce but I made the chocolate sauce by adding dark chocolates with milk. The kids loved it so much that now they always asks me when will I make Churros again, haha!

Gumpaste Sugar Flowers

So I attended a workshop about making Gumpaste Sugar Flowers last week and I really enjoyed the workshop! I think with enough patience and perseverance, you could easily master the craft of making gumpaste sugar flowers. Besides having passion on making these, be prepared to have the tools, molders, cutters, etc that you should have. I thought the tools that I'm going to use will be the same with making fondant, but I was wrong. There are tools that's specifically for making gumpaste and honestly I still don't have most of them yet. Some are quite expensive but you have to be creative coz you could definitely improvise like when you have to dry up the flowers, you could actually use apple or egg tray or spoon. With regards to the molders and cutters, I would definitely save up for those coz you would really need those on making gumpaste sugar flowers.

Anyway, below are some of my creations when I attended the worshop. I made, buds, leaves, lilacs, peony, anemone and rose flowers. I think I'm not too bad for a first timer right? :)





Hannah's Oatmeal Cookies

Hannah surprised me when one Sunday afternoon, she asked me if she could bake oatmeal cookies on her own. And she wants me to make a video of her while she's making cookies! Well, Hannah's quite fond of watching youtube with videos of kids doing different stuff like baking, reviewing toys or games, puting make-up so she wants to join the bandwagon haha! I already shared the video on my fb page so what I'm gonna share with you is the recipe we used for her Oatmeal Cookies which is The Pioneer Woman's Brown Sugar Oatmeal Cookies. This is an easy recipe which I'm sure your kid/s could make.

Except for scooping the cookie dough and putting and removing the pan on the oven, she was the one who practically prepared the cookies. I really wish this would not be the last time she shows interest in baking.I want her to be exposed more about baking at an early age that's why sometimes I let her help me though it could be sometimes messy and slowed me down a bit :)

Here's her pic of her baked Oatmeal Cookies... She's cute isn't she? :)

Easy Beef with Broccoli in Oyster Sauce

I was craving for broccoli last weekend and I was thinking of making broccoli with oyster sauce but I thought we don't have any beef on our ref so when me and my mom went to the supermarket, I was about to buy beef when my mom told me that I don't need to buy coz we have beef on our freezer. Thank goodness, less expense for me, haha!

My recipe for Beef with Broccoli was basically different recipes I found on the net and I just combined it all in one. Then I just adjusted the measurements according to my taste. I may have to lessen the oyster sauce the next time coz it became a little bit salty.
Beef with Broccoli in Oyster Sauce
1/2 kilo beef cut into serving pieces
1 head broccoli chopped into florets
1.5-2 tbs oyster sauce
1.5 tbs soy sauce
1/4 cup water
1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp cornstarch, dissolved in 1/2 tbs water
1 tbs butter
1/2 tsp sugar
salt and pepper to taste

Procedure:
1. Melt butter on a wok or pan.
2. When butter was melted, add the beef  and cook for 4-5 minutes.
3. Add garlic and broccoli and continue stirring until broccoli becomes bright green and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
4. Add water and simmer for 5-10 minutes.
5. Combine oyster sauce and soy sauce and cornstarch with water and sugar and pour into the pan, cook until thickened.
6. Add salt and pepper if necessary



Fruitcake Roons

I added these dessert for our Media Noche last Dec.31, 2015. I had this brochure from Del Monte Kitchenomics since I don't know when and it has recipes for the holiday season. I so wanted to make fruitcake since last year but I just didn't had time to do it. And I saw this recipe and it looked easy so I thought well why don't I gave it a try.

Well it tasted like a fruitcake, but the kids didn't like it, haha! I suggest don't buy local glazed fruits coz I didn't like the taste of it. Or add dates and more nuts like pecans or walnuts. I just added cashew nuts and I'm glad I added nuts coz the glazed fruits' taste are just overpowering.

Anyway, here are my fruitcake roons from Del Monte. Recipe below the pic...

Fruitcake Roons
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 can (439 g) DEL MONTE Fresh Cut Crushed Pineapple, well drained
2/3 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup glzed fruits
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup toasted cashew nuts, coarsely chopped
2 tbsp brandy (bought Emperador Light)
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup margarine
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
2 tbsp molasses
paper cups

Procedure:
1. Cook brown sugar and DEL MONTE Crushed Pineapple for 12 minutes or until dry. Set aside.
2. Sift flour, baking soda and salt together. Set aside.
3. Mix glazed fruits, raisins, nuts, candied crushed pineapple, brandy and cinnamon. Coat with flour mixture. Set aside.
4; Cream margarine until light and fluffy. Gradually add white sugar then egg, blend thoroughly.
5. Add molasses and blend fruit-flour mixture with the batter. Drop 1 heaping tablespoon in each paper cups. Bake at 300'F in a preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until cooked.

Yield: about 36 roons on a 3/4 size baking cups

Yema Cakes Galore

Just wanna share the yema cakes I made. :)


My Fondant Cake Creations

Ever since I attended a Fondant Workshop last Dec. 2015, I can't get enough of it! I must admit that I don't have a talent on covering cakes with icing be it buttercream or boiled icing. So when I learned that there would be a hands on workshop for Beginner's Fondant, I grabbed the chance to attend.

Since I just started on fondants, my creations are just basic and simple. But I hope in time, I would be able to create something spectacular and beautiful. Anyway, the 2 tier baptismal cake(the one with the baby's pink shoes) was the very first fondant cake I sold, yey! :)

 The fondant cake I made for Beginner's Fondant Workshop

 Baptismal Cake for my cousin's son

 Our cake for Christmas

 First fondant cake I sold 

Spongebob cake for my nephew
 

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