I start baking again

I always love baking and started since I was a 12. I think I got the baking gene from my late grandma from my dad side. She was such a great cook. Her cooking was influenced by chinese/manadonese/dutch and always authentic and individual. I never taste her cooking anywhere else. She passed away when I was only 11. I certainly don’t get my cooking gene from my mom. She hates cooking and usually stress out in the kitchen. I don’t blame her. She is a business woman so she hardly found the time to cook when I was growing up. After school I usually tried the recipes from the Indonesian women magazine, Femina. Some of them successful and some of the failed but my sensory team always ate them, well maybe because they are my dad’s employees, hehehe.

In Australia, I hardly cooked/baked because it’s hard to find the free time. However, I still baked for special occasions. I love baking mostly because it does not involve chopping and raw meat. I also love the smell of fresh-baked goods in my house.However, now I have extent my skill to cooking and not just baking.

Well, since I have moved to England, I have a lot of free time, yeah still haven’t got a job :-(. So I start baking again. the first few months I was here, I just cooked basic dishes for Ryan like lamb chops, stir fried etc, but then I got really bored. I want to cook dishes I love and more challenging like Char Kuey Teow, Nasi Goreng, Egg Balado, Banana Bread, Muffins, Cupcakes, Carrot Cake, Ice Creams, Sate Ayam, etc. This week I bought all the appliances I need, such as hand mixer, food processor, wok, muffins tray, cake loaf tin and rice cooker. I can’t wait to cook/bake again. I found this fabulous website http://rasamalaysia.com/She has a lot of delicious recipes, very authentic and great food photographer. Also, I found a great vegetarian cook book, Complete Vegetarian. I always find it hard to cook vegetables deliciously, and this cook book has so many varieties on vegetarian dishes from breakfast to dessert. One of our friends got it and it turned out to be a rare cook book. But I found it second hand in Amazon and I got it today. So I can’t wait to try them recipes.

I guess Ryan is going to gain a bit of weight hehehe.

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Carrot & Pineapple Cake Recipe

I love carrot cake! It’s one of my fave cake. So when I found this carrot + Pineapple cake recipe I was so excited to try it. The pineapple makes the cake moist yummy yummy.

What you need:

For the cake:

  • 2 cups of plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 bicarbonate soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 200 mL sunflower oil
  • 2 cups grated carrot
  • 400g canned crushed pineapple
  • 1 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts

For the icing:

  • 250g unsalted butter, softened
  • 250g cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 cups icing sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts for decoration

Let’s start baking!

  1. Pre-heat the conventional oven  to 170°C (lower if you use fan-forced oven). Grease a 23cm springform cake pan and line the base.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt into a bowl. Drain the pineapple. Add the eggs, oil, carrot, pineapple and sugar. Stir to combine, then add walnuts. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool in pan for 5 minutes, then turn out on a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. Start preparing the icing by placing the butter, cream cheese and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until light and soft. Add the sifted icing sugar and beat until you have a smooth, light icing. Cover the top and sides of the cake with the icing. Then, you can lick the left over icing in the bowl yum yum! Finally, add the walnuts on top of the icing, just be creative!

Quite easy right ? hope you like it! Well it’s human tested + cat tested hahaha

Tips: you can also use other kind of nuts to your preference or replace the pineapple with raisins or sultanas.