Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Crocheted Monkey

I recently found out that one of my friend is a fan of monkeys! She collects various sizes of monkey dolls and asked me if I can crochet a little monkey for her. And of course I said YES! I love when people ask me to bake or crochet something for them, it helps me to challenge myself and learn, and at the same time make them happy!

Frankly, I am used to reading charts, like what I did for my previous amigurumis. I think it's easier to see rather than reading row-by-row written instruction. But well, sometimes you just have to learn when there's no other choice, right? It happened to me when I saw Bethsco Blog's adorable monkey. Bethany's pattern is quite easy to follow and the outcome is superb! Oh, I am so glad that I tried it out. Thank you so much, Bethany! 

Pattern : bethsco blog




Andddd, YES! My friend loves it so much! 
Happy crocheting, everyone!

With love,
Julia  

Monday, January 27, 2014

Honey-Peanut Butter Cookies

Hello sweet cookies! 

My love to peanut butter is severe. I can lick spoonfuls of peanut butter just like that! As many people say, peanut butter is good for your health but still, too much is less. Anyway, I still love you, peanut butter.

Despite my fondness, I have never bake peanut butter cookies before. I have mentioned before that my family prefers crunchy cookies, so I think this cookies will not be a good idea. But really, how can I bear with the cuteness of this cookies?


I actually change some of the ingredients, so I am sure that the result is not as good as the original recipe. I used margarine instead of shortening and my honey was very thin, making the dough soggy. The taste is as expected, soft and chewy cookies full of peanut taste. My family loves the smell but not the texture, so I think I might make it again only if I crave for light soft cookies. But if you are a fan of soft cookies, this recipe is worth trying!

Honey-Peanut Butter Cookies (translated to Indonesian)
Sumber : My Baking Addiction
Membuat 36 buah

Bahan :
113 gr shortening
250 gr selai kacang
240 ml madu
2 btr telur ukuran besar, aduk rata
2 sdt vanilla extract
375 gr tepung serbaguna
200 gr gula
1 1/2 sdt baking soda
1 sdt baking powder
1/2 sdt garam

Cara :
1. Panaskan oven 175 derajat celcius, alas loyang kue kering dengan kertas roti.
2. Mixer shortening, selai kacang, dan madu dengan kecepatan sedang hingga rata dan mengembang - sekitar 3 menit.
3. Masukkan telur dan vanilla, aduk rata.
4. Campur rata tepung, gula, baking soda, baking powder dan garam. Masukkan campuran tersebut ke campuran selai kacang sedikit demi sedikit sambil diaduk dengan kecepatan rendah.
5. Bentuk bola berukuran 2 sdm, susun di atas loyang. Ratakan dengan garpu. Panggang selama 10-12 menit. Kue kering dapat disimpan di dalam wadah kedap udara pada suhu ruang selama 3 hari.

Enjoy ;)

With love,
Julia 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Lemon Chiffon Cake

3 months holiday is always amazing! I will be having my holiday until the end of March and I don't want it to pass too fast.. My last semester will be started in April, submit the dissertation, then internship, and graduation in 2015! Oh, how time flies so fast.

Since this holiday started, I bake every single day. Yess! Every. Single. Day. I did not take picture all the time though, finding perfect lighting and also mood is not easy, so I end up with only a few pictures.

Chinese New Year is cominnggggg~ I spent this last 2 weeks preparing cookies, although me and my family will not be here for the first few days of CNY. We are going to Kuala Lumpur to spend CNY together with my younger sister, can't wait to bring my cookies for her!

Actually I baked this Lemon Chiffon Cake during last holiday in August, but I only managed to post in today. I had a wonderful time during last holiday and forgot to post it in this blog! *innocent face*

This chiffon cake is lovely! My family is a fan of soft, airy, not too sweet cake and this one is a favorite. I also love the lemony flavor from the cake. 

Lemon Chiffon Cake
Source : allrecipes.com


Ingredients:

    210  gr      cake flour    (I use 158 gr all-purpose flour + 52 gr cornstarch)
    1      tbsp  baking powder
    1      tsp    salt
    100  gr     white sugar
    120  ml     vegetable oil
    6               egg yolks
    180  ml     water
    1      tbsp  lemon zest
    6              egg whites
    1/2   tsp    cream of tartar
    150  gr     white sugar

Frosting : Mix well 115 gr powdered sugar and 2-4 tbsp lemon juice.

Method :


  1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees C.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and 100 gr sugar. Add oil, egg yolks, water and lemon zest. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth.
  3. In a small bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until peaks form. Gradually add 150 gr sugar, and beat until very stiff and shiny peaks form. Fold 1/3 of the whites into the batter, then quickly fold in remaining whites until no streaks remain. Turn batter into ungreased 10-inch tube pan.
  4. Bake at 175 degrees C for 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Invert cake and cool completely in pan. When cool, loosen edges and shake pan to remove cake.
Enjoy ;)

With love,
Julia 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Creamy Coconut Cupcakes


Last Christmas I received wonderful muffin pans from my godmother. She's a very understanding lady and know me very well! I have been looking for muffin pans, so I called her to ask where I can find it in Selangor. I did not expect that she would give me muffin pans as Christmas gift and I was so exhilarated!

I wanted muffin pans so so bad after I saw some recipes on Pinterest. Yes, I never had muffin pans before and I bake them in mini tart pans like my chocolate chunk muffins and donut muffins. Still so adorable to see, but I wanted the REAL pan!

Actually I have baked a few cupcakes before I make this coconut cupcake, but some were eaten before I have chance to take picture and the rest were not really my family's favorite, so I don't bother to post it here. For this Creamy Coconut Cupcake, I think the combination of coconut and cream cheese is so unique and fabulous! What I love the most is the chewy shredded coconut inside. My family and friends loves it so much, that is why I think this recipe is a must to bake!



Creamy Coconut Cupcakes (translated to Indonesian)
Sumber : Ina Garten via The Baker Chick
Membuat : 12 buah


Bahan : 

Untuk cupcake:
170 gr mentega, suhu ruang
200 gr gula
3 butir telur ukuran besar, suhu ruang
1 sdt vanilla extract
188 gr tepung serbaguna
1/2 sdt baking powder
1/4 sdt baking soda
1/4 sdt garam
1/2 sdm cuka makan + 120 ml susu cair (diamkan selama 10menit) -> untuk bahan BUTTERMILK
120 gr kelapa parut manis

Untuk frosting:
227 gr cream cheese, suhu ruang
170 gr mentega, suhu ruang
1 sdt vanilla extract
500 gr gula halus (masukkan sedikit demi sedikit sesuai selera)
Kepala parut secukupnya untuk hiasan

Cara :

1. Panaskan oven dengan suhu 165 derajat celcius.
2. Dalam mangkuk besar, mixer mentega dan gula bersama hingga lembut, mengembang, dan putih (sekitar 5 menit). Masukkan telur satu per satu, aduk rata sebelum memasukkan telur yang berikutnya. Masukkan vanilla extract dan aduk hingga rata.
3. Dalam mangkuk terpisah, campur rata tepung, baking powder, baking soda, dan garam. Masukkan campuran tepung dan buttermilk bergantian sedikit demi sedikit. Campur hingga rata. Masukkan kelapa parut.
4. Siapkan loyang muffin dengan paper liner. Isi adonan hingga 3/4 penuh. Panggang selama 20-25 menit, hingga bagian atasnya keemasan dan tusuk gigi yang dimasukkan bersih. Biarkan dingin di loyang selama 5 menit, kemudian keluarkan dari loyang.

Membuat frosting:
Mixer mentega dan cream cheese hingga lembut, masukkan vanilla. Masukkan gula halus sedikit demi sedikit hingga lembut. Hias cupcake dengan frosting dan kepala parut.

Enjoy 

With love
Julia 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Cornflakes Cookies


Seriously, I can't help myself to bake everyday! My hands feel extremely itchy if i just sit and do nothing. I love to be productive, feel so satisfied in the end of the day that I have learn something each day.

As I have restocked the baking ingredients at home yesterday, I am ready for another recipe! Yay! 

Chinese New Year is coming and I just can't wait! These few weeks before CNY, I have collected some recipes from my favorite blogs and webstites that I think will be easy to make and also yummy! One of the recipe is Rasa Malaysia's Cornflakes Cookies. It is a bit different from most of the cornflakes cookies in my place. In this recipe, she rolls the cookie dough into the cornflakes, whereas in our place, we usually mix the cornflakes with the batter together. And yes,  I love the look! For the taste, just make sure you use high quality butter because all the taste and smell depending on it, and your cookies will be wonderfully crunchy and buttery.

Cornflakes Cookies (translated to Indonesian)
Source : http://rasamalaysia.com/

Bahan :
200 gr mentega
150 gr gula pasir
1 sdt vanilla essence
2 btr telur (kocok hingga tercampur)
300 gr tepung serbaguna
30 gr tepung maizena
60 gr cornflakes (remukkan, jangan terlalu hancur, kira-kira pecah sampai 2-3 bagian sudah cukup)

Cara :
1. Kocok mentega dan gula sampai pucat dan lembut.
2. Masukkan vanilla essense dan telur, kocok rata.
3. Masukkan tepung dan maizena, aduk perlahan. (Adonan tidak menempel di tangan saat disentuh)
4. Ambil 1 sdt adonan, bentuk bulat dan gulingkan ke cornflakes. Susun di atas loyang yang dilapisi kertas roti dan panggang dengan suhu 175 derajat celcius selama 25 menit atau sampai kuning kecoklatan.

Enjoy 

With love
Julia 

Thursday, January 2, 2014


Just a few months ago I found a kiosk in Sunway Pyramid selling this cool stuff and I was soooo excited. I think I have bought 4 kits so far, but I only finish this one after these few months. Hahahaa.. Sometimes I just need the mood to come out to do something, even if it's a thing that I like.

In the box, you will get a canvas with frame, a set of acrylic paints, brushes, and hanger. Basically, you only have to paint according to the number and that's it! It is pretty easy to do, really, it only requires patient. ;) I really love the outcome! It looks sooo pretty 

As I leave the box and all the stuff in Malaysia, can I just use the pictures I found from the internet? *puppyeyes* Thank you! xD 


 (google.com)

paint, paint, paint ♥ (infmetry.com)


With love,
Julia  

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