After years of 'torturing' from me, one of the beaters broke while I was making a chiffon cake! I ended up whisking the egg whites with only 1 beater. Luckily, the cake turned out to be good. This would be my last time using this mixer. It had been with me since the day I started baking in 2007. All my simple bakes were done using it. So sad! I have to say thank you very much and it's time to say goodbye... :(
No mixer but I still want to bake. So I made Oreo brownies!
This brownie recipe is adapted from Food and Travel magazine. Instead of frosting it, I just topped with crushed Oreo cookies.
Ingredients: (8 inch square pan)
125g butter, melted
100g sugar (still a little sweet for me)
1 tsp vanilla extract
60g plain flour
40g cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
Chopped oreo cookies
1. Grease the baking pan with butter.
2. Melt butter in a bowl over a pot of simmering water.
3. Once the butter melted, remove from heat and add in sugar and mix well.
4. Add in eggs and vanilla extract. Mix well.
5. Add in sifted flour, baking powder and cocoa powder. Whisk until the mixture is well combined.
6. Pour the batter into the pan. Top with as many chopped Oreo cookies as you like.
7. Bake in preheated oven at 175 deg C for 17-20 min. To check, insert a skewer into the brownie, it should come out clean or with just a few crumbs on it.
* The original recipe uses frosting on the brownie. 75g dark chocolate 75g white chocolate Melt the dark and white chocolate separately. When the brownie has cooled down, pour the dark chocolate over the brownie. Drop spoonfuls of white chocolate on the dark chocolate. Use a toothpick to make swirls on the frosting.
As instagram has just introduced a new video function, I tried to make a 15 seconds video of the brownie-making procedure. Unfortunately, I failed to post successfully, so I include the video here.
Sorry that the video was a bit shaky and lost focus halfway. It was quite difficult to do it alone. My right hand was busy with adding ingredients and whisking, and at the same time recording with the phone using my left hand (which is not as good as my right hand). Haha!
A quick summary of the 4 places at Kranji Countryside which I went to over the past few months.
The most recent one is the Petals and Leaves Bistro@GardenAsia. It was on the Sunday, 1 day before the PSI shot up to the unhealthy level. This is the view from the Bistro. A very quiet place with nature, greenery and peace.
There is a kids menu available too.
Then we proceed to the Hay Dairies. If you want to see the milking process, be there between 9am-11am. You can also purchase goat milk to drink there. We have been ordering goat milk home delivery for many years already. They deliver weekly and the minimum order is 2 bottles at $16.
Few months ago, we also visited Farmart Centre. I was a little disappointed cos although it was a Sunday afternoon, the place looked very quiet and very few people. Most of the stores were either closed or sold out.
Not much things to see, except for some animals and plants to entertain me.
Some local and farm products for sale. There are a few interesting stalls like live seafood, quail and exotic meat products. There is also a seafood restaurant, bbq meat and satay stalls, I guess the place will be busier during meal times? You can also do prawn catching too.
The animal corner has more crowds. Then I know, most children are here to see and feed the little animals (extra purchase for animal food).
Finally, I'm introducing Koon Lee Nursery to you if you are a gardening lover. My mum buys the organic soil over here. There are also a lot of gardening supplies and potted plants for sale.
There are a lot more farms at Kranji Countryside. If you want to experience a different side of Singapore, besides the usual shopping and eating, do visit some of the farms here!