Friday, July 24, 2009

Baking High!

I went on a baking spree last night. The last time I baked was New Year's Eve, and I sure did make up for all those months that I didn't touch the oven.

I made cookies for the first time, and they turned out very nicely, if I may say so myself. I started with oatmeal-raisin cookies, and understandably, my first batch didn't turn out too well:

oatmeal-raisin cookies

I forgot the basic fact that dough expands upon baking. Epic cookie-sizing fail. Anyway, I learn quick, and just dropped rounded teaspoonfulls onto the cookie sheet. Perfect.

oatmeal-raisin cookies

Moist, sweet and cinnamon-spicy, crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside, just like how a nice oatmeal cookie should be. This recipe will be in my repertoire.

I also tried making the classic chocolate chip cookie. This was pretty simple to make, and the fun part was eating the dough itself. So good. No wonder they make ice cream flavors out of this.

cookie dough
chocolate chip cookie dough

Is this a chocolate chip cookie, or is this a chocolate chip cookie?

chocolate chip cookie

I also tried making chocolate cupcakes, just because I saw these pretty yellow silicone cupcake molds and floral cupcake liners at Bakers' Depot:

chocolate cupcakes

I wasn't too happy with the cupcakes, they're not as moist and fluffy as I'd like them to be, but my mom and sister thought they were good. I forgot to take some to my officemate Cassie who's an excellent baker for diagnosis and remedy. I want to keep making cupcakes, I really want to make pretty frosted ones in yummy flavors such as banana-walnut and red velvet with cream cheese frosting. I'll try making these again next weekend, this time in blue gingham paper liners.

Of course, I made my famous carrot cake, my pride and joy. Mama asked me to make two:

carrot cakes

This cake turns out perfect each time and has been a constant hit among my friends and officemates. Mama texted me this morning to say that this was "d best krt kk ever n d hol wyd wrld" and Momon's officemates said my cake was delicious--and that was without the cream cheese frosting yet (I was too tired last night to make the frosting).

Joe has always been a fan of my carrot cake, I'm sure he'll like this, I hope he'll like the other goodies as well. We're going up to Baguio to visit, bus leaves in two hours.

See yah!


Star Villanueva said...

Congratulations on baking your 1st cookies! It seems great =)

Frances said...

I love carrot cake! I love carrot cake!!! Hello, naglaway ako super... gross ba? =D

dennise said...

omg they look so pretty! makes me want to start backing myself and just 15 minutes ago I received an email for oatmeal raisin cookies!!