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My friend who lives in Singapore came back to visit her parents and her boyfriend’s brother’s wedding this summer. Although, she didn’t had much time, we managed to meet up. She brought an Indonesian prune layer cake as souvenir.

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It was really delicious. Very soft and buttery but not too sweet. I looked for recipes online and was shocked that this little cake contains mostly 8 to 10 eggs. Still thinking if I should give it a try.

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ploy’s brownies

For her birthday, my friend wanted to bring a cake to work but she never really baked a cake before and she doesn’t have an oven to bake one at her home. So, she came over and I helped her a bit. We baked Jamie Oliver’s Bloomin’ brillant brownies. The recipe is simple and perfect for beginners.

250 g butter
200 g dark chocolate, broken up
80 g cocoa powder, sifted
65 g plain flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
270 g caster sugar (I like it less sweet than Jamie)
4 large free-range eggs
50 g chopped nuts, optional

Firstly, melt butter and chocolate together in a bowl over simmering water; meanwhile mix cocoa powder, flour and baking powder in another bowl. When the chocolate-butter is smooth, add the flour-mix and eggs bit by bit. Stir well unitl you have a silky consistency. Lastly, add the chopped nuts (I always roasted them beforehand) and pour the batter in a baking tray and bake for 30 mins at 180° Celsius.

Since my friend brought the whole tray to work, I couldn’t try them. But a week later, my friend surprised me with brownies she baked for me at another friend’s house. She used the same recipe and they turned out great.

Good job, Ploy!

hotcake

パンケーキ Hotcakes is the Japanese version of pancakes. I don’t know if there is any significant difference between pancakes or hotcakes or griddles but I am sure they all taste good. 🙂

I often see pictures of those fluffy and delicious-looking hotcakes on instagram (yeah, I follow a looot of food-instagramers), so I decided I wanted to make them myself:

Compared to the pancakes I usually make, they seemed fluffier. I used the recipe by my favorite video food channel cooking with the dog:

1 cup cake flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 egg
3 tbsp sugar
70ml (soy) milk
2 tsp oil
½ tsp vanilla extract

Mis all ingredients well and then pan-fried them!

If you want more information, please watch the following video: