Friendship

There’s a saying “Your Oldest Friends Are Your Only True Friends”.

Then answer can be very subjective. But.. YES!

Somehow your oldest friends are the one who will be honest with you at all times.

They can tell when you’re doing great, or when you’re out of order. And you don’t mind them laughing at you coz your jokes aren’t actually jokes.

They don’t mind you stealing their foods or eating on the same plate.
And you don’t mind them searching through your fridge for a tub of ice cream, or a box of chocolate.

They are silly yet they’re the very best of friends that you will have until the end.

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To Nadiah, Ien, Izzah & Akmal.

To Missworld & Mars

To Husna, Najwa & Anisah

Orange Yogurt Cake

Assalamualaikum w.b.t my lovely readers =)

Today’s dessert recipe is something bittersweet. However it makes a good company during teatime and picnic.

I’ve been drooling about this cake after watching the video on Martha Stewart show. It popped out in my dreams. It haunted me to the grocery store. It appeared everywhere.

I thought, this cake must be “out of this world”.

And it’s been a while since my oven last heated…

I was all geared up to bake. I laid down all the ingredients. I kissed the orange goodbye before cutting it into pieces. I was a supersaiya for a moment, whipping things while my baby was crying and begging at my feet. Poor sweetie pie had to wait til mama’s done baking.

And then came the drama.

The oven was overheated with smoke coming out I got panicked and turned everything off. Thank God nothing bad happened. After a while I tried again but the same thing happened. For a moment I thought there goes my unbaked cake…what a waste.

Then I sat back, breathed and thought about cleaning up the oven. Yess that’s it! It hasn’t been cleaned sinced forever…

So Alhamdulillah, after self-cleaning the oven is back to function. And here goes the Orange Yogurt Cake recipes:

Ingredients:

unsalted butter (for baking pan)
navel orange (large, cut into 8 wedges)
1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
coarse salt
1/2 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
1 tsp orange zest (grated)
large egg
3 tbsps honey
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
1/4 cup confectioners sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8-by-2-inch round cake pan; line with a parchment paper round and butter again.

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Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add orange and boil for 5 minutes. Drain, refill saucepan with 4 cups water and boil again. Add orange and boil for 5 minutes.

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Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, sift together flour, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
Remove orange from boiling water and add remaining 1 cup granulated sugar to boiling water. Cook, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. Return orange to boiling water and cook, until orange is softened, about 5 minutes. IMG_6749

Drain and transfer orange to the bowl of a food processor along with 1/4 cup yogurt, orange zest, egg, honey, and vanilla. Process until well combined.

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IMG_6745Add flour mixture to bowl of food processor; process until combined. Transfer to prepared cake pan and bake until golden brown and a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes.

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Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, whisk together lemon juice, confectioners’ sugar, and remaining 1/4 cup of yogurt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Let boil until glaze is thickened, about 3 minutes.
Remove cake from oven and invert onto a wire rack set over parchment paper. Remove parchment paper round; pour glaze over cake. Let stand until glaze is absorbed.

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And now comes the verdict:

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As pretty as it may seem, don’t be fooled yet!

This cake wasn’t even close to what I had expected. *weeping*

I imagined having a fluffy and sweet cake, that classic type you’d serve during teatime.

The yogurt glaze is too sour to my liking. I should’ve known. Yogurt and lemon mixture is certainly not my friend.

The cake structure is hardened by its pith and resulted in the bitterness. Adding extra eggs could help. And perhaps I need to boil a little longer until it becomes real soft and tender and all the bitterness is taken out from its pith.

I’m a sad mama.

Byeee…

Pregnancy Bakes 2013

What I baked during the second trimester?
This is called, first-time carrot cake. It tastes just as fabulous as it looks with reduced amount on sugar contents plus addition of dates. Found on http://www.joyofbaking.com/CarrotCake.html

Aah, imagine coming home from work to a sight of completely chilled cheesecake…This is an all-time favourite. You’ll never get bored.

Well, this is nice for a quick breakfast or picnic in the morning. Crustless pizza, found the recipe in Nigella Kitchen edition. My little boy managed to gobble this up before brushing his teeth. Oh wait, he never did by himself! 😉

Now, drum rolls please, as I’d like to announce that my THIRD attempt on pavlova was a success. Hurray! Made especially for my mum and husband who complained a LOT about my elegant mixer and why I never baked pavlova.

Last but not least, this molten chocolate cake was made for my childhood friends who came for dinner and sleepover at my house (you know, the thing we do since highschool. and it remains). A quick recipe by Anna Olson as featured in Bake with Anna Olson. I love how messy it looks like.

Til then, bye bye!