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Heavenly Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

I am just so happy to be baking again =) Luckily, I was able to find this best ever oatmeal raisin cookie recipe on the internet because indeed it has exceeded my expectations.

My first attempt to follow the recipe and bake the cookies has resulted to one of the finest baked goodies I have ever made. Just the smell of the cookies baking in my oven is enough for one to say that the cookies are so heavenly =)

Here is the link to the site where I got the recipe which I am also posting below:

http://journeytocrunchville.wordpress.com/2007/09/17/the-best-oatmeal-cookies-ever/

Recipe: 1 cup butter, room temp 1 cup brown sugar 3/4 cup white sugar 2 eggs, well beaten 1 TBSP (yes tablespoon) vanilla 1 1/2 cups flour 1 tsp salt 1 tsp baking soda 2 tsp cinammon 1/2 tsp ginger 1/2 tsp nutmeg 3 cups oatmeal (quick cooking or old fashioned, not instant) 1 cup raisins 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional) 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

To prep: The key is to soak the raisins. This makes all the difference in the world. Beat eggs and vanilla together and then add the raisins, stir. Soak for an hour or two. I just walked by a few times and stirred it while I waited.

Directions: Preheat to 350 F. Cream butter and sugars with mixer. In a seperate bowl combine flour, salt, baking soda, cinammon, ginger & nutmeg. Stir the dry ingredients until well blended. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture and mix well. Now add in the egg & raisin mixture (I used my hands). Then add oatmeal and chocolate chips/nuts and combine well. Form into balls on cookie sheet. Bake 10 minutes. Let cool on cookie sheet for 2-5 minutes or until firm enough to transfer to wire rack.

Remember to soak the raisins because it did make the difference. By the way it took me about 15 minutes to bake the cookies (12 pieces/batch). Just check the oven once in a while to avoid burning it. I so love these =)

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Posted by on January 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Much Talked About Ms. Polly’s Chocolate Cake

Searching for chocolate cakes to try out, I came across several good reviews for Ms. Polly’s chocolate cake. It is actually in almost everyone’s list of best chocolate cakes locally so it was not hard to convince me that I should go and get one.

Although I am from the south and based on the information posted on their website and some blogs that their bakeshop is located in Merville, Paranaque and that is likewise readily available at Shell Magallanes (yup, the gas station!), I decided to order via quickdelivery.ph.

I ordered the 7 inch round regular chocolate cake composed of two layers moist chocolate cake with chocolate icing in between. The cake smelled so chocolate-y good that I immediately wanted to dig in and get a bite when it was handed over to me.

After having tasted Ms. Polly’s Chocolate Cake, I began to understand why a lot of people have come to love and rave about it. The appearance alone of the cake, its shiny and sweet looking icing would win over anyone with a sweet tooth. The cake itself was super moist, soft and fluffy like a “mamon”. It does melt in your mouth as others have described it. The cake has enough sweetness, not sugary sweet but more of the bittersweet type.

Overall, I liked Ms. Polly’s Chocolate Cake. It is something that when it’s gone, you’d definitely wish there was more. I may have my other preference over what’s the best chocolate cake, but this surely goes into my list as well.

Current Ms. Polly’s chocolate cake prices and sizes are as follows: 7″ Round Caramel – P350, Regular – P315; 8×8 Caramel – P540, Regular – P495; and the 8×12 Caramel – P720, Regular – P650.

For more information on Ms. Polly’s Specialty Cakes, please click here.

 

My First Bake! (Betty Crocker’s Blueberry Muffins)

I wanted to de-stress myself so I decided to get back into baking and be more active with my blogging =) Just a month ago, I was able to convince my hubby to buy me a new La Germania oven (I actually bribed him with a promise of weekly cakes and sweets).

Anyways, I decided to give the oven a try and for my first bake, Betty Crocker’s 3-Minutes Pouch to Oven Blueberry Muffin Mix came in handy. I got one from one of our trips to a local supermarket for a friendly price of P86. It only takes a few quick steps to enjoy this goodie, you pre-heat the oven, add water to the mix, stir, pour into muffin pans, then bake.

I was able to make six muffins and it was not bad at all for an instant muffin mix. It tasted good. I was able to bake the muffin with just enough moistness on the inside while a bit crusty on the top. I was also satisfied with the blueberry taste of the muffin.

These blueberry muffins would be great with coffee for breakfast or for an afternoon snack  =) It is super quick and easy to make.

For more Betty Crocker products and recipes, visit www.bettycrocker.com

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2011 in Love for Baking, My Bakes

 

Cake Pops by Bakerella

Browsing at the National Bookstore for books on baking, a colorful book caught my eye as it was really pretty. The book’s title “Cake Pops” intrigued me and the fact that it was by someone named “Bakerella” made my curiosity even bigger.

                     

As the book was sealed and I can’t see what’s inside, I decided to check it out first on the net. Searching for Bakerella led me to Bakerella’s website. The site was pretty in pink and it is indeed filled with sweet inspiration and fun baking ideas as described in its page. I loved everything in it! Just looking at her creations makes you want to stay home and bake, and the thing is, she makes everything seem fun and easy.

From the ideas, recipes and everything that she is sharing in her site, you’ll instantly feel her passion in what she does. Right now, being a rookie in baking, i know that I just gotta have her book!

Photos taken from www.bakerella.com

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2011 in Love for Baking

 

Searching for Gemmae Bakeshop

Since launching this blog has made me try to recall the best desserts I have had, I remembered that there was this particular chocolate cake that I truly loved. The cake was from Gemmae Bakeshop which according to our family friend who gave it to us was located in Zapote, Alabang.

It was already about a decade ago since I had my share of said cake but I could still remember so well how good it tasted. The chocolate cake was sweet and moist and the icing was just heavenly for me, again sweet, thick and oh so creamy. It was truly delightful (hmmm…yummy!). The edges of the cake was also lined with marshmallow type of icing which makes it the perfect birthday cake =)

Searching on the internet I found a website on Gemmae Bakeshop but it was based in California. It turns out to be the US based branch of Gemmae Bakeshop in the Philippines so I sent an email asking for the address of the Gemmae in Zapote. Well, unfortunately the administrator of the account said that the branch in Zapote was already closed and it was moved to Aniban, Bacoor, Cavite, directly behind the Kalinisan Drugstore.

Well, one of these days I will definitely try to go visit Gemmae in Cavite and see if their chocolate cake is still as good as it was before and I will keep you guys posted.

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2011 in Chocolate Cakes

 

Conti’s Mango Bravo: A Sweet Break from Chocolate



I started to get curious about the Mango Bravo of Conti’s Cakes and Pastries when my husband told me that one of his officemates was raving about it. As he knows how I am addicted to sweets, he was surprised that I have not tried it yet; more so that I am not familiar with it.

Later that day, I immediately searched for it over the net and was amazed by the towering beauty of the cake adorned by frozen mango bites on top. The reviews likewise convinced me well enough that I should try it.  Being a chocoholic I was pretty much excited that this mango cake has chocolate mousse in it and that it is covered with chocolate syrup drippings.

Finally I got my chance to taste this much talked-about goody when we went to go shopping at the Alabang Town Center where Conti’s has a Bakery & Café. We bought the mini size as I do not think my husband and I could finish off the big one which is good for about 8-12 persons. The mini size is currently priced at P550 while the big one is at P1150.

The cake is composed of layers of meringue, soft sponge cake, cashew nuts, chocolate mousse, mango bites and then covered with buttery, creamy, sweet icing. I enjoyed eating it when it was freshly taken out from the freezer as it melts in your mouth like an ice cream cake.

The Mango Bravo of Conti’s was definitely worth trying out but I still prefer a good old-fashioned chocolate cake.

The Conti’s Bakery & Café in Alabang Town Center-Ayala, Alabang is located at the G/F 1107 Corte de Las Palmas with contact numbers (+632) 556-7720, (+63923) 713-4801, and (+63917) 554-2296. For more information on their menu and other store locations, kindly visit http://www.contis.ph/



 
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Posted by on March 25, 2011 in Popular Desserts

 

Aristocrat Bakeshop’s Chocolate Supreme: A Slice of Heaven

This chocolate cake definitely goes on top of my list for MUST-TRY NOW! chocolate cakes. It may deceive you into thinking that it is just another cake because of the simplicity in its design but as you dig in and take a bite you will know that your standards for chocolate cakes will never be the same again.

It consists of a six-layer super moist chocolate cake with super creamy chocolate filling in between the layers and finally luxuriously covered with bittersweet chocolate icing. It is truly a taste of heaven in a box.

Be it your saddest moment or just an okay one, Aristocrat Bakeshop’s Chocolate Supreme would definitely give you an instant supper happy feel. Chocolate lovers like me would not be disappointed to try this one out.

Prices for this ultimate chocolate cake are 2R – P125, 4×4 – P215, 9R – P960 and 8×12 – P1195

For branches and contact information of Aristocrat Bakeshop, please click here.