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April 29, 2012

Grandma’s Rock Cake

by KK

Hi, this is KK, Sushi Artist / Healthy Muffin Maker / Mum 🙂

Thank you for visiting my blog.

 

I think the passion and love for cooking inside me comes from my grandparents, who used to live in the countryside of Japan near the sea. Every time we visited them for a holiday, Grandpa would take us fishing to catch something, and Grandma would cook the catch of the day in her small kitchen.

She also had this funky gadget you put on a gas stove, and it became an oven! With that “Magic Box”, she would bake us cream puffs and cookies and many other things that a child would only dream about. This rock cake was one of our favorite, and she would bake it and send it in parcels to us when the holiday was over.

I made some arrange to it by cutting out the butter and using dates, but as long as you know the basic recipe, you can play around with it!

My recommendation is to use at least one type of dried fruit, and one type of nuts. Basic combinations are:

Raisins + Walnuts

Apricots + Almonds

Cranberry + Macademia

You can also put in things like sesame, cooked beans(Adzuki beans or red kidney beans are my favorites), or rolled oats. It’s difficult to make a mistake, so use your imagination and enjoy!!

 

Basic Rock Cake Recipe (makes about 15-20 cookie size cakes)

-220g (or 2cups) Organic wholemeal flour

-1 teaspoon Aluminium free Bakin Powder

-30g (or 2 Tablespoon) Organic raw sugar

-2 Tablespoon shredded coconuts

-3 Dates, chopped

-2 Tablespoon walnuts, chopped

-1 egg

-2 Tablespoon Oil

-4 Tablespoon Organic Soy milk

 

Method

Step 1 : Mix all the dry ingredients (flour, BP, sugar, coconuts, dates, nuts)  in a large bowl; In a separate bowl mix all the wet ingredients (egg, oil, soy milk)

 

Step 2 : Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, combine using a spatula. Make a round dome shape cake about Tablespoon size on a cooking tray, bake in pre-heated 180C oven for 12min, or until golden on top.

 

Soooo easy, and it will last in an airtight container for about 3-4 days. Hope you enjoy making it with your kids!

 

 

April 23, 2012

Gluten Free, Vegan Chocolate Muffin

by KK

Hi this is KK, Sushi Artist / Healthy Muffin Maker / Mum 🙂

Thank you for visiting my blog.

 

It’s back to school time, and for our family, playgroup is back again.

Not that it makes our daily life so different, but I do use playgroup as an excuse to bake more often,  and take what I have baked for other kids and mums to eat.

 

At the moment, I am experimenting on my gluten-free recipes, using rice flour. Here is a new recipe, that looks exactly like a normal chocolate muffin.

 This is regular muffin size, and it is

-No Egg

-No Butter

-No Oil

-No Sugar

and Gluten Free. So, it is suitable for most kids and the best of all, it tastes good! Well, at least it must have been good for my daughter Yumi, because she ate the whole regular size muffin, as well as half of mine (^-^)/ Good to know that somebody enjoys it!

 

Ingredients (to make 6 regular muffin size)

-100g Rice flour

-50g Glutinous rice flour

-10g Cocoa powder

-2 teaspoon Aluminium free Baking Powder

-2 Tablespoon Maple syrup

-150cc Organic soy milk

-30g Organic sultanas

 

 

To make

Step 1: Shift all the dry ingredients (rice flour, glutinous rice flour, cocoa, BP) into a large bowl; add wet ingredients(maple syrup and soy milk), and then the sultanas. Mix lightly until blended.

 

Step 2: Pour the batter into a silicon cup, put on a steamer and cook for about 12min. Check with a skewer (if it comes clean, its cooked)

 

Compared to my baked muffins, this is healthier becuase it contains no oil/butter. Good for your diet!

By adding   glutinous rice flour, you get the interesting, soft-chewy texture, that my daughter seems to love. If you don’t have the glutinous rice flour, you can use 1 small mashed banana to substitute it. I will try 100% rice flour muffin next time, and tell you how that turns out. ENJOY!!!

 

 

 

 

 

April 16, 2012

Steamed Banana Muffin_No sugar, No butter, No egg, No oil!

by KK

Hi this is KK, Sushi Artist / Healthy Muffin Maker / Mum 🙂

Thank you for visiting my blog.

My daughter Yumi loves muffins soooo much, I bake about twice a week to keep up with her appetite. I usually bake mini muffins, so it’s quicker to bake (12min in the oven) and easier for her to eat.

As I was trying to think what I can do with 1kg of flour, I decided to do something different. Instead of baking a muffin, I tried steaming it, like my mum used to do at home. Unlike kitchens in Australia, many Japanese mums do not own an oven. Well, these days we have microwaves that work like an oven, but it’s much smaller than the ones here. In our house, we didn’t even have a microwave until I was 12 or so, fortunately, we had a gas oven, but it was seldom used. So when we wanted a quick filling snack, mum used to make steamed buns! I have a lot of recipes for this, but can’t always find the ingredients in Sydney, so today I will start with the basic.

 So easy to make, the only problem here is you need a steamer, but that can be solved by using a large pot and a bowl plus a plate. You just simply put a bowl upside down in a large pot, pour water around the bowl (about 3/4 of the depth of the bowl) put a large plate on top, put your muffins and cook with the lid on! Better to wrap the lid with a kitchen towel, so you don’t have water dripping on your muffins.

Be careful not to burn your self because steam can be quite hot when you are handling them. Apart from that, this is easy, quick and fun to make with kids.

I used silicon muffin cases for this, you can use ceramic or metal, just remember to grease  it with butter or oil before you pour the batter. I repeat, be careful when handling this because the tin gets quite hot too!!

Ingredients (to make 6 regular size muffins)

-220g Organic wholemeaf flour
-1 medium to large size ripe banana

-1 cup Organic soy milk (or regular milk)
-2 teaspoon Aluminium free baking powder

Method

Step 1: Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and beat until smooth

Step 2 : Pour into muffin cases/tins, place in steamer and cook for 10 to 15 min, Check with a skewer (if it comes clean, its cooked)

I though my muffin was quite healthy, but this is healthier because it has no oil in it. Still, nice and moist thanks to the banana and the steaming method. Hmmmm, maybe I should have this for my snack!

April 5, 2012

What to do with 1kg of Flour

by KK

Hi this is KK, Sushi Artist / Healthy Muffin Maker / Mum 🙂

Thank you for visiting my blog.

As a mum of a very hungry baby (Yumi turned 18 months and eats more than her 3 year old cousin!), it is important for me to have healthy and easy snacks handy to keep my baby happy. She grew up with my home made snacks, and I think I bake about twice a week.

    

These photos were taken before she was 1, and you can see her enthusiasm to eat 🙂

I buy organic flour, which is about $4 a kg, so it is a bit expensive than regular flour, but when I think of the amount that Yumi eats, it is very worth the cost.

With 1kg of flour, I tried making different things to show you the variety. There are always muffins to bake ( I bake more than 1000 mini muffins a year!)

 This is Pumpkin muffin with nutmeg, using my basic healthy muffin recipe. I like this recipe because it has a lot of vegetable in it, and no sugar! You can add the sweetness with maple syrup or fruit preserves (also home made)

 Another one of my favorite is Biscotti! The trick to cooking this is baking it twice! I make it with my daughter (she loves to mix!) and this is good because you don’t have to worry too much about being over beaten. A great take out snack, keeps Yumi quiet until she finishes 1 stick!

 This scone is made with yeast, and needs to spend a night in the freezer, but can be stocked in the freezer for about 2 weeks, so usually, I make a batch and keep it there to have fresh oven baked scone whenever I feel like! A great recipe to use up THAT veggie too 🙂

 I don’t bake cookies as much as other things, but this no egg, no butter, no sugar recipe was too good not to share! A bit crumbly so I won’t recommend it giving to kids like Yumi who wants to run around while they eat! This cookie taught her manners, always sit when you eat!

 This looks like my Healthy mini muffins, but they are 3 times bigger and NOT BAKED!! Instead, it is steamed, and takes less than 20 min to prepare and cook! A very good snack or even a breakfast, just be careful with the steam!

Each of these recipes use 200 to 250g of flour, and they are all easy and tasty, so why not give them a try with your kids? I can’t wait to do more baking with my daughter 🙂

February 13, 2012

Tofu Muffin

by KK

Hi this is KK, Sushi Artist/ Healthy Muffin Maker/ Mum 🙂

Thank you for visiting my blog.

This recipe is Vegan and healthy, full of proteins from the tofu.

An ideal snack for my muffin loving baby daughter!

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Ingredients (makes 24 mini muffins or 12 regular muffins):

230g (or 2 cups) Organic plain flour

1 Tablespoon Aluminium free baking powder

40g raisins

400g Momen Tofu (the firm type)

1 Tablespoon Olive oil

250cc (or 1 cup) Water

2 Tablespoon maple syrup

Here’s how to make it:

Step 1: Rest tofu for a while on paper towel to drain excess water (to omit this process, you can cook it in the microwave on low for 90sec), mash it well using a spoon or a beater, mix with all the wet ingredients (oil, water, maple syrup)

Step 2: Put all the dry ingredients (flour, BP, raisin) mix and add the wet ingredients. Mix lightly.

Step 3: Pour into greased/paper lined muffin tins. Cook in 180 C oven for 20min. If you are using regular muffin tins, cook for 30-35 min. When the top is lightly golden and firm when pressed, it’s done!

You can change the amount of maple syrup according to your taste buds.I try not to put too much in because my daughter is going to eat most of this (she already ate 5 as I am writing this blog,,,). I think walnuts would suit this recipe if you have it in the pantry. Nuts can be added as topping before putting it in the oven, when I do it, I only put it on half of it so some can be nut-free while some can be nut rich!!

Enjoy 🙂

February 3, 2012

Apricot Almond Muffin

by KK

Hi, this is KK, Sushi Artist/Healthy Muffin Maker/Mum 🙂

Thank you for visiting my blog.

It’s February already! How time flies!

So far,in year 2012,  I have baked 7 batches of mini-muffins and 1 batch of regular muffins, which means 140 mini-muffins and 10 regular muffins, different flavor each time. It’s quite amazing for a family of three (and one being just a baby), we consume so many muffins!

Well, most of it is eaten by my daughter, Yumi 🙂

My muffins are healthy for 3 reasons:

1.No white sugar

2.No butter

3.Lots of fiber

I bake these healthy muffins because my daughter Yumi, who is 16 months old loves to eat muffins, and I wanted to make it as good as it can be for her. The ingredients are as organic as I can find it to be, and they are baked fresh twice every week.

Muffins are good because you can carry them around and it can be eaten very easily. Whenever Yumi gets hungry, I give her these muffins so she doesn’t get grumpy! It is much economical than buying a roll of bread (which I used to do in case of an emergency), and you can make it sweet or savory.

This muffin, Apricot Almond Muffin is one of Yumi’s favorites.

All my healthy muffins  are made in a similar style, just changing what you want to mix inside. The basic recipe is

-220g Organic flour (wholemeal, if possible)

-1t Aluminum-free baking powder

-1 Egg (70g)

-150ml Water (or Milk or Orange juice, depending on what you are going to make)

-20g organic raw sugar or Maple syrup or Honey

-20g Olive oil

To make apricot almond muffin, just add 40g of chopped dry apricot and 20g almond slice.

I mix all the dry ingredient in one big bowl, all the wet ingredients in one medium size bowl, beat the dry ingredients so they mix well, and fold it into the dry ingredients.

Put it into mini-muffin pan that has been greased lightly (you can use paper liners which make the cleaning a lot easier, however, I like it when the muffin bottom gets crispy and Yumi can eat on her own without the paper so our house is paperless!) and bake at 180 C for 12-15min.

When you are using regular size muffin pans, bake for 20-25 min.

The temperature and baking time varies depending on your oven, so always try shorter and check if it is cooked by putting in a toothpick. If it comes out smooth, its done! Let it stand for 5min and take the muffins out on cake cooler (or a large plate) to cool completely.

At first, this muffin may seem too un-sweet for you, but instead) of adding sugar, add dry fruits (smaller chopped, the better) . I use a cooking scale when I measure the wet ingredients, and it is quite surprising how little 20g sugar is. In other words, there are just tooooo much sugar (white sugar) in most cake recipes, so I can not give it to my baby.

This recipe has been made by me and tested by my daughter, and  as the number proves, is our all time favorite. Hope you enjoy it too!

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