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Baking with Coca Cola: Coca Cola Cupcakes

Even now I’m still amazed that coca cola can be used in recipes. Somehow, this seems to me even more fascinating than using beer. Actually I rarely drink Coke or other soft drinks (doctor’s orders), but when I found this Coca Cola cupcake recipe, I immediate thought, “wow, I must try that.”

I looked over at the list and there’s nothing fancy about the ingredients — you can easily find them in the pantry, and it’s not difficult to make either. If you’re knowledgeable in baking cupcakes this is just a cinch.

These cupcakes don’t have an all-Coca Cola flavour. Instead, these have a rich, chocolatey taste and just a hint of Coca Cola. Still, believe me when I say that this recipe is one of a kind.

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Peanut Butter and Snickers Cookies

Give me freshly baked cookies and a cup of milk and I’m happy as a clam.

Normally, I’d want simple chocolate chip cookies or oatmeal raisin cookies (my favourites), but this time I thought I’d do different. So, how about peanut butter and snickers cookies? The famous sweet-and-salty taste of peanut butter cookie with the chocolate-caramel goodness of a Snickers bar — honestly, just the thought of it makes me drool.

If you already have a good recipe for peanut butter cookies, you merely have to add chopped Snickers and do a few adjustments to taste.

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Banana Madness: Banana Bread with Walnuts

What’s your comfort food?

Mine is banana bread with green tea. Or any other bread with green tea or hot chocolate. Or CHOCOLATE, that’ll be very, very good. Remember Barbara Novak in the film Down with Love? She says men can be replaced with chocolate, and she might have a really good point there.

But anyway — hehe — the real hero today is banana bread. It’s yummy, easy to make, and you can fold in nuts or chocolates for an added treat.

 

banana bread with walnuts

Honestly, I’ve had banana breads that are just bland, very minimal banana flavour, or too dry. Now, this banana bread with walnuts recipe is dense and moist (just saying for those who prefer a lighter cake), but it’s also delicious and very banana-y. Also a good way of using all those over-ripe bananas you might have at home.

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Tips and tricks

Baker’s Secrets: 9 Proven Baking Tips and Tricks

We all have tips and tricks when it comes to recipes and baking.

So I’m racking my memory, and here are some baking tips and tricks I won’t do without:

 

 

measuring cups

1. Accurate and consistent measurement is the key to baking. Pre-measure the ingredients before using them. Note that measuring cups actually make a difference. Use dry or liquid measuring cup as appropriate.

For instance, 1 cup of flour in a dry measuring cup will measure 1 1/4 cup in a liquid measuring cup. Reason? The liquid measuring cup is designed such that you can’t level off the contents. The Novice Chef offers a lengthy explanation on the difference between dry and liquid measurement cups.

Another option would be to use a kitchen scale.

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