Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hot Milk Cakes with Strawberries and Cream plus Alfa One Rice Bran Oil Giveaway

Prior baking these hot milk cakes from the book, Bon Appetit by Barbara Fairchild, I have seen many positive opinions of this kind of sponge cake. Some say that it is the hot milk that makes the cake very moist. Some say it is a traditional American sponge cake recipe that can't go wrong. Some say it is so simple yet so good...

Hot milk cake? According to its name and Wikipedia, hot milk cake gets its distinctive flavour from the addition of scalded milk. Instead of beating the yolks and whites separately, this kind of sponge cakes are made by beating the whole eggs together, then followed by the addition of flour plus baking powder and scalded milk-butter mixture.

When Joyce from Kitchen Flavours suggested baking miniature hot milk cakes with strawberries and cream for our bake-along with Lena from Frozen wings, I'm super excited!!! This is me feeling lots of positive aura when I baked my hot milk cakes...


hot milk cakes strawberries and cream
Hot milk cakes with strawberries and cream
First, I greased my ramekins with Alfa One rice bran oil spray.
Using an electric mixer, I beat an egg and sugar until pale and thick.
Then, I did these...
Here is the HOT milk!!!
I can't wait to "test" one of these!!!
Wow! Wow! Wow! It is true that it can be so simple and yet so good!!!
I cheated!!! - Instead of using an electric mixer to whip the cream, I'm using this easy and reduced fat option.
Instead of adding sugar into my strawberries, I'm enjoying my cakes with a dollop of homemade strawberry jam.

As much as I don't wish to "cheat", I can't deny that it is a hassle to use an electric mixer to whip only 1/4 cup of cream as required for half of this recipe.

After baking and enjoying these cakes, my husband came home with a parcel of interesting gadgets from Tovolo (Australia) and one of them is this...

A mini whipper!!! Hurray!!!

I have to explore this interesting tool instantly! And, this is what I found ...

1) I tried it with regular and reduced fat cream and found that it works well with cream with 35% fat. This is not a surprise to me because NO electric mixer with whisk attachment can whip any cream that is less than 35% fat too!

The reduced fat cream thickens but it is still sloppy!

2) I tried whipping with a minimal amount of 2 tablespoons (30ml) of cream and up to 60ml and found that 60ml works better.

Yay! The silly me was excited when I saw this!!!

3) Do you know that excess whipping of cream can cause cream to become butter and it can be a nightmare to wash!!! Whether I'm over-whipping the cream or not, I'm happy that this mini whipper is dishwasher safe. To wash, press pump handle and lock it into the lid. Do the same to minimise space for storage.

Do this to wash mini whipper in dishwasher or store it.
Yay! - Now, I can enjoy freshly whipped cream anytime I want!!!

Wish that I receive this gadget before I had baked these cakes... maybe again if I can find some extra time to bake these cakes again... 

Here's the recipe that is mostly adapted from the book, Bon Appetit by Barbara Fairchild or here

Note: The original uses 2 eggs to bake 6 cakes but I have used half the recipe to bake 4 cakes

Makes 4 cakes / servings

Non stick vegetable oil spray, preferably the healthy kind like the Alfa One rice bran oil one
1 extra-large eggs, 70-80g
65g (1/3 cup) caster sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract or paste
85g self-rising flour, preferably the cake flour kind with 7-9% protein, sifted
80ml (1/3 cup) milk
40g unsalted butter
4-8 strawberries, to serve
1/4 cup chilled heavy whipped cream
icing sugar to dust, optional and I didn't do that.
strawberry jam, optional to serve - I made mine using the recipe from here.

Preheat oven to 425°F or 200
°C fan forced. Spray four 3/4-cup (180ml) baking cups or ramekins with non stick spray. Using electric mixer, beat egg in a mixing bowl at high speed until thick about 3 mins. Gradually beat in sugar; beat until thick and pale yellow, about 4 mins.Beat in vanilla into the egg mixture. At this stage, decrease mixing speed to low. Add flour and beat 30 secs or until well combined.

Meanwhile, bring milk and butter just to boil in small saucepan, stirring until butter melts. Add hot milk mixture to batter; beat in low speed for 30 secs or until mixture is well blended and smooth. Divide batter among prepared cups. Place cups on a baking tray.

Bake cakes until tops rise (tall rounded peak will form in center of each), turn pale golden, and are firm to touch, about 14-16 mins (I baked mine for 14 mins). Cool in cups at least 20 mins. Transfer cakes to a wire rack to cool completely at room temperature.

Place cakes into serving bowls. Serve them with strawberries, whipped cream, icing sugar and strawberry jam.

Happy Baking

Here are our friends that have joined us for this bake-along. Please visit their blogs for more of their Hot Milk Cakes with Strawberries and Cream baking.



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For our next bake-along, we are baking Grissini
 which is to be posted on 5 Feb 2015. Please bake-along with us! All you need to do is to bake this recipe and blog hop with us for the next 10 days.

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Like to win Alfa One rice bran oil products?
... like the cooking spray shown in this post

For January 2015, Alfa One rice bran oil will be giving prizes to FOUR lucky winners!!! This giveaway is open to Australian residents only!!! Be quick!!! The submission ends on 31st Jan 2015, 11:59 Melbourne, Australia time.

Each set of prize worth more than A$40 and they are:

One 1L Alfa One rice bran oil
One 500ml Alfa One rice bran oil
One 225g Alfa One rice bran oil cooking spray
One 225ml BBQ spray Alfa One rice bran oil
(Butane-free so you have no worries that your spray will cause any fire!)
750ml brown rice Alfa One rice bran oil - a newly launched product at Woolworths
All in a nice hessian bag as shown in the following picture.



a Rafflecopter giveaway
I would like to make a disclaimer here that I'm not paid by Alfa One rice bran oil. I'm always a big fan of this healthful product and was provided with the oils to demonstrate the benefits and goodness in my cooking and baking. Cheers!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Stir-and-Bake Lots-of-Raspberries Sour Cream Muffins

These very fruity and pink muffins really remind me of the Lots-of-Raspberry coffee cake muffins that I have baked previously and that's why I called them the Another Lots-of-Raspberry muffins but these are the stir-and-bake ones.

Unlike the prior Barefoot Contessa recipe, this one is much more easier to bake as it doesn't require the use of electric mixer for creaming. With the least amount of effort in mixing and baking, I have to say that I'm totally impressed with this recipe as these muffins are as good as the prior Lots-of-Raspberry coffee cake muffins.

Looking at list of ingredients in both muffin recipes, I can't help to think that the magic ingredient that creates all these beautiful texture is obviously SOUR CREAM! Please correct me if I'm wrong... It can't be coincidental that the bakes that I have baked with sour cream are mostly smooth, moist and delicious. Well, obviously!!!

Despite the similarities, these raspberries muffins are healthier with the use of oil (not butter) and also a reduced amount of added oil. Furthermore, I reckon that these muffins can also be extra healthful if you use oil like Alfa One rice bran oil which is low in saturated fat and has no trans fat. To compensate the missing amount of added fat, the moisture of the muffins are bumped up with a generous amount of raspberries added... resulting these ultimate Lots-of-Raspberries enjoyment.

These are obviously my kind of muffins... 


easy moist raspberries sour cream muffins
Another Lots-of-Raspberries Sour Cream Muffins 
To mix, combine these ingredients first.
Add two eggs.
Sift in the dry ingredients.
Stir in lots of raspberries.
... and bake!
Can't have enough of these muffins? Yup! I baked another batch of them again!!!
Pretty in pink but waiting to be feasted!!! LOL!
Chomped by a raspberry-loving monster... Berrilicious!

Here's the recipe that is mostly adapted from Creative Gourmet

Makes 12-14 standard size muffins
This is always the oil that I like to use.
300g (2 cups) self-raising flour or 300g all purpose flour with 2 tsp baking powder
100g (1/2 cup) caster sugar (reduced from 150g and the sweetness is just right for us)
2 eggs
80ml or 1/3 cup vegetable oil, preferably Alfa One rice bran oil
one 250g or 300ml carton sour cream (regular or light - I used regular for moister texture)
1/2 tsp vanilla paste or 1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups or 300g raspberries, frozen or fresh plus extra to top

Preheat oven at 180ºC or 170ºC fan forced. Line a 12-hole 1/2 cup muffin pan with baking paper cups.

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour (with baking powder) and sugar together. In another large mixing bowl, whisk eggs, oil, sour cream and vanilla together. Sift the dry ingredient into the sour cream mixture and fold until just-combined. Do not over mix batter as mixture may be dry.

Fold in raspberries and spoon mixture into pans. Bake for 25-30 mins (I baked mine for 30 mins) or until the skewer inserted in the center of one of the muffin comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 mins then transfer to a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Happy Baking
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Like baking with Alfa One rice bran oil?

For January 2015, Alfa One rice bran oil will be giving prizes to FOUR lucky winners!!! This giveaway is open to Australian residents only!!! Be quick!!! The submission ends on 31st Jan 2015, 11:59 Melbourne, Australia time.

Each set of prize worth more than A$40 and they are:

One 1L Alfa One rice bran oil
One 500ml Alfa One rice bran oil
One 225g Alfa One rice bran oil cooking spray
One 225ml BBQ spray Alfa One rice bran oil
(Butane-free so you have no worries that your spray will cause any fire!)
750ml brown rice Alfa One rice bran oil - a newly launched product at Woolworths
All in a nice hessian bag as shown in the following picture.



a Rafflecopter giveaway
I would like to make a disclaimer here that I'm not paid by Alfa One rice bran oil. I'm always a big fan of this healthful product and was provided with the oils to demonstrate the benefits and goodness in my cooking and baking. Cheers!