Some time ago, the talented Grace mentioned her interest in seeing my top ten pictures featured on this blog, and I had deliberately put it off (before you kill me, sweetie, read the disclaimer!) because I was saving it for this special occasion. What better way to celebrate my 100th post than to reflect upon some of the best memories I’ve had here.
So without further ado, here are the top 10 pictures, in random order:-
1. Fluffy buttermilk biscuits;
There’s always something warm and comforting in a basket of freshly-baked fluffy biscuits.
2. Fudgey cocoa brownies;
The brownies that not only uplifted me in my down moments, but also garnered a lot of interest (the highest traffic thus far). It makes me happy to hear the chocolatey love these brownies brought to those who tried the recipe out. A charmer, this one is.
3. Peanut butter and chocolate cookies;
The cookies that stole everyone’s hearts for its love, and its aesthetics.
4. Superman birthday cake;
My very first fondant cake, for the mister’s birthday. I’ll never forget his incessant hearty laughter and disbelief when he opened the cake box cover.
5. Marshmallow brownies;
Other than chocolate, I think another lexical word that never fails to catch my attention would be marshmallow. And to marry it with fudgey brownies is just a dream come true for me.
6. Buttermilk scones;
I like this photo because it captures my very personality; being an introvert, I prefer my days spent “far from the madding crowd”, with loved ones, a favourite pastime, and a simple bake.
7. Nutella cupcakes;
Again this is more of nostalgia, for Nutella cupcakes were the very first cupcakes that ever caught my attention, since I’m not big on cream frosting, and Nutella would make me go on my hands and knees anytime.
8. Banana cupcakes;
Fluffy naked banana cupcakes fresh from the oven that was too much a delight that they were wiped out [and reserved] before I could even frost them. I still have no idea how they would taste with frosting.
9. Oreo butter cake; and last but not least,
This photo is a favourite not only because of the lovely Oreo-crusted top and the speckles of Oreo throughout the texture, but because those white papers beneath the cooling rack just so happen to be my lecture notes, which I was supposed to be cramming with for the exams. Epicurean escapism indeed.
10. Chocolate cupcakes with buttercream frosting
My very first photo in my very first entry on this blog; without which, this blog wouldn’t have seen its 100th post.
And while we’re at it, allow me to share with you the top 10 recipes I’ve tried, i.e. bakes that have received raving reviews from myself and the fellowship of recipients:-
1. Milo marshmallow muffins
These muffins combine chocolatey-ness with gooey-ness; two characteristics in a bake that can never go wrong with the crowd, even with those self-proclaimed non-muffin-lovers.
2. Fudgey cocoa brownies
If there is one thing better than fudgey and decadent brownies, it would be fudgey and decadent brownies that you could whip up with your eyes closed in no time. My all-time favourite this is.
3. Ina Garten’s Oreo Crunch brownies
Fudgey brownies plus Oreo chunks. Need I say more?
4. Dorie Greenspan’s World Peace Cookies
These cookies can seriously bring world peace. Really. The Miss Universe pageant contestants should really start parading these, and quit with the “World Peace” regurgitated mantras. Cookies speak louder than words, ladies.
5. Mrs Hockmeyer’s banana bread
No idea who she is, but grandmama here came up with a beautiful banana bread with the right amount of texture, sweetness, without much hassle at all.
Warm and fluffy scones perfect for a picnic be it outdoors, or indoors. Again, very very easy recipe.
7. huge chocolate chip cookie
These were packed with chocolate chips, and the texture is somewhere between chewy and crispy, and if you’re not giving it as a gift with a personalised message icing, you can simply chop them up into pieces and bring to work the next day, like I did. They were wiped out in no time, and there are still requests for them. It’s goooood.
8. choconana cake
Some people have a peanut butter-chocolate love, some prefer the mint-chocolate combination. This boasts a chocolatey cake filled with fresh bananas, and topped with chocolate ganache. For those chocolate-banana lovers.
9. peanut butter nutella brownies
If peanut butter and chocolate combo is a killer, why not go the extra mile with peanut butter and Nutella. Afterall, you only live once. Absolutely fudgey, balancing the sweetness of the Nutella with the saltiness of the peanut butter. Perfect.
10. apple streusel torte
For those times when I feel like I wanna be healthier, I bake this. They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, so I reckon a warm slice of cinnamon apple torte studded with a streusel topping, and adorned with a dollop of ice-cream could make the cut. Hehe.
On another note altogether, here’s a little something to tide you over while the next entry comes. A huge hint of what’s to come… (pardon the colouring; some of the markers were running out of ink!)