Oct 14, 2008


Waffles are really quite easy to make as the batter is about the same as what is used to make pancakes. The only real difference between the two is how they look; whereas pancakes are round and are baked on a griddle or frying pan, waffles are either square or heart-shaped with a honeycomb surface that are baked in their own machine.

I will say that waffles are thicker, more bread-like, and crisper and their grids do make ideal pockets for the maple syrup and butter. You have the choice of buying either an electric or stovetop Waffle iron and both consist of two metal grids, facing each other, that are held together with hinges.

To make a waffle you pour the batter onto one side of the iron, the second metal grid is then closed over the batter and the waffle is cooked until crisp and golden brown. (It is always a good idea to read your manufacturer's instructions before using your waffle iron as there can be differences between models.) Of course, waffles are perfect with a pat of butter and drizzling of maple syrup but they are also excellent with whipped cream and fresh berries.

1 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 egg
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons unsalted buter, melted

Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
In another bowl, lightly beat the egg, then add milk and whisk the mixture.
Add the mixture to the dry bowl, and stir it until it is combined. Stir in the melted butter.

If you have a waffle maker, oil it lightly with a brush. Using a ladle, pour the batter into the waffle according to your waffle's recommended level. Close the waffle lid and wait for the waffle to bake to a nice golden brown and crisp at the sides.

Best when served hot! Serve with a scoop of ice cream or with maple syrup. I love mine with just butter!

Oct 3, 2008


When I was a kid, I always loved Sugar Cookie. Perhaps it is because of the attractive colour frostings and sprinklies and also kids love anything that tastes sweet. The sugar cookie goes way back from as far back as mid 1700s when German Protestant settlers in the Nazareth area perfected the recipe. Then, it was also named Nazareth Sugar Cookie. Sugar cookies are usually baked till crisp although there may be different variations that are soft and chewy nowadays. Sugar Cookies are very popular during Christmas holidays especially in Northern parts of America.

Here is a simple recipe for Sugar Cookies

490 gms of all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
225 gms of butter, unsalted at room temperature
300 gms granulated white sugar
2 eggs large size
2 tsps vanilla essence

In a mixing bowl, mix the flour, salt and baking powder together. Put it aside.

In another mixing bowl, beat butter, sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla and beat till all mixed properly. Add the flour and beat till the dough is smooth.

Divide the dough into half and wrap in cling wrap. Refrigerated for an hour. It should be firm to roll.

Heat oven to 180 deg C. On a floured surface, roll the dough to a thickness of 1cm. Cut into desired shapes with a cookie cutter that has been floured. Place on the baking sheets on a pan and refrigerate the cookies for about 10 minutes to keep their shape. Using a fork, lightly beat an egg in a bowl. Brush the egg wash on the cookie and sprinkle some colourful hundreds and thousands on it. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the edges are brown.