Turn that hobby into an online negosyo
We live in trying times. But if there’s anything we’ve learned while in quarantine, it's that nasa bahay lang ang creativity at galing dumiskarte! In fact, it’s during this time that we learn and try new things, like making our own coffee and creating your own recipes! So if you are thinking of trying or learning more about baking, here are a few easy bake recipes to get you started. Who knows, with enough practice, pwede na yang pang benta!
Vegetable oil for greasing
1½ cups all-purpose flour
1¼ teaspoons baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt
1 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
⅓ cup fresh milk
¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 large eggs
4 large very ripe bananas, mashed (about 1½ cups)
½ cup chopped bittersweet or semisweet chocolate (optional)
½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350°. Then lightly brush 8½ x 4½" loaf pan with vegetable oil and line with parchment paper. Make sure to overline the parchment paper on the long sides of the pan. Whisk flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.
Using an electric mixer set on medium-high speed (or hand-mix kung wala pa), beat brown sugar, milk and butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Do this for about 4 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating to blend after each addition and scraping down sides and bottom of bowl as needed.
Reduce speed to low before adding flour mixture. Mix until just combined. Add your bananas and mix just until combined. Fold in chocolate and/ or walnuts, if using, for that extra layer of flavor and texture. Scrape batter into prepared pan. Smooth the top.
Bake bread for 60 to 65 minutes or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Transfer pan to a wire rack and let bread cool in pan for 1 hour. Turn out bread and let cool completely before slicing.
For the dough, why not try using hotcake mix instead?
1 pack hotcake mix 200g
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsps oil OR butter, melted, whichever is available
2 tbsps fresh milk
Flour as needed for dusting
Oil for deep frying
White sugar (just like those Pinoy-style donuts from our childhood)
Peanut Butter with Choc Nut (or whatever you want or have in your kitchen will do!)
To make the dough, combine dry ingredients. In a separate container, mix wet ingredients together. Gently add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients bowl and mix until you form a dough.
Take out your dough and knead until smooth and elastic. Roll into a ball, leave it in a bowl and cover with a clean kitchen towel. Let rest for 10 minutes.
On a floured surface, roll out dough to about one half inch thick. Cut into rounds. No dough cutter? No problem! Use two cups in different sizes to make the rounds and the whole in the middle. Transfer onto a tray lined with parchment paper, set aside. Next, heat oil for frying to medium high. Once hot enough, fry donuts in batches; number depends on the size of your pot. Fry until golden brown then drain in a container lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil.
If desired topping is white sugar, dip in mixture while it’s hot to make it stick. Meanwhile, if you prefer to glaze the donut with peanut butter, let it cool before coating. Top with crushed Choc Nut for texture.
Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
(for 12 cookies)
½ cup granulated sugar
¾ cup brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
4 oz milk or semi-sweet chocolate chunks
4 oz dark chocolate chunk, or your preference
Whisk sugars, salt and butter in a large bowl until a paste forms with no lumps. Whisk in the egg and vanilla, beating until light ribbons fall off the whisk. Sift in the flour and baking soda, then fold the mixture with a spatula. Take care not to overmix, which would cause the gluten in the flour to toughen. Add the chocolate chunks then chill the dough for at least 30 minutes. Chill overnight if you want a deeper color and a more intense flavor.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop the dough with an ice-cream scoop onto the baking sheet, leaving at least 4 inches of space between cookies and 2 inches (5 cm) of space from the edges of the pan so that the cookies can spread evenly. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until the edges have started to barely brown. Cool completely before serving.
So, practice pa more and you might just be able to turn that newfound hobby into an online negosyo!
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