Happy Birthday to Baby Ian

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Baking has become a challenge for me nowadays, especially for a SAHM like me with two young kids.  As much as I love to bake, I can’t spend my days baking so often. My kids need my time. 

Baked this carrot cake with cream cheese frosting for baby Ian who turns 2 today. Two years is like a long time…an exhausting but memorable years for me. And still a long way to go… 

 

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The cake stays moist on the 2nd day still. 

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We decided to get baby Ian a car track since he likes car so much. Indeed, he was so happy when Zann helped to unwrap his pressie.

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Happy 2nd Birthday, my boy!  May your growing up years filled with happiness and contentment ! 

Baby’s fish chowder

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Healthy and filling fish chowder for baby today.
Zann and myself had a serving each, which we added Otsumami rusk. Yummy.  

I used cod fish. marinated and steamed. Cut and debone fish into small pieces 
Wash, peel carrots and 5 potatoes and 2 small onions
Melt the butter in a sauce pot. Add the vegetable and sauté for 5mins. 
Pour in milk  (adjust accordingly to your preference) 
Bring to boil and simmer for 30mins until potato is tender. 
Stir in 1-2 tbsp plain flour to thicken. 
Add in the fish pieces. Continue to cook for another  5mins. 

Homemade tamago boro egg biscuits

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Made these little cuties for the kids. Homemade tamago boro biscuits (旺仔小馒头), which are also baby Ian’s favourite. 

The steps to make them are simple but they require lots of patience to shape them one by one. Mine are some big and some small ones. 

 

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1 egg yolk (17-20g)
Potato starch (120-140g),  sifted
castor sugar 35g  ( I used icing sugar)
baking milk powder 15g

Beat egg yolk and sugar till pale yellow.
Add milk powder and potato starch, in 2-3 additions.
Depending on the size of the egg yolk, you may need to add some milk/water to form a pliable dough.
Divde dough into portions and roll into the shape of a rope.
Cut into pieces – 1 cm per piece and roll into a ball.
Bake at pre heated oven at 170C for  12-15mins , or until it turns light golden brown.

** can replace egg yolk with around 20g of pumpkin puree, if the child can’t take the egg. 

 

recipe adapted from  Carol 老师的 烘焙新手變達人

Baby’s Potato Cheese balls

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Made these potato cheese balls for baby Ian this morning for his breakfast. Wow and he likes it. *happy me*

 

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Recipe

1 big potato
I added potato starch until the dough is easy to shape to round balls
half slice cheddar cheese (to your preference)
1 tbsp unsalted butter

Steam the potato until soft. Mash and set aside.

Stir in the potato starch, cheese and butter until well combined.

Shape into bite sized round balls. Bake in preheated oven for 20mins at 180d.

 

Baby’s oatmeal cookies

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Baked these oatmeal cookies without sugar added, for Baby Ian. Our road trip was confirmed after so much ‘nag’ from me. LOL. So, I baked these cookies to bring along for baby’s teething snacks. This will be our first trip with baby. Abit scared, keep thinking what if we can’t cope…how?  I don’t want to think so much liao. Leave everything to God. 

 

Recipe (adapted from 烘焙新手變達人的第一本書)

unsalted butter 35g  (I used extra virgin coconut oil)
brown sugar 15g (I omitted)
salt 1/8 tsp (I omitted)
maple syrup 20g (used agave nectar)
egg 1
cake flour 50g
wholemeal flour 50g
oat 60g (I blended the oats into oat flour)

 

Add unsalted butter into the mixer bowl. Use hand whisk and cream them. Add brown sugar and combine well. Add in maple syrup, mix well. Add in egg in 4 additions and mix well. Fold in sifted flour mixture. Do not over mix. Add in oats and mix well. Shape the dough and bake in preheated oven at 160C for 18-20mins.

Note: I did not follow the ingredients used in the recipe. I prefer to use healthier ingredients suitable for baby, so these cookies are not too sweet, just nice.

Baby’s steamed banana cake (sugarless)

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Recipe (makes 3) 

62g cake flour
1tsp aluminium free baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda (Optional)
1/2 tsp coconut oil
1 egg
1 large banana
1tbsp formula milk

Mix cake flour, baking powder and baking soda together. Beat egg till foamy, add in mashed banana and combine. Add oil and milk. Fold in the flour mixture. Pour into cups and steam for 15mins.

 

Steamed carrot cake

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Steamed carrot cake for Ian’s smash cake on his birthday. 

 

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The boy enjoyed smashing away his carrot cake, playing with the cream cheese. I see him how he ‘destroyed’ the cake., made me feel so stressed. Messy! 

Recipe (6′ cake tin) 

60g gluten free plain flour
2tsp aluminium free baking powder
1tsp cinnamon powder
140g oats (blend into powder mixed with 1 cup milk)
40g walnuts (finely chopped)
40g sultanas (finely chopped)
120g carrots (Chopped)

Mix walnuts, sultanas and carrots and pour in oat milk, mix well. Sieve in flour, baking powder, cinnamon powder and fold well. Pour into cake tin. Smooth out the cake batter using spatula. Steam in preheated steamer for 30mins. Wait 5 mins before remove.

Cream cheese topping

1 cup cream cheese (melted)
1 tsp melted unsalted butter
1tsp agave nectar

Use mixer to mix all the ingredients. Put inside the fridge to cool. Spread on top and serve.