Thursday 22 March 2012

I'm back.....

It's been a month since my last entry, the longest break I've had from blogging....  Since the beginning of the year, I had come home from work feeling physically & mentally exhausted  everyday, including weekends. The amount of work was just overwhelming..... definitely not what I signed up for! So I followed my heart & called it a quit. Of course not without expressing  my unhappiness to the respective parties! And their response to my complaints was an insult to my intelligence!!!  I strongly believe things always happen for good reasons & this episode is no exception. What's important is I have no regrets with my decision & I'm so much happier now..... although I'm now unemployed! Haha!

Although I've not been updating my blog, I'd actually managed to bake a couple of times & took pictures of them but had refrained myself from rambling in this blog because I knew if I had written something then, my tone would definitely be very negative as I was also feeling angry, resentful & hurt. But I'm feeling much better now so, I'm back......!

Last Saturday my colleagues (now ex-colleagues) & I gathered for a bbq. As usual, dessert is my specialisation so I made crumb topped banana muffins & longan jelly. I chose to make them because they are quite easy to make & the ladies loved them!

Crumb Topped Banana Muffins

1 ½ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt ( I didn't use.)
3 large ripe bananas, mashed
¾ cup sugar
1 eggs, lightly beaten
1⁄3; cup butter, melted

1⁄3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1⁄8 teaspoon cinnamon, to taste
1 tablespoon cold butter
¼ cup nuts , chopped (optional) - I used walnuts

  1. In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix banana, sugar, egg and melted butter.
  3. Stir into dry mixture just until moistened.
  4. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full.
  5. Combine brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon topping ingredients.
  6. Cut in cold butter until crumbly.
  7. Sprinkle over muffins.
  8. Bake at 190 degrees C for about 20 minutes, until muffins test done.
  9. Cool in pan for 10 minutes.

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