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Banana muffins with brown sugar topping

July 17, 2015

Banana muffins with brown sugar topping ||

I had too much ripe bananas on the counter so it’s only fitting that I make some banana muffins with brown sugar topping.  These muffins are super moist and fluffy I almost want to sleep on them! The brown sugar topping adds a sweet finish to an already enticing piece. They will keep at room temperature for about two days, but they were still perfectly fine on my counter after 3 days.  

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Soft-center Chocolate espresso cakes

August 12, 2014

 Soft-center chocolate espresso cakes -

 I still cannot get over these blueberry muffins with crumb topping I made last week.  I grab one before heading out in the morning, and they always taste fresh like they were just out of the oven.  I am kinda sad that they’re gone now, but I can always make them again anytime I want! 

With my muffin tin still out, I was on the hunt for recipes that are easy and worth it for an early grab-and-go breakfast foods.  These soft-center chocolate espresso cakes are exactly that – especially if your morning is on the sweeter side.   They have soft centers when served warm, but once at room temperature they are almost dense and fudge-like.   You can dress them up by serving with ice cream or whipped cream, but I honestly think they are perfect as it is! 

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Blueberry muffins with crumb topping

August 1, 2014

Blueberry muffins with crumb topping **

I love blueberry muffins,  but blueberry muffins with crumb toppings – I love more.  

Berries are hard to come by in Manila.  You have to go to specialty groceries or farmer’s market to get a glimpse of them.  I know I wasn’t exposed to them when I was young, until I moved to the US and was amazed at boxes of blueberries, raspberries and blackberries lined up at a grocery store a few blocks away.  

My mom used to bring me home some cooking magazines and cookbook during one of her frequent travels to California.  I was always amazed at all those yummy-looking recipes, but felt so intimidated by the ingredient list you certainly cannot get so easily here in the Philippines.  I just ended up staring at the photos! 

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Nutella banana lumpia (egg roll)

June 27, 2014

Nutella Banana Lumpia (egg rolls) -

Apparently I am still high on that Filipino street food I had last Monday… and now I am having a turon-inspired Nutella banana lumpia (egg roll). 

When talking about street food in the Philippines, turon (too-ron) or banana lumpia will probably make the cut.  Turon?… is sweet! It is made with sliced bananas (preferably saba),  thinly slices of jackfruit,  and dusted with brown sugar, then rolled in lumpia wrappers (or egg roll wrappers) and deep fried to golden crisp.  You can usually find (or smell!) them selling on the side walk alongside banana cue (caramelized banana on a stick), catering to jeepney drivers and college students on their meryenda (snack) break.   They are cheap and so easy to make – you can whip up your own street food at home!

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Chocolate zucchini cake (no butter)

June 20, 2014

Chocolate zucchini cake (no butter) -

I was hesitant at first – but I went ahead and bought zucchinis at the supermarket to make this chocolate zucchini cake.   Sorry but this would be my very first attempt on a chocolate cake – with zucchinis.  

Maybe the word chocolate got me going.  I have this insane addiction to Goldilock’s chocolate cake roll in the Philippines and I honestly think I can have the whole roll to myself – femininity aside.  Think moist, chocolate and chocolate glaze and you will get what I mean.  Sadly, when I moved to Seattle, lady Goldilocks was nowhere to be found.  It was a blessing in disguise since I proved to myself that I can breathe and live normally without that chocolate roll.  I resorted to making my own chocolate goodies to satisfy  the evil tooth and I came across this recipe for a chocolate cake – with zucchinis.  At first I was really, really hesitant.  It was beyond uncertainty on my part, but I am so glad I set that aside and made the cake.  It was the “very moist” decision I have ever made. 

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Peanut butter blondies

June 16, 2014

Peanut butter blondies [ hungry brownie ]

These peanut butter blondies are a nice change from chocolate-y desserts I’ve been stuffing myself these days.  Don’t get me wrong, chocolates have been a lifesaver for me during lonely days, but sometimes you just have to put aside the brownie and have something else – like these blondies I have here.  I was having some peanut butter on my toast one morning while browsing cooking light’s cookbook and I saw a recipe for peanut butter blondies. 

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S’mores dip: A camping treat without the campfire pit

June 9, 2014

 Indoor S'mores Dip - A camping treat without the campfire pit! (

 I hate to admit it but I am new to this wonderful world of s’mores.  It’s not that we don’t have marshmallows and graham crackers in the Philippines, but when one would say “graham crackers”, I would immediately think about Filipino’s refrigerator cake.  Another reason is my family didn’t really do a lot of camping, which I believe where s’mores are most famous for.  The very first time I had s’mores was during my very first camping trip since moving to the Pacific Northwest four years ago.  My husband taught me how to lightly roast the marshmallow and sandwich it between graham crackers with chocolate.  It was a piece of heaven!

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Dessert - Fruit - Recipe - Seattle - Sweet

Nutella banana hand pies

August 16, 2013

Nutella banana hand pies Here I am again with my Nutella recipes. When I saw that my Nutella banana bread recipe received the most views last month,  I knew that some people are as I crazy about it as I am.  Duh. For this recipe, I used Gordon Ramsey’s shortcrust pastry. Even though this pastry is so easy to make, I couldn’t help but be vigilant in measuring the ingredients while imagining Gordon watching me very closely saying, “You better do this perfectly!”  Perfect buttery and flaky crusts mean perfect Nutella banana hand pies.

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Light Cheesecake

August 8, 2013

Light Cheesecake ||hungrybrownie||

I had this insane idea about adding a strawberry puree to a light cheesecake batter, you know, to make a strawberry cheesecake. Terrible idea! The batter turned out very runny which resulted to a very VERY runny cheesecake, even after my attempts of putting it in the fridge to set overnight.  I honestly do not mind failing in the kitchen because that is how I learn to perfect recipes, but what bothered me was I ruined my husband’s surprise cake for his birthday.  What a terrible idea to try a new recipe on a special day!

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Chocolate bread pudding

August 3, 2013

Chocolate bread pudding |hungrybrownie|

If you have been following my blog you would know that this is not my first bread pudding recipe. I am obsessed with bread pudding I know.  My mom never made bread pudding while in the Philippines because very rarely we have leftover bread to begin with. If you live with a family of 7 then you know what I’m talking about, especially when you have two older brothers who will stop at nothing to get what they want to eat, aka, leftovers.  From this I have learned how to hide a stash of food in my room, lock the door, and throw away the key.

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