Saturday, December 24, 2011

Bless Christmas eve

In exactly 1 hour it gonna be HOHOHO, MERRY CHRISTMAS! :D I don't know why, but I'm always excited about Christmas though I'm no Christine. Again, who says you need to be a Christine to celebrate this festive right? :D

Anyways, ever since my visit to Strictly Pancakes I have been wanting to make my own red velvet pancakes! So I did some Google on what exactly is red velvet.

red velvet cake is a popular cake with a dark red, bright red or red-brown color. It is usually prepared as a layer cake topped with a creamy vanilla icing or most popularly, cream cheese icing. The reddish-brown color of the cake was originally from a reaction of the cocoa powder with an acidic ingredient such asbuttermilk; however red food coloring is often added. (wikipedia)

I actually thought it was just some flower colourings! HAHAHA!

Lirong's red velvet pancakes!
1 cup flour
1 tbsn. cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tbsn. sugar
1 large egg
1 tbsn. melted butter or vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 tsp. red food coloring

1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugar. 
2. Add the egg, melted butter, buttermilk, vanilla and food coloring and whisk well until the better is smooth and few lumps remain. 
3. Drop the batter onto the hot pan and cook until the edges are just starting to set and the bottom is lightly browned, about 2 - 3 minutes. 
4. Flip and cook again until the bottom is lightly browned, about 1 - 2 minutes. 
5. Serve immediately.

Cream cheese frosting:
  • 1 block cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. In a bowl, cream together the cream cheese and butter until creamy. 
2. Mix in the vanilla, then gradually stir in the confectioners' sugar. 
3. Store in the refrigerator before use.

Never never never over-mix the batter, otherwise your pancakes will not turn out to be soft and fluffy! 

My photo did not do justice to the pancakes! It was plain AWE! In fact the taste was so so so different from all the previous pancakes that I've made and It was so fluffy too!!! What makes the different I'm not sure. Perhaps is the reaction between the cocoa powder and buttermilk? Red velvet does magic eh? 

Finally can appreciate the love for red velvet because I'm one of them now!! :D 


This recipe has officially becomes my permanent for pancakes. :) 

Anyhow baked some peanut rolls for breakfast too. (I was thinking of red velvet bread at that instance, maybe can try eh?)


Dinner was simple like normal days because we wanted to prepare our stomach for our Christmas feast the next day. lol! 

'Anyhow-anyhow' soup - cauliflowers, lettuces, tomatoes, hotdogs, sotong balls, tofu and lean meat. 

This soup is a frequent in my family. Simply combine whatever we have in the fridge! Haha! 

Stir-fried kailan with oyster sauce.

Chicken chop.

Stir-fried dory fish with eggplants and tomatoes. 

Fried eggs with frozen vegetables. (10 eggs in this, I think we just had a cholesterol burst! :X)

Each of these dishes came in double/triple portions. This is how I'm trained for buffets. :P 


Christmas nails! 
Spot the 3 different patterns of cracks? :D 

Time check! Half an hour to Christmas! Whoohoo!!! 
If only Singapore snows. 

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