Thursday, October 10, 2013

Lunch Punch Review & Giveaway

I have been wanting to do this giveaway last month, but I am just so busy that I have no time to write. Finally, the internet at my home is up! And I finally can blog. :)

The Lunch Punch team generously sent me a set of Sweet sandwich cutter and a set of Match & Munch cutter last August. I have Match & Munch set in my kitchen cabinet, so, I will be reviewing Sweet set in this post. The extra Match & Munch will be giveaway at the end of the post. 

Lunch Punch series have total of 5 different designs sandwich cutters, and each of them are really cool design. Sweet, sandwishes, vrrrm!, critter cutters and match & munch. The sweet set comes in so timely as I can use them to make cute sandwich for the kids in my daughter's school during her birthday celebration in school. 

Each set comes with 4 different cutters for you to play with. For this sweet set, they have cupcake cutter, birthday cake, gumball and ice cream.

I used this set to make 15 sets of bento for the kids in school. They are very easy to use and really saved my time in the morning. Imagine I need to prepare 15 set of sandwiches in the morning. 

The cutter is so easy-friendly to use, and the size of each cutter fits most of the bread perfectly. Fyi, I was using local brand Gardenia white loaf bread. Besides, it is dishwasher safe, BPA free, PVC free and lead free too! It is also made of FDA certified food-grade plastic and the packaging are 100% recyclable. How environmental friendly it is! Super like it! :)

This is how I make the cute sandwiches. Place your favourite shape cutter on top of a piece of bread and press on it to cut the bread. The bread may stick on the cutter. Turn to the back of the bread and use your finger and lightly press the bread onto the the cutter to get the imprint. Repeat this step for another piece of bread and now you have two cute shaped bread. Spread the fruit jam on your choice on a piece of bread. I used margarine and no sugar strawberry jam. 

Sorry that I did not have time to take step by step photo and the not so nice photos, as I was rushing to prepare all this before 930am. I need to send them to school before 10am. 

These were what I prepared for the kids in school. A simple bento which includes homemade chocolate muffin, homemade panda cookies and also a cute shape sandwiches. Besides, I also packed mini raisins and Appeton Vit-C pastilles for the kids to substitute the junk food. A sticker puzzle as a little gift to them as well. :) 

Now, it is time for giveaway. As said, I have extra set of Match & Munch to giveaway. 

To enter the giveaway, you are compulsory to complete the first 4 steps. Please do come back again daily to earn extra entry by share the giveaway in your facebook or instagram. Invalid entries will be disqualified. 

The giveaway is opens internationally and it closes on 15 October 2013.The winner will be picked randomlu using Rafflecopter widget and the winner will be announce on 16 October 2013. I will contact the winner through email and he/she has 48 hours to reply my email. Failing to do so, a new winner will be picked.  Please do check back this post for the winner after the giveaway closed. Good luck!

While if you are interested on where to get the lunch punch sets, Bento With Yenn carries them. =)

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Bread Pudding

Many asked, what do I do with my leftover cut-outs bread from my bento. So, I am just sharing what I do for my left-over cut-outs bread today. In the beginning of my bento journey, which started last year, I would usually kept them in airtight container. My maid would usually ate them as breakfast. But my maid had left us middle of last year, so no one consuming the leftover bread then. My parent in law will occasionally toast them in the oven and have it as breakfast too. Now, I keep the leftover bread in the freezer. I will use to make bread pudding, as breakfast or tea break. :)

I bake them in a oven safe glass tray. You can use little ramekin if you have. :)

the leftover cut out bread
2 eggs, beaten
1 tbs melted butter
1 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
Some raisins (optional)
Some chocolate chips (optional)

1. Pre-heat oven to 170 degrees.
2. Spread the cut out breads into the tray. Drizzle melted butter over the bread.
3. Combine eggs, milk, sugar, ground cinnamon and vanilla extra togather. Beat until well mixed.
4. Pour over the mixture over the bread. Make sure the bread is well covered and soaking up the egg mixture by using a fork to push them a little.
5. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the top springs back when lightly tapped.
6. Sprinkle with raisins and chocolate chips.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have been baking this recipe since end of last year as the recipe never fails me, and most importantly, everyone loves it! My little girl, kept asking one after one once it was out from oven. I have to stop her as it is very heaty to eat right after baked. So, I am going to share the chocolate chip cookies recipe today! 

(yield about 24 cookies)
115g unsalted butter, soften at room temperature
115g caster sugar (I reduced to 110g)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp pure vanilla extra
175g plain flour
175g plain or semisweet chocolate chips (I used dark chocolate chips)

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Line baking trays with parchment paper.
2. Cream butter and sugar with electric mixer until the mixture turns pale and fluffy.
3. Beat in the egg gradually. Mix well after each addition. Add in vanilla extract and mix well.
4. Sift the flour over the mixture, fold in with spatula or wooden spoon. Fold in the chocolate chips.
5. Drop tablespoonfuls of the cookie dough onto the prepared baking tray. Remember to leave some space between the cookies to allow for spreading. You can flatten each cookie dough slightly with the back of a fork, keeping the shape as even as possible. But I prefer uneven or rough texture cookie, so I just leave it like that. 
6. Bake for 10 mins or until golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Happy baking! :)

Panda Cookies

I have been wanting to make panda cookies for quite some time but I dragged until now. Guess it is perfect time for me to bake for the kids in my daughter's school for her birthday celebration. I was indeed very excited to bake this cute cookies as I never try baking cartoon cookies before. But to be honest, it is quite time consuming to bake this cute panda cookies. =.= End up, I kept my leftover dough in the fridge for next day baking (I baked at night and it took me more than 2 hours to complete 45 cookies!). So you may want to consider to reduce the ingredients into half if you would like to try this recipe.

The essential thing that you need for this panda cookie is definitely the panda cookie cutter. You may get them here, or here

So, here are the ingredients you need:-
180g plain flour + 20g corn flour (A)
150g plain flour + 20g corn flour + 30g good quality cocoa powder (B)
200g butter, soften at room temperature
160g castor sugar (I reduced to 150g)
2 egg yolks
panda cookie cutters

1. Cream the soften butter and castor sugar with electric mixer, by adding in the sugar in 3 additions, until pale and fluffy.
2. Add in egg yolk and mixed well, one at a time.
3. Divide the dough into two mixing bowl. Add (A) to one of the dough, and (B) to another dough. 
4. Mixed well with spatula and form a ball with your hands and put the dough into large ziplock bag each. Roll them a little using roller and keep them refrigerated for 30 minutes.
5. Take out the dough, roll them and cut using the panda cookie cutter.
6. If the dough appear hard or breaks easily, leave them awhile in room temperature to soften it a little. 
7. Place the cutted dough on the baking paper.
8. Bake at pre-heated oven at 170 degrees for about 15 minutes.