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Chocolate Milkshake (Light Version Available)

12 Mar
Two chocolate milkshakes garnished with chocolate syrup swirls.

Two chocolate milkshakes garnished with chocolate syrup swirls.

  • 1 cup mlik
  • 1/4 cup chocolate syrup
  • 1.5 cup vanilla ice cream

Serves two. Adjust quantities to suit your own preferences.

1. Add all ingredients to a blender.

2. Whiz on high until thoroughly combined.

3. Pour into two tumblers and drizzle a swirl of chocolate syrup on top as a garnish.

Healthier version: replace half the amount of ice cream with frozen yogurt, use skim milk, add a banana and/or a handful of frozen fruits (strawberries, blueberries, peaches, etc.).


Hot Cocoa

20 Nov

Hot cocoa.

The following recipe makes one mug of steaming hot cocoa.

  • 1.5 cup skim milk
  • 1.5 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1.5 tbsp sugar (brown or white)
  • a pinch of cinnamon
  • a tiny splash of pure vanilla extract
  • a few marshmallows for extra sweetness

Milk with cocoa powder, vanilla, sugar and cinnamon simmering in a pot.

  1. Add all the ingredients (except for the marshmallows) into a pot and bring to a boil. Stir often as milk burns rather easily.
  2. Pour hot cocoa into a big mug.
  3. Add in a few marshmallows.
  4. Sprinkle a tiny amount of  cinnamon on top of the marshmallows.
  5. Let cool for a few minutes before taking the first sip.

Cinnamon Buns

10 Jul

Homemade cinnamon buns.

The following cinnamon bun recipe makes about 8 to 9 medium sized cinnamon buns.

For the dough, you will need

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tsps baking soda
  • 2 tbsps unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tbsps skim milk

Dough mixture (flour, baking soda, butter, sugar and salt).

In a large bowl, sift  the flour, sugar and baking soda. Combine well, then mix in the softened butter. Once well combined, gradually add in the milk to form a ball shaped dough.

Dough for the cinnamon buns.

Remove the dough from the bowl and place onto a dry clean floured surface. Lightly flour a rolling pin, and roll the dough into an approximate square about 1/4 inch thick. If needed, use a knife to trim the edges to form a rough square.

For the cinnamon filling, you will need

  • 2 tbsps unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsps cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Cinnamon filling (brown sugar, butter, vanilla and cinnamon).

In a small bowl, combine well all the filling ingredients.

Dough flattened into a rough square topped with cinnamon filling.

Spread the filling evening over the dough.

Dough with filling rolled into a log shape.

Roll the dough into a log.

Log cut into nine pieces.

Trim the ends if you wish. Cut into 8 to 9 pieces.

Cinnamon rolls ready for the oven.

Place pieces onto a greased baking dish. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes in a preheated 375 oven. Cool for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Cinnamon buns after baking in the oven for about 20 minutes.