Everyone treats friends differently. People who are more outgoing and sociable make new friends easily and have plenty of friends around them. I never am such a person. I'm anything but outgoing, to the point of even being labelled as anti-social. When I was younger, I couldn't understand why I am alone most of the time while others around me are always out having fun with different groups of friends. As I grow older, I accepted the fact that I'm just not that kind of person who will take the initiative to make new friends or make an effort to keep old friends. I no longer envy people with many friends because I know I can still live my life happily by engaging in activies I enjoy by myself. But I am thankful that I still have a group of close friends whom I know I can turn to if I'm feeling down.
I look forward to every baking session with my friends. I'm so glad that once again, MY has initiated this session, and invited 2 of her friends whom I've never met before. So yeah...I did make 2 new friends today...LOL. Today's agenda: macarons (requested by MY herself), matcha muffins and chiffon cake (requested by MY and WK) and Nutella cupcakes (requested by D).
Today's macarons didn't turn out well. The feet on the first batch was too short and we burnt the second batch, which had taller feet. Now I can confirm that it is indeed important to air-dry the shells before baking. But still, we had fun and will probably try again.
MY used her expensive matcha to bake these matcha muffins. I like the blend of matcha and chocolate chips here. The matcha is not too strong and the cake is soft. The recipe for these muffins came from WK who got the recipe for free from a matcha shop in Tokyo, near the Tsukiji market. I've posted the recipe below (with some modifications in phrasing) for anyone who is interested.
Next up is the Nutella version of last week's peanut butter cupcakes. Our dear greedy SM added too much Nutella which resulted in the unsightly surface. Nevertheless, it tasted great although it's too sweet.
Since we had extra time, we made a matcha chiffon cake. Although the rest of us gave this a thumbs-up, I'm not very satisfied because there is a slight dense layer at the bottom, as usual.
Ingredients (makes 6):
90 g flour
10 g matcha powder
10 g matcha powder
100 g butter at room temperature
100 g sugar
50 g chopped dark chocolate (we used chocolate chips)
1 tbsp milk
- Sift flour and matcha powder together
- Cream butter and sugar until pale.
- Add beatened eggs a little at a time and mix well.
- Add chocolate, milk and vanilla.
- Add flour mixture and mix with a spatula
- Spoon batter into cups and bake at 170 deg C for 15 mins.
The next final part of this post has no relation to baking whatsoever. It is a tribute to a friend of mine. Read it only if you are extremely patient :).