Major disappointment after arriving in China…no full size ovens. Yup, apparently, the Chinese do not bake.
Luckily, we were able to get a little baby toaster oven that is great for sandwiches, individual slices of pizza, MAYBE 6 cookies, and I don’t know, the tiniest cake ever! You’d be lucky to find a half-dozen muffin tin to fit the thing. Luckily, I have come across the silicone cupcake molds, and smaller cake molds, but nothing like I am used to. My cake blog is Wallflourcakes if you want to see what I am used to using an oven for. Anyways, my first baking attempt while being in China was lemon cupcakes. I visited a few different shops to finds ingredients that looked familiar and then set off on my seemingly impossible quest. Unfortunately, I forgot that our baby oven is in Celsius temperature rather than Fahrenheit, and they baked incredibly fast, thus burning the bottoms and creating a super dense cake. The taste was spot on though! It just so happens that I forgot to take pictures of that attempt, haha. I did, however, capture my 2nd baking attempt which went rather well! Chocolate chip cookies!
I used, for a half-batch:
1/2 Cup Butter
1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1 1/2 Cups Top Wheat Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Salt
1 Cup Chocolate Morsels (which costs almost $10 here, nuts!)
It is a pretty simple and easy recipe! After creaming the sugars and butter, (by hand, missing my ole’ pistachio kitchen aid at that point) I added the egg and blended well. Then added the sifted flour, salt and baking soda until it was combined. Morsels are last, and most important! Typically, I would add so much more than a cup to this recipe, but I’ve really got to use those babies wisely, so depressingly expensive!
Let the dough refrigerate for 1-2 hours, then roll into balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet, 175C for about 8 mins. They were PERFECT! I’m not sure if I was just really missing some home baked goods or what, but they were irresistible. Even Chris raved about them, and he isn’t crazy about sweets.
I hope to make the time to experiment with baking as much as I can. Because it is so much more challenging here, I will appreciate the end product so much more. Can’t wait to make more goodies!