If not because of my 2 beloved daughters, I think I would have never tried my hands at baking.
My elder daughter especially loves baking, so I decided to give it a try. Ever since I learned to bake a chocolate cake successfully (I never baked before), I thought of trying out cookies recipes too (but I had no confidence at all).
Last night marked a "historical moment" for me... the first time baking cookies...
Ready to paint the nails in blood red colour...
For a novice like me, it's more like a science experiment. Before that, I didn't even know what was "confectionary sugar" or "vanilla extract" . I called & consulted my sis-in-law who gave me the recipe before started on this first ever cookie baking experiment.
I was using Martha Stewart's recipe. I kept some egg white as "glue".
The bad news was... my dough refused to firm up even after I chilled it for more than 30 minutes!
"Mam... saya sudah cakap tak payah ikut resipi punya, kita di kampung guna tangan ukur. Itu tepung pun tak cukup mana boleh..." ( "Madam... I already told you it's impossible, back in my village we used hands to control portion size. You don't have enough flour, how can?")
My maid was commenting after seeing my failed attempt...but I insisted to follow the measurement given.
Even so, I later found out it was really impossible to shape the dough. My daughter and I therefore decided to add some flour... and later more and more flour... We were no longer following the measurement given... but our own judgement...
Using egg white to glue the red almond into the finger cookies.
Fingers in different sizes and shapes .... and different portion of flour too.
Ready to bake.
I was so eager to see the result of this experiment. After 12 minutes as instructed, we found it still not hard enough (need to be a bit brownish) and hence baked for a few more minutes (Guess the fingers I made were too big). My daughter refrained me from opening the oven door to check as she said "A watched kettle never boils"
And the result was...
Some fat fingers that don't look real
My daughter's had 6 fingers!!! But very soon one went down her stomach.
Some smaller fingers looked better & ready for a photography session with the spiders.
Now you can smell halloween in the air!