One on my bucket list is learning how to bake before I turned 30. I know how to cook simple dishes but I can only do so when I have free time or off from work. And when I will try to do the cooking, my partner will always intervene. Kusina kasi and trono nya! :p Then I decided last year to slashed off baking from my bucket list. And because I can't afford to buy a big oven, I bought an Asahi Convection Oven (23 Liter Capacity) last October 2015. I was pursued on buying the brand because I read it from sis Edel's blog Life in Manila. The power of blogging! Then on her post I found the blog of Leah from The Bright Spot where she posted her product review of the said convection oven and her recipes!
My oven is 3 months old and I can't believe that I already baked cakes, cookies, roast a whole chicken, baked pastas etc! So let me show you what I've baked so far with my oven. Note that I am a beginner at baking. Beginner meaning I don't have any training at all! I learned through reading recipes and watching Youtube. He He He! So I am still on a process of learning a lot of things.
The first on the list is the Lemon Bars which they say is very simple. But no! I didn't find it easy! Heheh! Yeah it was manageable but I was not able to attain the crust. It didn't stick on the lemon curd. The taste is good though!
Chocolate Chip Cookie
The kids and my brother loved it! Though the shape is not presentable. My brother said that I can sell this one. I need to work on how to make it more pretty! :p
Chocolate Chip Cake
The most ambitious one that I've baked so far is this cake! I had a hard time making this one because I only used a manual mixer no electric mixer yet. I made this on my mom's birthday. The kids loved it though I think that its too sweet.
Roast Chicken Stuffed with Cream of Mushroom
One of my favorites is this Roast Chicken! It is very easy yet it is so tasteful and delicious!
Bake Lasagna with Bechamel Sauce
Another favorite and the main reason that I really wanted to have an oven is to cooked Lasagna! And this is a hit to my family! And I fell inlove with it too! :)
Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin
I experimented with this one because I still have a lot of chocolate chips. The problem was I was not able to checked the settings when I baked these. It was on a roast point instead of convection setting. I figured it out when it was already done. Boo! I added chocolate chips on top and it looked burnt but it still taste chocolate and surprisingly the bread is cooked just enough.
Yeah it doesn't look like the Kabayan Bread. He He He! I got the recipe from the group that I was following on Facebook and when I checked that I have all the ingredients, I immediately baked some. The kabayan bread shapes like a sumbrero and mine doesn't looked like that! Ha Ha Ha! I think it must have been on the heat or whatever! Though I must say that this is the easiest one for me and it tasted really good. My twins loved it!
Baked Macaroni w/ Mornay Sauce
It was my twins' 2nd birthday when I baked this. It had mornay sauce on top and then I added more cheese on top of that so that is the brown looking that you see on the pic. It might look burnt (again) but it didn't affected the taste of the Baked Macaroni. In fact the whole family loved it! My aunt that was visiting from Manila would like to get the recipe because she really loved it!
I also tried baking Tilapia for our ulam and other dishes with my oven. I must say that I really enjoyed my baking journey though I still have a lot to learn. I also want to buy some baking stuff like an electric mixer, more baking pans etc. I only have a few items now. Actually I just get whatever is available from our kitchen and most of the stuff that I am using are from my mom. The exciting part is I am planning to bake cupcakes soon (aside from lasagna this is one of the main reasons I bought an oven) but I don't have the courage yet. I still need to figure out how to do the frosting's and so on.
So any tips for me? :)