Bread sticks and chocolate cinnamon ice cream

I like cinnamon. I like cinnamon flavor in things I bake – cakes, cookies, drinks and even ice cream. One of my most favourite drinks when I’m sick or not in good mood is like this

  • 1 cup hot milk
  • 2 tsp honey
  • few slices of fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder

There you are. In a bad day, grab a cup and make it for yourself, then sink in your own world with a good book. For me it’s much better than going out and spending money for shopping. Well, this is from an introvert’s point of view 🙂

So, like I just said, I like cinnamon. I do like ice cream with cinnamon. However, it seems like I am the only one who likes it. No one in my family and friends and colleagues like my chocolate cinnamon ice cream. But I am sure that cinnamon goes very well with chocolate, just like cinnamon is best friend of banana. Here is the recipe

  • 1,5 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 200 gr dark chocolate, melted
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Mix them all and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before do as your ice cream machine’s instructions. Then you have your dark choc cinnamon ice cream. I’m sorry I don’t have any picture by now. However, may I suggest you one more thing that also goes well with this ice cream?

Bread sticks! Yeah!

  • 3 1/4 cups all-purposed flour (~430 gr)
  • 1 1/2 tsp instant dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 3 tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp mixture of oregano, basil and paprika powder (optional, sorry I did put them in my bread sticks just because I love the smell of these leaves)
  • 2 tbsp margarine for brushing after bake

Instructions

  • Mix warm water + yeast + 1 tbsp sugar together, let stay for 10 mins.
  • Mix well flour, salt, 1 tbsp sugar, leaves and paprika powder together, then combine the flour mixture with the yeast mixture, and the olive oil too.
  • Knead for 7-10 mins until the dough is elastic and just a bit sticky.
  • Form a ball and put into a greased big bowl, cover with plastic wrap. Let stay for 1 hour or until double size.
  • Preheat the oven at 175 degree C.
  • Then you have 750 gr dough. Divide into 30 small balls (25 gr each) and roll into 9″ stick. Place them 1″ away from each other. Let rise for 30 mins.
  • Bake in 12-15 mins until golden. Brush the hot bread sticks with margarine.
  • Serve warm with chili sauce and mayonnaise, or with the chocolate cinnamon ice cream!
  • Store in airtight container. If you want, you can fry them. It doesn’t sound really healthy but just like doughnuts, it tastes awesome!

Here are minesL1080076I know it sounds weird. Bread sticks are slight salty and have “pizza” flavor – i mean the leaves. But trust me, it goes very well with the chocolate cinnamon ice cream. Just like hot french fries go well with McDonald soft ice cream cone…

You know there are lovely & cute things that always remind you about someone. But when “someone” left you, those things you love become things you used to love. Anyway if you never try this before, I highly recommend you to try it someday 🙂

Cheers,

Boo

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Banana bread – last snack-day before back to work

I have lots of banana at home. These ones…

from internet

We call it “chuoi cau” in Vietnamese. I found that it suits the best for baking Western cakes than any other kinds of Vietnamese banana. The final product turns out well, not as dark as using other types of banana, smells greater and looks better than other types.

Ingredients

  • 100 gr nuts, roasted and chopped, walnut, almond, cashew… I like cashew the most! (optional)
  • 230 gr ripe bananas, cut into 2 or 3 pieces
  • 240 gr all-purposed flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 130-150 gr granulated sugar, or brown sugar is better
  • 200 gr ripe bananas, sliced (optional)
  • 115 gr butter, melted and cool
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp rhum/bourbon/brandy… (optional)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Instruction

Preheat the oven at 350 degree F.

Wet ingredients

  • In a small bowl, cover 200 gr sliced bananas with 30 gr sugar, lemon juice and wine. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat 230 gr bananas until smooth, use medium speed.
  • Mix in eggs slowly
  • then melted butter and vanilla extract

Dry ingredients

  • In another large bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, 100-120 gr remaining sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, chopped cashew nuts. Use your whisk to mix them well.
  • Mix the wet and dry ingredients together well. But do not overmix or your cake will turn out rubbery.
  • Fold in the bananas which is covered by sugar, lemon juice and wine.
  • Pour the batter into 8″ loaf pan.
  • Bake in 60-65 minutes or the toothpick comes out clean.

Here is my babe!!

Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool completely on the rack before sliced.

Remember to let it cool before sliced! Alright, I actually never wait. I always eat the very first slice of my bread right after it’s done. Crispy outside and moist inside. Smell awesome!

The bread can be stored at room temperature up to 3 days, if possible! Mine – 2 days the longest.

Life is better with fresh baked cakes, or cookies!

Much love,

Boo