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Indonesia Layer Cake with Cranberries Recipe

When I looked back my post on Hawflakes Layer Cake, I just realised that it has been more than one year since I last baked my Indonesia layer cake. I bought a can of butter for baking layer cake and kept until it was expired. I quickly grab it to bake for my next Indonesia Layer Cake with Cranberry. This time, I follow exactly the recipe in my blog too, with slight modification, I change the filling to cranberries. For my hawflakes and prune layer cake, I managed to bake a total of 8 layers cake but for this one, I get only 7 layers. It was still very delicious and as good as last two cakes! I spent less than 3 hours for this cake. You can substitude cranberries with raisins too if you like as the taste of cranberries in this cake taste very similar to raisins. Recipe here: (more picture can refer here) Ingredients: 340g tinned butter180g icing sugar (sifted)1tbsp sweet condensed milk 12 egg yolk1/2tsp vanilla essense1tbsp brandy (optional) 100g plain flour (sifted together with mixed spice)1.5tsp mixed spice 4 egg white Some cranberry and red colouring Method: 1. Cream butter and icing sugar with mixer (using k-beater) at medium speed until fluffy. Add in sweet condensed milk and continue cream until well combined.2. In separate bowl, beat egg yolks, brandy and vanilla essense with handwhisk until pale.3. Continue mixer at medium speed (step 1), slowly pour egg yolks into butter mixture and cream until well combined.4. Switch mixer to low speed, add in sifted flour and mixed spice, beat until well combined.5. In separate big bowl, beat egg white until very hard.6. Scoop 3~5 tbsp of mixture (4) into beaten egg white, stir with spoon until combined.7. Add (6) into remaining (4) mixture and mix at low speed until well combined. To bake:1. Preheat oven at 200C (TOP & BOTTOM fire).2. Line square cake tin bottom layer with baking paper. Oil the paper to hold it well with cake tin.3. Pour one cup of mixture into cake tin, make the layer even with spatula.4. Bake at oven until top layer is brown. (about 6~8 minutes depend on oven)5. When done for first layer, take out from oven, switch oven to TOP fire only. Poke cake's bubble with toothpick (if any).6. Pour another cup of mixture to make second layer.7. Repeat step (3) ~ (4) until second last layer, switch oven to TOP & BOTTOM fire, 180C.8. Continue to bake last layer until brown.9. Remove cake from oven and cool it at wire rack. *Note1: Arrange cranberries at 3rd & 6th layer. Press lightly with toothpick after pour 3rd and 6th layer mixture. *Note2: Take out 2 cups of mixture and add a few drops of red colouring, mix well. Pour 1 cup of red mixture on 2nd and 6th layer of cake.

 

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Indonesia Layer Cake with Hawflakes Recipe

After prune Indonesia layer cake, I am confident to bake layer cake again. This time, I baked Indonesia layer cake with hawflakes. Recipe follow the same as prune layer cake, except that prune was replaced with hawflakes. After first lesson learnt from prune layer cake, this time, with more cares and precaution steps, I am happy to say that it was a very successful and delicious one. This round, every single layer is baked until even darker brown, about 6~7 minutes per layer. I baked at upper level of oven. Hawflakes were arranged at 3rd and 6th layers. Melted butter was brushed for every two layers. I managed to bake a total of 8 layers at 8" square cake tin, every layers were measured evenly with one cup of mixture.
Manual Breast Pump | MAM PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 May 2016 21:43
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SnPLogo50I bought this manual breast pump when baby was 15 months old, with the intention of boost up milk supply, also can pump during weekend at anywhere and easier to wash as contains lesser parts. It costs RM199, and I bought it online with free shipping.

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MAM manual pump parts

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Full sets of pump

This package includes one manual breast pump, one 160ml bottle, one 130ml bottle and 2 caps for milk storage purpose.

For the first time I used, I feel it is hard to control as I got around 1oz only, but it was after feeding my baby. Until now I had tried more than 5 times, it was ok to me. I also tried to pump in company whereby my baby not with me for around 8 hours, pump twice in company, but gave up on that as it took me more time with less milk, and can't work while pumping as I will need to hold it, not like electric pump, I use it with handsfree bra which allow me to control keyboard and mouse during pumping.

As for washing part, it's very easy as all the parts can be easily clean.

As conclusion, this manual pump will able to serve me during non working day when baby is with me, it's also good to boost up milk supply and to keep another bottle of milk in stock. Sometimes I will travel around during weekend, so it is also easier to pack this manual pump for travel, easier to wash as well.

It is a very good experience to try on both electric and manual pump, both have the pros and cons, I will choose which one to use base on different situation. Happy breast feeding!

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Double Electric Breast Pump | Lacte Duet PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 23 February 2016 13:27
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LDLogo38I wish to share something about my electric breast pump that has been used for almost a year. I bought this breast pump when my baby was about 4 months old, after used Medela Swing for about 2-3 months. Medela Swing is single pump, which took me about 1 hour to clear both sides, Imagine if you need 2 to 3 sessions per day during working hour, how much time you left to do your work? And it was second hand pump get from my sis in law, I am not sure it was due to old pump or what, the Medela Swing can't really empty my breast. Till one day when I was frustrated, I decided to invest on new pump. With some survey, I decided to get in this Lacte Duet Double Electric Breast Pump. It was RM399 the time I bought, I told myself if I able to feed baby with my breast milk until she is one year old, I will only need around RM50 per month (start count from 5 months old), and all of us knew breast milk is much safer and healthier compare to formula.

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Autumnz milk storage bag to store my milk

With this new pump, I managed to empty my breast, hence I get more milk. This pump comes with double motor where user can adjust both sides with different power level. With this feature, in case of one motor break down , you can still use another side. It is also more quiet compare with M.Swing and some other top brand model. Another thing that I like about this pump is you can use it with power bank, it is especially helpful where you can pump at anywhere even though without power supply.

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My breast pump bag with two compartments - FAME Breastpump Knapsack/Backpack (L)

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As the original bottles that came with the set have wider opening, the pump also came with converter where you can pump directly into your Bumblebee/Autumnz or whatever bottles that has smaller opening. It is convenient as you do not need to wash extra bottle after pump, just pump inside your storage bottles.

The only thing that I am not happy with this pump is it contains many parts and you will need more time in washing the parts. I have this in my mind: "I will get in Freemie to use with this pump for my next baby", as I feel Freemie is easier to wash, and yes, this pump can use with Freemie. Besides this I would say it is a good pump.

To make my pumping more comfortable, I use it with handsfree bra, it is much more convenient and can reduce shoulder pain as you no need to bend your head down by always looking at your bottles. With handsfree bra, you can work while pumping as your hands will be free at the time you pump.

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My day will be full of joy and satisfaction when I get this amount in one pumping session!

I wish all mothers happy pumping and enjoy your breast feeeding journey!

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Apple + Breast Milk | Baby Food for 6 Months Old PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 18 January 2016 14:45
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AppleMilkLogo37When baby more than 6 months, I started to think what to serve her besides breast milk. The first thing I make for her is steam apple with breast milk.

Ingredients:
Apple
Beasts milk

Method:
1. Peel apple skin, cut into small cube.

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2. Steam apple in boiling water until soft.

 

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3. Mash with spoon.
4. Mix well with breast milk.

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I am very happy to see her grow healthily with food I make for her. Although breast feeding journey is tiring, but everything is worth when see her growing up with my own breast milk.


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Christmas Dinner Semi Buffet | The View Hotel Equatorial Penang PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 31 December 2015 15:44
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Logo31Merry Christmas 2015! We had four days holiday on this year Christmas, a super happy holiday mood to welcome this year Christmas.

We celebrated our Christmas at The View Restaurant, with their semi-buffet menu that can opt for either Turkey or Lamb for the main course. We get one Lamb and the other was rib eye steak that not in the menu.

Before the soup was served, we started with the buffet. Not much choices but some of them taste really good. They have salad, fingers food, fruits, and more. Desserts were one of my main focus, their tiramisu is one of the best that I had ever ate.

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Desserts and fruits:

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Parsnip cream soup

The main course tasted delicious especially the lamb, very soft and juicy.

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Lamb

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Rib eye steak

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Menu

The semi buffet was RM158 per person, parking fees of RM6 can be claimed back from the total bill. Remember to keep your parking receipt.

 

Location: Hotel Equatorial Penang, 1 Jalan Bukit Jambul, Bayan Lepas 11900 Penang, Malaysia
Contact number: +60 4 632 7000
Link: https://penang.equatorial.com/dining/the-view/
Operation hours: Lunch 12pm~2.30pm, Dinner 6.30pm~10pm

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