Kitchen Test: Boracay’s Real Coffee Calamansi Muffins

I’ve never been to Boracay. And one of the famous food finds that I hear/read in Boracay is Real Coffee’s Calamansi Muffins. Thank God for Pepper.ph’s food hack recipe, I don’t need to fly to Boracay just to taste this muffin (though I dream of going there!).

Real Coffee Boracay’s Calamansi Muffins (Recipe lifted from Pepper.ph)  

1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 pcs eggs
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup calamansi

  1. Mix together dry ingredients in a bowl: flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  2. Mix together milk and calamansi in a bowl, set aside.
  3. Cream butter and sugar for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add eggs one at a time and mix well.
  5. Add in milk mixture and flour mixture.
  6. Mix until well blended, don’t over mix.
  7. Scoop in non stick muffin pans.
  8. Bake in preheated 350 degrees Fahrenheit oven for 18-23 minutes.
 I love the pale yellow color of the mixture. My Nanay tasted the raw mixture (icks!) and she said it tastes like yema.DSC01585

Bake, bake, bake!

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They’re like little sunnies! I don’t know if it’s because I used margarine instead of butter which resulted to a more yellowish hue. And for me, muffins should have cracked tops 😛

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One bite is not enough. It’s light and the calamansi flavor is just right. I think this goes well with black coffee.

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I closed my eyes, hoping that next time I’ll be in Boracay to taste the calamansi muffins of Real Coffee. But for now, I am happy with these.

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Kitchen Test: Baked Cheesecake

Cheesecake. I think this is my default dessert of choice whenever we eat out. Trust that this is the first thing that I will look for in a menu. 😀 I’ve been dreaming of baking one. I’ve done the no-bake versions but my heart (and stomach) remains loyal to the baked version.

I came across a recipe from one of my favorite blogs, Dessert Comes First. It’s her personal recipe and she calls it Simply, Sinful Cheesecake. I don’t know how many times I went through the recipe before I mustered all my courage to finally make one. The recipe is pretty easy and requires only 7 ingredients,

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and waited…

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And I am rewarded. Just like what Ms Lori said in her blog, “no need to go through all the trial and error“. It’s that simple and that good. Happy heart and tummy!

Love birds, washi tapes and bookmarks

I’ve been racking my brain last week on what to do for our upcoming Hungy Crafter’s (un) Valentine’s craft exchange (will make a separate post about that!). Even after going through Pinterest and Craftgawer, I still don’t know what to do! I came across Nifty Thrify’s blog and saw her post on making your own washi tape. Washi tapes are Japanese paper tapes with different lovely designs. They are very popular right now but I find them a bit expensive (cheapo me!).

It’s so easy to make! All you need are: paper with design/print that you like (I used a page of a book that I plan to dispose 😛 ), double sided tape and scissors! Just attach the tape onto the paper (make sure that the you will attach the tape on the opposite side of the paper with the design that you want to be exposed) then cut the paper into strips. That’s it and you’re good to go! I think this is one good way to use old wrapping paper and pages from magazines.

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Then I thought maybe I’ll just make bookmarks for the craft exchange using these tapes that I made. I cut pieces of board of paper using a phone card as my base size. I decided to make two designs. On one bookmark, I drew two birds perched on a branch. Then for the second bookmark, I attached the tape on the top and bottom of the board paper and made letters which are the initials of the persons who will receive the bookmarks.

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I hope my fellow Hungry Crafters will like these.