so everyone is cafe crazy, or rather cafes are over-rated. the thought of opening a cafe was always in the minds of W’s and mine, however, it is no longer exclusive or special. too many in my tiny island space till you don’t know which is good or bad! opening a personal business of my own is definitely part of the future plans, but not for now.
although i’m working at one of my boss’s new pop-up store at OC, haven’t been around the mall besides to work. so it was my day off, we decided to go shopping and i’ve always wanted to come to D E A N & D E L U C A. it is a franchise, originally opened in lower Manhattan in 1977 and it has been a big hit ever since then. i love the concept of it. western way of shopping for your food and groceries. nothing like an asian wet market, smelly and fishy. so of course, every Singaporean love something different. we are prolly the most receptive and open people in the world!
i wasn’t feeling well that day but i wanted to get my sweet tooth fixed so i decided to head there for pastries. they do have many lovely mouth-watering pastries which makes it a sin for me just lookin’ at it. however, i was being a typical girl, being so ‘weight-conscious’ that day. guess what? i decided to choose the “healthiest” pastry – it will either make or break my appetite.
mmmmm…. would you choose this if you were me?
i admit, being so superficial and shallow me, anything green or unique coloured would attract my attention. worst of all, it is GREEN TEA so i thought, hey, why not? i want my sweet tooth fix + i wanna go dean & deluca but i don’t want to be fat too. so i thought.
yes i thought. well, ask me if i regret it…. yes.
yessss… i did. i wished i ordered the strawberry shortcake which looked x100 times better and i love it anyway. ugh. well, i think something is missing in this green tea muffin. don’t get me wrong, i’ve tried green tea muffin before and i think this isn’t it. whatever you see in that photo, was what that was left behind.
lesson learnt : if you wanna eat clean, go salad or eat your vegetables. if you have a sweet tooth, eat fruits.
don’t buy muffin because firstly, it isn’t any healthier. it is STILL the same calories. secondly, it isn’t gonna fix your sweet tooth sadly. (AYE!!!)
however, i’m not giving up on green tea muffin! i am in love with anything green tea and i don’t believe it won’t work out right. so i found a recipe and i will try it out this weekend if time allows x so i thought i could share it with you too(!)
i have YET to try it but if you try it out, do let me know if it worked well and if it is yummy ha.
Recipe Ingredients for Green tea n azuki muffins
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 1/2 tablespoon matcha green tea powder, or to taste 1/4 cup white sugar (plus 2 tbsp splenda) 1 large egg 2 tbsp butter 1/3 cup applesauce 1 cup milk 1/4 cup walnuts
Recipe Directions for Green tea n adzuki muffins
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 12 muffin cups
2. Whisk the flour, salt, baking powder, matcha, and sugar together in a mixing bowl; set aside. Whisk together the egg, melted butter, and milk in another bowl. Stir the milk mixture into the flour mixture until just moistened.
3. ADDITIONAL CALORIES: (adzuki beans) Mix 1/3 cup sweetened adzuki bean paste with walnuts in a separate dish.
4. Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups. Dallop adzuki/walnut mixture in the middle of each muffin and top with more flour mixture.
5. Bake in the preheated oven until golden and the tops spring back when lightly pressed, about 25 minutes. Cool in the muffin tin for 5 minutes, then remove to cool on a wire rack.
x lucks for yummy green tea muffins! if you don’t like azuki beans, you can try changing it to chocolate chips ^^
i hope i get another chance to go back to dean & deluca because i feel this visit wasn’t a good first impression. till next time, xoxo