Friday, June 12, 2009

Home Cooked Brunch

Lately, I was taken over by the urge to make home-cooked food. So on a fine saturday morning, I met up with a friend and went shopping for ingredients for pizza and mudpie brunch!

The Carrefour supermarket at the basement of Plaza Singapura had me disappointed as there was no active dry yeasts amidst it's huge 'Baking Needs" row and due to the poor sectioning of the supermarket, it took me quite a while to locate the bottle of dry oregano leaves which was hidden in a secluded corner of the massive supermarket! The next time round, I'll definitely be shopping at Cold Storage.

At the end of close to 2 hours of shopping cart pushing and trying to play detectives at locating the various ingredients from our shopping list, we got tired and decided to opt for the ready-made pizza crust instead.

Without having to make the pizza dough, lining the pizza crust was a breeze. After spreading tomato sauce as the base layer, the rest of the job were simply to dice up the ingredients into cubes and do a nice layout.

The pizza was cooked after about 20 minutes of baking and I must say the appearance alone looked promising!

However, a bite into the piping hot pizza kind of had me disappointed all over again. The crust was dry and neither tasted fresh or crispy. Luckily, the ingredients sort of made up for the disappointment. Next time round, I'll surely be making my own pizza dough.

As for the mudpie, the only task was to crush the digestive biscuits leaving some bite size crumps for that extra crunch. Melted butter was then mixed into the crumps before pressing the biscuit dough onto a round cake tin. Melted chocolate ice-cream was then added to the biscuit base and stored in the freezer.

Unfortunately, the sweet tooth monster got into us and we couldn't wait till the mudpie was entirely frozen before we were digging into the dessert with spoons and forks. The best part of the mudpie would have to be the biscuit base while the selection of dark chocolate ice-cream could be better if we went for the slightly more expensive Häagen-Dazs. Such was the compromise I have to make for being such a scrooge.

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