Maryam’s Kitchen: Cinnamon Rolls

Maryam’s Kitchen: Cinnamon Rolls

Assalamualaikum and hey guys!

Welcome back to Maryam’s kitchen hehe the no.1 source of recipes for absolute beginners and amateurs in cooking and baking!! (Stats by yours truly).

Anyways, to cut the intro short, I would just like to comment that this recipe is very very simple and easy to make- if you know how to bake bread than this will be as easy as ABC for you. Moreover, the ingredients are pretty simple and easy to find anywhere at your local bakery stores.

Special thanks to Ms.Laura Vitale from Laura in the Kitchen for this simplified and foolproof recipe. These rolls are certainly perfect for tea, dessert and just plain snacking. You can get up to 16 rolls for one portion thus, it is perfect for dinner parties or big events. Without further ado, I present to you, Laura Vitale’s Cinnamon Rolls!


Makes 14 to 16 Rolls

Prep time: 30 mins
Cook time: 30 mins

1 Package of Dry Yeast
¾ cup of Whole Milk
¼ cup of Granulated Sugar
¼ cup of Water, warmed up to 115 degrees
¼ tsp of Vanilla Extract
1 Egg
1 tsp of Salt
¼ cup of Unsalted Butter, melted
4 cups of All Purpose Flour
¼ cup of Melted Butter, to brush over the top before baking

For the Filling,

1/3 cup of Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
¾ cup of Brown Sugar
¼ cup of Granulated Sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp of Ground Cinnamon

For the Glaze,

¼ cup of Cream Cheese, at room temperature
1 Tbsp of Butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups of Powdered Sugar
½ tsp of Vanilla Extract
3 to 4 Tbsp of Warm Milk


1) In a small bowl, combine the warm water and 1 tsp of the granulated sugar, sprinkle the yeast over the top and let it sit for about 5 minutes.

2) In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a dough hook, mix the egg, milk, salt, sugar and melted butter. Add 2 cups of the flour and the water, vanilla and yeast mixture, mix until its all incorporated and slowly add about 2 more cups of flour. Turn the speed up to medium and let it mix for about 5 to 7 minutes or until you have a smooth dough.

3) Oil a large bowl with some vegetable oil and set aside. Take the dough out of the mixer and pull it together with your hands to form a ball. Place it in the oiled bowl and oil the top of the dough with a little vegetable oil. Cover with plastic wrap and place it in a warm spot to rise for about 2 hours.

4) In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, granulated sugar and cinnamon for the filling, set aside.

5) When doubled in size, punch the dough down and roll it out onto a floured surface into a 15×9” rectangle. Spread the soft butter over the top and sprinkle evenly over the sugar and cinnamon mixture.Staring from one of the long ends, tightly roll the dough into a jelly roll form. Cut into 14 to 16 slices (make sure they are even) and place them cut side down in a well buttered 9×13 baking pan. Cover with plastic wrap and let put them back into a warm spot to rise for another 1 ½ hours.

6) Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

7) Once risen, brush them with some melted butter and bake them for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.

8) While the cinnamon rolls cool for a few minutes make the glaze. Mix all the ingredients for the glaze in a bowl except for the milk, once the cream cheese is all mixed, slowly add the milk until you get a runny glaze consistency. Immediately pour the glaze over the cinnamon rolls and enjoy!

Post By: Laura Vitale

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ps// I got a new phone today! Alhamdulillah, so happy 🙂


18 Years Old.

18. It’s a big number. Some people would perceive of this age as another milestone in their life. The age where you no longer have to attend school and get up as early as 6 am every day. The age where you are able to get your driver’s license. The age where you are considered “legal” and an “adult”.

30 November 2015 was the day I graduated from high school. It has been approximately 1 month and 2 weeks of being an “adult”, and it is not surprising how un-adult-like I feel. I truly believe in freedom to be able to do what you want to, and being stuck in this room 24 hours a day with nothing to do is severely getting to my nerves. Sure, there are productive things to do such as take online courses (which I currently am taking), learn a new language (which I am in the process of), and many more you might say. Yeah, I would probably say that too, if I was looking from someone else’s shoes. However,  being here; locked up in this dark room, alone, stuck with my gadgets and devices is slowly draining the life out of me. I crave human contact, someone to talk to, something meaningful to do, and support.


It’s really not that bad actually, having so much time in my hands. In fact, I love having time to be alone and do the things I want to. I wrote the first two paragraphs three days ago when I was feeling miserable and lonely, but I feel way better now even though nothing much has changed. It really is just a matter of perspective. When you look at the negatives, of course, there are lots of things to point out; I have no money, few friends to talk to, no transportation, I’m still a minor, JPA and MARA scholarships are suspended (heavy sighs) and many more. Yes, yes, being so young and inexperienced has it’s bumpy roads and always result in people looking down at you and underestimating your strengths.

However, I always like to stick to my principle, that if you can’t change what’s happening around you, you can always change yourself to fit the surroundings. No, I’m not implying that you should pretend to be someone else. What I mean by “changing yourself” is to actually change your attitude and perspective towards the things happening around you. It’s difficult to remain persistent when it comes to optimism, I experienced that first hand of course, but it helps when you try. It helps when you feel like a sore loser, that you tell yourself that success is waiting for you in some other point in your life. It helps when you feel lonely, that you tell yourself solidarity is a strength. It helps when you feel that things are too difficult, that you tell yourself there will be a silver lining to the cloud.  I have always believed in self-dependence, and I cannot recall a day that I have been happier than the day I decided to stop depending on other people for happiness and start giving myself credit for what other people failed to overlook.

My journey is still long if God wills for it to be long. I have many plans embedded in my heart and in my mind. I have several pathways to choose from which will lead me to different endings for my very own story. I have a few vacant weeks more till my SPM results, and I shall cherish this free time while I still can as I know my future self would look back at this moment and wish for the leisure that I will slowly cease to have once I start college and university life soon.

Whatever it is I end up to be, I know that God has planned this for me long ago, and no planner is as great as Allah s.w.t. I entrust my life towards Him, and I will have zero regrets.

As for the things that my parents still haven’t permitted me to do (volunteer activities etc..), I’ll find my way to make it happen *wriggles eyebrows* muehehe.




Maryam’s Travels: Langkawi Part 3..?

Actually, it has been a while since our holiday trip to Langkawi, and this is awkward but… I have already lost interest in writing about it (I have already forgotten what we did on the trip hehe). So to make it easier I’ll just link the videos that I made for the trip down below. Enjoy!

I’m really sorry for my laziness 😦

Hope this summarized the trip sufficiently!


Maryam’s Kitchen: Easy Peasy Cheesekut

Maryam’s Kitchen: Easy Peasy Cheesekut

Assalamualaikum and welcome back to Maryam’s Kitchen!! (Ceh poyo 😋)

As we all know, I am an absolute beginner in anything kitchen-related. So, I am here to share simple and easy recipes that even kindergarteners  can do!! (Totally not exaggerating here).

Today’s recipe is….. Cheesekut!!

For anyone that do not know, a cheesekut is a cake that is mainly made up of cheese and biscuits. It does not require any baking, nor any usage of the stove, thus it is very very simple and quick.

All you need is: 

250g of cream cheese

1/2 a can of condensed milk

Hup Seng biscuits

Full cream/Fresh milk


1. Measure 250g of cream cheese and whisk using a whisk or a cake mixer.

2. Add the condensed milk and mix thoroughly.

3. Immerse the crackers in milk. Do not wait until it is soggy! Just ensure the whole cracker is covered with milk.

4. Arrange the crackers neatly and with every layer, spread the cream cheese. You can repeat this as much as you like.

5. At the top layer, spread more cream cheese than the layers below, then, cover with the nestum powder evenly.


Put it in the fridge and wait overnight.

Enjoy! 🍰🍰

Ps. I made this for my dad because I suck at baking but tomorrow’s his birthday.

A poem

Here’s a little poem I wrote today, while I was thinking and pondering on the future.

I’m stuck at the junction,

No clue where to go,

With every step I take,

There is sure to be a blow.

This road seems too long,

That road seems rocky,

This road seems steep,

and that road seems cloudy.

At the end of it all,

I know what matters most,

Is whether or not,

I reach winning post.

Or am I going to end up here,

In this same old junction,

Praying and hoping,

For a miracle to happen.


Maryam’s Travels: Langkawi part 2

Okay, so it’s obvious that I have been putting this off for a long time. Forgive me for being lazy and demotivated 😦

So for the second day, we went to the Langkawi Cable Car for some sightseeing. Now, for anyone who is interested in going to Malaysia, especially to the popular tourist attractions, my advice for you is to first look up for the school holiday dates in Malaysia. You are not advised to go on November and December as it is a long school holiday in Malaysia and these places can get really crowded and you wouldn’t be able to find a place to stay as they will be fully booked.

The Langkawi cable car is really long and high, and it is situated at Mount Machinchang. This mountain is one of the oldest in South East Asia and one fun fact is, it is actually the birth point of Malaysia itself as it has been around the longest. The view up there is especially breath taking, you can see the hills and the sea, and it was very windy. For couples, you can buy a love lock and write your names on it like they always do in cheesy dramas hehe.

When you are up on the mountain, you can go to the Sky Bridge which is basically a bridge that was built at the top of the mountains and you have a choice to either ride a tram or use the stairs. As we were money savvy and stingy, we thought, “why not use the stairs, we are young and full of energy,”. How wrong we were, lol. You sort of have to hike down the mountain and it takes around 10 minutes to get there and by then we were already out of breath- so much for being young and full of energy- we felt like 80 year old grannies climbing up the stairs back then. Again, the view was great, and if you’re a nature lover like me it is a great spot for some photography.

Next, we went to the 3D Arts Museum which was located at the same place as the cable car. The admission fee was RM 25, but for citizens of Kedah, you get a discount of RM5 – lucky for us, 2 of us are from Kedah so all of us got a discount. The art was interesting, and beautiful and you can take a lot of funny photos for memories. By the time we were out of the museum it was already around 1 o’clock and we were hungry, so we went to the food court nearby.

The first kiosk was a German restaurant but the food was a bit pricey, so we went to the next kiosk. Unfortunately, the service was completely unsatisfactory. We called on the waitress (there was only one) several times but she completely ignored us and went to take the orders of a bunch of guys and some foreigners first although it was completely obvious we were there before them. I still feel mad thinking about it today, just because we look young, and we are girls, doesn’t mean we matter less as a customer, so I do not recommend you to go there, to save your time and money.

Putting the lunch drama aside, our next stop was the Telaga Tujuh Air Terjun ( The Seven Waterfalls) which was just a short drive from the cable car site. Again, we had to hike up a hill to get to the waterfall. One tip is once you get to the top, there will be a toilet, but it is not actually a toilet, it is just a changing room, so if you want to go to the toilet with water, you have to go down to the waterfalls and there will be another toilet there. It was my first time going to a waterfall, so it was very fun, although the rocks were quite slippery and it can be dangerous. We did slip a few times trying to climb around but luckily no one was hurt. Only 3 of us played in the water that day, and played for 2 hours climbing around and sliding 🙂

Next we went to a side road stall for some Cendol and Pasembor by the beach. Later that evening, we rode on the Banana Boat and got overturned into the water (with life jackets of course). It was so funny, and we even celebrated our friend’s birthday by the beach at sunset by burying her in sand and leaving her to get out on her own. Those were some really good memories.

By the time we got back it was already night fall, and we were so freaking tired we ended eating Maggi for dinner and going to sleep really early. The next morning, my calves hurt really really bad from all the hiking, it even hurt to go down the stairs, I am not exaggerating this.

So basically the second day was the most fun day out of all and the most tiring one too. Here’s a short summary of our second day in video form!


Maryam’s Travels: Langkawi Part 1

Okay, I have been procrastinating this post for way too long. It has been 3 days since I left The Island of Langkawi after a 5 day holiday with friends. It was very exciting as it was our first trip after being officially at the legal age of 18 years old. What made it better was, there were no adults so we were free to enjoy ourselves – with boundaries of course.

There were so many things that we did that one post would not be enough to describe it all. Henceforth, I have decided to break it down to one post for each day.

First of all, this trip was initially a mere idea during our usual conversations about what we plan to do post-SPM. I myself did not expect that we would actually be able to go on a trip on our own and get my parents’ consent. So what happened was, around November and December we skirted around the topic in our group Whatsapp, discussing how to make the trip as low-cost as possible. Eventually, we had a fixed date, a decent place to stay and a tour package.

Believe me when I say when planning a holiday, connections are really important. For instance, we did not have to pay a single cent for accommodation as our friend’s father actually owns a place for tourists to stay, and it was just opposite Pantai Chenang. Moreover, another friend and her family has just started a tour company in Langkawi, so we drove around with her brother’s help and paid minimum price for most of the attractions.

As for transportation, we had a bit of trouble thinking of a way to travel form KL to Langkawi. Initially, we wanted to take the train, which would take us to Alor Setar and our friend would pick us up and we would ride on the ferry to Pulau Langkawi. However, it was quite costy, as the return tickets for the train alone would cost around RM170 and the return ferry ticket would cost around RM 40 which amounts to RM 210 for transportation only. Fortunately, my friend looked around and discovered that Malindo Airlines only charge RM 110 for return tickets, and it would send us directly to the island, so we do not have to take the ferry. It was just perfect. Honestly, my parents were quite worried for me to take the plane as we have never tried flying with Malindo Airlines before. However, I was delighted that the plane was actually quite spacey and comfortable, in fact it wasn’t at all like a low-cost flight, almost meeting the standards of Malaysia Airlines itself.

There were 4 of us travelling from KL and 2 from Kedah. The 4 of us met up at KLIA2 at plus minus 7 o’clock to check in and catch the flight. We survived!! I think I could get used to getting on flights on my own after this. Our activities for the day started around 1pm as our friends from Kedah took way longer than us to arrive even though all they had to do was take a ferry ride, sigh. One thing about Langkawi was, it is very hot. Very. Almost all day until around 6.30 pm, the sun is just scorching. It is advised to put on as much sunscreen as you can, if you do not plan to get extremely tanned. In fact all of us bought hats and shades on the first day to survive. It was almost essential, even for a local like me :p

So basically what we did was we went to the Langkawi Wildlife Park, where we can observe and feed the animals and birds. It was a great experience, I have always wanted to feed the animals at the zoo, perhaps even volunteer soon. I have always felt like I had a deeper connection with animals than I do with humans, for some reason. Okay, I’m being weird again.

So we spent a long day at the zoo, then we headed to some places for pictures and went for a karaoke session in the evening. The day ended with some street walking, as there are many shops open around the area we slept in. Langkawi is very alive in the evening, probably because the days are very hot. So, that’s about it for the first day! Here’s a video of the summary of our first day.