Monday, December 27, 2010

Chocolate Truffles..

It was last week of November when I suddenly craved for Chocolate Truffles my sister in law Alcee used to make for some of her friends at work. The timing was perfect because I had leftover dark chocolates we (Melody, Katrina and I at Melody's place) used to make Molten Chocolate Cakes last week which we usually make Chocolate Truffles out of.

It was basically a refrigerated chocolate ganache, rounded and rolled on cocoa. I love it because it's incredibly easy to make, absolutely satisfying and, well, it's chocolate! what's not to love?! 

Go on and make some for the holidays. :)
Chocolate Truffles Recipe

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Cookie Frenzy..

I had plenty of orders for chocolate chip cookies from my husband's colleagues and some of my friends yesterday. I was so excited because I got to pull out this huge and somewhat expensive stainless steel bowl my husband gave me last year which I only used once.

Hips and lower back still hurts but I had so much fun baking last night because I was watching Gilmore Girls season 4 at the same time. :D

Gorgeous Red Cupcakes..

I made these cupcakes for a friend of my friend Lucille's grandmother's 62nd birthday celebration (a little confusing, yes).  The color theme was red and silver so it was indeed a no brainer that metallic dragees are the perfect cupcake topping for it. It was my first time to use red frosting and I can say they look pretty fabulous. :D

Individually packed Banana Cake with Vanilla Frosting

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Thoughts and Plans..

I was thinking of something better to with the leftover chocolate cupcakes I made for my uncle's cupcake samples last week and I was planning to make cake balls. Unfortunately I ran out of time and it took me 5 days to realize I still have it in my daughter's cookie jar, so then I had no choice but to dispose of it.

Banana, Butter and Chocolate..

My blogging is kind of slow for the past weeks, not that I'm getting lazy or anything. I love blogging but it hit me, I want to work again. I'm planning to get a job next year, of course with my husband's approval (not sure if he's going to approve of it). I'm still going to bake and that's for sure. Actually my friend Laine and I came up with our business plan over a phone conversation. It just came up. I'm blessed to have a friend who knows everything and willing to help whatever it takes. I was thinking I could work while we're still planning our business coz I'm sure it's gonna take months of preparation for it.

I'm turning 24 on the 21st of November. I don't know why but I'm excited. I don't really celebrate my birthday the traditional way. We just go to the movies, buy a couple of stuff (books to be specific), buy cupcakes at Cupcakes by Sonja and have a lovely dinner at my favorite restaurants. I love it that way and I wouldn't ask for a better gift.

I'm happy to share that baking calendar for the month of December is full and I'm going to sure be spending a lot of time in the kitchen.

It has been a wonderful year and I have a lot of things to be thankful for. You're going to sure see more of The Dough Puncher on December. Thank you so much for checking us out. :D

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Chock-full of Chips..

It's been weeks since my last post. I really missed my blog. The past weeks has been fun. We went to Laguna (the entire clan) in celebration of my grandfather's birthday and my incredible Aunt's visit here from Japan. We rented this huge house for a couple of days and we had a crazy yet extremely great time. We played a lot of games just like the good old days, not having to worry about anything but have fun. It's good to be silly every once in a while. You feel younger. :D

After playfulness comes sickness. I've been sick for 3 days now. Still not getting any better. I felt the sudden urge to bake this morning. I really miss my oven. I'm missing a lot of things lately. I immediately grabbed my book 'The Ultimate Cookie Cookbook' by Better Homes and Gardens and browsed for another cookie recipe for my daughter Kursten. As much as I want to exert more effort in baking today, I still feel awful so I went for the simple Chock-full of Chips.

The moment I saw 3 types of chocolate in the recipe, I instantly knew it was it and Kursten will surely love it. Semisweet chocolate chips, candy-coated milk chocolate pieces and white chocolate chips? What more could you possibly ask for. It's like dying and going to heaven.

What I really love about this cookie is that it has a healthy twist in its own little way, considering wheat flakes and oats are best known for its fiber content. Burst of chocolatey goodness that will mindblowingly satisfy even the sweetest tooth. You get the amazing combination of crisp wheat flakes that complements the soft and chewy consistency of the cookie itself and gooey melted chocolate at first bite.

She just can't get enough..

The Cookie Jar of Awesomeness..

I'm glad to be in the great position of sharing the recipe. Have fun baking! :D

Chock-Full of Chip
Yields 48 cookies

2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup quick cooking oats
1 cup wheat flakes
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup miniature candy coated milk chocolate pieces
1/2 cup white chocolate chips

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together flour, oats, cereal, baking powder. baking soda and salt. set aside.
  • In a very large mixing bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds.
  • Add granulated sugar and brown sugar.
  • Beat until combined, scraping sides of the bowl occasionally.
  • Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined.
  • Beat in as much of the flour mixture as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour mixture.
  • Stir in the semisweet chocolate chips. candy-coated milk chocolate pieces and white chocolate chips. 
  • Drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet. 
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutesor until golden brown.
  • Let stand for 1 minute on the cookie sheet.
  • Transfer to a wire rack; cool.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Heaven On a Rainy Day..

It's been a rainy weekend and I can't think of a better way to spend it than have a warm and gooey Molten Chocolate Cake. I discovered it from my sister-in-law Alcee and it was ever since our 'go to' recipe when it comes to dessert. I even used to sell it back in my previous company (PostManila) and it's always been the main event of the evening. I made these babies originally for my husband's colleagues, I just snatched a couple of pieces for our dinner dessert. It goes perfectly with a dollop of cream or vanilla ice-cream.

Recipe Link:
Molten Chocolate Cake

Happy Baking!!! :D

Saturday, October 9, 2010

A 'Friend's' Birthday Cupcakes..

These are the cupcakes my friend Lucille ordered 3 days ago and picked up yesterday. She said it's for a 'friend' and each candy topper theme has it's own meaning that even I, can't understand. It's kind of an inside joke I guess.

It is all Banana Cake with Vanilla Frosting and edible themed candy toppers. So cute!! :D

Friday, October 8, 2010

Sneaky Snickers..

I love Snickers! It is one of my favorite chocolate bars ever since I was little. I remember every time a relative comes home from the States, they give us this huge bag of assorted chocolate bars, unfortunately my sister and I had to share it with our cousins from upstairs and the next day early morning, my sister Ella would be the first one to get Snickers and take it to school, so I always end up having Milkyway or Butterfingers instead (a sad memory of my childhood). :D

This morning, while I was thinking of something better to do with my friend/regular customer Lucille's cupcakes (as a thank you gift coz she ordered 3 dozen Banana Cake with Vanilla Frosting and candy toppers for a friend's birthday. see next post.), I suddenly craved for Snickers and then I thought, Lucille will flip if she see some chopped Snickers on her cupcakes. Who wouldn't? So I went on with the plan and she did flipped when she saw the cupcakes.

I used it with Banana Cake and I honestly think it went well with Snickers. It kind of gave me the impression of Banana Split. And to make it even more heavenly, I drizzled it with Chocolate Ganache made with Vanhouten chocolate chips. Snickers is usually paired with chocolate cake but I find it a little redundant in chocolate so I thought I'd give it a little twist.

Here's the links of recipes you can try:
Banana Cupcakes
Basic Buttercream
Chocolate Ganache 

Monday, October 4, 2010

Back in Business..

The business was kind of slow for the past weeks sucking the life out of me. So when my good friend Hanzel called to place an order last weekend, I was brought back to life. I can proudly say that baking is my addiction. Well, I know this can be hard to believe but I don't really eat what I bake, so it is the baking process that I'm addicted to (a little defensive I know, but it is true).

Hanz ordered a dozen Butter Cake with Chocolate Frosting and Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Frosting. My husband's colleagues also ordered 2 dozen of Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Frosting and then, I was instantly back in business.

Hanzel is one of the 'few but true' friends that I have. We used to work together back in PostManila. One of my unforgettable moments with her was last year, it was her first day (I think) at work and we still barely know each other, I was having a rough day at work then I received a text message from her, saying "I'm just here if you need someone to talk to..". And that was the beginning of our friendship. She's a strong woman that even Brock Lesnar won't be able to take her down.

I drizzled the Chocolate Cupcakes with Ganache for a change. I always try my best to come up with something different every time. Hanz told me on facebook that her colleagues loved the cupcakes. Nothing satisfies me more than happy customers. It's a one man show and it's tough but I'm not going anywhere. I love my job. :D

Saturday, October 2, 2010

My New Baking Buddy..

It was a huge surprise when my old friend Melody called me this afternoon going crazy about wanting to learn how to bake and just the perfect timing, I'm alone for the weekend coz Kursten is at my Mom's house and husband is at work, she came over right away to pick me up. She just got married and being the typical stepford wife that I am (not really), I agreed to teach her some of the few tricks I know about baking. After a long discussion of what we are going to bake, we finally agreed to make her and her husband's favorite Banana Muffins. We used my version of the recipe except less sweet so we reduced the amount of sugar by 4 tablespoons.

making sure each muffin is of the same size.. OC..

We went to Fort Bonifacio first to buy her mom Tamales but when we got there, they ran out. So Mel bought her mom sweet meats instead (we call it 'kakanin' here in the Philippines. not sure if it's the right English term). Of course, like what I've mentioned in my earlier post, I always go to Cupcakes by Sonja every time I visit Serendra and since Melody unbelievably haven't been there before. She was like a little girl in the candy store when we stepped inside Cupcakes by Sonja and just as amazed when she took her first bite on her Chocolate Mint Cupcake. Taking her to that cupcake store turned out to be a pretty good idea coz she told me she's not a big fan before, but she is now. She said she'll definitely come back for more.

Clockwise: The Elvis, Mint Condition, Choco Cream Pie, Bunny Huggers Carrot Cake, Vanilla Sunshine and Peppermint Patty..

We were so happy that Mel's first ever baked goody turned out great. It's a good thing I have few cupcake boxes left and Mel was able to take the muffins home to his husband. I really hope he liked it. I look forward to baking again with Melody coz I honestly need a baking buddy.. 

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Popcorn Cupcakes..

In preparation for our friend Tyrone's movie/cinema themed wedding, my husband came up with a brilliant idea of making Popcorn Cupcakes instead of ordinary frosted cupcakes that the bride Amor and I agreed about and they both liked it. So last night, we made a few samples to see if it's going to work out and as it looked like, it did. I used a boxed cake mix with this one because I know for sure that it's going to end up with my usual beneficiaries, (the guards in our building) so I thought no need for the extra effort.

I plan to do Butter Cupcakes to match with the Butter Popcorn image and my husband will be doing the Popcorn container out of creativity. It's great to have an artistic husband around, less trouble and easy work. This one's just for trial and I'm sure the actual Popcorn Cupcakes that we're going to do for the wedding will look more natural and realistic. Stay tuned! :D

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Martha's Crumb Cake..

I've been wanting to try making this cake ever since I saw it in an episode of Cake Boss (Reality Show of the famous Carlo's Bakery in New Jersey), where most people says they have the most exquisite Crumb Cake you'll ever have. I thought I'll do some research about this cake and hopefully, if I'm lucky to find the perfect recipe, I'd be able to add this up on my home-baking business menu. That way, I can introduce it to Filipinos that are not really familiar with this type of cake. After weeks of searching, I finally decided to start with Martha Stewart's recipe of New York Crumb Cake.

I know I'm not a pro, but I'm just going to share my viewpoint of the recipe. I honestly didn't get the taste I was expecting. The cake was dry, dense and bland. I was absolutely sure I followed the recipe perfectly and I even bought the best ingredients because I had such high expectation that it's going to turn out superb. Or maybe that's how it should really taste but it's just not my type of cake. I really want to want this but I really don't. But like I said, this is just my viewpoint of the recipe. We all have different standards for food.

I still plan to try other recipes of this cake or even make my own until I find the right one that will pass the Filipinos' distinctive taste.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

KC's Cupcakes on Cupcakes Take The Cake!

The #1 Cupcake Blog.. Oh yeah!

For me, as a cupcake baker, for my cupcakes to be posted on Cupcakes Take The Cake is a great honor. I'm a big fan of the blog and the inspiration it gives was one of the reasons why I decided to focus on cupcakes for my home business. I'm just so happy they acknowledged my work. Thanks to my husband Jobert for helping me design those pink and yellow chocolate cupcakes. Thank God I have a creative husband. :D

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

25 and Fabulous!

We celebrated our friend Fleur's birthday at Cuba Bar Shaw Boulevard last Sunday. I gave her Chocolate Cupcakes as a gift and even though it didn't turn out the way I wanted it to look like, she still loved it. My husband helped with the decorations not to mention his famous 'flourish design' using royal icing. It felt great doing stuff together especially when it comes to baking which is not his thing.

I first met this wonderful friend of mine in Colliers International at Makati City, where we both used to work in 2006 and we became close friends ever since. We hung out when I was still pregnant with Kursten and I can say she was the one that made me enjoy my pregnancy. It's funny because we always have our houses near each other by accident. 

The party was great. I've never had so much fun for a very long time. We played billiards and we hit the karaoke. I was the photographer for the night (I don't mean to brag but I take pretty awesome pictures). I did a lot of catching up with our friend Laine coz it's been years since we last saw each other so I asked her to just stay at our place for the night. I met Fleur's family and friends and I was so happy I got new friends. The food was good, the place was stunning. The party was fabulous!

It's sad that I'm not going to be able to see her often from now on, because she already resigned from work to take care of her Dad and she's going back home to Batangas soon. She always puts her family first and it is the best thing I love about her. I'm really going to miss her. She lives just a few blocks away from our place and I could visit her anytime I want, but now it will take 3 to 4 hours of trip to see her. We've been sisters for years and It's going to stay that way forever.

Pink & Purple..

It was my niece Bianca's birthday party yesterday (though it kind of looked like it was my Mom's) and I was assigned for the cupcakes. It wasn't really a very pleasant day for me because we got stuck in traffic on our way to the mall (we first bought Bianca a gift before going to the party) and it was burning hot despite of the rain. I was melting the entire time and I have no choice but to endure it. All I wanted was to make my niece happy so despite the humid weather, we still did our job and kept the party going. We bought the Barbie bag that Bianca wished for. The Purple and Pink cupcakes that I made was so simple and cute, yet it still turned out to be a crowd pleaser.

The first thing I love about baking cupcakes is the frosting part. I get to play with different colors of frostings and sprinkles which is a lot of fun. It's like 1st grade all over again. 

After the party, we went to Shangrila Mall to relax a little and eat dinner. We weren't able to eat much at the party because the house was already crowded. We stayed outside the entire time so we thought it wouldn't hurt if we stay in the mall for a little while.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Goin' Bananas!

A couple of weeks back, we went to my brother-in-law's music video shoot (Nikki Gil's video) in a studio near Robinsons Pioneer at Boni Avenue. The studio was so cool and it kind of look like an art gallery from outside. They have a classy small cafeteria in case anyone gets hungry during the shoot. While everybody's busy around me, something caught my attention. It was this good looking Banana Muffins displayed at the corner of the bar. It looks really attractive that I forcefully asked my husband to buy me some, ignoring the "you're on a diet!" look on his face. It was just as good as how it looks. Fantastic!

I still had the banana muffin fever the next day so I thought, why not make them myself? I browsed my favorite websites for recipe and went straight to the grocery store to buy bananas, since I already have the basic ingredients at home. I substituted some of the ingredients to what I think will make the muffins outstanding. No picture this time because Mom borrowed our camera that entire week.

Banana Chocolate Chunk Muffins
Serves 20 to 24 muffins


1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1/2 cup butter (melted)
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup mashed ripe bananas
3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate bar (coarsely chopped)

  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. 
  • In another bowl, combine the egg, butter, yogurt and vanilla.
  • Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. 
  • Fold in bananas and chocolate chunks.
  • Fill greased or paper-lined muffin pan two-thirds full. 
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 22-25 minutes until golden brown or toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. 

I substituted brown sugar instead of white sugar, butter instead of vegetable oil (muffins turned out moist, still) for more flavor and bittersweet chocolate chunks instead of semisweet chocolate chips. It was awesome! I know we all have our own standards for food, but I can say this is one of the best recipes I've ever tried. :D

Banana Chocolate Chunk Muffins on FoodistaBanana Chocolate Chunk Muffins

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Oreo Lovin'..

I tried this cheesecake recipe courtesy of my sister-in-law Alcee's Oreo Recipes Cookbook back in 2007. It's for my husband actually (as I've mentioned in my earlier post, I don't eat cheese..). I brought a few slices at work for them to try. My former Boss Dave Hukom said the gelatin was over powering so I took the liberty of changing the recipe a little bit. I don't have a nice camera that time and I refuse to use my camera phone because of poor quality so I just downloaded a photo from DeviantArt. I'm sure it's going to be awesome. :D

Easy Oreo Cheesecake Recipe

Serves 8 to 10 people


1 pkg. (1 lb. 2 oz.) OREO Cookies, divided
1/4 cup  (1/2 stick) butter, melted
1/2 tsp. Knox Gelatin
3 tbsp. milk
2 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
3/4 cup  Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla
2 cups whipping cream

  • Coarsely chop 15 cookies. 
  • Finely crush remaining cookies and mix with butter. 
  • Press onto bottom of 13x9-inch pan. 
  • Refrigerate while preparing filling.
  • Beat whipping cream in a bowl with hand/stand mixer until soft peaks. 
  • In a small saucer, heat milk and gelatin in microwave oven for 15 seconds or until melted. 
  • Beat cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and gelatin mixture in a large bowl until well blended. 
  • Gently fold in whipping cream and chopped cookies. 
  • Spoon over crust. 
  • Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.


Kc's Oreo Cheesecake on FoodistaKc's Oreo Cheesecake

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Blueberry Cheesecake Recipe..

I forgot to add the recipe on my first post 'It's Blueberry Week..'. So this one's for Suhaina. Go ahead and give it a try. :D

 1 cup crushed graham cracker crumbs
2 tbsp unsalted butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
    1/3 cup sugar
    2 bars cream cheese
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    2 cups whipping cream
    1 can blueberry pie filling (preferably Comstock)
    1 tsp unflavored colorless gelatin  (preferably Knox)
    3 tbsp water
      • Combine all the crust ingredients with a fork until well blended. 
      • Press in a 9 inch pie pan. 
      • Chill in the fridge for about 15 minutes. 
      • Beat the cream cheese and sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer. 
      • Add in vanilla extract.
      • Dissolve the gelatin in water and add in the cream cheese mixture. 
      • Beat until well blended and cream cheese fluffy. 
      • Add in the whipping cream and fold gently. 
      • Spoon over crust and let chill in the fridge for about 3 hours or until set. 
      • Top with some blueberry pie filling or fresh ones which ever you prefer. 
      • Can do your favorite fruit topping too!

       Have a pleasant day you all.. :D

      Blueberry Cheesecake Recipe on FoodistaBlueberry Cheesecake Recipe

      One Fine Sunday..

      Kursten was at my mom's house last week for the weekend and it was a fine day so Jobert and I decided to go to Serendra at Fort Bonifacio to take a walk and splurge a little on food and books. We thought it was the perfect time to go on a date considering we haven't had one ever since I resigned from work. I love it there. The place was wonderful and we get to see different types of people. From Paris Hilton clones with dogs in their purses to trashy skateboarders doing tricks which is kind of fun to look at. I could just stay there and read a good book all day. The ambiance was amazingly relaxing.

      We first went to Cupcakes by Sonja and bought PB&J. I always make sure I try one of their flavors each time I go there for research purposes (honestly!). I've already tried Vanilla Sunshine and Chocolate Surprise, Jobert tried Flourless Chocolate Cupcake and Creme Brulee Cupcake Tart. I've read reviews of their cupcakes and most of them said the frosting was way too sweet. Maybe some of them just don't know what it's made of. As a baker, I too find frosting recipes way too sweet but I couldn't do anything about it because that's how it is. We can't control the sweetness because it's made out of pure confectioner's sugar to achieve the right consistency. For me the cupcakes were awesome. The cake has its perfect texture, a little crumby and moist that blended well with the Peanut butter frosting and Grape jam topping. Cupcakes by Sonja inspires me to not be afraid to explore new flavors and ingredients. I will surely be back there for more. :D

      Photo by Manilla Gateway

      Photo taken using Jobert's IPhone 3GS..

      After that, we ate Razon's famous Halo-halo and Pansit Luglog for merienda at Market Market's outdoor food court.We were surrounded by beautiful flowers. How great was that?

      Next stop, Fully Booked. We we're actually planning to go to the movies but it rained so hard so we decided to just stay there, read and shop for books. Jobert bought me a cupcake cookbook titled 'Wild about Cupcakes' by Rachel Lane for my research and he bought himself  2 of his favorite novels. We stayed there for an hour and a half I think. Then the rain stopped and we headed to Pancake House for dinner.

      Photo by The Geek Brewery

      I had Salisbury Steak and Calamansi Juice, Jobert ordered his favorite Aroz ala Cubana and Iced Tea. It was a wonderful day being with my husband. It reminded me of our dates when we were still boyfriends and girlfriends with the 'kilig' factor. It was great. I have everything I've ever wanted. A simple life and a happy family. What more can I ask for? :D

      Tuesday, August 24, 2010

      For the Love of Baking..

      I started baking just after my husband and I got married in 2006, thanks to my sister-in-law Alcee for the oven she gave us as her wedding gift. Little did I know that I'll be interested in it since I'm not the patient, organized and creative type which Baking utterly requires (but I am now :D).

      It is the great challenge and satisfaction of seeing how my products turn out that made me decide 'this is what I want to do'. I get to express the creative side of me that I never would've thought I have. Seeing smiles on my friends' faces in exchange for a box of cupcakes is priceless. I could even get to give my daughter something to look forward to every week (she loves my chocolate chip cookies). Baking made me closer to them.

      I'm not going to stop learning until I'm able to make the best of the best, not just for the people I love, but to anyone who wants to make lovely memories of childhood and friendship, or simply the pleasure of good taste.

      Friday, August 20, 2010

      Otto's Birthday Cupcakes..

      Few weeks back, I got featured on my friend Richie's blog (True Adventures of the World's Pickiest Eater). And because it is indeed an influential blog as well as the blogger, I got to do business with Ms. Pam Pajarillo for her son Otto's birthday.

      She ordered 2 boxes of  assorted cupcakes (Banana Cake with Chocolate Buttercream and Orange Cake with Vanilla Buttercream), Half a dozen of Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Buttercream for Otto's teachers in school and 12 individually packed Chocolate Cakes for Otto's classmates. All cupcakes were topped with Cars candy topper as Ms. Pam requested.

      Orange Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream

       Banana Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream

      Kid's Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream

      Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream

      Ms. Pam is a great customer. I really hope I could do business with her again in the future. The baking process actually went well and I was able to finish it all in half a day. Otto is celebrating his 5th birthday today. Happy Birthday Otto!! Get well.. Ms. Pam told me he got sick last night that's why I didn't get to meet him when I delivered the cupcakes this morning at Raya School in Timog QC. 

      Another job done and more coming. :D

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