Saturday, November 27, 2010
In the mood of Christmas..... First thing came to me was Cranberry and raisin, and remembered that I have a great raisin loaf recipe from a friend's Japanese bread book. The full recipe needs 400g flour, and I went with it knowing it will definitely be gone in less than two days. Instead of making two loaves of raisin's, I did one with cranberry. This recipe I give it a big thumbs up!
Bread Flour 400g
Black Sugar 40g
Unsalted Butter 20g
Warm Water 250ml
1. Except raisin, mix all ingredients with a stand mixer/ by hands till all come together, continue to knead to get a smooth and springy dough. Wrap in raisin and knead them all well together.
2. Form a ball shape and cover the dough. Let it raise till double the volume is a warm place.
3. Release the air from the well risen dough, and form them into a ball shape, and cover the doughs again to give 10 minutes rest.
4. Roll the dough flat and roll them up like a Swiss roll shape. Put dough in the bread tins and bake in a pre heated oven at 200'c for 30 minutes.
5. Cool the bread on wire rack after baking. Brush the loaves with milted butter to keep the crumb soft and a glossy look.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Coconut and mango go together give me a Hawaiian feel.... Been wanting to make this chiffon cake for a long time, and now I have a good reason to make it happen. Because I wanna join Aspiring Bakers#1:
Chiffon Cakes organized by Small Small Baker.
One of the recipes I got it from the book by 福田涥子. All the recipes she has in there give beautiful results. No wonder so many home bakers love her works. This cake has very mild coconut flavour and the dried mango bits give the biting texture to this soft and fluffy cake.What a multi texture and taste chiffon cake!
Veg Oil 50ml
Desiccated Coconut 4Tbsp
Cake Flour 80g
Egg White 4
Dried Mango 60g
Small amount of flour to coat the mango.
1. Coat the mango bits with flour.
2. Whisk egg yolks,1/3 of sugar together, add in oil and followed by water.
3. Add in coconut, then sift in the flour, and mix well.
4. Beat the eggs white till foamy then slowly add in the remaining sugar. Beat till stiff.
5. Add 1/3 portion of egg white to the flour batter, and blend them well. Add in the rest of the egg white, and fold in gently till well blended. Lastly add in the mango bits to the batter.
6 Pour the cake batter to a 17cm chiffon cake tin, and bake it for 30 minutes at 180'c.
7. When it's cooked, invert the cake and let it cool completely.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
I'm dreaming of a white Christmas....... Has anyone driven into Christmas mode yet??
My second fondant deco ever.... Followed the idea of a friend's book. I have yet to attend any fondant course but has been always attracted to the beautiful results from others' works. Thinking I should pick the skill some day. Well, SOME DAY!!
Sunday, November 14, 2010
A friend of mine ordered these cupcakes for her friend's art exhibition to be served as one of the hi-tea snacks. I was so glad to know they were very well liked! Nothing beat a good comment after all my love and hard work to make these cuppies.
Soft and light Japanese sponge filled with coffee, hazelnut chocolate.....
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
A jar that has some magic living in there......
With a little twist from the original recipe, I am thrilled to get a loaf of soft and smooth wholemeal bread.
The milky paste in the jar does look 'Nothing Much'. But it is full of 'Live' !
I hope reader here are not getting sick of my post since my very first post about natural leavening loaf. As well as wholemeal loaves!! I realized using natural leavening for bread loaf, there isn't much fancy and interesting recipe. Well, at least in my collections. However, I still very fond of making bread using this magical ingredient. The taste of the loaf simply so NATURAL. May be the crust of the loaf may not be soft enough ( but my son loves it) but the crumb is nothing less than one that is made of the normal commercial dried yeast. Turn the slices into toast that was heaven!! It would not turn soggy as soon as it turns cool. That is another reason why I find it worth the effort to make the loaf.
Original Recipe for a white loaf:
( Take away 30g of bread flour , add in 30g of wholemeal flour to make wholemeal loaf)
Bread Flour 300g
Warm water 160ml
Natural leavening 27g
1. Simply mix all ingredients together and knead to get a smooth and springy dough.
2. Let the dough prove for 3 to 4 hours, till it gets to double the volume.
3. Punch out the air and give the dough a gentle knead. Form to a ball shape and cover with cloth . Let dough rest for 15 minutes.
4. After resting, roll the dough flat and shape it like a Swiss roll and seal the edge. Put in a 600g loaf tin and rise till 2 1/2 size bigger. Bake in Pre heated oven at 190'c for 50 minutes.
5. When bread if cooked. Cool it on the wire rack.
The Cupcake Bakery just a block away from our hotel. Halloween it is!!
Flinder's street station
The cake shop I love along China town. It has a new look since I last visited couple years ago.
Best garlic bread ever had!
Loved this braid beef in red wine.
Had very good beef steak at our hotel restaurant.
This is the doughnut that we queued from Apparently it's not nice!!
Another Italian deli that sells my favourite Italian pasta- Matelli
Love this tea and coffee shop. Every time even I don't buy their teas nor coffee, I will definitely buy some other things like tea strainer...
This doughnut stall has very long queue, so we thought it must be nice....
Had a short trip to Melbourne last week. I was hopping to do some baking tools shopping this trip but.... Instead, we bought lots of food stuff. Went to Victoria market which is a must go place for me every time I travel to Melbourne. It's like a toy shop for me. Really love to walk around there and enjoy looking at food stuff and others. We can get everything and anything basically. Also I always like a Chinese bakery at Melbourne China Town. They have all the delicious old fashion cakes and pastries which I can no longer find in Singapore. Their Vanilla Swiss roll is my all time must eat item from there. Something so simple and delicious. Other than these, we visited places like Melbourne zoo and aquarium. My son's most looking forward to. Though the trip was short, but it was sweet. :)