Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Almond Cranberry Bread


Ooops...it is bread again :p  I hope you will not be bored with all the bread recipes I am going to post up in the next few weeks...I have a long list and I intend to finish all the bread recipe :)  I saw this Almond Cranberry Bread recipe in the lastest Flavor Magazine by baker and cookbook author Alex Goh. I could not resist it and just had to make it last night.  No regrets , for it turned out great as the texture remains soft and fluffy the next day.  He uses the gelatinized starch method for this bread and since I have never tried this  method before , it makes it more interesting. I have tried the water roux method  which is another gelatinized starch method of bread making - the boiled sponge or tangzhong method is popular with the Taiwanese and the method I used for this bread is also another gelatinized starch method which is quite similar to the yukone method , popular with Japanese bakers. 


Monday, March 28, 2011

Black Sesame Steamed Bun


















I woke up at 5am this morning to make this black sesame steamed bun for our breakfast LOL! I know many of you will think that I am crazy... best time to sleep in till 6 am...the problem is this recipe has been in my to do list for a very long time and suddenly I have the craze to try this out for breakfast this morning. I have never eaten a steamed bun other then a pau , most of the time , buns are baked in the oven :) This recipe is from the book - Baked & Steamed Bun by Daniel Choong that I acquired some time back and have bookmarked to make this for our breakfast and I am so happy that I finally made it and guess what ? It was one beautifully textured & healthy bun that I have eaten so far. Sesame flavored and I tweaked it by adding fillings for WB. Many of you would have read and known from my other blog that he is a meat eater so I added chicken sausages for him and crab filaments for myself :p Gave some to Claire for her breakfast :))) The recipe is for plain black sesame steamed buns with no fillings.















 

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Round Bacon Buns


















Buns again for our breakfast . I used the Cheese and Bacon Twist recipe , omitted the cheese this time and shaped them into round buns instead . Shaping  them round is faster and save time compared to the twist bun :)  The bread and bun craze is still on and I guess I will never get tired of making them...as the saying goes " If there is a demand , there will be a supply " LOL! WB loves the soft and fluffy texture of this bun and it is full  of flavor with the pan fried bacon bits in them . I will be making another load for Monday but with different fillings this time :)

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Burnt Caramel Custard Tartlets



Like a Créme brulée in pastry, these tartlets crackle with temptation. Burning the sugar into caramel is made easy with a chef’s blowtorch but since I do not have one , I just throw the brown sugar on the surface of the half baked tarts and let the oven heat caramel the sugar. The effect is almost the same as using a blowtorch :p  

















Thursday, March 24, 2011

Cheese & Bacon Twist - Revisited


















Last Friday , Josh came back for the weekend and we took him out to eat all his favorite food . wow...you can see he really misses Ipoh food especially the famos curry mee opposite MGS secondary school. Well, besides all the great Ipoh food, he also misses homemade buns. I used to make this for him when he first entered college...that was 3 years ago and it has been quite a while since I last made this. But thanks to the bread/bun fever , I am back to baking buns and bread :p I made a dozen or more for him to take back to KL and share with his friends and for his breakfast :)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Cranberry Layered Cheesecake With Biscuit Crust Base


Wild Boar loves cranberry cheesecake and begged pleaded me to bake one for him :p...so I have to oblige and make him one since he craves for it like a preggy person :p  Everyday he opens the freezer to take ice, he will see my packet of fresh cranberry , I know he will surely ask me to bake one for him and true enough he can't leave those berries alone :p  I used Mary's recipe for the layered cheese fillings but used a biscuit crust base for the cake. It turned out great like the first I baked this cranberry cheesecake using Mary's recipe. My second time making this :)  A keeper for sure.   It is great to indulge this sinfully rich  cheesecake once in a while...anyway I have to  finish off  this last packet of fresh cranberry .  It  will be quite a while before I  can bake this cake again...hopefully cranberry season come soon.  I will buy more and keep in the freezer so that I can bake this cake the whole year round :)

Monday, March 21, 2011

Apricot And Raisin Bread


















I am still having bread fever and it is really contagious . Many of my friends are making bread every alternate days and I am also kneading away most nights :p  homemade breads taste so much better. My friends use the bread machine but I use my cake mixer with the dough hook and kneading the dough with the stretch and fold method which I learned from the BBA book :p  I love kneading and feeling the dough with my hands so that when it turns comes out light and nice..the satisfaction is beyond words :p  Each time it turns out great I will want to have lots of shots of the bread LOL!   Actually , I enjoy taking shots of my bakes and put them here for my friends and Piggies to drool and wet their keyboards...I am bad bad Momsie :p


Monday, March 14, 2011

Cinnamon Raisin Walnut Bread


The moment my eyes caught this Cinnamon Raisin Walnut Bread on my lastest bread book - The Bread Baker's Apprentice by Peter Reinhart ... ( okay ,okay... I know I have been raving about this book ..just bear with me for a while more :p  ) I knew I have to make it and it turned out exactly what the author described in the book.   Yea..this is indeed a light, flavorful and loaded with raisins bread and like what the author says " it has a wonderful finish, filling your mouth with the satisfying aftertaste of roasted walnuts  "  truly a wonderful bread to make :)  Mmmmm all the effort of kneading and proofing and baking paid off...the aroma of cinnamon from the freshly baked bread is to die for.  A wonderful Sunday well spent.... knowing that the coming Monday blues will be blown away with this lovely cinnamon flavored bread !

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Hot Doggie Buns - Water Roux Method


















Many of you will know that I am crazy over bread and bun making lately....I have warned you a few weeks ago that I will posting up mostly on buns and bread :)  I am very intrigued by the water roux method. The buns somehow will turn out fluffy and soft.  It has become my favourite bun making method.  Today, I used the water roux method again to make hot doggie buns  :p  at the request of Wild Boar of course! ...who else would want hot doggie buns :)

Monday, March 7, 2011

Ciabatta Poolish Version



After my bread book -  'The Bread Baker's Apprentice ' by Peter Reinhart arrived from Book Depository , I have been holding the book dear to my heart and every night I will read on it and I told myself it is time to make something out of it or the Wild Boar will surely pass a comment like " see you reading it everyday but have yet to see you making something out of it "  Well....last Saturday, I decided to surprise WB with homemade Ciabatta.  I know he will love it coz it really goes well with balsamic and olive oil dip.  My very first hand kneaded bread and it turned out satisfactory even though it doesn't have many big shiny holes as shown in the book nor was it slipper shaped LOL!   I promise ,the next one will be better with many shiny holes and slipper shaped  :p  It has a rustic look though with a crunchy crust and a soft interior.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Cranberry and Pistachio Sablés


















I was looking for a good Sablés recipe ( french cookies ) and after having googled for it , I found this blog Le Pétrin that had me drooling over her french cookies and telling myself .. I must bake these !!!. I have it translated and thus this came about. I love cranberry and I can go nuts over pistachio ... lol! With these two ingredients, that sealed the faith of making this sablés . I had wanted to make this for Jo last Sunday but could not make it in time for her friend to take back together with the very berry muffins. You can guess who were the lucky angels to recieve a tupper of these delectable sablés .........:) 

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A Very Berry Muffin


















These are awsome muffins…moist and very berry indeed. I never doubt any of Chef Dennis ‘s recipes and I love every one of them. He was the featured blogger for Chobani Yogurt last week and he submitted this A Very Berry Muffin recipe and the moment I saw this on Chobani 's blog,  I was bewitched by this so yummy looking berry muffin…. I knew I had to make it for my Jo and send them to her thru her Uni friends who were down in Ipoh last Sunday.  I baked many for her to share with her friends and she told me it was AWESOME !!!  I told her I knew it would taste great.  A keeper for sure. No blueberries were available so I substituted with the fresh cranberries I have in the freezer ! One word HEAVENLY !
Now I know what to do with the cranberries I have in the freezer and the next season I am so going to stash them up :p