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Soft Sweet Bread Recipe September 28, 2014

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I think I found the best soft sweet bread recipe! I adapted it from this recipe. I made a mistake with that recipe and made some changes and came up with this bread recipe. So far it has yield soft fluffy buns which stays soft the next day! I’ve used it for loaves and sausage/tuna buns.

Mixing is done with a breadmaker. If you do not have a breadmaker, you can refer to this link on how dough can be hand kneaded.

sausagebuns
Sausage rolls baked with Oven

Ingredients – added in this order into breadmaker
200 grams milk mixed with 3 tablepoons of milk powder
1 egg
340 grams bread flour (sieved)
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1. 5 teaspoon instant yeast
30 gm softened unsalted butter (added only after 1st cycle)

- After adding in the flour, place sugar and salt on opposite corners.
– Make a dent in the middle of the flour for yeast.

tunabuns
Tuna buns.

Sweet Bread Autocycle is used (approximately 3 hours 45 minutes) In this cycle, dough is kneaded 4 times, proofed and baked. If baked with oven, temperature is set at 165°C and baked for 25-30mins depending on your oven. Or until the crust is brown enough for you. You can glaze with egg or milk.

After putting all ingredients except butter into the breadmaker, start dough cycle. After first round of kneading, the machine will stop. At this point, put in the softened butter next to the dough. The dough cycles will continue. At the last dough cycle, you can choose to add into raisins/cranberries etc.

cranberrybread
Cranberry loaf baked with breadmaker
When the dough cycles are complete, the breadmaker will start to proof the dough. At this point, you can either choose to leave it in the breadmaker and let it bake into a loaf. I find that dough proofs (ie, softer & fluffier) better outside a breadmaker so I usually take it out, let it proof and bake it in the oven. :D
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Cheese cubes, raisins, cranberries wholemeal loaf!

You can also add fillings and make sausage/tuna buns. To know how the shape buns, just search on YouTube, there are plenty of tutorials to help you. That’s how I learnt too! If you like wholemeal bread, you can replace 30 grams of the bread flour with wholemeal flour. :D Let me know if this recipe works for you!

raisinbread
Free form raisin loaf baked with oven cut into thick fluffy slices.

Salted Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Treats! June 29, 2014

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Inspired by this, I made these easy peasy Salted Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Treats!

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Ingredients
2 bananas
Peanut butter         
100 grams of dark chocolate (1 bar)     
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil or milk
Salt

Method
1. Slice bananas into 1.5 cm thickness.

2. Scoop and top 1 side of each banana slice with some peanut butter.

3. Lay on a plate / container and put into freezer until peanut butter hardens.

4. Melt chocolate with vegetable oil or milk.

5. Place each piece of peanut buttered banana on a fork. Drizzle the melted chocolate over until chocolate covers the peanut buttered banana.

6. Lay the chocolate covered peanut butter onto waxed paper on a cookie sheet or plate.

7. Sprinkle some salt over each chocolate covered piece and put them all back into the freezer.

8. Take it out when it’s nicely hardened and cold. Pop into mouth and enjoy the yummies!

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Homemade Vanilla with Strawberry Ripple and Shortbread Crumbles June 14, 2014

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I improvised an ice cream recipe yesterday! I think it’s pretty darn tasty!

Presenting to you,  my Vanilla Strawberry Ripple Ice Cream with Shortbread Crumbles!

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Ingredients

Vanilla Ice Cream
2.5 Cups whipping cream
1.5 Cup fresh milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean – split and scrape seeds out of pod
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla essence

Strawberry Ripple and Shortbread Crumbles
2 cups frozen strawberries (or fresh one will do too!)
2 tablespoons of sugar
6 shortbread fingers – crushed or chopped

Method
– Put cream, milk, sugar and vanilla seeds and pod into a pot. Simmer until sugar melts, do not boil. Turn off fire and add vanilla essence. Stir evenly.

- Cool mixture to room temperature before chilling overnight. You can leave the vanilla pod in this mixture to chill overnight. Remove pod before putting into ice cream maker.

- In a separate small pot, simmer the strawberries with sugar until strawberries ate soft. Puree the strawberries with a blender. I used a hand blender. Chill in refrigerator.

- Churn the chilled cream mixture in your ice cream maker according to your machine’s instructions.

- Add the shortbread crumbles at the last couple of minutes of churning the ice cream. Mine took about 30 minutes.

- Pour the churned ice cream (it’ll look like soft serve ice cream at this stafe) into a container suitable for freezing.

- Stir in the strawberry puree into the ice cream gently for the ripple effect.

- Freeze for at least 3 hours before serving.

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Here’s a big tub!

Homemade chocolate icecream! June 3, 2014

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I made icecream! I bought an ice cream maker a few weeks ago and after some trials, I found the best chocolate ice cream recipe! I’m telling you it beats store bought ice cream!

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The recipe can be found here. You can make it with or without Oreos. If you like dark chocolate like me, use as high percentage dark chocolate you can find and the flavour will be really rich and intense. I used Lindt 85% dark chocolate. Mmmm…. So good!

Now I just need a really good vanilla ice cream recipe.. Preferably without the use of eggs. Any recommendations?

Banana Almond Bread (Breadmaker recipe) June 1, 2014

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Recently, I bought a really cheap breadmaker online for only S$80 and since then, I’ve baked 3 loaves with it. First one was a basic white bread. Second one was a whole meal bread. And I just baked the latest one! It was an experimental bake and turned out really yummy! So, let me present to you, my BANANA ALMOND BREAD!

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I decided to write down the recipe because I’ll definitely make it again. So I’m sharing the recipe with you too!

Banana Almond Bread (Breadmaker Recipe)

Ingredients

2 cups self raising flour (sieved) 

1/2 cup sugar 

3 tablespoons of softened unsalted butter

1/2 teaspoon of salt (if using salted butter, omit the salt) 

3/4 teaspoon of vanilla essence 

2 eggs 

2 bananas cut up 

1/4 cup of chopped almonds (I used raw almonds but roasted will be ok too I suppose)  

Method

Put all the ingredients into the bread maker. 

Select dough function and let the machine mix the ingredients for around 5 to 7 mins. 

* I removed the paddle before baking. It can be a little messy. :-P but it’ll prevent the loaf from having a big hole at the bottom.

Switch to bake function and bake on medium for 40mins. Switch to dark for 15mins or until top looks browned. 

Let it cool before cutting.

That’s it! Let me know if you try the recipe!

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