I suddenly thought about the coconut biscuits we made during our Home Econs class back when I was 13, but since I no longer had my Home Econs text, I used my daughter’s and adapted it from there. Tasted exactly like what I made years ago! And David made it the traditional way, with a wooden spoon and no beater whatsoever :)
This is the best and easiest sourdough ever!
I usually halve the recipe and bake two loaves out of the half-recipe.
If I’m not going to bake the second loaf immediately and only has time to bake it more than 16 hours later, I’ll stuff it into the fridge immediately after final shaping.
Half of the above recipe that yields two small loaves
Warm water: 300g
Bread flour: 450g
Rye flour: 60g
Salt: 11.5g (about 2 teaspoons)
Mix and autolyse everything for 30mins, except 20g of water with the salt dissolved in it.
After 30mins is up, add the salt mixture and knead on dough hook till almost windowpane stage.
Put into oiled container for bulk fermentation for total 2.5hrs - at 50min and 100min marks, do stretch and fold.
After 2.5hrs is up, divide dough into two and shape. Then leave on table to rest covered for ten minutes and put into banneton or mixing bowl (I use mixing bowl as I don’t own a banneton). Put into a large plastic bag and clip tight.
Score proofed bread, put into claypot and spray with water.
Cover claypot and bake for 20mins in 240 degrees Celcius preheated oven (lowest rack).
Then take out the bread and bake for another 15mins in 220 degrees Celcius oven.
Turn off oven heat and leave bread in half-opened oven for another 5 minutes.
Made this Pandan Chiffon from Kitchen Tigress' blog.
Reduced the sugar to 70gm in total, and cake still taste just as good.
I also reduced my coconut milk to 50gm and added pandan juice to make a total of 95g because I felt that my pandan juice were not fragrant enough... maybe they were too old?
Of course I had an easier way of squeezing out pandan juice from the leaves without water... with the help of my super juicer!
Meanwhile, if you are at her blog, check out her other entries as she dissects recipes from some recipe books.
They're wicked, and never fails to give me a good laugh!
Did you know cinnamon and honey is good for health?
From Arthritis to cholesterol levels and even heart disease.
I'm not sure how true this is, but it's good to indulge in a low-sugar wholewheat cinnamon roll once in a whille.
Recipe from Florence's blog
I used 160g bread flour and 50g wholewheat flour to make up for the original 210g bread flour.
Also reduced sugar to 30g.
The oven's dead, and I am into steaming now.
I adapted a recipe from Alex Goh's Magic Steamed Cakes book and sneaked in some purple sweet potato since the kids wouldn't eat sweet potato.
Fluffy and soft!
We enrolled S into a swim class as she asked for it. However, on her first lesson, she didn't want to join the class. I imagine it must be quite intimidating for a 5-year-old to go into the pool without her mummy and daddy... and to the constant barking of the instructor.
So R and I decided to work on her basics, just to get her to be more confident. A google showed up this website USwim, which teaches parents how to teach their kids to swim We followed some of the steps, and got her confident enough to dunk her head into the water and do her confidence jump. I also came up with the idea of an award in the form of a certificate.
It also helps that "gong gong" speaks very loudly, so I simply explained to her that the instructor really didn't mean to yell all the time. It's just that some uncles speak very loudly, like her "gong gong" :P This worked too, and she gamely joined the class during the second week.
She's now into jumping into the water all by herself and kicking/paddling about 1.5m towards R. She doesn't know how to coordinate her breathing yet, so she does this with her head in the water the whole time.
This was what I did to my oven. The day before, I was trying to tidy up the kitchen so my part-time helper will have an easier time. As I was putting the tupperware into my oven, an image of the melting tupperware flashed across my mind. I told myself "Don't be silly. Of course I will check the oven before I turn it on." The next day, as I was getting ready to bake my cheese bread, I checked the oven and saw that all was clear. BUT I didn't notice a tupperware cover that slid under the rack and was resting on the bottom heating element. As I was preparing the batter, I smelled some horrible chemical smell and this was what happened. I was pretty shaken by the whole accident... even more after R showed me that night, this video on why we should not pour water on kitchen oil fire. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecvG7sb4H4M Afterall, petrochemicals in the plastic could be considered as "oil"?
An acquaintance told me to use flour. A Google on the effect of flour showed is just as scary. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tduy1zU0L-Q
The first time he said this, R told him he will have a wife when he is older. He seemed frustrated with our answer and showed it by yelling "I WANT WIFE!" and kicking away. How can being single at this age cause such frustration?
It was only later that we realised he meant "I want to drive." Isn't he much happier in the pictures below?