Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Easy and Cottony Soft Raisins Oat Bread Using Straight Dough Method

For those who have been following me should know that I am crazy over homebaked bread and have been baking my own bread for my family members and friends.  If you are still new and hesitating whether to try your hands in baking your own bread, no more procrastinating.  Give yourself a try and you will be happy that you did it.  Homebaked bread is anytime healthier and yummy than commercial bread as you can adjust the taste according to your taste buds. 
Well, do give this easy peasy and cottony soft Raisins Oat Bread a try.  You may bake this whole process in your bread machine or knead the dough inside your bread machine and bake it in the oven.  Do it whichever method you feel comfortable.  
This recipe has gone through several trials and errors and finally I am glad to share it with my followers and readers. 

Easy Raisins Oat Bread
Ingredients :
- 288ml water
- 5 tbsp instant oat
- 5 tbsp milk powder
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp Himalayan salt
- 3 tbsp softened butter
- 400gm unbleached bread flour
- 1/2 cup raisins (or any measurement as per your requirement)
- 1 tsp instant yeast

Method :
1)  Put all measured ingredients in the bread machine pan in accordance to the above sequence or in the order recommended by the bread machine manual. You may add dried fruits when smooth dough is formed.  Also take note that different machine may have different functions.

2)  Select dough if you are baking the bread in the oven. (I used dough method function) Otherwise, select sweet or basic white bread.  Please take note different machine has different function.

3)  Remove dough from bread pan when you hear beeping sound.  

4)  Put the dough on a lightly floured surface and shape it into a rectangular shape.

5)  Place the shaped dough into greased and lightly floured loaf pan.  Cover with damp cloth and let it proof for another 45 minutes or more for a second time proofing.

6)  Once they are doubled in size, if you prefer a glazed and glossy crust, glaze it with egg wash or butter.

7)  Bake in a preheated oven at 170°C - 180°C for about 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown; depending on individual's oven. Do adjust the temperature and timing accordingly.

8) Remove and cool on wire rack.

Healthy bread for your family
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Friday, 13 March 2015

Easy Peasy and Hassle-Free Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Yes, I am back after being MIA for about a month due to unavoidable circumstances.  Well... work and family is still my top priority and especially when there's a deadline to meet and you are rushing for an urgent project.  
To my fellow bloggers, I will visit your cyberhome as soon as possible whenever I am available and here's a very easy to follow muffins for those who are always in a hurry to prepare something healthy yet yummy for your family.

Apple Cinnamon Muffins
Adapted from Cupcakes & Muffins (page 220) with minor modification in red
Ingredients :
- 250g  all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp baking soda
- 1.5 tsp (1 tbsp) ground cinnamon + extra, for dusting
- 110g caster sugar
- 2 eggs lightly beaten
- 250ml milk
- 160ml light olive oil
- 2 ripe pears (apple) peeled, cored and diced

Method :
1)  Preheat oven to 200. Prepare 18 paper liners in standard muffin pans.
2)  Whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
3)  Combine egg, milk and oil, then stir into the dry ingredients until just combined.
4)  Gently fold in two-thirds of apple.
5)  Spoon into prepared pans and top each muffins with remaining apple.
6)  Dust with extra cinnamon and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown and the center of a muffin springs back when pressed.
7)  Cool in pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Apple and Cinnamon ~ complement each other beautifully
Quick yet yummylicious muffins just perfect for breakfast or tea-time

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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Have A Bountiful and Prosperous Chinese New Year 2015

Chinese New Year celebration is also known as the Spring Festival.  This year the Chinese celebrate Spring Festival on Thursday 19 February, and ends on 5 March.
This year also marks the start of the Year of the Wood Sheep,  according to the Lunar New Year calendar in the Chinese zodiac.  As the year 2015 is the Year of the Wood Sheep, it is believed that those born under under this sign are going to have a good year, with plenty of good luck and opportunities ahead.
People born in the Year of the Sheep are thought to be loyal, good nature and kind.
Like Christmas in the West, people exchange gifts during the Spring Festival. The most common gifts are red envelopes. Red envelopes have money in, and are given to children and (retired) seniors. 
Do refer to the Significant of Ang Pows in my last year post to know more about the importance of these red packets.
During the next 15 days, friends and family will visit each other to exchange gifts and wish each other a prosperous new year. 
Here, I take this opportunity to wish all my Chinese readers :
*Μay Yοu Have The Pοckets of Ηappiness, 
Τhat Will Αttract Αll The Good Wishes, 
Τhis Year, Ι Αm Ρutting First Wish Ιn It, 
Βy Wishing You Α Bountiful Lunar Νew Year!*
*Fun, Jοy, Happiness, Ρeace, Lοve, Luck, will cοme to you, with my special Wish*
*Always welcome the new morning with a new spirit, a smile on your face, love in your heart and good thoughts in your mind*
*With each passing moments, let us embrace the Lunar New Year with a brighter, colorful, and joyous future!*
*May the Goat year bring you life full of joy that never fade, hopes that never die, strength that never weakens and take you as high as the sky. Wishing you a very Happy & Prosperous Chinese New Year*

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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Flavorful Braised Pork Belly with Pumpkin

My goodness, time really flies and 2015 is entering its second month soon.  My sincere apologies to all for not posting anything since New Year and not visiting my fellow bloggers' cyberhome.  Well, I have been very occupied with a new project (it's a good start for me in 2015; new project means extra pocket money for me, besides my full-time job...yeah! ) which I have been rushing to meet its dateline since I came back from my year-end holidays.  Well, to all who sent their greetings and wishes last year, I thank you from the bottom of my heart and may you all enjoy good health and prosperity in whatever you are doing.
Here's my 1st post for 2015 and I hope you all like this simple but very flavorful Asian braised pork belly with pumpkin.  If you wish to know the health benefits of pumpkin, click the pic  below for more info.

Flavorful Braised Pork Belly with Pumpkin
Ingredients :
- 1 strip of pork belly (blanched and cut into bite size)
- 1 bowl of cubed pumpkin (with the skin intact)
- 1 thumb sized ginger (crushed)
- 1 tbsp fermented black beans (tau si)
- soy sauce to taste
- water
- Cooking oil
Method :
1)  Heat some oil in a pan or wok.
2)  Saute ginger and  fermented black beans until aromatic.
3)  Add cubed pork belly and stir fry for awhile.  Mix well.
4)  Add water until it covers the meat.
5)  Cover and let it boil at high heat for 5 minutes.  Then lower the heat and simmer until the meat is cooked and tender.  This takes about 35 to 45 minutes depending on the type of pot used.  I used AMC medium pot.  Add more water if you prefer more gravy.

6)  When the the meat is cooked and gravy thickened, add cubed pumpkin.

7) Cover and continue to cook until the pumpkin is cooked and soft.  This takes about 5 to 8 minutes.  Add soy sauce to taste.  Stir and mix well.
8)  Serve hot with steamed rice.
A very simple yet flavorful dish
You can substitute pork belly with chicken too. 
A homey dish which our family have never get tired of it since our grandma days.
Note :  No salt is added as the fermented black beans itself is already salty.  

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Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Happy New Year 2015

*This is a scheduled post while I am still away vacationing*
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I am still not back from my winter holidays, so, here's a scheduled post of simple warm wishes to all my beloved followers and readers.

Till then, see you soon in a better year of 2015!

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