I’ve finally came up with my own bread recipe! Another item ticked on my bucket list.
I’ve always been a big fan of cinnamon, and couple of days ago I had a craving for it. The cheese was added last to protect the surface of the bread, but I didn’t want to use any egg wash. The thought of cinnamon and egg didn’t appeal to me, but I wanted a savoury kick to the bread, and therefore the cheese.
This is a really simple bread recipe, and I used whatever was available at home. It’s not the perfect recipe, you can definitely play around with the measurements to improve the taste to your liking. What I did here was based on experience and estimates.
100g bread flour
1 1/2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp instant dry yeast
135 – 145 cc water (warmed to not more than 45 degree Celsius)
100g bread flour
30g unsalted butter
1/3 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp chocolate powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
Grated Parmesan Cheese (as desired)
- Separately, prepare mixture for A, B and C.
- Warm water, and test for temperature. Make sure it does not exceed 45 degree Celcius, or it will kill your yeast. (I am happy whenever my water measures more than 40 degree Celcius. You only want to use the heat to help activate your yeast,)
- Pour heated water into A and mix with your spatula until the yeast is activated. You will see bubbles forming. Ensure there are no lumps in the mixture. (You can use your spatula to break up the lumps.)
- Pour B into A and mix. Do not break the butter with your spatula. You can scrape the dough mixture onto your kitchen top. (Scrape the bowl clean, you don’t want to waste any mixture.)
- Knead the dough for about 8 – 10 minutes. As you knead, you will realise the surface of the dough getting smoother. Once it is about 80% kneaded, spread the dough out and pour C onto the surface. Spread the mixture with your fingers. (When a dough is 100% kneaded, it does not break when you stretch it. Based on my experience, 80% is about 3-5 kneads away from it.)
- Roll up the dough into a ball and knead. Make sure you do not over knead it as you want to create a marble like design in the bread.
- Form a ball, and seal the bread, and place it into a bowl. Make sure the seam side is on the bottom. Cover the dough with cling wrap, and send it for proofing. This will be the process called “Bulk Fermentation”.
- After about 30 minutes, check on your dough. It should double in size. Take some plain flour, dip your finger into it. Using the same finger, punch a hole into your dough. You will know your dough is ready when the hole remains after you pull out your finger. Degas your dough, lightly make around 10 punches,.
- Then divide your dough into 8 parts. (Based on this recipe, you should get about 400g of dough at this point in time.)
- Mould them into balls, and set aside for bench time, for about 10 minutes. You want to let the gluten inside the dough rest after getting disturbed.
- Degas the dough again, and mould them into balls.
- Place them onto your baking tray. (or mould). I used a disposable cake mould because I wanted to make pull and tear bread. You can place the individual dough onto the baking tray and bake. It does not matter,
- After you have completed rounding your bread, cover the baking tray with cling wrap. Set it aside for second fermentation, for about 20 minutes.
- During the last 5 minutes of the second fermentation, preheat your oven to 160 degree Celcius. You might want to tweak the temperature accordingly depending on how hot your oven is. In my case, I used a convection oven.
- At the end of the 20 minutes, cut a cross on the top of each bread. Make sure the cut is at least 5mm deep.
- Take the cheese out from the fridge, you want to use super cold cheese, or it will get burnt during baking. Spread the cheese on top of the bread.
- Bake the bread for about 12 – 15 minutes.
- Remove from oven after baking, let it cool and you are ready to serve!
I recently watched a documentary series on Channel NewsAsia, “Facing Death”. It talks about the challenges critically ill patients and their caregivers face.
I could very much relate to all the stories mentioned. I saw shadows of myself within the show.
However one thing struck me the most. A consultant from Dover hospice said in her interview they need to let patients know they can feel sad, they have a right to do that. We try so hard to fight for happiness everyday, but have we forgotten sadness belongs to the other side of the coin. Everyone is trying hard to construct the ideal world of “happiness”, but what does it really mean to be happy? In the ideal world, we were told to share happiness, never sadness because it will make us look weak. Often we hear people say “never be judgemental”, but unfortunately we all start forming images in our heads with every little bit of information. We size people up. Unfortunately, it will never be a complete picture because we will never know the complete picture. It’s not about looking beyond what is apparent, it’s about moving beyond the apparent. (On a side note, recent campaign by MCI is about not being judgemental. I personally think it’s a meaningful campaign, and I hope it achieve good results in reminding people to have more empathy. You can look at the series of videos on their Facebook and YouTube page ➡gov. sg)
We watched the movie “Inside out”. We talked about sadness, we admired him. But has it really changed our lives?
It is sad to think that we have to deliberately remind ourselves it is okay for one to feel sad. There is always a cycle to everything in life, and they go up and down. Nothing will stay up there forever. Did the pursuit of “a happy world” made us lose the sense of empathy?
The best way to connect with people is to show empathy. And empathy is shown by accepting and acknowledging people for who they are. It can be as simple as telling someone “it’s okay, you can be unhappy.”
Life is an uphill. I walked. I climbed. I stumbled and fell. Covered in bruises, cut and bled.
I continue to walk, with injuries. Limping sometimes, but I try to move whatever inch I can. Remember the times you injure your knee, and you try to take the stairs with an abrasion.
It’s a long road ahead with no end. I can’t change the path I took in the past. No magical eraser can do that. I will continue to move forward.
I missed a step recently. I may be in pain recently, but I will survive.
Call me the badass.
I’m sorry for all the stress I’ve given you in the past month. I know I’ve been coughing non stop, and sometimes so hard. I also know the antibiotics were harsh on you, and made you worked so much harder.
Of all my organs, I think you guys work the hardest. I’ve never touched a single cigarette in my life, my biggest damage to you was the latent TB I’ve got 10 years ago. I’ve recovered, but I know both of you will never be the same again.
My face is flushed from all the coughing, and I know how horrible you must be feeling now.
I’m trying my best to stop the cough, seeing the doctor and taking my medicine diligently. But do give me some time as TCM takes a longer time to take effect. I hope you can understand and hang in there, believe me this will be over soon.
Mavis the human
How would you describe your 2015 with 1 word? I still can’t figure out mine.
It was rocky but I had learnt much from it. It made me a better person. My most recent trip to Yogyakarta also changed my life, which I will share the details in the travel series that I am currently writing.
And if you were to choose a word to wish for the life you want for 2016, what would it be?
Have a good 2016, blessed with good health and peace.
2015 happened in a flash, and we are now celebrating Christmas!
Thank you to all who loved me, and stayed by my side through all the good and bad times.
Merry Christmas to everyone! Stay healthy and smile!
For 10 secs, I nearly had a heart attack! I thought I lost my ipad, then I realised I left it in the cooking studio. I called the school, no one picked up. I tried to look for Rena’s phone number (my teacher tonight), only to realise I don’t have it. I wasn’t sure which other instructors are still in the studio, but I thought of Angie, so I called her. Thank goodness she was still there and found my ipad! Really thankful to her, and thankful to life. No matter how much bad things happen, there are still good things that we should be grateful for.
I had some issues with my OneDrive app on my iPad since couple of days ago, so I decided to send a feedback to them about 3 hours ago.
And barely 3 hours later, Microsoft OneDrive team wrote back to me to ask for further details to help me with the troubleshooting. They have impressed me, really efficient and professional!
I started using OneDrive a few months ago when I saw them offering 1TB of free storage. Upon futher exploration, I found out that using their app, I could make changes to my Microsoft documents on my iPad directly. To me this is very useful as I can create and edit documents on the fly, and then send it via email with just a click if necessary. I have connected my gmail to OneDrive, you do not need a microsoft email to set up your account. You can also connect your office email to Microsoft. If you are using the desktop version, you can also connnect your Skype account within Web Outlook. This definitely helps those who use Skype to communicate at work.
Minutes after I sent OneDrive team my reply with what happened exactly, they came back to me with a solution. That was really fast!
I followed their steps, and tadah! Everything is working now! These guys are so awesome.
I’ve tried so many cloud services before, and whenever it comes to technical help and troubleshooting, it has never been as smooth as what I have just experienced. Microsoft OneDrive is something I really strongly recommend. If you are looking for an alternative cloud storage, why not try OneDrive a chance?