White Leaven Bread

Thursday, February 26, 2009

The cultured yeast together with lactic bacteria create a distinctive, sour taste to the crumb. The recipe adapted from The Handmade Loaf by Dan Lepard . I used rye and white leavens to make this bread while the original one used just white leaven.
  1. In a large bowl, whisk the rye, white leavens with the water. Add the flour and salt, and stir together with your hands until you have a soft, sticky mass. The dough temperature should be about 20C/68F. Cover the bowl and leave for 10 minutes.
  2. Knead the dough on a lightly oiled work-surface for 10-15 seconds. Shape the dough into a ball. Grease the bowl lightly with oil and place in the dough ball. Cover and leave for 10 minutes. Knead the dough again for 10-15 seconds, shape into a ball, and then place the dough back in the bowl. Cover and leave for 30 minutes.
  3. Knead the dough one more time, shape into a ball and then place the dough back in the ball. Cover and leave for 1 hour. Repeat one more time. Knead the dough into a ball and leave for 2 hours covered in the bowl.
  4. Divide the dough into two pieces, each roughly 500 grams. Shape each piece into a ball, cover and leave for 15 minutes. Dust two linen-lined baskets or two bowls lined with kitchen towels. Shape the dough once more into balls and the place each seam side up in the prepared baskets or bowls. Cover and leave at the room temperature until almost doubled in height, about 4 hours.
  5. Preheat the oven to 220C/425F. Dust a baking tray with semolina. Upturn the loaves onto the tray and slash the top of the dough and bake for 50-70 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
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Honey Rose Tea

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The tea has a natural rosy taste and aroma, as I infuse the Earl-Grey with real dried rose buds, which makes the tea very refreshing and enjoyable. According to the TCM, rosebuds help aiding circulation and reducing tension.

  • 1 bag Earl Grey tea
  • 3-5 g Rose petal
  • Some honey
  1. Place tea bag and rose petals in a tea pot. Pour in some boiled water and sweeten with some honey.

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Grissini-Rosemary Pepper Breadsticks

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Those pencil-sized breadsticks, known as "Grissini" in Italy, are dried, crispy and easy to make!

  • 160 ml Milk
  • 1/2 tbsp Dried chives
  • 1/2 tsp Dried rosemary
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
  1. Combine milk, chives, rosemary, salt, pepper and baking powder in large bowl. Mix well. Stir in flours, mix until blended. Turn onto floured surface and knead dough about 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic, adding more flour if dough is sticky. Cover and let stand 30 minutes at room temperature.
  2. Preheat oven to 190C/375F. Grease baking sheet. Divide dough into 12 balls, about 31 grams each. Roll each ball into long thin rope. place on prepared baking sheet. Lightly brush bread-sticks with salad oil. Bake about 12 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown. Turn bread-sticks over and bake about 10 minutes more or until golden brown.

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Kung Pao Prawns

Saturday, February 21, 2009

A seafood version of traditional "Kung Pao" chicken. Instead of chicken, I used shelled prawns as the primary ingredient.
The classic "kung Pao" dish is named after a late Qing Dynasty official(Ding Baozhen), whose title was "Kung Pao/宮保" (palatial guardian in English).
  • 1/2 tbsp Dark soya sauce
  • 1 tsp Jiafan rice wine
  • 1/2 tsp Mined garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Sesame oilangiesrecipes
  • 1/3 tsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1/2 tbsp Water
  1. Rinse the shelled shrimps and wipe dry. Mix with marinade and set aside for 30 minutes. In a small bowl, place all the ingredients for the sauce and mix well.
  2. Heat some oil in wok to 205C/400F. Add marinated shrimps and cook until the colour has turned to pink. Pour off all but one tablespoon of the oil and reheat the wok.
  3. Stir in chillies, peppercorns and spring onion chunks until fragrant. Return the shrimps to the wok. Stir briefly and add in sauce mixture. Cook until the sauce has thickened. Sprinkle the nuts over and toss briefly. Transfer them to a serving dish.
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Hokkaido Milky Loaf & Buns

Thursday, February 19, 2009

  1. Place all other ingredients, except butter, in the mixing bowl with a dough hook and stir over the low speed until the ingredients incorporate. Adjust speed to medium and continue to beat. When a dough ball starts to form, cut in the butter. Low down the speed to knead until the butter has blended into the dough. Increase the speed to medium again and knead until the dough has become very smooth and elastic.
  2. Shape the dough into a ball and transfer into a large greased mixing bowl. Roll it around so the dough gets coated with oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or damp cloth. Let rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour. Punch down the dough to release the gas produced during the proof and divide it into 3 even portions, each about 240 grams. Round up and let rest for 15 minutes.
  3. Press out the gas of each dough and roll out into an oval shape. Fold it into thirds, overlapping them in the center, press the dough down firmly. Turn over and roll out into a 30-cm long strip. Turn over and roll up each to a column shape. Or you can divide the dough into 12 portions and shape each into a ball. Place them in a 30x11x8-cm loaf pan. Let the dough rise up to 2/3 full. Lightly brush with egg wash and bake in a preheated 170C/340F oven for 30-35 minutes.
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Seaweed Soda Crackers

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

  • 100 g German #405 flour
  • 1/5 tsp Baking soda
  • 20 g Icing sugar
  • 1/3 tsp Salt
  • 35 g Shortening
  • 1 Egg white
  • 3 g Dried seaweed,angiesrecipes ripped off
  1. Preheat the oven to 175C/350F. Mix the flour, baking soda, icing sugar and salt together in a mixing bowl. Rub shortening into dry ingredients until mixture looks like loose crumbs. Add in egg white and combine briefly. Add in the dried seaweed and blend all the ingredients together with your hand.
  2. Place the dough between two sheets of plastic film, and roll it out into a rectangle, about 2mm thick. Divide it into 24 equal rectangles and prick the tops with a fork. Then use the back of a knife to make two vertical marks on the surface. Lightly brush them with egg white and then bake in the center of hot oven for 25 minutes.
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Herb Cheese Cookie Balls

Sunday, February 15, 2009

This is a wonderful mix of herbs, garlic and grating cheese formed into a ball (and pressed down with a fork if desired). You can't go wrong with this recipe.
  1. Line a baking tray with paper. Preheat the oven to 175C/350F. Sift the flour into a medium bowl. Cut in the chilled butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  2. Add in the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Shape dough into balls using 1 teaspoonful for each. Makes approximately 27 balls. Alternatively use a fork to press the cheese balls create a pretty cross-hatching pattern on the cookies. Place them in the lined baking tray and bake in the hot oven for 15 minutes until lightly golden. Remove and cool on a rack.
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