It has been some time since I baked anything because I can’t help but feel mildly irritated when my bread/cakes turn out “different” from what I expected. After doing some research, I’m convinced that I need to upgrade to a better oven. My current one blows hot air which results in uneven browning everytime. Till then, I shall just stick to baking bread for breakfast. (And I also resolve to make more constructive notes along the way so that I can improve, hopefully.)
I came across this Youtube video of a Hong Kong chef making some bread using the water roux (汤种) method. I have tried so many variations of this method that I have lost count. No harm trying this.
40g brown sugar
100g bread flour
- Heat up the water and milk. Stir in the brown sugar until dissolved.
- Turn off the heat and stir in the bread flour until combined. Leave aside to cool.
15g milk powder
110g bread flour
- Combine all the ingredients except the butter. I use my KA mixer on speed 4 for about 20 minutes until it becomes dough-like.
- Add the butter. Mix for another 10 minutes.
- Shape the dough and let it proof for 1 hour.
- Flour the working countertop as the dough is quite sticky but still workable. Punch the inflated dough down. I divided the dough into 6 portions. Let them proof for 10-15minutes.
- Shape the buns and let them proof for another 30-40 minutes.
- Brush the buns with egg wash, and bake in preheated oven at 180°C for 15 minutes.
I think I can work on this recipe. The buns turn out soft and fluffy, though they were of uneven size and colour – proven handmade, hehe…) But I find it a bit sweet, so I will probably reduce the sugar and honey, and also add another 20g of flour as I find the dough a bit too sticky.
Yeah, breakfast is settled for tomorrow.
Homemade tiramisu for dessert! I hope it tastes good!
This is my 1st attempt at a Tiramisu cake. Quite disappointed with the cake as it turned out too dry! Not using that recipe (from a cook book!) again! Sometimes, online recipes work better as you can read other people’s comments after they have tried the recipes.
But the taste is quite alright. Coffee, chocolate and a hint of liquor. (I used some ameratto dessert sauce since I don’t have any rum or kahlua) And some crushed oreo that I pat on the sides in an attempt to “decorate”, or rather, hide the flaws.
Practice practice practice. I shall try this again soon.