March 2008


“Push, fold, turn! Push, fold, turn!” That’s the “slogan” that’s in my head the whole afternoon.

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After the macarons attempt, I went on with making bread in the afternoon. Initially, I wanted to start from scratch and was thinking of making some sausage buns but I don’t think sneezing and kneading at the same time is a good idea. In the end, I chose to make this wholemeal bread as it seems pretty easy. However, my bread did not turn out as good as Happy Homebaker’s. I believe my yeast has expired or died since it’s an open pack hence my bread did not rise as high, in fact it was pretty small. I also did a horrible job with the slit hence I shall spare you guys from the ugly pictures. Anyhow, I’ll definitely attempt the bread again!

I thought I have all the time to bake during the holiday but I was wrong. I was stucked in school every day last week due to some programme I’m involved with. Then, I fell sick and couldn’t do any baking for the past few days. I’m still down with the flu virus but am already itching to bake. The fridge is only left with one egg so needless to say, what’s going into the oven is macarons.

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I know I’ve bought a new cook book about bread and I should be using it and not make it a white elephant BUT, it seems that there’s so many “distractions” on the net with wonderful recipes. So it’s not exactly my fault that the lovely book is lying on the table hibernating, isn’t it? My theory is, since I’ve already owned the book, the recipes will always be there so, it can wait a little while before I focus my attention on them. Hee

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I’ve always thought that cream cheese is only used for making cheesecakes or mainly desert dishes. Through reading some cookbooks, I learned that cream cheese is used in short crust pastry for tarts as well. Little did I know that cream cheese can also be used in bread, this is such a surprising news to me!

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Since I was quite addicted to bread making, I was thinking of getting a cook book about bread. I have a few books on my mind but finally settle on The World of Bread by Alex Goh because of its affordability and pretty good reviews heard. Looking forward to making more breads with the new friend!

When I told my friend that I’m intending to attempt bread making, my friend laughed and said, “wouldn’t it be easier if I just buy from the bakery instead?” I simply answer that it’s more challenging to make my own bread.

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