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|Tuesday, 6-Feb-2007 09:13
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It's Wednesday and I just got the greatest news from my sis!
My long-awaited niece is finally here!!
She's a healthy 3.3kg baby girl and was born around 6:50pm.. can't wait for my sister to send me pictures of my little niece yessss....now i can buy those cute little pink booties and skirts for her!
and oh yeah..now Zairul has a birthday-mate in the family ( and to think that if my little niece came out on Friday then it she would've been MY birthday-mate!
And to my Honey dearest, HAPPY 27TH BIRTHDAY!!! I'm sorry we can't celebrate just yet (due to my exams and him having to submit his thesis on Friday) but let's go out and have a doubly celebration on Friday night okay!
Anyways, since I can't really look at my books just yet ( i'm taking a half-hour break ), so I thought why not post the recipe for the white loaf I made last Monday.. it's really easy and the taste is..oh me oh my!
Here they call it the 'Hotel Bread', but really it's just a plain white loaf. But I guess because of the amount of butter used in this is rather luscious, made them call this bread 'Hotel Bread'..if you buy them at bakeries, one big loaf can easily cost you about 480yen. That's nearly RM15 in Msia! So, last Monday I decided to bake my own..
200 g bread flour
6 g powdered milk
1/2 tsp salt
4 g instant dry yeast
15 g sugar
10 g butter
20 g egg ( or try using a whole small egg )
120 ml warm water
How to make:
1. Dissolve yeast and a portion of the sugar into the warm water and let it sit for about 5 mins or until bubbly.
2. Meanwhile, mix together flour, powdered milk, salt, remaining sugar and butter. Pour in the liquid and egg into the dry ingredients. NOTE: Dough will be rather sticky at first.
3. Knead until the dough is smooth and elastic. (See picture)
The dough should be soft and pliable. If your dough is hard, add a bit more liquid to it.
4. Leave to proof the first time for about 45 mins or until doubled. After that punch out gas gently and divide the dough to 5 equal portions and leave the dough to reat for about 10 mins.
5. Make a ball from the dough, roll it out thin, and roll it back in like making a swiss roll. Place each portions in well buttered bread tin ( I used a regular pound cake tin) and leave to proof the second time.
6. When the dough has risen about 3/4 the height of the tin, using a kitchen scissors, cut the middle part of the surface for each portions.( see picture )
Leave to proof for another 10 mins.
7. Lastly, cut out thin slices of butter and place on top of the dough, in the middle( see picture )
Bake in a preheated oven of 180 deg.NOTE: The butter from the surface tends to drip all over the place so make sure you have something under the tin when you bake it in the oven.
Pictures and recipe courtesy of Rakuten's Recipes
EXTRA NOTE: I didn't use my mixer to knead the dough this time. it was all HAND! And I must say the bread taste a lot nicer!
The end result is totally satisfying Make it into sandwiches, eat it with soup or last night's curry..this bread goes with anything! And I just love the taste if this bread, TOASTED! Yum Yum Yum all the way........
Well, my half-hour break is almost finish, so I guess that's it for now. Yesss... 2 more days to go and I'm freeeeeeeeee as a bird!!
Enjoy the picture of the egg sandwich I have up there!
Just got my sister's email..got a picture of my niece. So ladies and gentleman, this is
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