Besides being swamped with handling the payroll at work on the first day of every month, I like to do a little what i call “blog event browsing”
It’s the time of the month where i poke my nosey nose at the various blogs that’s hosting some of my favourite blog events.
So, the theme of this month’s Little Thumbs Up is Soya Bean
And since Mich, the host, was kind enough to open this event to dishes with at least 2 tsp of soy sauce. Our breakfast of DIY Rice Noodles automatically qualified as they were practically swimming in soy sauce!
The rice rolls came out so silky soft that i decided that they were fitting for my 14 month toddler with +- 8 teeth.
Her version was drenched with carrots, corn and some bone broth.
So here goes!
Homemade Rice Rolls
Makes about 5 rolls
40 grams rice flour
1/2 tbs cornstarch
1/2 tbs wheat starch
1/2 tbs cooking oil
pinch of salt
Sift the rice flour, corn starch, wheat starch and salt into a large bowl
Gradually, while whisking, pour the water into the flour, making sure that there is no lump.
Add the oil and set aside for 30 minutes
Place an oiled tray into a steamer. When the water in the steamer has come to a boil, Give the batter a good stir and ladle a think layer of batter into the oiled tray.
Cover and steam on high heat for 5 minutes.
Remove tray from steamer, let cool.
Using a spatula, carefully lift one edge of the cooked rice roll and roll it up into a cylinder.
Continue to steam the rest of the batter until it is used up.
Soy Sauce dressing
1 TBS oil
4 slices of ginger
2 TBS sugar
50 ml of soy sauce
50 ml water
Heat the oil, ginger and sugar till the sugar turns syrupy. Add the water and the soy sauce. Let the mixture come to a boil
To serve. Place the rice rolls onto a plate and ladle the soy sauce dressing over it.
What strikes me the most about Nigella Lawson is her beauty.
It’s almost a pity that she is hosting a cooking show instead of starring in a blockbuster movie. What a waste of pretty face, me thinks.
After watching numerous episodes of her show, I’ve come to conclude that Nigella’s style of cooking comes with a careless wanton. She is not very rigid on her measurements. It’s always a “drizzle of this” or a “handful of that”. That doesn’t sit well with me. My sense of estimation is tragically useless.
Thankfully, someone was able to convert her recipes into teaspoons, tablespoons and cups. Precise instructions are my bedrock. Without it, I am just a piece of wood drifting about cluelessly in the world of culinary.
What made this pudding stand out is the use of croissant instead of the common stale bread. This made a very soft, melt-in-your-mouth pudding texture which you barely have to chew.
So, grab a spoon and dig in!
Recipe taken from Food Network.
Caramel Croissant Pudding
2 stale croissants
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons water
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons bourbon
1/2 cup whole milk
2 eggs, beaten
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Tear the croissants into pieces and put in a small gratin dish; I use a cast iron oval with a capacity of about 500ml/ 2 cups for this.
Put the sugar and water into a saucepan, and swirl around to help dissolve the sugar before putting the saucepan on the hob over medium to high heat. Caramelize the sugar and water mixture by letting it bubble away until it all turns a deep amber colour; this will take 3 to 5 minutes. Keep looking but don’t be too timid.
Take the pan off the heat and add the cream – ignoring all spluttering – followed by the bourbon and milk. Whisk to mix, then still whisking add the beaten eggs. Pour this quickly over the croissants and leave to steep for 10 minutes.
Place in the preheated oven for 20 minutes and prepare to swoon.
I’ve never really known how to spell “cinnamon”. I always get confused with double ‘N’s or double ‘M’s, or double both.
What i always do is, i type them in and try the different combinations till the red wriggly line, which signify a spelling error is gone. That’s on good days. Sometimes, i don’t even bother. Who cares if i spell “cinammon” wrong? I am pretty sure everyone still knows i am referring to that bark of a spice.
Nevertheless, here’s a cinnamon (Ha! I got it right @ first try) French Toast with Red Berry Sauce. I decided to make this because :
1. I’ve just made a loaf of sandwich bread, which means i could cut them up as thick as desired.
2. I’ve got spare berries lurking about in the fridge
The selected star for the month of July is Curtis Stone. I know him from watching snippets of “take home chef” whereby he surprises his guests going into their homes and cooking for them.
So, here’s your “berry” delicious toast Curtis. Enjoy the month of July where everyone will be flocking to your site to join the event. 😉
Red Berry Sauce
1 6-ounce/170g package fresh blueberries
1 6-ounce/170g package fresh raspberries
1 4.4-ounce/125g package fresh blackberries
3/4 cup/180ml sugar
6 large eggs
4 1/2-inch-thick slices brioche bread, halved diagonally
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/3 cup crème fraîche
Assorted fresh berries
- To prepare the red berry sauce: Combine all the berries and sugar in a blender and puree until smooth.
- Strain the berry puree through a fine sieve, discarding the seeds, and into a small saucepan.
- Place the saucepan over medium-low heat and simmer for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Remove from the heat and keep warm while preparing the French toast.
- To prepare the French toast: Using a fork, beat the eggs in a 13×9 baking dish to blend. Place the slices of brioche in the eggs and let stand for 5 minutes, or until the eggs are absorbed, turning the brioche slices once.
- Melt the butter on a heavy large griddle pan over medium heat.
- Add the brioche slices to the hot pan and cook for about 2 minutes per side, or until golden brown on the outside and heated through.
- Meanwhile, stir the sugar and cinnamon on a large plate; set aside. Immediately place the hot French toast in the cinnamon-sugar and turn to coat completely.
- Divide the French toast among 4 serving plates.
- Top with a dollop of crème fraîche. Spoon the berry puree over the French toast.
- Scatter the fresh berries over and serve immediately.
After all the sourdough recipes you had to put up with, I am glad to say that the sourdough adventure is almost coming to an end.
You see, my previous recipes were all recipes that didn’t require the lifting powers of the yeast thriving in the sourdough starter. Items such as brownies, muffins, pancakes, waffles all had either baking powder or baking soda in them that did the lifting. The sourdough starter was superfluous at the very best. It’s just there to add flavour, or as a means to use up all the sourdough discard that came with each sourdough feeding.
Last night however, i put my sourdough starter to its ultimate test. I baked a bread with it.
Unlike instant yeast which probably takes two hours to proof, i had to let it sit for about three hours for its first proofing, and another 5 hours for its final proofing.
Nevertheless, I am pretty happy with the result. The bread came out sufficiently soft with that sour twang that trademark sour twang that comes with sourdough bread! I can’t believe i just baked a bread with yeast that i grew in my own kitchen!
Sourdough Sandwich Bread
Slightly modified from “Rahasia Membuat Roti Sehat & Lezat Ragi Alami” by Sangjin Ko
375 grams Bread Flour
180 grams sourdough starter
7 grams salt
37 grams sugar
165 grams water
30 ml milk
45 grams butter
In a bowl, mix the flour, salt, sugar and sourdough starter. Make a hole in the middle and pour the water and milk into it. Mix well. Transfer the batter onto a table top that has been dusted with flour. Add the butter, and knead till is elastic and stops being sticky.
Shape the dough into a bowl. Cover and let to proof at room temperature till it doubles in size (3 hours).
Punch the dough down to let out excess air. Divide dough into 2. Cover with plastic and let rest for another 30 minutes.
Grease you S\sandwich tin with butter. Preheat oven to 200 degree celcius.
Take one of the dough, flatten it and roll it up like a swill roll. Place the dough onto the sandwich tin.
Let the dough proof for another 2 hours (i left mine to proof for 5 hours).
Bake the dough at 180 degree clecius, for about 30 minutes till the tops get crusty and golden brown.
Please bear with me as i yet again put up another sourdough recipe.
This time, i used my sourdough discard to make chocolate chip muffins.
The sourdough here acts as an acidic base for the baking soda, which made the muffins get an extra “oomph” while rising in the oven.
As always with muffins, i was extra generous with my chocolate chips. I loved picking the chips with my fingers when i eat my muffins.
Taste wise, i couldnt really taste the sour twang of the sourdough starter. Neither did Mr.Crustabakes… I know this because he didn’t complain. You see, Mr. Crustabakes isn’t a big fan of sourdough related items. He thinks they are stinky and rotting. Little did he know that he just scarfed a whole muffin of sourdough. Ha!
Sourdough chocolate chips muffins
Yields about 8 muffins
Adapted from Sourdoughhome.com
- 1 C “discarded” sourdough starter
- 1 C All Purpose flour (sift flour prior to measuring)
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 C oil
- 1/2 C sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ~1/2 C chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 425F.
Combine dry ingredients in small bowl. Stir in chocolate chips. Combine wet ingredients in medium bowl. Add dry ingredients to wet ones.
Line your muffin tins with cupcake wrappers. Mix the wet and dry ingredients quickly and spoon into your muffin cups.
Bake at 425 for about 20 minutes.
U know those little packets of living organisms that you use to make breads? The one that spring to action when it is watered? The one responsible for making your bread expand and rise?
Well, i’ve been trying to grow my own packet of them.
Yup, I’ve been trying to grow my own natural yeast.
I’ve prowled all over internet sites and books.
I’ve joined a facebook group called the “natural homemade bread” club. I’ve asked for opinions, advise, guides from the experts in that group. And I must genuinely thank these people for offering me needed instructions and solutions to caring for my yeast.
So, a little bit about natural yeast, from my short lived “research”….
Natural yeast is a tiny organism. It exists around us. You can find them clinging on the surfaces of fruits, or even on the surface of flour particles.
By soaking your fruits/flour in water, you are giving a media for these little yeast to grow. These yeast feed on starch molecules. Be it the flour or sugar.
So like a pet, you are supposed to feed and water them at intervals to make sure they have enough water and food to thrive.
However, before you feed them, you are supposed to throw away a good portion of it to make sure the yeast population is controlled, and there is enough food and water for the remaining yeast that you did not discard.
The thought of discarding this yeast bothers me. They were afterall good yeast, which I had cared, fed and looked after.
So again, I prowled the internet for recipes which use discard yeast.
So here I am with my first post on a waffle recipe using discarded yeast.
A sourdough waffle.
One of the most flavorful waffle I’ve ever tasted.
Like its name would suggest, these waffles have a slight twang of sourness to it. Just like how sourdough breads are.
These waffles were so good, I didnt really need any kind of topping to eat them with. Maybe just a slight dusting of icing sugar
It really depends on personal preference though.
Mr. Crustabakes on the other hand wasn’t too crazy over these sourdough waffle.
But with maple syrup, he managed to scarf down two slices without any complaints though.
With this yeast project in hand, I foresee myself posting more discard yeast recipes. I wish I could interest everyone into growing their own yeast. Because not only is it healthier, but it is also easier on the digestive system…
But if all these yeasty things arent your thing, please do bear with me…
For instructions on how to grow your own yeast, you can refer to King Arthur Flour’s website HERE
Sourdough discard Waffles
Recipe taken from King Arthur Flour
- 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 cups buttermilk (I used 2 cups of milk mixed with 2 cups of lemon juice)
- 1 cup sourdough starter, unfed
Waffle or pancake batter
- all of the overnight sponge
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil or melted butter
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
1) To make the overnight sponge, stir down your refrigerated starter, and remove 1 cup.
2) In a large mixing bowl, stir together the 1 cup starter, flour, sugar, and buttermilk.
3) Cover and let rest at room temperature overnight.
4) In a small bowl or mixing cup, beat together the eggs, and oil or butter. Add to the overnight sponge.
5) Add the salt and baking soda, stirring to combine. The batter will bubble.
6) Pour batter onto your preheated, greased waffle iron, and bake according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
7) Serve waffles immediately, to ensure crispness. Or hold in a warm oven till ready to serve.
Lots of cakes out there claim to be sugar free.
But they are laden with synthetic sugar.
I’ve seen cakes that claim to be refined sugar free.
But they are laden with a whole party of unrefined sugar.
This cake however is wholly Sugar Free.
It relies wholly on bananas and raisins to its sweetness.
Perfect for my 10 month old baby Crusta.
Yup, she is still not allowed sugar. Refined, or not refined.
My poor baby.
So till you hit your 12 month mark,
and are finally allowed a moderate amount of sugar
here is something to tide you over.
Sugar Free Banana Bread with Raisins
Makes 2 large muffins
20 grams organic raisins, chopped
40 grams boiling water
40 grams whole wheat flour
12 grams All purpose flour
1/4 tsp organic/natural baking powder
28 grams olive oil
125 grams (about 1) banana
1 egg yolk
Pour the boiling water onto the chopped raisins, set aside for half hour
preheat oven to 180 degree celcius, Grease and line the muffin tins.
Sift whole wheat, all purpose flour with the baking powder.
Drain the raisins, reserving the liquid.
Put the olive oil, banana and 12 grams of the steeped raisin water in a food processor. Process till smooth.
Pour the processed banana mixture onto the flour mixture and mix till well combined.
Add the chopped raisins and pour the batter onto awaiting muffin tins.