Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Sesame Seeds & Garlic Buns

Sigh! What shall we have for breakfast tomorrow? After browsing my recipes files, decided to bake these buns as I've all the ingredients on hand. I'd used corn oil in place of the butter called for in the "basic sweet bun dough".

My house was filled with the delicious aroma from the garlic bread...

Sesame Seeds & Garlic Buns (Make 8 buns)


1 qty "basic sweet bun dough"

For garlic mixture:

100g butter (softened), 5 pips garlic (finely chopped)

1/2 tbsp parsley (chopped), 1/2 tsp salt (I used spring onion i/o parsley)

For Topping:

100g white sesame seeds

For glazing:

1 egg (beaten)


1. To make garlic mixture: Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend well.

2. Leave the dough in a big bowl, covered with a damp cloth. Let it proof in a warm place for 30 minutes until double in size. Scale dough at 80g portions and shape into balls.

3. Leave them to rest for 10 minutes. Flatten and roll out each ball of dough into a long shape. Glaze with egg and coat surface with white sesame seeds.

4. Place them on a greased baking tray. Cover and proof for the 3rd rising, taking about 45 minutes. Slit top and spread in garlic mixture. Baked in a preheated oven at 180 deg C for 15-20 minutes till golden. Cool well on wire rack.


Recipe source: Bread Magic

Look at how my younger son enjoying his bread :))

Monday, January 14, 2008

Another Hot Dog Buns

This is my family's favourite bun. Made this countless times! :) Wanted to share with others that you can actually use corn oil in place of butter for bread (much healthier). This is my findings after trying with loaves and buns. I see no different in texture of the bread if corn oil is used.

Recipe as follows:
(Make 16 buns)

Ingredient A:
300g bread flour (I add abt 2 tbs more - add 1 tbs at a time)
1/2 tsp salt
1+1/2 tbsp milk powder
50g caster sugar

Ingredient B:
125ml water
1+1/2 tsp instant yeast
1 egg

Ingredient C:
40g butter (I use 40g corn oil)

For glazing:
1 egg (Beaten)

For filling
8 pieces chicken sausages/frankfurters (halved)
Some chilli sauce, some dried Rosemary (bottled) (I use tomato sauce)


1. To make bread dough: Combine ingredient A in a mixer and mix well. Add in ingredient B and beat till a dough is formed. Add in ingredient C and beat till dough is smooth and elastic to the touch.

2. Leave dough in a big bowl, covered with a damp cloth. Let it rise in a warm place for 35 minutes until double its original size. Divide dough into 35g portions. Flatten and roll out each portion dough into a longish shape. Place a halved sausage roll in the centre, roll up and seal. Arrange on a greased tray, well spaced apart. Cover and rest for the next 40 minutes until buns double in size once again.

3. Glaze with beaten egg wash and decorate with a spread of chilli sauce. Sprinkle some dried Rosemary on top. Bake buns in a preheated oven @ 180 deg C for 15 minutes. Cool well on a wire rack.

Recipe source: Bread Magic

While waiting for the buns to cool off, my sons asked for the buns. :)

Sunday, January 6, 2008

My first cookies

My very first cookies in my whole life! I'm not a cookie lover, but my family members are, especially my husband. These cookies are my "trial" preparation for our chinese new year ;)

After blog hopping here and there, decided to use this recipe from Florence-Do what I like. Was very sure my husband will like the feeling of "melt in your mouth" :) True enough, he liked it except that..... the coarse peanut was not crunchy enough!!! :( Next time round, I'll just omit this ingredient.

As it was my first time baking cookies, I didn't find it easy to use the bottlecap method. I simply round it and flatten them a bit, that's why they are of different shapes! haha ;)

Wonder why the cookies cracked like that? Was it consider overbaked? Was it the oven temp? or the oil wasn't enough? How to make them uniform shapes ? :(

Friday, January 4, 2008

Banana Cake

Had been very busy for the past few days as my eldest son just started his primary school education. I basically ran up an down: sending him to school, went to the school again to observe the buddy system and fetching him home. Very tiring :(

He's in the afternoon session. For the first 3 days: all P1 students begin their lessons at 2.00 pm and end at 5.00 pm; during their recess, parents are allowed in the school to observe the buddy system. The buddy system works in such a way whereby all P1 students are paired with a P2 student during the recess to help them to buy food, showing them around, and "stick" to them at all times! Luckily, my boy's buddy was very responsible, according to my observation :)

Trying to clear my leftover bananas in my fridge and decided to bake a banana cake. After browsing my recipes file, I decided to use this recipe from here as I have all the ingredients on hand. Furthermore, it uses fresh milk instead of my normal bake using yogurt. Another good reason is: just whisk and stir, no need to use mixer :)

However, I added more mashed bananas than required (abt 375 gm total: including slices on top). I also add a teaspoon of vanilla powder as I simply love the smell of vanilla in my cake :)

My husband and sons love it! My eldest son even asked,"Mummy, can I bring this on Monday as my snack?" ;) I believe adding the "extras" mashed bananas help! The cake is moist and the sweetness is just right.

The next time I want to make banana cake this will be the recipe I'll turn to! :)