When you work on something that you’re passionate about, then you automatically start relating everyday life to it as well. The same happened with me yesterday as I was chatting with my niece who was telling me about new braided hairstyles in fashion. And during our chat, I started thinking about how cool it would be if I could braid something in baking as well! That reminded me about a ‘Braided Bread’ recipe I had been meaning to try for a long time. Finally got around to doing that today and trust me it’s not as hard and complicated as it seems. The only challenging part for me was to hold the camera in one hand and braid with the other in order to get step-by-step pics to make it easier to understand! :). The result is a wonderfully soft and flavoursome bread. So make sure you practice this lots, as not only is it a creative way to present bread, but is also the first of many such bread tutorials on The Bakealogue 🙂 ….
Braided Bread Ring
Bread Flour: 3 cups
Unsalted Butter: 1 tbsp
Sugar: 1 tbsp
Active Yeast: 1 tsp
Milk: 1/2 cup
Warm Water: 1/2 cup
Garlic Butter: as required to brush on top
In a bowl, add the warm water, yeast and sugar. Allow to sit for a few minutes.
Add the milk and unsalted butter to the above and mix.
Add the bread flour a little at a time and continue to mix until it forms a dough like mixture.
Depending on the size of the ring you want, form dough balls.
Braid your bread as follows: Read the rest of this entry
Today is going to be a good day! Not only are your kids going to drink milk in seconds, but you are also going to end up having some(it’s time to start taking care of yourself too!), and there won’t even be any extra glasses or cups to wash afterwards!! How cool is that?!? Now lemme explain how … I discovered an amazing recipe for ‘Milk & Cookie Shots’ over the weekend! The cups you see, are actually edible Chocolate Chip Cookies shaped as cups (refer to the recipe below), lined on the inside with melted chocolate and topped with milk of your choice! Trust me, it’s a lot of fun to bake, and a very creative way if the hardest task on your daily to-do list is to drink milk or get others to do that! Oh by the way, the proper way to enjoy it is to take a small sip of milk first, followed by a small bite of the cookie cup, then another sip and so forth! And before you know it, you’ll be on your second cup of milk already! 😀 … Milk has never tasted so good before! 😀
Milk and Cookie Shots
Recipe as follows:
Serving: Makes approximately 12 cookie cups as shown in the pic
All Purpose Flour: 2 cups
Unsalted Butter (at room temperature): 200 grams
Caster Sugar: 1/3 cup
Dark Brown Sugar (packed): 1/2 cup
Egg Yolk: 1
Vanilla Essence: 1 tsp
Mini chocolate chips: 1 cup
Candy Melts (or I just used Aero Bubbles chocolate): as required
Sprinkles: to decorate Read the rest of this entry
It’s time to re-introduce the ‘In Your Kitchen‘ section on The Bakealogue. As this is a blog about sharing baking experiences therefore it is also a platform for you to showcase your baking talent! Every week, I’ll be promoting one of you as our ‘Baking Star’ along with a pic of what you’ve baked. All you have to do is email the dessert/savoury pic to firstname.lastname@example.org along with your name … and then just sit back,relax and enjoy your claim to fame! Have attached a slideshow of some of the previous entries for inspiration! Your turn now … look forward to seeing some of your work! 🙂
We all deserve a break sometimes, and if it has been a long and tiring day like today (I still have to cook :'() then it has to be topped up with a real chocolatey dessert such as the Mississippi Mud Pie …. Why it’s called that is beyond me but it did remind me of that episode from Friends where good ol’ Ross has a terrible fake tan experience while counting 1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi!! Hahaha remember that episode? Coming back to the dessert, it has a short crust pastry base, followed by a baked cocoa sponge filling in the centre … and as if that wasn’t chocolatey enough I went a step further and added chocolate ganache on top (will deal with the guilt later at the gym!). Time to get energised now, so will leave you with the recipe hoping you’re going to join my guilt club too … lol!
Mississippi Mud Pie
Ingredients for the Short Pastry Crust:
All Purpose Flour: 1 and 1/2 cup
Unsalted Butter (cold and cut in small cubes): 100 grams
Caster Sugar: 4 tbsp
Egg Yolk: 1
Chilled Water: 1- 2 tbsps
Ingredients for the Filling:
Unsalted Butter (at room temperature): 100 grams
Caster Sugar: 150 grams or 3/4 cups
All Purpose Flour: 4 tbsp
Egg Yolks: 3
Cocoa Powder: 4 tbsp
Vanilla Essence: 1 tsp Read the rest of this entry
Ask me if I’ve had my ‘5-A-Day’ and I’ll normally be guilty of saying no … but serve me fruit like this and the answer will be hell yea! 🙂 … Today’s recipe of Fruit Pizza has a cookie crust dough as the base, topped with cold whipped cream and fruit of your choice on the top. This would make a great dessert item for your next party and something different as well! Baking this today reminded me of my London days and 2 colleagues in particular as they were quite fond of fruit during lunch hour while I used to happily munch away some Doritos! So Sally and Rachel, if you’re reading this, then look, i’m having my ‘5-A-Day’ too now … haha!
On another happy note, it was a proud moment for The Bakealogue over the weekend as it reached the 500 Likes milestone on Facebook! Thank you, thank you, and thank you everyone for your support as this blog wouldn’t have been possible without your constant feedback and encouragement! 🙂 … if you haven’t joined The Bakealogue on Facebook yet, then it’s never too late .. the link is www.facebook.com/bakealogue …. hope to see you there too! 🙂
Right, that’s enough of my Oscar speech for today, time to head over to the recipe now ….
Ingredients for the Cookie Crust Dough:
All Purpose Flour: 1 and 1/2 cups
Unsalted butter (at room temperature): 1/2 cup or 113 grams
Caster Sugar: 3/4 cups
Egg (large): 1
Vanilla Essence: 1 tsp
Baking Powder: 1 tsp
Bicarbonate Soda: 1/2 tsp
Corn Flour/Corn Starch: 1 tsp Read the rest of this entry
My idea of a perfect weekend? It’s the one where I can put my feet up and enjoy a nice cup of tea with some baked delicacy and a good book to read! And todays snap will tell you that’s exactly what I’ve planned for today! 🙂 … This delicious and moist Banana Bread makes a great breakfast item and is the perfect way to use those over-riped banana’s which often leave us clueless! The recipe is really quick to put together, so you won’t be spending too much time in the kitchen either! 😉 By the way, if you are out of reading options, then you should get this book “What would Mary Berry Do?” by Claire Sandy … it is such a good laugh, and if you bake then you would be able to relate to it recalling all those disastrous baking attempts we’ve all had at some point! So on that happy note, time for me to sign off and enjoy the weekend! Hope you have a great one too! 🙂
All Purpose Flour: 180 grams
Unsalted Butter (melted): 80 grams
Brown Sugar: 200 grams
Bicarbonate Soda: 1 tsp
Ripe Banana’s (standard size): 2
Vanilla Essence: 1 tsp
Egg: 1 Read the rest of this entry
How was your mini-break then? Finally got time to have a proper catch up with my friends over coffee yesterday … as Dubai is overflowing with tourists these days we were avoiding the shopping mall at all costs and were on the lookout for a nice quiet place … so our choice of venue yesterday was Pantry Cafe located in Wasl Square, Dubai. As soon as I stepped inside, I knew it was totally my kind of place as I love cafe’s which have a lot of personality to it! We were greeted by friendly staff, and handed mini iPads as the menu (what a great idea in this fast-paced world!). Whether you choose to have breakfast, brunch, or just simple desserts, the Cafe has something for everyone. I went for the Apple Crumble dessert, which was quite good and not too sweet. But the part about the Cafe which I liked the most was the kitchen gift items on display. There were a lot of cute yet useful items to choose from such as baking sets, colourful mugs, and a lot more (refer to the shelves pic to see the variety!). The overall ambience was the biggest selling point for me, and though I only had dessert this time, would definitely be going back again to try out their breakfast! So if you happen to be in Dubai and are tired of meeting up in malls, then you might want to consider Pantry Cafe …
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