Wednesday, October 7, 2015

小Panda Buns

Bookmarked this the moment I saw it. And what better motivation is when the house ran out of bread and I forgot to buy. Forced myself to bake them since I already bought the Heavy Cream yesterday. 

I wasnt quite sure if the steps in shaping the buns as a bit confused on the way the source guided me. So i jus shaped everything and let it go for 2nd proof. Haha~ And yes, i always cant shaped my animal buns well. Failed arts badly..

My 1st attempt. Soft and yummy buns but ugly Panda. My kids super likes it. Ok, that is enough to set me for a 2nd attempt.

I did it again the next day. Tis time i brush milk wash b4 putting on the eyes, ears & nose. It did stick well but still a bit distorted after baking. I think I need more practise.

And kiasu me, i use my Panda cutter and cut out 5 face for 'Just in case'... Wahahah. And i added Chocolate and cheese filling... 

My mistake for 1st bake: Baking tin not greased well enough so I had to pull out the buns 1 by 1 to cool on rack. But most important, it is well received by Hub & kids.

My mistake for 2nd bake: Still not greased well even though i really put lots of butter to grease it. My center roll bottom stick a bit lo. So difficult la. 

Panda Buns (adapted from HoneyBeeSweets
100ml Milk
85ml Heavy Cream
3 slices of Kraft Cheese
350g Bread Flour
1 Egg
40g Sugar
1/2tsp Salt
4g Yeast (original calls for 5g)
25g Butter, rm temp

1) Melt Milk, Heavy Cream & Cheese. I use microwave instead of stove top. 
I use 30sec interval and stir. Leave it to cool.
2) Put remaining ingredients, flour first then the rest at differenr corners of Breadmaker.
Let it knead the dough & proof the 1st time.
3) Once proof, take out dough and punch out air. Divide into 16x40g dough. 
4) Add 10g coco powder to remaining dough and knead til it becomes 1 colour well.
5) Roll and shaped 40g doughs into balls and place in greased tin.
Pinch out the ears, eyes & nose on estimation.
6) After 2nd proof, brush with milk and bake at 170deg for 30-35mins til it browned nicely.
7) Take out from oven and put on rack to cool. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Spicy Black Beans Fish Head (啊嬷爱吃的黑豆辣鱼头)

My grandma super love to eat this dish that I cooked for her. She tells me to try frying it that way when we bought the Whole Salmon during a promotion. Since then, she has been asking me occassionally to cook this dish for her.

Lately I have been buying this fish, not sure the english name but i know in dialect it is "Gim Mak Lor". Who can tell me the name ah?

I like to have this with a bowl of white rice, its gravy is nice and flavourful enough to go with the rice. Mmmm.... Sharing my simple recipe, try it one day!

Spicy Black Beans Fish Head
1 x Fish Head, chopped
Sliced Ginger
2Tbsp Black Beans
1 Red Chilli, sliced
1 Chilli Padi, sliced
1.5Tbsp Black Sauce
1Tbsp Sambal Chilli
1Cup Water (or add more if starts to dry up)

1) Wash and rinse fish head. Drain.
2) Sautee black beans, ginger, sambal chilli with sesame oil.
3) Add in chopped fish head and stir well. Add water and bring to boil. Simmer and continue to flip fish head to ensure that it is cook properly.
4) Add in black sauce and stir. Simmer for 15mins, add water bit by bit if dry up.
5) Once cooked, serve warm.