Sunday, July 13, 2014

Fresh Milk Loaf, super soft.

My family got tired of eating bread from the bread maker, so I have to urgently think of new ideas of what to bake before they even mention buying a loaf of Gradenia bread. I really do not want them to eat bread with full of artifical commercial chemicals in in.

Well, just in time, I saw some bloggers sharing the Hokkaido Milk Bread recipe and in Youtube as well. But lazy as can be, both recipes were the hand kneaded kind, am I going to hand knead? No way definitely. I do not plan to dump the ingredients into the bread machine because it will come out the same shape and my family members are bound to complain again. So, I have to dump the ingredients into the mixer with a dough hook of course.

The mixer can well knead the bread dough till the 'window pane stage', no problem. Well, I am really glad I am born into the convenience of machines era. What am I going to do without my gadgets? I simply love all my gadgets, as long as they can help me reduce my workload, I will continue to use them.

I sort of combined the two recipes I found and adapted from there. I reduced the sugar level because I don't really like my bread so sweet. I also skipped quite a few steps being the lazy me. It turned out fluffy and soft. I used my new bread mould that I just bought to give me that 'Gardenia' look. I like the cube like look of the bread mould, it reminds me of my Montessori Pink Tower, which is exactly  a 10 cm CUBE.

I will not call it Hokkaido Milk Bread because I just used ordinary fresh milk, not Hokkaido Milk to bake this bread. I am not about to go all the way to Meidiya Supermarket to buy just a packet of exorbitant priced milk to bake some bread.

This bread is very good and tasty and I can eat it plain. Or better yet, I spread the bread with my favourite Echire butter.

Recipe was adapted from &

Using 2 of 10 cm x 10 cm x 10cm bread mould or pullman tin with cover, 200 C oven, 30 minutes.

Fresh Milk Loaf


260g bread flour
20g cake flour
1/2  tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp honey
1 tsp condensed milk
1 tsp yeast
Half a beaten egg
120 ml fresh milk
60 ml cream

30g softened butter

1. Put all the ingredients except the butter into the mixer with a dough hook and mix it well at low speed and increase to medium speed when all the dry ingredients have come together.

2. It will appear to be a very wet dough at first. But do not be tempted to add in more bread flour.
Be patient, kneading bread dough takes time.

3. It will come together and eventually be a nice smooth dough. Please stand nearby the mixer when you are kneading bread dough to make sure the machine does not move over the edge of the counter.

4. Touch the dough to test that it is no longer sticky, now you can incorporate the butter in.

5. Let the dough hook slap the butter around. Knead till the 'window pane' or 'membrane' stage. It is ready when the dough reaches this stage. It means when you grab a little of the dough between your fingers and stretch it till it is almost trnslucent and it does not tear easily. It does take time to reach this stage.

6. Oil a big clean bowl and store the dough in it, cover with cling wrap and let it proof till double in size for about an hour or so.

7. After it has doubled in size, transfer the dough onto the counter or worktop and punch out all the air.
 8. Weigh the dough and divide the dough into two equal portions.

9. Tug the ends of the dough into two round balls.

10. Put it back into the big bowl, cover with the cling wrap to rest for just 15 minutes.

11. After that, take out one portion, roll it out flat with a rolling pin into a rectangle.

12. Now fold the two of 'length sides' in to meet in the middle, resulting into a narrower rectangle.

13. Use the rolling pin, roll it flat again, now becoming a longer rectangular strip.

14. At this stage, roll up the dough with your hands into a rounded roll just like a swiss roll.

Please go to for demo.

15. Put the rolled up dough into the bread mould. Do likewise with the other portion.
If you have a 20 cm x10 cm x 10 cm mould, put the rolled up dough side by side.

16. Cover with cling wrap, put it aside to proof till dough is about 80% to 85% full almost reaching the top of the mould. (leaving about 1 cm of the rim). It takes about an hour or so. You can speed things up by putting the pullman tins in the microwave oven with a glass of hot water beside them to heat up the environment.

17. 15 minutes before, heat up the oven to 200C.

18. When it has proven enough, cover the tins or moulds with the lid and bake for approximately 30 to 35 minutes.

19. Take out the bread from the mould immediately when it is baked and cool it on a rack.

20. Only cut the bread when it is completely cooled.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Cheesecake with Dragonfruit

I honestly like the colour of the dragonfruit very much, I mean the red fleshed one not the white one. The taste of the red dragonfruit is also much more superior than the white one hence the price difference as well. I find that the white one has an after taste which I dislike but not the red one. The red one costs much more too.
Some Malaysian exporters justified the higher cost to its benefits. I read somewhere that eating red-fleshed dragonfruit was reported to increase bone density, prevent colon cancer and ease constipation. This can explained why red dragonfruits cost more as compared to the white fragonfruit . It was also reported that the red flesh variety is believed to be rich in antioxidants and has an exceptionally high content of soluble fiber. It is considered a good source of vitamin C and its vitamin C is more easily absorbed than vitamin C from a pill supplement. Some bloggers swear that it helps to lower blood glucose levels in type 2 diabetes.
Well. I bought 3 that day, ate one and decided to make a pretty cheesecake with the other two remaining ones. I love the pink colour it yields. It has just a hint of taste of the dragonfruits, mainly still dominated by the cream cheese.
Dragon Fruit Cheesecake

Using 8 inch loose bottom cake pan

Ingredients A :

Biscuits (Digestive) 120g, crushed into crumbs
Butter (melted) 80g

Ingredients B :

Dragon Fruits 2 (Chopped)
Milk 100g

Ingredients C :

Sugar 100g
Cream Cheese 500g
Whipping Cream 300g

 Ingredients D :

Gelatin 2 tbsp
Water 60g


1. Mix the biscuits crumbs and butter well and press evenly onto base of cake pan. Freeze it for 10 mins and use as the base.

2. Put chopped dragonfruits in a pot. Cook dragonfruits till hot until it is paste like. Then add 100g milk. Stir well. Let the mixture cool.

3. In a mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar until fluffy and add in the whipping cream.

4. Mix the cooked dragonfruits with the cheese batter in a bowl and mix well.
5. Mix the gelatin and water and double boil until it is dissolved and add into the cheesecake mixture. Mix well.
6. Pour the mixture into the cake pan with the prepared base and chill for at least 4 hours in the fridge and serve.
   Boil the dragonfruit
Add 100g of milk



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