This Year Resolution- Not Giving Up on Baking Breads

New Year resolution is meant to be achieved or to be forsaken.

Yeah, half of them were achieved this year while the other half were either forsaken or given up  without trying again.

However this year, I am not giving up on baking breads which I had tried for these few years.

 

Cherry and raisin bread-successfully baked the 2nd attempt by peachpurple

Cherry and raisin bread-successfully baked the 2nd attempt by peachpurple

 

 

The first I baked a bread, it turned out to be as hard as a rock, totally not edible that I had threw it into the lake.

Second time and third time, both the Cherry bread were fluffy and soft alike Gardenia bread.

I was extremely thrilled when  I managed to achieve the right tendency.

However, I couldn’t bake the same bread again after that.

I did follow the bread recipe exactly, the measurement and the steps but I just couldn’t bake the same bread anymore.

“don’t give up yet” that was the phrase I kept telling myself.

I had been through numerous failures in baking muffins too for the past 10 years.

 

 

1.5 tsp yeast

The right yeast by peachpurple

Through trials and mistakes, I learned that:

  • you don’t have to follow the exact measurement. Too much sugar or butter doesn’t work well.
  • must follow the baking steps diligently. If it says 45 minutes, you cannot cut short 30 minutes.
  • Start with small quantity. If the recipe makes 2 loaves, divide the measurements into halves.
  • firm packet of yeast works better than lose packet
  • too much flour makes the dough dry.

I had come to understand that not all bread recipes follow the same step by step instructions.

Muesli bread steps are different from Cherry bread.

The yeast is mixed together with the flour but for Cherry bread, you have to mix yeast with sugar and walk milk in order for the yeast to foam.

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bread double on top slow cooker to double the size by peachpurple

Prolong foaming of the yeast is helpful either. I thought it would make my bread loaf pump up.

Nope, instead, it became dense and damp.

Honestly, baking bread isn’t easy if you do not have a bread mixer or a decent oven.

I knead my bread dough by hand and uses the slow cooker to allow the dough to double its size by heating up the slow cooker.

Putting on top of the fridge doesn’t work at all. I had tried the whole day, still the bread dough remained the same size.

Anyway, I am going to try to bake bread again but this time I will use firm packet of yeast.

It is hard to find that type of yeast now.

Never give up, I gotta try baking the same old bread that I had baked before.

Wish me luck!

copyright allrights reserved and photos by peachpurple

 

 

Vegetable Bread

Breakfast: Vegetable Bread

 

Most of the people these days are indulging themselves with sweet fillings breads and buns.

For those weight watchers and nutrient conscious consumers, they would opt for fiber or wholemeal bread for a healthier choice.

What about Vegetable Bread?

Has anyone tried a bread filled with vegetables?

Goey?

No.

I happened to stumbled upon this Vegetable Bread recipe in my old cookbook.

This makes a delicious and nutrient breakfast that could last you till lunch time.

If you are looking for loads of nutrients in a bread, try this Vegetable Bread with added grated of carrots, chopped celery and red bell peppers.

Nothing to worry about uncooked veggies.

With 40minutes of baking, these vegetables turn soft and I could hardly taste them as they are well embedded into the bread.

Alternatively, you could add in vegetables of your choice. The bread dough isn’t the same as the normal bread dough.

It is almost alike baking a cake , except it does not require any baking powder or self raising flour.

No butter nor olive oil.

It is one of a kind bread that is unique and stand out from others.

 

 

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vegetable bread by peachpurple

Vegetable Bread Recipe:

Ingredients

1 cup plain flour

1 tsp chilli powder

1/2 cup crushed corn flakes

1 tsp black pepper powder

5 eggs

2.5 tsp chicken stock / cube

1/2 cup water

1 cup grated carrots

1/2 cup grated potatoes

1/2 cup chopped celery

1/2 cup minced chicken

1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper

1 stalk sliced spring onions

Method of baking:

  1. In a mixing bowl, add in flour, chilli powder, corn flakes, black pepper.
  2. Beat in eggs, chicken stock and water. Mix well.
  3. Add in the grated and chopped vegetables, chicken and stir well.
  4. Make sure everything is well combined and pour into a bread tin.
  5. Bake at 180C for 40 minutes. Use cake tester to test.
  6. Slice large pieces and dip into chilli sauce.
  7. Yummy!!

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What vegetables would you like to add into your bread? Do you prefer plain bread? Do share with me your opinion. I would love to hear from you. Cheers!

 

 copyright and photo by peachpurple