Soft & cheesy

It’s summertime  and happy days are here again. This is the best time to have fun in the beach . Time to go out, play outdoors and do everything that can be done under the sun.  Yes, I’ve been away from the house this past weeks so I did not have the chance to bake or cook something to share  here.  I just want to enjoy the sunny days as it won’t last. But yesterday was not a good day so I decided to try this recipe that I have been eyeing for a while now.  This kind of  bread reminds me back home and bring back some memories during my younger years. I used to buy this kind of bread in our local bakery. We call it cheese bread. I can recall the creaminess of the cheese inside the bread and that’s one I wanted to achieve in making this Cheese Rolls and it didn’t fail me. I am very happy as the bread came out soft,creamy and cheesy. cheese rolls

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 tablespoon yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
1/3 cup lukewarm water

For the dough
2 eggs
4 egg yolks
1/3 cup water
1/2 cup melted butter
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup powdered milk
1 teaspoon salt

softened butter for greasing and spreading
500 grams Cheddar cheese, sliced into 40 sticks
sugar for sprinkling

 

PROCEDURE:

1  In a small bowl, combine yeast, sugar, and lukewarm water. Let stand for 5 minutes to let bubbles form on top.

2  In a large bowl, mix together eggs, yolks, water, and butter. Pour in the yeast mixture and mix.

3  In another large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, powdered milk, and salt. Pour in the liquid mixture; mix. (Dough will be quite sticky.)

4  Grease your work area with butter. Knead the dough until smooth. (To check for the right consistency, dough should be easily stretched into a thin film without breaking.)

 Form dough into a ball and place in a greased bowl; cover with plastic wrap. Let dough rise at room temperature until it doubles in size, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

 Remove plastic and punch down dough to release air.

 Form dough into a log and divide equally into 40 (50-gram) pieces.

 Using a rolling pin, flatten each piece; spread with softened butter.

9  Place a cheese stick in the center of each piece; roll. Pinch ends to seal.

10  Arrange rolls on a greased baking sheet and proof until they double in size. Bake at 325ºF for 15 minutes.

11  Brush cheese rolls with butter and sprinkle with sugar.

 

Time- and energy-saving tip  Make it effortless! In Step 4, you can also use an electric mixer with the dough hook attachment to mix and knead the dough. To get a darker crust, brush top with milk before baking.

Recipe from Yummy.ph

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Cravings

It’s been raining for a week even though it’s summertime here already. I suddenly miss Philippines 😦  and the food that I love eating there  during rainy days like   mami(noodle soup) and pair it with siopao (steamed buns) .  I really want to cook mami but I don’t have available noodles so I ended up making some steamed buns. For the filling I just used roasted chicken leftover that my husband bought from the shop. I just flaked the chicken and  cooked it  in adobo style.

steamed buns(siopao)

steamed buns(siopao)

For the yeast dough recipe, here is  the link Jun-Blog.

1 1/2 tsp instant dry yeast
3/4 cup lukewarm water
2 Tbsp canola oil
2 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
3 cups (12 1/2 ounces) flour

Put the yeast in a small bowl, add the water and set aside for 1 minute to soften. Whisk in the oil to blend and dissolve the yeast. Set aside.

Combine sugar, baking powder and flour in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and pour in the yeast mixture.  Slowly stir with a wooden spoon, moving from the center toward the rim, to work in all the flour.  Keep stirring as a ragged but soft dough forms. Then use your fingers to gather and pat the dough together into a ball. Transfer to a clean work surface and knead for about 5 minutes.  You should not need additional flour if the dough was properly made.  Keep kneading until the dough is smooth and slightly elastic.Press your finger into the dough and it should spring back with a slight indentation remaining.

Place the dough in a large bowl that has been lightly oiled. Cover with plastic wrap and put it in a warm, draft-free place to rise such as an oven and let it sit for around 45 minutes until the dough has nearly doubled.  You can refrigerate the dough if you do not need it right away but make sure that it is covered well with a plastic wrap.

Lightly dust your clean work surface with flour.  Cut the dough in half and roll into a foot-long log.  Cut the log into eight pieces.

Roll each piece into a ball and flatten each piece gently into a small disc using your palm. Using a small rolling pin (either a 1-inch wooden dowel or the end of a wooden spoon like what I used, would do) roll the edges and only the edges. There should be a small bulge at the center of the dough, which the Chinese calls the belly.Place a generous tablespoon of your  filling in the center of the dough, right on the belly. Wrap the filling by pressing and pulling the edges of the dough.Gather and pull the edges up and twist the top to fully cover the filling.

Cut 2-inch square wax paper sheets and use these to line the bottom of each bun before steaming them. Steam up to 4 buns in an 8-inch steamer. Make sure that there’s around a 1 to 2-inch space in between buns inside the steamer.

Boil water in your wok or a large pan and place the steamers with the buns in your wok or pan. Steam for around 15 minutes. Make sure that the water does not come in contact with the buns.Remove the lid before you turn off the heat to avoid condensed water from dripping back to the buns. Continue steaming the rest of the batch.

siopao

siopao

Cinnamon Rolls

My husband wants some bread to pair with his cup of coffee so even if I am not a big fan of cinnamon I still want to give it a try.  I don’t like the smell of cinnamon but I am sure that it taste heaven. Making bread is tedious and time consuming so it really requires a lot of patience.  I chose Aileen S Cinnamon Rolls recipe. As she said ” Be patient—you’ll need to let the dough rise, roll it, let it rise again…but it will all be worth it. As soon as they come out of the oven, a sweet, buttery cinnamon scent will fill your kitchen.” The bread came out soft and delicious.These cinnamon rolls are truly heavenly!

cinnamon rolls

cinnamon rolls

cinnamo

cinnamon rolls

 

Makes 12 rolls
Prep Time 
45 minutes (excluding proofing time)
Baking Time 12 to 15 minutes

For the dough
1 (1/4-ounce) package dry yeast
1 cup warm milk
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
4 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon salt

For the filling
1 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons cinnamon
1/2 cup butter, cubed and softened

For the glaze
1/2 cup butter, cubed and softened
1/3 cup cream cheese, cubed and softened
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

1  In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook, dissolve yeast in warm milk. Leave for 5 minutes.

2  Add sugar, butter, and eggs. Run the mixer on low speed to stir the mixture.

 Gradually add bread flour and salt, and knead until mixture forms a smooth, elastic dough, about 20 to 30 minutes.

4  Place dough in a greased bowl. Cover with a damp towel and leave in a warm place. Allow dough to rise until double in size; about 1 hour.

 Punch dough then transfer to a work surface. Roll dough into a rectangle (24-inch- long, 16-inch-wide, about 1/4-inch-thick).

6  Make the filling: Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and mix well.

7  Using a spatula, spread softened butter evenly over the dough then sprinkle the surface with the cinnamon-sugar filling.

8  Roll dough tightly into a log. With the seam side down, cut the dough into 2-inch slices. Place on a greased baking pan, 2 inches apart. Allow dough to rise until double in size, about 30 minutes.

9  Bake the rolls in an oven preheated to 375ºF for about 12 to 15 minutes or until golden. Place on a wire rack to cool slightly.

10  Make the glaze: Cream butter and cream cheese together. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar then add vanilla.

11  Spread some icing over the rolls and serve warm.

Glazing tip: Allow the rolls to cool a bit before spreading the tops with the yummy cream cheese glaze.

Make-ahead tip:  
These rolls are freezer-friendly! Just pop them in the toaster oven when ready to eat.

Banana + chocolate chip= bread/ banana chocolate chip muffins

I have baked banana bread for many times using my aunt’s recipe but never had the chance to post it here.  So to have a banana bread entry on my blog I decided to try this banana chocolate chip bread recipe from Yummy.ph  another recipe from my trusted chef Aileen Anastacio :)Husband said that it is delicious and so moist! Perfect for his cup of hot coffee.

Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup corn oil
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 very ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1  Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan.

2
  Combine the dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir to mix.

3
  In another bowl, combine sugar and corn oil. Add eggs one at a time, then add the vanilla and mashed bananas.

4
  Add the flour mixture to the banana mixture. Stir until combined. Lastly, add the chocolate chips and mix just until combined. Pour mixture into the loaf pan.

5
  Bake for about 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with just a few crumbs clinging to it. Remove bread from the oven then allow to cool for about 20 minutes before removing from the pan. Cool for another 15 minutes on a wire rack before serving.

Sugar tip Use the darkest brown sugar you can find in the market. The darker the sugar, the richer the color of the banana bread.