This was about last year, almost a year ago. Feel like it was blueberry Ripple Cake yesterday I made this lemon curd log cake. That was a tiring, exhasuted, overwhelming days. Praise God, everything is in control and I am still a good piece of mine.
After a few attempt on making croissant. I was tempted to try out others flavoured Danish pastry and the first pastry came to my mind is cinnamon roll which are always looks mouth watering display in any artisan bakery shop. Cinnamon roll is one of the top selection pastry on my diet. Using the same recipe of croissant, I came out with my first Danish Cinnamon roll. This time it’s even better as after few times of practising on the pastry making, I have much confidence as well as things seems to goes smoother during the process. This cinnamon roll unlike the cinnamon buns or rolls that I was making previously.
Those were made from bread flour and didn’t contain so much fat which more on bread texture. Whereas Danish pastry cinnamon roll is very buttery, soft, flaky and a little chewy. This cinnamon roll is something that can be shared with everyone. It’s as good as those stall bought or even better. It smell wonderful when they are almost done from the oven. I couldn’t resist and ate two in one go when they had still a little warm on the cooling rack. Danish pastry are always best to eat while they are freshly made especially this cinnamon roll.
The first batch I made yield 16 pieces. Then, the second time I made, I bake 8 pieces and keep the other 8 pieces unbaked. I kept them in the freezer until I need them again. Simply defrost them at room temperature and let them proof and rise again. There, I got freshly baked cinnamon roll again. Mix 60g brown sugar with 2 tabkespoon ground cincinnamon. Roll out a ready made pastry into 24 x 10 inches.
Brush some water on the surface then sprinkle the cinnamon mixture all over the pastry evenly. Place raisin or sultanas or any nuts. Roll up the pastry and seal tighthly. Cut them into 16 equal portions and place on a baking pan attached with baking paper. Brush the egg glaze and let them proof for 2 hours at room temeprature.
Brush egg glaze again and bake at 200C preheated oven for 20 minites. My very first attempt on Danish pastry, Croissant. So fulfilling and joyful after all. Here is my very first attempt on Croissant. It wasn’t easy as the process very time consuming as well as the weather really give me a big challenge.
I was like running a marathon with the hot weather to roll out and fold in the pastry to avoid the butter melted in very short time. It’s ready to be baked in the oven and I was so exciting for the result. After all, I must say it is truly worth the effort and so fulfilling at the end result. I love to eat croissant, and crazily miss the Delifrance Croissant Sandwich.
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Of course I could get it easily from the cafe but making it on my own is full of enjoyment through the process. I know that there are so much room to be improved and from this experience I should be able to do better for my next Danish Pastry. The layers of soft crumbs is so buttery yet the flaky crust is so delicious and that really make me smile and I knew that I’ve got there. I studied and watched over and over again for many times before I get started. This lady Stephanie Javorski of Joyofbaking. The following recipe and some note is only for my future reference to remind myself some tips like measurement and things that I might forget on my next attempt. Lastly, I am so happy that I finally able to make my own croissant.
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It taste so good and so satisfied after all. Mix the dough ingredients together except butter in a bread maker or electric mixer attached with dough hook. Add in butter when the mixture come together. Proof the dough for one hour at room temperature covered with cling wrap.
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Prepare the butter sheet shown below and refrigerate until hard and ready to use. 225g butter into 12 equal portion. After an hour proofing, bring the dough to a floured surface. Sprinkle some flour on the top and cover with cling wrap.
To laminate the dough, remove the dough and butter from the refrigerator. Bring the dough to a floured surface. Tear off the baking paper from the butter and place at the center of the dough. Fold two side of the dough into center and seal all the edges tightly. Flour the work surface and dough when working out the dough. Make the first fold of the dough by folding lengthwise into thirds.
If the butter started to melt, place into the refrigerator for an hour. Make the second fold of the dough by folding lengthwise into thirds. Take the chill dough out from the refrigerator. Make the third fold of the dough by folding lengthwise into thirds. Chill the dough for one hour. Cover with cling wrap and refrigerate for 30 to 60 minutes.
The dough can be left in the fridge or freezer and ready to be used. Make a croissant template with cardboard paper shown below. With the triangle template attach on the dough as a guideline. Cut out a triangle dough with knife. Lengthen the dough by rolling out with a rolling pin.
Cut a small slit in the center of the wide end of your dough. Starting at the wide end, roll the dough into a crescent shape. Place on a baking sheet seal side down and repeat with the remaining triangles. Glaze the dough with egg wash and cover with a cling wrap.
Proof the dough for 2 hours and preheated the oven to 200C. After 2 hours, glaze the dough with egg wash again and bake the dough for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Proof the dough for 1 hour. Chill dough 6 hours or overnight. Not sure what motivate me to make mooncake this year. After flaky spiral mooncake then Shanghai mooncake follow by traditional baked mooncake then now snowskin mooncake.
I don’t really eat them after made but I am blessed to have a group of guinea pig on every Thursday cell fellowship. No matter good or bad the food that I have experimented, they got to swallow them all. I have tried two different snowskin mooncake recipes and this is the second one I like and should say it is successful as it has a soft skin even after stay in the fridge for few days. Just return the mooncake to room temperature for 5 minutes and we got to a nice soft mooncake to enjoy. This good recipe must be from a trustable and humble blogger Happy Home Baking. Please go to her blog for better recipe description.
2 teaspoon matcha powder then chill for about 30 minutes or until very cold. 4 teaspoon with vanilla bean paste then add into the flour mixture. 1 red tea teabag with 70ml hot water then measure out 45 ml red tea and chill in the fridge until cold. Shift the cooked glutinous rice flour with icing sugar until well combine. Rub in the shortening with finger tips until the mixture turn crumbly. Add in the cold water and lightly knead to form a smooth dough. Divide into 6 portions with 20g each.
Place a piece of cling wrap on the working surface, place a dough on the cling wrap and fold in the cling wrap then use a rolling pin to roll out the dough to a flat disc about 7 cm diameter. Tear off the cling wrap and place the dough on hand and wrap in the lotus filling. Roll into a ball shape then coated with some cooked glutinous rice flour. Place the dough into the mould and press to form pattern. Singapore Food Blog On Cooking, Baking And Nice Food. We All Sing With the Same Voice by J. What It’s About: This is a song book that connects kids around the world.
The verses highlight differences between kids, illustrated on the pages of the book. The chorus brings all of these kids with many differences together, singing “We all sing with the same voice. We all sing with the same voice and we sing in harmony. Why It’s Important: Not only will the music engage kids as young as three, but it also encourages global awareness and connection at a young age. Everyone is different and unique, and this book celebrates those differences while singing together as friends. Have You Filled a Bucket Today?
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Horton Hears a Who by Dr. What It’s About: This book is about an elephant who discovers an entire community living on a speck of dust. With his big ears, Horton is the only animal in the jungle who is able to hear the Whos. Despite being made fun of by the other animals, Horton stands by Whoville because he knows it is the right thing to do. Why It’s Important: Not only is Horton doing the right thing, he is doing the right thing while everyone around him is bullying him to give up. This teaches an important lesson about standing by what you believe in, no matter what you face.
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