A little update
Thought I should do some updating here since I've not been very spontaneous for the past 2 months. I did make efforts to bake and here are some of the works crafted.
I baked these oatmeal cookies on 04 Aug 2012, a Saturday. This recipe was gotten from the Quaker recipe book. I used rolled oats which the recipe called for. I guess rolled oats will give a better texture and chewy sensation as compared to instant oats. However, I felt that the amount of oats can be reduced by a little cos the end product seems to be too chewy and rough though the taste was good with a little cinnamon added.
It was non others than chicken pies again. Hahaha. These were created on 08 Sep 2012, another Saturday. I tweaked the recipe a little this time. Tried to double the quantity and added vinegar, as it was supposed to allow easy handling of the dough. Indeed, the dough was quite trouble-free to handle this round. I also separated the dough into 2 batches, 1 was left in the fridge while I am rolling out the other. This helps to keep the dough cool in order to reduce shrinkage when rolled out.
I am not sure if it is the brand of butter that I used this time or the little tweak, that makes the pies not as delicious as before. Or is it because they were left in the fridge for a day before consumption, which had makes the filling rather dry (absorb by the crust? cos the crust is not as crusty too.). I'll give it a try again.
21 Sep 2012 - The sauage rolls... My first attempt on bread!!! My colleagues aroused my interest to give it a go. I always thought that bread making is a hassle, why not just pay a dollar plus and you get delicious bread any time you want. My opinion changed now. The sense of satisfaction, the aroma from the puffing dough and the smiling faces that I got from baking these breads indeed surpassed the hassle I thought I'd be in.
As my mixer was not the high end type, I ended up kneading the dough by hands. The process was tiring, no kidding at all. But I won't say bread making is a time consuming thing to do now cos the time spent is well worth on HOMEMADE BREAD with all natural ingredients (no improver), yet fluffy and soft!
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Wendy, the creator of TwoThreeFiveNine is a full time working mummy to 2 lovely kids, a wife to a loveydovey husband, a daughter to 2 loving parents and a sister to 3 lovable sisters. Still a novice to baking but simply with the passion, here she is baking into the night after 2359 (mummy's duty done by then), creating freshly baked goodies for her precious ones.