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!
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.