Sunday, April 22, 2007

I'm baking again!

It has been too long since I last baked. I was on a protein diet and coincidently I didnt get any cake orders for the past 5 days. My oven had a good rest and so did I. The non baking time was spent preparing gumpaste flowers for my wedding and engagement fondant cake orders this coming May. I am apprehensive as we speak right now of how my cake would turn out. I get butterflies everytime I have to create a fondant cake, as it calls for impeccability. I have no formal training whatsoever, only books are my teachers and my new found friends cum mentor at RN. A great bunch of lively people there and I am glad my kakyong introduced me to them.

The two day protein diet did leave me some impacts. I now eat at a slower pace, and I have yet to tear open a pack of maggie for lunch or supper. I take small portion meals at a more regular time and I intend to stick to this pattern. Before, I would starve myself in the morning and would have a big portion of food for lunch...very very bad for your system. So, I am looking forward to a healthier lifestyle after this.

Speaking of healthy, I managed to put together a healthy raisin bread for brunch this morning. The original recipe is from mamazieza's fotopages called Roti Naik.*Thanks Mama for sharing* Since I had some raisins, I decided to throw some in and altered the recipe here and there.

Raisin Bread

300gm wholemeal flour
100gm superfine flour
110gm all purpose flour
40gm milk powder
11gm yeast
290gm water
140gm brown sugar
100gm margarine
3/4 cup raisins

Mix everything and knead. Place inside a loaf baking tin or you can form into balls and set aside an hour or til it doubles its size. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes. Dust with icing sugar.

While writing this, half of the loaf has been devoured my husband.

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