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Chocolate Banana cake

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100g butter, melted
150g caster sugar
175g self-raising flour
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/4 baking powder
4 tbsp cocoa powder
100g chocolate chips
180g very ripe bananas
3 large eggs, separate 2
50g full cream milk (liquid)

For the topping:
100g milk chocolate
50g whipping cream
some chopped roasted walnuts

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Method:

Heat oven to 160C.  Grease and line bottom a 9 x 5″ loaf pan with baking paper (allow it to hang over top of tin).
1. Mix together sugar, flour, leaveners, cocoa powder and chocolate chips in a large bowl.
2. Mash the bananas in another large bowl and stir in the whole egg + the 2 yolks, melted butter and milk. Once combined set aside.
3. Beat the egg whites until stiff. Set aside.
4. Add banana mixture into the flour mixture and stir until just incorporated.
5. Add 1/3 of the meringue and mix with a spatula to lighten before adding the remaining meringue. Mix gently until fully incorporated then transfer into prepared baking pan.
6. Bake in preheated oven for 70-75 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
7. Allow to cool in the pan on a wire rack.

While cooling, prepare the ganache. Heat up 50g of whipping cream and pour over 120g of chocolate chunks, wait few minutes then stir until smooth. Cool slightly then apply to the cooled cake. Chill until ganache is set before slicing and serve.

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Banana Gula Melaka Sponge Cake

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Banana Gula Melaka Sponge Cake

Ingredients:

150g cake flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
120g banana (mashed)
70g gula melaka syrup – boil 50g of gula melaka with 50g of water and reduce to about 70g
100g coconut oil
5 yolks (from eggs with average weight of 75g with shell)
1/2 salt

5 whites
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
100g caster sugar

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Instructions:-

Line bottom and grease sides of a 7″ square pan. You can also use an 8″ round pan, if you so wish. Preheat oven to 160C.

Mash banana with a fork until very fine and add oil, yolks, salt, gula melaka syrup and using a hand whisk, mix the ingredients until even.

Mix the baking powder and soda to the flour and sift this into the yolk mixture and mix until well combined. Do not over-mix. Set aside.

In mixing bowl of your stand mixer, beat the egg white until foamy. Add in the cream tartar. Continue beating on medium speed while gradually adding the caster sugar. Continue beating until firm peak.

Gently fold the meringue into the flour mixture in 2 to 3 portions until even. Pour into the prepared pan at a height. Give the pan a gentle tap on the work top to get rid of big bubbles.

Place in a water bath and bake for 80 minutes at 160C. Tent it if top is browning too fast.

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Super Fine Butter Cake

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Ingredients

113g unsalted butter
100g sugar
3 eggs
120g cake flour (mixed 100g plain flour with 20g corn flour)
2 tablespoons dry powdered milk
1 tablespoon corn syrup (you may replace with honey or maple syrup)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 170C degrees. Line  the bottom and grease a 8 x 4″ loaf pan.

  1. Beat room temperature butter with sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. Sift flour, milk powder and baking powder together and add half of this into the butter mixture. Mix briefly to combine, add corn syrup, lemon juice, salt, vanilla and mix with low speed until combine.  Add the balance flour and beat on low speed until evenly mixed.
  4. Transfer into prepared pan and bake for 45 minutes or until evenly brown.
  5. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before unmoulding and cool on the rack.

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Orange/Chocolate Sponge Cake

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Orange/Chocolate Sponge Cake

Ingredients:

6 large egg yolks
70g oil
100g orange juice
90g Self raising flour
1/2 tsp salt
Zest of one orange
1 tablespoon of cocoa powder

6 egg whites
100g sugar
1/4 tsp cream of tartar

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Method:

1. Line the bottom an 8″ round pan. Grease the sides for easier unmoulding. Preheat oven to 160C.
2. Sift flour and salt together.
3. Beat egg yolks, oil together until combined before adding orange juice and zest.
4. Stir in the flour. Set aside.
5. Beat egg whites until frothy before adding cream of tartar. Continue beating while gradually adding the sugar. Beat till firm peaks but not stiff.
6. Fold in 1/3 of the meringue into the yolk batter with a hand whisk. Add another 1/3 and fold until almost combined. Add the last portion and switch to a spatula to scoop the batter from the bottom of the bowl and fold up. Keep at it until no streaks of yolk batter can be seen. Divide into two portions, add cocoa powder into one and mix in gently.
7. Scoop two large scoops of each batter into prepared pan alternatively on top of each other. Tap after every two scoops to flatten and remove bubbles. Bake with a water bath at 160C for 75-80 minutes or until cooked.
8. Remove from oven, wait until cake has pulled away from the sides before inverting on to a smooth non stick pan. Remove paper lining and re-invert on to a rack.
9. Place cake in the oven (do not turn it on) to dry using the remaining heat if the cake is still wet.

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Yogurt Loaf using natural yeast

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Yogurt loaf using natural yeast discards
INGREDIENTS:
300g Japanese Kobe Bread Flour
150g natural yeast discards (I used day 4 yeast discards)
50g milk (do not pour all in, reserve half)
30g sugar
3g salt
1 egg (60g)
30g unsalted butter (soften)

Method:
1. Place all ingredients except butter into a stand mixer fixed with a dough hook.
2. Start kneading into a  dough. If the dough is too dry, slowly add the reserved milk until a soft dough is formed. Knead until dough is smooth and pliable then add the butter. Continue kneading until dough pass the window pane test.
3. Remove and place on lightly floured work top and shape it into a boule. Transfer it on to a baking sheet and allow dough to rise to double it’s original size. Make a few cuts on the top about 1/2 inch deep. Spray with some water on the surface.
4. Spray some water into the oven to create some steam then place the dough in. Bake for 40-45 minutes at 200C until golden brown. Cover with foil if the bread browns too fast. Remove from oven, leave it to cool for a

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The leaven..disgusting looking huh!

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Makes a good sandwich bread!

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Pumpkin Christmas Tree Buns

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Chicken floss Bread rolls

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Chicken Floss bread rolls

Ingredients

    • 300g bread flour
    • 30g sugar
    • 2g salt
    • 1 small egg (50g without shell)
    • 145g milk
    • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon instant yeast
    • 30g unsalted butter at room temperature
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  1. In a stand mixer, add all the ingredients of the dough expect butter, knead on low speed for 5-7 minutes. And then add butter in; continue kneading until you get a smooth, elastic and soft dough.
  2. Remove the dough on to a slightly floured surface and grab one end and smash it several times on the surface to strengthen the gluten.
  3. Roll into a ball and place in a large bowl, and allow to proof until doubled.
  4. Transfer the dough out and roll out the dough to about 4-5cm thick. Using a pizza cutter, cut out 11 x 11cm square. Transfer into a lined 11 x 11cm pan.  Press into the corners. ( I shaped the left over dough into two buns). Cover with a damp cloth and allow to proof 30 minutes before baking in a preheated oven at 170C for 20 minutes. Rotate half way to get even browning.
  5. Once cooked, remove from oven and cool down. Once cooled, cut a few shallow slits on the bread and apply mayonnaise all over.
  6. Sprinkle chicken floss on top and roll up as you would a swiss roll. Cut into 1 inch slices, and apply mayonnaise on the cut sides and stick on more chicken floss.
  7. Enjoy!

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