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Sourdough buns

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Sourdough buns
(adapted from Pretty’s Kitchen Recipe)

Ingredients
175g refreshed leaven
450g bread flour
25g butter
50g sugar (may reduce more for savory buns)
1tsp salt
2 eggwhites
60g milk powder
240g water
1 tbsp wholemeal flour
3 tbsps cake flour (added because dough was too soft, probably due to the hydration ratio difference in my leaven)

I used a 10 inch square pan

1 egg yolk mixed with a tablespoon for eggwash

Instructions:

1. Mix all ingredients together (except the 3 tablespoons of cake flour and butter) and knead until a smooth dough forms. If dough is too sticky, add a tablespoon of cake flour at a time until dough is not so sticky but still tacky. Add the butter and continue to knead to window pane stage.

2. Transfer dough into an airtight container to proof for 2 hours at room temperature. After that place it into the fridge for cold retard up 12-16 hours.

3. Remove from the fridge, allow to thaw for an hour, then divide into 100g portions and shape into balls. Place into lined and grease pan. Cover with a damp cloth (I used a plastic shower cap) and allow to proof up to 85-90% original size. This could take as long as 2-3 hours as only natural leaven is used. Brush with eggwash before sending them to bake or you can omit it and brush with melted butter when buns are still hot when cooked.

4. Bake in preheated oven at 190C for 25 mins or until lightly golden. Do not overbake until too brown or the buns will turn hard faster.

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Hot Cross Buns

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Hot Cross Buns

330g Bread Flour
30g light brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1.5 tsp active yeast
120g full cream milk
30g lukewarm water
1 tablespoon honey
30g softened butter
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
70g raisins

1 egg for eggwash

Paste for the cross: mix 2-3 table spoon of flour with water, add bit by bit until a paste forms.

Instructions:

1. In the stand mixer bowl, place all dry ingredients and mix with a whisk until combine.
2. Stir the yeast in the lukewarm water until diluted and set aside until foamy. Add in the milk, vanilla extract and honey and stir to mix before adding to the flour mixture.
3. Knead until a smooth dough forms then add in the softened butter and raisins and continue to knead to window pane.
4. Allow to proof, covered, until doubled in size. Transfer to lightly floured table top and knead gently to de-gas. Divide into 6 portions. Rest for 10 minutes.
5. Shape each portion into balls and place into prepared pan (greased and lined).
6. Proof until doubled again, brush egg wash on and pipe a cross over each bun.
7. Bake in preheated oven at 180C for 25-30 minutes or until golden.
8. Remove from pan and allow to cool on a rack. You can brush the top with some diluted jam before serving if you wish.

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Marble Butter Sponge Cake

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Ingredients:-

60g unsalted butter
85g self raising flour
4 egg yolks (from 65g eggs)
60g milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
1 tablespoon cocoa powder (sifted)

4 egg whites
75g caster sugar
1/4 tsp cream of tartar

Utensil: 7″ round, grease sides and line bottom.
Oven preheated to 160C, water bath method, lowest level.

Method:

1. In a pot, heat butter until just bubbly, switch off fire, then add 2/3 of the flour, stirring until smooth.

2. Add milk, salt and vanilla extract and stir to combine. Nexby egg yolks. Lastly, add the last portion of flour and mix until smooth. Set aside while you prepare the meringue.

3. Place eggwhites into a stand mixer bowl and beat until frothy before adding the cream of tartar and continue to beat until foamy. Gradually add sugar until firm peaks.

4. Add 1/3 of the meringue into the yolk batter and mix with hand whisk until lightened. Then add another portion and keep mixing until incorporated. Use a spatula to scoop from bottom of pan and fold up to ensure batter are properly mixed. Divide batter into 2 equal portions and add cocoa powder into one. Mix gently until incorporated.

5. Pour both batters together, side by side, into prepared pan and baked in water bath at 160C for 70-80 minutes. Insert a piece of foil on the highest level for the first 40 minutes of baking. Remove it after 40 minutes and continue baking for 30 minutes then test by pressing lightly on the surface. If still squishing, bake longer.

6. Remove and unmould immediately to cool on wire rack.

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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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Peach and Blueberries Cake

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Peach and Blueberries Cake
Ingredients:-

145gm all purpose flour
½ tsp baking powder
100gm sugar
140gm butter
2 eggs
2 tablespoons yoghurt
3-4 canned peach halves, sliced thinly into wedges
Some frozen blueberries

Utensil: 9″ removal tart pan, greased

Preheat oven to 165C

Method:

1. Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl. With a mixer, cream the sugar and butter together on medium-high speed for 3 to 5 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one by one, beating well to combine.
2. Add half of the flour mixture followed by yoghurt and then the remaining flour, mix till a smooth batter forms.
3. Spread batter into the pan. Arrange the peach slices over the dough. Scatter frozen blueberries in between the slices.
4. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until lightly golden and firm.
5. Cool completely, dust with some icing sugar before slicing to serve.

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Super Fine Butter Cake

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img_7108Super Fine Butter Cake

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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Coffee Bean Cookies

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Coffee Bean Cookies
(Yield about 100 beans)

Ingredients :

110g Butter (unsalted)
50g Icing sugar
pinch of salt

3g coffee powder
10g Cocoa powder
100g All purpose flour
80g potato starch

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Method:
1. Beat slightly softened butter with icing sugar until soft and smooth, about 1 minute. Do not over beat or your cookies will spread too much.
2. Add sifted flours/coffee/cocoa powder and salt and mix evenly to form a smooth dough.
3. Divide the dough into 4g each, roll them into oval shapes and with a plastic knife/cutter, make a slit in the middle of the cookie to resemble coffee beans.
4. Bake in a preheated oven at 150C about 20-30 minutes or until cooked.
5. Store the cookies into the air-tight container once they are cooled.

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