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Ramadan Cooking: Prawn Panzerotti

Got some really good saltwater shrimp from Everfresh the other day, and I was looking for more ideas for simple meals for sahur during this Ramadan.

I’ve made steamed buns and burger buns using my Kenwood BM450 breadmaker, so now I’m revisiting very old pizza recipes using the new equipment I have on hand.

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Breadmaker Calzone Dough

Many years ago I got into a pizza-making craze, and I made many different types of pizzas and calzones almost every weekend. After that other crazes followed, and I just simply stopped making pizzas altogether.

This Ramadan I finally dusted off my old pizza cookbook to make Prawn Panzerotti, a dish I tried many many years ago before I started blogging my cooking adventures. This recipe requires a batch of calzone dough, which I have now modified for making in my Kenwood BM450 breadmaker using the Pizza Dough program.

Based on the recipe from 500 Pizzas & Flatbreads.

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Japanese Meat Buns (Nikuman)

I’ve always loved Japan, their wonderful country, culture and food. Oftentimes when I visit a konbini like Lawson or Family Mart I’d stare longingly at the selection of steamed buns, especially the nikuman, and wonder what they taste like. Of course I’ll never know for real, as they are most certainly made of pork and are therefore out of bounds for me.

Since I’ve been making steamed buns of late, it finally hit me. Why didn’t I think of making my own (permissible) nikuman sooner? Thanks to the Internet I found a few recipes for reference, and I finally got around to making my own Japanese meat buns.

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Breadmaker Burger Buns

It’s been a month since the Movement Control Order (MCO) officially started. I said ‘officially’ because Rudy and I have been on self quarantine since about 10 days before that, after coming back from our trip to Hokkaido.

I had imagined life under lockdown would allow me a lot more opportunities to try out new recipes, but having no real differentiation between work and off hours, this was surprisingly not the case. Getting groceries did get a bit more challenging, though, so MCO became a good opportunity to clear out the freezer and be creative with whatever ingredients you have on hand.

Found turkey, lamb, and wagyu beef patties. Thankfully I have bread flour and butter. Burgers for dinner tonight, then!

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Breadmaker Milo Buns

I’ve been putting off making this recipe for a while now, and finally got around to it today. We got a jar of Ovomaltine Crunchy Spread from Tiffany , and I figured a malted chocolate spread would be a great match for these Milo buns. These buns are pillowy soft, and the crunch from the Ovomaltine gave it an amazing contrast of textures. Try it out!

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Breadmaker Hokkaido Milk Loaf

On my last trip to Niseko, Hokkaido, we stayed at the nice and homey Yorokobi Lodge, which had a well equipped kitchenette. Seicomart was just down the road, so we could buy basic staples like eggs, cheese, bread, delicious Hokkaido milk and butter to fix our own breakfast. When we somehow still felt like the munchies after whatever huge dinner we had on some particular night, I made grilled cheese sandwiches using yummy Japanese shokupan.

Now that I’m back at home, I’m craving for more shokupan, but we don’t have them here. So naturally I started looking for recipes for homemade shokupan, so that I can make grilled cheese sandwiches again and dream of snowy slopes and our nice, cozy lodge. This loaf is my first try and it turned out nice, but I feel that the texture wasn’t quite there yet. Will keep experimenting.

Based on the recipe by Bakeomaniac.com.

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Breadmaker Cheese Bread

Been meaning to make this bread for a while now. I love my Kenwood BM450 breadmaker, and I’ve been trying to push it further and seeing how much versatility I can get from it. I’ve made loaves, pau, and dough for breadrolls, so now I’m going to try making bread loaves with swirly fillings.

First up is this cheese bread, based on the recipe by Sally’s Baking Addiction.

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Wonton Noodle Soup

I love dumplings, and I love noodles in soup. To me at least, they are the ultimate comfort food. Now when both are combined into a single, yummy dish, that just takes it to the next level. Imagine a gloomy, rainy night, tucking in a large steaming bowl of soupy noodles topped with wontons bursting with flavor. Absolutely perfect.

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Chicken Char Siew Buns

I love dim sum. Dolly Dim Sum, Luk Yu Tea House and Lai Po Heen are my favorite places in KL for good dim sum, but unfortunately it’s not often that I get a chance to enjoy their food.

One of the typical dim sum I would order are the BBQ chicken buns, or chicken char siew bao. Lately Kak’mbang and I started making pau again using my trusty breadmaker, so I thought, why not try out fillings we haven’t tried before?

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