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Homemade Bagels

I love bagels. Especially the ones freshly toasted and slathered with a ton of cream cheese. Top it with some yummy smoked salmon and you’ll have a complete breakfast.

I tried making my own bagels before which turned out pretty yummy, however it wasn’t very long before they became a bit stale. So I found another recipe by Serious Eats which applies the Japanese method of using yukone, a water-based roux which is supposed to improve the browning and shelf-life of bread.

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Easy Dinner Rolls

Over the long weekend I wanted to take my breadmaker for another spin, when Kak’mbang suggested this recipe she found on Youtube. These dinner rolls looked fairly easy to make, and uses basic ingredients most people readily have in their larder.

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Smoked Chicken and Cheese Chowder

It’s strangely hard for me to find turkey ham of late. Chicken toast is everywhere, but turkey… not so much. I went to the usual places like B.I.G. and Cold Storage near my house and they are always out of stock. So I reached out to Merv, whom I can always count on for bulk supplies of stuff. Merv definitely delivered; a 3-kg loaf of smoked turkey roll. Now I have enough to add to easily 10 different recipes, and then some. Haha!

I also had a block of Velveeta cheese waiting to be used. I originally intended to make enchiladas with it, but that just didn’t happen so here we are. In the end I used the turkey ham and Velveeta for this interesting looking chowder recipe I found on Taste of Home.

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Horlicks Bread

I generally like Horlicks, but I noticed that it is slowly disappearing from day to day life. Many eateries no longer offer Horlicks on their beverage menu, although a few places like the wonderful Inside Scoop has Horlicks ice cream (yum!)

I wondered how Horlicks put in bread would taste like, so here I am trying out a recipe from the blog MJ Bakes a Lot. The recipe calls for us to shape it by hand and baking in a loaf pan using an oven, but because I’m lazy I just used my Kenwood BM450 from start to finish.

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Cranberry, Almond and Walnut Bread

I had leftover natural yoghurt in the fridge I’d like to clear out before it goes bad. Looking through the recipe book that came with my Kenwood BM450 machine I saw this recipe, and I had all the ingredients (or their substitutes) on hand, so here we are.

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Italian Herb and Parmesan Bread

After years of using my trusty Kenwood BM250 breadmaker, I did the stupidest thing. I let the breadpan sit in a sink filled with just a couple of inches of water. It wasn’t that much water, but it was enough for rust to build around the paddle rotator, and it became stuck. No amount of WD-40 could un-stick it, so I had a few options: 1) Keep up the WD-40 treatment and pray; 2) buy a new breadpan; or 3) buy a new breadmaker.

I chose option 1 at first. Then I had itchy fingers and checked out the Kenwood BM450 on Lazada. Payday Sale was on, and it was on sale at a 20% discount. Needless to say, I caved. I’ll still do Option 1 and figure out what to do with the old breadmaker if I did manage to fix the breadpan.

I love the Kenwood BM450. It is supposed to be better than the basic BM250, and best of all, it is gorgeous. Finally a winning combination of form and function.

I looked at the recipe book which came with the machine, and there were quite a few I’d like to try. This here though is something I found online on Genius Kitchen, which uses ingredients readily available in my pantry. My first loaf using my new machine!

I activated the yeast first because I wasn’t sure if it was still usable. You can skip this step if you like, as it is completely unnecessary for breadmaker recipes and when using instant yeast.

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Weekend Cooking: New York-Style Bagels

It’s so hard to find good bagels in KL. I can name a couple of bakeries selling it, but can’t say they are particularly spectacular. One day I had a major craving for bagels, so I looked up a few recipes and picked up the one by Sophisticated Gourmet, which didn’t seem too complicated compared to others.

My first try making this, I completely messed up the water-to-flour ratio and the dough resembled alien goo. The second time around, I went back to my learnings in the science of breadmaking, and got the ratios spot on. However I also had some problems with my breadmaker during the second try, and had to knead the dough by hand. Such a good workout, lol.

Verdict: absolutely loved it. This will definitely be my go-to recipe for bagels – simple, no frills, and absolutely delicious straight out of the oven.

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