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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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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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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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Pandan Coconut Bread

Been meaning to make this for a while. I used homemade pandan extract using the leaves growing in Mummy’s garden, which wasn’t as strong or aromatic as I’d hoped. I’ll make this again using store-bought extract, and perhaps another time using the water from making the pandan extract in the yukone.

The rolls were very soft and fluffy, and absolutely yummy when enjoyed with kaya. A good idea is to also dip the rolls in kaya and grated coconut, for an extra-indulgent treat.

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Breadmaker Brioche

One day I was inspired to make brioche. So many articles and recipes, and many look super complicated or time consuming. Tempting, but not very suitable when I don’t have much time on my hands.

After a few rounds of experimenting with other recipes and modifying them for my Kenwood BM450, I went back to basics and looked at the recipe book that came with my machine. There’s a brioche recipe in there, maybe I should just try this one out? But, would this recipe be inferior to the traditional method?

Then Kak Nia got her own BM450 from the recent Lazada 11.11 sale, and one of her first loaves was the brioche which received raving reviews from her family. That really settled it for me lol.

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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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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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