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Monday, 14 March 2011

Bake a Loaf...While Sleeping #1

Yes, bake a loaf while in bed :) No, going to bed is not part of the steps BUT one can afford to go to bed while it's baking. Thanks to modern technology. I thought I would share a series of loaves that are baked by itself while I am in deep slumber. Simple steps that can leave one with some freshly made bread every morning. Life is stressful enough, there's no need to complicate it by adding failed breadmaking attempts to it. Just dump all the ingredients in the correct order in a breadmaker, set the timer and hey presto, your loaf will be waiting for you the next morning! One of my friends asked if it's foolproofed?? Err, I would say almost :)

The best thing about baking your own loaves is waking up to the smell of it. Definitely more pleasant than waking up to the annoying shrill from an alarm clock. Add in a little bit of imagination, it makes one feel pampered to have fresh bakes waiting for you every morning! So, why not pamper yourself and your loved ones??

At #1, Raisin Oatmeal Loaf

Wait, please don't laugh, I know it doesn't look pretty. But please don't judge a loaf by its looks! :) Even a loaf of bread deserves to be judge from within :) Ultimately, it is what's within that matters, isn't it?? This is one healthy alternative with instant oats, raisins and brown sugar in it. Until now, I still can't confirm why it doesn't come with a nice dome (remember, I won't be able to know unless it finds its way into my dreams) but I have a feeling it's because it rose so high that it hit the roof of the oven causing the bread to puncture, hence the exploded look. But this one actually tastes good, look at the photo of its slices. It has a very nice texture, mildly sweet and with occasional burst from the raisins. Even little one doesn't mind eating them because he can't spot any trace of oats within it (he is normally resistant if he finds it). What more can I ask for?

Recipe (Adapted from Betty Crocker)
1 1/2 pound recipe

1 1/4 cup water
3 tbsp packed brown sugar
2 tbsp milk powder
1 1/4 tsp salt
30g butter
2 1/2 cup bread flour
1/2 cup plain flour
1/2 cup instant oats
1/2 cup raisins
2 tsp yeast

1. Put in ingredients following recommended sequence of breadmaker.
2. Set to Basic Loaf program.


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