Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Bread with Raisins and Almond Slivers
This is a case where I "ng kam sum" which means "not satisfied". Since I started playing with my bread machine, I have yet to get the right recipe for soft bread with my machine. Of course the latest attempt was using bread improver but babe pointed me to Yochana's Cake Delight's blog, with specific reference to her Roti Keset. Wah.. the bread looks so cottony soft that I decided to give it a try. I was not going to attempt the full roti keset which Aunty Yochana did as I would be too embarrassed when the bread turn out looking nothing like her Roti Keset but what I did was to use her dough recipe and added raisins and almond slivers to the bread.
My sole intention was to see if my bread machine could turn out a bread very close to Aunty Yochana's as it was my theory that hand made bread will always have a better texture and bread machine-made breads will always be a close second only, at best.
I used the exact ingredients for the dough as Aunty Yochana except for the margarine. I didn't have margarine at home. Instead, I used shortening. I have reproduced the list of ingredients here and have placed it in the order of loading them into the bread machine.
130g of cold water
2 large eggs
75g of shortening (or margarine)
300g of Bread flour (sieved)
100g of Plain flour (sieved)
20g of milk powder
75g of sugar
11g of Instant Yeast
100g of golden raisins
100g of almond slivers
All the ingredients (except for the raisins and the almonds) were placed into the bread machine pan and I selected Menu Option 3 for wholemeal grains. I did that as I had to add the raisins and the almond only when the machine started on the 2nd kneading cycle.
My opinion? This is the best tasting and the best bread texture I have gotten out of my machine todate and I am quite happy (finally haha). However, I still think that handmade bread will always have the superior texture over machine-made bread. But I love fresh bread (oooo especially the smell of fresh bread) but lazy to do all the work, the bread machine is the closest thing to fresh bread for me :)