Thursday, June 30, 2016

Making Killer Soft Bread (Roti Sobek)

When my parents were here, I attempted to make Killer Soft Bread by Amei that was trending in Instagram's Indonesian baking communities. My first try failed miserably. The bread didn't rise.

Few days ago, I tried to make the same bread with the same recipe because I was really eager to see and taste the famous Killer Soft Bread.

I am happy to say that I finally nailed it and here's the recipe.

Rise and shine, bread!

Killer Soft Bread (Roti Sobek)

Ingredients:

260gr Bread Flour
4gr Yeast
1 Egg plus (lukewarm) liquid milk that amount to 160ml-180ml
A dash of Vanilla Extract, optional
30gr Butter, at room temperature
30gr Sugar
2gr Salt

Methods:
1. As per the general bread maker function: Place milk and egg mixture, sugar and salt first in the bread maker.
2. Pour the bread flour then make a small hole in the flour.
3. Put the yeast in the flour hole (make sure the yeast is not in contact with the liquid ingredients before kneading).
4. Turn your bread machine on (I use the basic program).
5. Once the machine starts kneading and all ingredients now have form dough, put the butter in.
6. Add more flour to the dough if needed. If the dough is too wet, add a bit more flour until the dough is elastic.
7. Let your machine do the rest until the bread is completely baked.
8. If you plan to form a different shape for the bread and bake the bread in the oven, take the dough out from the machine after the 2nd kneading then shape the dough by hands. Let the shaped dough in the tin proof one more time until the dough rises about 80%-90%. 

Ready to go to hot oven.

9. Brush the top of the dough with milk or beaten egg. Bake the dough in a preheated oven at 160-170 degree Celcius for about 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

The bread interior.

This bread indeed lives up its name and popularity in social media because the bread is really soft and tender. It is surely a keeper - uses only basic ingredients yet has such a fantastic result.

video

To celebrate my glory, I sent the above short clip to my husband via Whatsapp. I imagined he would comment, "Wow. Success!""Come I clap for you." Instead, this was what he texted me, "I thought inside got cockroach." Ouch or ouch? This man thought I sent him a forwarded video that shows scary things or random insects people find in their food. #facepalm

Some tips for making this bread:

1. Make sure that egg and butter used are at room temperature.
2. If you brush the top of the dough with milk, the final result of the bread would be like the above - no glossy look. You'd get glossy look if you do egg wash on the bread dough before baking.
3. Don't put too little yeast because it won't make your bread dough rise nicely. However, don't put too much of the yeast either.
4. Make sure you grease the bread tin if you plan to bake the bread in the preheated oven.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Making Purple Sweet Potato Bread

A couple weeks ago, I was supposed to observe a strict one month post-natal confinement period but my parents and I are very open-minded about the Chinese Confinement practice post baby delivery so the three of us are generally quite relax about practising it. This time around, my #1 motto when going through confinement period is to make it as a stress free experience as much as possible so I didn't sweat much about observing all the taboos during confinement. My Mom mostly just warned me to watch the food that I put into my mouth I because I am breastfeeding and I should stay at home because Baby # 3 is too young and fragile to go out. I was technically confined at home because Baby #3 is not supposed to leave the house just yet.

One late afternoon, I was chilling in front of TV with my parents in the living room downstairs. My Mom suddenly popped a question, "Where is the machine that you use for making bread? Still can use or not?" "Somewhere in the kitchen cabinet. Shelved it because I had not been using it for a loooong time." "Why not you make some bread for your Dad. Use the purple sweet potatoes in the kitchen. I bought too many of them from the market few days ago." I said, "OK."

I went straight to the kitchen and took my dusty bread maker out from its year long hibernation. I cleaned my bread maker then started peeling the sweet potatoes and preparing other ingredients for the bread. Luckily, I still have a packet of bread flour, unopened and expiring end of this month - so I have more reason to make use of it.

Freshly baked fluffy bread for you, Mom and Dad.

Here's the recipe that I used to make my sweet potato bread using the bread maker.

Purple Sweet Potato Bread

Ingredients:

100gr (Purple) Sweet Potato, boiled/steamed then mashed
65ml Fresh milk (lukewarm temperature)
1 Egg, lightly beaten
250gr Bread flour
15gr Unsalted butter, at room temperature
30-40gr Sugar
2gr Salt
5gr Yeast

Fresh from the oven, using my new loaf tin. 

Methods:
  1. As per the general bread maker function: Place fresh milk, mashed sweet potato, beaten egg, sugar and salt first in the bread maker.
  2. Pour the bread flour then make a small hole in the flour.
  3. Put the yeast in the flour hole (make sure the yeast is not in contact with the liquid ingredients before kneading).
  4. Turn your bread machine on (I use the basic program).
  5. Once the machine starts kneading and all ingredients now have form a dough, put the butter in.
  6. Add more flour to the dough if needed. If the dough is too wet, add a bit more flour until the dough is elastic.
  7. Let your machine do the rest until the bread is completely baked. 
  8. If you plan to form a different shape for the bread and bake the bread in the oven, take the dough out from the machine after the 2nd kneading then shape the dough by hands. Let the shaped dough in the tin proof one more time (30-45 mins or so) and bake it in a preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

A lot of my friends wondered how I managed to bake bread two weeks after I delivered Baby #3. I was probably like a new mother on steroid. Truth is, that time I just woke up from my second or third nap of the day and my Mom took care of my food, Naomi and the house so when Baby #3 napped, I had some free time to bake a bread if I chose not to sleep or play with my phone.

Lastly, just like other home-made bread baked without any preservatives, better consume this bread within 2-3 days upon baking.

Monday, June 20, 2016

My Life with Two Kids

It's been almost 4 weeks since Baby #3 entered our lives. I planned to blog a lot of things about my life with Baby #3 around. However, catching up with my much needed sleep during the day is my top priority after tending Baby #3 at the moment hence the procrastination on jotting down all the thoughts in my head into writing and the lack of updates on this blog.

#tbt: 21 days old baby.

After Baby #3 and I were discharged from the hospital, basically I took the role as the main care taker of Baby #3. My husband acted as my confinement nanny for a week then my Mom took over this responsibility for the next two weeks. I am, however, still predominantly the one who takes care of Baby #3 every day since his day 1 at home.

At present, my daily routines with Baby #3 revolves around nursing the baby about every two hours day and night, acting as a human pacifier, burping the baby, wiping poo poo and changing nappy several times in a day, bathing a newborn who despises bath time once a day (I bathed him myself since we got home yo!), rocking a fussy baby and helping him to fall asleep. Oh yeah, in between, I also try to feed myself three heavy meals a day, catch up with sleep when the baby naps, take a shower and do the usual house chores like washing dishes, doing laundry, vacuuming the floor, etc.

When my parents were here, my Mom and Dad helped me care baby #3 when needed so I could sleep or nap more and didn't have to do much house chores either. Now that they have gone back to Indonesia, it's mostly just me and baby #3 during the day. My husband has resumed work as normal while Naomi is normally in day care on weekdays. As Naomi is on MC now, she stays at MIL's house during the day because I am honestly not in the position to take care of one toddler and a newborn all by myself just yet.

Happening much?

Of late, I feel like I am so old already. I get tired and easily irritated over small things. This time around, the sleep deprivation from caring a newborn round the clock is so real and really depressing at times. Eight hours of sleep is now a thing from the past. Just when I am about to drift off to sleep for the 5th time at night, my tiny human alarm rings at max volume because he is hungry or his diaper is wet.

My challenge at the moment is that Naomi has been suffering from nagging cough for weeks and she has a runny nose too. She has skipped school for almost two weeks and when Naomi is not feeling well, she throws a lot of tantrums and turns herself into a very demanding toddler. Given this situation, Baby #3 and I have to sleep in the guest room at night so he doesn't catch the virus from his sister. This also means that I have to work the graveyard shift totally alone tending a baby who loves to party in the wee hours. Usually, my husband would help me if I could not peel myself from bed to attend our crying baby at an ungodly hour. Yet, lately I try my best not to wake my husband in the wee hours on weekdays because he has to wake up early for work and he also experiences broken sleep when Naomi is not feeling well. Technically, both of us are sleep deprived but I guess my case is more severe.

25 days old fatty in Muar.

Talking about sleeping in different room.. Seemingly it didn't really work in preventing the virus spread between the siblings because Baby #3 has officially contracted Naomi's virus as of last Saturday night. I brought him to see Paediatrician this afternoon because he is so pitiful and cries a lot. Due to his runny nose and cough, he wakes up almost every hour or less (and so do I), his breathing is so loud and noisy and he is practically not a happy baby since he fell sick. Baby #3 is not even one month old yet but he was already nebulized at the clinic today.

While I thought that Naomi is much better and finally ready for school again, she had trouble sleeping last night. She woke up almost every hour, whining and almost crying while mumbling "Ouch, ouch, ouch". She tossed and turned a lot when sleeping but when I asked her which part of her body is painful or whether she wanted to go to the loo to pass urine, she kept quiet. This morning I learned that she had fever.. and she must have had body aches hence the sleep problem and relentless "Ouch, ouch, ouch" saying.

My conclusion is the stress of having sick kids is so overwhelming. The whole experience is really draining me and this period really attests the notion that Mommy's job is 24/7 with VERY LITTLE rests even though the husband is around. There are days when I am at my wit's end dealing with my ill young children. For God's sake, nothing is more torturing than having one child just falls asleep and the other one wakes up and each of them alternately keeps you awake every frigging hour at night - and this can happen for few nights in a row! I am just praying that I stay sane and don't fall sick too because I cannot afford to lose my mind nor fall sick right now. #truestory

Get well soon, kiddos. I can't wait to see you both happy and healthy again. Your Mommy here desperately needs a much deserved sleep... 3 or 4 hours undisturbed sleep is already good enough for me now. Not joking.

P/S: Drafting this not-so-long post took me 3 days. I hope I can find more time to update my blog more regularly in the near future. 

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/health-family/moms/moms-columns-blogs/article9110537.html#storylink=cpy