BAKER’S APPRENTICE 4

Our 4-lesson Foundation in Bread-Making course has come to an end last Sunday (20 April).

In our last lesson, we learned to make four more types of bread – wholemeal sandwich loaf, bread bowls, American Chewy Bagels and French Walnut Wheat Country Bread. It might appear that we would be kept very busy during the five hours but it turned out that this was a very relaxed lesson, as compared to all the previous weeks.

This was an important step in making the bagels chewy before baking them.

Our instructor explaining the difference between well-baked and not so well-baked bread loaves. Can you tell the difference? Fortunately, the not so well-baked loaf was not ours 😀

My bread bowl dough before proofing. My instructor said that they were well-shaped. 😉

With the end of this course, DS and I are glad that we have basically picked up some of the fundamentals and techniques in bread-making. This basic knowledge and all the recipes provided are certainly good enough for us to start producing home-made bread! However, we were hoping that there would be even more theories that helped us better understand the science of bread-making. We thought we would be able to come out with our own bread recipe by the end of the course. Perhaps we were expecting too much! We thought it would also be great if amongst the various groups in the class, we were tasked to produce same type of breads of different proportion of ingredients in order that we could appreciate better the impact of the ingredients on the texture and flavour of breads. Of course, we could attempt to do so at home but this would take many trials and be very time-consuming.

For the bread bowls that we took home, instead of eating them in a traditional way (with creamy soup), we ate with home-cooked Japanese curry instead. That was a good try. Japanese curry rice or noodles (udon) are common but I wonder if there is any restaurant here that serves Japanese curry in bread bowls?

It is time to put what we have learned into practice. We think that we have a relatively good oven at home. So far, we have been pleased with our 3-month old Sharp Healsio water oven which is not just user-friendly, but also has a function for Proofing the bread which I didn’t even realise until I started to bake my bread! 😮 It has a variety of functions including steaming, grilling, roasting, proofing, baking, etc.

My first attempt at home two days ago was raisin bread which turned out successfully except that the surface of the bread was a little bit more brown. I think I will just need to make some slight adjustment to the temperature and baking time the next time I bake.

My first home-made bread. This bread contained about 60% of raisin and it meets American’s standard! I have also added sunflower seeds. The bread was delicious. We finished it within a day! 😉

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8 thoughts on “BAKER’S APPRENTICE 4”

  1. 请问你的Sharp Healsio是在那里买的?
    马来西亚仅有通过传销公司Amway才买得到,
    价格昂贵 (RM4999)!
    所以我打算要去新加坡买!
    请问你买多少钱??
    谢谢!

  2. 嗨Lulu,

    我是在Best Denki电器行买的。Best Denki 分布在新加坡好多个地点。你可以查阅以下的网址。最大的店面应属义安城的那一间。 我建议你下去之前给他们打个电话, 确认他们是否有存货。 没错的话,不是每间店都有卖这款的。

    http://www.bestdenki.com.sg/

    我买的时候正逢有促销, 价钱是S$1,250。

  3. DS can i check with you You use the sharp water oven to proof it Then you use it to bake the bread? I also attended the bread making course , the instructor told us that there would be not enough time to preheat up the oven after proofing? So how did you do it?

    Jenny Ho

  4. Hi Jenny,

    Frankly, I have not baked bread for some time now and I have only tried using the proofing function once. What I did was after proofing using the oven, I took the dough out and started to pre-heat the oven immediately. Indeed there was a short time gap between proofing and baking, which may not be ideal, but my bread turned out ok.

    Qing

  5. My family members every time say that I am wasting
    my time here at web, except I know I am getting experience
    every day by reading thes nice content.

  6. Hi, thank you for visiting my blog and I am glad if you like what’s written in this blog.

    Qing

  7. hi,may i ask how to use the oven?which function do you use when u bake the bread?i always fail to bake my cake,dont really know how to use it 😦

  8. Hi Jolie,

    There are various functions to choose from. Normally for baking or breads/cakes/cookies, I use the Oven function which allows me to set the temperature (and also timing) based on my baking recipe. Try refer to the manual to better understand the various functions.

    Happy baking and hope you will succeed next.

    Qing

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