Freshly and Lovingly Steamed : 16th Jan 2015
I was at church today when Pastor spoke about the sacrificial lamb. It stirred this desire within. A desire which I have been wanting to realise. This idea was conceived way ahead i.e. at least 1 month back but I just do not have the desire and motivation to go ahead with it. Weekend has been such precious time to rest and work on the business. However, I think its an apt timing today after hearing pastor Prince spoke about the sacrificial lamb.
This creation is nothing new. I am going to use my old trusted mantou recipe. The only difference is making it to look like a 3D ram. I only have an idea in my head of how to go about making it. Before I start, I pray that it will turn out to be exactly how I conceive it to be.
So here go:
You can refer to this post for the mantou recipe.
To make this Ram Mantou:
1) Roll out 50g dough each and round it up. Place this main dough onto a piece of parchment paper. I cut a bigger square than normal since I know that it will expand while steaming and I need to cater for that.
2) Roll out 5g of dough each for the horn. Roll it out into long strips and then create it into a spiral. After testing it now, I realised that I probably need to coat this strip of dough with flour before rolling up into a spiral shape. In that case, the dough does not get fused into each other and the spiral will be more distinct.
3) position the horns onto both side of the dough
4) Then its now more free play. Pinch out dough size of 1g and 2g. Round it up and position it onto the body of the main dough. I suggest alternate of different sizes of dough.
5) This mantou took me a long time before of the individual doughs that you need to pinch out and position onto the main body of the mantou. You can get a friend to help! ;)
6) Once done, let it proof for another 15 minutes and follow the instructions in the mantou recipe to steam it.
7) Let these babies rest and cool down before using edible food colouring pen and draw in the eyes and nose.
Remember to steam it in medium heat. Too high a heat will cause the dough to burst!
I was seriously amused by the outcome. It is beyond my expectations but it certainly gave me a good laugh. I think baking should be fun and experimental. I truly enjoy the unexpected outcome and the laugh the whole family get out of it!. Although it is not very nice an outcome. I believe in learning from the mistakes. Hope you can enjoy this undesired outcome as well!. ;)