Freshly and Lovingly Baked: 17th Aug 2014
Yes, I double baked today. Its a baking marathon given that I was not able to do much yesterday. Two firsts today. One is the use of organic Dark Rye Flour and the second is the attempt to paint on bread. The usage of yolk in the “paint” for the bread allows a fluid flow. Painting using this concoction is a breeze.
Actually, I have attempted to paint Mc Dull which is one of my all time favourite Cantonese Cartoon Character onto the swiss roll in the bake project earlier .
Mcdull – Wikipedia’s Definition
“McDull (Chinese: 麥兜 jyutping: mak6 dau1) is a cartoon pig character that was created in Hong Kong by Alice Mak and Brian Tse. Although McDull made his first appearances as a supporting character in the McMug comics, McDull has since become a central character in his own right, attracting a huge following in Hong Kong.”
Unfortunately, due to the delicate batter and too fine an outline which I have attempted on McDull, the picture just got stuck onto the parchment paper. After attempting twice, I decided to give up. However, I need to paint McDull somehow and my mind is fixated on another bake project. That lead to this rye bread attempt.
Unfortunately, in my attempt to 3Dfied Mcdull, the cap and nose dough was not up to standard and hence as I attempt to paint Mcdull, the proportion was not exactly cute. On my practice round (which you can see from the mcdull on kitchen towel), I am able to control the proportion and hence it does look like Mcdull. But everything is not always as planned. I was a tad disappointed but I think I am able to do better the next round!
I have also included here a plain version of the rye bread if you are not that keen to attempt a Mcdull. Basically, I just scored it before baking!
200g Bread Flour
50g Dark Rye Flour + More for dusting and coating
25g Brown Sugar
Mix all ingredients in the mixing bowl of the mixer. Use a dough hook for kneading. Knead it for 15 minutes or until it pass the window pane test. After which, let it proof till double in size. Once the 1st round of proofing is doe, divide the dough into 5 dough of 80g each. Round it up and let it rest for 10 minutes. Deflate the dough after the initial rest and shape it into a round shape. Coat the top of the bread with rye flour and place it onto the baking tray lined with parchment paper. Use a sharp knife and score it. I score it to look like a leaf. So you score one in the centre and two slanting slashes on each side. Let it proof a second round before baking it in a preheated oven of 180 degree for 10 minutes.
For the McDull version, I actually took out 5g of dough from each single dough. Shape 3g into a semi circle for the cap and 2 g into the oval for the nose. Position it onto the round dough. I let it proof a second time for about 20 minutes as well like the plain rye bread version before baking it in the oven for 9 minutes. After which, I took these out and started the painting.
The paint concoction is as such:
1/4 Tsp Charcoal Powder
1/4 Tsp Water
1 Tsp Egg york
Mix charcoal Powder and water together first before adding in the york. Stir till it form a smooth paste.
Practice on kitchen towel first before attempting it onto the bread. Once that is drawn onto the bread, I returned the bread into the oven for another 1 minutes to set the painting as well as to cook the york.
So here goes: McDull Version!