The “must-have” Bread of the Season! Panettone!

Freshly and Lovingly Baked on : 21st Dec 2014

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I am truly panicking at this stage. I have not wrapped the presents nor finished my Christmas Shopping. I have not cut my hair not have I prep myself for Christmas Day. I have to push back all Christmas period catch up with friends because I am struggling with some work. The eyes suffered the most since they are strained beyond recognition. I told the Dowager that it is her job now to ensure I maintain my pilot vision. Yes, I have perfect eyesight and I do not intend to ruin that.

Back to the Christmas shopping, I struggled to find an apt gift for some friends who do not need anything. They are either too rich beyond words or they are simply picky and difficult to please. Despite so, these are still some of the most supportive friends I have had during the past few years and I intend to keep them close and sticky regardless. Panettone is a bread that I will always bake during Christmas. To me, its a tradition. To me, it symbolises Christmas.

Due to time constraint since I am running on a tight schedule, I will post this recipe later. For now, you can consider this panettone recipe which I have posted last year. I made some changes to it this year and it turned out even more fabulous! I can smell it while working in the room. If you can, try not to sink your teeth into it immediately after it has been baked. I will suggest leaving it overnight before attempting to taste it. It will surely taste even better then.

For now, I hope the pictures are sufficient!

In the raw form:

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While Baking:

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Cross Section:

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Sticky Sticky Brioche Cinnamon Ginger Bun to Kick Start the Christmas Season!

Freshly and Lovingly Baked on : 14th Dec 2014

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Its another 11 days to Christmas. Somehow, it does not feel very Christmasy this year. Is it because I have not been parking myself in the malls to soak up the gorgeous Christmas decoration,galore of Christmas gifts and glorious foods? It seems to be the case since I have been parking myself in front of the computer adjusting up to 650 pictures for the new website. It has been a daily cycle of 6.45 am to work and home at 7 pm. A short period of rest is all I have before I start on my 2nd “job”.

I have not bake anything in 3.5 weeks due to the unnecessary “busy busy work”. It felt like eternity. After church today, I have decided to create some Christmas ambience. And I cannot think of anything better but to fill the house with gorgeous cinnamon and ginger smell. It is an all time favourite bake of cinnamon bun. The only difference is that I used a brioche dough instead. I decided to up the calorie content in this bake with a coat of sugar ginger “sticky glue”.

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The smell that ultimately emerged was intoxicating. I sat on my sofa inhaling deeply. Remembering this very day that I baked for Christmas and Jesus.

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Ingredients :
400g Bread Flour
170g Unsalted Butter
1 Tsp Salt
2 Tbsp Granulated Sugar
4g Instant Yeast
85g Milk
4 Eggs
1 Egg york

1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Tsp Salt
3 Tbsp Cinnamon Powder

65g Unsalted Butter
1 Tsp Salt
2 Tbsp Grated Ginger
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar


Mix Milk, eggs and york in a bowl and set aside. Combine the dry ingredients (except for butter) together before pouring in the wet ingredients into the dry. Give it a rough mix before kneading it for about 10 minutes. Add in the softened butter slowly until all are incorporated into the dough. Do a window pane test. Once that is passed, let the dough proof for 1.5 hrs or double in size before deflating and roll out into a rectangle shape.

Mix the topping ingredients together until it form a paste. Spread this paste onto the bottom of the desired baking pan.

Mix the filling ingredients together and sprinkled all onto the rolled out dough. Roll it up tightly and sliced it up.

Position the sliced dough onto the baking pan and let it rest for 25 minutes. During this time, heat up the oven at 180 degree. Once the dough has been rested, bake it for 25 minutes.

Let cool and serve!


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