Freshly and Lovingly Baked on: 29th Mar 2015
All eyes were glued to the TV as we watched the funeral procession. A family united as we sat and talk and remembered LKY over cakes and coffee. Mom made a very wise comment today when she responded to why some media think we are living under dictatorship with no freedom. She said that she has never feel more free. Worries of robbery, snatch thefts, rape and etc made travels outside Singapore a bit out of comfort zone for her. She said that whenever she is out travelling, she has to guard her handbag. When she walks on the streets, she has to always change how she hold her bag. The bag must never be facing the road. She can never leave the bag open because pickpockets are rampant.
She cannot meet her friends late after certain hours at night because the streets are generally not safe for most then. She cannot wear too low cut for fear of attracting unwanted attention ( I mean my mom is still quite a fetch at her age).
Freedom is about the ability to go out anytime you want without fear of getting rob, rape or harass. Freedom is about the ability to wear anything and not resulting in you getting rape or hurt. Freedom is about the ability to let your guard down and be as at ease with no fear in a place. Freedom is about the ability to work hard and get rewarded base on your merits.
As I listened to her, I never knew this wisdom of her. Everything make mighty sense! She nudged at me whenever I turned my attention to my hokkaido milk dough. I will always look up and smile at her saying “yes mother, I understood and I totally agreed.”
Everyone seems needy today but my Hokkaido milk dough is more urgent. I decided to make it into love shapes to tell Mr Lee that our love for him will always take a permanent residency in our heart. Memories are short and I wish Singaporeans and those who live and love Singapore as much as we do to always remember our founding father and work hard to maintain his legacy. The emotion and patriotism will mean nothing if we all go back to our usual way of life after today.
Recipe made 6 loves
285g Bread Flour
30g Cake flour
30g Milk Powder
5g Instant Yeast
53g Whole Egg
50g Whipping Cream
125g Fresh Milk
For the filling:
20g Organic Sesame Seeds
10g Granulated Brown Sugar
5g Milk Powder
Mix all the bread ingredients into the mixing bowl. Knead the dough until it reaches window pane stage. Then let it proof until double in size. While waiting to let it proof, do the filling. Simply grind up all the ingredients together and set aside.
Once the proofing is done, punch it down and give it a light knead. Then divide the dough into 100g per piece. Round it up and let it rest.
I have include here the shaping instructions. In these pictures, the shaping are done on a previous dough that I have made. So do not for once think that the hokkaido milk dough above will turn out pink! 😉
Roll it out flat with a rolling pin:
Smear the sesame seeds filling onto the rolled out dough:
Pinched it tight as you rolled up the sides:
Flip up the other end of the elongated dough and fold over:
Then slice through along the line shown below:
You will then open up and viola!
Once the shaping is done, let it rest for 30 mins. Then brushed these loves with milk and bake it in a preheated oven of 170 degree for 15 minutes.
Baking in the oven:
Once it has been baked, take these out and allowed to cool completely before devouring it!