公仔饼 made into Sherman the shark and Gudetama ぐでたま!

Freshly and Lovingly Baked on : 27th Sept 2015

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Time of the year and I am late again. The truth of the matter is, I am not able to find the alkaline water that is needed for the bake. They are sold out at all bake shops. Nevertheless, better late than never. So I am at it today.

The traditional shapes are goldfish, koi fish or piglets. I have made them into pigs before. So I thought hard as to what other shapes can I made them into. I was flipping through Sunday times today and saw Sherman the shark! Sharks are “fishes” too, isn’t?

The other shape which I have been dreaming to make is Gudetama. It is a food character from Sanrio. You can read more about this very cute egg which I love so much from the below blog. I love its “buttocks” and I cannot explain why it is so adorable. It just tug at my heart everytime I see it. What I am worried about is shaping these cuties free hand.

http://blog.sfgate.com/chronstyle/2015/04/28/meet-gudetama-sanrios-newest-character/

The dowager was ready excited to see it. The conversation goes:

Dowager: ” Where are the cookie molds for the sharks?”
Me: “What moods?” ====> Feeling puzzled
Dowager: ” then how did you shape these shermans?”
Me: -_- ” FREE HAND!”
Dowager: “I didn’t know you are so talented.”
Me: -_-“””

There are no biscuit molds available to shape these. So you simply has to use your imagination and try it! As Nike’s slogan reads “JUST DO IT!”

Ingredients :

125 Golden syrup
35g Canola oil
1/8 Tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
1 Tsp Alkaline Water
210g Cake Flour

Directions :

Mix the oil, syrup, alkaline water and bicarbonate of soda in a bowl. Ensure that they are incoporated well. Next, add in the cake flour in batches. Mix well on each addition. You will realised it became more and more difficult each round.

Steps by steps

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Rest these for 2 hours in the fridge before shaping. It can get rather sticky and having some canola oil at hand will be of great help. Oil your hand before shaping. It will also help if you wash your hand after making 2 designs as your hand will be sticky by then! Once all is done, bake it in a preheated oven of 175 degree for 8 mins.

Raw forms after shaping:

Sherman the shark!

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Sherman raw 2

Gudetama

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PG raw 3

 

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Baking in progress:

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Finished products:

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My first ever Challah Bread shaped into 2 ways!

Freshly and Lovingly Baked: 20th Sept 2015

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I am surprised. Surprised that it did not occur to me that I should bake this until I saw a message from a girlfriend on what are usually eaten on Jewish holiday and Sabbath day.

This Challah is intended to be bake for Rosh Hashanah. Round Challah symbolised perfection and infinity, expressing the hope for a perfect year, free of troubles and tribulations, a year of unlimited blessings. Sometimes. this round challah is adorned with a crown made of a small plaited piece of dough. But I figured I can make it into a big crown instead. The crown commemorating the prayers of Rosh Hashanah proclaiming the our Father God over the universe! To me the crown is also the crown of thorns which Jesus wore during his torturous journey during crucifixion.

1-4 baked crown

braided top view close up sliced

I have shaped this dough into 2 different design. One as a 4 braided Challah and the other one as a crown! Whatever it is, the basic dough is key!

Ingredients:

3 Cups All Purpose Flour
1/2 Cup Hot Water – 1 tbsp
6g Instant Yeast
1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
5g Salt
56g Unsalted Butter
2 Eggs
2 Egg Yorks

Direction:

Place all dry ingredients into the mixing bowl. Place cubed butter into a metal bowl and boil some water. Measure 1/2 Cup of this boiled water and pour it into the bowl containing the butter. Let it sit for a while. The butter will melt and stirred it to mix it well. Let it sit for a while because it will be too hot. Let it cool down for 20 minutes and add the eggs and yorks into it. Mix them well. Then pour this liquid into the dry mixture and combine it.

Knead it till it passed the window pane test and let it proof until it is doubled in size. Punch it down.

Weight of dough for the crown: 380g
Weight of dough for the braided challah: 400g

Direction for the shaping of the crown:

Basically,  it is the same concept of using a rose shaping method. Each rose will weigh 95g. Each petal will be around 19g. So you divide up each 95g into 5 pieces, round it up and flatten it. Then stack the flatten piece on top of each other. The overlapping petal will only cover half of the petal below. Then you will start to roll it up starting from the left. Once that is done, slice it by half and you can position each half onto the baking tray. Repeat and you will be able to position all halves into a circle.

Raw version:

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For the braided challah, simply divide it into 2 and roll it up into long strings. I think you can find  a lot of youtube video on how to braid such a challah!

Raw version:

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side challah w seeds

This dough is very easy to handle so you can always undo the plaits if you lost track of the time!

Once done, let is proof for another 30 minutes before giving it an egg white wash. For the braided version, I sprinkled some seeds on it. Usually it is poppy seeds or sesame seeds.

side challah w seeds

Bake it in a preheated oven of 180 degree for 25 minutes. I tent it 5 minutes into the baking process to prevent excessive browning!

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Texture!

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