I went back to the Bay Area this weekend to visit my parents and show off my new ring. Whenever I go home, I try to bring home some baked goods that my family will enjoy.

Last time I went home, I made them some milk bread using the tangzhong method (a natural method for creating a soft and fluffy bread which you can read more about here), and they really enjoyed it. In fact they finished it off within a few hours. So this time I decided to make extra.

Rather than make a loaf, I thought i’d be easier to store and carry smaller rolls for my flight. I previously had made raisin rolls, so this time I made them without the raisins. I used a 8 x 8 pan and was able to make 9 individual rolls.

The bread came out soft and fluffy as usual. In the smaller condensed form it is not as fluffy as a slice off of a loaf, but it is still pretty good.

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Recipe: Sweet Milk Bread Rolls

(bread base adapted from this recipe)

Ingredients

  • 2½ cups bread flour
  • 3tbsp+2tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • 120g tangzhong (use this recipe here for the tangzhong, but make sure you weigh out 120g as this tz recipe makes close to double the amount needed)
  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • 3 tbsp butter (cut into small pieces, softened at room temperature)

Instructions

  1. Make sure you have tangzhong already made from the night before or a few hours before you are going to make the bread as it needs to cool before use.
  2. Combine the flour, salt, sugar and instant yeast in a bowl of a stand mixer. Make a well in the center. Whisk and combine all wet ingredients: milk, egg and tangzhong, then add into the well of the dry ingredients. Use the dough hook attachment and mix on low speed until your dough comes together and then add in the butter and continue mixing on medium to high speed. Mix/knead for about 18-20 minutes until the dough is no longer sticky and is elastic. You want the dough to be elastic. So if you were to take a part of it and stretch it out, you can stretch it to a very thin membrane without it breaking. When you poke a hole in the thin membrane, it should form a close to perfect circle.
  3. Gather the dough into a ball shape. Take a large bowl and grease with oil. Place dough into greased bowl and cover with a wet towel. Let it proof until it’s doubled in size, about 40 minutes.
  4. Deflate and divide the dough into nine equal portions. Knead into ball shapes. Cover with cling wrap, let rest for 15 minutes.
  5. Roll out each part with a rolling pin into an oval shape. Take one end of the dough and fold to meet the middle of the oval. Take the other end and fold to meet on top. Turn the dough over, so that the folds face down and roll and flatten dough with pin. Flip dough again, so folded side faces up. Roll the dough up from top to bottom. Take both ends and fold down until they meet at the bottom. Stretch and move the top portion of the dough around until you end up with a ball shape at the top and the ends are tucked into the bottom. Repeat this step of rolling for the rest of your dough. With seals of the dough balls facing down, place the nine balls into an 8 x 8 baking pan that is lined with parchment paper. Then cover with cling wrap or a wet towel. Leave it for the second round of proofing, about 45 to 60 minutes, until double in size.
  6. Whisk an egg and brush egg wash on surface of buns (this will create the shiny finish). Bake in a pre-heated 330F oven for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown. Transfer onto a wire rack and let cool completely.

 


I love chiffon cakes. I like the light, airy and soft texture. However, I don’t like how chiffon cakes always need to be baked in a plain pan with a hole in the middle.

I understand the purpose of using such a pan (allowing the cake to rise properly, being able to let it cool upside down so the cake doesn’t collapse, etc), but I’ve been curious as to the exact results if you don’t use an angel food pan.

As you can see, my cake completely collapsed. I actually don’t think this much of a collapse is normal when you use a square pan, but my batter ended up being too wet and I think I should have baked it slightly longer, so that is why it collapsed so much. When it came out of the oven it was twice the height..

Regardless, the cake was still delicious. I used fresh mangoes and you could taste the mango puree in every bite. It still tasted light and airy. It didn’t taste like the cake had collapsed. I think I’ll stick to a chiffon pan though for next time.

Btw, I always see people cut mangoes like the one I have pictured, and I always thought it looked cool but I never did it until now. I think this is a great way to eat mangoes. Previously I always just sliced off the four sides and then removed the entire flesh and ate it as big slices. Not nearly as visually appealing.

I adapted a recipe from Table for 2 … or more. Hers was for a peach chiffon cake and it came out much fluffier, so I’m pretty sure I added too much mango or underbaked mine. You can view the recipe here.

So this isn’t a food post, but I have some personal news I would like to share with you all. I have to confess, I was bursting to tell the news right away but I wanted to line all my ducks in a row first. This week has been a busy whirlwind and I desperately need some sleep.

The Boyfriend and I have been together a long time. A long time. 11 years to be exact. I always cringe when people ask the inevitable question of how long we’ve been together because people seem to have a really strong reaction to how long we’ve been together, along with a slew of opinions.

I’m pretty sure most of you know where I’m going with this…Or perhaps you’ve noticed the change in the banner…

After 11 years, the BF is getting a new name: fiancé. Actually on this blog I’ll be referring to him as FH (“future husband”) because I’m too lazy to type out fiancé every time. (Yes I meant to say FH, sorry to those who read the original post and it said FB. Apparently Mark Zuckerburg has influenced my subconscious.)

I’m pretty excited. I actually am surprised at how excited I am. I thought that since we’ve been together so long and we knew for a while now that we would go down this road, that this would dampen the excitement. But I’ve been giddy for days. I also am surprised at how smooth the transition has been. I actually had to make myself type out “BF” for these last few posts  because I now automatically think of him as my fiance. As despite never wearing any rings, I’ve had no problem getting used to this ring on my finger.

Now that we’ve reached this stage in our journey together, I’m pretty clueless as to the next steps. So if anyone has any advice of wedding planning or maintaining a happy marriage, please share!