Friday, 29 January 2016

#46 - Yakult Bread with Cornflakes


Look at this loaf of bread, isn't the colour beautiful? I still remember that morning of me waking up to this loaf of homemade bread, with colours just like the bright and cheery sunshine. I just love it! 

This is a really simple recipe which replaces the use of milk with my childhood favourite drink, Yakult! If you are in love with this drink like I am, try this recipe! Personally. I only wish that I could add even more yakult to this bread. To me, the stronger the yakult taste, the better! 

Not forgetting the crunchy cornflakes that come along with the bread. If you are as greedy as I am, you may want to consider serving the bread like I did, with a thin layer of butter/ peanut butter, topped with yet another layer of cornflakes! Yummy!


Recipe: Adapted & modified from Everybody Eats Well in Flanders

Yakult (Original Flavour)- 250ml

Caster Sugar - 20g
Salt - 7g
Blue Jacket Bread Flour - 350g (and 2 tbsp more, if necessary)
Instant Dry Yeast - 7g
Unsalted Butter (softened) - 35g
Some cornflakes (crushed)
Egg Wash (1 egg + 1 tbsp water)

1. Pour yakult into the bread barrel.

2. At each corner of the bread barrel, add in sugar and salt.

3. Add in bread flour on top of the wet ingredients. Make sure the wet ingredients are well covered by the flour.

4. In the centre of the flour heap, make an indentation and add in the instant dry yeast. Cover up the yeast with the flour.

5. Secure bread barrel in the bread machine.

6. Select "Custom Procedure" function on your bread machine (On my Donlim T15A Breadmaker, I selected function "21") and input the following settings before pressing "Start".

First kneading - 20 minutes
First proofing - 1 hour
Second kneading - 30 minutes
Second proofing - 1 hour
Baking - 1 hour

7. 10 minutes for first kneading, you should see a dough being formed. Once the dough is formed, add in butter before continuing the process.

8. After second kneading (before the dough undergoes second proofing), paused the machine and remove kneading blade from the bread barrel.

9. Brush the top of the dough with egg wash and roll it over the crushed cornflakes.

10. Return dough to the bread machine for second proofing and baking.

11. When bread is ready, remove bread barrel from the machine immediately. 

12. After removing bread from bread barrel, transfer it to the cooling rack to allow it to cool completely before slicing and serving. 

Monday, 4 January 2016

#45 - No-Bake Baileys Chocolate Biscuit Cake


My first bake of the year 2016! No-Bake Baileys Chocolate Biscuit Cake. Chocolatey rich & simply irresistible. A slice of simple goodness. I simply love the slight tint of Baileys within the biscuit cake. Such a sweet & delicate flavour and it goes perfectly well with the rich & creamy chocolate ganache. I am so going to dig into another slice right now!

How about you? If you are looking for a twist to your usual decadent but boring chocolate cake? Try this! The crunch coming from the digestive biscuit base along with the nutty flavour from the almond and pistachios nuts - Yummy! Not to mention, my favourite of them all - The deliciously rich & creamy chocolate ganache on the top of the biscuit cake! Yummy Yummy Yummy!

From other similar recipes online, you will realise that many others also made similar version of this cake using Marie Biscuits instead. But personally, I prefer the crunch of the digestive biscuits in this case and feel that it goes really well with the pistachios nuts. It is a matter of personal preference I guess. 

To be honest, I wasn't counting on this recipe to be a huge success due to its simplicity. But to my surprise, it is really well-received in my family and even I (not much of a sweet tooth) enjoys the rich and creamy chocolate ganache alongside with the nutty biscuit cake base. You got to try it to believe it!


Recipe: Adapted & modified from Home Cooking Adventure.


Biscuit Cake Base
Mixed Nuts - 100g (I used 50g almonds & 50g pistachios)
Digestive Biscuits - 800g

Chocolate Syrup
Fine Sugar - 180g
Cocoa Powder - 60g
Baileys Irish Cream - 50ml
Milk - 200ml
Unsalted Butter (softened) - 150g
Vanilla Extract - 1tsp

Chocolate Ganache
Whipping Cream - 120ml
Bittersweet Chocolate (chopped) - 120g


1. Grease and line cake pan (spring form pan, round, 23cm) with baking paper. Set aside for later use

2. In a saucepan, over medium heat, toast the mixed nuts for 5 minutes. Stir frequently to ensure even toasting. Set aside for later use.

3. Break digestive biscuits into small pieces in a large bowl.

4. Add in mixed nuts (Step 2) to the digestive biscuits (Step 3). Mix well.

5. In a saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa powder and milk together. Mix well to ensure that the mixture is well-mixed.

6. Place saucepan over medium heat. Add in butter and bring mixture to a boil while stirring constantly.

7. Remove from heat and add in Baileys and vanilla extract. Mix well and allow chocolate syrup mixture to cool for at least 15 minutes.

8. Once chocolate syrup is cooled, pour it over cake base mixture (Step 4) and ensure they are well-combined.

9. Transfer combined cake base mixture into cake pan and press down firmly using spatula (or back of a spoon).

10. Cover with cling wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

11. After 1 hour, heat whipping cream in a saucepan over medium heat until it starts to boil.

12, Pour hot cream over chopped chocolate and stir well.

13. Remove cake from refrigerator and pour chocolate ganache over cake.

14. Refrigerator chocolate biscuit cake overnight before serving. 

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