Friday, December 13, 2013

Whole Meal Dinner Rolls

Looking for whole meal dinner rolls to go with pumpkin soup.  Finally found 1 recipe from the web that is simple and easy to make dinner rolls.

Here are the ingredients,

1 cup of water plus 2 more tbsp. of water,
1 large egg,
1/4 cup of sugar,
1 tsp. salt,
2 tbsp. shortening,
2 cups whole meal flour,
11/3 cups all purpose flour,
1 tsp. dry yeast.
It is very easy for me as I am using bread maker to make this bread.  I just have to put all the ingredients starting from the liquid to dry ingredients in the inner pot and press the start button.  the machine will mix, knead and proof the whole process, it will takes 1.30 hour.

Well, those who do not have the machine can also make the rolls by traditional way, that is by hand.
Put all the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl.  Make a well in the centre, beat in the egg, pour in the water gradually.  Using hands to mix the wet and dry ingredients well, add in the shortening and start kneading for 10 to 15 minutes.  Cover with a piece of cloth and let it proof for about 40 minutes or double in size.
my dough has been proofed in the bread maker.
divide the dough into half

then into 4, then at last shape into 12 small balls.  Place the rolls on the greased baking sheet.
Brush with beaten egg, sprinkle with some toasted black sesame seeds(optional) .  Let proof for another 40 minutes or when the balls has become double in size.

bake in preheated over of 170 degree C for 15 minutes.
Woh...can smell the aromatic smell of bread after about 10 minutes of baking,

my dinner rolls are ready in 15 minutes, look so pretty, so soft and nice.  Will share the pumpkin soup recipe tomorrow.

Old Cucumber with pork ribs soup

This is a very cooling and nourishing soup that my mom used to prepare for the whole family.

the ingredients are,

1 -1 kg old cucumber,
300g pork ribs,
7 red dates,
1- 3 dried sotong,
6 small dried mushrooms(optional),

wash the pork rips and par-boil
 wash the old cucumber and scrape the skin off, cut into half, discard the seeds and cut into smaller pieces.

soak the dried sotong, red dated and dried mushrooms for about 20 minutes.  wash and set aside.

Boil 1 litre of water in a pot.  Put in all the ingredients .  Slow down the fire when all the ingredients in the pot is boiled.  simmer for about 1 to 11/2 hour.  I usually  will pour into slow cooker after boiling in a soup pot and let slow cook for 4 hours.  Slow cook can slowly simmer out fragrant and the flavour of all the ingredients.  I normally do not add any salt into to soup, we prefer the original taste of the soup.  Garnish with chopped spring onions or coriander.  Serve hot.