This blog is loaded with lots of adorable ideas for felt crafts. Unfortunately, the blog is in Portugese (Google Translate is of no help!) and there's not much I can glean from it other than the author's name which is Erica Catherine and that she currently resides in Brazil.
AT LAST! Cottony soft and fluffy dinner rolls with that "pull-apart" quality that do not give your jaws a work-out!
I've read somewhere that even for the experienced home-baker, bread holds a certain mystique. After many, many failed experiments at bread making, each unsuccessful attempt resulting in my ego as deflated as the bread dough that collapsed in the oven, I think I've finally nailed it! The secret? MILK POWDER! According to Shirley O' Corriher, (author of BakeWise) dry milk contributes to gluten development and provides protein and sugar for better crust colour and flavour, and therefore keeps the bread moist. The sugar in milk (lactose) isn't digested by the yeast and thus makes the bread sweeter while contributing to a soft and moist crumb.
Buttery, pillow-soft rolls
Here's the recipe to share.
300gm or more bread flour, depending on humidity and temperature
1 3/4 tsp instant dried yeast
3 1/2 tsp sugar
1 3/4 tsp salt
30g unsalted butter @ room temperature
2 1/4 tbsp milk powder dissolved in 225 ml lukewarm water
a little melted butter for butter wash
Combine ½ portion of the flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a large mixing bowl and mix well with a wooden spoon.
Add the egg, milk and butter into the bowl. Gradually, add the remaining flour, stirring until the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl. Plop the dough on a floured board and knead until you have a smooth and elastic, but still soft and slightly sticky dough. Don't work too much flour into the dough, only add it if the dough gets too sticky to work with. Shape the dough into a nice smooth ball and transfer to a lightly greased bowl. Cover with cling wrap and let it rise, in a warm spot, until it has doubled in size (1 – 1 ½ hours depending on the room temperature).
Take the dough out of the bowl, punch it down, shape into rolls and place them on a baking sheet. Cover and let them rise until they double in size again.
Preheat the oven to 200°C and bake for about 10-12 minutes or until the rolls turn light brown. Remove from oven and brush with the melted butter while the rolls are still hot.
Anne of Flour Box Bakery invited 40 talented cookiers to help her commemorate President's Day in a collaborative cookie project. Each person would cookify a President of the United States in celebration of Presidents Day 2013.
Click on the links below and enjoy their creations!
Laurie cookified several interesting facts about Benjamin Harrison
1. Six states Entered into the union while President Harrison was in office:
•South Dakota (1889)
•North Dakota (1889)
•Idaho (1890) [Hey! That’s MY state! ]
2. Benjamin Harrison’s signature
3. President Harrison was a Republican
4. Harrison was the first president to use electricity in the White House. However he and his wife would not touch the light switches for fear of electrocution and often went to bed with the lights on as he required the staff to operate all light switches!
5. President Harrison was a “big talker”. He once gave 140 completely different speeches in 30 days!
"Turn left, recalculating distance... turn right...", the unrelenting, annoying GPS lady directed us straight to a pond on the right. The classic scenario - we had been driving past the same petrol station 4 times in the last hour but we were still no closer to the quay. The boys were getting restless and my patience was wearing thin but despite our pleas, Hubby refused to stop and ask for directions. And it wasn't some unfamiliar territory we were in - we were in his hometown and we visit his folks regularly. If it wasn't for the need to fill our growling stomachs and an urgent toilet stop, I was sure he was going to drive aimlessly down the same stretch of road another 10 times, cursing and swearing at every vehicle in front of us that was going either too fast or too slow.
At the coffee shop where we stopped to dine, I asked the waiter for directions to the quay, to which Hubby grudgingly noted. Yep, we found the place right away and the waiter's instructions were spot-on but it was already dark when we arrived at our destination and the mall at the quay was near closing time. What's with men and asking for directions? Grrrrrr!!!
Straits Quay is located in Sri Tanjung on the Malaysian island of Penang. It is Penang's first sea-fronting marina.
The brand new marina has 40 pontoon berths with a breath-taking view of the Andaman Sea
Mediterranean-style waterfront villas and luxury condominiums - The most sought-after residential addresses on the Penang island.
The main foyer of the Straits Quay Mall
Interestingly, a new study finds that the average male driver drives 276 miles lost every year! That's a big carbon footprint for time badly spent!
You've probably seen these heartwarming pics as they have gone viral for some time now. They are from a collection of photographs by Miyoko Ihara chronicling the ordinary daily life of her elderly grandmother and her beloved odd-eyed cat Fukumaru.
An inseparable duo
Miyoko Ihara began snapping pictures of the extraordinary relationship between her now 89-year-old grandmother, Misa, and her feline companion fourteen years ago.
These charming pics have now been published in a book and the pair has struck a chord with people all over Japan.