All posts filed under: Sunday Bakery

March 3rd Hinamatsuri | ‘Girl’s Day’

March 3rd is a traditional day observed in Japan called ‘Hinamatsuri’ or ‘Dolls Festival’ or ‘Girls Day’. Ceramic dolls are displayed in each household to pray for continued health and happiness for their daughter. The ceramic dolls are dressed in traditional kimonos, displayed on red carpet steps, ornamental dolls representing the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians in traditional court dress of the Heian period.  The ‘Hinamatsuri’ dolls are (used to be) inherited through generations, although perhaps not any more. To celebrate ‘Hinamatsuri‘, the most common food prepared is the ‘Chirashi-Sushi‘ (The word “chirashi” means “scattered,” so this is basically a big bowl of rice mixed with fish, vegetables, and additional ingredients of your choice.) However, this year applying the idea of a petite four cake, cube sponge cakes were simulated into a step like stage base, Emperor and Empress made of felt cloth, the stage base decorated with (her adoration) strawberries to simulate the other attendants of the Hinamatsuri festival.

Irish Soda Bread, a multi-grain country bread

I grew up in Ireland and this ‘Irish Soda Bread’ is one of my (top 5) favorite breads amongst many of my bread families. Being a long time (bread) baker, the strong aroma of the (wild) multi-grains had been quite difficult to achieve among the flour, multi-grains available in Tokyo but this recipe had an astounding result, my personal view though. I have recipes with a multi-blend of flour and multi-grains but never close to what I remember as the true taste of ‘Irish Soda Bread’. This recipe was inspired by one of my reader’s recipe whom often visits my site. Tasty East – Tasty recipe from chef Ronit Penso’s kitchen posted a ‘multi-grain soda bread’ recipe and I closely followed the recipe replacing it items available in my baking kitchen. Thanks to her recipe, I think I’ve come to a recipe and taste which recalls my days in Cork, Ireland; the days of youth and the fresh country Irish bread, attainable anywhere in Ireland but only in Ireland. Irish Soda Bread Ingredients: 1 cup …

Pumpkin Twist Loaf & Apple Roll Bread

Making simple bread loafs are not quite easy when pursued perfection but ‘pre-made sheets‘ integrated into a basic bread loaf can be a quite fun and rather impressive. These ‘pre-made sheets’ can be made with many other ingredients, although my all time favorite tends to be the ‘pumpkin sheet’. Looking back at my baking archive, I’ve made this loaf with my nieces as a baking lesson, goes back already 3 years from now. Click the link to see my adoring nieces having lots of ‘baking fun’. RECIPE link to : Pumpkin Twist Loaf Pumpkin Twist Loaf Bread Recipe –  Bread Flour (100%) 175g Cake Flour (100%) 175g Salt (1.6%) 5.6g Sugar (10%) 35g Dry Yeast (0.85%) 3g Unsalted Butter (5.7%) 49g – mix in with the dough Cream (8%) 28g Egg Yolk (6%) 21g Milk (56%) 196g Pumpkin Sheet <Pumpkin Sheet> Recipe –  Cake Flour 10g Mashed Pumpkin 120g Corn Starch 5g Sugar 30g Milk    1 Tbsp Rum 1 Tsp Cinnamon Powder 1/4 Tsp Unsalted Butter 5g < Pumpkin Sheet > Mix the flour, pumpkin, …

Apple Clafoutis & Carrot Cake

Apple Clafoutis is one of my favorite desserts, which I make during the cold winter season. Apples of different kinds come in abundance, although unsure whether this can be classified as a ‘vegan dessert’, the volume of apples: 70% verses the egg dough: 30% tends to feel quite healthy and not too filling. The recipe has already been introduced in the past so if you are interested in my recipe, here is the link with a slide show recipe or below. Apple Clafoutis|アップルクラフティ For the filling 3medium apple 30g salt free butter 30g brown sugar For the batter 60g Cake Flour or Gluten Free Cake Flour 60g brown sugar 3 Eggs 100cc Milk 100cc Fresh Cream 100cc Beer or Carbonated Water Instructions Cut the apple to approx 2 cm wide, remove the core, peel the apples.2. Place butter in a frying pan, add the apple and sugar, pan fry at low heat. Grill the apples until the apples are soft and cooked.3. Apply butter (appropriate amount) inside a heat-resistant dish and evenly sprinkle sugar (appropriate …

PETITE Chocolate Cupcakes

Once in a while, I start looking for new ‘chocolate’ cake recipes, despite many in my recipe archive. Depending on the degree of my “chocolate crave”, recipes which catch my eye tend to drastically differ from brownies to gateaux cakes to soft ganache types. This recipe is taken from one of my favorite blog site – It’s a gluten free recipe site but recipes covered to my own needs. It works for me! I made the cupcake base for my lovely neices to decorate during Christmas. PETITE  CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES INGREDIENTS Recipe in courtesy of : For the cakes:  135g (1 stick + 1 tablespoon) unsalted butter, at room temperature plus extra for greasing the muffin tins 60g brown sugar  80g all purpose flour 25g ground almonds 1/3 teaspoon baking soda  1/3 teaspoon baking  powder 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 3 tablespoons cocoa powder 40ml (1/4 cup) hot water 75g (3 oz) dark chocolate 2 large eggs, at room temperature 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (optional) 40ml yoghurt INSTRUCTIONS Preheat the oven to 180C/350F (fan) …

Fruit Jelly + Yoghurt Mousse|ヨーグルトムースとすももゼリーのコラボ

On a hot summer day… when kids come to play with grandpa’s …. grandma makes one of the children’s favorite dessert. 酷暑の週末、、、 我が家の3階のバルコニーでは子供達のプール開き。 夏に生まれの孫、、#3。 1歳になるお誕生日ケーキには「ヨーグルトムースとすももゼリー」。     <Yoghurt Mousse> Sugar-free Yoghurt · · · 150 g Granulated Sugar ····· 40 g Fresh Cream ····· 100 g ★ Powder gelatin · · · 5 g ★ Water ····· 25 g Kirsch wine | 5 g or your favorite liquor or spirits <Top Layer Fruit Jelly> Sumomo juice · · · 200g or any fruit juice ☆ Granulated sugar · · · 20 g ☆ Agar ····· 6 g Grapes and mangoes and blueberries (your favorite fruits)   <Yogurt Mousse> Dissolve the gelatin into cold water and set for 15 minutes. Add the fresh cream, granulated sugar, your favorite liquor, beat until the sugar dissolves and cream nice and fluffy. Melt the softened gelatin in a microwave oven, but DO NOT boil. Put the yoghurt in another bowl, add the gelatin and mix. Filter the yogurt and add it to the cream bowl, mix well.  Pour into …

Bread series | White Bread |食パン生地でお楽しみパン

The regular sandwich loaf, it’s dough can be reshaped into many different type of tasty breads. This white bread dough, the British Loaf dough can is an egg free ingredient which suits well with ‘egg allergy’ toddlers. Indeed… these breads were made for my little munchkins (grandchildren), two among three still struggling to overcome  ‘egg’ allergy. 食パン生地は食パンだけではなく、いろいろな形や味のパンに変身させることが可能です。特に「卵アレルギー」を持つお子様には適している生地。我が家も3人の内、2人の孫が「卵アレルギー」を克服中。年と共に改善されているみたいですが、、たくさん食べる場合はやはりエッグフリーが安心ですよね。 Gobo (Burdock) and Carrot Epi | ごぼうと人参のエピ Burdock and carrots integrated into the dough to make the typical French ‘epi’. The small pieces, easy to divide makes it a perfect for children or even picnic outings. The fillings can be anything of your children’s favorites, staying away from too watery ingredients, which makes it difficult to shape the bread.   Sweet Potato Twist Bread |サツマイモのツイストパン Steamed sweet potatoes integrated into the dough and twisted. The sweeter the potatoes, the better the taste. Sweet, yet the child stays healthy from natural food.                               保存保存 保存保存 保存保存

Bread series – Baguette Bread Dough | バゲット生地のパン

The French “baguette dough” is most likely the challenging bread doughs but once mastered, I considered it to be most practical. The dough marries well with a lot of variable ingredients – fruit, nuts, seeds, cheese and many more which adds a different flavor to the breakfast or dinner table   我が家で一番よく作られるのが「バゲット」生地。 捏ね上げる作業も力ずくでなく、オーバーナイト冷蔵発酵、生地は冷たいまま成形、最終発酵も他のパンに比べると短時間。「バゲット」生地の製法の手順になれると作りやすい生地であることは間違いなしです。 バゲット生地はドライフルーツ、ナッツ、シード、チーズ、などなど、、、いろいろな食材を美味しく包み込んでくれる生地です。バゲットだけでも小麦の深い味わいがしますがいろいろなものを織り込んで作っておくて朝食、食卓が華やかになるパンで重宝するパン生地です。         Apricot and Cream Cheese Batard | 杏とクリームチーズのバタール *ドライフルーツはヨーグルトつけておくと柔らかくパンに織り込んだ時もパン生地の水分を取らずに織りこめます *Dry fruits (Apricot) soaked in yoghurt overnight will soften the fruit, well suitable for integration within the dough.         Baguette Recipe  準薄力粉|Bread Flour (100%) 750g  塩|Salt (2.1%) 15.75g  ドライイースト|Dry Yeast (0.4%) 2.8g  モルトパウダー|Malt Powder (0.6%) 1.5g  水|Water (71%) 532.5g  バゲット レシピ  準薄力粉・・(100%)・・・・750g 塩・・・・・・(2.1%)・・・15.75g ドライイースト・・(0.4%)・・・・2.8g モルトパウダー・・(0.6%)・・・・1.5g 水・・・・・・・・(56%)・・・・420g  コントレックス水・(14%)・・・・105g QUICK BAKING SUMMARY <MIX | ミキシング> Mix – 15~20min rest – Fold – 15~20min rest – Fold  <1st PROOF | 発酵> Overnight Or <1st PROOF | 発酵> 4~6C for approx. 10~24 hours Or 1 hour @ 28C / 82F <SHAPING | 分割・成形> Baguette 280g Batard 350g Long Baguette 350g <BENCH TIME | ベンチタイム> 15~20 minutes <FINAL PROOF | 最終発酵> …

Bread series – Tosado Bread | トッサード・パン

I’ve been baking, on and off, randomly but back baking breads; although not enough posts. (sorry..) I will attempt to run a ‘Bread series’,  a collection of my breads which may be mostly photographic pix but share my love and inspiration to ‘homemade bread-making’.   ブログの投稿が少なくて、すいません。 パン作りは徐々に再開。 酵母の作り、こまめに頻度を増やしていっています。 画像が多めにはなりますが備忘録としても「ブレッドシリーズ」をやってみたいと思います。

Banana Carrot Muffin | バナナ・キャロット・マフィン

Banana muffins being one of my favorites, the bananas come in handy but seemingly with a glimpse….they start go ripe and not quite scrumptious for fresh consumption, that’s when they go into the muffin at a perfect match and timing. With the banana muffin, chocolate chips tend to be one of my regular ingredients (which you can never go wrong) but today feeling slightly creative, explored to find a different partner…hum! maybe…carrots. I grated (shredded) the carrots and tried mixing it into the banana muffin.