You Tiao (You Za Kueh/ Chinese donut)

This is a really simple recipe with short ingredient list and simple steps. I used both yeast and baking powder to avoid using large amounts of baking powder like other recipes which may lead to an aftertaste. Also double insurance in case one of them isn’t working 😅. You may also notice that my youtiaos…

Danish Loaf

A delicious loaf, with 36 layers of flaky, buttery goodness created from 3 folds (3 * 4 * 3 layers). I consider this a rather advanced recipe which requires some experience in bread making. Best if you can operate in air conditioned room or at least on a cool day or at night. You also…

Tomato Multigrain Bread

Pretty, aromatic and very very soft bread. Remains soft the next day and gobbled up by the family thereafter. It’s a very sticky dough, so dusting flour on hands and surfaces is a must. Recipe 150g tomato puree 1 egg (50g without shell) 20g sugar 1 tsp yeast 120g bread flour 140g multigrain or wholemeal…

Mexican Roti Boy

This smells absolutely gorgeous when baking, best eaten when freshly baked. I’m glad I tried and it’s not that difficult at all. The topping may turn soft in half a day, just toast lightly and it will crisp up again. Method (makes 10 buns) 1 Dough from Tearing Toast (Sponge dough) (流泪吐士/中种法) Topping 60g salted…

Best Brioche

I enjoyed eating this so much, no regrets spending 2 days on it. It tasted like butter flavour cotton candy, better than most I’ve had outside. But it’s really not easy, not only because of the constant challenge of melting butter but also the high hydration that already requires longer kneading time. Suggest that you…

Scallion Pancake (葱油饼)

These are almost exactly like coin prata. You’ll feel totally like the prata man or woman when attempting the recipe, except for the flipping and tossing, that is. Taste wise, it’s crispy on the outside and chewy and fluffy inside. Thumbs up! Recipe (makes 8 small ones) 200g plain flour 3/4 tsp salt 120g warm…

Char Siu Bao (蜜汁叉烧包)

Very pleased because we all had seconds and wiped out 10 baos at one go. I tried to make this more Cantonese style by cooking a thick gravy and freezing the fillings first and it worked perfectly. Recipe for filling (14 baos) About 200g pork collar cut into small strips 3 slices ginger 1 tbsp…

Chocolate Swirl Bread

Pretty chocolate swirl bread that’s a hit with the kids. I started with the very popular fragrant milk bread, and it was a soft, yummy loaf. Recipe 1 dough from here up till step 2 15g cocoa powder (use extra dark cocoa powder to get darker colour) 1 to 2 tsp water Chocolate chips Egg…

Cream Cheese Buns

The cream cheese here is kneaded into the dough and not used as fillings. It definitely improves softness and fragrance. Recipe (8 rolls in 8″ square tin) 60g cream cheese 70g water 1 egg 30g sugar 1 tsp instant yeast 250g bread flour Method 1. Add cream cheese, water, egg and sugar into mixing and…

Gula Melaka Coconut Huat Kueh (发糕)

Really easy recipe here, should be quite fail-proof. Some tips to ensure a full bloom: Fill batter fully or near brim Cupcakes liner must be strong or placed in a deep muffin tray like mine. Else, get the individual metal cups Do not reduce baking powder amount Slitting the top with an oiled knife helps…