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Bread Bear Translated

I should start by saying this isn’t going to be a food blog from now on, but there does seem to be a lot of cooking going on here! I’ve changed the blog title at the top to reflect the multi-craftness of the blog and this is how it will go forward, so I have dropped the “jewellery” part in the title. Hope that doesn’t put you off too much!

This picture has been doing the rounds on Pinterest recently, so I decided to tranlate the recipe from Japanese. I then tweaked it slightly because I don’t like using damp teatowels for helping bread to rise and we have a different climate here so it won’t affect the bread in the same way.

Mine came out a bit *ahem* browned, but then I did egg glaze them, if you try not glazing them it may not brown as much. Also the original recipe says you can get white versions by baking for just 10 minutes and covering with foil.

You Will Need
(Makes 10 bears)
– 200g bread flour
– 10g sugar
– 3g salt
– 60g tepid water
– 60g milk
– 1 tsp butter
– 1 7g sachet dried yeast
– 1 beaten egg (optional)
– 1 black/brown food colouring pen
1) Put the milk in the microwave for 30 seconds so it is not too cold. Add the sugar and yeast and set aside for 5 minutes.

2) Put flour and salt into a mixing bowl and add the water. Mix together.

3)  Add the yeast mix and knead together before adding the butter and kneading further.

4) Leave to rise for 45 minute to an hour.

5) Pinch off 20 1g pieces, roll into ball and put on a piece of greaseproof paper. Weight the rest of the dough and then divide into 10 equal parts. Knead each piece and roll into a ball and put on the greaseproof paper. Leave for about half an hour to rise again.

6) Attach the small balls the the large ones as ears- I used a spot of egg for this.

7) Bake for 20 minute at 190 degrees C.

8) When cool, draw on eyes and nose with a food colouring pen.



Cake pops

I had my first go at cake pops this weekend, inspired by Bakerella’s awesome book!

This pic is super-dark because of the rubbish lighting in the room topped off with being taken by a cameraphone but hopefully you can see. OH’s mum says it was the best cake she’d ever had- some esteem indeed! I have been asked to make these Hello Kitty ones for OH’s step-niece (sounds distant but it’s not really) for her birthday THIS weekend, so the Candy Melts are coming back out again!

It’s Pimm’s O’Clock!

Today I made Pimms fairycakes using the recipe here. They came out a bit gooey in the icing and I should have stiffened it up a bit with some more icing sugar, but they taste pretty nice. Not alcoholic enough though maybe!

I also made some Turkish Delight using this recipe, and it is really lovely. I added some red food colouring too and omitted the pistachios. I also had no lemon so used a small amount of lemon flavouring and a little bit more water. They came out great and I covered some with chocolate!