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Look what I got in the post!

56 charm squares of Japanese fabric, all different…

The one sitting on top at the top left of the photo is the fabric I bought- I made sure I got an extra FQ just in case I cut it wonky. Thankfully I didn’t!

This was the result of the Japanese charm swap that Sarah hosted. I just have no idea what to make with them- any ideas?

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.



What happened with the Sukerukun?

Silly me forgot to post about my first venture with the Sukerukun, sorry to those who were waiting! This is my first attempt at a flower ring:

I found the clay to be ridiculously soft, which made it quite difficult to work with, but I wouldn’t have described it as sticky. After 24 hours it was still quite white (it is white when you first work with it), but after a couple of days, including a stint in the airing cupboard, and a blast of car lacquer later, it comes out clearer, but translucent at best I would say. The thicker the less transparent. Still very flexible though! Weird stuff, haven’t quite decided on an official use for it yet!