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Nothing like freshly-made bread

01 May 2020

Now is a good times to flex one’s baking skills since most people are stuck in the house because of the coronavirus outbreak. Time to take out those fancy baking dishes and  draw up that long list of ingredients again to make bread – and come up with the sweetest smell one could wake up to, especially in these dreary and uncertain times.

Why buy when you can bake all you want, and be rewarded with praise by everyone in your house, and fill your stomach to boot?


Here are a couple of baking delights whose recipes have been shared generously by members of the Facebook group, DWC It’s All About Food. Their baking skill is such that you could almost smell and taste the freshly made bread from the photos they lovingly took of their creations.
Look, read and bake!

Pan de Sal

By Grace Bea Oddie

3 cups flour
1½ tsp yeast
¼ cup + 1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
¾ cup milk
3 tbsp melted margarine or butter
1 egg
½ cup breadcrumbs

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1) In a big bowl, mix together flour and yeast.

2) In a smaller bowl, combine sugar, salt, egg, milk and margarine or butter.

3) Pour the liquid mixture over the flour mixture and fold until dough forms. Knead the dough on a clean surface dusted with flour until it becomes smooth and elastic, about 5-10 minutes.

4) Form the dough into a ball and place in a greased bowl covered with kitchen towel or plastic wrap. Put the dough it in a warm area and let it rise until it has doubled in size. Depending how warm it is, the process could take between 30 minutes to an hour.

5) Punch down the dough and divide into 2 equal parts using a knife of dough slicer.

6) Roll each part into a log, and cover each log with breadcrumbs.

7) Cut the log sideways into smaller pieces. (about 6 pieces each log). Roll each piece with breadcrumbs again.

8) Arrange the pieces in a baking sheet, living some gaps in between (at least an inch). Leave them to rise for another 10-15 minutes.

9) While waiting, preheat oven 370° F /185°C. Bake the Pandesal for 15 minutes or until the sides are a bit browned.

10) Remove from oven and serve while hot!

Loaf bread 

By Emerald Puzon

2 1/2 cups bread flour
4tbsp milk powder
3tbsp sugar
1tsp salt
1tsp yeast
4tbsp melted butter
200ml water
1 egg

1) In a big mixing bowl, mix all dry ingredients

2) Put in the butter, followed by the water, and continue to mix evenly. Knead for 10mins then form it into a ball

3) Lightly grease a big bowl and placed the dough in. Cover with cling wrap for an hour.

4) Form the dough into a log and place in a bread baking tray.

5) Beat the egg with 1 tbsp fresh milk

6) Brush the top of the bread with the beaten egg and cover with cling wrap for 30mins.

7) Preheat oven and bake the bread for 30mins at 180° temp

Enjoy baking everyone!

Cheese Bread Rolls

By Roxanne M De Guzman

Overnight dough:
Bread flour - 85 grams
Boiling water - 90 ml
Bread dough:
Bread flour - 360 grams ( 2 2/3 cup)
Instant yeast - 1 tbsp
Milk powder - 3 tbsp
Sugar - 75 grams or maybe less, depending on your preferred sweetness
Salt - 1 tsp
Egg - 1 large
Butter - 4 tbsp or 1/4 cup
Fresh Milk - 180 ml

Cheddar cheese

1) Make the overnight dough by mixing the bread flour and boiling water until dough is formed. Refrigerate overnight.
2) Make the bread dough by mixing the yeast in warm milk, then make it bubble for 5 mins.
3) Combine all the ingredients in a stand mixer with the yeast mixture, then knead for 5 minutes before adding in the overnight dough.
4) Continue kneading for 5-7 mins, then cover with a plastic cling wrap. Keep in a warm place until it doubles in size.
5) Follow the step-by-step procedures as in the pictures.
(a) Roll out the dough in a rectangular size. Cut into squares
(b) Fill each square with cheese, then roll up
(c) Put on parchment paper (if you don’t have this, use foil coated with little oil) and let stand for an hour.
6) Cook for 15-17 mins at 180°C.


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