Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Quick & Easy Cheese Loaf

This cheese loaf was a hit with my family. I've made it almost every week. The crust was crisp, but the bread was soft with awesome cheese flavor. I usually make the bread to go with some tomato or mushroom soup, and it was the perfect accompaniment. 





Occasionally, I picked some fresh basil leaves from my little garden and baked together with the bread. The aroma of basil held very nicely after baking and there was a pungent taste of basil. Simply love it !




This recipe is super straightforward and simple . You should really try it.


CHEESE LOAF

Ingredients:
(makes 2 loaves)

For the bread

  • 800g all-purpose flour
  • 60g sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 40g butter
  • 2 teaspoon dry instant yeast
  • 250ml milk (add in gradually)
  • Fillings:
    • 1 cup shredded cheddar or parmesan  cheese

    Directions:
    1. Mix flour, sugar and yeast in the mixing bowl, mix well.
    2. Add in salt and milk. Knead until a rough dough is formed. Add butter, knead until it forms a smooth and elastic ball.
    3. Cover and let the dough proof for 45 mins or until double in size.
    4. Punch out the air, divide the dough into 2 parts.
    5. Roll each dough into round ball. Let it rest for 10 mins.
    6. Take one dough and flatten the dough to form a rectangle. Sprinkle evenly with cheese.
    7. Starting at one of the short ends, roll up dough to form log. Pinch seam together to seal.
    8. Place , seam side down, on the baking tray. 
    9. Repeat step 6-8 for another dough.
    10. Brush with egg wash.
    11. Let the dough proof for second time, about 30mins. Bake at 180C for 30-35 mins. 
    12. Remove from the tray immediately after bake. 

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Oven-Grilled Whole Sea Bass with Lemon
柠檬烤鲈鱼

Sea bass is the most sort after food-fish in Singapore. Locals calls it Jin Mu Lu. Sea bass has low calorie, low cholesterol, high protein and omega-3 fatty acid content, it's the fish equivalent to chicken breasts. Sea bass is often used for steaming in Chinese cooking.  I never thought of grilling the sea bass until I saw a photo from "beitaichufang", a gourmet lifestyle and food magazine based in China. The grilled fish looks so delicious !


While grilling outside is not possible, I decided to use the grill function in my oven .  The method is healthy and quick. You won't need to flip the fish during the cooking process. Place the fish on foil, seasoning with white wine, salt and pepper; a light brush of oil over the fish to hold the seasonings in place; stuff with lemons ,onions and ginger.  Grill until slightly charred and cooked through, 30 minutes. The result is a nice crisp top and bottom and tender meat on the inside.

Grilled Seabass with Lemon
Ingredients:
  • 1 medium size sea bass (cleaned and scaled)
  • 2 tbsp white wine
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of fresh coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ginger slice
  • 5 garlic cloves,  peeled 
  • 1 purple onion, sliced
  • 2 lemons, 1 sliced, 1 juiced


Directions:
  1. Cut 3 slits on both sides of sea bass.  Place the fish in the center of an aluminum foil sheet. 
  2. Drizzle wine all over fish,  rub fish with salt , black pepper and olive oil. Stuff a few slice of lemon, ginger and onion into the stomach area. Place the rest of the ginger , onion, and garlic cloves on the fish and around the body.
  3. Preheat oven@160degC.
  4. Put into oven and grill uncovered for about 30 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and drizzle lemon juices over fish.  Garnish with lemon wedges. Serve.

Recipe adapted here.
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