I know very little about bread baking even though my late father was a baker. During my younger days, I used to follow my father to his confectionery shop during school holidays. I remember that he was always the first to arrive at the shop to prepare bread dough from scratch, to cook kaya using charcoal stove..etc. I may have more privileges compared to others in view of my exposure to bread making but I did not bake bread again after my attempts many years back with my first ‘home-made pizza’ and ‘hokkaido milk loaf’. I find that kneading bread is a daunting task to novice baker like me and I most often prefer to buy it from the store. Kneading is like doing a workout at the gym, it is very tiring. However, this can be alleviated if you use a bread maker. I do not have one and am still contemplating whether to buy. So this bread is soley hand-made, and the end result is very rewarding. Now, I find that baking bread is not that difficult, albeit it is time-consuming. I will definitely start baking more bread from now on.
Verdict : this bread is soft and delicious, and it stays soft even on the 3rd day.
I would like to dedicate this post to the memory of my late father.
Am submitting this post to Aspiring Bakers #8 Bread Seduction (June 2011) hosted by Jasemine of The Sweetylicious.
This recipe is adapted from Carol 自在生活 and Cathy’s Joy.