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About Geraldine's Kitchen Journey

A simple woman who has a strong passion for cooking and baking. Amidst all setbacks, she is determined to keep going.

Single proofed Cinnamon Banana Walnut Bread – Vegan

My first vegan bread turned out to be satisfactory. I didn’t expect it to be this soft without egg and dairy. Today I did another test bake and it turned out still nice and fluffy even though I slightly lower the hydration. My first loaf was a bit more wet so for a new baker, handling the dough might be a bit difficult. So with the second loaf I made a slight adjustment. The dough is still a bit sticky so you would need to lightly flour your work area to roll it out; refer to picture below. Take in mind not to put too much flour as it will absorb moisture, leaving it drier.

I can say that this recipe is a keeper! It is delicious and healthy. My son told me that he never thought a vegan bread would taste so nice. Of course I was happy to hear that. I have posted my first bake on a Facebook group, and promised that I will share the recipe, that is why I made the second loaf as soon as possible. I always keep my promise and will gladly share to anyone who is interested. I am not a professional blogger, just blogging it as reference for my family, friends and anyone who came across my post and interested to try. =). Let me know if you tried my recipe, ok ? =)

Ingredients

  • 300g bread flour (do not substitute it with all purpose flour)
  • 40g roasted walnut
  • 25g sugar
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon (if you want it stronger, you may add a tsp)
  • 125g mashed banana (over riped)
  • 3g instant active yeast (See note below)
  • 120g unsweetened oatmilk
  • 35g Nuttelex Buttery Spread with coconut oil ( dairy free butter) + extra for brushing before and after bake
  • 3g salt

Note: For the yeast I usually like to use Saf-instant brand. This brand always gives me tall bread. I have tried other brand which I think doesn’t have high sugar tolerance resulting to a very very slow rise. I have came across people telling me that their bread doesn’t rise tall even if the yeast wasn’t expired; most likely that was the reason. Those kind of yeast will work better with low sugar crusty bread. Saf instant can be bought from Fairprice. For this recipe I would suggest you to bake without lid, to allow it to rise higher. During baking, the dough would still rise a bit. =) .

Other

  • Foil for tenting
  • Non- Stick Bread loaf Pan (19.5×10.3×11.3cm)

Method

  • Preheat the oven at 180 degree celsius
  • Add all bread flour, yeast, and sugar into the mixer followed by the oat milk and mashed bananas
  • Use the J hook to knead the dough at low speed. Knead until dough is formed
  • Add in the butter and knead for about 2 minutes at speed 2 ( low speed)
  • Add in the salt and continue to knead at speed 2. Knead until you reach window pane stage. The dough is will be somewhat sticky and soft.
  • Lightly flour your area, then divide the dough equally into 3 doughs and roll it into a ball. You may add a little flour on your work area if still sticking a lot. Just take in mind to do it little by little and a little stick is fine =) . Cover and let it rest for 15 minutes.
  • lightly flour your work area then roll the dough to rectangular shape, about 18x30cm (roughly the width is the same as your tin’s width), flip the dough then sprinkle some walnut inside. Roll it tightly as possible. Then place it inside your tin. Note: Sprinkle a little flour on your hand, then spread it gently on your rolled dough before putting it into your tin pan, this extra step is to prevent your dough from getting stuck in your pan after baking. Do the same process for the remaining two doughs.
  • Cover and let it rise till about the rim of the tin. This will take about 45 minutes to an hour, depending on your weather and humidity. For cold countries it will take longer. Placing a cup of steaming hot water inside the oven for proofing shortens the time =).
  • If you see the top forming a big bubble. You may use the tip of the sharp knife and gently pop it. Then brush the top with non dairy butter. Do it gently
  • Bake for 30 minutes . I bake mine at the second to the lowest rack. Tent the bread with a foil at 15 minutes to avoid from the top getting too dark
  • Transfer the bread on a wire rack, spread some melted non dairy butter. let it completely cool down before slicing, about an hour and half.
  • Store it in a GOOD air tight container.

Steamed Minced Pork with Salted fish

The only dish I will order from hawker’s steamed food stall is this dish. Salted fish is such a wonderful ingredient, with a small amount can transform your dish by adding layer of flavour; creating a richer and more developed taste for the dish. The gravy made from steaming it with pork further enhances its flavour, adding an irresistible note of umami that pairs perfectly with rice. I personally prefer to use the salted mackerel fish fillet in the bottle for the salted fish as it is much more convenient for cooking.

Ingredients

  • 540g minced pork
  • 40g salted fish fillet (remove the skin and bone if there are any) – chopped into small pieces

Marinate

  • 10g minced ginger
  • 1.5 tbs ShaoXing wine
  • 1.5 tsp sesame oil
  • 2.5 tsp sugar
  • 3 tsp light soy sauce (Jiang Qing)

Topping

  • 10g sliced ginger
  • 5g salted fish

Garnish

  • Spring onion (chopped)

Method

  • Mix the minced pork and salted fish together, add in all the marinate. Mix everything well. Mix until it becomes pasty. Transfer to a steaming dish.
  • Top with sliced ginger and some pieces of salted fish on top.
  • Cover and steam at high heat for about 18-20 mins or until meat is cooked through. Preferably use a bigger dish so your meat patty won’t be thick. preferably about 1.5-2cm cm in thickness. Garnish with chopped spring onion. Serve hot.
  • Note: meat must have some fats, and avoid using meat that has been freeze for long. 😊
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