Cruffins

cruffins
Yummy cruffins

Croissants and Muffins are just two examples of the many comfort pastries that people have. Personally, I couldn’t decide on either of the two to bake. I found myself wanting that flaky, buttery goodness of croissants crossed with the satisfying moistness of muffins all rolled into one sweet treat. My solution? Cruffins – the perfect marriage of these two scrumptious pastries! For this recipe, instead of the usual all purpose flour, I use 100% Durum Wheat due to its higher protein content, making it a healthier alternative. This way, I can indulge my sweet tooth cravings without feeling too guilty. I truly can’t get enough of it and I’m sure you can’t either!

Ingredients

  • 250g durum wheat (semolina)
  • 87g warm water
  • 40g warm milk
  • 5g instant yeast
  • 10g butter
  • 4g salt
  • 150g softened butter (set aside)

Mix all the ingredients except the butter and salt in a mixer on low speed. When all the ingredients are combined, add in the 10g of butter and salt, then increase the speed to medium and mix until the dough becomes a bit smooth. Afterwards, drizzle a bit of oil in your bowl, spreading it evenly before covering it with a moist cloth. Set this aside for 45 minutes to an hour or until the mixture doubles in volume.

Take the dough and punch out the air. Roll the dough into a strip and divide it into 4 equal parts. Now roll the dough to be the same width as your pasta maker. Sheet each dough into the pasta maker starting at the lowest setting. Take note to sprinkle some bread flour onto your dough to prevent it from sticking. Sheet it till very thin which for me I have done up to setting 6.

Now get your softened butter and spread it evenly into each piece of the sheeted dough. Roll it tightly into a log. Cut this roll in half, lengthwise. Then twirl each half into a muffin tray or cup. Do the same for the rest of the dough. Let these rest for about 45 minutes to an hour or when your dough has doubled in size.

Preheat the oven to 200 degree celsius. Bake the Cruffins for 10 minutes, lower down the heat to 180 degree celsius, turn your tray, then bake for another 13-15 minutes.

Look at that gorgeous layering! Isn’t it absolutely mouthwatering? You can eat this plain or you can do what I like to do – pipe in rich and creamy Nutella into the Cruffin for that sweet, delectable, chocolatey taste.

YUM!!

Chinese Pork Chop

I rarely cook pork chop for myself because I don’t particularly like the pounding process to tenderise the meat. It makes my arm sore. Plus the splattered mess made by this, no matter how much I try to reduce it, is still quite a hassle to handle. Nevertheless, if my children love it, i’ll be more than happy to make it for them.

Ingredients for the marinate

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs lemon juice
  • 1 Tbs minced garlic

This recipe is good for marinating four pieces of pork chop.

Firstly, place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix them thoroughly. This will be your marinating sauce. Then coat it on the pork chop, ensuring the sauce is coated on each piece completely. Next we let the sauce set in by leaving it in the fridge it for at least two hours.

Afterwards, here comes the fun part, grilling! For this it’s best to use a grilled pan.Set your flame to medium and drizzle a bit of oil on the pan. Then once the oil is hot, grill your pork chops for about 3-4 minutes on each side. Personally, I prefer a my pork chop slightly charred to really bring out that grilled goodness. For this, I just grill it for a little bit longer.
And voila! Just like that, a simple and absolutely mouthwatering dish sure to impress your whole family, I know mine did!