Chocolate Buns

I’m not so sure why the baked goods at homeĀ are wiped out so soon since it is just the two of us. Two days ago, there were tubs of Angel Food Cake, chocolate-walnut cookies, pineapple tarts and Kueh Lapis. Today, only the Indonesian spice cake remained.

I have to bake more. Looking at what the fridge had, I could only think of making some bread for breakfast tomorrow – Chocolate Buns. Well, it would not entirely be chocolate but I would be adding some Bak Kwa in some of the buns.

Chocolate Buns (Yield 8 buns) adapted from My Cooking Class: Chocolate Basics

105ml milk
7g yeast
100g nutella or other filling of your choice
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup butter, softened and diced

Preparation: Warm the milk and mix the yeast in the milk. Preheat oven to 105F (40C), or its lowest temperature setting.

1. Pour the spread onto a sheet of plastic wrap and roll to form a sausage shape. Set aside in the freezer.

2. Sift the flour, then add the salt, sugar, 1 egg and the milk-yeast mixture.

3. Knead in an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook for about 10 minutes, until the dough forms a ball that does not stick to the side.

4. Add the butter and knead until completely incorporated; the dough must be smooth and supple (this will take a while). Turn the oven off and leave the dough in it to rise for 30 minutes (more if you can afford the time). Punch down the dough and fold over; cover with a dish towel and let rest in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.

5. Preheat the oven again to 105F (40C) or the lowest temperature. Shape the dough into 8 small buns.

6. Slice the hardened spread into 8 sections and put a piece of spread or a square of chocolate in the centre of each bun.

7. Put the buns in a baking pan. Turn off the oven, cover the buns and let rest in the oven for 30 minutes. Whisk 1 egg with a little water or milk and brush the risen buns with the egg wash.

8. Bake in a 350F (180C) oven for 20-25 minutes. Serve warm.

Having a slice or two of the Bak Kwa left, I put them in 2 of the small buns and they taste delicious! The next time I do this, I would do Char Siew Buns. Good for breakfast or Dim Sum, the western way!

Marriage: The Continuing Tasks #1

Ken and I went for another round of marriage course and this time round, the participants do not just consist of newly married couples but couples who have been married for varied number of years.

We missed the introduction class last week but were nonetheless thankful that we went for the lesson yesterday. Again, the facilitators used a book ‘As for Me and My House’ as a reference to discuss the many issues that concern marriage. It’s hard work, we all know and it’s wonderful having to hear the experiences of the many couples in the class.

Don’t be mistaken. Ken and I were not on the verge of a marital breakdown and thus need to attend class after class. Instead, we wanted to learn and hear from other couples, many of whom have been married for decades, their valuable insights into this magical bond.

We hope to share what we have learnt too, to others. =)


Today’s weather:

Any wonder why I am so bitter, so cross, so frustrated today? It’s freezing cold and technology fails me.