To cook or not to cook? That depends...
.... if I am in the mood, I'll prepare this and that, until hubby would ask, who's gonna eat all these?
.... But if I am not in the mood, I really had to squeeze this tiny brain of mine, to come out with the menu, which normally will end up with... let's eat out!
I would prefer if my family request their menu. It's much easier that way, saves me a lot of energy to think! Hihihi... The only thing I have to do then is just to look up for the recipe and prepare the dishes, which I don't really mind! It's always the thinking that makes me tired!
The first Ramadhan, we had our Iftar in Malacca, at my hubby's cousin's place.
Second Iftar at the restaurant infront of our house because we reached home from Malacca just on time for Iftar.
Third Iftar, kids had asked for their mom's 'tipu-tipu' sushi and for hubby, I prepared plain sambal, kobis masak lemak and fried chicken.
Fourth Iftar, kids wanted fried sausages, scrambled eggs, Hash brown and bread. But since my bread wasn't ready, so it wasn't served that day... For the parents, fried rice and mee basah... which were then joined in by the kids as well....
Fifth Iftar.....bought Mutton Briyani, Chicken Briyani, for hubby, me and Syahmi. Fatin wanted egg noodle soup...bought from PaRam (Pasar Ramadhan).
Sixth Iftar... we'll soon to find out.... hahaha....
No photos taken as mama is not in much mood to do so....
Recipe for this entry will be the bread that was supposed to be served during Fourth Iftar. I was bloghopping when I landed at Noreen's Blog . Can't help drooling over her lovely bread photos that I just have to pick at least one to try and decided on the English Bread, with a slight improvisation. I added colors to the dough. Thank you Noreen and Happy Home Baking for the recipe.
For the recipe.....
Source : Happy Home Baking
300g bread flour (I used multipurpose flour)
1 teaspoon instant dried yeast (I used mauripan)
1 tablespoon castor sugar
1 teaspoon salt
30 ml (2 tablespoons) fresh milk
180 ml lukewarm water
10g butter (I used margarine)
extra margarine for glazing
Method : (using a breadmaker)
1. Pour the water and fresh milk into the bread maker pan.
2. Add in flour and all the other ingredients except butter/margarine.
3. Press the setting to Basic Dough and let the Bread Maker does it's job. After 5 minutes, add in butter and let the Bread Maker continue processing for another approximately 1 1/2 hour.
4. Punch down the dough to let the air out.
5. Divide dough into three portions and add color to each portion.
6. Roll the dough into long shapes, then plait them together.
7. Place the plait into a loaf pan greased and floured. Let it rise double the size.
8. Bake till golden brown.
9. Once out of the oven, brush with a bit of butter to give it a shiny look.
10. When it's cool enough, slice and enjoy!