Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Skinny Breakfast : NON-FAT apple yoghurt oatmeal

Yes you're right! No fat AT ALL! Try this every morning for 1-2 weeks and you'll be surprised when you weigh yourself next time.

You'll need :
basic voluminous oatmeal - recipe
1/2 cup of oat ( I used Monster Health Product) Preferably Rolled-oats
1/2 cup of water
3/4 cup of skim milk
1/2 cup of non-fat original yoghurt
1 packet of stevia or sweetener

Add-on :
1-2 Fuji apple (diced)

Optional :
Your other favourite fruits

Good luck !
-allison_phuise @juilletideas

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Baking with Yeast : Homemade Wholemeal Bread (Tangzhong Method)

Nothing is better than homemade bread! Warm yeasty smell of fresh bread is what i can't resist.
Thick cut slices of bread are perfect for french toast! You might be wondering, what the heck is 'tangzhong'? Tang1 Zhong3 is actually a cooked flour paste and add into your bread dough. It gives your bread a wonderful moist texture. Wholemeal bread is rich in fiber and lower calorie than normal white bread. Give this a try and share with your friends and family!

You'll need :

To prepare Tang Zhong :
1/3 cup of bread flour (50 grams )
1 cup of water (250 grams )

Steps :

1. Combine bread flour and water in a pot.
2. On low heat, cook it until it comes into paste.
3. Keep stirring to prevent burning.
4. Cook it for about 2 minutes. Let cool.


Ingredients : 

3/4 cup of milk ( i used skim milk )
1 whisked egg
1 Tbsp of sugar
Pinch of salt
2 1/2 cup of wholemeal bread flour
1 Tbsp instant dry yeast
1 Tbsp unsalted butter, soften at room temperature

Steps :

1. Mix the egg, milk and tang zhong in a bowl.

2. Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl. ( sugar , salt , bread flour and dry yeast )

3. Make a whale in the center of the dry ingredients, then mix the wet into the dry )

4. Stir well with a wooden spoon.

5. Knead it either with your hands or a mixer with dough hook attachment.

NOTE : It is very elastic. When you stretch the dough into a thin membrane (almost translucent ), it should break into a round whole. Don't ever over knead it ;)

6. Then knead in the softened butter.

7. Let the dough rise for about 30 minutes or until it has doubled its volume at a warm spot. Remember to cover it with a cling film to prevent it from drying and forms a crust.

8. Transfer the dough to a clean floured surface. Deflate it and divide into 3 / 4 equal portions.
Knead it into a ball shape. Flatten it and roll up. Then Flatten it again. AND roll up again. Position them into a parchment paper lined loaf pan. Repeat this with other portions.

8. Leave it for the 2nd proofing, about 30 -40 minutes.
9. Bake it in a preheated oven (170 C) for 30-35 minutes. You know its done when you tap on it and you will hear hollow sound from it.
10. And now it's DONE! slice it and serve with your favourite spread . Keep them in an air tight container once it has cooled thoroughly.

Basic voluminous oatmeal ( microwave )

Too busy to cook oatmeal in a pot? This is a basic oatmeal recipe by using the microwave :) It's so easy, even a kid could do this.

You'll need :

1 cup of rolled-oats
2 1/2 cups of water
Sweetener ( or condensed milk / sugar )


1. Pour first 2 cups of water to your rolled-oats and Cook the oatmeal high on 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. Mix in 3 tablets of sweetener, stir well! Of course you can substitute with condensed milk, sugar or syrup that you prefer !^_^
3. Add a little more of water and cook on high for 2 minutes.
4. Let cool, and serve!

You will realize it has doubled or tripled its volume :)

* Make sure your bowl is big and tall enough to cook this in the microwave in case of overflow oatmeal *

Good luck!
-allison_phuise <3

Monday, 25 March 2013

Back to Basic : Low Fat Yoghurt Spread

Want something creamy and taste good on your dessert or bread?
Yoghurt is the new butter!

Using a sieve and kitchen towel, drain the liquid out from the yoghurt overnight.
Then, you'll have the most creamy spread on your favourite bread or baked goods :D

Good luck !!
-allison_phuise @juilletideas