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Saturday 23 November 2019

Soft Wholemeal Bread | No Butter, No Sugar | Very Healthy Whole Wheat Sandwich (The Best Homemade Bread Recipe)

This wholemeal bread loaf is made without butter and sugar. Here's the best wholemeal bread is rich in flavour and packed with nuts and seeds. try pumpkin seeds, poppy, linseed or peanuts. Also can lose weight, lower cholesterol and more. The softest, fluffiest and healthy bread you will ever eat, free from artificial ingredients and preservatives. There's nothing better than freshly baked bread.

Makes 1 

To make the roux:
• 140g water, cold
• 25g bread flour

• 140g water roux
• 70g cold milk
• 40g pure honey, optional
• 1 tsp, 4g allinson yeast
• 220g bread flour
• 60g wholemeal seed & grain flour
• 20g-30g chopped walnuts & sunflower seeds
or any seeds or nuts you like, optional
• a pinch of sea salt

1/2 tbsp, mild olive oil for baking
or 15g butter, room temperature

1) In a saucepan, mix water and bread flour together until combined to avoid lumps. cook until thickened and smooth paste forms. The roux can also stored in the freezer for a month or fridge up to 3 days if you making for a few batches just triple the recipe in above.

2) Add water roux, cold milk, honey, and the yeast into a large bowl. combine bread flour, wholemeal seed & grain flour, chopped walnuts and sunflower seeds with sea salt. Use a spatula to stir until well combined. before kneading rest for a few minutes.

3) Kneading a bread dough by hand about 10 minutes to form adequate gluten. slowly adding oil to the dough as it is kneaded prevents sticking. Your dough should be smooth and elastic when it’s ready. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, flip the dough over to coat it in oil, then cover with a sheet of cling film. Cold rise overnight in the upper of the fridge. or cover with a wet cloth and leave in a warm place until doubled in size, this will take about 1 hour.

4) Once doubled in size, knock out the air bubbles, divide the dough into three pieces and shape into balls. roll each ball piece into an long oval. fold one side of dough over to halfway across the remaining dough then fold the other side on top.   Repeat with the other balls of dough then arrange them in an oiled loaf pan, seam side down.

5) Second rise in the warm oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour until it has nearly doubled in size again. Gently press a finger into the loaf to check if it has had enough proving time.

6) Heat fan oven to 150°C. Place on a lower rack and bake for 30-45 minutes, when removed from the tin and tapped on the base. Let the bread cool completely. The bread can be stored at room temperature, it will stay fresh in an airtight container or resealed bag for a couple days or frozen for up to a month or so.

Helpful Tips:
1) You still can use the same recipe and knead by hand or stand mixer instead.
2) These are best eaten within a day. Leftover breads can store in an airtight bag. It can also be frozen for up to 1 month, defrost and reheated in a toaster or hot oven. 
3) Yeast is best stored in the refrigerator, as the fungud in it will be killed at high temperatures. Before using yeast check the production date and storage life of your yeast. Refrigerate it as soon as possible after each use. The main cause of bread falling to rise is bad yeast.
4) The best way to store bread for freshness is in the freezer for about 1 month. after defrost the bread, reheating and serve, tastes like fresh-baked. 
5) It's recommended to use an oven thermometer.
6) If it's a winter day, the common problem is that dough won't rise. Using a warm oven by turn your oven on and off for a minute or with boiled water on the underneath to help your dough rise perfectly. 
7) Butter is better, because it's safe, fresh and real food. only little bit unhealthy saturated fats. Margarine is deadly, because of trans fats. You should probably just use 2 tsp or 1 tbsp rapeseed oil or mild olive oil instead to raise your good cholesterol and lower bad cholesterol, replace carbohydrates with fat.

Recipe Source: Josephine's Recipes

Wednesday 13 November 2019

Super Moist Butter Raisin Cupcakes - Raisin Muffins Recipe

Quick and easy to make, the crunch of the muffin tops with raisins. these really made me happy. I love a good muffin that gets a fabulous crispy edge and moist buttery sponge texture. These raisin muffins are flavoured for a sweet treat, but not super-sweet or loaded with sugar. I have used this recipe for many years, this time I have managed to make 7-8 muffins, twice to make 14-16 muffins. depends on the size muffin pan you use. No fail and the best muffins I have made, so far! They have a taste that really brings me back to my own childhood. Happy baking everyone!


Makes 7-8 muffins
• 2 large, 120g eggs
• 50g, 3 tbsp granulated or light demerare sugar, optional 
• 120g, 12 tbsp sifted plain flour
• 1 tsp baking powder
• 1 tsp vanilla essence
• 60g fresh milk
• 60g melted butter
• a pinch of sea salt
• 120g flame raisins
• 1 tbsp honey

1) Soaked flame raisins in hot water, drain and add tablespoon honey and stir well.

2) Beat egg and sugar until thick and fluffy. Add in sifted plain flour and baking powder. Add vanilla essence, milk and melted butter and a pinch of sea salt. whisk together until well combined. Add  raisins into the batter and remaining sprinkle on top.

3) Spoon the muffin mixture into paper cases. Bake in no preheated oven 150°C for 20 minutes, sit in the oven for 5 minutes, Do not over bake, if not your cake will turn out dry. So make sure you're keeping an eye on the cake. Best made and eaten on the same day. It's always delicious when it's warm, this reminds me of super moist butter cake and extra sweetened raisins, that will warm you from the inside.

Helpful Tips:
1) For guaranteed results it's important to follow exactly this recipe and baking at the right temperature is important. It's recommended to use an oven thermometer.
2) Please understand that everyone's oven work differently. You should also check the temperature of your oven. if not, your cake won't rise well. 

3) If lower the oven temperature to 130°C /100°C and bake for 20 minutes, the muffins seem generally less brown.
4) Do not use expired and old baking powder. 
5) If you use too little baking powder and they won't rise enough, use too much and they will rise quickly and then collapse. my suggestion is before baking, you can rest it for 5-15 minutes and let the rise that makes them EXTRA fluffy. 

Recipe Source: Josephine's Recipes