Making Bread at Home

I guess we’re late to the party on this one since making bread at home was popular last year, but we decided to get an automatic bread maker to use at home. I guess it makes more sense now since there aren’t huge flour shortages. I’d have been pretty disappointed if we bought a bread maker but couldn’t get flour.

The machine arrived yesterday and I decided to use it right away. I was too excited to wait so I was up late making bread. Or rather, watching the machine make bread. It’s bizarrely easy. I was worried about the results because of some of the reviews on the product page but I had zero issues even with using oat milk instead of cow milk. I think people were just using poor quality flour or yeast and expecting miracles.

A freshly baked 1-lb loaf of “basic white bread” made using the Cuisinart CBK110P1 automatic bread maker

The texture of the bread is thick like “artisan” bread you buy from the deli/bakery in the grocery store and not spongey like pre-packed bread in the bread aisle. It was thick, heavy, and slightly chewy. On the medium setting, the crust was firm without being hard on the teeth. I’m not sure I’d want to use the darker setting.

Most importantly, it tasted good. It tasted real. The basic white bread loaf seems like it would be best with butter, jam, or dipped in soup. I’m going to give the sandwich bread recipe a try.

This machine will also just knead and manage the rising of the dough for you so all you have to worry about is shaping and baking. It will even make pizza dough and pretzels.

I’ve wanted to make my own bread and do more baking. This takes the hard work out of it and lets me just have fun while making clean, better quality bread at home.

The only thing I found really odd is that today the product page is missing from Amazon. I wonder why? It’s still listed on Cuisinart’s own site.

Menstrual Bread

Once again, I seem to have found something in Filipino culture related to menstruation.  First it was washing your face with menstrual blood, and now it’s a food product.  The bread in the picture below is commonly known as pan de regla, or pan de mens(truation), because it resembles a used sanitary napkin, chock full of red gobby goodness.

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This type of bread can be found in nearly any bakery in the country.  It’s a poor man’s bread that can be purchased for very cheap prices due to the way it’s made.  In the Filipino spirit of not letting anything go to waste, bakeries recycle unsold products into a sort of pudding, which is then sweetened and used as a bread filling.  The filling gets its bright red hue from food coloring and while you can sometimes find it in other colors, red is the most common.

The taste is ok.  I’m not exactly amazed by it, but I suppose you can’t expect much from what amounts to days old bread smeared in between layers of fresh bread.

Roti Paratha (prata?)

Just one of the many delicious dishes I’ve had the chance to enjoy since moving to Singapore. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. Letting stereotypes pushed on you by the media influence the way you behave towards certain people is ridiculous and it could cost you some mighty good meals too!

If you’re not familiar with this dish it’s a flat bread that can come with a few types of fillings. The ones I’ve seen are cheese, cheese and egg, and even sardine I think. It’s similar to murtabak, and sort of reminds me of eating American pizza crust.

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