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Garlic Bread

Original Recipe with Beef and Cheese…–n–Cheese-Braid




  • 1/4 oz (8 g) active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 2 oz butter, divided to 1 oz + 1 oz
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 garlic gloves (chopped)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water
  2. Add to yeast mixture with 1-1/2 cups flour, sugar, salt and egg
  3. Melt 1 oz butter and add into the flour mixture
  4. Add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough
  5. Turn out onto a floured surface
  6. Knead until smooth and elastic about 6-8 minutes
  7. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top
  8. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 2 hour
  9. In a small bowl, combine 1 oz butter, garlic and basil; set aside
  10. Punch dough down
  11. Roll into a 12-in. x 9-in. rectangle
  12. Cut dough lengthwise into three 12-in. x 3-in. strips
  13. Melt remaining butter; brush some over strips
  14. Divide garlic mixture in thirds and sprinkle down the center of each strip
  15. Bring lengthwise edges together and pinch to seal, forming a rope
  16. Secure one end and braid the ropes together; secure other end
  17. Place on a greased baking sheet
  18. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes
  19. Brush with remaining melted garlic butter mixture
  20. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until golden brown
  21. Slice and serve warm

Next time, I will try putting garlic on top.

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Posted by on December 15, 2012 in Baking, Cafe


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Banana Rum Bread

Haven’t baked for a while… actually I did, but it wasn’t successful, so I didn’t post it.

Being the self-appointed trip chef of Solar Car team, I decided to bake a banana rum bread to impress my fellow members. People really did love it and we sold three slices and earned $6 for our trip!

This is definitely a recipe I will put to my cafe menu.

Original recipe from, with some small twists and big help from the microwave.


  • 2 medium-sized bananas (definitely not green, but no need to be fully rip)
  • 3 oz unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons rum
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Mash your banana. (If the banana is not fully rip, cut the banana into small piece, throw into microwave for 20 seconds. Then mash them with a fork while they are still warm. For the many times I have worked with mashed banana, this is the trick.)
  2. Put the butter into the microwave for 10~12 second to soften. It might look half melt, but it’s all right.
  3. Pour the half-melt butter into a metal mixing bowl to cool down. Stir with a spatula until it’s creamy.
  4. Mix in white sugar and brown sugar with the spatula. It should be smooth and creamy afterward.
  5. Add eggs, vanilla and rum and mix them well.
  6. Mix in the mashed banana.
  7. In a separate large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  8. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  9. Stray a standard sized loaf pan (mine – 4″ x 8″).
  10. Fold flour mixture into the banana mixture.
  11. Pour into greased loaf pan.
  12. If there are extra butter in the original butter bowl, throw the bowl into microwave for 15 seconds and then pour the melted butter on to the top of the bread (just the center, parallel to the long side). This way, the bread will “crack well”.
  13. Bake for about 40 to 45 minutes, until a stick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  14. Let cool on a rack and cut into slices to serve.


Posted by on May 12, 2012 in Baking, Cafe


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Whole Wheat Bread

Last time I baked bagels, now i am baking actual bread…

After toasting


Before toasting

From (Adjusted recipe to make 1 loaf instead of three…)


  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/8 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 3 teaspoons butter, melted
  • 1/8 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons butter, melted


  1. In a large bowl, mix warm water, yeast, and 1/8 cup brown sugar.
  2. Add 2 cups white bread flour, and stir to combine.
  3. Let set for 30 minutes, or until big and bubbly.
  4. Mix in 3 teaspoons melted butter, 1/8 cup brown sugar, and salt. Stir in 1/2 cup whole wheat flour.
  5. Flour a flat surface and knead with whole wheat flour until not real sticky – just pulling away from the counter, but still sticky to touch. If the dough is too dry, add a few drops of water.
  6. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to coat the surface of the dough.
  7. Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled.
  8. Punch down and place in greased 9 x 5 inch loaf pans, and allow to rise until dough has topped the pans by one inch.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 to 30 minutes.
  10. Lightly brush the tops of loaves with 2 teaspoons melted butter or margarine when done to prevent crust from getting hard. Cool completely.
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Posted by on April 7, 2012 in Baking, Cafe


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