Vesak Day

I just went out with Mardia to deliver some bread to Blue Oasis, prior to its transportation to Penang. The roads were quiet but as a consequence, so many drivers were ignoring the traffic lights. A biker on a powerful machine with a female pillion rider in the briefest of shorts streaked through the traffic at over 100 kmh.

Come on, this is a holiday, a joyous day. Why risk making it a sad day by dangerous driving. When you are in charge of a vehicle, you are in charge of a machine that can kill.

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Yesterday I baked my first batch of Teff gluten-free bread and it tastes great. We had some spread with cashew nut butter to accompany our salad lunch.

teff

The ingredients are Teff, Buckwheat, Salt, Caraway Seed and Water. That is all; no other hidden ingredients. Note: no gums, yeast, baking powder……

If anyone want to try, you are welcome to give us a call and arrange to try it whilst it lasts. Remember, it might have gluten in as this is a bakery with gluten.

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Gluten Free

I am going to look again at Gluten Free Bread using sour dough starters. I have been aware for some time that people who are Gluten Intolerant are often allergic to other ingredients.

These include commercial yeast (which seems to be one of the worst offenders), baking soda, baking powder, xanthan and guar gums, nuts, eggs, dairy and sweeteners to name a few.

To give you some idea of what I am talking about have a look at this short Video

If you want to learn more about how to do it yourself have a look at Sharon’s website

 

What I am attempting to do is a tall order and is not for the majority of Gluten Intolerance sufferers. For them a simple sourdough bread using wheat, rye or spelt maybe adequate.

The breads I am talking about are made from rare heritage grains and for the most part the bread will be experimental and possibly expensive. The idea being that sufferers will learn the techniques to produce their own bread. Remember here I mill wheat, I cannot be gluten free, so any of my bread will have a minute amount of gluten. My research might be useful for a community bakery where families of Autistic Children meet to produce the bread in a clean environment.

I will use nothing that is not natural in these products. The aim will be to produce a bread, scones/cake, pizza and possibly biscuits.

As I said above this is a tall order and the bread will Not taste like Wheat Bread, but it can be eaten in a similar manner. The bread perhaps will be dense. However my guarantee is that it will be pure nutrition for a group of people who have severe digestive problems.

Please contact me if this sounds like something of interest to you or your friends and family.

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Getting to the White Brick Oven

As more people make their way towards the Whitebrickoven brick-oven I can see the need to make their journey a little easier.

Our bakery is within a Malay Kampung and we do not want to stick up commercial signs to spoil the ambiance. So we are going to compromise by only putting up a sign from 2 PM till 6 PM on Sundays. Look for this sign.

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Notice the top right side of the picture. I have pulled out the TNB pole number. These poles are all down the road on the same side and numbered consecutively.

To further assist you in getting here:

If you come from KL on Jalan Kuala Selangor:

Then at the traffic light near the Paya Jaras market turn left into Jalan Kubu Gajah and proceed straight on for about 2 Km until you see on your right side a Surau called Nur al Huda. Our street Jalan Gajah 14 is the next turning on the right. Proceed straight ahead until you come to the Kedai Runchit. You will see ahead of you a double story house after some single story homes. Enter the Bakery at the next Blue Gate (faded) after the double story house. This is also adjacent to the TNB (Tenaga Nasional Bhd) pole # 96. Please note these poles are sequential so if you see one of Jalan Gajah 14 follow them till your get to 96 and you have arrived!

If you come off the Guthrie Highway:

Enter Kampung Merbau Sempak, to your right at the traffic light on Jalan Kuala Selangor. Bear to the left and keep on till you see the second Mosque. The first is in Merbau Sepak the second in Kubu Gajah. Just past the second Mosque on your left is Jalan Gajah 7. Turn in and go straight to the intersection where you turn right onto Jalan Gajah 14. Proceed straight ahead past the first Kedai Runchit continue on past the next intersection and you will come to a small stream and a piece of empty land. We are right behind that. Look for the faded Blue Gate next to the TNB pole #96. You have arrived!

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Ramadan is approaching

We had a busy but somewhat wet day here today at the Whitebrickoven Tea rooms. Thanks to all the people who braved the rain and traffic to get here. We hope you enjoyed yourselves and we hope to see you again.

Ramadan will be here in a less than two months so this is a gentle reminder that our cafe will closed during that month and will re-open on the second Sunday after the Eid Holiday. I will give dates a as we approach the Blessed Month.

Bread of course can still be ordered and collected during the Holy Month. Just email me at baker@whitebrickoven.com

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Cannot see the wood for the trees

Surrounded by bread on a daily basis, most of it goes out the door and I often do not get much of a chance to actually eat it myself. I usually end up with bits of leftovers from the Sunday Cafe.

This week I have treated myself to one of the Tartine Loaves. This morning, feeling in a British mood I made fried eggs on toast. The toast of course was sliced from the “Tartine Loaf”. Spread with some pure butter, it really tasted great and took me back to my childhood. The taste was of real bread with the taste of toasted crumpets coming through. I had to ask my wife did I make this?

Strange I should think of Crumpets because today I am teaching somebody how to make crumpets. Although simple to mix, they are tricky to bake. Today is a batter day and we will produce sourdough waffles and pancakes besides the crumpets.

Crumpets and Pancakes are not known for reducing the waistline so the news about cooking rice with Coconut Oil will be welcome for many Malaysians. Apparently if you cook rice with a teaspoon of Coconut Oil and then leave it to cool and store overnight in the fridge it will lose half of its calories. To eat it re-steam it well to ensure the heat penetrates the rice all of the way through. This was discovered in Sri Lanka from research into Obesity. I read the article in the Daily Telegraph.

Simple Rice Cooking Hack could reduce calories

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Justlife at IPC

Sales of the Tartine sourdough bread has really taken off at Justlife. We are so pleased that customers are discovering Sourdough Bread.

I am making a limited amount of Bordinksy bread which is made to a Russian recipe. The ingredients include Fresh Ground Rye flour, Whole Grain Wheat, Mollasses, Raw Organic Sugar, Rye Levain, Rye Mash and Coriander.
This follows the official Russian recipe. Please allow two days to order.

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New Page

On the main page of this Blog there is a new button called “Ovens”.

I will list here all the information I find about unusual ovens for baking. Unfortunately most of them are from overseas and would have to be imported. Hopefully one day we will have some information on a Malaysian Oven Builder. There must be some as Brick Bread Ovens do exist in Malaysia or at least so I am told.

So if you know of any let me know.

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Listen to the Grain Divide on the BBC

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b050yh95

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Sundays

We get quite a few people turning up on Saturdays. Unfortunately we have nothing prepared for them. We only open on Sundays from 3pm to 6pm for tea and scones. If I have time or the inclination I will prepare some other pastries as well.

If you want to collect bread on Sundays it is better you order it by Friday, then we will keep it for you. Please order by email.

I do bake some bread for Sundays but it usually goes quite quickly, so come early. But if you come before 3pm you will have to wait till 3pm to be fair to others.

Take care and for all of you celebrating Chinese New Year. Happy New Year and please travel safely.

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The Weekend is near

As the weekend draws near, I have to start thinking about what to bake for our weekend cafe. To that end I have just started making some puff pastry from a late 1800s English recipe. It differs from the French method in that it incorporates a portion of the butter directly  into the dough before the balance of the butter is layered in. The intended outcome is a crisper puff pastry.

Eccles Cakes

For all the fans of Eccles cakes out there, that is what the pastry will be used for. We hope you will enjoy them.

I get many requests for TeaCakes so they will also be on the menu. These are the English Teacake, the type of thing that you will find in nearly every cafe or teashop in Gt. Britain. They are a round, burger bun-shaped, yeasted bun with raisins and dried fruit. Typically, they are eaten split in half, toasted and buttered and enjoyed alongside a cup of tea.

Toasted Teacake

It might be a bit boring but I have put a video on You Tube of the process of milling flour. This is a Demeter Grain from Australia. I incorporate it into most of my breads going to Jason and Justlife. I cannot mill flour while we have guests as the flour gets everywhere and we have to do a big cleanup afterwards.

Finally how to make sourdough bread: How to Make Sourdough

 

And Final final. The woman who wrote this is absolutely brilliant. She has captured how British children think and talk to each other. Notice how multi-racial it is.

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