Piecing together an ingredients list and a method from various sources, including Philippine Bakels and City Girl Gone Country for the ever so confusing "no time dough" method stated in the method in Philippine Bakels, I came up with my own way of doing things. It's kinda messed up and odd.
makes about 8
- 1 3/4 cups of self-raising flour
- 1/4 a cup of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of dry yeast
- 1/2 a cup of water
- 1 egg
- 10 grams of vegetable shortening (I used melted butter instead)
- cheese cut into sticks for the filling (the cheese should be flavoursome and meltable)
PUTTING IT TOGETHER.
- Mix together the yeast, flour, sugar, water, egg and shortening.
- It might be super gluggy, so add flour and sugar until it forms a nice doughy consistency.
- Knead the crap out of it.
- Lightly oil up a microwavable bowl and toss the dough in, then flip it over so it's oil side up.
- Cover with a wet towel, and a dry one on top.
- Put it in the microwave it for 25 seconds.
- Let it rest for 5 minutes.
- Run it through the microwave again for another 25 seconds.
- Let it rest for 15 minutes.
- Roll the dough out and and separate it evenly.
- Encase the cheese in each portion of dough.
- Bake at 180 degrees for about 10 minutes.
I don't think I'm a big fan of the no-time bread method. It doesn't seem to produce the right texture (mine turned out dense as opposed to light), and the cheese I used wasn't right, but it was what my father wanted, so I guess it was okay. It tasted okay though =D
But just a query - every time, I've baked bread from scratch, the crust and outside is always so hard/chewy. Is there any way to make it softer?