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Burger with oven baked sweet potato croquettes

I was reading The Experimental Cook‘s latest post on archar when it hit on me that, in a few years time, we will soon be two old folks at home too (^_^!)

In fact, we are already living like two old folks, especially on a weekday during school terms. Whenever my better half is at home for lunch, I will put in some extra ‘effort’ to prepare a decent but quick meal…just like this burger, made with store bought wholemeal buns ;p
The extra work went into making some baked croquettes which I had meant to serve as a side for dinner that evening.

I have been making croquettes following Just One Cookbook’s baked croquettes after we got hooked with the delicious croquettes we had during our holidays in Kyushu, Japan (be it from supermarkets or those from local shops made with horse meat!). The homemade baked croquettes are a much healthier option and easier for me since I don’t do deep frying. The recipe calls for pan frying the panko or breadcrumbs with some oil before using. This ensures that the breadcrumbs will be nicely browned. I have tried toasting the panko with and without oil, both seem to yield similar results when I made croquettes. However, for making baked tonkatsu I would always pan fry with oil so that the dish would be as close to the deep fried version as possible.

I had meant to try making some pumpkin croquettes but since I had sweet potatoes lying around, I thought it would be better to clear them first. The sweet potato croquettes turned out to be very good too and they are certainly much healthier than meat patties.

We do eat like old folks nowadays, there were no fries to go along with the burger, just a cup of low sugar low fat 3-in-1 coffee, and some left over lettuces and tomatoes 😉

Oven Baked Sweet Potato Croquettes

(makes 6 ~ 8)

3 medium size sweet potatoes(about 400g), peel and cut into chunks
1 medium size onion, finely chopped
200g ground beef or pork
freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cooking oil
4 tablespoons plain flour
1 large egg, beaten
1.5 cups (about 85g) panko (breadcrumbs)


  • Pan fry breadcrumbs over medium-low heat until golden brown (Note: keep stirring to ensure the breadcrumbs is evenly browned and to prevent it from getting burned). Set aside to cool.
  • Place sweet potatoes in a pot and fill it with enough water to cover the sweet potatoes. Boil for about 15mins or until fork tender. Drain and transfer the sweet potatoes to a large bowl. Mash the sweet potatoes while they are still hot. 
  • Heat oil in a frying pan and sauté the onion until soft. 
  • Add the ground pork and stir fry until meat is cooked. Season with freshly ground black pepper and salt. Remove from the heat and mix it with the mashed sweet potatoes.
  • While the mixture is still warm, shape into ½ inch thick oval patties. Leave to rest in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes.
  • Coat each patty with flour (dust off any excess flour).
  • Then coat the patties with egg and then the prepared breadcrumbs.
  • Place on baking tray lined with parchment paper and bake in preheated oven at 200degC for about 10mins until golden.

Recipe source: adapted from Just One Cookbook


1) A different kind of Gonzaga team

The first thing that jumps out about Gonzaga this season is how much bigger they are on the perimeter. For the last four years, they started two 6’2 guards – Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell Jr. – which put a ceiling on their program because Pangos wasn’t a high-level athlete and Bell couldn’t create his own shot and neither guy had the size to match up with bigger backcourts. This season’s team goes 6’3 185 (Josh Perkins), 6’4 195 (Eric McClellan) and 6’5 200 (Kyle Dranginis), which gives them the size to play with the vast majority of NCAA teams on the perimeter.

While Bell and Pangos were great NCAA players, the holes in their game were exposed when they went up against elite competition. Their loss to Duke in the Elite Eight last season was the perfect example – Pangos and Bell combined to play 76 of 80 minutes in the backcourt and they scored a grand total of 9 points on 14 shots and handed out 2 assists on 5 turnovers. There just wasn’t much they could do against future NBA guards like Tyus Jones on either side of the ball. This year’s guards are far from perfect but they at least give the Zags the chance to match up physically with elite competition.

Gonzaga has a pretty short bench this season and they only played 7 guys against SMU on Saturday but all the pieces fit together pretty well. The only guy in their rotation who doesn’t shoot 3’s is Domantas (son of Arvydas) Sabonis – he dominates the interior of the lane and everyone else spreads the floor around him. They play a pretty reasonable facsimile of an NBA offense, with Kyle Wiltjer opening up the floor for Sabonis to roll to the rim and the other three guards spread out around the 3-point line. They can almost always get a good shot when they throw the ball in to Sabonis and he has such a high basketball IQ that he can read the floor and make the right decision almost every time, whether it’s to face up and take it to the rim, put a guy on his back and play bully ball or dissect the defense and find the open man if they double down on him.

The other big difference from last season’s team is the absence of Przemek Karnowski, their 7’1 300 mountain man of a C whose career ended following back surgery earlier in the season. Karnowski was an elite defensive anchor and a guy who could facilitate the offense from the high post or the low post, but you could make the argument they are actually a more dangerous team without him. Not only has his absence allowed Sabonis to come into his own as a featured player, having a more athletic and more mobile big man at the 5 position is huge considering that they don’t have a ton of elite athletes on the perimeter either.

2) Domantas Sabonis is special 

Sabonis is a guy who really stands out when you see him in person. The biggest thing is how well he moves for 6’11 240. He’s not a guy whose going to play at 11-12+ feet in the air, but he’s an elite athlete for a guy with his size. He has the whole package – he’s very quick, he’s well put together, he has a great first step, he has a high motor and he plays with an edge. He actually picked up a flagrant foul against SMU when he cleared out one of the Mustangs guards with an elbow while fighting for a rebound. He’s a tenacious rebounder whose not afraid of contact and he wasn’t intimidated at all by the raucous home crowd at Moody. I mention that because the contrast with Wiltjer in the way that he handled the environment couldn’t have been more telling.

Combine his size and athleticism with his skill-set and feel for the game and you have a guy with the chance to be a very special player. SMU couldn’t really handle him on Saturday – he finished with 20 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists on 14 shots. The interesting part about this match-up for Sabonis is while SMU didn’t have anyone taller than 6’8, they had three 6’7+ combo forwards who have been dominating bigger frontlines all season. Given the way the league is going, the name of the game for bigger frontcourt players is that they need the athleticism to defend smaller players on the perimeter as well as the finishing ability to put them on their back and score over the top of them. Wiltjer doesn’t have either of those things, which is why he finished with 4 points on 17 (!!) shots.

The strength of Sabonis game is his ability to make plays in the lane, whether it’s bullying smaller players in the low post or facing up slower players in the high post. A 6’11+ player with touch, size and athleticism is going to be able to score a lot of points in the paint and there’s only so much a defense can do to stop him. When he can pick apart a double team too, they are in an impossible bind. Sabonis made a couple of incredible plays on Saturday when he swooped across the lane, drew multiple defenders and kicked the ball out to an open shooter. Guys his size are not supposed to be on the passing end of a drive-and-kick.

All that said, there are two things holding him back from being an elite player at the next level:

1) Alligator arms. Sabonis only has a 6’10 wingspan, which makes him the rare frontcourt player with arms that aren’t longer than his body. He only has an average reach and that absolutely kills him when it comes to protecting the rim. The shame of it is that he would be an absolutely ideal small-ball 5 with a 7’0+ wingspan because he has the quickness to defend smaller guards on the perimeter and the toughness to battle with bigger guys in the post and on the boards. The problem is that when your 5 has very little ability to alter shots it puts a ton of pressure on your other 4 defenders because you basically don’t have a 2nd line of defense. If Sabonis is going to be a starter at the next level, he has to be paired with a rim protector, which brings us to problem #2.

2) He doesn’t have great range on his jumper. Almost all the damage that Sabonis did on Saturday was in the paint and he didn’t really look to shoot at all beyond 15+ feet. That’s fine when paired with a guy like Wiltjer but Wiltjer’s defense makes him practically unplayable at the next level and you can count the number of shot-blocking + 3-point shooting big men on one hand, which is why people have been calling them “unicorns”. The good news is that Sabonis shoots 81.1% from the free-throw line (on 5.7 FTA’s) so it shouldn’t be inconceivable for him to be a good outside shooter. If he can become a consistent shooter, it would open up the rest of his game and make him practically indefensible. The lack of a jumper puts a real ceiling on his potential at the next level, which is why it probably makes sense for him to come back to school for his junior season.

Here’s another way to look at it. If he can make that jumper (or maybe even knock down 3’s), he could be an All-Star. Without it, he’s coming off the bench as an energy 4/5 big man. That’s how big a deal shooting ability has become at the highest levels of the game.

3) Kyle Wiltjer was born 5 years too late to play in the NBA

Wiltjer is a Wooden Award Candidate who has put up montrous numbers since transferring from Kentucky. (Here’s how old he is – he was in the same recruiting class with Anthony Davis and Marquis Teague. Teague’s entire NBA career has played out while Wiltjer has been in college). As a 5th-year senior, Wiltjer is averaging 22 points and 6.5 rebounds a game on 50.5% shooting and he’s almost a prototype stretch 4 at the next level. At 6’11 240, he’s big enough to stand behind guys in the post, he has the shooting ability to where he has to be guarded 25+ feet from the basket and he has enough versatility in his offensive game – whether it’s attacking a close-out or playing with his back to the basket – to where he’s not just a shooting specialist.

Here’s the problem. What the league has figured out is that smaller players can shoot 3’s just as well as stretch 4’s while bringing a lot more to the table in terms of being able to defend on the perimeter and play with the ball in their hands. Conversely, the ability to stand behind guys in the post isn’t nearly as important given the way that the league has moved away from throwing the ball inside to putting guards in ball screens as the primary way to generate offense in the half-court. Who cares about whether a 6’10 guy can win wrestling matches around the rim better than a 6’7 guy – the real question is whether he can get down in a stance and defend 25+ feet from the basket as well as the 6’7 guy.

Kyle Wiltjer has a lot of strengths in his game but sliding his feet from side to side certainly isn’t one of them. He is literally as slow as molasses and you could time his 40-yard dash or his lane agility drill with a sundial. SMU was determined to not give him any space on offense and they went right at him on defense and there wasn’t much he could do about it. And it’s not like Jordan Tolbert, Markus Kennedy and Ben Moore are guaranteed to play at the next level. The types of 6’7+ guys that Wiltjer would have to face in the NBA are so much worse. Imagine Wiltjer trying to post up Harry Barnes or defend him on the 3-point line and you can see why he’s probably destined for a long and successful career in Europe. That’s the question you have to ask about pretty much any stretch 4 these days and it’s not going to be a pretty answer for the vast majority of them.

A good way to think about it is that a stretch 4 needs Sabonis type athleticism to really thrive at the next level these days. The difference between Wiltjer and Sabonis in athleticism is about as wide as the difference between Sabonis and Aaron Gordon. We’re talking about guys who are barely the same species.

4) Gonzaga is Transfer U

This year’s team features two guys who started their careers at high-major schools – Wiltjer (Kentucky) and McClellan (Vanderbilt) – and Gonzaga has a long line of guys who have come to Spokane and given their careers new life under Mark Few. No matter what happens this season or even if they lose Sabonis to the NBA, the program won’t fall off much next season, not with these two guys in the pipeline – Nigel Williams Goss (Washington) and Johnathan Williams III (Missouri).

Here’s the numbers those guys put up at their previous stops:

NWG: 15.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, 5.9 assists on 2.8 turnovers on 44.2% shooting, 25.6% from 3

JW3: 11.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, 0.6 blocks on 41.2% shooting, 34.4% from 3

At 6’3 185, NWG is a fairly complete PG who was recruited by just about every school in the country. At 6’9 230, JW3 is the type of super bouncy big man that Gonzaga hasn’t had too often in recent years. The really intriguing thing about those numbers is that NWG shot much better from 3 as a freshman and JW3 blocked a lot more shots. If the Gonzaga coaching staff can harness their games during this redshirt season, the rest of the WCC isn’t going to know what hit them. Williams even said that one of the primary reasons why he chose Gonzaga was the way they developed Wiltjer and Kelly Olynyk during their redshirt seasons with the program. If Sabonis stays and gets to play with those 2 guys and a ton of shooters, they would have by far the highest ceiling of any team that Gonzaga has had under Mark Few.

5) Gonzaga is on the bubble

Gonzaga is 20-6 with a 12-2 record in the WCC but they haven’t done all that much to impress the selection committee. Their best wins – Washington and UConn in the Battle 4 Atlantis – are over fellow bubble teams while they have come up just short to teams who could have punched their ticket with a win – Arizona, Texas A&M, UCLA and SMU. On the plus side, they don’t have any bad losses as their two WCC losses came to the other traditional powers in the conference – BYU and St. Mary’s – by a combined total of 4 points. Add it all up and a lot of the pundits have Gonzaga sweating if they lose in the WCC Tournament.

The funny part about it is that all their losses are pretty explainable and don’t really say all that much about the overall quality of the team. This is a team with one of the best frontcourts in the country and they can play with just about anyone. Very few teams are going to run the table in conference play while Gonzaga was right there with some of the best teams in the country. They lost to A&M by 1, Arizona and UCLA by 5 and the loss to SMU was closer than the 9-point margin indicated. In a normal season, wins over Washington and UConn would be enough in and of themselves to get a mid-major program in the field of 68. It’s just Gonzaga’s bad luck that they came in relative down years for those programs.

6) How far could Gonzaga go in the Tourney?

The ironic thing is that Gonzaga actually has a team that’s better equipped to make a Tourney run than many of their predecessors, even if they haven’t been able to match their regular season results. The key is to look at their personnel. Gonzaga has as much size and athleticism as they have ever had on the perimeter (which isn’t saying a ton), they have as good a shooting big man as they have ever had in Wiltjer and they have never had a player with a skill-set like Sabonis. They’ve had 13 guys who have at least had a cup of coffee in the NBA under Few and Sabonis should end up as the best of them. The only guy on his level is Olynyk and I like Sabonis a lot more as a two-way player, even if he never adds a consistent jumper.

Here’s the basic formula for Gonzaga. Pound the ball into Sabonis, whether it’s rolling to the rim or playing in the post, and use the threat of his offense to open up shots for Wiltjer and their guards. From there, control tempo and use your size to your advantage on offense and limit the number of possessions for the other team. They are going to want to avoid two things – a team with a 6’6+ athlete on the perimeter whose too big for Dranginis and teams with multiple 6’9+ frontcourt players who can match up with Wiltjer and Sabonis. What you saw in the loss to SMU is that there’s no Plan C – none of the guards can really step up if either of their big men has an off night.

They would probably run into a team with the pieces to give them trouble in the 2nd week of the Tourney, if not the 1rst, but there’s no guarantee given the overall weakness of the field this season. Sabonis is one of the most talented players in the country and they have the shooting to allow him to play 1-on-1 so they have a pretty high ceiling in a one-and-done scenario. Let’s hope they can make the Tourney because they could make things real interesting if they get the right draw.

gluten free vegan zucchini bread

Gluten Free Vegan Zucchini Bread. Moist zucchini bread, baked to perfection. A slice of pure deliciousness!Perfectly moist gluten free vegan zucchini bread, with a touch of cinnamon and baked to a lovely golden brown. It’s a slice of pure deliciousness!

I’m a big fan of quick breads. They are up there with one of my favorite things to bake, as well as to eat. Pumpkin spice bread is my go-to all year round, as well as this cinnamon swirl bread. Quick breads are my idea of sweet, homemade comfort food.

Gluten Free Vegan Zucchini Bread. Moist zucchini bread, with a touch of cinnamon and baked to perfection.

I know many of you grow zucchini during the summer and are looking for ways to use up your abundance of zucchini. If you’ve got extra zucchini on hand, I say make yourself some gluten free vegan zucchini bread! Vegetables in baked goods may seem weird, but when it comes to zucchini bread, it just feels right. The zucchini helps to create a moist, tender bread. 

This gluten free vegan zucchini bread will disappear in the time it takes you to make it. Trust me. It’s that good! I baked them up in a mini loaf pan because tiny loaves of zucchini bread bake up faster, plus they are just the cutest. You can also use a standard loaf pan in this recipe. 

I really hope you enjoy this homemade zucchini bread as much as our family does! It’s sweet, has a touch of cinnamon and with a smear of dairy free butter on top, it’s pretty delicious. 

Gluten Free Vegan Zucchini Bread. Moist zucchini bread, with a touch of cinnamon and baked to perfection.

gluten free vegan zucchini bread
AUTHOR: Sarah Bakes Gluten Free
SERVES: 3 mini loaves

  • 1 1/2 cups Sarah’s gluten free flour blend
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk or oat milk
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 5 tablespoons avocado oil or grape seed oil
  • 1 cup finely shredded zucchini, packed

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 3 mini loaf pans or a 9×5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray or line with parchment paper for easy removal.
  2. In large mixing bowl, whisk together gluten free flour, almond flour, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In separate bowl, mix together almond milk, vinegar, oil and shredded zucchini. Pour over flour mixture and stir to combine, until batter is smooth.
  4. Scoop batter into prepared mini loaf pans and fill 2/3 full. Spread batter out evenly. Bake bread 35 minutes, until golden brown and baked through {55 minutes for standard loaf pan}.
  5. Allow zucchini bread to cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely on cooling rack before slicing.


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Columbian breaks out of slump, ekes out win over Meralco

Columbian snapped its three-game skid at the expense of Meralco, 86-85, in the resumption of the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup hostilities Wednesday night at Araneta Coliseum.

The Dyip bucked a lethargic start and crawled their way back into the game during the second period all thanks to a brilliant performance by Rashawn McCarthy.

The Bolts had a chance to pull the rug from under Columbian after Chris Newsome hit a triple with 38 ticks left to bring Meralco within one.

Baser Amer and Cliff Hodge squandered the opportunity to put Meralco ahead missing two looks in the final 13 seconds of the game.

“I told the guys to forget what happened in the past six games but don’t forget about why we lose,” Columbian coach Johnedel Cardel, whose squad improved to 3-4, said in the post-game presser.

“We’re lucky we started the second quarter good,” he added. “The first quarter we felt like we didn’t know how to shoot the ball.”

Skipper McCarthy posted a new career-best scoring performance with 30 points, eight rebounds, and three assists.

The craft guard was held scoreless in the opening salvo and then posted 10 points in each succeeding quarter. Glenn Khobuntin and Eric Camson pumped in 14 and 10 markers respectively.

Meralco drew 17 points from Newsome as Cliff Hodge and Ranidel de Ocampo chimed in 14 each. Amer contributed 10 more in the effort.

“It’s a good start for us. After the long break, [we are] much better because we had two wins,” Cardel said. “[T]he break has given us an opportunity to give the boys a time off from basketball.”

And it paid dividends as the Dyip now see the this new stretch as “a brand It’s a brand new conference,” he added.

Colubmian takes on a struggling Blackwater side this Friday at MOA Arena. Meralco, on the other hand, will try to arrest their losing streak when they face Magnolia in Cagayan de Oro City this Mar. 2.

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My Thoughts on the Retiring Jim Calhoun

It’s taken me a couple of days to absorb the shock that came when I heard that Jim Calhoun decided to retire from the University of Conneticut as the men’s head basketball coach. As I think about it more, it makes me sad to think that the ultimate tough guy in Calhoun could only take so much. Although his incredible coaching legacy will inevitably be overshadowed by the circumstances surrounding the recruiting violations, and academic probationary sanctions, I can’t help but feel disappointed that a guy who had always been known for doing things the right way would unfortunately get dragged down by the progressively worsening sliminess of big-time collegiate athletics. Perhaps it would have been fitting if Calhoun decided to retire on top after winning the 2011 NCAA Championship, but the fighter within decided to keep going despite what he knew was coming.

In reflecting specifically on Calhoun’s legacy on the college game, I think his biggest contribution schematically was his “pro-style” based approach. In other words, many coaches are system coaches — they use a 4-out motion, or flex, or dribble drive, 7 seconds or less, spread pick and roll, 40 minutes of hell, 2-3 zone, 1-3-1 zone, etc… Calhoun’s philosophy has always been that the best system to use is the one that gets the best players the ball. So, when he had the likes of Ray Allen and Rip Hamilton, it was all about the box sets, and stagger screens to free up those jumpers on the wing. When he had Emeka Okafor and later with Hasheem Thabeet, it was a man-to-man defense that featured a dominant shot-blocking big man, leveraging their offensive rebounding prowess, and a post-entry based offense. With Kemba Walker, it was half court trapping, and a 1 man fast break and the drive and kick game. It was not a surprise to see so many star recruits gravitate towards UConn, future NBA players were developed by Calhoun because he featured them, and found ways to make them successful. And when they went to the NBA, they became stars because they played in a system which featured them.

It’s certainly true that Calhoun rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. He wasn’t always graceful in defeat nor in victory, but with Calhoun you always knew that what you saw was what you got and that he didn’t give a damn what anybody else thought. There wasn’t a lot of pizzaz, he didn’t care to put on a show, he just coached his a** off and was always about his players.

Daniel Jones Update: Former Duke QB Is Thriving With The Giants

Carolina Panthers v New York Giants
 EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – AUGUST 18: Daniel Jones #8 of the New York Giants hands the ball off to Matt Breida #31 during the first half of a preseason game against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium on August 18, 2023 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. | Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images

As New York looks to become a contender behind Danny Dimes

As you probably know, former Duke quarterback Daniel Jones signed an enormous contract with the New York Giants over the summer, thus validating what former GM Dan Gettelman told disbelieving fans when he drafted Jones #6 in 2019 – just wait.

The wait has been worth it as Jones has emerged as one of the better young quarterbacks in the league. Now 26, he has established himself as not just a talented quarterback who can pass and also really, really run the ball when needed, but also a tremendous team leader.

The team is now entering its second year under Brian Daboll, having finished 9-7 and in third place in the NFC East. Jones appears to be thriving under the new offense and he also has the respect of his coaches, teammates, fans and the media. Things are indeed going well for Danny Dimes.

WM-SPEZIAL: Die große FIBA World Cup 2023 Preview mit Lukas Feldhaus

Am 25. August beginnt der FIBA World Cup 2023. Und auch wenn bis dahin noch einige Vorbereitungsspiele absolviert werden, gibt es heute die große Vorschau auf die anstehende Weltmeisterschaft mit Lukas Feldhaus. Wie weit ist die deutsche Nationalmannschaft? Wie gut (mehr …)

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Halloween Pumpkin Bread Buns

I made these pumpkins look-a-like pumpkin bread buns with pumpkin filling on a whim since we don’t celebrate Halloween.

My first (and the only) Halloween experience was more than fifteen years ago when we stayed in Los Angles for a few months. I took my then two year old boy, who was wearing a Thomas-the train costume, treat-or-tricking in our neighbourhood. I actually bought a Batman costume for him but it was too small. So I returned it and managed to get the Thomas outfit from another store. The feeling was really good when we could return stuff and receive full refunds with no question asked.

Looking back, I am glad we were game enough to join in the Halloween fun, it probably will be a once in a life time thing for us. Furthermore, my son was still so young, if he were a few years older, he would never ever agree to put on any halloween costumes 😉

I learned how to shape the pumpkin buns from this video by ‘Carol 自在生活‘. Each bread dough is wrapped around with a kitchen twine before it is left to proof the second time. This creates ‘segments’ on the bun making it looks very much like the ribbed skin of a pumpkin. My pumpkin buns didn’t look as good as those made by Carol…the ‘segments’ were not very uniformed, some turned out bigger than the rest (^_^!)

Since I made these pumpkin shaped buns without planning ahead, I couldn’t think of anything but to use chocolate chips to double up as the stems for the pumpkins. It didn’t look too bad though.

This is the ‘original’ pumpkin buns I had in mind…using another shaping method…looks like I have to practise a few more time to get it right.

The pumpkin filling is very delicious, it has a nice buttery flavour, not too sweet and not dry.

I did not follow Carol’s bread dough recipe exactly. Yet, the texture turned out to be very soft despite using a straight dough method. The buns were able to stay soft the next day. For the two leftovers which I kept in the fridge till the third day, I reheat them before serving and they were just like freshly made buns. I am so satisfied with the recipe that I will be making another batch to give away soon!

Pumpkin Bread Buns

(makes 9 buns)

for the bread dough:
250g bread flour
15g caster sugar
2g salt (about 1/2 teaspoon)
3g instant yeast (about 1 teaspoon)
80ml milk
100g mashed pumpkin (nett weight of pumpkin which is steamed, drained and mashed)
15g unsalted butter (cut into cubes)

for the filling:
300g mashed pumpkin (nett weight of pumpkin which is steamed, drained and mashed)
30g sugar
30g unsalted butter

*9 pieces of kitchen twine (90cm each), soak in oil

to make filling (watch video here):
* Pan fry mashed pumpkin in a pan till fairly dry. Add in butter and sugar and pan fry till well mixed. Dish up and leave to cool. (Note: do not add in the butter and sugar too early as it will cause the mixture to burn easily.)

to make the bread dough:
* Place bread flour, sugar, salt, yeast, milk and mashed pumpkin in the mixing bowl of a stand mixer. Let the mixer knead the dough on high speed until the ingredients come together to form a dough, takes about 8 to 10 mins. Add in the butter gradually and continue to knead for another 15~20mins until the dough becomes smooth and elastic.

* Place dough in a lightly greased (use vegetable oil or butter) mixing bowl, cover with cling wrap or a damp cloth and let proof in room temperature (around 28 to 30 degC) for about one hour, or until double in bulk.

* Remove the dough from the bowl and give a few light kneading to press out the gas in the dough. Divide the dough into 9 equal portions (about 50g each). Roll each dough into smooth rounds, cover with a damp cloth or cling wrap and let the doughs rest for 10mins.

* On a lightly floured work surface, roll each dough into a round disc. Press out any trapped air as you flatten the dough. Wrap each dough with one heaped tablespoon of the pumpkin filling. Pinch and seal the seam tightly.

to shape the dough (watch video here):
* For each wrapped dough, place seam side down on the middle of a kitchen twine, wrap the kitchen twine around the dough to form 8 segments (note: do not wrap too tight).

* Place seam side down on a greased (or lined with parchment paper) baking tray. Space doughs two inches apart to allow them to expand. Cover with damp cloth or cling wrap and leave doughs to proof for the second time for about 40mins, or until double in size.

* Bake in pre-heated oven at 180 deg C for 15 mins or until golden brown (if necessary, tent the surface with foil if the top browns too quickly closer to the baking time). Remove from oven and transfer to wire track to let cool a little. Remove the kitchen twine. Leave to cool completely and store immediately in an airtight container. If there are any leftovers after the second day, it is best to store them in the fridge, reheat/warm in oven before serving.

Recipe source: adapted from ‘Carol 自在生活