Serious Jet Lagged, and Review of My New Secrete Weapon!

I have never been so tired of travelling…. 7 hours on the flight , exhausted, and 8 hours back. These all happens within 3 days. Where have I been?!

Yes, Amsterdam. Exciting, crazy, wild city. But you can find peace and calm too:

That was quite a trip. Even though it was not as relaxed as I wish it could be, I had a place to clear my mind 🙂  See what I bring back home:

I have been collecting tea cups every where I traveled. Yes I know it is heavy and bulky, but totally worth the effort when you sip tea and have a wonderful afternoon 🙂

So my review of my secrete weapon is long overdue…. 😛 People from CSN stores has generously offer me another opportunity (gift card ) to review their product.  I decided to paid the rest and get this nice bread maker:

This is a $99 bread machine, very beautiful exterior. the ratings on Amazon and some other websites are consistently to be 4.5/5 (  I did the research!). It has LOT of bread options that I am excited about, especially its’ whole wheat bread dough setting, French bread setting, fruit/nuts bread. It also has the express bread making function for 59min bread. I have only try the whole wheat bread, so I will review this function first, and I will leave the others for later.

btw, the paper besides the machine are the bread recipes that I am going to try out.

I made this simple maple whole wheat bread first:

1. 3 cups of whole wheat flour

2. 1 package of yeast ( test in luke warm water)

3. 1 1/4 cup water

4. 1/4 cup of maple syrup.

5. 1 teaspoon of salt.

6. Vital Gluten (to make the bread rise higher , even though it doesn’t work that well….)

7. 1/4 cup of vegetable oil

According to the instructions ( I follow it strictly this time), put the dry ingredient (1,6) on top of wet ingredient (3,4,5,7), and then put the yeast on top of them (very important according to the menu).

Set the menu as ” whole wheat — 1.5LB bread “. Then the timer automatically starts. The total time is 3:48min for this whole wheat bread. It warms up for about 15 mins, and then start to knead, rest, knead, rest, and bake.   You can just walk away and have some fun.

Now comes my perfect whole wheat bread!!! if you read my blog before, you know that I had a unpleasant past with bread making…. But now, my saver is here!!!

Even though you can not see lot of holes in my bread, it is REALLY soft inside. I think the ‘kneading’ process ( which I didn’t pay attention to previously) is extremely important. The exterior is very crusty, perfectly sweetened. I store the bread in a sealed bag for 5 days, still , I enjoy the last piece of it. Just toast them and they taste as freshly made.

For this whole wheat bread, I will give it a 4 /5 . 🙂 the only thing I am a bit disappointed is my bread didn’t rise high enough !! hehe, next time, I will try the combination of 1 cup of bread flour + 2 cups of whole wheat flour, which is recommended, and let you guys know how it goes!

Now I am finally having some fun with bread making!!!



Filed under Healthy Breakfast, Product Review

9 responses to “Serious Jet Lagged, and Review of My New Secrete Weapon!

  1. that’s such a cute tea cup Tou Tou! i’m glad you had some time to yourself and a chance to clear your mind.

    i was going to get a bread maker too, but then i thought K would enjoy helping me with the kneading part so i opted not to get one. have fun with you new toy!

  2. balancejoyanddelicias

    wooo!!! you got it!!! Can u believe that since I got it I never baked bread with it? how crazy!
    a tip for WW bread: vita gluten! 😉

  3. Wow, you are quite the world traveler, Tou Tou! I love reading about the places you go to. Also, that cup is so cute with the kissing couple. You must have a great tea cup collection 🙂

    We have that exact same breadmaker! Isn’t it great? Your first loaf of bread looks so delicious! :))

  4. You lucky lucky girl! You are Always traveling, Tou Tou!
    I used to have a bread machine, but it was crap. 😦

  5. Congratulations on you new purchase…it is awesome…I love my bread machine, it is SO convenient and easy to use…look forward to your future breads…by the way the tea cup is adorable 🙂

  6. kissing dutch cups ❤ ❤
    my friend just got back not too long ago from amsterdam..with crazy stories and even crazier trinkets. he brought back those little wooden dutch shoes for me which my mom loved so much that i gave them to her. i wish i had that cup tho, its so cute!!

    once u have bread machine homemade bread, you never go back. well even if you do, u'll always remember how fun it is to see the dough rise and so perfectly fluffy, plus its very hard to make a high-rise bread the same as a bread machine 😛


  7. Cool bread machine! Probably something that I should buy as well, as I am not very good at making breads…!

  8. I hope you’re doing well, Tou Tou – miss you!

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