Oh what a day - Caterpillar Bread

Guess what? we are still here on our little island.. my poor hb had to undergo an emergency eye surgery last night and was admitted to hospital.. he was discharged earlier today and is resting well at home..he had retinal detachment.

The night bef while his wife was busy baking away for KL orders.. he was complaining to me that his right eye was blacked-out in the bottom left hand corner.. i of cos told him to check with the eye specialist.. thank god he listened and decided to go and hv it checked during his lunch break.. it all just happened so fast.. we thought of nothing serious and maybe he could get an appointment date for next week to check up.. at 2pm he saw the consultant and by 4pm he was referred to the specialist and by 6pm he was in the operating theater.. i quickly took a cab and went straight there.. by half past 8 he was out and was admitted to ward for overnight observation.

All the while what i cud think of was him and my cakes and macarons.. i didnt care if i hd to look around for our car and where he had parked it.. i didnt care if i had not even eaten anything since morning.. my mind just went blank.. :o(

I quickly got everything settled.. rushed to the ward to find out that my poor hb was feeling restless.. his body was shivering and he couldnt seem to figure out what his body wanted him to do.. called up the nurse and requested to be given something to calm him down.. by half past 10pm hb chased us out..

Sooo what happened to all my bakes??

Bottom line.. alhamdullilah everything went smoothly.. this exercise has proven that u hv to listen to ur body.. dont wait cos u never know what will happen next.. thank god the night when he felt something was not right.. he read up on google and knew that what he was having was serious..

Alrighty lets talk a little abt this bread.. i baked it simply bec i had wanted to take it along for our 4hrs drive.. that didnt happen and today my house is like a bakery shop.. we hv lots of bread.. we hv lots of cakes and we hv lots of macarons .. any takers?

375g bread flour
100g plain flour
35g milk powder
75g caster sugar
1 tsp salt
1 sachet (11g) instant dry yeast
2 egg yolks
1/2 tsp bread improver
150ml (approx.) ice water
50g butter, cubed

Water-Roux Paste:
25g (just under 2 tbsp) bread flour
125ml (1/2 cup) water

Mix flour and water in a small saucepan. Cook over low to medium heat, stirring continuously until it reaches 65ºC. It should have thickened to a paste at this stage, that is when you stir you can see the bottom of the pan. Remove from heat, place a cling film over the paste and leave until lukewarm, or room temperature, before using. (Alternatively if you don’t have a thermometer, cook as before until it starts to thicken, then continue to cook for about 1 more minute before removing from heat.) This water roux can be kept in an airtight container after cooling in the refrigerator for 1 day if not used immediately. However DO NOT USE if it turns grey in colour, that means it has gone bad.

1. Sift bread flour, plain flour, milk powder, caster sugar and salt onto the working surface. Add instant dry yeast and mix well. Form the flour mixture into a well. Add lightly beaten egg and lukewarm water roux and mix in. Gradually add just enough lukewarm water to form into a slightly sticky, soft dough. Knead for 10 minutes until smooth and elastic. During hand kneading, the dough also needs to be thrown onto the working surface once every few minutes between kneading to improve the dough structure. (I usually just pick up the dough to about head-high and throw it down onto the working surface 10 to 20 times every few minutes between kneading.)
2. Knead in butter until incorporated. (In many cookbooks, they mentioned that the dough at this stage should be able to be pulled and stretched into membrane, but it’s hard to achieve with hand kneading. I usually stop kneading when the dough sticks to the work surface and stretches like chewing gum when pulled!) Form the dough into a round ball and let it rise until double in size in a large greased bowl, cover with cling film (should take about 1 hour in warm weather, longer in winter months). Optimum room temperature for this first prove is 28°C with a humidity of 75%. To test if the dough has risen properly, dip a finger into bread or plain flour and poke down into the centre of the dough as far as your finger will go and pull out again – the hole should remain if it is ready. If the dough springs back, then it is not ready, continue to prove further.
3. Punch down, knead briefly and form into a ball shape. Then divide into 16 equal portions. The easiest way is to first divide equally into 4 larger portions first, then divide each of these again into quarters each. Form each into balls and let rest for 10 minutes.
4. Shape and fill the buns according to recipe. Place all finished buns on a greased baking sheet, lightly cover with cling film, and let rise until double in size (about 1 hour in warm weather, longer in winter months). Optimum room temperature for this final prove is 38°C with a humidity of 85%.
5. Bake in preheated 180°C oven for about 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

I dumped all the liquid stuff in my bread maker including butter that i melted and cooled it down.. add in my water roux and salt in it.. i added in my flour and lastly added in my bread improver and instant yeast.. press ON and after an hr u take out ur dough.. gv it a little punch and divide ur dough into 16 equal pieces.. u can see the step by step on how to do caterpillar bread here

Superb recipe.. super super soft.. will definitely be using this recipe over and over again.. ty ty to Bunda Nadhifa whos recipe has never seemed to fail me..

To all my KL customers who had ordered fm me.. i am so so sorry for not being able to fulfill them.. i promise to let u know the next time i am heading to KL.. ty for ur understanding! :o(

Source: My kitchen snippets and Corner Cafe


ninazsyafinaz said...

Get well soon Mr Rima. Kalau rumah dekat Naz borong semua mac tuh.. :)Btw gebus betul roti nih..guna BM ker?

ninazsyafinaz said...

hahahaha..adoii....second review baru nampak cara u..Dumped everything dlm BM!!

Rima said...

hehe i no uli uli sendiri.. selagi selagan bread recipe akan ku dump it into my bread maker.. no time to uli.. do it ok.. sampai sekarang pun roti ku tetap lembut selembut lembutnye

Yan said...

Hope your hb gets better soon and that surgery was the only treatment needed to cure it. Im sure ur goodies will be snatched in no time.

Anonymous said...

Mr Rima, get well soon. Ms Rima take care of him till he can stand on his own.


Mat Gebu said...


Angie said...

Wishing your hb speedy recovery! Angie

K.Nor said...

sedap tu roti.. sampai sonia pun bukan main asyik duk tenung nak ngap hehe

semoga yr hubby segera pulih ya rima... take care :)

Shal said...

Oh my, poor ur hb. Get well soon ya. Rima setiap sakit ada penyembuhnya setiap dugaan ada ganjarannya dan setiap bake-mu ada pemakannya hihihi.

Keep us update on ur hb and ur KL trip ya

Yat Maria said...

Speedy recovery to yr hb, babe..Times like this, we are v much needed! U take care too, aite!

Ayu said...

Assalam Rima,
wooow..semuga ur hubby cepat sembuh ya..u pun kena jaga diri baik2 ok..cantik roti caterpillar u ni..memang nampak sedap sangat lamanya tak meroti..

Bintangjauh said...

Salam Rima, ya ampun maha ampun ... sedih sekali dengan berita begini .. semoga segera pulih Mr hb, begitu cekal-teguh semangatmu Rima ... terus berbunga rasa perasaan Ratna dengan roti super yummy itu!

Bon courage Rima, sampai nanti .. salam manis manis madu.

Anonymous said...

Hi Ms Rima, are u serious about the bread, cakes and macarons? willing to buy from u if its real...

Hana said...

Hi Ms Rima, hope yr hb get well soon. Are u serious about the bread, cakes and macarons? u can sell 2 me...

zarin said...

get well soon to yr hb!
if jd u pun sure tk kisah dh mkn ke blm..memang pikirkan dia n all the bakes aje kan!
anyway alhamdulillah everything went well n insyaAllah sure cepat la habis all those goodies tu ;-)

lemongrass said...

Poor guy!
Luckily he got treated and operated on in time. I hope his eye is going to be ok.
Lovely bread as usual :-)

Aishamirafiq said...

Hope Mr Aue is fine now Insyallah...
Btw, take care.....

 Nasha said...

Ouchh...kalau baca pasal retinal detachment tu quite mengerikan ler.. hope he gets well soon.

Rima, u ni banyak sangat new recipe! i've been digging up ur recipe since old school pun i belum manage to keep up.

The bread looks really nyum nyum but macam susahhhhh je nak buat.. i think i'll make this as project end of next year hehehe

Trying To Be Muslim.. said...

Kak rima.....

Innalillah....I hope everything will be ok for both u and Mr Rima..:) sonia too....Owh good, he listened to u...I shud share this to my someone then....:)

Amazed with what u have to face and handle at one time...and u managed to get them done....:)

Lizzy said...

Hi Kak Rima,
kalau ada kek lapis or macs yg orang belum collect, adik beli boleh?


Art lover, cinnamonworldofcolours said...

Do hope Mr Rima a speedy recovery and back on his feet again. And I'm sure my dear Rima is taking good care of him!!

Nuridah said...

Assalamualaikum Rima,

sedih pula baca cerita Rima nie...hopefully your hubby cepat sembuh....

Ok Rima take care...nafas akak yg turun naik pula bila ingatkan you.Semoga family you sentiasa dlm rahmatnya.

Rima said...

Salam to everyone
Ty for all the well wishes.. Mr Rima said ty.. terharu dia membaca .. main main .. walau pun one eye jack.. dia tetap membaca every comment hehe

To those that are interested.. pls email me yah.. tks!

Anonymous said...

Hi Rima,

I am sorry to hear the news about your hubby. Glad to hear that he had the op and is recovering now.

Would like to wish him a speedy recovery.

Take care.


Min said...

poor guy! nasib baik dengar cakap kak rima and check immediately. :) get well soon mr rima!

the caterpillar bread looks so yummy! i am almost drooling looking at the photos. planning to visit singapore next month for wicked. must order something from u! tapi susahnya nak decide what to order. hehe!

Edi said...

wish him speedy recovery!
take care.

Zai said...

Hi Rima
Sorry, to hear about your hb. I wish he will be recovery soon.Tc
If you have kek lapis I don't mind to buy from you.

CTZee said...

Oh K. Rima. Any takers? me. Me. ME!!!!

Aik now ada pirate kat rumah? Ok all jokes aside, Alhamdullillah Mr. Rima dengar cakap istri hehehe. Mudah2an cepat sembuh ya.

Sori I ni tenggelam's been a bit topsy turvy. Was in Sg unfortunately not for fun but my mom sakit. So now I tengah down sikit. But yr blog, yr photos, yr story mory & especially all these roti recipes lifts me up. And I'll live my life vicariously through you boleh tak?

Rima said...

Ty for the wish Sally.. hes recovering well.. follow up check up is tmrw so hopefully everything is ok..

MIn.. ahhh nasib kepala tak de batu or else if ikut kan how he is dgn doctor dia tak akan jumpa doc one.. alhamdullilah.. the other day dia dgr cakap kita pulak.. ahhh pilih pilih and when ur ready u can email me ur order.. tks!

Tks Edi! he will be home till end of this year.. :op

Zai.. Ty for ur doas.. i did reply to ur email but it bounced back.. maybe ur email adrs yg u bagi salah ..

CTZee.. ahhh tu not just ordinary pirate tau.. ni pirate sure tak keharuan kena stay away fm work for a month.. yep yep his mc sampai cukup tahun lehh.. sorry to hear abt ur mom.. i hope shes feeling better now and dont worry, insyallah she will be ok.. so are back now?

anakcikbob said...

sorry kak rima.
just heard the news.
poor mr. rima.
saya doakan cepat sembuh.
n take care of urself.

Anonymous said...

asalammualaikum kak rima

i'm your silent reader - lurve your blog. we ever brushed shoulders 2x tapi nak tegur segan :))

wishing speedy receovery to Mr Rima....take care.


Unknown said...

Hi rima

i tak pernah lulus buat bread bentuk caterpillar tau...huhuhu anyway get well soon to ur hubby....i knw how it dear hb got admitted due to heart attack jugak dulu...rasa mcm nk pitam...kalau rmh dekat i dah pegi beli ur macs

Min said...

kak rima should seriously consider conducting classes. please consider. i would be one of the first ones to sign up! a class on baking, and how to take nice pictures of the food you have baked. :)

milena said...

complimenti belle belle!! copio, incollo e gusterò sicuramente !!

Anonymous said...

Assalam Rima,kesiannya kat your darling hubby...wishing him speedy recovery ya..and you should have a good rest too nanti tak boleh jaga orang sakit tu...
Take care...


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Hi.. I am a SAHM to 2 kiddoes..19yr old boy n 2 year old girl.. met my Austrian hubby here in Singapore and hv been living here all my life... my love for baking started when i was 6mths preggie to my daughter, Sonia... my addiction to baking has not stop eversince.. I hope to learn as much as i can abt baking and decorating and then share it with u along the way..