Getting ourselves into a new pastime this quarantine, such as cooking, gardening, or baking, has made our stay-at-home setup way more productive. Now, with this baking partner, your time in front of the oven is way more fun as you prepare more delectable baked goodies.
Baking has long been a delightful activity that I enjoy doing, even during pre-lockdown besides the standard binge-ing and reading. Needless to say, it is a therapeutic way of managing fears and anxieties, and surprisingly enough, exact measurements notwithstanding, it unleashes so much creativity, allowing us to express ourselves, experiment with substitutes and cake layouts, and troubleshoot baking problems right in the moment. As a cooking method that requires accuracy, baking helps us to gain focus and quiet down our inner dialogues—and we’ve had quite a few those in the past few months.
While we are still in quarantine, the inner baker in a lot of people was unleashed, almost at a congruence of time. Evidently, some took their newfound or continuing hobby further and transformed it into an online selling business, sharing their luscious desserts to everyone to enjoy. Indeed, a little sweetness can definitely lighten a bitter situation like the pandemic. Whether it is baking or eating together delicious pastries, baking makes for quite the efficient hobby.
For all bakers, especially beginners, The Maya Kitchen encourages you to hone your newfound hobby and even make it simpler for you to finally munch down on those cookies, breads, brownies, and more. From ready made pastry mixes to thickeners, The Maya Kitchen has got all your baking needs. And to guide you through your baking process, you can learn great recipes from them, like the recipe of this staple Filipino breakfast, which we all can’t resist.
To make your own homemade Pandesal, here are all the things you need:
- 2 teaspoons yeast
- 1 ½ cups warm water
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons shortening
- 4 ½ – 5 cups sifted MAYA All-Purpose Flour
- breadcrumbs, as needed
Dissolve yeast in ¼ cup of water. In a bowl, combine the remaining water, sugar, salt and shortening. Add 4 cups of the flour and the yeast mixture. Mix well then transfer to a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic. Use the remaining flour for dusting the table and your hands if the dough gets sticky. Place dough on a greased bowl, cover and let it rise until double in bulk.
Pre-heat oven to 350°F/177°C. Place risen dough on a floured surface. Flatten with your hands to form a rectangle about 16 x 3 inches. Starting at one end, roll up the dough with the right hand while sealing with the left hand to form a cylindrical strip of dough. Roll in bread crumbs. Let it rest for 15 to 20 minutes. Cut dough into pieces about 1 ½-inch thick. Place in baking sheet cut side up. Let the dough pieces rise until light, for approximately 1 hour. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Now if besides tutorials and online recipes, you wanted to take your baking skills up a notch, The Maya Kitchen also offers culinary courses from the country’s renowned chefs.
For more information The Maya Kitchen and their course offerings, you can visit @themayakitchen1 on Instagram, @TheMayaKitchen on Twitter and email [email protected] . If you want to learn more recipes, you can check out their website.