Category Archives: Bread/buns/rolls

Guilt Free Decadent Malted Marbled Banana Bread

Good ol’ banana bread. With swirls of malt. And studded with chocolate chips. Topped with crumble. A banana bread really can’t get better than this. That its low fat is just a bonus. 

The recipe for the banana bread/cake base is from: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/11/02/polka-dot-banana-bread/

I changed it by:

  1. Using sugar free maple syrup instead of agave or pure maple syrup
  2. omitting the 1 stevia packet
  3. using 1 cup cake flour + 1 cup whole wheat flour instead of 2 cups spelt flour 

The other changes, like marbling the bread/cake with milo batter are given in the following picture.

The ‘milo truffle’ mixture mentioned can be found here.

Recipe for milk crumbs was adapted from here.

I am submitting my post to Aspiring Bakers #22: Lightened Up Cakes (August 2012) hosted by Qi Ting of A Dessert Diet.

Revive Your Buns– Just another Bread Pudding ?

Since school ended last December, I’ve ‘discovered’ some really impressive stuff. So I decided to compile everything and call it “Wrappy’s Recommendations” (not “Qi Ting’s” because I don’t really like my name, because its given by some Buddhist Temple in Taiwan and I’m Christian.) Hopefully, I will pass this ‘enthusiasm’ to you guys.

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Wrappy’s Recommendations

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1. TOUCH (Season 1, thus far)

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TOUCH is about this little kid who happens to be super cute, mute and is able to see the past, present and future through numbers. Every episode, he leads his really awesome Dad through a series of puzzles/ personal stories that are somehow related to each other in the most amazing way. The stories are touching, thrilling, sort of creepy, mysterious, heart-warming and just about everything everyone needs in a story (in this case, a really long one). Lori Rackl, of the Chicago Sun-Times, said the show “operates on the mind-blowing premise that people around the world are linked to one another and their lives intersect — with potentially major repercussions.” which is how I should have phrased it. That. That’s absolutely right. Michael Landweber of PopMatters called the show “stunningly effective” and praised “its mix of spirituality and science, familial and global struggles.” You get the idea. (Quotes from Wikipedia the FREE Encyclopedia. Isn’t the world getting better by the day???) And did I mention how talented all the actors are???

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2. SoundHound

In the midst of wandering around in Whatsapp (no idea what that is I now know what that is), Facebook, Instagram, and other privacy-invading, stalker- encouraging programs, probably few of you’ve heard of SoundHound.  What’s SoundHound?, you-who-don-t-know-how-to-use-Google ask.

I’ll put it this way. Let’s say you walk into a 7-Eleven, Cold Storage, Walmart, Whole Foods, or wherever there’s music. You hear this mind-blowing song. You have no idea who sang it or what song it is. You’re angry, pissed off at the world (probably exaggerating, but if its a good song, this is no exaggeration) for making you feel deprived for the last few years of your life. Here’s where SoundHound comes in. You activate the application, hit a button, and in about 5 seconds, the name and singer of the song appears on your screen, along with buttons that link you to its YouTube video and lyrics. And that’s how I found “Jetlag” (Simple Plan, featuring Natasha Bedingfield) and “What Makes You Beautiful” (One Direction). You can even sing a song to have it identified. I hope you sing in tune. Simply revolutionary! I have it on Android 😀

Curious? Check out http://www.soundhound.com/.

(Unfortunately, it can only identify songs in English)

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3) theoatmeal.com 

This website features tons of dumb, ingenious stuff. It’s taken me through a few of the times when I’m being stupidly sad. You’ll probably get hooked on it. 

Be sure to check out airplanes feature. Those are my favourite!

Check it out here: theoatmeal.com 

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4) Shake to Charge (for your Android/iPhone)

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This app transforms the kinetic energy (movement in the form of shaking)  applied to electrical potential energy (i.e. energy for your battery).

You get a workout AND your phone charged. Talk about killing two birds with one stone.

Its supposed to work. I think it does. 

Then again, I’m easily deceived. 

Check it out here: http://download.cnet.com/Shake-to-Charge-Battery/3000-2094_4-12504829.html

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5) Blender

Sample images from http://www.blender.org/features-gallery/gallery/art-gallery/

Its not a real blender. You  know, for juices and stuff.

Nonono. 

Its a FREE 3D software. You heard me right. FREE!

You can make 3D images and videos of say, Nemo from Finding Nemo, your friend, yourself, your room, your favourite cartoon, anime, etc.

3D softwares are always a challenge to me. I’m still suffering from the after-effects of my blue donut and purple coke can. No joke.

Check out Blender here: http://www.blender.org/features-gallery/

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Nevermind the above. Its now time for this. 

On first glance, it looks sort of like a cake. Yet it’s not cake. 

No, its a bread pudding. And made from buns! Best of all, you’ll only need 5 minutes of preparation, excluding all the waiting time. Its the kind of bread pudding that’s not wet, that makes you feel like you’re eating s french toast cake, that makes you want to reach out for another piece. For the foundation of the bread pudding, its preferable that you use buns filled with a sweet smooth paste like red bean paste, kaya, lotus paste, nutella, peanut butter, cream cheese, etc. 

The recipe is adapted from Smitten Kitchen

Exploding Cream Buns 爆浆面包 (Whole Wheat & Vegan)

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One of the things I love most of Taiwan is the varied speeds of change in the country. The rocky path to my grandparents’ house  have those same old rocks embedded, the same old metal spring buried at one side, rows of crops of 槟榔叶 (betel leaves) grown by the same old farmers at the other, the same kinds of grass growing at the side, the same family of daisies swaying along to the wind. Largely the same people, plus a few babies, minus some who passed away, the same smiles, the same faces, with a few more wrinkles. The same breakfast shops that had not changed in any way since before I was born. Things like that stay the same. They make the place we come from what it is.

Cycle a couple kilometres along the sort-of-expressway into the city. Most things would be different a year on. The same lady selling my favourite pancakes 车轮饼 stands at the same spot, but in front of a different shop. Shops promoting PDAs with wireless network connection spring up. Just 5 years ago, barely anyone owned a computer, let alone knew what the hell the internet was. [Even today, in the area my mum was born, few people have an internet connection (an estimated 1 in 3).] And right in the middle of the Pingtung city, now stands at least 3 new french bakeries, 1 Japanese bakery, and 1 modern Taiwanese bakery. That’s where I found 爆浆面包, or as I translate– Exploding Cream buns. An innovation unto the traditional tiny buns accompanying Western meals. Today, they are one of the most popular buns in Taiwan. Though they’re typically filled with a buttercream filling, I decided to go the healthier way with, well, tofu. If you don’t tell the people you’re serving that the buns contain tofu, there is little chance they’ll find out.

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The cream is injected into the bun rather than pre-inserted. DO NOT inject the cream into the bun while the bun is warm lest you want baked cream (a mistake a made for 2 buns, one of which’s innards are in the photo below).

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I’m providing 2 choices of filling. The Oreo Cream.

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The Coffee Cream version.

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And now the recipe! The recipe for buns is adapted from Christine’s Recipes. There are errors though! Add another 1 tsp of lemon juice for Coffee Cream and 1/2 tsp for Oreo Cream.

Assembly: stuff cream of choice into a piping bag. Make a hole in the corner of the bun and fit the piping nozzle into the hole to squeeze cream into the bun. If you press too hard such that too much cream enters, the bun literally explodes. So be careful!

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Hopefully, I’ll have something great for you tomorrow!

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This post is going to YEASTSPOTTING!!!

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Healthy Hokkaido Bread (Taiwan-inspired!)

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6 years ago…

Location: Kaoshiung International Airport 高雄国际航空站

Crazy people: Me, Bro, Mum

Airport Security: What are you carrying?

Mum: Bread.

Airport Security: Really? (Disbelieving)

Mum: Yes. (in a ‘Duh!’ manner)

Airport Security: Is it really that delicious? (More than ‘disbelieving’-ly)

Me: Yes. (instead of raising redundant suspicions with a sarcastic “no, we are smuggling drugs”)

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I can safely say it was the most ridiculous thing we have ever done. It was the most fragrant, milky, soft bread we had ever eaten.

After 5 hopeless failures, I finally got it right. 

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It contains 5 forms of milk, which together create a sweet milky aroma that stimulates a craving in even the most determined dieter.

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If you’ve never eaten bread without spread, start here!

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Healthier Hokkaido Bread

No. of servings: 12 thick slices

Adapted from: Angie’s Recipes

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Tangzhong preparation method:

Mix 50 grams of bread flour and 250 grams of water together and stir until flour is completely dissolved.

Heat mixture over a stove in a saucepan at medium-low heat.

Keep mixing until until a swirl of your spoon leaves a trail.

Immediately pour mixture into a separate bowl and cover with plastic wrap.

Refrigerate till tangzhong reaches room temperature or you can leave it overnight/a few hours before using (for better results some say)

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Ingredients

  • 200 g bread flour
  • 150 g Whole Wheat flour
  • 20g milk powder
  • 120 g tangzhong
  • 60 g White sugar
  • 8g instant yeast
  • 5 g Salt
  • 1 Egg
  • 30 g fresh milk
  • 40g low fat evaporated milk
  • 10g low fat condensed milk (do not omit!)
  • 30 g low fat cream cheese, diced (tastes richer with full fat cream cheese- recommended!)

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Directions

  1. Place all other ingredients, in the mixing bowl with a dough hook and stir over the low speed until the ingredients incorporate. Adjust speed to medium and continue to beat. Knead until the dough has become very smooth and elastic.
  2. Shape the dough into a ball and transfer into a large greased mixing bowl. Roll it around so the dough gets coated with oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or damp cloth. Let rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour. Punch down the dough to release the gas produced during the proof and divide it into 3 even portions, each about 240 grams. Round up and let rest for 15 minutes.
  3. Press out the gas of each dough and roll out into an oval shape. Fold it into thirds, overlapping them in the center, press the dough down firmly. Turn over and roll out into a 30-cm long strip. Turn over and roll up each to a column shape. Place them in a 30x11x8-cm loaf pan. Let the dough rise up to 2/3 full. Lightly brush with egg wash and bake in a preheated 170C/340F oven for 30-35 minutes.

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Its soft, fluffy, chewy, sweet and lasts 3 days that way! 

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That’s it! 😀

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This post is going to YEASTSPOTTING!!!

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No-Rise Cinnamon Rolls for ONE (Whole Wheat & Vegan)

I’m not exactly the most violent person… most of the time, but sometimes, something inside me wants to grab a sledge-hammer to break an idiot’s head open to see what the hell is wrong with that one person. 

You think your life is jinxed?

You think your life is jinxed?

Let me tell you what a jinxed life is.

I was born with both my arms broken. The right arm never recovered. And all the specialists I’ve seen (and believe me, I’ve seen many) say that nothing can cure it. I’m incapable of many physical activities and got laughed at for it too many times to count. I love seeing people dance but I can’t without looking hilariously clumsy. If my stupid arm works, I’ll probably be dancing instead of baking (maybe this is a good thing after all?)

My rights arm is much much fatter and shorter than my left.

My right shoulder slants down lower than my left.

I have a horrible, horrible memory.

My examination results are crappy.

I was bullied for 3 very long, psychologically-torturing periods of my life, excluding the time when my atrocious, horrendous, crap thing of a teacher told my entire class not to be my friend and isolated me. Quite obviously, I’ve never exactly been fond of teachers.

I was sick for 2 1/2 torturing years. (sorry, I ran out of good vocabulary)

I am short (5 feet) and fat (busybody).

My family has less than average income. (I make room for things I want by saving 90% of my pocket money)

Well, no one’s life is perfect.

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Stop frowning. And learn the following.

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How do you make the best of your so-called ‘jinxed’ life?

  • find a hobby and stop thinking (absurdly) that your life is miserable because it isn’t… baking, reading, cycling, whatever
  • don’t be embarrassed by every single thing– remember, only you can make yourself feel embarrassed, and let others know you are embarrassed and thus get embarrassment poured onto yourself, when you needn’t have gone through it at all. 
  •  remove yourself from people who make you feel lousy, lousy, lousy. I failed to realise this earlier in my life and the psychological impact was so horrible I can’t find words to describe it. 
  • keep people who are trying to help you but not pretending to or simply doing it to make themselves feel better
  • be careful when making friends. 
  • be with people who like you because you are you… while trying to help you correct your insecurities.
  • forge good relationships with your family and friends. Because you know what? A united family and good friends and the love you can experience from these bonds will help you realise that your life is really worth living.
  • be grateful for what you have. Make a list. Cheesy, but it works. 
  • eat cinnamon rolls
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* Note: NOT directed towards any one; just a general opinion. All opinions above are of my own, learnt through personal experience, and are in no way associated with WordPress. (Haha, I just had to add this in. Its fun)
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Single Serving Cinnamon rolls!
ALL FOR the special YOU!
Yes. All! Don’t let me repeat that or I may change my mind.
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A meal of cinnamon rolls for… 524 calories! Pretty good, huh?
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No-Rise Cinnamon Rolls for ONE

No. of servings: 1

Adapted from Bakingdom

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Ingredients

For Dough

  • 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1/4 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 7g/ 3/5 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/10 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk (vegan: 1/4 tsp lemon juice and enough soy milk to make 1/4 cup)
  • 1 tsp non- fat yogurt (vegan: oil/ vegan yogurt)
  • 1 tsp reduced fat margarine
  • 1 tsp oil

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For Filling

  • 2 tsp reduced fat margarine
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup mini- marshmallows, chopped (vegan: vegan marshmallows)
  • 1 tsp powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

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For Icing (optional)

  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp reduced fat margarine

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Icing alternative

  • 1 1/2 tsp reduced fat margarine, softened
  • 1 1/2  tsp buttermilk, or whole milk (vegan: coconut milk)
  • 3 tbsp icing sugar

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Here’s a Step-by-step tutorial. Almost…
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Prepare your ingredients; all must be at room temperature.
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Preheat your oven to 425°F/220°C.
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Filling preparation: In a food processor, add marshmallows and icing sugar. Process till marshmallows are minced. Mix this mixture with cinnamon and sugar in a bowl.
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Dough Preparation: Combine all the dry ingredients. Mix them together, add the wet ingredients and mix to form a rough dough. Do not knead. It’ll be sticky. Resist  the urge to add flour. Yikes. It is sticky.
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Shape dough into a rod and roll it into a long rectangle. Spread the margarine for filling onto the dough. Leave a 1 inch space at one of the short edges. You may want to use a pizza cutter to get rid of uneven edges like I did.
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Sprinkle the filling as evenly as you can and roll it up from the margarine-covered short edge. Press the clean edge against the adjacent part of the roll to seal.
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It’ll be gigantic.
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Slice into 4 pieces using a knife. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
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For icing: While baking, mix ingredients for icing together and place into a clean plastic bag. When done, rub 1 tsp of margarine over the top of all the cinnamon rolls.
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Cut a very small hole in the bag containing the icing and pipe onto cinnamon rolls.
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Eat up!
Celebrate life and the God who gave it to you.
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PS: I’m looking for Guest Bloggers! You can write on any topic related to health-and-wellness or anything about food or recipes of course! No other limitations. Contact me at qiting93@hotmail.com please! 😀 😀
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Peanut Butter Povitica (Vegan, Reduced Fat & Whole Wheat)

I have been watching ‘Lizzie McGuire’. 

And conducting detailed research of what happened to the main characters: 

Hilary Duff is now pregnant and has a smaller head. I still love her voice.

Adam Lamberg : MIA

Lalaine looks pretty much the same and she has been singing. That’s cute. 

Jake Thomas grew out his hair and now looks… shockingly different?

Amazing what time can do!

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And yes, I did watch ‘Lizzie McGuire’ while baking this Povita. It was fun.

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I used a regular sweet bread recipe for the dough, concocted my own Povitica peanut filling and made the bread like a Povitica. I’m pretty sure it tastes good. Because it does.

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This was the peanut filling. It tasted really good on its own. Better than peanut butter. Waay better.

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Peanut Butter Povitica

No. of servings: 5

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Ingredients

For Dough
  • 100g bread flour
  • 100g Whole Wheat flour
  • 30g cake flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 25g sugar
  • 115g unsweetened soy milk
  • 25g egg (coconut milk for vegan version)
  • 3g instant yeast
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  • 3 tbsp reduced fat spread, softened
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For Peanut Butter Filling
  • 1/2 cup peanut flour
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp reduced fat spread
  • 3 tbsp coconut milk OR egg
  • 3 tbsp demerara sugar or palm sugar
  • 3 tbsp black sugar or brown sugar
  • some water
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Topping
  • 2 tbsp strong cold coffee
  • 1 tbsp sugar or condensed milk
  • 2 tbsp demerara or palm sugar
  • 3 tbsp reduced fat spread
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Directions

For Dough:

Add all ingredients into the mixer bowl of a stand mixer.

Mix at speed 2 for 6 minutes or until the dough, when stretched slightly, does not split i.e. passes the windowpane test.

Shape the dough into a smooth round and place in a mixing bowl, cover with cling wrap and let it rise till double in volume for about 60mins.

Remove dough and give a few light kneading on a lightly floured work surface. Press out the trapped air as your knead.

Roll and stretch the dough out on a lightly floured surface into a rectangle.

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Peanut Butter Filling:
Mix all ingredients except water. Add enough water while mixing to give a filling of the consistency in the photograph above. 

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Topping:

Mix the coffee with sugar.

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Assembly: (adapted from Daring Kitchen)

Thoroughly oil a bread tin.

Mark off 1” along all the edges of the dough.(You will not spread any filling on this edge.)

Spread the softened reduced fat spread over the dough with a rubber spatula and then evenly distribute the peanut butter filling. Be careful to leave your 1” edges clean.

Using a pizza roller or knife, cut the rectangle into 3 with the cuts parallel to the long edges. 

For each section, begin at the far longer edge and roll up the dough toward the 1” clean edge. Like a cinnamon roll.

Press to seal the ends to prevent the filling from leaking.

Pleat the 3 rolls into a braid. 

Fold into half and place into a rectangular bread tin.

Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 45 minutes.

Brush the top of the loaf with the coffee and sugar mixture, cover with plastic wrap, and let stand for 15 minutes.  

Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 350°F/ 180°C.

Bake for for 15 minutes.  

After 15 minutes, lightly brush the top of the loaf with a tbsp of low fat spread , and lower the oven temperature to 300°F/ 150°C.

Cook for 45 minutes at this temperature, but make sure to check it after 30 minutes.  If the top of the loaf begins to brown too soon you can cover it with tin foil. 

Once ready, remove the loaf from the oven and coat the top of the loaf with remaining low fat spread.

Allow to cool on a wire rack for 20-30 minutes.  

Make sure to leave the loaf in the pan during this time so that the loaf can hold its shape.  

You can remove the loaf from the pan once it has completely cooled to room temperature. 

Best eaten fresh and warm. To store, freeze in sealed plastic bag.

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See the filling leaking out after it was baked?

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This post is going to YEASTSPOTTING!!!

Enjoy your Povitica! 

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