Bicho-Bicho ( Filipino Donuts )

Bicho-Bicho ( Filipino Donuts )

I would never understand why it is called Bicho-Bicho. I tried  to find its history and why it was called like that and I couldn’t find any. I also read the word Bicho has different meanings and lets say I will just go for the spanish meaning in its nicest way..it is used as a term of affection .. mi bicho ( referring to a husband) or mis bichos ( referring to your children) …so I would like to think, since we were under Spanish ruling for quite a long time, that is the start and Id like to think also that somehow a certain food was introduced to us and then we created our own fusion that later on resulted to our favorite Filipino Donuts or Bicho- Bicho.

Anyway, these fried donuts comes in different shapes, we have the mini log, the knotted ones and of course the famous donuts shape. Here, I tried to make knotted and oh goodness, I thought it was easy but its not. Next, I made the mini log shape and ..oh la la..with so much laughter, I just cant get it. You know the feeling when the result was awful and funny. So, in my singlish accent to humor myself and talking to myself… ok lah, never mind anyhow.. This time I made the right choice, I went for my donuts cutter.. I was so crazy not to have thought of using it the first time…saves time and effort, Lol!  Making these donuts was somewhat hilarious and we have fun eating in the end.

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Here are the precious rings in a platter. It took me at least 4 hours to make this, including preparation, kneading, waiting, frying and all… and you know what, in not even 10 minutes, they’re all gone. I wanted even more… 

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My precious, imperfect rings…but I don’t mind. These are rings of joy to me…sugary sweet, soft and chewy and yummy in my tummy. Have a great week ahead to all.Lets eat, lets giggle and lets be merry.

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Lizza’s Most Amazing Bread

Lizza’s Most Amazing Bread

 Most Amazing Bread
For as long as I can remember I always wanted to make my own bread. My children are both bread lovers and I thought that its easier (duh….) if I could make my own bread. I wont say that its easy but perhaps its really fun.The thought of this precious warm bread coming out from your kitchen is such a pleasure to me. Most Filipinos love rice but we also love bread. The terrible thing is we eat them both at the same time  You see we love carbohydrates so much…lol!
This bread is a mix and match of ingredients. I read and I tried at least 3 bread recipes and I always ended up curious of what is the best bread for me. My bread should be soft and fluffy. My bread should be freeze friendly. My bread must stand alone…even without butter or spread…my bread should be independent and tasty…. and yes…if I could make this bread..then its gonna be amazing…
Ingredients:
5 cups bread flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 envelope yeast
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup butter
1/4 tsp baking soda
3 tbsp milk powder
3 tbsp honey
1 egg
Direction:
In a mixer put 2 cups bread flour, milk powder, sugar,yeast and salt.Mix manually with a laddle or whisk.
Then, in a microwaveable cup, put the following: buttermilk, butter and honey.
Heat the milk mixture, set in high for 2 and a half minutes.
Attach a paddle to the stand mixer and start with the stir setting.
Pour the milk mixture over flour mixture then increase to low setting.
Stop and scrape the bowl then beat again for another minute.
Add the egg, 1 cup bread flour and whipping cream.
Beat again in medium setting for two minutes, then change the paddle with a dough hook.
Add the remaining 2 cups of bread flour until a dough is formed.
Then place the dough on a floured surface and knead for about 6 minutes.
Get a bowl, spray some oil and put the dough.
Cover with a plastic (cling wrap) and set aside in the fridge until it has become double its size.
Then place again on a floured surface…punch to deflate the air.
Flatten with your hand and divide the dough into 2.
Then roll the dough and placed in a greased and floured bread pan.
Note: you need 2 large bread pan  for this recipe.
Cover again with plastic cling wrap (loosely)
Let rise for about 45 minutes. Bake at 375 or 180 for 30 minutes.
Heres my amazing bread…Hmmmnnn…I love the fact that I can have bake 2 at a time. The aroma is so inviting and very relaxing. There is no place like home and I hope my children would remember that in their hearts…there is no other amazing bread and they can only find it in their Mom’s kitchen.
My slices of joy..they are real…the young and the old, they love it…My daughter loves it with butter. My son is a monster, he ate  with lots of cheese on top. For me and my esposo..we love it just the way it is… Happy New Year to all..