Brioche No. 5

Made for Pearlyn’s mom but did not proof in time.

Reduced milk powder to 10g. Thin and strong windowpane.
Rested 1 hour before shaping with a little flour.
Four-strand braid, 12 inches per strand is too long. It should be 11″.

Rested about an hour before going into fridge for overnight proof.
Barely grew in fridge.

Next morning took about 2 hours to come back to room temperature.
Finished proofing in oven warmed to 75°C then switched off.

So if using the fridge to break up the fermentation, add another two hours to the proofing time. This is the time required for the dough to come back to room temperature, even with the help of the warm oven. Need to check optimum proofing temperature.

Also, try baking at 185°C instead.

Baking time was pretty long at 180°C without fan, and internal dough temperature was below 90 after 20mins, too low for my liking.
I like the flavour. It tastes like yoghurt. Nice crumb too.

Strawberry mint flowers

Sold my very first plant today. Just like the Corona, it sold within hours of listing. And then I went on to sell the Wilton rolling pin with thickness guides.

More importantly, there was a gymnastic milestone. I managed a side aerial on the tumble track without my hands. It is a first. It won’t be the last.

Katzoomi Take 2

This time round, I froze the dough right after window pane stage. It takes about 3 – 4 hours to defrost and will start to grow towards the end of the defrost. That’s why I don’t think it’ll be a good idea to freeze after bulk. In the middle of bulk would probably be a good idea. But this freezing, along with chilling the stiff starter (for brioche) is a game changer.

Front Handspring

Completely shocked to have succeeded at this after the roller was removed. I worked on this before but my hips would always drop when I was unassisted and without the block.
The progression for the day’s training was
– static with roller
– add a hop
– add a hurdle + hop
– add a run
– remove block
– coach assisted
– on my own

Should try to edit the videos at some point and find a way to organise them?

Freshly minted

Mints in the collection
Candy Mint
Colonel Kentucky
Golden Mint
Orange Mint: sold as orange EDC
Nursery mint (It was just labelled mint)
Strawberry (a super star)
Swiss Mint (Ricola Mint)
Lime Mint

Mints that are not doing well
Silver Mint
Bowles Mint

Jim Westerfield Mints
Fruit Sensation
Jessica Sweet Pear
Sweet Citrus
Iced Hazelnut
Wild Berries

Japanese Mints
Japanese Candy
Japanese Menthol

Mints that I want
Ginger Mint
Apple Mint
Brittany Patty Mint
Candy Pops

Mints that have died
Apple Mint
Water Mint
Kenyan Mint
Israel Mint