Tuesday, October 28, 2008

New oven! Baking begins again!

Bob's Red Mill 10-Grain Yoghurt Quickbread
Mhhhh mmmh!! I feel good! Got a new oven and am lovin' it! It's a simple Rowenta countertop thing but boy, it's a dream compared to the archaic ten-year-old Baby Belling (inherited from MIL), which produced erratic heat, had no window, no light and no timer (oh, and it died a few weeks back). The Rowenta on the other hand, is so powerful it doesn't even need preheating for most things! Whoa...

Anyway, started baking today after a long dry spell. I wanted to use up some flour I had. Made a 10-grain yoghurt quick bread, using the recipe right off the back of the flour's plastic wrapper. Didn't really have high hopes as the last time I used this flour, the experimental bread was yucky. But this recipe turned out fine. It had a nice crust on top, but the bread was soft inside, almost like cake.


3 cups 10-grain flour
1 tsp salt
1.5 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
3 eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 cups plain yoghurt

In large bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda and sugar. Beat eggs and add oil. Fold in yoghurt. Add wet ingredients onto the dry, and stir until moistened. Do not overmix. Pour into greased 9" x 5" loaf tin and bake at 180 degrees C (or 350 degrees F) for 55 mins, or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

P.S. I used blueberry yoghurt and reduced the sugar. Those with a sweet tooth may prefer to keep the sugar though.


  1. You wrote : "... the archaic ten-year-old Baby Belling (inherited from MIL), which produced erratic heat, had no window, no light and no timer"

    ROTFLOL!!!!! Seriously?!

  2. LOL YES! It was a gamble each time we put anything in it to cook. Now I can't imagine how I lived with that thing!

    Just sold it for S$20 this morning. It's getting refurbished and going to get cosy with someone else. The brand's still popular, it seems.

  3. haha... great! time to do the artisan bread in 5 mins thingie!

    I'm on my 3rd batch already.

  4. Hi! I was just at best denki last week and was considering the white Rowenta countertop oven (selling for S$500+?) hehe ... hope you don't mind me asking you for some advice ... what's the model you got, and is the heat even (like do you need to turn the food half way thru the cooking time?) ... thanks in advance.

    Your bread looks good ^o^

  5. Southernoise: oh yes, quickie artisan bread! :D

    Noobcook: yes, I got mine from Best Denki too, the Rowenta Gourmet Pro 9080. It has a fan to even distribute heat, so you don't need to use a roasting spit, and can even cook two dishes at a time. So far it seems great, but I've only used it once, so not sure about turning food around.

    Rowenta's made in France. Other models like Tefal and Delonghi all made in China, and you can see the quality difference.

    Oh dear, I am beginning to sound like a sales aunty!

  6. Hi hi, thanks so much for your reply... appreciate it! Yes one of the reasons I am considering getting this is because it's made in France ... and I feel more assured after seeing you bake your nice bread with it hee. Thanks again ... hopefully I have a new oven by end of the year :D

  7. You're welcome, noobcook! I'll certainly be posting more oven experiments here. Hope you get your oven in time for festive baking and roasting! :D

  8. congrats on the excellent purchase! i'm looking to buy an oven also. haha. i wanna start learning baking!! how much u got yours for? where u buy from?

  9. Camemberu, thanks for this wonderful post about the Rowenta oven as I am thinking of getting one so that i can toy around with bread making. Looking forward to your posts :)

  10. Hiya D! Glad to hear you'll be baking soon! Can't wait to see your bread posts!


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