Challah Bread with a Milo Surprise

Challah Bread… What on earth is that? 

Not many people (in Singapore at least) would have heard of Challah Bread. Sure, we’re pretty up-to-date, we know about Foccacias, Baguettes and even their sweeter counterparts like Brioche. But their humble cousin, Challah Bread is rarely given any time in the limelight.

For those of you who don’t know, Challah Bread is a traditional egg bread made for the Jewish Sabbath, and it is braided before it is baked, so that you get a pretty braided loaf to tuck into! 

I added a little surprise to mine… a packet of Milo Nuggets! 

Reason being, my father has this weird childhood habit of cracking an egg into a hot cup of milo. After which he gives it a good stir, to ensure the egg is cooked through, before he proceeds to slurp it up. ‘Full of nutrition!’ he proudly proclaims, as he offers me a sip of his wacky concoction. Apparently many people used to have this for breakfast in the 1960s.  

While I may never taste the goodness of a raw egg stirred into a cuppa milo, I’m more than willing to combine the two unlikely ingredients in another form. 

*Cue Challah Bread with Milo Nuggets*

Since this bread is an egg bread, when paired with Milo nuggets, you’ve got the same idea, just in a more appetizing form! So dear daddy, this one is for you. 



95ml water
1 egg + 1/2 a beaten egg
1.5 Tbsp butter, diced
1/2 tsp salt (My apologies for the error in the picture!)
1.5 cups bread flour
2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp Bread Machine Yeast
1 packet Milo Nuggets

1) Add all the ingredients (just ONE egg) into the bread machine as shown.


 Remember the yeast goes in on top!


2) Set the menu accordingly:
Menu No. 9 (To make bread dough only)
Time (it will automatically be set to 1 hour)


3) When the bread machine beeps, press stop.


4) Take out the dough, and place it on a lightly floured surface. If your dough is too runny, mix in a little more flour until it is easy to handle.


5) Form 3 rolls of the same length as shown. Place them on a lightly greased cookie sheet.


6) Meanwhile, open up the Milo Nuggets and pour them out so they are easy to reach. 


7) Braid the 3 rolls as shown, inserting milo nuggets as you go along. Leave to rest for 15 minutes while you preheat the oven to 190 degrees celsius.


8) Brush the top of the braid with 1/2 a beaten egg. Alternatively you could just use one egg yolk.


9) Place it to bake in the oven at 190 degrees celsius/350 F for 28-30 minutes until the top is nice and brown.

YAY its ready!

WELL THERE YOU HAVE IT! Your beautiful Challah bread stuffed with Milo Nuggets is ready. 

As tempting as it is to tear of a glorious chunk of Challah to stuff into your mouth, hold off for just a bit, and let it cool on a wire rack. You don’t want soggy bottoms do you? 


I confess, this does taste heavenly fresh out of the oven, but I did suffer for my impatience (Hello burnt fingers)


Don’t worry too much about the milo nuggets peeking out on the top, they add some colour (and a lot of chocolatey flavour) to the Challah Bread.


As you can see, even though the ‘before’ picture didn’t look very appetizing, after baking for 30 minutes, you get this bronzed beauty, so no worries!


As for the milo nuggets that managed to stay hidden, it’s time for them to say hello!


Not only do these chocolatey nuggets make this kid-friendly, they make a delicious pair with the eggy taste in the Challah. See, dad, now this is how you share a piece of tradition with your kids. 


“Hang on a second! I can’t possibly make this, I’m only an amateur baker. “

I hear you, my friends. But really, a bread machine saves you all the trouble and mess from kneading, you get to skip to the fun of shaping the bread!

I’m sure many of you are pretty happy to hear that the Panasonic Bread Maker is able to make bread dough huh? It allows for so much versatility and creativity since you’re not restricted to a mere loaf of bread. I know I was 🙂

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 Ah yes, on a final note, if you need some ideas, this Challah Bread would be delicious for breakfast slathered with some Nutella (for the kids) or even dipped in milo like in the old days (for the adults). 

A simple but delicious edible canvas for the whole family. Who would’ve thought that there was a funny story behind this?

Thanks dad, you’re my inspiration. (Well you were, for this recipe at least haha) Love you.

Homemade Ice-Cream Sandwich Bread

Everytime I eat the one-dollar ice cream sandwiches from the street side vendors along Orchard Road, I feel a tinge of nostalgia. These ice cream sandwiches were a major part of my childhood. As cheesy as it may sound, no artisan ice cream or gelato can bring me the same kind of childlike happiness.

If you’ve been living in Singapore all this while, you would be no stranger to these lovely ice cream sandwiches. Some people like theirs served with the crispy wafer biscuits, while others prefer the fluffy rainbow bread. Either way, the experience is filled with fun… after all, where else can you eat ice cream by the block?

I’m lucky to have an adorable ice-cream uncle who makes rounds around my neighbourhood fortnightly. Every time I hear the familiar ring of the bell, I literally drop whatever I’m doing and run about the house squealing the great news “Ice cream uncle! Ice cream uncle!” You may think I’m weird, but hang on… my equally excited younger sister contributes with similar squeals of excitement, and soon the whole house is filled with a buzz of activity. Our parents can hardly hide their excitement too, as they fumble about for loose change so that we can run out to buy ice cream for everyone. My parents have been enjoying this icy cold treat since they were kids, and now that they have kids, I’m pleased to say that nothing has changed. Yes, this scene repeats itself every time the ice cream uncle turns up.

Well now that I have a loan set of the Panasonic SD-P104 Breadmaker…

Well, what better way than to recreate my family’s happiness than with Homemade Ice-Cream Sandwich Bread? Some people call it Rainbow Bread but its not really rainbow, if you want to be technical, since the bread is only made up of uneven hues of pink and green. I omitted the pink hues in this case, since I wanted to make a Pandan flavored Milk Loaf to pair with the ice-cream.

I honestly can’t wait to use the machine to try out more treats, especially since the breadmaker has 13 different menus available. From french bread, to bread dough and even chocolate! The possibilities are endless. 

For me, and I’m sure any homebakers out there, user-friendliness is key. Well, if someone like me (I’m not exactly a tech geek) can operate this breadmachine, you easily can. Now, I don’t want this to sound like an impersonal marketing ad, so I’m going to go on to show you how the machine works and what kind of results it produces. (Of course, everyone is only interested in how easy a product is to use, and how awesome the results are… I’m a consumer too, I know what you are thinking! 😉 )

For my first recipe, I’m starting out with something simpler… A fluffy loaf of Pandan Milk Bread to make the ice-cream sandwich with.  

RECIPE: (Made using Panasonic SD-P104 Breadmaker)
250g Bread Flour
15g Butter
2 tbsp Granulated Sugar
70ml Cold Milk (or 1 tbsp milk powder)
110ml Water
1 tsp Instant dry yeast
1/2 tsp Pandan Extract
Few drops of green food colouring (Optional)

1) Install the blade into the bread pan
2) Add in all the ingredients, except for the instant dry yeast
3) Add Instant Dry Yeast into the yeast dispenser
breadmachine14) Adjust the settings
-Menu: 3 (This is for soft bread)
-Crust: Soft (You could choose medium if you prefer)
-Timer: 4h 20 min from when you started (the time was already set)

(Sigh…Isn’t it wonderful how you can walk off and do all your errands and return a few hours later to a fluffy freshly baked loaf of bread?)

5) Press stop when you hear the BEEP.
icb46) Let the loaf cool before you remove it from the pan.
WAIT… what?? That’s all?!

Yes, that is all. I was shocked too, since I tried making bread without a bread machine previously, and it took a lot more effort. All the more reason to love Panasonic. Even a tech-noob like me could figure out how to operate it! 

Note: Do set the correct time on the bread maker before you start, and also remember to wash the loaf pan!

icecreambread1 I chose a light crust, so the loaf isn’t too browned around the sides, just how my family likes it. 

After slicing it, I was ecstatic to find a super soft and bouncy interior. It was so fluffy! Not to mention, the smell of freshly baked bread escaping with every slice I cut. Ahh… heaven.


I may not be very good at slicing bread, but I assure you, looks don’t matter in this case. The texture of the bread makes up for everything!


I wish I could invite you all into my house to taste some of the bread, or at the very least get to feel the bread. It is completely different from those store-bought loaves which are loaded with preservatives. 


OH hang on, I have one more thing to tell you.

To make things even more interesting, I managed to get my hands on a block of Raspberry Ripple from the cheery old ice cream uncle. $7 for a whole block sure beats an overpriced pint of branded ice cream any day.icb6

Those colours. The pink stands out so brilliantly against the light green pandan bread. Words fail me… it’s so awesome how one can find beauty in such simplicity. icb5

HAPPINESS CAN COME CHEAP :P You should have seen my family’s faces.

photo (91)So, what do you say? Why don’t you join me in recreating such simple joys from your childhood for your family today? With a small investment in a bread machine like Panasonic’s, you can get the results with minimal effort. You don’t have to break out into a sweat kneading the dough, just sit back, relax and let the magic unfold. (Gosh, the ice cream sandwiches must be getting to me, I feel so poetic today)

 You don’t have to let go of the nostalgic memories from the past, all you have to do is recreate them, and share the experiences with the generations to come!

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