Yes, it was a date with Chef Sam, the young, handsome and talented food technologist baker. Rain or shine I must turn up, that’s what I told myself. It was an important and special date for me.
On that faithful day, I went along to Orchard Central, with my bag in hand. No, it’s not a lady handbag with make-up stuff but my camera bag filled up with lenses and flash. Got the clue now? Sorry, no prize for the winner. Wakakakaa!
The truth is……I wrote to Chef Sam to invite him to be my guest post. He got back to me with a better suggestion instead. He asked me to photo-shoot for him at Mayer’s showroom where he was scheduled to conduct a class on how to make hot cross buns and fresh fruit tarts. Thereafter, together with the photos taken at the class, I can feature his hot cross buns recipe on my food blog. His suggestion actually got me very excited indeed, but anxious at the same time as this is my first time shooting photos at a live baking demonstration. Thanks a lot to Chef Sam for giving me such a golden opportunity to shoot and blog his demo!
This is Chef Sam showcasing his two bake products at his baking class: fresh fruit tarts and hot cross buns
I must say that Chef Sam is truly a person who “bakes with loves and sincerity” as his slogan on his website. He is generous in sharing his baking knowledge and tips with his students. Unlike other chef, he teaches his students the science behind food. This makes his baking class unique and interesting. From his past three baking classes that I had attended, I learnt a lot of new baking ingredients and techniques.
Chef Sam explained some baking terminologies and methods to his students. Whew! What a heavy topic! I think I need more time to “digest” them.
After attending his baking classes, I started baking bread more often. In fact, I got hook on making bread now!! I managed to replicate his bread recipes at home, some of which I already featured like healthy multi-grain bread and Italian pesto bread. When I encountered problems and wrote to him for advices, he was kind enough to trouble-shoot my mistakes and gave me lots of useful pointers. With these great supports, I’m glad that I am able to produce decent looking and tasty bread for my family now. This really helps to boost my confidence to continue pursuing my interest in bread making.
Look at how skillful Chef Sam pipes his hot cross bun paste mixture across the buns.
Colourful and mouthwatering fresh fruit tarts are calling my name!
Apart from conducting baking classes, Chef Sam also runs an online bakery called Sam’s Cakes and Bakes. It is a one-stop solution for cakes and baked products, baking and culinary education and consultancy services. I love his baking mission which promotes healthier cakes without compromising on taste. This included his customized cakes which cater to vegan and diabetic. If you are interested, you can browse through his e-catalogue through this link. For his baking and culinary course schedules from April to June 2010, check out the list here.
Hot cross buns fresh from the oven. Help yourself please!
The hot cross bun recipe contributed by Chef Sam is also a healthy version as it uses whole wheat flour and brown sugar. By using sponge dough method, the buns will definitely be very soft and moist. Its taste is absolutely flavourful with the addition of cinnamon powder and raisins. The sweetness is just right, perfect for those who are watching their calories intake. These buns are only great to be baked for this Easter celebration but also suitable to be a tea time snack for your little tots. Why not bake some healthy hot cross buns during this Easter break? Bon appetite!
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