Here in Manila, I think people are starting to appreciate and experiment with different kinds of bread. I'm very happy when BreadTalk started I believe it was 2 to 3 years ago. They had this vast assortment of breads to chose from, my favorite is the meat floss (ma hu, in Chinese) covered bread. I don't have a picture but I'll describe the best I can. The bread itself is soft and have a very good mouth feel. The top is smothered with very fine meat floss (yummy!) I think the top is brushed with mayonnaise, so that the meat floss would stick.
Turtle Bread: I used the same sweet dough recipe. I rounded the dough and wrapped around it crust, like pie crust but its mostly made of with milk and butter. Then I score to top with tictactow board and wait for the dough to rise. When the dough rose, it will naturally form all the cracks and crevices that, for me maked it look more rustic and more importantly yummy!
Crumble Bread: Again I used that same sweet dough, I made a pocket inside and sladder a good heaping tablespoon of butter and close the dough around it. On top of the dough, I crumbled a butter and flour mixture.
Breadmaking is one of those love it or hate it thing. It takes a long time, and doesn't look as good or as impressive as making desserts. I usually make breads in one of those lazy Sundays when I can take all the time that I want. Breadmaking also heps me relax what I like best about making my own bread is the shapping and the proofing. I love watching the live yeast do its magic and mothing beats the smell of freshly made breads. Til next time, Ciao!