Making garlic bread with Cahaya

Cahaya and I like cooking together in the kitchen. Or actually, it is me who likes cooking together with Cahaya. But Cahaya always enjoys our cooking session. I started baking cakes with Cahaya since she was two years old. Perhaps the idea of the comfort baking has grown on her. We often have different ideas of what to cook in the kitchen. Last month, we made garlic bread. This was my idea. I had always wanted to make tear n’ share garlic bread that I saw on Jamie Oliver’s website. I knew Cahaya loves garlic bread. She was enthusiastic when I told her the idea.

Cahaya tried kneading the garlic bread dough. It was probably the fun, and messiest, part of the process.
We had to let the dough to rest for 1 hour. It was a long time to wait, but I told Cahaya that we had to be patient otherwise we would not be able to form the dough into little bread balls. It was great to see the dough slowly raising into a big shape of a balloon.
When the dough was ready, we made 35 little balls, and arranged them on the tray. The recipe involves a large amount of butter and garlic. We needed to grease the tray, then carefully put the balls on it. We put the balls in rows. I like the idea that Cahaya also learnt to do multiplication this way.
The next step was to let the little balls prove again for 1 hour and 30 minutes until it doubled the size. This was my first time making bread-kind of cooking as well. Seeing the dough risen is like magic; the magic mixture of flour, water, and yeast.
We put the dough into the oven for about 30 minutes. They looked golden and smelt delicious.
Cahaya suggested to eat the garlic bread into little sandwiches. We stuffed the sandwich with lettuce, ham, and tomato sauce.

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