Friends, I’m so thrilled to finally be able to give my new electric oven a first try. Mom bought it almost a half year ago as my birthday present. I super love you Mom ^^. And hey, I like to name my stuffs; from bag to camera. This time, I name my oven “O Honey” as it sounds so sweet – perfect for my baking mate :D. I have a cute thought that I would always say to my baking mate: “O Honey (in a soft tone a la Korean Drama actress), please bake my cookies nicely, okay?” Or when I just got home from working and stare at her: “O Honey, do you miss baking? Let’s make some baked goodies tomorrow”. Haha, am I that weird? I think so :D.
By they way, did I mention a half year ago? Yes, beside the scarce availability of free time, I had some reasons in making my O Honey stayed longer in her big box before our maiden collaboration. First, I had no idea about what I was going to bake with her. I personally admit that I’m totally a baking dummy :|. Secondly, there were no decent baking ware and equipment. You know, all are bento tools :|.
When I was flipping the pages of my recipe books for ideas, I was sold by a simple Tropical Bread Pudding recipe. The recipe was very friendly for a beginner - no complicated ingredients and baking method needed. Yes, I had to make it. The only hurdle was that I need to find a heatproof baking dish soon. Unfortunately, a few first searches resulted zero. The oven glasswares I mostly found are in large size that it doesn’t suit O Honey’s small interior size. Too wide or perfectly fit baking tray or oven glassware is not good for the oven’s working performance, right? It can hamper and may block the even heat circulation inside the oven. When I found ones with the perfect size, the glass material and thickness just couldn’t convince me to bring them home. Some were looked too thin and fragile for an oven glassware. Tell me that I was like a paranoid. Frankly, yes I was. As I am at the beginning phase of baking activities, I have to carefully make sure that everything is safe. Working with high temperatures, we don’t want to create undesired baking memory, do we?
Searching for some articles in the internet and educating myself about safe oven glassware is a good thing I must do. Reading and understanding carefully the dos and don'ts is important as no matter how excellent and expensive our oven glasswares are, if we don’t use them appropriately as well as do not take care of them properly, it may lead to the shortage of our oven glasswares’ performance. As I cited from the Seasoned Advice, glass is generally oven-safe if taken from room temperature and put in a moderate-temperature, preheated oven. The key thing is to avoid temperature shocks (which will cause the glass to shatter). Some glass is specifically designed for oven use (either by being tempered or made of borosilicate glass). Often glassware will say if it is safe for oven use or not, and under what conditions — we have to check the packaging or instructions it came with. We also need to take precautions when removing glass from the oven. We are not to set it on something that will conduct heat away rapidly, such as a wet countertop. Before heating glassware, we also need to inspect it for damage. Scratches, chips, etc. make failure much more likely.
Anyway, I'm so happy to finally have found a set of 630ml Lock&Lock Boroseal Oven Glass. These heat-resistant (borosilicate) glass containers are safe for microwave and oven use (400°C) as well as for freezer storage. This is a great baking stuff. I present the further review about this product after the bread pudding recipe :D.
In trying new recipes, I tend to try a personal portion (yes, to avoid massive portion baking recipe failure teehee) and this 630ml capacity size is just perfect. When the food is perfectly baked and cooled down, I just need to put the lid on and bring it to campus for my meal. Easy and practical, don’t need another container or one-time-usage aluminum baking cup; it’s also eco-friendly, right? :D.
Tropical Bread PuddingSource: Quick & Easy Asian Desserts
1 tablespoon softened butter
1/3 cup (70 g) sugar
3/4 cup (190 ml) thick coconut milk
2/3 cup (150 ml) milk
Few drops vanilla extract
6-8 slices a day-old white bread, cut 1 ¼-in (3 cm) squares
1/3 cup (50 g) raisins
Extra sugar, for sprinkling
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Lightly brush the base and sides of your heatproof baking dish with softened butter; set aside. In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs and sugar together and pour in the coconut milk and milk. Flavor with a few drops of vanilla extract. Add the bread and raisins and set aside for 15-20 minutes, stir occasionally to ensure even soaking. Turn the mixture out into the buttered container and spread out evenly. Sprinkle a tablespoon of extra sugar on the top and bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown (mine: 180°C lower heat for the first 30 minutes and 210°C upper heat for the rest 10 minutes). Cool down before cutting for serving.
Preparation time: 15 minutes + 20 mins soaking time
Cooking time: 40 mins
And here are some features that make me treasure my 630ml Lock&Lock Borosilicate Oven Glass. Thank you for being a part in my baking journey, Loli ^^.You’re reliable and always look so cute for the prop of my food photography hobby teeheehee.
1. Heat-resistant glass
Lock&Lock Boroseal is made of borosilicate glass material that contains strong heat-resistant properties which could withstand high heat and sudden cooling. Lock&Lock Boroseal thermal shock strength is 120°C. Heat-resistant glass is produced in temperature above 1500°C which makes it harder to manufacture. That’s why it allows us to use the product safely not only in a refrigerator, a microwave and a dishwasher but also in a 400°C oven. Unlike other normal glasses or tempered glasses with small scratches which may be broken and scattered when there is a thermal or physical shock, this product uses heat-restraint glass for more safety. Interestingly, it’s clear glass is also lighter than the tempered one.
Baidewei eniwei baswei, seperti yang telah saya tulis sebelumnya, sebagus dan semahal apapun glassware yang kita punya, teteuuup dong ya harus dirawat dengan baik dan penggunaannya harus sesuai prosedur dan keterangan produk. Yep, supaya tetep awet dan tidak menyebabkan hal yang tidak diinginkan ketika memanggang.Utamanya seperti menghindari perubahan suhu panas-dingin yang mendadak
2. Food odor and color stain-free for the glass
Some of our favorite local foods like Gulai, Kare or Rendang call for generous and rich spices – turmeric, red chillies, strong food aroma, rich coconut gravy, and friends. It’s a classic problem at home to deal with - those poker faces when we found our plastic storage get color-tainted, or when my nice warm cooked rice smells like seafood curry. The smell sometimes just doesn’t want to get away even after several washings. We usually use our ceramic bowl for refrigerator storage, however, we just don’t have the matched lid for it. As the result, sometimes the food creates odor contamination teehee. Now, it seems that this airthight Lock&Lock Boroseal container comes as a solution. Yes, it’s true that its lid can be stained by colorful food, and odor may remain by some foods. However, when I need to storage food with strong aroma and color, I think I can wrap the lid with cling wrap :D. Some days ago, I cooked squid curry and cut the squid flesh into flower shapes. The glassware is also nice as a tableware too. Mom does love it :D. She also made her favorite Pumpkin Agar and set it in the Boroseal glassware too. After keeping it in the refrigerator she said that her Pumpkin Agar tasted much fresher and, of course, it was away from the hint of plastic-y taste.
3. Perfect size for bento and personal meal
When I have a cooking or baking ware, I like it most when it especially supports my prime hobby, bentoing! Yes, this 630ml Lock&Lock Boroseal glass container is just peRRRRfect for my dosirak aka bento. This time I made onigiries bento. I decorated my onigiries with flowers made of boiled black soy beans. I think it’s pretty. I also made another flower-themed bento from beans, will post it later. For side dishes, they go with Korean taste. I really craved for Yangnyeom Tongdak so I made it and put some for my bento. The green side dish was Pennywort Namul. Yes I used Pegagan (Pennywort) for my namul instead of horenzo. Pennywort grows in a lush in our backyard, so I pick some to make quick namul. My bento also has simple shimeji stir fry in sweet soy sauce. That’s it, they make my lunch so pretty.
Kalau untuk ukuran Lock&Lock Boroseal ini sebenarnya ada macam-macam lho, check deh kalo gak percaya ;p. Ukurannya mulai dari yang 300ml sampai 1.7L, bentuknya ada yang bundar, persegi dan persegi panjang. Bahkan ada tipe yang tutupnya ada gagang pegangannya. Tapi yang saya suka ya yang ukuran 630ml ini. Setelah sukses bikin Tropical Bread Pudding, saya penasaran bikin bread pudding versi gurih. Maka dimodifikasilah resep sebelumnya. Gula, ekstrak vanili, dan kismis diganti dengan bubuk kari Ottogi favorit, brokoli, tomat ceri, sosis sapi dan topping mozarella yang penampakannya acak adut hehe. Saya cuma pake setengah resep takut gagal rasanya aneh atau tidak enak, makanya pake glassware 630ml ini pas banget ukurannya. Alhamdulillaah rasanya enak, si mama dan saya yang menghabiskan bread pudding gurih percobaan ini walaupun aslinya saya SANGGUP habisin semuanya sendiri hehehehe *dipelototin si mama :D. Jadi gak kepingin nyoba nih? Yuuuk mari kita panggang memanggang, resep apa saja yang lagi dipinginin :D
Last reason, this 630ml is cute for food photography prop. As it’s not too big, means that I don’t need to change my camera lens into a wide one to get all rectangular container appeared haha. Or, if I’m lazy to change my fifty nifty lens, I don’t need to drag a wooden chair and stand on it to take bird’s eye view :D. Let’s make our food photography activity simple and fun haha :D.
Food blogger yaaaah, teteuuupppp masak apa-apa juga buntutnya food photo-oriented hahaha. Ukuran 630ml ini pas, gak kegedean. Sehingga pas kita mau motret gak perlu ganti lensa lebar atau naik-naik kursi supaya pirantinya kliatan semua hehe :D. Sekarang ini saya lagi demen motret makanan yang tidak pakai dayang-dayang properti yang banyak. Yang cukup saja, tapi pesan dari keindahan makanan itu sendiri nyampe, dan karena saya sekarang jadi males beres-beres props setelah motret hehehe :D