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Overcoming fears in the kitchen & your life

Remember the last time you wanted to try something but the fear of failure stop you from even trying?

That is very normal in human nature that when we are doing something for the first time, fear shows up. Fear can

- Stop us from doing what we want to do;

- Create loads of excuses to postpone doing it;

- Feel under prepared and not good enough

During my time as a Thermomix independent advisor, I have experienced many times my clients overcoming fear of failure in the kitchen and then being able to bring it to other areas of their lives.

One great example was last week during the Pao de Agua challenge. I invited all my clients to take part in baking this amazing Portuguese recipe. It is called water bread. A really nice and crunchy bread that no matter how many times I make it, it is a great success in all my dinner parties.

How to make it? Here is the recipe:

Pão de Água (Water Bread)

550 g water

720 g strong flour

1 tsp dry yeast is 3 g (or if using fresh yeast is 9 g)

10 g salt

1. Place water and flour into mixing bowl, mix 20sec/speed 6. Let the dough rest for 40 minutes (this step is call AUTOLYSE is a method to hydrated the flour first before mixing the yeast and salt, this improves the gluten structure of the bread)

2. Now add yeast and salt mix for 6 min/dough function

3. Let the dough rest for 2 hours or until double in size (tip if you like the sourdough flavour, in this step, leave dough 24 hour in the fridge to do a slow fermentation, next day take dough out of the fridge and let rest until room temperature and continue with next step)

4. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 250°C.

5. Transfer dough to a floured surface, stretch the dough just a little in a rectangular shape, be gentle don’t knock all the air.

6. Now do the 1/3 fold method, is to fold the dough 1/3 way thru and tuck the boards inside de bread.

7. Transfer bread to a floured baking tray.

8. Sift some flour on top, and using a sharp knife, make a cut on top of loaf.