Tuesday, May 28, 2013

TangZhong Bread - 50g wholewheat

I've probably baked Tangzhong bread about 10 times since I first learned about it 2 years back. Frequently, I tweak each try slightly, just for variety and for the easily-bored personality of mine. Yesterday, my hubs commented "this is your best bread so far!" Happy! but I highly suspect that it's rated highly because of the addition of pork floss. Somehow, pork floss with melted ham & cheese, a combination I fell in love with in Taiwan, resonates with everyone.

I found the previous TZ overnight recipe slightly too light for me; I like to have chewiness in my bread, so I sub 50g of white bread flour to whole wheat flour. For convenience sake, I also used the bread maker to help with the kneading as it means I don't have to watch over the ken wood closely in case it goes into overdrive (Which it does if I keep the machine going at high speed continuously). This also meant that the first proof was longer and I was even afraid that it would have over-proofed. The yeasty beer-smell was very strong when I took the dough out after the overnight fermentation but thankfully was not apparent after baking.

The bread turned out really soft, and was a tad heavier than the previous batch, which is just nice for me. However, it does not have that sweet soft bun taste that bakeries tend to have. I'm hoping that also means our usual home-bakes are higher in the health quotient!

Tangzhong recipe:
25g bread flour
125ml water
Mix all ingredients in a metal pot and stir until there are no lumps. Cook over med heat until mixture becomes very thick, and lines start to appear when mixture is stirred. (Alternatively, test the temperature, you will get Tangzhong at 65C). Remove from heat and cool to room temperature before using.
Bread recipe:
1 large egg
125ml milk
120g Tangzhong
300g bread flour
50g whole wheat flour
40g sugar
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoon instant yeast
30g unsalted butter, softened

Put all ingredients in bread maker machine and use the knead program. At the end of the program, remove dough into a plastic container, cover loosely with cling wrap and stick it in the fridge.

21 hours later:
1. Remove dough from fridge, cut into 2 equal portions and form into balls.
2. Rest for 15 minutes
3. Shape dough. I rolled them into 2 flat layers.
4. Let dough proof for 30 minutes.
5. Poke holes in dough to prevent it from rising like a ball in the oven.
6. Spread egg wash and bake at 170C for 15 minutes.

I rolled the dough into flat layers in an attempt to emulate the swiss-roll style of pork floss bread found in bakeries and so nicely baked  by HappyHomebaker.  However, a thin layer of crust formed at the top so when I rolled the bread, it cracked all over! Need to try again, prob at even lower temp or at a lower rack.

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  1. Your bread looks so soft and tender. I found your blog on bakedwithlove at Roxana's Home Baking.

    1. Thanks Laura! Your bakes look delicious, especially the brownies! So envious of your Hummingbird Bakery visit =)