Thursday, April 11, 2013

Japanese Style White Bread

After seeing how much my wife was spending on  "premium white" bread from Anderson Bakery ($7/loaf), I decided it was time to start making it at home. After all, my wife was the one who insisted we get a bread machine years ago because we were spending so much at the bakery.  As I predicted, after a couple of tries, she eventually found it too much work and never quite made the same type of bread she was used to, never using the machine again. I figured, that I had to put our bread machine investment to work and come up with an easy "premium white" recipe that we can make in the machine.

Here is a recipe I found

The secret here is the water-roux paste which supposedly gelatinizes the starch in the flour allowing more liquid to be absorbed into the bread.

This is my adaptation for use in a bread machine. The first step is creating the roux paste since you'll want that to cool down while prepping the other ingredients.

Water-Roux Paste:
20g bread flour
100ml water
Mix flour and water in a small saucepan. Cook over low to medium heat, stirring continuously until it reaches 65ºC. It should have thickened to a paste at this stage, that is when you stir you can see the bottom of the pan. Remove from heat, place a cling wrap over the paste and leave until lukewarm, or room temperature, before using. (Alternatively if you don’t have a thermometer, cook as before until it just starts to thicken, then continue to cook for about 1 more minute before removing from heat.) This water roux can be kept in an airtight container after cooling in the refrigerator for 1 day if not used immediately. However DO NOT USE if it turns grey in colour, that means it has gone bad.
For the Bread Dough:
150ml lukewarm water
30g butter, cubed
Water-Roux Paste (see above)
1 Tbsp milk powder
350g bread flour
30g sugar
5g (1 tsp) salt
7g (2.5 tsp) instant dry yeast

Add all the ingredients to your bread machine in the order provided. As always, its best to make a little crater in the mound of flour and drop your yeast in there. Then set your machine to the white bread setting and start it.

I have to say that my 1+ yr old yeast isn't good anymore, so the first loaf turned out pretty dense. I'll have to try this again with some fresh yeast.


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