Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Hokkaido Milk Bread : Bake-Along #52

It's Bake-Along time, and for this week, my baking buddy, Lena from Frozen Wings has selected a theme bake, Hokkaido Milk Bread, which we are baking together with Zoe from Bake For Happy Kids. I'm so glad that this theme was chosen as this has been on my list of to-try for ages. Completely forgotten about it, as there are just too many bakes that I want to try. Surprisingly, there are not many recipes of this bread on-line. Most of the recipes posted are taken from the same source. I supposed these recipes are the basic ones that you could work on to make filled breads or buns.

I've used the recipe from Christine's Recipes, which she has adapted from another source, and gives a nice soft and fluffy bread.

The secret of the soft and fluffy bread is the tangzhong starter. Water and flour are cooked until slightly thickened, best at 65C, I followed Christine's method of stirring until you notice some lines appear in the mixture for every stir you make with the spoon. Let cool to room temperature and can be used straight away for making bread or keep covered in the refrigerator for a few days (up to three days).

I've used the bread machine to do the kneading, just as Christine had done, remove the dough at the end of the Dough cycle, divide the dough into two halves, and each half into three portions, and shaped as per instructions. The dough was really soft but not sticky, similar to the dough of a brioche. 

The bread bakes up nice and soft. During the making of the bread, I realised that this is actually similar to the one that I've made, here,  from Alex Goh's recipe, where he has used Flour Gelatinised method, where the flour is mixed with boiling water, stir vigorously to a paste and left in the refrigerator for a minimum of 12 hours before use. I can't help comparing, and find that the one from Alex Goh's recipe using Flour Gelatinised method, makes a softer and moister bread, and keep soft for days. I much prefer the gelatinised method (and easier too!), to this tangzhong (water roux) method. But I'm really glad that I've given this tangzhong method a try, as it does makes a soft bread.

Overall, using Tangzhong Method does gives a soft and very nice bread, very good with a generous spread of salted butter or cream cheese spread. It stays soft on the next 2 days too.

Since I did not make any changes to the recipe, to get the full recipe for this bread and steps for making the tangzhong, please get it from Christine's Recipes

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  1. what a great choice to do! I love this bread. I have only had it a few times in my life but each time I fall head over heels in love with it! So sweet and chewy

  2. Hi Joyce , love homemade bread , this is a must do , so light and delicious , thanks for sharing :).

  3. Joyce, your tangzhong bread looks so soft and fluffy with all those little white crumbs. I bet it can be eaten on its own too without any filling or any spread at all. Time for tea!!! :)

  4. Hi Joyce,

    What an co-incidence! We all used the same recipe!!! I guess this is the best I would say so far :D


  5. Beautifully soft and fluffy indeed. I made one without TZ and it wasn't that good...

  6. Beautiful and delicious bread, Joyce. It's so expensive to buy this from a bakery! Have a nice day, Joyce :)

  7. Just mouthwatering....looks delicious!

  8. Very soft and fluffy. Beautiful golden colour.

  9. Joyce, after looking at your soft bread, I tell myself that I really have got to start baking bread! I might mess up at first but that;s the way to learn :)

  10. I have seen Zoe's versions, told myself must try this recipe too except i am too lazy to cook the tang zhong:P

  11. My type of bread for sandwiches.... Thick and fluffy,

  12. It looks so beautifully golden on the outside!

  13. yes, i also find that the dough was not sticky as i had experienced before, it was quite easy to work with..and as for gelatinised method, i love it just as much..the good thing is that we dont need to cook the starter as in TZ method.

  14. Love this soft fluffy bread ! I've baked this bread yesterday using TZ method for the 1st time . Thanks to Bake Along event that I've finally made one Hokkaido Milk Bread! ;)

  15. I don't know if somebody tried making this bread by hand . I've been meaning to bake this for quiet sometime as well but according to Christine's the dough is very wet so , it'll be baked the time I have my KA here *sigh* Or maybe I'll try elbow grease instead , let see ;D