Sunday, November 14, 2010

Red Bean Loaf

This bread is so good spread with butter, or just eat it as it is. The texture of this bread is really, really soft, moist and soooo... good! Need further convincing? Go make one and find out yourself!

Look at the top of the bread. I almost burned it! Alright, maybe I burnt it a little! Other than this, this is one beautiful bread!

Look at the beautiful soft and moist texture of this bread. This recipe is from my favourite local chef, Alex Goh. I love his bread recipes. I wanted to make a plain bread without the red bean,  but I do have a small can of red kidney beans in my pantry and I'm trying to clear my pantry, so I used this instead. It turned out great! I baked this the day before and sliced it the next morning, spread with some butter, and of course, with a cup of coffee, makes a really satisfying breakfast. I even saved a slice to keep for the third day, just to see how long it stays soft and it is as gorgeously soft as on the day it is baked! My hubby really, really love this bread! Looks like this bread will be a regular "visitor" in my kitchen!

Can you see how soft the bread is by the way the slices are resting, drooping down?  I use the breadmaker machine for the dough. Refer to my steps after the recipe. Well, if you are convinced and would like to try it, here's the recipe : 
Red Bean Loaf
(adapted from "Magic Bread" by Alex Goh)
Ingredients A :
120gm bread flour
85gm boiling water

Ingredients B :
380gm bread flour
60gm sugar
6gm salt
8gm instant yeast

Ingredients C :
120gm cold milk
100gm whipping cream
1 cold egg

Ingredients D :
40gm butter

Ingredients E :
180gm red bean filling (I use canned red kidney beans, washed and drained)

Method :

  1. Add the boiling water from A into flour, mix into a dough. Cover and set aside to cool. Keep refrigerated for at least 12 hours.
  2. Mix B until well-blended.  Add in  C and knead to form rough dough.  Add in A and knead until well-blended.
  3. Add in D and knead to form elastic dough.  Set aside to proof for 40 minutes.
  4. Divide the dough into 4 pieces, 250gm each and mould it round.  Let it rest for 10 minutes.
  5. Roll it flat and place 45gm of red bean filling over the dough.  Roll it up like Swiss Roll. Place 2 pieces of dough into a greased 20x11x11cm loaf tin. Make 2 loafs. Let it proof for 50 minutes.
  6. Bake at 180C for 30 minutes.
(my notes : Using the breadmaker ~ Put the cold milk, cold egg, whipping cream and butter in pan of breadmaker. Add the bread flour, sugar, salt and instant yeast. Set to basic dough setting. After mixture has come to a rough dough, add in ingredients A (I cut the dough from ingredients A into quarters and add in one at a time). Let the machine do the rest of the kneading until a smooth dough is formed.  Take the dough out and set aside for about 40-50 minutes.  Continue from Step 4.  I baked mine as one loaf in a 23x8x13 cm loaf pan, letting the dough rise to just above the pan level before baking.)


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  1. A little bit burned on top is fine too. The loaf looks fantastic.

  2. I've never heard of bread with beans in it. It does look very soft though... yum!

  3. That is one gorgeous loaf of bread! I've never ever heard of bread with beans in it either - how interesting! Whenever I use my bread machine I always end up baking the bread in the actual oven. Love it that way. Thannk you so much for submitting this to Cookbook Sundays!

  4. you're just showing off! LOL!

    Really, your bread looks amazing! Getting a loaf of bread to look so perfect is a sure sign of your great baking skills! Too, bad we don't live closer...I would love to eat a few slices of that yummy loaf!

    I'm off to link my citrus recipe to the challenge..just a shot in the dark with this one...xoxo

  5. Bread looks very fabulous..prefectly baked loaf..

  6. Ohhh...the bread look so soft! Perfect!

  7. What a great loaf of bread! Nice, very nice.

  8. Incredibly moist and soft looking bread - never would have thought have using red kidney beans in this way :-)

  9. Your bread looks so delicious! I've never had beans in bread before, but it look yummy! :)

  10. That bread looks wonderful! What a great woman you are, so patient in the kitchen. The bread looks soft and moist and I bet it doesn't compare to store bought. Does it make a difference having a bread machine rather than using the regular oven? :)

  11. You really can see how soft and delicious it is just by looking at the picture!

  12. This is great. It looks just like the bread I'm always buying from Japanese bakeries. From the looks of your pics, I should save my money and start making your bread.

  13. Hi everyone,
    Thank you for your kind comments! Have a lovely week!

    Hi Rebecka,
    Yup, showing off and sharing....LOL! Will send a few slices across the cyber waves for this too!

    Hi Lisa,
    You are one smart girl! This is actually the base recipes for one of his Japanese bread! I highly recommend you to try this if you like Japanese bread, this is really soft and moist, absolutely yummy!

  14. This loaf looks abslolutely perfect!

  15. That surely is one gorgeous loaf of bread. I think I'll try it without the beans. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  16. Un pain magnifique.
    Je n'en ai jamais fait avec haricots rouges.
    Ça me plairait d'essayer.
    A bientôt

  17. You can't beat freshly baked bread. Looks wonderful! The beans add a fun flavor I bet.

  18. What a unique recipe...I have never seen bread with beans like this. Looks amazingly soft and I am sure the crust is great a little extra done ;)

  19. This is so unique and delicious looking! It does have a beautiful texture! Homemade bread is the best.

  20. Hello friends,
    Thank you for stopping by and all your lovely words. Have a lovely day, ladies!

    Hi Paula,
    Welcome to my blog and thank you for stopping by. Please do drop by when you can. Have a nice day!

  21. The bread looks soft and moist!

  22. Beautiful loaf of bread! I don't have a bread machine yet. Hmm.. something to consider!

  23. Smells sooo good. Hungry again, wor.

  24. Wow. your bread looks so soft and moist !! First time landing here. You are an awesome baker :)

  25. Hi Malar,
    Thank you for stopping by!

    Hi KY,
    Bread machine is very handy. I can't imagine my kitchen without it!

    Hi One,
    He! He! Did you view this after or before dinner?...

    Hi Weng,
    Thank you for visiting. Great to have you here. And thank you for your sweet words, you are really kind! Hope to see you again. Have a nice day!