Thursday, October 20, 2016

Soft Pandan Loaf ?????,????

Pandan aka screw pine, this is the plant that's available year long at my parent's house even before I was born, I guess. I am familiar with the fragrance and sweet aroma of pandan leaves because my mom used to make sweet soup and cakes using pandan leaves. We love anything with pandan flavour! Well, what I mean here, it's truly the extract from fresh pandan leaves, not pandan paste or artificial pandan essence. Those are 'not acceptable' by the food critic in our house. 

I was pampered with all the yummy homemade food prepared by my mom when I was young, now it's time for me to do it for the next generation. :D 

Home baked pandan bread for my son to eat during school recess.
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This soft pandan loaf recipe was adapted from the Pandan Custard Bun. This time I would like to make a tall standing loaf, hence, I modified the recipe to yield lighter and fluffier bread. And yes, it's a successful one! 

Home baked bread always taste good and fragrant. This Pandan loaf added with freshly extracted pandan juice that made it even more aromatic. This recipe yield soft and fluffy bread that stay soft for days. 


Sponge Dough: ????:

200g Bread Flour ???? 200?

4g Instant Yeast ?? 4?

20g Milk Powder ?? 20?

25g Egg (lightly beaten) ?? 25?

100g Pandan Juice (blend pandan leaves with water) ???  100? (???????)

Main Dough: ???

65g Bread Flour ???? 65?

45g Sugar ?? 45?

1/2 tsp Salt ? ???

27g Pandan Juice ???  27? (???????)

30g Unsalted Butter (softened) ?? 30? 

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1. In a mixing bowl, mix together all sponge dough ingredients. Cover with cling wrap, let it proof for 1 hour. 

2. Add in all main dough ingredients (except butter) to the sponge dough, knead to form a dough. Gradually knead in butter.

3. Continue to knead until the dough passes the windowpane test. Watch this video if you are unsure what is windowpane test.

3. Transfer the dough onto the worktop, roll out the dough to 1.5cm thick, roll up and put the dough into a baking tin. 

Mine is a non-stick baking tin, so I did not grease the tin.
Lightly grease your baking tin if there's no non-stick coating. 

4. Cover with cling wrap and let it proof for 1 hour or doubled in size. 

5. Bake in a preheated oven 180'C for 20 minutes (lowest rack), transfer to middle rack, bake another 5 minutes. 
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