Monday, April 20, 2009

Milk & Cheese Loaf

Easter break is over & school's starting. No more lazing around, time to get back to the usual routine. Bread making is one of them, for the most important meal of the day, our breakfast !

Tried a new bread recipe today, a milk & cheese loaf. This is supposed to be a plait but I couldn't cope with the braiding so I gave up & make it into a loaf instead.

The recipe is from Don Yong's Bread Winners :

Ingredients :

500g Bread flour
75g Milk powder
8g Bread improver *
4g Instant yeast
70g Sugar
9g Salt
310g Water
40g Butter

Topping :

Cheddar cheese (grated)

With an electric mixer & dough hook, mix the dry ingredients for 1 min on low speed. Add water & mix on low speed for another min. Increase to medium speed to develop the dough for 3 mins & add the butter. Continue mixing for 10 mins until the dough is fully developed.

Round up dough & place into an airtight container to rise in a warm place for 1 hr until the dough is double in bulk. Divide dough into 50g pcs. Round up the dough & leave for 10 mins.

To braid a loaf, roll out 4 pcs of dough into 20-cm long strips. The strips should be thinner on the ends & thicker in the middle. Place the 4 strips with the tips at one end touching. Weave the strips together to form a braid. This is done by weaving strip 2 over strip 3, strip 4 over strip 2 & strip 1 over strip 3. This is repeated until the braid is completed.

Prove the braid in a warm palce for about 1 hr. brush beaten egg over the surface & sprinkle cheddar cheese over it. Bake in a preheated oven of 190C for 20-25 mins.

* As usual I left out the bread improver. This bread is so aromatic, so milky tasting due to the high content of milk powder in it. The texture of the bread is very chewy too. Besides the cheddar cheese, I also sprinkled some sugar on the top before baking. Verdict from the girls : so yummy ! They've always like bread with cheese so this is a sure winner, packed with milk & cheese, perfect for their breakfast tomorrow morning.
Oh, I've shaped the dough into 2 logs, baked them for 21 mins.


Jenny Tan said...

Hmmm...I've gotta try this...I've got a cheesy daughter, and I've been abandoning my bread machine for a few months.*sigh* so many things I wanna make, but so little time!

ganache-ganache said...

Yup, so little time for so many things ! But for me bread making is a must as we don't buy commercial one, so if I don't bake, there's no breakfast !


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