Single Proofed Pillowy Soft Milk Bread

The picture above says it all, the bread is so soft that you just can’t get enough of it. I am sure that you would not stop for just one slice. As I am constantly trying and experimenting on new recipes, I decided to try making a pillow soft bread with just one single proof and not using tangzhong method; it turned out pretty well. Everybody loves it that I have to bake it for a couple of times in one week.

Ingredients

  • 300g bread flour
  • 3g instant active yeast
  • 30g sugar
  • 40g whipping cream
  • 30g well beaten egg
  • 150g full cream milk
  • 20g butter (cut into small pieces)
  • 3g salt

Non- Stick Bread loaf Pan (19.5×10.3×11.3cm)

Method

  • Preheat the oven at 180 degree celsius
  • Mix all the wet ingredients together (cream, full cream milk, beaten egg) then set aside
  • Add all bread flour, yeast, and sugar into the mixer followed by the wet ingredients
  • Use the J hook to knead the dough at low speed. Knead until dough is formed
  • Add in the butter and knead for about 2 minutes at speed 2 ( low speed)
  • Add in the salt and continue to knead at speed 2. Knead until you reach window pane stage. This will take for about 15-17 minutes depending on your machine. I am using Kenwood ChefXL titanium. The window pane stage is essential to get the long strand like texture that you can see from the photo. (拉丝)
  • Divide the dough into 3 equal balls , flatten it into rectangular and roll it up like a swiss roll. Cover with plastic and let it rest for 15 minutes
  • Lightly flour your work surface, use a rolling pin to flatten it into rectangular shape with the width size that fits in in your bread box. Ensure that all air pockets are popped to get a fine crumb and prevent uneven air pocket on the finished product. Flip the dough and roll it up tightly like a swiss roll. Put it into the bread box. Do the same to the other dough. ( Refer to pictures below)
  • Cover and let it proof for about an hour and half or until the dough reaches to 90-95 percent height of the bread box
  • Brush the top with egg wash (1 beaten egg + 1 tbs water)
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes. Tent the top of the bread with foil after 15 minutes to prevent it from getting too dark.
  • Remove from the bread box and let it cool down on the wire rack. Brush the top with melted butter. Brushing it with melted butter will result in a soft crust. Let it completely cool down for about an hour and half to 2 hours before slicing.

note: if you glass dish to bake, you will need to adjust the temperature to higher or longer time to bake. As glass is not a heat conductor like metal box. Another thing to take not is if you use baking dish, that are low in height , then 90-95 percent proofing height is no longer applicable. What you need to see is at least double in height increase during proofing. Do note that the time of proofing is just a guideline, as there are other factors that would affect the proofing time, it can be the temperature, humidity or even the yeast. 😊

Keto-Friendly Basque Burnt Lemon Cheesecake

This version of a cheesecake is keto-friendly! Its recipe is a slight variation of my gluten free cheesecake. I personally love cheesecake but I have to watch my diet as it is pretty high in calories. Thus I made this cake with no carbohydrates added to reduce my overall calorie intake. Now I can enjoy cheesecake whenever I want without feeling too guilty about it!

Ingredients

  • 500g cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 200g stevia sugar (reduce if you want less sweet)
  • 340g eggs
  • 265g whipping cream
  • 10g lemon Juice
  • 1 lemon zest
  • 80g almond flour (sifted )

Pan – 20 cm – lined with baking paper.

Method

  • Preheat your oven at 190 degree celsius
  • Using a paddle whisk attachment on your mixer, beat the sugar and cream cheese at medium speed until creamy.
  • Add the eggs in 3 batches. Ensuring the eggs are well combined with the mixture before adding the next batch. Mix at medium low speed
  • Add in the whipping cream, followed by the lemon juice and zest. Whip at medium low speed until all are well combined.
  • Add in the flour, whip until all are combined at low speed for about a minutes.
  • Pour the batter into your pan. Tap the pan for 3x on the table, to remove some big air bubbles.
  • Bake for 40 minutes, then turn up temperature to 210 degree celsius. Bake for another 15 minutes or until the top turns brown.
  • Leave the cake inside the oven for 1 hour.
  • Let it completely cool down before slicing.

For gluten free non ketogenic Basque lemon cheesecake click on this link

https://decadentandsavoury.com/2019/10/02/basque-burnt-lemon-cheesecake-gluten-free-cheesecake/