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Croque Madame

This delicious brunch for my family truly made their day, filling what would have otherwise been another mundane morning with delight. This dish brought back many fond memories from our trip in Paris, memories which we hold dear to our hearts. Using Gardenia’s multigrain country loaf, a sourdough bread that incorporates 8 types of grains, this bread is loaded with nutrition that goes very well with savoury filling. Perfect for a Saturday brunch. Croque Madame are grilled sandwiches filled with ham and cheese, a spread of béchamel sauce and a thin layer of mustard, topped with egg. Fun fact, without the egg, the dish would be called Croque Monsieur instead! This recipe yields 4 sandwiches.

Ingredients (béchamel sauce)

  • 5g grated parmesan
  • 25g grated cheddar
  • 10g all purpose flour
  • 10g butter
  • 112g milk

Other

  • 8 slices gardenia multigrain bread
  • 4 slices baked ham
  • 4 slices prosciutto
  • grated cheese
  • mustard
  • 4 sunny side up

Method (Bechamel)

  • Heat up the sauce pan at medium heat and melt the butter
  • Add in the flour and whisk to make a roux (Do not let it turn brown)
  • Add in the milk while continuing to whisk until no lumps appear and the sauce starts to thicken
  • Turn heat to low and add the cheese. Whisk until all the cheese has melted. Set aside

Assembly

  • Spread the butter on one side of the bread on a heated medium fire. Toast the bread butter side down until slightly brown. You only need to toast one side.
  • Put it on a lined baking tray. Toasted side down.
  • Spread a thin layer of mustard, then the béchamel sauce on the bread
  • Layer it with ham and prosciutto
  • Top it with grated cheese.
  • Put another slice of bread on top, toasted side up.
  • Spread some béchamel sauce again, followed by more grated cheese
  • Grill for 8-10 minutes until the cheese has melted and you can see golden brown spots. Note : if your oven doesn’t have a grill function, just bake it in a preheated oven at 180 degree celsius, top heat at 8-10 minutes.
  • Top with sunny side up
  • Serve immediately

Single Proofed Cream Cheese Condense Milk Loaf With Cranberries

This is another recipe that will result in a fluffy and soft loaf. Definitely a keeper. The condense milk and cream cheese just melted into the bread, giving it extra moist and flavour that is just perfect for any type of sandwiches. I prefer to use my smoked ham with cheese and mayo. hmmm. Delicious! =).

Ingredients

  • 300g bread flour
  • 3g instant active yeast
  • 10g sugar
  • 50g condense milk
  • 30g well beaten egg
  • 170g full cream milk 
  • 20g butter (cut into small pieces)
  • 3g salt

Filling

  • 50g cream cheese (I use the spreadable type, President Brand)
  • 25g condense milk
  • 80g dried cranberries (presoaked in hot water for 20 minutes to hydrate and soften, drained)

Other

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

Method

  • Preheat the oven at 180 degree celsius
  • Mix the filling together except the cranberries. Set Aside.
  • Mix all the wet ingredients together (condense milk, 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.
  • Rest the dough for 15 minutes
  • Roll the dough to rectangular shape, about 18x30cm
  • Spread the filling, leaving about 2.5cm top and bottom with no filling.
  • Use a knife or pizza cutter to make slits on the dough, leaving about 2.5 cm top and bottom uncut. Refer to image below
  • Sprinkle all the cranberries on the filling
  • Roll the dough tightly like a swissroll
  • Place it into the tin pan, as shown on the image below
  • Cover and let it rise till about the rim of the bread tin. This will take about an hour and half or two. Depending on the weather humidity and temperature.
  • Brush 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.