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Butter Milk Bun (奶香牛油包)

This butter bun is so addictive that I made it twice in a week. Its ingredients are simple yet the taste is overwhelmingly good. The buttery and milky taste is a perfect match that you cannot resist – truly more than the sum of its parts. My husband fell prey to the tempting snack and even ate 4 buns in a day! Nothing beats a nice homemade bun!

Ingredients (yields 20 buns )

Dough Ingredients

  • 430g bread flour
  • 100g all purpose flour
  • 80g sugar
  • 10g milk powder
  • 7g instant active yeast
  • 260g water
  • 1 large egg (55g)
  • 60g unsalted butter (chopped into small chunks)
  • 9g salt

Note1: Since we are using two kinds of flour, it is preferably to sieve the flour. A small percentage of all purpose flour helps give a softer texture as compared to all high gluten flour which is the bread flour.

Method

  • Mix all the ingredients into the mixer using a dough hook except the salt and butter. Mix for about 1-2 minutes at low speed until everything is mixed together evenly.
  • Add in the butter , and continue to knead for about 2 minutes at low speed
  • Add in the salt, and continue to knead until the dough becomes elastic and gluten has developed. The dough should be a little tacky but not sticky. Add little flour if it is too sticky.
  • Set aside in an oiled container and cover for about an hour or until the dough doubles in size (depending on your room humidity and temperature).

Filling

  • 200g room temp butter (cut into chunks )
  • 80g icing sugar
  • 200g milk powder

Method

  • Sieve the icing sugar and milk powder together
  • Add in the butter
  • Use a spatula or by hand (wearing food grade gloves), and start mixing until it becomes a pasty dough. Refrigerate.

butter crumbs coating

  • 25g butter (cold butter cut into small piece)
  • 10g icing sugar
  • 40g all purpose flour

Method

  • Sieve the icing sugar into the flour, then give a gentle mix using a spatula
  • Add the butter, use the tip of your finger to rub the butter on to the flour. Do it until no butter can be visibly seen. The texture should be look like sand. The method is similar to how you make streusels. Set aside.

Assembling and baking Method

  • Preheat the oven at 180 degree celsius
  • Punch out the air on the dough and divide it into 20 portions. Approximately at 50g each. Cover and set aside
  • Divide the filling into 20 balls. Approximately about 23-24g each
  • Get one dough, flatten it and place one ball filling into the middle and wrap it, round it up into a ball, and gently use your palm to flatten it. Ensure that the filling is well wrapped inside.
  • Place each bun in individual waxed casing.
  • Do the same for the rest of the buns
  • Cover and let it rest for about 30-45 minutes or until double in size . Note that the time given is just a guideline as it all depends on your room temperature and humidity.
  • Brush with egg wash (1 beaten egg +1 tsp water) , then sprinkle it with butter crumbs.
  • Bake for 15 minutes (rotate the tray at half way through of baking )
  • Let it cool down completely on a wire rack

Pandesal

Pandesal is a popular bread in the Philippines that is commonly eaten during breakfast or as a snack. It is a bread that is fluffy, slightly sweet, coated with breadcrumbs and is best eaten with butter, sardines or cheese. Though simple in appearance, it is actually one of the best bread I have ever tasted.

I have been missing this bread lately, so I decided to try and make my own. There are a lot of recipes out there on the internet but I have decided to create my own recipe based on my experience with bread. I tested different variations and the third recipe that I tweaked was by far the best. I am very pleased with the outcome. So here I am sharing with you my recipe. Take note that I am using all butter and fresh milk as commercial Pandesal mostly use margarine and milk powder to lower the cost. Since I am making it for my family, I naturally used the best ingredients.

This recipe yields 15 pieces at around 65g each. You may half the recipe if you find it too much.

Ingredients

  • 530g high protein bread flour
  • 85g sugar
  • 9g salt
  • 10g instant yeast
  • 45g butter (cut into small cube)
  • 125g egg (2 Large egg)
  • 210g milk
  • 40g fine bread crumbs

Note

1.You may reduce your yeast to half if you are not rushing. As I was rushing for the bread to rise, I doubled the yeast. The more yeast you add the faster the rise, the warmer and humid the environment, the faster the dough increase in size.

2. I prefer to use instant yeast, instant yeast can be mixed instantly with the flour without the need to dissolve it in liquid and sugar.

3. The temperature of the ingredients you use affects the rising time of your dough, so if you are not rushing , it is best to use milk, butter and eggs from your chiller. Otherwise you need to warm the milk and let the eggs and butter warm naturally to room temperature

4 You need to knead the dough until gluten develops. You can check by using the window pane test ( see picture below). A fully developed gluten would make your dough stretchy and extensible therefore it can trap more air making your bread softer

Method

  • Toast the bread crumbs with low heat on a pan. No need to add oil. Stir until all the crumbs are golden brown and evenly toasted. Set aside. Toasting it allows your bread to get golden in colour without baking it long therefore preserving the moisture of your bread.
  • Preheat the oven to 180 degree celsius
  • Put all the ingredients into the mixer at low speed except the butter, salt and bread crumbs. Mix for about 2 minutes until all the ingredients come together.
  • Add in the butter cube by cube, increase to medium speed and knead for 2 minutes.
  • Add in the salt and continue kneading for 5-8 minutes, depending on your machine. Note that you should check the dough every few minutes for the window pane test as over kneading will also cause the gluten to collapse. The dough would be somewhat sticky and stretchy that it would be a little bit an effort to pull it out from your mixing bowl. If it is way too sticky, add 1 tbs of flour at a time. Note that humidity of your surrounding will affect the dough hydration.
  • Roll the dough into a ball and place it into an oiled bowl, set aside for about 45 minutes or until the dough rises and doubles in size. Note that mine rises to double its size in an hour and half because of the cold ingredients that I used. 45 minutes is just a guide line.
  • Punch out the air in the dough, roll the dough into a log (refer to picture) and use a dough cutter to slice. I sliced 15 pieces as I prefer bigger pandesal. Each pandesal weighs about 65g. Coat each slice with the toasted breadcrumbs.
  • Place each slice on the tray with baking paper with enough space for the dough to double in size. Do the the same for the rest of the slices. Cover and let it rise until doubled. Mine took about 45 minutes.
  • Bake for 13 minutes. Turn the tray at 7 minutes.
  • Serve warm

Note that you can warm the bread the next day in a preheated oven for 2-3 minutes at 180 degree celsius. I usually do it in my air fryer instead. Preheating it at 200 degree celsius for 3 minutes, then warming up the bread at 180 degree celsius for 2 minutes.

See how soft and fluffy it is? This batch of bread was finished the next day for a family of four! LOL!