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A Crown of Bread

In Bread on June 25, 2009 at 5:28 pm

I made my weekly bread for breakfast. After going through many different sweet bread recipes, this one’s the best. If i remember correctly, i think it was a Challah recipe from cooks illustrated. I get bored with the same recipe, so i tend to play around with the fillings, toppings, etc

This week, i was too lazy for filling, so i just mixed in some dried blueberries and raisins. I love the crumble topping, so i highly recommend adding it on.

Right out of the oven

Right out of the oven

Here’s are the recipes:

Challah bread dough:

420 grams bread flour (I like to use 350 grams bread flour, and the rest all purpose)

1/2 cup warm milk

2 tsp dry yeast

1/4 cup sugar

1 tsp salt

2 eggs plus 1 egg yolk (save white for eggwash)

4 tbsp butter, softened

Stir-ins: dried fruit, citrus zest (i’ve tried orange and lime, they both work great) i used lime zest in the photo above

1. proof yeast in warm milk for few minutes.

2. sift together flour, sugar, salt. Add in eggs and milk mixture. Mix until forms a dough ball. Knead in butter and dried fruit.

3. turn out onto floured surface and knead until smooth, adding as much as 1/4 cup more flour to achieve a elastic smooth dough

4. let rise for 1-2 hours until doubled in size. Divide dough into 10 pieces, forming them into balls. Let rise in the selected baking pan for another 20 minutes

5. preheat oven to 350 F, brush with egg white and sprinkle on crumble topping (recipe below) and bake on lower rack for 30-35 minutes.

Me likes good texture...

Me likes good texture...

Crumble Topping:

70 grams flour

30 grams sugar

45 grams butter, cold

optional: zest on 1/2 lime, lemon, or orange

I used a food processor to make the topping, but you can do it by hand

Doughnut and chinese doughnuts! omg fried goodness

In Bread on June 17, 2009 at 5:02 pm

I made doughnuts (filled with strawberry jam) yesterday. And today, I felt like making the chinese version of this fried goodness. I have to say, I prefer the chinese version better. It’s chewy, not too sweet and very pretty

The american doughnut recipe i used came from cook and eat blog (which came from some magazine that i can’t remember)

Jam filled glazed doughnut

Jam filled glazed doughnut

Golden and delicious

Golden and delicious

the chinese doughnut recipe is as follows:

275 grams bread flour

1 egg

1/2 cup milk, warm

1 tsp active dry yeast

1/2 tsp salt

3 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp oil

more oil for frying

1. Proof yeast in warm milk for a few minutes. Mix dough by dumping everything together. Knead until smooth

2. Let rise in a warm spot for 1-2 hours until doubled.

3. Roll dough into a rectangle about 1/2 inch thick. Cut into 6 portions

4. Roll each portion into a long rope, twist and rope, then twist it around it self, and then do that again. Let then rest for 20 minutes.

5. Fry in oil for 1 minute on each side and you’re good to go!