Category Archives: Bread

Almond Swirl Bread

This bread’s crust turned out absolutely amazing, best crust I have ever had.  The crust is crunchy while the inside of the bread is soft and moist.  Luke is requesting this bread as part of  his lunch going forward.

Ingredients:

  • Active Dry Yeast: 1 packet or 1 tbsp
  • Sugar: 1 tbsp and 1/3 cup
  • Warm water: 1/4 cup
  • Eggs: 3
  • Salt: 1 tsp
  • All purpose flour: 2 cups
  • Milk: 1/2 cup
  • Apple sauce: 2 tbsp
  • Vital Wheat gluten: 1 tbsp

Filling:

  • Almond paste: 1/2 cup
  • Brown sugar: 1/3 cup
  • Apple sauce: 1/4 cup

Topping:

  • Chopped sliced almonds: 1/3 cup
  • Brown sugar: 1/3 cup
  • Egg white: 1

Directions:

  • Mix yeast, warm water, and 1 tbsp of sugar together and let it sit
  • Warm the milk and mix in eggs, apple sauce, salt, and the rest of the sugar
  • Add mixture to the yeast
  • Stir in flour half cup at a time to create a dough
  • Knead the dough for about 10 min until elastic, smooth, and no longer sticky
  • Let the dough rise in a warm place until double in size
  • Punch the dough dough and roll out in a 1/4 inch rectangle
  • Spread the filling evenly on the dough and roll the dough from the short side of the rectangle
  • Place the dough in a bread loaf pan and let it rise until double in size
  • Brush the dough with egg white and then sprinkle the chopped almonds and brown sugar
  • Bake at 350 degrees with a foil tent for 45 min, remove the tent and bake for another 10 min

Maple Pecan Sticky Buns

This bread is addictive!  Luke and I went to a local sugar house to get the maple syrup that goes into this bread.  Sticky Buns are just the perfect dessert to have on a cold day.

Ingredients:

  • Active dry yeast: 1 packet
  • Sugar: 1 tbsp
  • Warm water: 1/4 cup
  • Sugar: 1/3 cup
  • Eggs: 2
  • Apple sauce: 1/3 cup
  • Nonfat plain yogurt: 1/2 cup
  • Salt: 1 tsp
  • Bread flour: 3 1/2 cups

Maple Topping:

  • Maple syrup: 1/2 cup
  • Brown sugar: 1/3 cup
  • Apple sauce: 1/3 cup
  • Salt: 1/4 tsp
  • Chopped pecans: 1 cup

Pecan nut filling:

  • Brown sugar: 1 cup
  • Chopped pecans: 1 cup
  • Apple sauce: 3 tbsp

Directions:

  • Mix the yeast, warm water, and 1 tbsp sugar together and let it sit
  • Mix the rest of the sugar, eggs, yogurt, salt, and apple sauce together and add it to the yeast mixture
  • Stir in the flour half cup at a time until a dough forms
  • Work the dough for about 10 min until the dough is smooth and no longer sticky
  • Let the dough rise in a warm place until it double in size
  • Punch the dough down and roll it out into a rectangle, about 1/4 inch thick
  • Spread the pecan nut filling evenly and roll the dough from the long side of the rectangle
  • Cut the roll into 12 equal pieces
  • Place the maple pecan topping into a thick baking pan and then place the roll pieces cut side down
  • Let it rise until double in size
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes, serve warm

Chocolate Ganache Brioche

I managed to make this bread without adding butter in the dough or the ganache.  This brioche is not vegan though as the dough contains eggs and I used regular chocolate. 

Dough Ingredients:

  • Warm water: 3/4 cups
  • Yeast: 1 packet
  • Salt: 2tsp
  • Eggs: 4
  • Sugar: 1/2 cup
  • Apple sauce: 1 cup
  • Flour: 3 3/4 cups

Dough Directions:

  • Mix the yeast and the warm water together then add the rest of the ingredients together to make the dough
  • Keep extra flour on hand in case the dough is too wet
  • The dough should not stick to the hand after mixing but not dry
  • Put the dough covered with plastic wrap in a warm oven with a tray of hot water to rise for 2 hours
  • After first rise, store the dough in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.  The dough will keep for at least a week in the refrigerator

Chocolate Ganache (for a 1 pound dough)

  • Semi-sweet chocolate: 1/4 pound
  • Apple sauce: 2 tbsp
  • Cocoa powder: 4 tsp
  • Rum: 1 tbsp

Chocolate Ganache Directions:

  • Melt the chocolate in the microwave then add in the rest of the ingredients

Making the bread:

  • Roll the dough out to a rectangle
  • Spread the chocolate ganache filling in the middle of the dough leaving about a 1 inch border all around
  • Roll the dough starting at the short end of the rectangle
  • Shape the dough into an oval and use oven rising method to rest the dough for 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Take the dough out of the oven and heat the oven to 350 degrees
  • Use one egg white and brush the egg white on top of the bread
  • Sprinkle some sugar on top of the bread
  • Bake the bread for 45 minutes

Option: melt more chocolate and spread it on top of the baked bread before serving for even richer chocolate flavor.

Pesto Pine Nut Bread

I decided to try baking my own whole wheat bread at home instead of buying them from health food stores.  I like to know what goes into my food!

Ingredients:

  • Whole wheat flour: 1 cup
  • Spelt flour: 1 cup
  • All purpose flour: 1.5 cup
  • Yeast: 1 packet
  • Salt: 3 tsp
  • Wheat gluten: 1 tbsp
  • Water: 1.75 cups
  • Pesto: 1/2 cup
  • Pine Nuts: 1/2 cup
  • Minced garlic: 2 tbsp

Directions:

  • Mix all the ingredients together
  • Keep extra all-purpose flour on hand and add if the dough looks too wet
  • The dough should not stick hands but not dry
  • Put the dough in a container and cover with plastic wrap
  • Heat the oven to the lowest allowable temperature.
  • Once the oven reaches the temperature (170 degrees), turn the oven off
  • Take a bowl or baking tray and fill with hot tap water and put into the oven
  • Put the dough into the oven and let it rise for 2 hours
  • After 2 hours of rising, put dough into the refrigerator to chill for at least 3 hours for easy handling.  The dough can be kept refrigerated for up to a week
  • When ready to bake, separate the dough into 1 pound loaves
  • Shape the dough into oval shape and use the same rising method above and let the dough rest for 90 minutes
  • Take the dough out of the oven and heat the oven to 350 degrees for baking
  • Make some diagonal slits on the top of the loaves before putting the dough into the oven
  • Put a tray of hot water into the oven and bake the bread for 40 minutes

The smell of this bread was just incredible!

 

Mochi Bread! 韓式麻糬麵包

Ever heard of Mochi bread?  It’s all the rage for the past couple of years in Taiwan.  There are 2 types of mochi bread: one that is crunchy on the outside and chewy like mochi on the inside and one with the regular bread but with a mochi stuffing inside.  I like both but the first type with just the dough is very different and special.  Thanks to H Mart that recently opened, I finally have access to this special flour again!  Before this, my parents were my dealers for this addiction of mine! 

This is what the package looks like:

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There are 2 packages of the flour inside one box. 

Here is the recipe:

1 package of the flour

1 Egg

5 Tbsp water

Mix into dough, divide dough into 8 to 10 pieces. 

Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

I put canned pumpkin into the bread before I bake it as stuffing which turned out great!  Perfect dessert on a cold day!

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