Monday 10 November 2014

Mini Pumpkin Loaf 南瓜小吐司

A light and soft mini loaf baked using the lighter colour butternut pumpkin :)

Yield: four 25Lx8Wx9Hcm mini bread

100g whole milk 全脂牛奶
20g condensed milk 炼乳
3/4 tsp instant dry yeast 即发干酵母粉

225g bread flour 高筋面粉
25g top/cake flour 低筋面粉
50g cooked pumpkin paste 熟南瓜泥
30g fine sugar 细糖
25g beaten egg 蛋液
1/4 tsp salt 盐

30g soften unsalted butter 无盐奶油

Some flour for sprinkling the dough

1. Steamed about 80g raw pumpkin at medium high heat for 15 minutes, till softened. Drain away the excess water collected at the bottom of the bowl. Mash the softened pumpkin into paste by using a fork. Collect 50g of the pumpkin paste for later use.

2. In a separate bowl, add condensed milk to fresh milk and heat up in rice cooker using "keep warm" mode for 10 minutes.

3. When the milk mixture temperature falls between 28 to 38 degree Celsius, sprinkle instant dry yeast over the milk mixture without stirring it. Let the mixture stands for about 15 minutes to activate the yeast.

4. Mix both flours, sugar and salt, in a mixing bowl.

5. Pour in pumpkin paste, beaten egg and milk mixture from (3). And stir the mixture in one direction till it forms into a lump.

Cover the dough with a lid and let it rest for 15 minutes to allow the flour to absorb the liquid.

6. After the 20-minute-rest, turn the dough onto a floured work top. 
Knead the dough by slamming - pulling -folding and turning in repeated steps till the dough becomes smooth. This process takes about 10 minutes.
Wear a pair of CPE gloves to knead this rather sticky dough.

Pictures for illustration only.

7. Spread out the dough and apply softened butter to it. Knead to incorporate butter into the dough.

Pictures for illustration only.

8. When the butter has well incorporated into the dough, repeat the slamming process till you get an elastic dough that can pull out a membrane. This process take about 10 to 15 minutes.

9. Place the dough in a lightly greased mixing bowl, spray some water, cover with a lid, and allow the dough to proof for 1 hour, or till the dough doubles in size.

10. After the proofing, invert the dough onto a floured surface. Flatten the dough to released the trapped air.

11. Divide the dough into 4 equal portions and shape them into balls,

Coat the dough with flour and roll within the cup of your hand into a ball.

12. Place the finished dough into a 30x10x7 tin mould lined with parchment paper. 

13. Allow the dough to proof in a closed oven for 50 to 60 minutes or till the dough rises to the rim of the mould.

14. When the doughs reaches 4/5 the height of the loaf tin, remove the tin from the oven.
Turn on the oven to 160 degree Celsius, and preheat for about 10 minutes.

15. Sprinkle some flour over the surface of the dough.

16. Bake the dough in the oven for about 20 to 22 minutes, or till the top turns golden, at lower rack.

17. After the loaf has baked through, lift it out of the tin and cool on a wire rack immediately.

18. After the loaf has completely cool down, slice it with a bread knife :)


  1. Hi, I have tried you're recipe today. The bread is so soft and fluffy. The texture similar to Tang Zhong Method milk Loaf. Love this so much and thanks for sharing this great recipe.

    1. Thank you Helen for leaving me this lovely comment :)

  2. Hi can I use bread maker for this recipe to make into one loaf instead of making into buns?

  3. I am going to try it. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    1. Thank you Florence for leaving this message. Hope you'll like the recipe. Happy baking :)

  4. I made the pumpkin choco bread last night. My daughter was praising me that my bread "improved" 😁😁

  5. Happy to hear this, Florence. When your family praise your bake, that's the joy of a baker :)

  6. I am trying this recipe with a BM. i mixed them all even the softened butter. Hope it turns out well:)

    1. Hi I love your pumpkin bread. Look so soft and yummy. I tried making pumpkin bread before using others recipe. Not so successful. Now I am going to try with your recipe. Hope I will succeed this time. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  7. Hi Ngaileng, baked this today. The bread is soft and fluffy. I spread some butter on and it so delicious. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  8. Hi Ngaileng, baked this today. The bread is soft and fluffy. I spread some butter on and it so delicious. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

    1. Hi Elaine, thank you for sharing your nice feedback with me. I'm happy you like the bread texture of this recipe. Me too, haha :)

  9. Hi, may I know if I can replace the instant dry yeast with instant yeast? My dough was still quite sticky after 1st proof. What went wrong?

    1. Hi Jerin, so sorry I'm not familiar with instant yeast, so can't help you on this.
      If you find the dough is a little too sticky, maybe you want to reduce the milk qty by about 10g. Different brand of bread flour may have slight difference in the water absorbancy :)

  10. Hi. The bread is wonderful. My family love it. Tried 2nd attempt to bake the bread in one loaf (one sandwich loaf) without shape it into small buns. The bread seems to be uncooked. Do I need to increase the temperature / bake longer ?

    1. Hi Cheryl, thank you for liking the bread :)
      If you bake In a Pullman tin with dimension 20x10x10 cm, you have to extend the baking time to about 40 to 50 minutes. Usually a taller bread would need a longer baking time. One way to tell whether the bread is baked through, is to use a spoon to tap on the bread crust, if the sound is hollow, then the bread is cooked. Some said if you start to smell the aroma of the bread, bake it for another 10 to 15 minutes, then the bread should be ready :)

  11. Hi, i only hv bread flour at home. Can i use only that for this recipe?


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