Thursday, 25 August 2016

Sweet Pandan Bread (Autolyse)

No bread maker, nor strenuous handkneading required. The dough of this bread was done by autolysis and folding. Bread done by this method is known for its soft texture and nice aroma. To be honest, this is my most aromatic loaf of pandan bread 😋 As the dough was not over kneaded, it minimized the chance of oxidation done to the dough. Hence, it is able to preserve the natural aroma of the bread better. The soft crumb of the bread could last for at least 3 days without the need of re-heating up.
If you have the time, this shall be a bread that you would not regret trying 😆💕

Pan Size: 4 mini buns in one 25Lx8Wx6Hcm pan
Bread weight: 488g
Raw dough weight: 525g

15g warm water
3/4 tsp instant dry yeast 即发干酵母

135g water 水
8~10g pandan leaf 香兰叶

20g condensed milk 炼乳

35g raw sugar 黄砂糖
25g beaten egg 蛋液
1/4 tsp salt 盐
20g coconut/vegetable oil 椰/植物油

235g bread flour 高筋面粉

25g superfine wholegrain flour 中筋面粉
12g milk powder

Some beaten egg

1. Sprinkle 3/4 tsp of instant dry yeast over 15g warm water (less than 35 degree Celsius). Cover and let it stands for about 15 minutes to activate the yeast.

2. Blend pandan leaf and 135g water in a good processor to collect 135g of the pandan water.

Collect 135g of pandan mixture.

3. Pour 135g pandan water and condensed milk to become pandan-milk mixture.

4. Mix bread flour, superfine wholegrain flour, milk powder, sugar, and salt in a big mixing bowl.

4. Pour in the beaten egg, coconut oil, yeast-water from (1), and pandan-milk mixture from (3).

5. Stir in one direction until the mixture forms into a lump and pulls away from the wall of the mixing bowl.

2. Cover with a lid and let the mixture autolyse for 20 minutes.

4. After the 1st 20-minute rest, grasp one corner of the dough, pull it up and fold it towards the centre.
Take care not to break the dough while you extend it.
1st pull & fold session.

Continue this pull & fold for about 6 times round the dough.

Cover with a lid and wait for another 15 minutes. To keep track of the folding, it's better to write it down in a post-it-note attached to the lid.

Repeat the pull & fold session for about 4 to 6 sessions, or till the dough can be stretched into a membrane.

Picture showing 6th pull & fold season. The dough will become smoother and smoother.

15 minutes after the 6th pull & fold session, the dough can be stretched to form a thin membrane. So the pull & fold session can stop.

5. Pull down the side of the dough and tug at the bottom to shape the dough into a smooth ball.

Place the dough back to the mixing bowl, cover with a lid, and let it undergo the 1st proofing for about 45 minutes, or till it doubles in size.

45 minutes later the dough has more than doubled.

6. Sprinkle flour over the dough as well as the work top. Invert out the dough.

7. Divide the dough into 4 portions, about 131g each.

Roll up the doughs, and shape them into 4 balls. Cover with a lid and let them rest for about 15 minutes.

8. After the 15-minute rest, flatten the dough with your palm,

fold in the two wings,

Roll it out again

Roll the dough up.

9. Place the roll-up dough into a 25x8x6 cm tin lined with parchment paper. Spray some water over the dough, and place in an oven to undergo 2nd proofing for about 40~45 minutes, or till the dough almost reaching the rim of the cake pan.

The end of second proofing.

10. Apply some egg wash over the surface of the dough.

11. Bake in an preheated oven at 170 degree Celsius for about 20 to 22 minutes. Place the baking pan  at the lowest rack.

End of baking session.

11. The bread is ready when the crust turns golden. Remove the bread from the tin and cool down over a wire rack.

12. Slice the bread after cooling down, and enjoy with butter spread 😄

Nice soft crumb with sweet pandan aroma. 


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  2. Can I use pandan paste instead? able to advise the quantity to use? Thanks. :)

    1. Hi Jess, sorry I'm not familiar with pandan paste. I think maybe you can try 1/2 tsp first to see the result :)

  3. Looks awesome! Thanks for sharing! Time to make some bread!

  4. Looks awesome! Thanks for sharing! Time to make some bread!

  5. Can I use bread maker instead for this bread?

  6. We used to live in Singapore and loved pandan bread. I can't wait to try this at home here in Canada!

    1. Hi Andrew, I love pandan breads and cakes too 😋 Hopefully, you'll be able to buy the pandan leaves or extract in Canada. Happy baking 💕

  7. Hi, can i use all bread flour instead?

  8. Hi, is this a very wet dough? I tried to shape with into the round ball with my hands after resting of the 6th folding and it sticks to my fingers.

    1. Hi little devil, yes, the dough kneaded using autolysis is usually wetter and more sticky. So it's advisable to wear a plastic glove or coat your hand with a little water to prevent the dough from sticking to your hands :)


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