Saturday 29 May 2021

Sour Cream Butter Cake

A soft, moist and fine texture butter cake added with sour cream, raisins and dried cranberries. A small amount of orange peel and vanilla extract enhanced the milk-rich flavour of the cake ๐Ÿ˜

Yield: one loaf of cake
Pan size: 21.5x11.5x5.5 cm
Baking temperature: 160°C at second upper rack for 20 minutes, shift to middle rack and bake for 20 minutes.

All ingredients in room temperature
Using 55~57g eggs

100g unsalted butter, softened
60g raw cane sugar

3 eggs
30g raw sugar

80g top/cake flour
30g plain flour plus/plain flour
10g milk powder
3g baking powder
pinch of salt

30g sour cream
10g low fat milk
20g golden syrup/honey

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

15g organic raisins
15g organic dried cranberries
3g orange peel, finely chopped

1. Grease the cake pan with butter. Set aside.

2. Mix top flour, plain flour plus, milk powder, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Set aside.

3. Combine sour cream, low fat milk and golden syrup in a small glass. Set aside.

4. Soak raisins and dried cranberries in hot water for about 1 minute, drain and set aside with chopped orange peel.

5. Beat eggs with 30g of raw sugar in a small bowl till the sugar dissolved. Set aside.

6. Cream softened butter and 60g of raw sugar till light and fluffy. 

Add in beaten eggs from Step 5, in a few additions, to the butter cream, using the electric hand mixer.

If the butter cream and the beaten eggs separated during mixing, add about 1 tbsp of the flour mixture from 2.

7. Fold in the sieved flour mixture from Step 2.

8. Mix in the sour cream mixture from Step 3,

and 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract.

9. Finally, pour about 1/4 of the batter into the prepared cake pan, and fold in the dried fruit mixture from Step 4 into the remaining batter. 

Pour the remaining batter into the cake pan. 

Rap the pan to level the batter.

10. Bake at second upper rack of a preheated oven set at 160℃ for 20 minutes, bring down to the middle rack, and continue to bake for another 20 minutes, or till golden.

Before transferring the pan from second upper rack to middle rack, you can draw a shallow slit along the central line of the cake to create a neater crack over the cake. This step is optional.

11. Transfer the cake to a cooling rack to cool down for about 5 minutes, or till the sides of the cake shrink away from the wall of the cake pan.

Invert out the cake and let it rests on a cooling rack. Wrap a sheet of cling wrap over the cake to keep the moisture in. This step is optional.

12. Cut and enjoy ๐Ÿ˜‹

Friday 28 May 2021

Pandan Sencha Sweet Bread

Playing with different flavour combination again. I was left with about 1 tablespoon of fresh pandan paste, so combine with the faint flavour sencha or Japanese green tea, to give my new sweet milk bread a new aroma ๐Ÿ˜„ The best aromatic part of the bread was the brown crust ๐Ÿ˜

Tried to give the egg-washed crust a tea leaf scoring on each loaf, though was not very well cut, the leaf outlines were still vaguely visible on two crusts๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚

I found adding fresh pandan paste to the bread dough seemed to weaken the gluten - more difficult to get smooth window pane. That's was my personal experience ๐Ÿ˜‰ But the aroma of the bread was wonderful ๐Ÿ˜

Yield: 3 mini loaves in one 23x13x6 cm pan
Raw dough weight: 604g
Baking temperature: Preheat oven to 190℃ for 10 minutes, bake at lower rack, at 180℃ for 15 minutes, lower to 170℃ for 10 minutes, off oven and bake for about 5 minutes.

Dry ingredients
230g bread flour
30g superfine wholegrain flour/plain flour
40g raw sugar
3g instant dry yeast
10g full cream milk powder

Wet ingredients
50g natural yeast/sourdough, 100% hydration*
29g yudane dough^
15g condensed milk
16g fresh pandan paste+
125 + 25g sencha or Japanese green tea, cold 25g to be added depending on dough condition
15g beaten egg

3g low sodium salt

25g rice bran oil/mild flavour vegetable oil

some beaten egg as egg wash before baking

* 50g natural yeast can be replaced by 25g each of bread flour and water + 1/8 tsp instant dry yeast. Let the mixture stands for about 1 hour or more till double in volume, before use. You can also keep the mixture in the fridge overnight and thaw it for 1 hour before use.

^ 29g yudane dough is prepared by combining 15g of bread flour with 15g of very hot or boiling water into a sticky dough. Wrap the yudane dough in cling wrap, and cool down before use. Use a silicone spatula to scrape out the sticky yudane dough from the cling wrap.

+ Blend 20g fresh pandan leaves with 50g water, and collect 16g of fresh pandan paste.

The wet ingredients

1. Knead the dough following your preferred method. 
For my method, you can refer to my recipe Yudane Milk Bread. After kneading the dough to window pane stage, 

Mix all the dry ingredients, except the salt, together.

Gradually add in the wet ingredients, except the rice bran oil.

Combine the ingredients into a ball, cover with a lid, and let it rest for about 15 minutes.

Knead the dough using an electric hand mixer fitted with a pair of dough hooks. Add in the salt.

Knead in the rice bran oil.

Knead into a smoother dough.

Perform about 500 sets of "slapping and folding" till reaching window pane stage.

2. Shape the dough into a ball, cover with a lid, and let it proof for about 60 minutes, or till double in size.

I missed the 60-minute timer alarm, and let the dough over inflated ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

3. Turn the dough onto a floured work top, deflate the dough, and divide it into 3 portions.

Shape the cut dough into three balls, cover with an inverted bowl, and let them rest for about 15 minutes.

4. Roll out the dough into an oval shape.

Flip over, and fold in the longer edges to meet along the middle line. 

Roll flat again.

Roll up the dough starting from the shorter edge into a swiss roll.

5. Place the dough into a long baking pan coated with homemade non-stick spread. Cover with a tea cloth and let it proof for about 30 minutes of till double in volume.

End of 30-minute proofing๐Ÿ‘‡

6. Preheat the oven to 190℃ for 10 minutes.
While waiting, brush a coat of egg wash over the top of the dough.

Score a tea leaf design over the dough with a razor blade. This step is optional.

7. Bake at lower rack, lower the oven temperature to 180℃ after closing the oven door, and bake for 15 minutes, further lower to 170℃ for 10 minutes, turn off oven heating and bake for about 5 minutes.

Un-mould the hot bread soon after leaving the oven. Let the hot bread cool down over a wire rack.

8. Cut the bread after cooling down. Enjoy smelling and eating it ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‹